Well, my very favorite series of all time, Cardcaptor Sakura, has come to an end in its American release. I have to say that this was the absolute perfect way to finish off the series - with a movie. Most of us know that episode 70 of the anime was a total cliff-hanger, and this is what happens.
Four months have passed since Eriol and his ordeals have left for England, and four months had passed since Syaoran told Sakura his true feelings, and yet, she was never able to reply. As life starts turning back to normal for her, the most exciting thing that happens is her getting the part of princess in a festival play.
Eriol's old house has been demolished, and a new amusement park was built atop the hill where it stood. Underneath the house, the 53rd Clow Card was sealed - a card that has the power to cancel out the other 52 and turn the world to nothingness.
Syaoran gets dragged to Japan by Meiling for the Nadeshiko festival, and Sakura tries to tell him how she feels, and somehow, something's always in the way! In the end, when everything, including Sakura's cards starts to dissappear, Sakura must make a choice - give up her most precious feeling, or let the world turn to nothing.
The movie was truly amazingly animated. Everyone still has their true personalities, but somehow, they show a bit more expression. The colors are better, and in all, it's just better quality than the anime. It's widescreen, and has two subtitle tracks... However, there was one thing that intruiged me about this disk...
It's been dubbed, and not by Nelvana. The original Cadcaptors dub totally butchered the story, making it something for little kids. Since they cut out all traces of the S/S relationship, there was no point in dubbing this at all. However, when I played it on the English track, I sure was surprised. The dialog was accurate, the voices were just extremely well picked (especially Sakura-chan!), and I was really impressed! The only complaint I had was the over-use of complete sentences and Yukito's voice (sadly, Megumi Ogata doesn't speak English).
Over all, this is worth the money. I was really happy finally getting to watch it after reading various summaries. ^^; Just one thing - I don't recomend this to anyone that hasn't seen all of the originally subbed episodes. Even if it's dubbed, you will be lost. It does not follow the Cardcaptors story.
Anyway, I hope my review heled somewhat. Thanks for reading.