A sad thing to do to a sweet show
J. Niehof | 08/23/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The original Card Captor Sakura (available full and uncut on DVD) is a wonderfully sweet bit of mahou shoujo (magical girl) anime. The "monster of the day" premise serves as a backdrop to the real drama of the character interactions among Sakura, her family, and friends.Unfortunately Cardcaptors doesn't preserve the beauty of the original. There are two major classes of cut. First is the "potentially objectionable" material, such as the romantic tinges of the relationship between Sakura and Tomoyo, or a number of cross-generational relationships. None of this is truly "mature subject matter," but American standards for children's TV are a lot more stringent than Japanese. Despite the damage which these cuts do to the story, they're at least understandable.Far less desirable are the "keep it moving" snips. This class itself divides into two subclasses: on the one hand, Sakura is diminished and Li is emphasised in order to change Sakura from protagonist. On the other, many of the more moving character moments are compressed or eliminated to hurry on to the "action" sequences of capturing the cards. The end result is to change a cute character-focussed show into a mildly frightening or violent action show.Despite the damage, some of the genius of the original creation still shows through, so I can't entirely condemn this release for very young children. However, if your child is age six or so, I'd highly recommend the uncut subtitled version as an excellent show, a good reason to improve reading skills, and a chance to use the more controversial elements as a jumping-off point for discussion. Watch it with your child--you'll be drawn in yourself."
What is Nelvana thinking?!!!
J. Niehof | 08/26/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I would like to add my voice to the chorus of those that say: Buy Cardcaptor Sakura! Don't let the subtitles scare you off! Nelvana has butchered a cute show and destroyed any semblance of personality in the characters! You don't know how bad this is until you see the original!"