Kaleido Star - Welcome to the Kaleido Star (Vol. 1)
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After missing an audition for the Kaleido Stage, a series of clumsy mistakes manages to catapult her into a job. Despite the protests of the beautiful Layla, who is the current star. And indeed, a very talented and egotistical woman she is. Kaleido is a performance are much like the Cirque du Soleil put on, with even more spectacular displays. When you aren't following the plot, there is a great deal to watch and admire.
The episodes focus on the lives of the characters, more than on the stunts, Layla and her partner Yuri, Carlos the owner, Ken who is both gofer and stage manager, and Fool, the spirit of the stage (and the closest thing the show has to magic). Fool appears as a costumed doll with a knack for the tarot and mildly perverse remarks. How these players and the many others deal with their challenges and reach their goals is the meat of Kaleido Star.
Brilliantly scripted and acted, Kaleido Star has enjoyed great success in Japan, where it has run to 51 episodes. The work is extremely watchable, and, more important, bears up under repeated watching. It is aimed at the warm and fuzzy loving younger set of watchers, but I found myself getting quite involved in the story. This is very much a family anime, with a strong emphasis on values and very little that is even slightly risque.
After being delayed a the police station as a suspected runaway, she finally gets to the audition late and is not even allowed to try out by orders of the resident star of Kaleido Star, Layla Hamilton. She is allowed to stay on and watch the show. When a trampoline performer is sidelined by an accident, the owner of the show, Kalos, who just happens to be the stranger that had looked at her legs before, asks her to take the injured performer's place. Sora will have to prove herself as she will have to perform before thousands of people with no rehearsal.
These first 5 episodes are mainly about Sora's attempts to fit into the troupe, even though most of the performers are hostile to her. They believe that she has some personal connection to Kalos that lets her achieve unearned status and oppurtunity. Everyone else has to work hard for the little time they get on stage while Sora walks in off the street without even a rehearsal and gets stagetime. Despite this, she is able to get the respect and friendship of some of the troupe due to her hard work ethic and dedication. Mia and Anna, two of her fellow performers begin to realize that Kalos may have shown her special consideration due to her abilities.Read more ›
The thing that stands out to me the most in this series is the art and animation. All the scenes are brightly colored, and the performances are amazing. Also, the characters are fun, each with their own unique personality and strange habits and quirks.
The story itslef is the only thing really keeping this series from getting 5 stars, in my opinion. On a whole it's wonderful, but the individual episodes sometimes end up feeling very much like a soap opera. Fans of dramatic shows or action might be put off by just how cute this show is.
Art: 9/10 Animation: 8/10 Story: 7/10 Characters: 8/10 Overall: 8/10 Trying to get a friend or family member into anime? This might be good for people who enjoy Cirque du Solei type shows. Swearing, violence, and sex are virtually nowhere, so this would be okay for kids ages 8 and up.
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The case looked new and the DVD looked like it was brand new..
Sora Naegino, a young Japanese girl with a great talent for acrobatics, comes to the United States in hopes of... Read more
This is one of my favorite Anime's. I've read alot of negative reviews on this and I think those people are just nit-picking. Okay, Ken's voice is a little odd. Read morePublished on January 17, 2005 by Chalafi
Kaleido Star has a very engaging storyline that spans through 51 episodes without any filler episodes. Read morePublished on July 19, 2004 by Amazon Customer
This DVD was so cute! It's about Sora Naegino wanting to become a star at the Kaleido Stage. The first day she arrives, she twists a little girl's arm and has to take her place! Read morePublished on June 14, 2004
I saw the first episode via a demo disc in Newtype USA. I thought it would be cheezy, but it turned out to be very well animated. Read morePublished on June 14, 2004
THis is a great anime. I saw the first episode in the May issue of NEWTYPE. Sora Naegino first saw a Kaliedo Stage Performance with her parents when she was young and from then... Read morePublished on May 21, 2004