Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card

Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card (劇場版カードキャプターさくら 封印されたカード, Gekijōban Kādokyaputā Sakura Fūin Sareta Kādo) is a 2000 Japanese anime film directed by Morio Asaka and written by Nanase Ōkawa, with animation produced by Madhouse. The film is a sequel and finale to the anime television series adaptation of Clamp's Cardcaptor Sakura, and is the second feature-length film based on the series. The film follows Sakura Kinomoto as she faces the final Clow Card alongside her friends and allies, and comes to terms with her romantic feelings for Syaoran Li.

Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2:
The Sealed Card
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Japanese劇場版カードキャプターさくら 封印されたカード
HepburnGekijōban Kādokyaputā Sakura Fūin Sareta Kādo
Directed byMorio Asaka
Produced byKazuhiko Ikeguchi
Kouichi Tsurunari
Shinji Komori
Tatsuya Ono
Tsuyoshi Yoshida
Written byNanase Ohkawa
Based onCardcaptor Sakura
by Clamp
StarringSakura Tange
Aya Hisakawa
Masaya Onosaka
Motoko Kumai
Junko Iwao
Tomokazu Seki
Megumi Ogata
Yukana Nogami
Nozomu Sasaki
Maaya Sakamoto
Music byTakayuki Negishi
Edited byHarutoshi Ogata
Production
company
Distributed byBandai Visual
Shochiku
Release date
  • July 15, 2000 (2000-07-15)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

The film won the Feature Film Award at the 2000 Animation Kobe. It was released on DVD in 2003.[citation needed] It received a limited theatrical release for the first time in the US on January 31, 2018. On May 29, 2018 Discotek Media announced they will release the film for the first time on high definition Blu-ray in North America on July 31, 2018.[1] It was followed by Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card in 2018.

PlotEdit

Eriol Hiiragizawa's house is demolished to make way for a new amusement park in Tomoeda, activating a Clow Card, The Nothing, hidden underneath the house. After the park is built, she hides in its clock tower and begins secretly stealing the other cards from their mistress Sakura Kinomoto. Sakura faces her own challenges, having the leading role in a play her school is putting on as part of Tomoeda's annual festival, and her own feelings towards her boyfriend Syaoran Li, who confessed to her before returning to Hong Kong. Sakura and her best friend Tomoyo Daidoji visit the amusement park, where Sakura senses a magical aura. Running into the park, she bumps into Syaoran and Meiling Li, returning for a visit planned by Tomoyo and Meiling to get Sakura to confess to Syaoran.

Tomoyo and Meiling make a hasty departure, leaving Sakura to invite Syaoran to dinner. She tries to confess but is interrupted by the Clow Cards guardian Kero, and then the arrival of her brother Toya and his friend Yukito Tsukishiro. Over the next few days, Sakura and her friends rehearse the play, and although Sakura repeatedly attempts to confess to Syaoran, she is interrupted each time. They also notice that things in the city are disappearing including a bridge in the local park. Sakura, Syaoran, Tomoyo and Meiling spend a day at the amusement park, with Sakura and Syaoran ending up on a Ferris wheel together where Sakura tries to confess again. However, both witness one of the Clow Cards vanishing and chase its aura to a hall of mirrors where they encounter the Nothing, who steals several more of Sakura's cards.

Sakura and Kero are contacted by Eriol from England, who explains the Nothing was created to balance the positive magic of the Clow Cards with Sakura's own negative magic. The Nothing was released due to Sakura changing the cards' power from Clow Reed's to her own, resulting in a part of Tomoeda being erased every time the Nothing steals a card. Eriol warns Sakura that when she seals the Nothing card, her greatest feeling at the time, namely her love for Syaoran, will be erased as payment. Sakura informs Syaoran, but he concludes the sacrifice is their only option. Sakura runs off in tears but is consoled by Yue, the second guardian of the cards and Yukito's true form. During another rehearsal, the Nothing attacks the school, injuring Takashi Yamazaki who was to play the lead role opposite Sakura, so Syaoran steps in.

