Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Pretear - Vol 3|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films Release Date: 02/17/2004 Run time: 75 minutes
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Shocking, Suspenseful and Wonderful!
Sierra | Canada | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here is the third volume in the beautiful and superbly executed Pretear series. As someone who owns the entire Pretear series, I can honestly tell you that the hype surrounding it is all true. Pretear is a strong character-driven story with adorable humour and real heart that not only makes sense, but is captivating and exciting as well. In this series, the English voice acting is very good, but the Japanese dub is brilliant! If you are looking for non-stop action (mecha or martial arts) then you need to look elsewhere. Pretear combines elements from the fairy tale "Snow White" with a wonderful, innovative story idea. Combine that with the exquisite animation, beautiful character and costume designs, and interviews with the english voice actors (spread out over all 4 volumes) and you have a classic work of anime.
Volume 3 of the Pretear series is the turning point of the series. I cannot go into much about the plot without blowing it wide open so I will just skim the surface. Himeno has regained the ability to Prete thanks to the help of handsome Hayate. But the trouble is not over yet, as the Princess of Disaster steps up her Leafe draining attacks in Japan. The pressure mounts as demon larvae seems to pop up everywhere, and the true identity of the Princess of Disaster is revealed. To top things off, there is a shocking betrayal among the Leafe Knights that leaves the team crippled at a crucial time.
Volume three of Pretear continues in the excellence of its two predessors, and delivers nail-bitting suspense and surprises. It is the most exciting volume of the series with the exception of the final one, volume four. After watching volume three, you will be wringing your hands in anticipation of what happens next. The Pretear series is what anime should be, and will raise the bar for future magical-girl anime.
Pretear Vol. 3
nuveniyas | my own world | 01/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"No longer the Pretear, Himeno Awayuki is powerless to stop Takako, the Princess of Disaster, from nearly killing the knight Sasame. Distraught, Himeno finds comfort with her stepsister Mawata and solace in the arms of the knight Hayate. But when Takako threatens to kill all the Leafe Knights, Himeno rediscovers the will and the way to be Pretear!Takako then sends demons to terrorize the Awayuki home. Both Himeno's family and the Leafe Knights try to exterminate these pests. But the search parties only get confused and lost. The search does turn up a secret, one that will cause Sasame to declare himself Takako's servant! But Takako rejects Sasame. The only person she wants is the future Puppet of Darkness-Mawata! Himeno and the Knights retreat to Leafenia, which they think is safe. Then Sasame and Takako invade the realm. Takako will take Sasame as a servant, provided he prove his love-by killing Hayate!"
I'm on the edge of my seat...
J. Fink | St. Louis, MO | 08/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pretear just keeps surprising me. When I first heard of Pretear, it was likened to a Cinderella story. After the first DVD, it seemed to me to be just a standard (but much better than average) magical girl story...true love, or friendship, or teamwork, or whatever, always prevails. And while the second DVD delved deeper into the story then I imagined it would, the 3rd DVD just completely shocked me!
And that is one of the greatest things about this series. Although only 4 DVDs (13 episodes) long, it goes very far into the storyline. Not once do I feel like things are being glossed over to keep the story within it's time limit. Not once do I feel like I am being bogged down by the deeper meanings, either. Pretear is a nice mix of plot, action, dialogue, desire...it really has got it all!
I'm not going to go over the plot at all, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it. But believe me, things really start to come to a head in this penultimate volume! And even better, I really adore these characters. I believe them, I sympathize with them, I cheer for them...it really makes the story go a lot more smoothly when you can identify with the characters.
While I'm not too thrilled that after the 1st DVD, each DVD only has 3 episodes, and while I am also saddened by the fact that both the 2nd and the 3rd DVDs end at tremendous cliffhanger moments...Pretear is a very good buy. In addition to the standard extras seen on DVDs (clean opening/closing sequences, japanese TV commercials, anime previews), there are also "behind the anime" interviews with the voice actors. For me, it's very cool to put a face to the voice, as well as find out the great scope of projects that all of the VAs have worked on before.
My only complaints for this series are silly ones. Although I feel like the story will be completely resolved by the end of the series, I don't feel like my desire for Pretear will be completely fulfilled. I'm hoping they bring out a second season, or spin off, or prequel, or something. The other downsides are marginal as well. They haven't yet released the soundtrack, and the music is AWESOME! (though you can get the import versions on ebay.com...and maybe even amazon.com auctions) And the mangas, while being produced, are slow to come out.
But other than that, I can't find a thing wrong with this show. I would put it on the TOP of any recommendation list."
Just keeps getting better
tweedldum65 | Chardon, Ohio United States | 05/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By far this is the best disk yet in the pretear series. The show was great befor but now it just keeps getting better. The action has increased in this one especially in the last episode of this disk. Their are a few plot twist which are also very good and pretty much unexpected. The plot keeps getting better also. the animation is just as good as in the other disks and the dubbing is great. If you loved the las two disks you'll love this one. If you haven't seen this show yet buy it its just to good."