Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. #03 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, February 22, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 08, 2001
Onto volume 3 and still going.
On the first episode of the disc, feeling down after what Li said to her on the previous episode, Tomoyo and Rika decides to take Sakura out to a nice store to cheer her up. After shopping, all of them head back to Sakura's house for some tea and to try out the brooches they bought. But trouble arises when one of the brooches turn out to be a Clow Card in disguise and took control over Rika's body. Li turns up to capture it but with some smart thinking, Sakura manages to get the Card away from Rika and was able to seal it herself.
The next episode (one of my favourites), Sakura's school is having a sports day and everyone is in a bright mood. One of fun thing about this episode is meeting Tomoyo's mother. More history is reveal about the Kinomoto family and the relation with Tomoyo's mother. A Clow Card nearly spoiled the event, but Sakura was able to catch it without much problems.
The next episode (another one of my favourites), Sakura visits Tomoyo's house and she gets to talk a lot more with Tomoyos' mother. This episode reveals a bit more about the Kinomoto's family. Not only that we get glimpses of what Sakura's mom was like, which is both funny and touching. There's another Clow Card lurking in Tomoyo's house but it was mostly harmless.
The last episode, Sakura has a problem when the same day is being repeated over and over again. This is all the Time Card's doing and both her and Li quickly have to stop time from repeating itself.
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 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 Cardcaptors). 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.
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.
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cardcaptor Sakura