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Kaleido Star - Great Expectations (Vol. 3)

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Layla, Kaleido Stage’s biggest star, finally gets her chance to shine on the silver screen. A film director wants Layla for a movie which could mean the chance for Sora to step into Layla’s place. However, Layla already enjoys fame and fortune; acting for the cameras may not be all it’s cracked up to be. But first, Sora must intervene when a figure steps put of the shadows from Anna’s past. People are not always the way we remembered them and Anna will have to face the truth and public embarrassment before she call reconcile with her broken heart. Later, Layla and Sora will battle it out in a high seas adventure as the Kaleido Stage host a new production complete with a flying fire ship. And the entire Kaleido crew gets a much needed vacation, but the trip turns out to be more than Sora bargained for. Of course, the fool has predicted all in the cards! Be prepared to be amazed as Sora and her friends fly to new heights high above the Kaleido Stage!

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002IQF4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Neil Laughlin on January 11, 2005
This is an animated series about a teenage girl named Sora who leaves Japan to join Kaleido Stage, a circus that seems to be inspired by the real-world Cirque du Soleil. It is primarily intended for a younger, female audience, and through the first three volumes, has no objectionable content worse than a lecherous spirit whose ploys always fail and the occasional shower scene comparable to TV soap and shampoo commercials. I would rate it PG verging on G, and have no problems showing it to children of any age.

The third volume of Kaleido Star marks a change from the initial volumes, which focus primarily on Sora's audacity and willingness to defy the rules of Kaleido Stage to prove her worth. Kaleido Star is at its best when focused on the actual performances; its animators' skill and imagination shine when portraying the show's gymnastic sequences.

In Episode #9, the volume's first, Sora is challenged to make her first leading role her own. Several previous episodes have contained heavy-handed lessons about show business; in this episode, the lesson is delivered more skillfully, and the overall result, combined with the fine show imagery, is satisfying.

Episode #10 deals with Anna, one of the supporting characters. It does a good job of fleshing out her backstory, and the dramatic device employed for the climax is effective, although I found myself wishing it had been directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, Hideaki Anno, or another anime director with more skill at delivering emotional punch. The episode has the material, but does not execute as well as it could.

Episode #11 and #12 focus on Sora's relationship with Layla, the female star of Kaleido Stage, as they train for, and then execute on, their first cooperative performance.
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