Posted 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
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:37 AM)
    Never saw Tears to Tiara, it looked too awful. I have a trigger finger for dumping, or completely avoiding, anime nowadays. There’s too many shit shows and too little time.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:36 AM)
    Okay its not that bad but I’m deliberately exaggerating for emphasis.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:30 AM)
    But for all the mehs I can give for jormungand, maou-sama , their other comedies, for all my disdain of akame ga kill, I would rate tears to tiara below asura cryin, sword art, mahouka , selector infect wixoss twice combined.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:27 AM)
    I do like kurozuka despite my critical comment though.
    As for white fox…I keep quiet about sonico..and pochaco…and the other characters in it and the show itself, I have friends, they are legion, they are fans of it lol
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:11 AM)
    I’m just a sucker for timeskips and flashbacks(forwards). One main reason why I like the Ufotable’s Kara no Kyōkai was it’s erratic chronology. I only wish that all of the pieces fitted into a nice whole that had a satisfying explanation for the all of the setting, which really didn’t happen.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:07 AM)
    @Emma: Kurozuka is a fantastic anime imo. It had a lack of characterization and cohesiveness, but it made up for those with style, oddity and a lots of cinematic flair. It was one of the prime examples of anime that factored very little for the average anime viewers’ taste or comprehension. It seemed like Araki wasn’t quite sure how to adapt the novel and all its themes so he just went with it. I actually kinda like that.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:03 AM)
    And “comedy of the year”?! What does that even mean? Did the absolute authority of anime ranking been revealed and I was just to oblivious to notice?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 09:01 AM)
    You seem to mistake my argument against Dogakobo for praise of White Fox. I hate most of their shows, but they have a few decent comedies in recent seasons that I can recall, yet still hardly, from off the top of my head.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @K-off: Oh I’ll say this I actually do love the art style in katanagatari and kyousogiga.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Sep 17. 2014 08:14 AM)
    @Emma I really dig art styles that are different. In hindsight, I probably started watching Kyousougiga because it reminded me of Katanagatari at first.

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