Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. #05 (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Friday, February 22, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2001



The Review!
Onto volume 5 and still going.

On the first episode of the disc, Sakura is at a beach camp with the school. And like any camp outing, there are lots of fun things going on. When the school held its Test of Courage at a cave beach, Sakura starts to have second thoughts (she's afraid of ghosts). But something sinister is happening and all her friends who entered the cave have disappeared. With the help of Li, Sakura managed to capture the Clow Card responsible for the disappearance.

The next episode, Sakura is back at home and it's nearly the end of the summer holidays. When she was coming home from shopping she notices a poster for the Summer Festival being held at the local shrine. At the end of the day, she went to the festival along with her brother, Yukito and Tomoyo. At the festival they meet a few friends and of course Li. By the end she was able to have a quite moment with Yukito. But a Clow Card was nearby, but it was pretty much harmless and instead it brightens the mood a bit.

The third episode, Sakura is knee deep in homework that has to be completed the next day. After soliciting some help from Toya and Kero, she is down to one last assignment, a book report, and decides to head to the library with Tomoyo to finish off their homework. There they meet Li who is also doing some last minute cramming of homework. But trouble strikes when a Clow Card start making mischief on the book they are trying to find. At the end Sakura was able to catch the card but ends up falling into the lake with Li. Li then invites Sakura and Tomoyo to his home to dry off. But surprise has it as Li's cousin/fiancÚ, Meilin, arrives to give him a warm welcome.

The last episode (a favourite of mine), Sakura's back to school and surprise, surprise there is a new student that has just arrived at her school, and it's none other than Li's cousin, Meilin. Of course Meilin has a thing against Sakura and its pretty hilarious seeing Meilin trying to out do Sakura. Even when trying to capture a dangerous Clow Card. At least Li was able to talk a bit of sense into Meilin but she still dislikes Sakura.

Originally a children's TV show, this show really appeals to anyone of any age, and since it was originally done by CLAMP, it's no wonder this show is so addictive and can appeal to so many people. The episodes are rather episodic, with each episode featuring a new card for Sakura to collect while using some of her other cards she collected earlier on to help her capture more, but unlike most shows, it doesn't seem to feel that way. Heck even the stock footage doesn't seem like stock footage. It's always refreshing to see something different in every episode. Did I mention that in every bit that's not devoted to capturing cards involve some character development? Not only that there are some scenes that are the most cutest things in anime ever seen.

What is presented here is absolutely gorgeous. Colours are really bright with no bleeding here or there. Didn't notice anything wrong with my setup so there's nothing to complain.

The audio is presented in its original language, with good use of directionality during the action packed moments. The music also comes out sounding great, and I quite enjoy some of the nicer background music (compared to what I've heard in). I didn't notice any dropouts and again there's not much to complain about here either.

The only extra in here is just an art gallery.

The translation side of things, I can't make much comment on it since I know very little Japanese, but I would say it's well done. Though this is a bit of a nitpick, I wish Pioneer use those -chan prefixes on the names. Reading Kero instead of Kero-chan doesn't seem that cute anymore.

No matter how kiddie this show can seem, you can't go wrong with a little sugary-sweet fun in your DVD collection. I highly recommend it.



Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Panasonic TX-76PW10A 32" Widescreen 100hz/Progressive Scan, standard S-video cables




Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cardcaptor Sakura