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Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Book Set [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By TogekissWings VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Won't someone please re-release this little gem?

Card Captor Sakura is one of the sweetest, gentlest and just plain LOVELIEST anime of all time. It was one of the founders that threw Mahou Shoujo (magical girl) anime into the spotlight, and is CLAMP at their best. And yet what are your options if you want to own this anime?

Option One: Buy a fake hong kong bootleg off ebay, which is what I did in the days before I realised that practically EVERY OTHER anime dvd on ebay is a bootleg. The result? Crappy subtitles (lobe song, anyone? yes, I said l-o-B-e) that are often off-timing (meaning that what the characters were saying five seconds ago is what you're reading now. And when 3 characters are talking fast, that's hair-pullingly annoying) and crappy pirated animation which often pixelates. It just isn't worth it, people. I cannot believe I paid £20 for my copy - I'd have been better off getting fansubs.

Option Two: the dub! Only if you don't mind illogical americanisation (Chiharu becomes Chelsea and Tomoyo becomes Madison, yet Sakura and Kero are left alone? Wut?!), huge scene cuttage to the point where things don't make sense, and general massacres of any hint at what the dub people apparently consider 'innapropriate relationships'. Which means that Touya and his teacher's relationship, Touya and Yukito's relationship, and Tomoyo's loving Sakura as anything more than a friend, along with all her 'you're so cute!' comments, are gone. Because, you know, heaven forbid that children should ever find out that the entire world isn't heterosexual. Even Sakura and Li's relationship was toned down, and they're the Official Couple! The dubbers probably didn't think ten year olds should be 'in love'.
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I loved this film. I saw it in a friends house and I instantly said, "I want a copy of that!".
The film was very girlie, as is all the CCS releases, but it had a very sweet storyline, with both action and romance, much like the CCS series.
To really experience it in all of it's glory, though, you really have to watch it with the english subtities. English dubs are available, but the voices in it aren't even the same people as in the CC series released on Citv.
I really enjoyed it, and this one is definitely on my wishlist!
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Thank you! I was looking for the whole set, it seems to start later than I thought it would, much later infact, but all in all, arrived early and in excellent condition
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97216aec) out of 5 stars Refreshing, exciting, very Japanese! 9 Nov. 2004
By Adam Rugo - Published on
Format: DVD
My daughter and I have been intrigued by other Japanese anime, especially how these programs give insight into Asian culture. Pokemon is another series that, through the fantastical and adventurous stories, teaches viewers about Japanese food, festivals, spirituality, and social values. CardCaptor Sakura is even richer and more insightful about the culture than Pokemon. It's very refreshing, especially in context of American animation which is culturally empty, unless it promotes consumer culture, and presents a distorted view of what it is to be a girl/boy/white person/black person/American. The children in American cartoons are so often bratty, materialistic, aggressive, and disdainful of adults in general. I was amazed that, in the world presented in CardCaptor Sakura, Japanese children are generous of spirit, kind, polite, earnest, health conscious, and eager to do well in school (they also can be mischevious, competitive, and critical of their own and others' failings).

The series works on three levels simultaneously: the magical narrative (the Clow Cards and their capture), the cultural context (Japan and some bits about China), and universal life issues (success, love, dealing with fears, death). Be aware that the subject of death comes up quite frequently, as Sakura's mother is to have died before the series begins, so her premature death and Sakura's feelings of loss keep taking center stage. But the topic is handled with realism and positivity - Sakura misses her mom but has learned to see the situation in a way that is life affirming. There's a serious side to this program which is absent from most other children's anime. I believe that's the only reason why the age recommendation is so high (BTW, my 9 year old daughter loves the show and has no problems dealing with the more serious topics).

It also refreshing to see a female hero character who is not "extreme" or "a**-kicking" or "glamorous." Sakura is an otherwise normal kid who is struggling to learn to use magic to solve a problem she created (releasing the Clow Cards). Most of her magical battles she solves with her wits, not with brute force. The problem-solving strategies she finds are refreshing, too. And she's so good hearted, she's always protecting friends, family, pets, the environment, cultural monuments, as she saves the world (unlike the PowerPuff Girls who trash everything in sight). Sakura's problem-solving is complicated by her allies. Kero, the Guardian Beast of the Clow, has been trapped inside a tiny stuffed animal. He has some magic, but it's limited by both his form and his vanity and gluttony. Li Shaoron, the Chinese boy-magician, has powerful magic, but is hyper-critical of Sakura and unable to express warm emotions comfortably. Yukito, her brother's friend (and Sakura's love object), functions like a Kung Fu master in disguise - he's always arriving at just the right time to defuse a fight between Sakura and Li, and doing it without them even knowing it.

