Review: Card Captor Sakura the Movie 2: The Sealed Card [2000]

Japanese Title: Gekijōban Kādokyaputā Sakura Fūin Sareta Kādo
Running time: 79 minutes
Vintage: 2000
Directors: Morio Asaka
Screenplay: Nanase Ohkawa
Music: Takayuki Negishi
Original Manga: CLAMP

Actors:
Maaya Sakamoto as Nothing Card
Motoko Kumai as Shaoran Li
Sakura Tange as Sakura Kinomoto
Aya Hisakawa as Kerberos
Junko Iwao as Tomoyo Daidouji
Masaya Onosaka as Kerberos (big)
Megumi Ogata as Yukito Tsukishiro/Yue
Tomokazu Seki as Touya Kinomoto
Yukana Nogami as Meilin Li

Plot summary: [from animenewsnetwork]

All of the Clow Cards have been captured, and Sakura Kinomoto, the new Master of the Cards, is preparing to play the lead in the play for the town festival. However, a new evil force is causing mysterious events all over Tomoeda, including the disappearance of Sakura’s cards. With Syaoran’s help, Sakura must figure out the cause of these events, and save her town.

All the Clow Cards have been successfully changed to Sakura Cards and Sakura Kinomoto, the Mistress of the Cards, is now in 6th grade. While she prepares for her upcoming lead role as a princess in the town’s Nadeshiko festival, she begins sensing the evil presence of a Clow Card. With her surroundings disappearing and her cards being taken away, Sakura must figure out a way to capture this card and save her town and its people from sinking into this void. She must also confess her feelings to Syaoran, who is visiting with Meilin. However, the capture of this card might cost her the feelings she has towards Syaoran…

I Say…

I have seen this movie for the nth time, since 2001 I think? I can still remember the first time I saw it. I cried in the end, because I also thought Syaoran won’t remember it at all. But his feelings remained. Well, I think the feeling of ’emptiness’ was the one that was taken from Sakura. Since she already has confessed or answered Syaoran’s feelings, she’s alone no longer. I actually like this movie better than the first one. After seeing it again after so long still maintained the liking.

The personal choice of the feeling that will be taken upon sealing the final unsealed card was quite confusing to me the first time I’ve seen the movie. For me ’emptiness’ is not Sakura-chan’s most important feeling… but to my interpretation it was the one that was taken away. Or it could also be that there was never a price paid at all for sealing the card? CLAMP is so good at this, right? I’m sure CLAMP fans would agree.

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Review: Tsubasa Chronicle Movie: The Princess of the Land of the Birdcage [2005]

Japanese Title: Torikago no Kuni no Himegimi
Running time: 35 minutes
Premiere date: 2005-08-20 (Japan)
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki
Music: Yuki Kajiura
Original creator: CLAMP
Character Design: Yoko Kikuchi

Plot summary: (from animenewsnetwork)
In their continuing journey to find the feathers that are the fragments of Sakura’s lost memory, Syaoran, Kurogane, Fai, and Sakura move through time and space with Mokona. Here, they visit the “Land of the Birdcage,” a seemingly peaceful country where people and birds live together, each person having a bird companion. After a boy named Koruri confuses Syaoran and Sakura for “bodyguards” and attacks them, they learn that the king of the country possesses a mysterious power. Princess Tomoyo, Koruri, and the other oppressed citizens, having had their birds taken from them, live in hiding within the forest. In order to take back Sakura’s feather, Syaoran and the others stand up against the scheming king.

I Say…

To be honest, I haven’t seen the series at all! It was quite confusing even though it was short, for me who wasn’t able to know the characters. Making some research about Tsubasa, I was able to come across the line of characters in Wikipedia and saw that there were really loads of characters pulled out from the other CLAMP series and manga! And the only manga I have read are Card Captor Sakura and Chobits! Well, I have seen the anime Rayearth, CLAMP School Detectives and the other two, but my knowledge of them doesn’t seem to be enough. I think I’ll start reading the rest of my CLAMP mangas I have kept. Maybe I’ll have clearer background before I actually read and watch TRC anime and manga. Although I was told by Chase-neesan that there are no connections between the other manga and this one, well, just to save myself from being crazy when I get there. I am looking forward to watching the anime… which will be having its third season April next year! Whoa! I’ve been obviously left behind!

The movie was really short and everything was fast. I was remembering the sweet children from Card Captor Sakura series and they are entirely different. The faces may be the same but the characters are totally different. It made me laugh to see Tomoyo being a princess, and serious, unlike the Daidouji Tomoyo Kinomoto Sakura has for a best friend. Even Syaoran has changed a lot.

I don’t have to comment very much on this movie, since CLAMP will always be CLAMP… you know… the artwork is always almost perfect and really expressive. Syaoran is obviously the hero, who is Princess Sakura’s strength. From the beginning of the movie until the end he showed courage and determination.

The other two characters Kurogane and Fai, together with the talking Mokona… well, although I’m not really familiar with the reason why they are there, but I realize they are important, and I will surely get to know them once I get to read the manga and watch the anime.