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Card Captor Sakura

Episode 7 - Sakura no Kaito Hatsuchousen

(Sakura )

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

Sakura's class is off to the museum for art class! However, museums certainly are quiet places as Sakura discovered! While at the museum, a young second grade student was causing trouble claiming that someone had painted something over one of the paintings. Young Tachibana Yuuki makes a big fuss over the painting "Hohoemi" by Tachibana Tenkai; Yuuki's father. Yuuki is even more upset however, as it was the last painting done by the famous painter before he'd passed away from illness. Indeed the painting had been done during the last family summer outing. However, while putting up such a fuss, Sakura noticed that the painting seemed to move, motioning for silence and for a brief instant the world around her was completely silent. Could it be that there is another Clow card at work in the museum? And who painted over Yuuki's father's last work?

[ capsule review ]

While maintaining the sweet nature of the show overall, this episode was decidedly unrealistic in certain aspects which detract overall from the viewing experience. While I can (oddly enough) accept the concept that a new figure magically appeared overtop one of the museum's paintings, I find it difficult to believe that a gallery or museum would be so unfamiliar with the works within that the change would not have been noticed immediately. This should have resulted in extreme consternation at the museum. However this was not in fact the case. Rather we see that the guard who faces against Yuuki dismisses the child's claims. Moreover, I would find it difficult to believe that a child would try to fix the painting on their own as well.

That aside, there is also the fact that somehow, Tomoyo was able to get hold of the guard's schedule at the museum. There are undoubtedly many a thief out there who would love to be able to get that sort of information with the seeming ease that Tomoyo had. Lastly, even with the guard schedule, how is it that Sakura and Tomoyo were able to sneak into the gallery in the first place? Moreover, how did Yuuki do the same? And while we're at it, how many different ways can one get into the museum without getting caught by the guards? Holes in the storyline which one could drive a semi through make for a very poor storyline indeed. The one saving grace for this episode was the bit of character development between Sakura and Yukito when he catches her sneaking out of her home late at night. The alternations between consternation and elation are truly well portrayed by Tange Sakura.
- JN, 2000.09.01

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 1 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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