SECOND MOVIE NOW PLEASE, SECOND MOVIE NOW
こにゃにゃちわ! I return from life’s trials and tribulations known as school and work. You know, some college students decide to spend their hard-earned money on textbooks, tuition, and other junk, but I choose to use my money for far more important matters.
Like tossing it at my computer screen and demanding anime companies to bring me more Cardcaptor Sakura.
(I’m only half-kidding.)
After going through some complications with the order, I’ve finally received my Blu-ray copy of Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie. I’ll do a post about the feature itself later (because it’s next on my rewatch-blogs), but for now, let’s take a look at the quality of the release.
Big giant NO
Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! Though more than a day late, I felt compelled to honor the horror festivities we had this season using this humble little Japanophile blog of mine in some way or another. Rather than diving into some bizzarro horror manga by the likes of Itou Junji and such, I’ve decided to ramble a bit about one of my favorite Japanese survival horror video game series that I find myself playing every October: 零 (Zero), otherwise known as Project Zero in Europe and Fatal Frame in the United States.
Sakura will take over the world…soon.
We’ve finally arrived! The final episode of the first season. I was hoping to get to this a lot sooner, but lo and behold… college and work.
Aside from the axed Leave it to Kero-chan! segment, as the first season’s last episode, Studio Madhouse decided to end it off with a bang by packaging it with a handful of goodies – making you want to jump into the second season immediately. It all goes up from here.
Riddle Me This
Here we are: it’s the second-to-last episode of the first season until we get to DO-DO-DO-DREAMING (and the movie)!
This is also the first episode where no Clow Cards are captured at all. In fact, the “antagonist” in this episode was… the full moon (no, not that moon). In Cardcaptor Sakura, magic (at least when it comes to Clow Reed’s magic) draws power from the sun and the moon. The full moon clearly has an effect on Sakura, once again triggering precognitive visions of what appears to be the Final Judgment (the viison with the silhouette of a person who is obviously Ms. Mizuki) and also puts her in a daze.
CCS Month ended, now I declare it CCS *year*.
Sorry for the brief hiatus. With the remains of summer already coming to a close (I return to college AND work @ college in a week) – I’ve been doing all the leisurely things I can possibly do in this hot weather. I’ve already plowed through entire CCS Blu-ray set a long time ago and with the English release of Tales of Xillia 2, I’ve been doing a Tales marathon as well (it doubles as family time with my little sister, since these JRPGs are multiplayer!) as well as gnawing at my VB backlog.
It’s gonna be weird crawling out of the rock I’ve been under these past several weeks. Returning to civilization, what the hell is that? Mind you, I’m still going to write reviews about the anime I haven’t gotten around to reviewing yet that I promised to review ages ago.
Without further ado, time to continue this Cardcaptor Sakura project! Snowy weather hits Tomoeda and our beloved heroine + Tomoyo and their token Chinese friends go on a school trip to learn how to ice skate.
The Change card
Oh boy, it’s a body-switch episode; between Syaoran and Kero at that! But that’s not the only reason why this episode is so amusing, half of it is because of Kumai Motoko and Hisakawa Aya, the voice actresses for Syaoran and Kero respectively.
Often when voice actresses are put into the position of voicing a body switch – in which the characters don’t magically switch voices as well – it’s a great way of truly gauging their skills as voice actresses. And I think Kumai-san and Hisakawa-san did a fantastic job on both ends. It was amusing seeing “Syaoran” speak in Kansai-ben and likewise for Kero speaking in such a serious tone. Overall, Cardcaptor Sakura really had such a great voice cast and I’d love for all of them to reprise their roles in a new CCS-related adventure someday…
This was an excellent episode, and definitely one of my top picks from the first season. Mainly because it’s one of the more outlandish CCS episodes out there – and it helps that there are two Clow Cards in this episode as opposed to the previous episodes where there were only one each.
Note: This episode amusingly starts with a repeat of Sakura’s first episode monologue about Touya and how she wished she would grew big and stepped on the big meanie.
Oh my god, it’s the precursor to Eifie.
Here’s an episode from the first season that I really like and find really memorable. A lot of fans born in the west seem to easily recall The Dash episode from the Cardcaptors dub…. and to my shame, so do I.
And I sometimes want to kill myself for it. I often forget that, yes, there was once a time where I actually enjoyed that piece of trash dub and this episode was what got me into it (and then dropped it and went onto the Cardcaptor Sakura manga translated by Tokyopop + the subbed anime).
CCS? Praise the sun!
Here’s another fun episode to sit through before we fully enter the second season – “Sakura’s Sweeeeet Cooking“. Our little heroine learns how to bake a delicious cake in home econ class! Naturally, she’s pumped. Of course, since this is Cardcaptor Sakura, magical hindrances are abound.
And we return…!
When I first watched this, it was during that time in life where you’d rely on your mother to do the cooking for you. Coming back to it as a young adult and cooking for myself, I can definitely say that…
…I really empathize with Sakura’s fear of sizzling oil while frying foods for the first time. It’s not fun.
