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
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:32 AM)
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