Unboxing: Cardcaptor Sakura – The Complete Series (Premium Edition Blu-ray) [USA]


It’s not often we cover NIS America Blu-ray releases, mainly because they are expensive and are not compatible with Region B Blu-ray Players; however when the studio announced that they would be releasing of ‘Complete Series’ set of Cardcaptor Sakura i could not help but get excited and pre-order it. I’m not usually a fan of these types of series, but Cardcaptor Sakura has always been a personal favourite of mine; eitherway the Blu-ray set has arrived and it’s now time to unbox it “Hoorah!”

Where to begin; well the Premium Edition of Cardcaptor Sakura contains the entire series (70 episodes) over 9 Blu-ray discs; each of which have been remastered in 1080p and left in their original 4:3 aspect ratio; but wait thats not all. This American release feature both the original Japanese Audio (with English subtitles) along with the rare Singapore/Asian Animax English Dub – a Dub which has ‘never’ been released outside of asian countires and as such makes this set ‘extra’ special. The discs also house a clean opening and closing animations as well as a wide selection of trailers for other NIS America releases.


In terms of phyical bonus content a premium artbook featuring 76 pages worth of content as well as a heavy duty chipboard artbox. The artbook itself is basically a ‘re-cap’ of every episode of the series as well as a selection of newly iullustrated images of Sakura; meanwhile the chipboard artbox contains the whole set nice and neat in a single package – although the contents do slide out rather easily.

The bad news of this set is obviously how it looks; and no i’m not referring to the visual quality of the series. For starters newer Cardcaptor Sakura logos and illustrations of Sakura are used all over the box and packaging; thus loosing its original ‘japanese’ feel and making it look more like a regular childs TV Show. The second annoying problem is that a werid-shaped DVD sized case that is used to house the discs; the case doesn’t bother me much but its the fact that the Blu-ray discs on the isnide of the case easily overlapp each other – thus making them easier to damage and scratch; which is not something you want from a set that costs more than a games console.


Anyway i have mixed opinions about this release; the contents are spot-on perfect (including the artbook and disc design) i just really dislike the packaging design choice and the fact that the original cardcaptor sakura wasn’t used. If you are a fan of Cardcaptor Sakura (and have a Region A Blu-ray Player) then owning this set (if you have the cash) is a must purchase; otherwise you’ll probably want to avoid it until a cheaper solution becomes available. Is it worth the money though? Well for me i say its a tad bit expensive for the overall packaging quality you receive.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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