I return from a marathon of Cardcaptor Sakura on Blu-ray! I felt I should take a short break and continue with these posts since, well, I use my PS3’s Blu-ray player to watch BD anime, and after I started to switch to Disc 6, I noticed that the system was really – and I mean really – hot, so… yeah, I should probably cool it down with the CCS before I can never play Atelier Rorona ever again.
tl;dr I might wreck my PS3 because I love Cardcaptor Sakura way too much.
So yesterday, my precious Blu-ray set finally came in and I was filled with joy as I unboxed the package. There were a few complications, such as me not getting it early in the morning because they sent my baby to the wrong home (USPS *shakes fists*), but overall I’m happy that I finally have it after months of waiting.
Back for more?
So, “Happy Month” has literally been Cardcaptor Sakura month and
I apologize for that I’m not sorry at all. I really haven’t felt this happy in years and I’ve been counting down the days until August the 5th.
I fucking love Sakura and there’s nothing you could do that would be able to jam the cogs in my happy head.
(The Final Impressions post for No Game No Life will most likely not be a part of Happy Month, but I promise I’ll get to that soon either way. However, I’ll definitely continue to blog all 70 episodes of CCS + both of the movies + the specials + one review of the manga. And without further ado…)
My face when Ike’s Lair
Was there actually ever a bad episode of Cardcaptor Sakura? After more than a dozen or so posts of me repeating something along the lines of “this was always one of my favorites” or “this episode was great, but pales in comparison to the rest”, it’s becoming clear to me why this anime has and will always be my personal #1. I’m literally having so many warm flashbacks right now. It didn’t just take me three or four episodes (or more) to get into the show, I got into it right away and it consistently held my interests.
That being said, whether it’s one of my favorite episodes or not, “Sakura and the Other Sakura” is definitely one of the highlights of the first season. It helps that this is one of those episodes that has a manga counterpart, and those tend to stick to you a lot more as well as contain a lot more plot development compared to the anime-specific stuff, at least for the first season.
Nothing much happens in this episode in terms of development or character establishment (if there wasn’t a Clow Card in these types of episodes, I would call them [good] filler), but it was extremely fun nonetheless. The episode title is “Sakura’s Little Adventure” – which is a great title, I see the pun there – but if I were to rename it, “Honey, I Shrunk Sakura“ would be it.
Here we have another episode that involves snooping around Tomoeda Elementary School at night. And of course, because it’s a Japanese school and Japanese schools always have their seven wonders of pants-wetting horror, we get several scenes of our cute little Sakura being scared shitless. Oh yeah, and she gets a cringe scene during class. Too close to home, Sakura. Too close to home.
So yeah, this was pretty much a lighter version of the second episode, since unlike The Shadow, The Song isn’t a scary fellow at all and neither are its powers.
Best daughter 2014 and forever
Here’s another great episode from the first season. It was always a treat to see CLAMP delving into Sakura’s family life and bonds as a focal point in an episode/chapter. If I were to rank Cardaptor Sakura‘s first season episodes on a tier list, the episodes about her mother and grandfather would certainly be about the same as this one in terms of heartwarming.
I swear, almost all of the school-related animations I’ve watched during my childhood always had at least one episode about running a marathon. And in those, someone always gets a leg injury leading to heartwarming help, etc.
Cardcaptor Sakura isn’t exempt from this. This was one of those episodes.
I wasn’t in the manga!
But that really doesn’t matter since she’s an awesome character anyway! (It’s been a long time, but I’m back to continue this. Blu-ray Hype A-Go!)
The thing I really love about the Cardcaptor Sakura anime is that CLAMP was directly involved with it. With other anime adaptations, whenever there is an anime-original character or anime-original ideas involved (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, both of the original Yuugiou anime adaptations, etc.), it really boggles the original content down because the original writers had no say whatsoever. It’s usually just the employees at the animation studio thinking their ideas are better marketing (or something) and end up shoving ideas into a pre-made story that just don’t belong.
Here, we have a character that fits in perfectly with the rest of the CLAMP multiverse. The manga’s structure is actually very different from the anime, which modified the manga’s storyline + added their own storyline elements in order to extend it into a longer five-cour anime. But as I’ve said in a previous CCS post, the anime completely emulates the same spirit as the original manga precisely because CLAMP was directly involved with it. NOTHING in the anime insults or devalues the ideas presented in the source material. And for the purposes of what the anime was going for in the end, Li Meilin fits in really well and has become an endearing character not only to the fans, but also to CLAMP themselves.
Image Credit: てつくず from Pixiv
Best Girl. Not-So-Best Anime
Okay, guys. I’m finally getting to this post after an eternity of postponing it.
Mostly because I’m afraid of the backlash. My opinion of this series literally goes against what everyone loves and says about it. Heck, instead of talking crap about Sword Art Online, I just simply dropped it without a word simply because the rabid fanboys are coo coo for cocoa puffs. Thankfully Kill la Kill wasn’t terrible to me, just mediocre in comparison to how much praise it gets, but I still had to wait until the show was finished in order to marathon it instead of following it weekly.
Welp, onto the first and only sad post of the month!