During the play, the Nothing's power spreads and erases many of Sakura's loved ones including Tomoyo, Meiling, and Sakura's family. Sakura, Syaoran, Kero, and Yue go to the amusement park and battle the Nothing, who erases Kero and Yue. Syaoran attacks her on the Ferris wheel but is caught in her destructive spheres and vanishes. Sakura pursues the Nothing to the clock tower, where she is stripped of her last cards apart from an unnamed card she created with her own magic after Syaoran left for Hong Kong. Sakura learns that the Nothing collected the cards so she would not be alone anymore, but Sakura promises that she will never be isolated again and seals the Nothing. However, the required toll instead comes from Syaoran who tells Sakura he will fall in love with her all over again.

The Nothing and the nameless card fuse into one, becoming the Hope Card as Sakura tearfully confesses to Syaoran. She is shocked when he replies that he feels the same, discovering that the fusion averted the toll. The Nothing's powers are then reversed, reviving Tomoeda and its inhabitants. Sakura springs across the reforming clock tower to Syaoran's arms, together at last.

CastEdit

Character Japanese English
Sakura Kinomoto Sakura Tange Kari Wahlgren
Syaoran Li Motoko Kumai Mona Marshall
Tomoyo Daidoji Junko Iwao Michelle Ruff
Kero Aya Hisakawa
Masaya Onosaka (True form)
Wendee Lee
Dave Wittenberg (True form)
Meiling Li Yukana Nogami Julie Maddalena
Toya Kinomoto Tomokazu Seki Kirk Thornton
Yukito Tsukishiro / Yue Megumi Ogata Steve Staley
Fujitaka Kinomoto Hideyuki Tanaka Michael McConnohie
Eriol Hiiragizawa Sasaki Nozomu Johnny Yong Bosch
Kaho Mizuki Emi Shinohara Philece Sampler
Spinel Sun Yumi Touma Philece Sampler
Rika Sasaki Tomoko Kawakami Stevie Bloch
Naoko Yanagisawa Emi Motoi Sherry Lynn
Chiharu Mihara Miwa Matsumoto Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Takashi Yamazaki Issei Miyazaki Joshua Seth
Sonomi Daidouji Miki Itō Wendee Lee
Yoshiyuki Terada Toru Furusawa Steven Blum
The Nothing Card Maaya Sakamoto Lia Sargent

SoundtrackEdit

Containing 32 tracks of background instrumental songs and vocal tracks used within the movie, Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card Original Soundtrack was released in Japan on August 2, 2000 by Victor Entertainment.

Bonus artEdit

Madhouse also brought out several pieces of high quality artwork, postcards and illustrated poster art (including the final scene bonus poster). The Special Edition DVD featured a separate art gallery section along with a booklet and pencil boards. CLAMP also brought out an artbook titled "The complete book of the animated movie Cardcaptor Sakura - The Sealed Card" in October 2000 which also featured interviews with CLAMP and the voice actors for the Cardcaptor Sakura series.

ReceptionEdit

Ridwan Khan noted that understanding the film required knowledge of Cardcaptor Sakura's second season.[2] Chris Beveridge called the movie though "a lot of fun" praising its closure even though saying that at times the plot was repetitive. Beveridge also felt the Kero-Chan Theatrical Event special was the best extra.[3][4] Allen Divers of Anime News Network noted that the English dub was closer to the Japanese than previous English dubs, even with Sakura's trademark expression "Hoe!", and that the voice actors did a great job of matching the emotions of the original Japanese ones. He felt the movie was a satisfying conclusion to the series.[5] THEM Anime felt that the plot of the film was more substantial than the plot for the first film, and enjoyed the two storylines of Sakura's emotions and the final card.[6] The second Cardcaptor Sakura movie also won the Feature Film Award at the 2000 Animation Kobe.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Discotek Media (May 2018). "Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card on Blu Ray!". Discotek Media. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Khan, Ridwan (January 2004). "Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card". Animefringe. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Beveridge, Chris (November 10, 2003). "Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie 2: The Sealed Card". Mania. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Beveridge, Chris (November 14, 2003). "Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie 2: The Sealed Card Special Edition". Mania. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Divers, Allen (December 10, 2003). "Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card Special Edition DVD". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  6. ^ "Card Captor Sakura the Movie 2: The Sealed Card". THEM Anime. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "特別賞". www.anime-kobe.jp. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved July 14, 2016.

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