Kaleido Star: Season 1
Kaleido Star DVD Box Set: Season 1Sora, an amazingly talented acrobat from Japan, has left her friends and family behind and moved to California to audition for a role in Kaleido Stage! This world-famous troop of performers is known for their death-defying stunts and spectacular sparkling costumes! More than anything else, Sora wants to be a part of the glamour and glitz, but first she'll have to prove that she was born to perform - no matter how dangerous the next stunt may be! Contains episodes 1-26. Special Features: Textless Songs, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
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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.
And that is what makes this series something special. The story follows Naegino Sora who comes to the US to join a permanent circus based in an unnamed coastal town called Kaleido Stage. Despite arriving late after her luggage is grabbed by a street thief she is offered a position by Kalos the owner of the show. Thus begins a series of trials as she tries to win the repsect and friendship of the other performers.
This series has a lot of heart and humor. Each of Sora's trials is approached with care. She gets through them with a never say die attitude and a bit of help from a few close friends.
The animation here is nothing special. The artists clearly understood that the story needed to be in teh forefront and avoided making the animation too good. It is colorful and the motion of the characters is smooth.
Children will love the bright colors and the impressive arcobatic shows, but adults will likely also find the story well written and dramatic. This series is a great example of how animated shows should no longer be considered "just for children."
Note : I normally watch anime in English but I would highly recommend watching this in Japanese because the voice quality is so much better.
The quality is great; not blurry at all.
If the price was set just a little bit lower, then that'll be great.