All in all, CardCaptor Sakura presents a world that is stable and life-affirming. The show reinforces Japanese traditions and values (as opposed to American anime, which tends to undermine many social values (non-violence, self-sacrifice, reverence for traditions and elders). One of my favorite aspects of this show is that it is in Japanese with subtitles. We watched the American version of the show and we were amazed at the difference in voices and personas. The Japanese version is so rich with culture and emotional nuance that it wins over the English-language version hands down. And it's a great way to learn how to understand spoken Japanese. I highly recommend the series to anyone interested in: magical stories, girl-hero stories, asian culture, animation.
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x950f7bb8) out of 5 stars An Excellent Anime Series 21 May 2004
By csmith400 - Published on
Format: DVD
Ignore the above review in the show
received a low rating because the dvds are in Japanese.
It is a series made in Japan. Of course the audio
would be in Japanese.
This anime is delightful. The animation, color
range of the paint, special effects, voice
acting, and music are all excellent. The frame
rate is also very high for a tv show, and
the animation is quite smooth. It's miles above
what you might be expecting from television
This show is something that can help us all
remember our childhoods and the process
of growing up. The story is sweet without
being too sugary, and the characters do not
burst into song for no apparent reason,
unlike a Disney cartoon. I would recommend
the show to just about anyone. If you're trying
to learn Japanese, the show could teach you a lot
of common, everyday spoken Japanese as well.
I'd give it 6 stars, but 5 appears to be as many
as I can give.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9531fac8) out of 5 stars Great Big Fun!! 14 Mar. 2006
By Rio-san - Published on
Format: DVD
I just purchase the Clow Book set (Vol. 1-9) a couple of weeks ago!!!...The sound & picture quality of each DVD is great!! the bonus art gallery has a lot of beautiful character sketches!!...This is an anime that I'm sure everyone will enjoy!!...Don't buy the DVDs on Ebay because most of them are cheap copy imports!!...Buy this one!!...It's reasonably price and has excellent English Subtitles!!!...I planning to buy the Sakura Book Set (Vol. 10-18) to complete my collection!!..This anime is worth every penny!!...I promise you won't regret buying it!!..Enjoy!!...Here are the titles to the Clow book (vol.1-9) and the Sakura Book (vol.10-18) :
Vol.1 ( The Clow)
1- Sakura and the Mysterious Magic Book
2- Sakura's Wonderful Friend
3- Sakura's Heart-Racing First Date
4- Sakura's Tiring Sunday
Vol. 2 ( Everlasting Memories)
5- Sakura, Panda, and a Cute Shop
6- Sakura and the Memories of Her Mother
7- Sakura's First Attempt as a Thief
8- Sakura's Rival Appears
Vol. 3 ( Friends Forever)
9- Sakura and the Mysterious Brooch
10- Sakura and the Sport's Day of Flowers
11- Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Mansion
12- Sakura Never-Ending Day
Vol. 4 ( Sakura Fight)
13- Sakura and the Elephant's Test of Strength
14- Sakura, Toya, and Cinderella
15- Sakura and Kero's Big Fight
16- Sakura and the Rainbow of Memories
Vol. 5 ( Vacation Daze)
17- Sakura's Scary Test of Courage
18- Sakura, Yukito, and the Summer Festival
19- Sakura and the Summer Holiday Homework
20- Transfer Student vs. Sakura
Vol. 6 ( Friend and Family)
21- Sakura's Long Marathon Race
22- Sakura and Her Kind Father
23- Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Wonderful Song
24- Sakura's Little Adventure
Vol. 7 ( Magical Mystery)
25- Two Sakuras
26- Sakura and the Wonderful Teacher
27- Sakura and the Shrine of Memories
28- Sakura and the Enchanted Cards
Vol. 8 ( Sweet Trouble)
29- Sakura's Sweet Cooking
30- Sakura and the Injured Card
31- Sakura and the Nameless Book
32- Sakura, Kero, and Shaoran
Vol. 9 ( Winter Wonderland)
33- Sakura's Freezing Ice Skating
34- Sakura, Yukito, and the Midday Moon
35- Sakura's Wonderful Christmas

