Starting from the OP:
The music is great! At the first time I heard it I was like “Okay”, but now I’m really into it !
I really liked the fights scenes ! And we get to see some foreshadowing, perhaps? Like Kurogane fighting some bugs à la Outo country and Fye kicking ass with Fei Wan’s guys. We even get to see the other Syaoran (I forgot how much spoiler those openings used to show). Syaoran even fights a big Robot (?) and he also makes a kind of a big bazooka punch XD I mean, what’s that? Now, the final scene, geez, I hated that XDDD What’s with the dumb Mokona’s pose and the static picture fading out? They could do better than this ¬¬
Syaoran and his Bazooka punch ! XD
Now on the episode:
Yey the first scene were there, as we previously knew! I really like it and the “silent” effect was good (I thought it weird at first… maybe because I kind of imagined a very noisy scene with everything crumbling, but no… the silent effect made a cool touch!). I was so shocked when the tecno music à la .Hack (as hiragizawa says ^^) started! I Was “What’s that? o.o”, but now I recognize I really liked it ^__^ I just thought Syaoran a bit too emotionless when he was trying to break the glass… because in my mind he should be “Arrrg I wanna break that f*cking thing apart!!!!!”. But he sounded like “Toc, toc, toc, there’s anyone in home?”. But is fine.
Okay, what’s with not showing the countries’ name? They did name the whole cast (which was, hum… not that it was unnecessary, because I really did like it, but it was not in the manga >.<), but they didn't name the countries! It's bad because the little wing is very cute and the names are the 1st thing we get to see and it gives to us an impression of how is the world… ah, well…
The country's design is really good indeed, only that it'd be better to see the tiny people ANIMATED (yeah, what more do I want? XD). One thing I really don't like in animes is to see the little people not moving.
Fujitaka is soo great in here! They both look like indeed papa and son ^_^
Then it comes Sakura XD She’s very cute and all but I wish she was a bit more “pouty” when saying her name was actually “Sakura”, not hime. But it’s okay ^^
First anime change comes in here, when they go to the market… (more little static people on the background). This scene is soooo Aladdin-like (Okay, BeeTrain people, just because Sakura is a princess of a desert country and Syaoran is her hero doesn’t mean that you have to watch Aladdin to base on your scenes XD), especially the part where the castle’s guards came to rescue Sakura and Syaoran grabs her (horizontally? What’s that? XD) and they ran away from them. A little thing to notice here, WHY the hell they showed Sakura’s feet and MORE, moving her FINGER!!!!!!! W-T-F? O.O
What’s the point of that scene? Ohkawa-san, are you aware of that? Did you make them do that? >.<
The next scene is really cool because that’s where all the Syaoran + Sakura interaction happens… since this is the last time they spoke before “it happens”. The change here is that on the manga this scene was actually still inside Syaoran’s house. But it’s looking good here, in the sunset, looking at the ruins (which will be responsible for everything, it’s a good paradox). The text is very like the one in the manga ^_^
While in CCS Sakura was the clueless one in the love matter, in Tsubasa Syaoran is the clueless one (Of course, in a Shonen manga the girls will always take the first step). Sakura even makes a “Shite” face, while holding his hand XDDDD
Then it shows a little flashback scene with Clow in the distance (Already? YEY!) and cute little Syaoran and Sakura children ^o^
I’m really glad they showed Yukito’s fortunetelling, since it was there in one little square on the manga. And, is it just me or Yukito is like a PERFECT adaptation… so bad he won’t appear more on the series, he’s absolutely great!
Then, we get to see the other Syaoran (ALREADY?), Fei Wan and his assistant, ow, and don’t forget the .HM on the background ^^
I really liked the pic they used for the commercial break! I hope they change it on every episode.
We are in Nihon right now (no, no one said it to me, I know because I read the manga… PUT THE COUNTRIES’ NAMES!), and there’s LOUD laughter XDDD Yeah, nice point, hiragizawa, there’s NO ONE there XD (is supposed to be killed people in there, that he supposedly killed). And I also didn’t imagine his laugh in that way, but is okay ^^
Tomoyo is cute with Sakamoto’s voice! And the little things on her hair making noise >.< how cute/beautiful
We are in Celes now! Yeah, the producers changed that part a lot… firstly they introduced the main charas and their worlds, to later show each of them parting at the same time. It looked good, IMO, I liked the result ^__^
One thing I didn't know what Fye's green Tatoo o.O And Chii's voice is kind of nose-ish (you know, when it's coming from the nose XD), she doesn't have a good chara design as well.
The next scenes are very like the manga (which is good)… Sakura talking about Syaoran in her bedroom and then she listens to the sound and she lifts horizontally toward it (that girl loves horizontally poses XD). Later we get to see another very-manga like scene, which is the one where everything happens.
Then we jump to the part where Yukito send them to Yuuko's (where his voice is extremelly strong and not so Yukito-like ^^) and also Fye and Kurogane part from their countries. It's a pity that they didn't show their stories more deeply. Like, we didn't get to see Chii been transformed and Fye letting her know to warn him if something happens. Neither we get to see Tomoyo casting the curse on Kurogane and also their interaction was excluded -__- I hope they fix it later with the flashbacks.
I liked it a lot because its just like the manga one ^__^
They arrive at Yuuko’s shop and not a single Watanuki reaction (good point, flowright). That scene is one of my favorites… because Yuuko, Maro and Moru (and also watanuki ¬¬) are standing there with their “I Was expecting you” face… but Syaoran has a “nanda? o.o” face… XDDD It’s really good.
The music should had stopped now or either lowered a bit because DAMN Yuuko started to speak —— ! And when she speaks the whole world stop to listen to her… this is a bad point, we hear them saying very badly. Not to mention, Yuuko’s face was always the same ¬¬”
And the rain started (Too good they didn’t forget about it)
Is waaay pretty ! I loved the opposite grow-up!Sakura with child!Syaoran thing (and also the other way around). The effect they put on the drawing is really good and everything is very colored in the perfect tone! Not to mention the song that matches perfectly.
Chara Design: Really good, but if I give 10 to Minako’s men, I’d give an 8 to her women.
Animation: Really good, it’s not static at all, they should only animate the little people on the background.
Background: VERY vividly, looks much like the manga.
Colors: I wish they were a bit more vivid. They look a bit vague… but I guess it was mainly because the whole episode happened during the night period.
Seiyuus: Very good indeed.
Adaptation: VERY Faithful… they took off Kurogane and Fye’s background but they can work on that later. The script is MUCH like the manga and the phrases are almost the exact same ones. Also, the scenes usually happens in the same way as in the manga.
It’s very soon to judge by the 1st episode, but I’ll give an 9 of 10 grade ^__^
I’m very happy, it surely reached my expectations and I can hardly wait for the next one.