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Card Captor Sakura

Episode 5 - Sakura to Panda to Kawaii o-Mise

(Sakura, the panda and the cute shop)

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

Matsumoto Maki has just moved to Tomoeda and is in the process of opening her new shop Twin Bells. On her way to school, Sakura meets Maki who invites her to the shop when she finishes school. Maki figures she should have finished putting out all the merchandise by that time so there should be plenty for Sakura to look at. However, as Sakura goes off to school, she watches as Maki trips and drops a box and wonders if all will infact be alright by the time she finishes school.

At school, Chiharu also mentions the new store which is opening up and suggests that everyone (Chiharu, Naoko, Rika, Tomoyo and Sakura) all go together after school to see the new shop. There should be many cute toys and other goodies for everyone to look at. However, when they get to the store, they find that things have yet to be set up and displayed. In fact, as they watch, they see Maki trip while carrying a box dropping everything. Things are not very promising with this new shopkeeper! However, wanting to see all the toys and other things, the five girls decide to help the hapless shopkeeper in setting out her wares. While taking a break from setting up, Chiharu spots a big cute panda and decides to buy the toy. However, the toy itself seems to have a will of its own as the girls discover the next day when it decides to pay Maki another visit. How is it that the panda left Chiharu's home? Could it be that there is another Clow Card at work here?

[ capsule review ]

Cuteness abounds yet again in this fifth episode of Sakura. In the opening scenes as we watch Maki sleeping with various boxes around her, I'm reminded of the many, many, times that I've moved myself. However, despite moving and other such joys, watching her sleep despite all sorts of goings on around her... I wish I could sleep that soundly! The storyline itself is very basic around the idea of capturing yet another Clow card. However, we also have the introduction of another incidental character who, while she will be seen on occasion throughout the series, does not truly add anything beyond a bit more depth to the neighborhood Sakura lives in.

Again, the concept of having the kids help out with setting up Maki's shop while it does happen on occasion is likely to be much more the exception than the rule in reality. Not many stores are liable to open their doors when they don't have any merchandise set out. More than anything, this episode serves as little more than filler for Sakura to capture another Clow card albeit one that she uses often. It does however have the benefit of fleshing out Chiharu's character a touch as well.
- JN, 2000.08.28

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 2 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 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: 2 stars N/A N/A

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