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Card Captor Sakura

Episode 11 - Sakura to Tomoyo to Ookina O-ie

(Sakura and Tomoyo and the Big House)

[ production info ]

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

[ plot summary ]

Sakura's been invited to come over to Tomoyo's home. It seems that Tomoyo has a minor problem at her home and would like to talk to Sakura about it. However, finding Tomoyo's home is easier and more difficult than Sakura thought, especially given how large Tomoyo's home is. Hearing that Sakura has come over to visit, Sonomi comes running home to see the daughter of her favourite cousin and spends the afternoon having cake and tea with the two girls.

Later, Sakura finds out that Tomoyo is having problems opening her mother's box. The box contains objects which are most important to Sonomi as well as Tomoyo. However, the problem with opening the box isn't so simple as having lost the key, for Tomoyo has the key. It seems that whenever she goes to open the box, the key is sent flying across the room. What could be causing this to happen?

[ capsule review ]

Original Japanese version

The one thing I really enjoy about CCS is the wonderful story about growing up that is contained within the card collection concept. Learning more about Sakura's mother as well as seeing Tomoyo's homelife, this episode continues to build the character story within the story of capturing the many Clow cards.

While not quite as strong as the previous episode overall, there is still a great deal of character development and information given about Nadesico and Fujitaka. Especially effective is the combination of music, sound effects, voice acting, and animation in buiding the overall atmosphere in the reminiscent scenes of Nadesico and Fujitaka's meeting to suddenly remembering bad things as well.

Unfortunately, we still see Sakura relying heavily on Kero for help on how to capture the cards. It would be nice to see Sakura start working on her own, however it's still early overall regarding the whole storyline for CCS.

The voice acting is as has been seen throughout, truly solid. Particularly notable in this episode are the efforts of ? Miki who portrays Daidouji Sonomi. From happy remininscence to sudden bad memories, the seiyuu does a truly excellent job at portraying her character.

While many people will find this series too saccharine and sweet, I find that I love it for those very qualities. The gentle story and the wonderful atmosphere behind everything keeps me firmly focussed on the story at hand.
- JN, 2001.05.24

[ café rating ]

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

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