Vol. 10 ( School Daze)
36- Sakura and the Snowy New School Term
37- Sakura and Tomoyo's Lost Voice
38- Sakura's Fun Strawberry Picking Adventure
39- Sakura's Dizzy Fever Day
Vol. 11 ( Trust)
40- Sakura and the Sakura from the Dream
41- Sakura, Shaoran, and the Sea of Sand
42- Sakura and the Blacked Out School Arts Festival
43- Sakura and Farewell to Meilin
Vol. 12 ( Final Judgement)
44- Sakura, Kero, and the Mysterious Teacher
45- Sakura and the Final Clow Card
46- Sakura and the Final Judgement
47- Sakura and the Mysterious Transfer Student
Vol. 13 (Star Cards)
48- Sakura and the Awakened Key
49- Sakura and the Dangerous Piano
50- Sakura, Shaoran, and the Invisible Thread
51- Sakura and the Big Teddy Bear
Vol. 14 ( Powers Awry)
52- Sakura Sheep Warning
53- Sakura and the Panicky Bike
54- Sakura and the Calendar of Memories
55- Sakura and Sakura from Wonderland
Vol. 15 ( Realizations)
56- Sakura, Kero, and the Sweet Meeting
57- Sakura, Shaoran, and the Elevator
58- Sakura and the Double Troube
59- Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Ball Trap
Vol. 16 ( Friends in Need)
60- Sakura and the Precious Friend
61- Sakura, the Card, and the Presents
62- Sakura and the Strange Written Fortune
63- Sakura, the Pool, and the Huge Wave
Vol. 17 ( Confessions)
64- Sakura and the Snowy Ski Class
65- Sakura, Yukito, and the Vanishing Power
66- The Person Sakura Likes the Most
67- Sakura, Shaoran, and the Tsukimine Shrine
Vol. 18 ( Revelations)
68- Sakura, the Past, and Clow Read
69- Sakura Meets Clow Reed
70- Sakura and Her True Feelings
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9721006c) out of 5 stars Catch you, Catch me, Catch this anime! 10 Dec. 2005
By Elizabeth Albert - Published on
Format: DVD
This is completely different from the "Cardcaptors" they showed on the WB. Other reviewers have commented on it, and I won't reiterate it here.

Cardcaptor Sakura is the cutest anime I've ever seen. Ten-year old girls, magical cards, pudding... who could want more?

This series does touch on some serious issues like homosexuality, teacher-student relationships, and death, but it's not presented in a way that would offend anyone. Even though it's rated "13 and up", I think maybe 10 and up is better. Or even younger children could watch it, and maybe the child would ask, "Why is that funny? Why are they blushing?", but it's really not inappropriate for younger viewers. The Tomoyo-Sakura and Yukito-Toya relationships are only hinted at (heavily), and the Yukito-Li is explained at a later point in the series. The death of Nadeshiko (Sakura's mother) affects Sakura, but it's never mentioned in a way that would be depressing. Nowadays, it seems that children in the US are so used to only having one parent (for different reasons, of course), that this is almost normal. Still, I appreciate the delicate way that CLAMP deals with these issues.

The opening song is so catchy! (^_^)

Tomoyo and Yamazaki are the best characters! Speaking of best characters, it started in ancient Greece with a rock... ALL LIES!

This set is nine disks each with four episodes (except the last one which has three). You also get cute art galleries. It is all in Japanese, but with english subtitles. You could learn some Japanese from this, seeing as all they say for a while is "Ohayou gozaimasu", or "good morning!". I'm taking Japanese, so it was helpful to me. Toya always calls Sakura, "kaijyu", or "monster". Hehe. Thirty-five episodes for this price isn't that bad! The case is nice and it stays together, but sometimes when I try to put the DVD back in the case, it makes this horrible scratching sound, and I worry that it's getting ruined! So be careful!

You cannot be sad while watching this anime! Please buy it, and I hope my review helped!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9560be4c) out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for any CCS/CC fan! 3 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cardcaptor Sakura is the original version of Cardcaptors and it's a great deal to be able to get them all at once if you plan on getting the whole collection. I love this series! It's one of my top favorite animes to watch. If you love the series and have always wanted to watch them all in their uncut forms than this is perfect.
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