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Kaleido Star: Season 1

Cynthia Martinez , Sandra Krasa , Sandra Krasa  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cynthia Martinez, Sandra Krasa, Jay Hickman
  • Directors: Sandra Krasa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004047XY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Takes your seats, everyone! The high-flying adventure of a lifetime is about to begin!

The acclaimed director of Sailor Moon and Princess Tutu brings fans the breathtakingly beautiful story of a young girl determined to follow her dreams all the way to the top! Sora – an amazingly talented acrobat from Japan – left her friends and family behind and moved to California to audition for a role in Kaleido Stage! This world-famous troop of performers is known for their death-defying stunts and spectacularly sparkling costumes! More than anything else, Sora wants to be a part of the glamour and glitz, but first she’ll have to prove that she was born to perform – no matter how dangerous the next stunt may be! Prepare to be held on the edge of your seat by Kaleido Star, a highly recommend series that Advanced Anime calls the “show that dreams are made of”.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It totally swept me away from the start to the end! This is a great mix of comedy and tears that draws us inside a world following the adventure of Sora Nagino who is the upcoming star learning how hard it is to rise to the top as a circus star, and one day become the dreams of young children and parents alike. Fives stars out of five won't even give justice to this amazing anime. Highly recommended for everyone of any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's showtime! October 1, 2011
Kaleido Star tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl named Sora, who moves from Japan to California to audition for a role on Kaleido Stage. The shows in said stage are like a ballet, a circus acrobat act, and a light show rolled into one. It's genuinely suspenseful, lighthearted, and at times, undeniably cool. The cast includes a buff cop, a girl who loves comedy, a guy who harbors a crush on the heroine, a cute baby seal, and many more.
The packaging says it's rated TV-14, but I really disagree with that rating. Yeah, there's a character who wants to see Sora naked, but Sora catches on to his game from the get-go and does everything in her power to prevent such a thing from happening. It's a clean show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series! January 15, 2014
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I love it, and my 6-year-old girl is fascinated with the series! It is so beautiful to watch and cheer for Sora, the main character. The story is full of messages about trying your best, never giving up, and being confident in yourself. Perfect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good anime March 7, 2012
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Good anime to watch. Although I preferred season two better, season one does have some good episodes. Overall, it is a good anime to watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age on the Flying Trapeze December 19, 2011
By Mvargus
If it wasn't for how often the Cirque de Soleil type shows in this series cheerfully break the lawa of physics this could have been filmed in live action rather than animated. And it would have likely been a huge hit on Nickelodeon or Disney, the story it that good.

And that is what makes this series something special. The story follows Naegino Sora who comes to the US to join a permanent circus based in an unnamed coastal town called Kaleido Stage. Despite arriving late after her luggage is grabbed by a street thief she is offered a position by Kalos the owner of the show. Thus begins a series of trials as she tries to win the repsect and friendship of the other performers.

This series has a lot of heart and humor. Each of Sora's trials is approached with care. She gets through them with a never say die attitude and a bit of help from a few close friends.

The animation here is nothing special. The artists clearly understood that the story needed to be in teh forefront and avoided making the animation too good. It is colorful and the motion of the characters is smooth.

Children will love the bright colors and the impressive arcobatic shows, but adults will likely also find the story well written and dramatic. This series is a great example of how animated shows should no longer be considered "just for children."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome August 7, 2011
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I watched this when I was a kid and now I'm bringing some memories back with this DVD. The price is not actually reasonable, kind of too expensive for just season one.
The quality is great; not blurry at all.
If the price was set just a little bit lower, then that'll be great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Anime! January 17, 2011
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I have watched anime for a few years now and picked up Kaleido Star on a whim. I was truly stunned at how good this anime title is. The story centers around a young Japanese woman name Sora and her quest to become a star on the Kaleido Stage (similar to Cirque du Soleil). The anime details her struggles to establish herself as a Kaleido performer, as well as her adjustment from life in Japan to the United States, where the Kaleido Stage is located. It is an anime title that is appropriate for all ages and one of the best titles I have ever come across.
Note : I normally watch anime in English but I would highly recommend watching this in Japanese because the voice quality is so much better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Tale Of Dreams And Determination February 6, 2013
By KevinB
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Sora has always dreamed of coming to L.A. and becoming a member of the Kaleido Stage performing troupe. She makes the trip and with a little luck, gets accepted into the troupe. Her cheerful attitude and relentless determination quickly make her some great friends and fierce rivals. The girl she idolizes, Layla, is beautiful, graceful, strong, and everything that Sora strives to become. She eventually earns the chance to play a role as Layla's partner. The 2 of them have the potential to become a legend in the acrobatic world. But they will face much adversity and many trials on their way to achieving their dreams.

At first I was a little hesitant about this anime. Being a guy, I wasn't sure if a PG rated show about acrobatics and the circus would appeal to me. I'm glad that I took a chance on it. Even though it is definitely geared toward females and a younger audience, it has an uplifting and universal appeal that can grab the interest of almost anyone, despite their gender or age. Kaleido stage has a captivating story, great characters, and plenty of drama. The animation, soundtrack, and voice acting are all very well done. Watching this anime makes you forget about your troubles and escape into a dazzling would of fun, dreams, and determination. It has some great lessons to teach. Never giving up, always doing your best, and having faith in yourself & your friends, are all major themes in this series. It's extremely uplifting.

After hearing all the great things I said about it, and seeing all the other 5 star reviews, you are probably wondering why I'm not giving it 5 stars. I have seen a lot of anime, and I own over 300 titles, so my standards are a little higher. Than most I think.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Just what you want to see after first season. Its pretty cool that this box set has OVAs included. Sora's adventures follow desception and metting new friends
Published 7 months ago by Jose Mellanes
3.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for stardom
Kaleido Star is an good series about trying to make your dreams come true. It's great if you like slice of life anime mixed in with drama. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Usagi Uchiha
5.0 out of 5 stars review
The product came as described and within the time frame. All the disc were in good condition as well. Very pleased with what I have.
Published 10 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars The ENTIRE series for a low price? I must be dreaming!
One of my favorite anime series! A slice-of-life, feel good comedy about circus life? More, please! I bought this when the price was about $25. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lark
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime was Good
its came in good condition with no problem it is an excellent anime and it was amazing to watch and see
Published 13 months ago by Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams Can Come California, USA
"Kaleido Star" is a beautiful show about ambition and the efforts that are necessary to make your dreams come true. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hope this helps
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Series for Kids
I read the description of this series, and some of the reviews, and thought it looked like an interesting plot. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this for adults. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BobW
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe in your dreams!
This anime is not for those hate cheesy, predictable, corny, and slightly boring animes. If you loved Sailor Moon or Princess Tutu, then put this product in your cart, because you... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Msanimefreak
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
Unbelievable,this show will blow you away,if you ever went to a circus when you was a kid!It's about a japanese girl who tries out for a Californian circus,to live here dreams!
Published 24 months ago by Zackariah
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