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Kaleido Star - Amazing Collection (2004)

Jason Douglas , Ryô Hirohashi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Douglas, Ryô Hirohashi, Chinami Nishimura, Akeno Watanabe, Hiro Shimono
  • Writers: Jun'ichi Satô
  • Producers: John Ledford, Mark Williams, Shinichiro Ishikawa, Shunji Namiki, Takeshi Sasamura
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5IONO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kaleido Star - Amazing Collection" on IMDb

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favorite series November 9, 2005
Though I've previously dubbed Fumoffu this honor, after revisiting Kaleido Star I have to declare resolutely that Kaleido Star is the DVD title that moves me the most. From the first episode to the last, the title beckons my attention every moment, giving me the most rewarding viewing experience I've ever known thus far, and dare I say may ever come to know.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, affordable and outstanding February 14, 2006
After making the order for Kaleido Star: Amazing Collection, I expected kind of a bigger box than what I received: this box set is fair small, so I can save it easily as if it were a book. It is worthy to mention that the box is simple but fair, besides the fact that what matters is the content, so this box set is worth the price, as it carries all 26 episodes of Kaleido Star first season: it makes this product just excellent and affordable.

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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! January 20, 2007
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I adore the item! The animation is beautifully drawn, the music always supports the mood, and the storyline is incredibly touching. Even without violence, this tops many of the anime I've previously watched.

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.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, MUST BUY DVD! September 23, 2006
Ok, this is the story of a girl joins a circus and does a bunch of acrobatic stunts. Sounds boring right? Well it's not. I've watched many anime series lately with more interesting premises, and none of them were anywhere near as good as kaleido star. The makers of this show have somehow found a way to turn an ordinary premise into a beautiful, interesting, exciting adventure that starts out great and only gets better with every episode. KS is funny, cute, and and fully enjoyable. I strongly recommend this DVD set for anyone who loves to smile and laugh.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Kaleido Star May 7, 2014
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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 watch, at least once for all those anime fans of this kind of shows...

The only thing I don't like is the DVD menu, is kind of something I can make and don't look so professional...

This is the first part, you will need to get the 2nd part in another box set to see the complete series.

Also I love the art in the box...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaleido Star DVD Releases
This review will focus on the DVD packaging and releases, not so much on the actual anime. Other reviewers have already talked about Kaleido Star as an anime at length, so to save... Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and uplifting
Very entertaining and uplifting story of a young girl's effort to become a star in an acrobatic performance group. Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by D. Guerra
2.0 out of 5 stars Kaleido Star Amazing Collection
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 more
Published on November 6, 2008 by Richard L. Spohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly amazed
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 more
Published on June 21, 2008 by Dan Gisel
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
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 more
Published on February 9, 2008 by A. Barkstall
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
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 more
Published on August 24, 2007 by Elizabeth M. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and well... simply magnificent.
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 more
Published on August 8, 2007 by Katherine V. Surgen
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Story
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 more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Asato Falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Interpretation of Cirque Du Soleil
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 more
Published on August 21, 2006 by gentootang
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesometastic!
I loved this box set! It was very entertaining, and the art is well done. Though I prefer the Japanese subtitles. The English is a little frightening.
Published on July 4, 2006 by A. L. Astle
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