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Card Captor Sakura

Episode 2 - Sakura no Sutekina Otomodachi

(Sakura's Wonderful Friend)

[ production info ]

Copyright: © 1998 CLAMP
Length: 22 minutes
Rating: NR, Suitable for Family Viewing
Format: Japanese Language

[ plot summary ]

Daidoji Tomoyo, Sakura's best friend has a bit of a surprise for Sakura first thing in the morning at school. It seems that while out taking a video of the moon the night before, Tomoyo happened to film something very interesting: what appeared to be a small winged creature and a young girl on a staff, flying in front of a crescent moon. In a close up, the girl seemed to be none other than Sakura wearing her pyjamas and in-line skates... Needless to say, Sakura ends up sharing her secret about Cerberus and being Card Captor with Tomoyo.

Things have gotten a little rough at school otherwise. Overnight, someone made a mess of the school by piling all the desks, various furnishings, and equipment in front of the school as well as in the various classrooms. Who could have done such a thing and why? Or, could it be the doing of another of the Clow cards?

[ capsule review ]

This episode continues the story of getting Sakura to become more comfortable in her new role as 'Card Captor'. Cerberus of course started pushing the role in the last episode, but the creation of a minor conspiracy between Tomoyo and Cerberus makes for an interesting air between the two characters. As Sakura's primary fan and having a strong interest in both taping Sakura as well as creating various outfits, Tomoyo's character may well prove to put Sakura in a slightly embarassing position of having to concede to her friend's hobbies; much as any person would do to keep one's friend's happy thus further developing both the characters as well as the friendship between the two.

The story continues to depict both Sakura's home and school life as typical to what a 9 year old kid would have as well as having a touch of a focus on the relationship and responsibilities of her home life. While in the previous episode, Sakura's father was making breakfast, we see in this second episode that her elder brother is now making breakfast instead, with a minor comment on Sakura's cooking ability. An interesting show of the various chores undertaken by the members of the Kinomoto family. The story itself flows smoothly with the music adding to the overall intensity of the story. The music has a certain catchy quality which, if one watches too many episodes at a given time, may prove difficult to get out of one's mind. However, the overall soundtrack is well suited to the series and adds to the overall intensity and viewer interest in the series. Likewise, the acting is also well done with the voice actors settling in well with their new roles.

Both in the story as well as in the acting, we see a certain uncertainty in Sakura about using her magic, as well as a lack of confidence on her part as to her abilities and the idea of magic use in general. This last however, will undoubtedly be a moot point as the story continues. Also, while the animation is typical to TV animation series, we do see an interesting focus on Sakura's battle costumes with some very good detail in the outfits that Tomoyo makes for Sakura.

This story is clearly geared to a younger audience, and is especially interesting in its overall concentration on the "normal" everyday aspects of life of an elementary school child.
- JN, 1999.12.13

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 3 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 3 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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