Pretear - Vol. 4
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(Mar 30, 2004)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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i loved this dvd you got an ending but they left it open for anoutherPublished on December 3, 2009 by Kindle Customer
You've seen Magical Girl anime before, but Pretear re-envisions the magical girls, funny sidekicks, and handsome Knights as a new, darker, more serious tale with heart. Read morePublished on May 8, 2005 by Steven Savage
well, i've just finished the the third volume of this series and and i've really enjoyed it. it has it's funny moments and it's sad moments and even a little bit of lovey dovey... Read morePublished on March 13, 2004
i believe this is going to be another good movie because i really like the other ones but the kool thing would be if himeno and the princess of disaster would to trade places that... Read morePublished on March 3, 2004 by kari Mitsui Ishimata