Pretear - Vol. 3
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(Feb 17, 2004)
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Volume 3 of the Pretear series is the turning point of the series. I cannot go into much about the plot without blowing it wide open so I will just skim the surface. Himeno has regained the ability to Prete thanks to the help of handsome Hayate. But the trouble is not over yet, as the Princess of Disaster steps up her Leafe draining attacks in Japan. The pressure mounts as demon larvae seems to pop up everywhere, and the true identity of the Princess of Disaster is revealed. To top things off, there is a shocking betrayal among the Leafe Knights that leaves the team crippled at a crucial time.
Volume three of Pretear continues in the excellence of its two predessors, and delivers nail-bitting suspense and surprises. It is the most exciting volume of the series with the exception of the final one, volume four. After watching volume three, you will be wringing your hands in anticipation of what happens next. The Pretear series is what anime should be, and will raise the bar for future magical-girl anime.
And that is one of the greatest things about this series. Although only 4 DVDs (13 episodes) long, it goes very far into the storyline. Not once do I feel like things are being glossed over to keep the story within it's time limit. Not once do I feel like I am being bogged down by the deeper meanings, either. Pretear is a nice mix of plot, action, dialogue, desire...it really has got it all!
I'm not going to go over the plot at all, since I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it. But believe me, things really start to come to a head in this penultimate volume! And even better, I really adore these characters. I believe them, I sympathize with them, I cheer for them...it really makes the story go a lot more smoothly when you can identify with the characters.
While I'm not too thrilled that after the 1st DVD, each DVD only has 3 episodes, and while I am also saddened by the fact that both the 2nd and the 3rd DVDs end at tremendous cliffhanger moments...Pretear is a very good buy. In addition to the standard extras seen on DVDs (clean opening/closing sequences, japanese TV commercials, anime previews), there are also "behind the anime" interviews with the voice actors. For me, it's very cool to put a face to the voice, as well as find out the great scope of projects that all of the VAs have worked on before.Read more ›
For the first time, though, it looks as if Himeno and her stepsister, the introverted Mawata, are getting along. However, something Mawata says forecasts the direction she is heading towards. "It would be great if you could live alone by yourself. ... If you are alone, you can't hurt anyone, nor will you get hurt." Two sides of the coin, being alone, and being free, are demonstrated here. Himeno, on the other hand, sees so much going on with Mawata, being pretty, having a great figure, and having good grades, but comments that she never sees her smile.
Being a Pretear also involves the will and determination to protect people, so when Fenrir shows up with the nearly dead Leafe Knights to taunt Himeno, she finds that will and preting with Hayate, whose rancor against her has dissipated, scores a victory against Fenrir's towering mushroom-like demon larva. In fact an evolving part in this series is pushing Hayate as a love interest to Himeno. Although both clumsily fumble without any verbal commitment, at least here they're on good terms.
Back to Mawata, whose introversion, good grades, and lack of smiles I can relate to. Her late father was the only one who understood how she felt, and after his death, she felt alone, and still does. She has never felt so emotionally weak before. That makes her ripe prey for the Princess of Despair, who wants to use her as a puppet of darkness, but something still holds her back.Read more ›
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Great series, however, Vol. 3 has only 3 episodes, 2 of which are on Vol. 2. Therefore, you only receive 1 new episode if you own Volume 2. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mae
I love this movie! I wish there was a little more closure to the romance section, but being an author...I have a great imagination and have added on in my head to what they had. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Melissa Damon
Magical Girls, handsome Magical Knights, an evil Queen . . . haven't we seen this all before? You have, but Pretear takes all the tired elements and re-envisions them freshly -... Read morePublished on May 8, 2005 by Steven Savage