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  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018WMPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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PRETEAR: VOL. 3

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Their are a few plot twist which are also very good and pretty much unexpected.
tweedldum65
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.
J. Fink
The pressure mounts as demon larvae seems to pop up everywhere, and the true identity of the Princess of Disaster is revealed.
Sierra

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sierra on August 15, 2004
Here is the third volume in the beautiful and superbly executed Pretear series. As someone who owns the entire Pretear series, I can honestly tell you that the hype surrounding it is all true. Pretear is a strong character-driven story with adorable humour and real heart that not only makes sense, but is captivating and exciting as well. In this series, the English voice acting is very good, but the Japanese dub is brilliant! If you are looking for non-stop action (mecha or martial arts) then you need to look elsewhere. Pretear combines elements from the fairy tale "Snow White" with a wonderful, innovative story idea. Combine that with the exquisite animation, beautiful character and costume designs, and interviews with the english voice actors (spread out over all 4 volumes) and you have a classic work of anime.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Fink on August 10, 2004
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Pretear just keeps surprising me. When I first heard of Pretear, it was likened to a Cinderella story. After the first DVD, it seemed to me to be just a standard (but much better than average) magical girl story...true love, or friendship, or teamwork, or whatever, always prevails. And while the second DVD delved deeper into the story then I imagined it would, the 3rd DVD just completely shocked me!

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tweedldum65 on May 20, 2004
By far this is the best disk yet in the pretear series. The show was great befor but now it just keeps getting better. The action has increased in this one especially in the last episode of this disk. Their are a few plot twist which are also very good and pretty much unexpected. The plot keeps getting better also. the animation is just as good as in the other disks and the dubbing is great. If you loved the las two disks you'll love this one. If you haven't seen this show yet buy it its just to good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on July 19, 2005
The third disc of Pretear consists of Episodes 8-10. For much of episode 8, the heroine, Himeno Awayuki, is totally depressed. She is unable to prêt anymore with the Leafe Knights because deep inside, she doesn't want to fight, blames herself for being useless, and goes AWOL, causing great worry among her parents and the Knights.

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.
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