Kaleido Star - Amazing Collection
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My highest praise goes to the wonderfully talented production staff. Junichi Sato is a great anime visionary having given us classics like Sailor Moon, Magic User's Club, Sargeant Frog, and Princess Tutu. And Kaleido Star in my view is his crowning achievement. I would never have imagined that a cirque du soleil backdrop would be so fascinating, but Sato's unique take on a shounen formula following the plight and destiny of a lovable goofy heroine brings much life and adventure to a dubious and risky plot. Mina Kubota's gorgeous romantic soundtrack that seems to borrow from Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Prokofiev is among the most engaging collection of music I've heard for the genre. And Gonzo's solid animation and attractive character designs make it all the visual splendor that it is.
And the Japanese cast assembles some of my favorites, Aya Hisakawa, Takehito Koyasu, and Fumiko Orikasa. And of course, the brightly shining Ryou Hirohashi infuses the right kind of depth and emotion into the Kaleido Star that I could not conceive being done better by anyone else.
If I may capitulate an overview, we begin with a bright, ambitious, and head strong Japanese girl Sora coming to the US, arriving at a fictitious Los Angeles county town named Cape Merry to audition for and join the circus troupe of Kaleido Stage. With circumstances leading to her unpunctual arrival, the current diva overseeing the audition dismisses her.Read more ›
If we talk about the Kaleido Star series itself, then I can summarize it in a phrase: "All the world is a stage!". This is proven as the story shows how the main character, Japanese 16-year-old girl Sora Naegino passes through many challenges in order to become a Kaleido Star (in other words, the star of Kaleido Stage, just in case it is not so explicit). Not only does Sora face problems within the Kaleido Stage environment itself; she also experiences struggles with her family (her "parents" were opposed to the idea of becoming a Kaleido Star) and her own life out the stage (when she needs to find apartment, as Yuri Killian owned Kaleido Stage as signal of revenge). But the way Sora faces these problems is admirable: she always does her best in everything, pushing herself so hard that she gets hurt in most cases, physically and psychologically, and taking all the chances she can in order to make successful progress. This way, anybody realizes that Sora Naegino is definitely the heart of the Kaleido Star story, as it is her challenge to become a Kaleido Star. Excellent animation quality and customes, in addition to a very strong phylosophical background makes Kaleido Star: Amazing Collection a must have...
...therefore, you must have this one no matter what!
If anyone is looking for a show that is family friendly and manages to be incredibly light while still managing to touch on deep morals and, most especially, the importance of persistance and the dedication to do your best when everything is looking down, I suggest giving KaleidoStar a view.
My only warning is that the box and DVD cases in this particular set are a bit flimsy, and the extras are lacking. If you really want those things then buy the individual DVD's. If you just want the show at a great price, then get this set as it's an excellent deal.
- BACKSTORY -
I originally bought this Kaleido Star - Amazing Collection a few years back thinking I had a complete collection of the anime when I in fact only had the first season (making that 26th episode ending a real "WTF?!" moment). That mistake sent me all over the internet looking for answers. What I found out I've collected here to hopefully save at least one person out there the headache I had tracking down specific info. Or maybe I'm the only one who found this confusing, I don't know. Either way I hope this is informative to someone.
- ABOUT THE OVAS AND EXTRAS -
This Amazing Collection contains all 26 episodes of the first season of the Kaleido Star series. Please note that this is ONLY THE FIRST SEASON. If you're looking for a complete collection or other options, I've listed them at the bottom of this review.
The only real reason you'd buy the Amazing Collection is because you've somehow already bought the Kaleido Star: New Wings True Star Collection and want it to match on your shelf. You get all 51 episodes of the anime this way + the first OVA, "The Amazing Princess Without a Smile". Problem is, there are two OVAs for this anime, and buying these two box sets means you don't get the Layla-centric OVA, "Legend of Phoenix ~Layla Hamilton Monogatari~".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best comedy/drama anime I ever saw...
I like how the story line evolve and special I love the characters, the music, the climax, the art, is just a must... Read more
Very entertaining and uplifting story of a young girl's effort to become a star in an acrobatic performance group. Read morePublished on January 31, 2009 by D. Guerra
I love anime, and I am an avid collector of great anime dvd's, so when I read the 5-star reviews about Kaleido Star, I just had to get it. Read morePublished on November 6, 2008 by Richard L. Spohn
I must admit, while reading some of the previous reviews I was a little skeptical. But after taking the chance and ordering this series I found a more than worthy addition to my... Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by Dan Gisel
I just finished this box set and I love it. I love Sora and the triumphs she has to over come. It really teaches that you can do anything you set your mind to as long as you give... Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by A. Barkstall
I am waiting for Sep. 4 for the 2nd season to hit the shelves. At first, I didn't think I would like it. But, I did! All the characters were likable (most of them). Read morePublished on August 24, 2007 by Elizabeth M. Martin
This has to be one of the best anime I have seen in many years. It's not too long, not too short. There are no "filler" episodes; it's all story and it's all relevant to... Read morePublished on August 8, 2007 by Kate
This anime was enjoyable from the first episode to the last. The art and animation were all incredible. The DVDs themselves were in great condition as well. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Asato Falcon
This anime is cute and exciting. The animations of the fabulous aerial maneuvers of the circus performers are breathtaking. The characters are well developed and distinct. Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by gentootang
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