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Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie

Title: Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
Genre: Drama/Action
Company: CLAMP/Madhouse Studios
Format: Movie; 79 minutes.
Dates: 21 Aug 1999

Synopsis: On the surface, Kinomoto Sakura’s life seems very much normal, except for one thing: she captures magical Clow Cards in order to save her home from destruction. One night, she starts to have dreams involving water and soon a mysterious lady as well. She then, by “chance”, wins a trip to Hong Kong. While this trip appears fun and leisurely, it soon twists into an adventure involving magic, Clow Reed, and this mysterious lady.

The Highlights
Seiyuu: Excellent.
Characters: Average; Sakura is likeable.
Plot: Interesting.
Ending: Quite nice; somewhat abruptly ends.
Music: End song was beautiful.

CLAMP struck gold in Cardcaptor Sakura. So, why not add a movie? Cardcaptor Sakura: the Movie is the first of two Cardcaptor Sakura films. It offers an interesting “side story” per se for the first part of the series.

The characters in this film are quite average and don’t deviate much from their personalities in the series. However while that might seem a bit negative, that entails the likeable personality of Sakura. Everything in this movie is done quite well, but where I feel plenty of praise is worthy of going to are the seiyuu, starting with Tange Sakura’s rendition of Sakura and continuing through with the rest of the characters. Some examples, are also some well know names such as Ogata Megumi (Yukito Tsukishiro) and Seki Tomokazu (Touya Kinomoto).

The music, for the most part, was fair, but the end song was really good and stood out in comparison. “Tooi Kono Machi de” is an absolutely beautiful song. The vocals and melody are lovely and the overall serene quality works. The ending of the film was quite nice, however I feel as if it ended a bit abruptly. Abrupt in how after the ending of Sakura’s confrontation with the mysterious lady (which was wonderful) quickly cut to the ending scene (however not end credits).

Then, the plot is also interesting in the involvement of the mysterious lady (who is not in the regular series) who wants to meet with Clow Reed. It is not a radically new plot as many aspects of Cardcaptor Sakura are still visible within the film. It is interesting in taking whatever one has watched throughout the series and applying it to a new dynamic storyline. While this is that this does not really add any enhancement to the plot in regards to the overall series, it provides a new and enjoyable and intriguing storyline.

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie is not just a film for Cardcaptor Sakura buffs, but for any anime fan. It is a lovely, can’t-miss film.

The Rating: 7

Reviewed by: Genkisakura

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