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Pretear - Vol. 4 (2004)

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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: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Room for the Next Big Thing in Anime!! August 15, 2004
By Sierra
Here is the final 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, excellent voice acting and interviews with the english voice actors (spread out over all 4 volumes) and you have a classic work of anime.

In volume four of Pretear, the final showdown between Himeno and the Leafe Knights against Takakko, the Princess of disaster, will be settled once and for all. Himeno's step-sister, Mawata, is being held captive inside the evil Tree of Fenrir. The tree feeds off of Mawata's deep feelings of despair, and uses that power to drain the world's Leafe (energy). Himeno, her family and the Leafe Knights must hurry to rescue Mawata from the tree, and ultimately save the world from destruction.

The entire Pretear series really struck a cord with me, because of the emotion involved. It showed us how anyone, even someone as outgoing as Himeno, can feel alone and sad once in awhile and that we all have someone out there who cares for us. I think that everyone can relate to something as basic and essential to human life as love. And if you can, then you will fall in love with the Pretear series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final battle-Leafe Knights versus Fenrir July 24, 2005
A grim tone introduces Episode 11 of Pretear, as Awayuki town is plastered with missing posters of a certain tulip-headed girl missing for three days. That's Himeno the Pretear and Princess of Light, who after the disaster in the Leafe Knights' home of Leafenia, is conducting scattered attacks against demon larvae on Earth. However, Mawata, her stepsister, is on the verge of mental collapse.

Part of the problem is that Mawata had kept all her frustrations and pain inside. Her mother, Natsue, assumed that everything was all right, that Mawata really had it together. All in all, the whole family is clueless to her suffering. But keeping her pain bottled up only goes so far, and finally Mawata lashes out: "You're not my family! You're just strangers living in the same house. I wanted to cry but I couldn't. Nobody knew how lonely I was, how sad I was. No one tried to understand. Ever since Father left me, I was always always alone!" Fenrir and her new servant, the ex-Leafe Knight, then complete Mawata's mental destruction. "Free from everything which made you suffer. Your heart smeared in despair will become a shell which shall protect you from this tainted world of humans." Mawata then becomes the core of the Great Tree of Fenrir, which erupts from the Earth, its source of power being the deep loneliness and despair of those who have lost loved ones.

The battle is fought on three fronts. Mannen, Shin, and Hajime, the three child Knights, fight off the larvae in the city while helping the population to evacuate. Go and Kei fight the larvae in the ruins of the Awayuki mansion, while Hayate takes on Fenrir's new right-hand. And the Awayuki family, finally realizing what Mawata had been going through, are united in trying to rescue her.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happily ever after, of course... November 3, 2004
By J. Fink
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I can't say that I was very pleased with the ending of Pretear. I guess they had to end it the way they did. (Think Sailor Moon long, drawn-out happily ever after, even if impossible...kind of a combination of the 1st and 5th series endings, for the Sailor Moon fans out there) And perhaps I'm too much of a cynic to enjoy a happily ever after ending. But to me, it just felt...empty.

Perhaps it was the fact that in the first 10 episodes Pretear blew the competition (in it's genre, at least) away that I was hoping for something a little more original. Perhaps is is the fact that disc 3 ended on such a cliffhanger that I was hoping for a little bit more resolution in the story line, as well as a little bit more action.

All I know is my own opinion. And my opinion is that while Pretear still remains one of the greatest magical girl anime ever, the ending fell a little flat. It seemed like all the character development we saw over the course of the first 10 episodes was forgotten. And I swear, I could hear the cheesy American-ized Sailor Moon music (when she fights Queen Beryl) during the entire disc.

If you've already gotten this far, you'll want the final episodes. But be warned, it may not be as fulfilling as you hoped.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stunning end to the series April 5, 2004
By Anna
This disc contains a stunning end to a very sweet series. The art is consistantly good and the plot contains just enough sugar to satisfy. The extras are about in par with those on the other discs (that is to say, they aren't particularly fabulous)
the english subtitles occasionally overlap the action in the last episode as the translated song lyrics create quite a subtitle pile up, and most of the action is happening low on the screen anyway. The english dubbing is pretty good. The voice acting is consistant and believable (for the most part). I would definately reccomend the entire series.
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