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Cardcaptors - Tests of Courage (Vol. 1) [VHS]

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  • Actors: Carly McKillip, Rhys Huber, Matt Hill, Maggie Blue O'Hara, Tony Sampson
  • Writers: Clamp, Jennifer Pertsch
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • VHS Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y56X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Curiosity is part of any 10-year-old's life, but Sakura just broke the seal on a magical book and released all of the mischievous spirits improvised on the cards inside! Kero, the "Guardian of the Clow Cards" is horrified to find all of the cards gone and tells Sakura she must become the "Cardcaptor" and retrieve the spirits before they work their mischief in the world. Contains the first three episodes of the popular TV series airing on the Kids' WB. Collectible Insert Inside!

Cardcaptors has a lot going for it, including likable characters, well-crafted dialogue, and a cartload of similarities to the phenomenally popular Pokémon. But as the three-episode video Tests of Courage demonstrates, the series (seen on the Kids' WB network) also is saddled with shortcomings, mostly in the form of flimsy concepts. Case in point: episode 1, "Sakura's Rival." Here we're introduced to lead character Sakura's sole competitor in the Clow Card-capturing arena, the stern and unsociable Li. After a rocky first encounter, Li proves he's worthy of Sakura's trust by helping her secure the weather-corrupting Shadow Card (one of many cards bearing mystical powers that Sakura unwittingly released from the magic Clow book). The segment sets the tone for the pair's subsequent semicooperative, semiadversarial adventures, but it doesn't fully explain the Shadow Card's scheme, nor the role of Kero, the supposed guardian of the cards who bears a roundabout resemblance to Pokémon's Pikachu. Episodes 2 and 3 are slightly more successful in shedding light on what the wayward Clow Cards are up to, but batches of not fully fleshed-out details, like where Li got his card-impairing lasin board and what he intends to do with the cards he collects, are apt to irk kids over 7 who like their cartoon adventures unraveled logically. That said, Sakura's spunk and good judgment make her a better-than-average role model for girls, and her cool haircut is apt to earn her popularity points, too. --Tammy La Gorce

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
As most people know, there are two versions of Cardcaptor Sakura: the subtitled original, and the edit "Cardcaptors" (it seems that editors don't like the idea of females being the main character, because this is the second time I've seen that done). The animation is great. Bright, cute, and colorful. If you're looking for something as a gift for younger children, buy this version. They cut right to the action episodes, so the plot is butchered. There is little character development and it doesn't make sense because they skip so many episodes. For example, it shows Sakura Kinomoto (Avalon?) use Clow Cards that they don't show how she got in the first place. If you want the whole cute thing and the excellent full Cardcaptor Sakura experience, search for the subtitled version and buy it. The main things edited out in this edited version that are in the subtitled version are little bits of cursing, romance, and homosexuality hints. If you're old or mature enough for the things edited out, please do yourself a BIG favor and buy the subtitled version for a long and complete adventure. If you're buying this for young children, buy this edited version. My complaints with the edit are the big personality changes and they cut out some of the best (and funniest) parts. It looks like they cut out big parts of the comedy and cuteness to cut right to the action to make boys want to buy this. Tomoyo Daidouji (also known as Madison in this edit version) is supposed to sound very sweet and innocent, but in this edit, she sounds more bossy and mean at times. Sakura sounds too old and bossy, while she is supposed to sound quieter and less confident. Kero-chan sounds like a cab driver instead of a cute plush-like toy. As I've said before, if for kids, buy this.Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Janice on January 12, 2001
Format: DVD
I have to assume that anyone interested in this DVD is primarily familiar with this series through the dubbed version shown on Kid's WB and Teletoon, entitled "Cardcaptors". What you may not realize is that this DVD does NOT contain the same episodes as the concurrently released subtitled version of this show, entitled "Cardcaptor Sakura".
The first two DVDs of "Cardcaptors" contain episodes 8, 12, 17; and 13, 9, and 20, respectively. The first two DVDs of "Cardcaptor Sakura", on the other hand, contain episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, 6, 7, and 8. So if you really love "Cardcaptors", you should also buy the first two volumes of the subtitled version, since they contain *different episodes* from the dub release. In addition, episodes 1-7 that appear on the first two subtitled DVDs have NEVER been and never will be shown on N. American TV. Nor will they ever be released on the dubbed versions of the DVDs, as they were never dubbed.
I would like to address a couple of fallacys I have noted in other reviews:
Fallacy #1: "There is no subtitled version available." This is NOT TRUE. Search on the words "Cardcaptor Sakura" and the subtitled version will show up.
Fallacy #2: "The dub is cheaper than the subtitled version." Again, NOT TRUE! The dubbed DVD is $21.49, while the subtitled version is $25.49. HOWEVER, the dubbed version only contains 3 episodes, while the subtitled version contains 4! If you do the math, you will find that *the subtitled version is actually CHEAPER on a per episode basis!*
If you are contemplating buying the dubbed version, you owe it to yourself to watch the subtitled version first. You'll get to see the original episodes, in order, as they were meant to be seen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Faolan on November 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Carcaptor Sakura comes from the creative minds of CLAMP, an all-female manga-ka (comic book artist team) in Japan. Their Sakura series was (and still is) enormously popular in Japan and has a large following stateside.
Following on the heels of the success of Sailor Moon, it would only make sense that Cardcaptor Sakura would find its way into American living rooms. However, the results were hugely disappointing to many fans of the series.
While many die-hard anime fans complain about the voices being so different, let's face it. There's no way to get Iwao Junko to come here and speak English for the dubbing company. The voice actors had to be different anyway. However, on the other hand, the actors for America's Card Captors really DO sound like the company just pulled some people off the street. In dubbing this series, cute became valley-girl attitude and sweetness became tiring melodrama. Characterizations changed completely, and if that's not bad enough, so did the story.
Card Captors bears little resemblance to its Japanese forbearer. By cutting the first six episodes, major plot points were deleted, resulting in a show where cartoon characters run around catching cards with no motivation or background story. I believe the argument for that was that it would have been too complicated for the target audience of pre-schoolers and very young children. What I can't understand is why the target audience had to be altered at all. The original audience consisted roughly of girls between the ages of eight and fourteen. The following the series amassed stretched far beyond that, with the result that CLAMP's entire fan base tuned in.
So let's send a message to the TV dubbing companies -- stop dumbing down our shows for American release! If it's entirely obvious that Tomoyo has a crush on Sakura and that Touya and Yukito are more than best friends, then leave that in! Card Captors is an insult to both the audience and the creators.
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