by Zac Bertschy,

Card Captor Sakura

DVD 9: Winter Wonderland

Card Captor Sakura DVD 9
In yet another installment of Card Captor Sakura, Sakura fights the Freeze card and the Firey card, Kero-chan's secret is hinted at, and the relationship between Sakura and Li grows ever stronger.
There's not a whole lot you can really say about Pioneer's release of Card Captor Sakura that hasn't already been said. It's one of the first releases intended solely to please hardcore fans of the series, and given that it's a magical girl show, it was a bit of a longshot in the first place. Lo and behold, it outsold the hacked up English dub release, Cardcaptors, and now it remains to be the only version of Card Captor Sakura that exists on the market.

That having been said, volume 9 in the series is very similar to the first 8. The DVD release is somewhat minimal; they give you 3 episodes and not a whole lot else. There's a credit-free opening, and they let you watch the little “Kero-chan check!” omake bits at the end of the episode, and that's about it. Menus are not animated and the whole thing seems like they're just stamping these things out and dumping them on to the market.

Then again, you can't blame Pioneer. The fans can't expect a bells-and-whistles release of a show like this, especially when there's no dub track to attract the majority of the anime-buying audience. Pioneer deserves a commendation for even releasing the series uncut and subtitled in the first place, so expecting more than this is foolish. The episodes that are included on the disc are negligible, save for the final episode, which concludes the first season of the series. They hint at what Kero-chan's real secret is, and you see the relationships between Sakura and Li develop even further. There are even a few hints at Yukito's real identity. Other than that, the first two episodes are the type of episodic fluff that makes up the bulk of this series, so there isn't a whole lot to say. If you can stand how ridiculously sugary this show is on a regular basis and how slowly the plot moves along, they won't bother you. For those who appreciate a story that moves a little faster, with a little less repetition, these episodes are more of the same old thing. The whole “Tomoyo is creepily obsessed with Sakura and her costumes” thing gets a wee bit tired after they've used it in every single episode since the first. That's not to say this isn't a quality show; it's certainly the best example of its genre. The animation and music are far above par for a show that ran as long as this one did. It's just that after 36 episodes, viewers are waiting for something new, and it never really comes along. Hardcore fans will no doubt eat this disc alive, but passive fans might be getting a little impatient with the repetition.
Production Info:
Overall (sub) : B
Story : B-
Animation : A
Art : A
Music : A

+ A few more hints at the real storyline, and beautiful art and animation to boot.
More of the same.

Director: Morio Asaka
Series Composition: Nanase Ohkawa
Hiroshi Ishii
Jiro Kaneko
Tomoko Ogawa
Nanase Ohkawa
Tomoyasu Okubo
Koshi Ahiru
Morio Asaka
Sumio Hiratsuka
Mamoru Kanbe
Sunao Katabuchi
Masaru Kitao
Masayuki Kojima
Shin'ichi Masaki
Hitoyuki Matsui
Kou Matsuo
Ichiro Mizuchi
Kazunori Mizuno
Nobuaki Nakanishi
Satoshi Nishimura
Yuki Ofuji
Akio Sakai
Jun'ichi Sakata
Yuzo Sato
Norimitsu Suzuki
Shigehito Takayanagi
Katsumi Terahigashi
Tsuneo Tominaga
Shoji Yabushita
Yorifusa Yamaguchi
Episode Director:
Ken Ando
Morio Asaka
Naoto Hashimoto
Mamoru Kanbe
Sunao Katabuchi
Masaru Kitao
Rei Mano
Shin'ichi Masaki
Hitoyuki Matsui
Yasumi Mikamoto
Osamu Mikasa
Kazunori Mizuno
Norihiko Nagahama
Nobuaki Nakanishi
Yorimichi Nakano
Shouji Saeki
Akio Sakai
Jun'ichi Sakata
Fushio Takase
Shigehito Takayanagi
Hiroyuki Tanaka
Shoji Yabushita
Yorifusa Yamaguchi
Kenichi Yatani
Unit Director: Norimitsu Suzuki
Music: Takayuki Negishi
Original story: CLAMP
Character Design: Kumiko Takahashi
Art Director: Katsufumi Hariu
Animation Director:
Hisashi Abe
Mariko Fujita
Kunihiko Hamada
Atsushi Hasebe
Yuki Iwai
Hiroyuki Kasugai
Katsunori Kimizuka
Masaru Kitao
Makoto Koga
Kiyotaka Nakahara
Kunihiko Sakurai
Toshiharu Sato
Ikuo Shimazu
Kumiko Takahashi
Kazuhiro Takamura
Yoshihiro Takeda
Akira Takeuchi
Yuji Ushijima
Supervising Director: Morio Asaka
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
Director of Photography: Hisao Shirai
Executive producer:
Kiichiro Okamoto
Yasuko Uchizawa
Akira Watanabe
Producer: Eizo Kondo

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