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Card Captor Sakura

Episode 4 - Sakura no Kuta Kuta Nichiyoubi

(Sakura's Exhausting Sunday)

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

It's Sunday morning and yet Sakura is already up and about. Having planned on going to the park for a picnic with Tomoyo, Sakura is in a very good mood, so good in fact that she's willing to let Touya get away with calling her a monster. However, much to Sakura's chagrin, she'd completely forgotten about swapping chores with Touya earlier and Sunday was her day to pay back the favour.

After cancelling her picnic with Tomoyo, Sakura enlists Kero's aid to help with the chores. Much to Sakura's delight, she finds two Clow Cards while cleaning and leaves the cards on the desk when she's called away to deliver some forgotten papers. However, leaving the two cards together may not have been a very good idea...

[ capsule review ]

I have to admit that the more I watch this series, the more I really enjoy it for the gentle and sweet story that unfolds about Sakura and her family. While her mother had passed away some time ago, she, Touya and her father all work together to keep the household running smoothly. While perhaps a touch too sweet to be completely realistic, the idealism is still touching. Tomoyo's decision to visit Sakura to help with her chores is something that we would almost never expect of friends except for when it comes to moving house and in that sense is a touch even less realistic and more idealistic.

The animation here was decidedly cute in this episode, especially in combination with the music when the Wood card manifested itself. Likewise, there is good use of humour when Sakura challenges rain. Perhaps this episode's greatest strength lies in precisely that combination of animation and music in order to present the story and humour at hand. Also, while there is the primary idea of capturing the cards, the underlying story of Sakura's home life and her friendships with Tomoyo and Yukito are also very important in developing the overall feel to this series and Sakura's character as well. All in all a very cute episode.
- JN, 2000.08.28

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 4 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 4 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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