Cardcaptors Vol. #7 (of 9) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2002
What They Say
Back to the Beginning! The last of the Clow Cards, The Earthy Card, appears and our heroes must find a way to capture this huge card before it destroys the city! One would think that all their troubles would be over once that last card was captured. However, they have yet to face Yue, the judge. Will they be able to pass the final test? To think that everything started with the simple opening of an old book in Sakura's basement...
Cardcaptors! A mystic adventure, Cardcaptors??.
Only the English dub is present, since the video editing would make a Japanese language release impossible. All the original background music has been replaced by more ?hip? music. Everything is clear though.
The show looks great. One hour of video on a DVD gives a compression author a lot of room to mess around with. Except for areas of really dark blue, I couldn?t find any real compression problems. The introduction appears before each episode, but the ending credits only appear once at the end.
The cover image here is beautiful and reminds me how beautiful the series is. Sakura, Kero, Madison, Li, Tori, and Julian make an appearance with some cherry blossom leaves floating in the air. On the back cover, there are more action type sequences with Li facing Keberos, the Earth Card in action, and Sakura with the Star Wand. An insert included inside has Sakura, Kero, and Madison in another great shoujo shot.
The menu features Sakura in her final Judgment outfit, with the Clow Wand in the foreground. A very strange picture choice, I thought. It?s a still image and there?s no music. Play All, Scene Access and Extras are the choices from the main menu. Episode numbers are included with scene access. When you turn on closed captioning in the extras menu, Sakura turns a Clow Card.
There are two extras on this DVD. First there is another character intro, and this time it?s Julian Star. I?m surprised that they even mention that he is the ?unwitting object of Sakura?s affections? in it. Amazing. The second extra completely surprised me. They included a clean version of the second opening for Cardcaptor Sakura. I?m speechless. This is a fantastic extra.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Clow Card Arc is rushing to an end as the Sakura has one last card to catch, the Earth Card. There is one final task awaiting her, but can Sakura bring herself to defeat one of her friends?
The Last Card, Part II picks up with the Earth card making its attack. Sakura Avalon can?t figure out how to catch the card until Ms. Mackenzie gives her a hint on what card she might use to trap Earth. After Sakura catches it, she finally has the four Elemental cards, which allows Kero to finally attain his true form as Keberos.
Sakura thinks everything is over, but Keberos and Ms Mackenzie tell her there is still one last test remaining. She must face the final judgment. Julian, who was put asleep, suddenly transforms, and awakens as Yue, the Judge. A single person must own all the cards, so Yue tests Li first who fails miserably and gets all his cards taken to him. Now it falls to Sakura?..
The Final Judgment picks up with Sakura having to fight against Yue. The cost is high. If Sakura loses, not only will she lose all the cards, but everyone will lose their memories back to when Sakura released the cards. Sakura doesn?t want to hurt Julian though. A vision of the possibility of losing everyone goes through Sakura mind, but the voices of her friends call out to her. Sakura gets a surge of energy, and all the Clow Cards help her to defeat Yue, as she is now their friend. It?s all about friendship, and Sakura wants to be Yue?s friend, not his master.
One Fateful Day begins with Sakura trying to capture the Sand Card. Excuse me? What the hell just happened? Didn?t we just see her finish capturing all the cards? Let?s hear it for Nelvana?s wonderful hack job where order doesn?t matter. As Li and Sakura try to capture the card, Sakura goes into flashback mode to the very beginning of the series! What! We?re back in the past before she even became the CardCaptor.
When Sakura arrive home from school, she hears some strange sounds in the basement and stumbles across a book entitled ?Clow Cards? in her father?s library. She opens it, takes one of the cards out, and says its name ?Windy?. A rush of wind blows all the other cards out of the book and into the city. This awakens Kero, the guardian of the cards, who recruits Sakura as the CardCaptor to retrieve all the cards.
Well, that was a strange DVD. First we cover the end of the first arc of the series and then we go back to the beginning. Nelvana certainly has a strange way of marketing a series. Can kids not understand the beginning of something until the end is shown?
I didn?t want to cover cuts in this review, but one just leapt out at me so I?ll mention it. In the Last Card Part II, during the second commercial all of sudden we get back from the break with Sakura and Li in costume instead of regular clothes. This makes so much sense right? Why would they change clothes after the Earth Card is caught? The reason for the clothes change is cut. ARGH!
Anyway, unless you have a small child who just can?t read subtitles yet, or you love having other people protect you from cuteness; this DVD might be for you. The rest of you, go get Card Captor Sakura.
English Language,Character Introduction,Clean Opening
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears
Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2