The 3rd volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ bundled with the Sakura and the Two Teddy Bears OAD was released two days ago in Japan.
By now there should be plenty of links available on the internet. If you search around, you should be able to find one and watch it if you haven’t done so yet.
I wrote a little review for it and you can read it below.
Gone are the days that I could just sit and enjoy a CLAMP anime adaptation. Whenever I’m watching a CLAMP anime now, I’m always overly analytical and overly critical, for either good or bad.
Before I start, let me just say that I liked it. I wasn’t blown away by it, true, but I think this OAD managed to pass along the message that it was supposed to pass. It was mostly centered on the relationship of Sakura and Syaoran so it’s not like the could have done something with a lot of action. The whole point was their relationship and the OAD did a good job to get that message accross.
Needless to say that the soundtrack and voice actors were nostalgic to the bones. The voice actors specially did a top-notch job. It didn’t feel like almost 20 years have passed at all since they all voiced these characters.
Design-wise, I think the character designer nailed Sakura’s design. She was clearly looking the best in every scene. That is almost the case for most of the children cast, too. I can’t say the same for the adult cast. Sometimes they look great and sometimes their proportions looked off. The thing that bothered me the most was their shoulders, which looked rather too narrow, specially if we compare to the 90s anime. It works for children, but not for adults. It just makes their heads looking too big and off balance with the rest of the body.
The animation itself was very fluid at most times. I liked how things flowed when characters were moving around. My only and biggest complain is that the coloring could have looked more saturated — again similar to the 90s anime. I think the colors looked a little too bright for my taste. I prefer darker and sharper tones. Overly bright animes seem to be the fashion in TV Animes for quite a while now, but I personally don’t like it. It could also be that the streaming I was watching wasn’t the best one, so the DVD itself (that I have yet to watch) might not look as bright. I did see some people complaining that the PV had a better definition than the DVD and I think that’s just wrong.
The hug scene at the end was a little anticlimactic — I mean the hig itself, not the scene leading to it, which was nice! But I think they are saving the best animation for that scene for the TV Anime in January, since it will be shown again.
Overall, I was very pleased with the result! Several years have gone by and of course things will look and feel a little different. Taking all that into account, I think this could possibly be the closest we could get to the original series, considering the huge gap between the two productions. Just reduce a little that brighteness and give me broader shoulders and that would make it perfect to me =)
We are definitely in good hands for the TV Series 😉