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Kaleido Star: Season 1

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Kaleido Star: Season 1 + Kaleido Star - Season Two & OVAs  (S.A.V.E.)
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  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Nov. 23 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004047XY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,636 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Format: DVD
Kaleido Star is an older series originally released by ADV and here re-issued in a Funimation budget priced SAVE edition. This is the complete 26 ep. first season reauthored onto four discs with the original japanese track and the very nice ADV English track retained. It's a heck of a great deal at this price.

Kaleido Star is another of those rarities among japanese anime as it contains no harem, no monsters, no sci-fi nor any other of the usual elements in said genre. Instead it's simply about a young girl who joins the anime version of Cirque du Soleil and slowly works her way up the performance ladder. It's the perfect series to watch when you're tired of mechs, aliens and angsty harem comedys.

The story itself is magical. There's lots of drama but it never get's overly angsty; lot's of obstacles but they're overcome in a timely manner and the villainy when it occurs is never too mean spirited and eventually turns to friendship. It's a beautiful and wonderful little relationship series.

But for me the best part of this series is the build-up to the climactic finish as she and her partner intend to perform a stunt sooooo dangerous that the only previous performance ended in tragedy! You don't even fully realize what the performance actually is until it happens and like the participants; you get caught up in the moment. It's one of the most satisfying endings I've ever seen in an anime series and for that alone; I'd put this series in my best of the best collection.

If your tastes in Japanse anime run along the likes of the Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki movies; sweet little anime series like Ai Yori Aoshi or Kamichu! or you're just plain tired of aliens and demons and sci-fi elements. Then definitely give this one a try.
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Amazon.com: 19 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
One of the best shows ever made to this day, and a classic of its own! Nov. 23 2010
By Sebastien Bilodeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It totally swept me away from the start to the end! This is a great mix of comedy and tears that draws us inside a world following the adventure of Sora Nagino who is the upcoming star learning how hard it is to rise to the top as a circus star, and one day become the dreams of young children and parents alike. Fives stars out of five won't even give justice to this amazing anime. Highly recommended for everyone of any age.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's showtime! Oct. 1 2011
By Erick Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Kaleido Star tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl named Sora, who moves from Japan to California to audition for a role on Kaleido Stage. The shows in said stage are like a ballet, a circus acrobat act, and a light show rolled into one. It's genuinely suspenseful, lighthearted, and at times, undeniably cool. The cast includes a buff cop, a girl who loves comedy, a guy who harbors a crush on the heroine, a cute baby seal, and many more.
The packaging says it's rated TV-14, but I really disagree with that rating. Yeah, there's a character who wants to see Sora naked, but Sora catches on to his game from the get-go and does everything in her power to prevent such a thing from happening. It's a clean show.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An Amazing Anime! Jan. 17 2011
By TYC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have watched anime for a few years now and picked up Kaleido Star on a whim. I was truly stunned at how good this anime title is. The story centers around a young Japanese woman name Sora and her quest to become a star on the Kaleido Stage (similar to Cirque du Soleil). The anime details her struggles to establish herself as a Kaleido performer, as well as her adjustment from life in Japan to the United States, where the Kaleido Stage is located. It is an anime title that is appropriate for all ages and one of the best titles I have ever come across.
Note : I normally watch anime in English but I would highly recommend watching this in Japanese because the voice quality is so much better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful series! Jan. 15 2014
By Wayne Vinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love it, and my 6-year-old girl is fascinated with the series! It is so beautiful to watch and cheer for Sora, the main character. The story is full of messages about trying your best, never giving up, and being confident in yourself. Perfect!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
good anime March 7 2012
By gringa2012 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good anime to watch. Although I preferred season two better, season one does have some good episodes. Overall, it is a good anime to watch