Posted by psgels on 6 January 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews


Card Captor Sakura, when it was aired on the Dutch TV, was basically along with Gundam Wing and Digimon the series to really make me interested in anime. Looking back, it was really the best amongst these three. It was like Jigoku Shoujo: repetitive, but a great premise with great execution. I also saw the first movie a few years ago, though I never got around watching the second one until now. Turns out that this is the conclusion of the series, even though I ended up only watching the first half of it (blame the Dutch broadcasting-companies who’d rather show Sailor Moon than this gem). Still, I figure that anyone who got to the first major climax of the series will have no problems following the second movie.

First up, I must congratulate this movie for reminding me what made the series so great. Especially the first half has an excellent combination between light-hearted quirky characters and serious scenes. The cast for Card Captor Sakura is a really memorable one, and I especially loved Tomoyo, one excellent supporting character.

Then the second half kicks in, and the comedy takes a step back for the story. Overall, it formed a very nice ending for the series, though unfortunately there were quite a few convenient plot-holes, including a deus-ex-machina-ending. Something also tells me that the creators overestimated the acting- and singing-abilities of mere grade-schoolers. ^^;

Still, despite this, The Sealed Card is a must-watch for any fan of the original series. While the first movie was basically a glorified filler, the second movie gives a nice conclusion, and it has enough elements of what made the original series great. Surely, this is along with xxxHolic the best of what I’ve seen from Clamp.

7 Responses

  1. Me says:

    Sorry, but I’ve been reading your blog for a while off and on, and I was really happy to hear that you liked Tomoyo. She’s voiced by one of my friends (at least in the japanese version), so it always makes me happy to hear that people liked her work!!

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Wow, this is the first time that I’ve gotten a comment from the friend of a voice-actor (or member of production-staff, for that matter). I indeed really liked what she did for this movie. :)

  3. Lika says:

    Sorry if this seems off topic, but did you watch the Japanese version of Sailor Moon or a dubbed version? The anime’s really quite good in the Japanese version because the dubbed versions tend to cut out a lot, change people’s genders, and basically screw the entire thing over.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Yes, I watched a Dutch dub back then. I’m not sure whether the original series was any better, but what I saw was basically a huge series that could have been just as well condensed into thirteen episodes.

  5. kanami says:

    So is it me, or CLAMP is at their best when they don’t try to make DEEP, TRAGIC stories like X, but instead when they make more down-to-earth stories like this

  6. Tania says:

    I’ve watched it a long time ago. This Sakura movie is great!!! Card captor Sakura remains one of the best classic ANIME. The two movies and all the three seasons of Sakura are so amazing!
    Sorry it’s out of subject but just now I’m watching another anime called “Glass no Kamen” or “Glass mask”. It’s one of the best too. Did you watch it? About a girl longing to become an actress( there two different anime , the first one of 1984 and the second one of 2005). Now I’m watching the new one. Really it’s a good one. Well I see Porfy’s long journey started. I’ll start to watch it soon.

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:00 PM)
    What it got right aside from comprehensible tense action sequences was characters. They were all unique and had backgrounds, reasons and perspectives, even despite the fact that the whole film’s dialogue was no longer than a page. That’s impressive visual storytelling.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 07:58 PM)
    @Kaiser: Fast and Furious and Mission Impossible are not even in the same league as Fury Road imo. Those action flicks are like the new Transporter or Hit man- just CGI galore and no sense of physicality. MM had aesthetic, true grit, and Miller was smart enough to marginalize the part that usually sucks about action movies: a tacked on messy plot.
  • jerkocaust
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 05:09 PM)
    Lol ;( hilariously shows his hypocrisy when hes angry awww
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 08:33 AM)
    @Bam: I wasn’t sure if I was going to bother watching the upcoming doctor strange movie. But I hear Mads Mikelson might be in it so I might just see it.
    I heard theres an old run on the comic that was considered Lovecraftian.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 06:25 AM)
    I won’t repeat the same review/exposition about the new mad max as I did a while back but I’ll say this it’ll be hard for me to find another action film this year that fills its slot on my 2015 bit of my favourite movies list. The new fast and the furious, the new mission impossible I could put thoe in its place or maybe hateful eight when that comes out.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I can recall one instance when I was about 14 or 15 where I used Japanese phrases in English sentences, thought at the time that it was an internet thing to do. One guy on a message board found it strange so I said I was sorry, didn’t know and stopped.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 06:11 AM)
    On a side note Mad Max: Fury Road was definitely a blast; all puns intended. It has an incredibly simple premise and certainly doesn’t revolutionize the action genre but it did revitalize it. I guess it takes a 70 year old man to show the kids how it’s done. All hail the mighty V8!
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    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Started watching Fate/Zero since I was planning on it and Netflix happen to put it up in their anime lineup. Up to ep04 and so far so good. It manages to have a lot of intrigue for a story I kinda already know th end to. Urobutchi and Nasu are indeed a good team-up and seem to balance eachother out. It’s like he’s the Hanna to Nasu’s Barbera.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 03:43 AM)
    Well as we all know, personal attacks end every argument ever on the internet…and pigs fly, hell has frozen over and Half Life 3 has been released.
    Though to be fair inserting Japanese phrases into English sentences is one of the most annoying things on the planet.
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    (Sunday, Aug 30. 2015 03:27 AM)
    @Jerkoff: kindly do so as well please. Preferably the latter, you cause your parents nothing but grief anyway, so this is actually the best for everyone.

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