Cardcaptor Sakura Blu-Ray Collection’s English dub

I used the Money card


So, I final­ly decid­ed on which online retail­er to pre-order my Card­cap­tor Saku­ra Blu-Ray col­lec­tion from: Right­Stuf. NISA had a nice poster, but I decid­ed to for­go chip­ping away anoth­er 20 bucks on their pre-order deal, since I have a bunch of posters lay­ing around in stor­age with­out frames to put them up.

I know I said I did­n’t care about watch­ing the Eng­lish dub that will be includ­ed in this new set (again, no one is Saku­ra besides Saku­ra Tange, plebs), but I’m gen­uine­ly curi­ous about it. At first I thought they were doing a redub, but then I remem­bered that it’s NISA. One of the com­pa­nies that brings us Japan­ese ani­me in sweet, afford­able ways — and Eng­lish dubs are expen­sive. Read­ing the descrip­tion, the Eng­lish dub track is described as a monau­r­al track. See, if they were real­ly redub­bing the series, the audio would­n’t be so out­dat­ed, indi­cat­ing that the dub that will be includ­ed on the set already exists.

The first thought that came to mind was, “Oh my god, they’re not gonna include… the Card­cap­tors dub, are they?” Which would­n’t make sense. Most peo­ple who are will­ing to shell out over $200 for this set would­n’t want to see that mon­stros­i­ty. Plus, it’s only a par­tial “dub”, less than half of the scenes would have Eng­lish audio that does­n’t go with what’s being shown on screen — the rest will be silence.

But then I remem­bered… there was one dub, one very obscure dub, that was actu­al­ly faith­ful to CLAM­P’s orig­i­nal ani­mat­ed tale and was in Eng­lish  — the Asian dub pre­sent­ed by the Hong Kong-based stu­dio Omni Pro­duc­tions that aired on Ani­max Asia some time ago! The voic­es in that dub were meh to me (for Eng­lish dubs, I pre­ferred the Media Blasters dub of Card­cap­tor Saku­ra the Movie: The Sealed Card — that’s the dub I most accept as an Eng­lish ver­sion of Card­cap­tor Saku­ra), but con­sid­er­ing how god awful Nel­vana’s dub of the series was, I would have appre­ci­at­ed it if that was our dub instead. Any­ways, here’s a short voice clip of Animax!Sakura:


The pro­nun­ci­a­tion of “Saku­ra” and “Tomoe­da” irks the liv­ing hell out of me, but the voice is over­all more easy to take than Saku­ra Aval­on’s val­ley girl voice (that sound­ed way too old to be Saku­ra any­way), espe­cial­ly since she’s in-char­ac­ter and not being brash and rude like her Nel­vana coun­ter­part. Despite pre­fer­ring a redub with the Media Blasters cast, I think many fans of Eng­lish dubs will appre­ci­ate NISA adding the Omni dub as a bonus. Not as a total weeb, but as a Card­cap­tor Saku­ra fan, I’ll always rec­om­mend the remas­tered Japan­ese audio first and fore­most though.

6 thoughts on “Cardcaptor Sakura Blu-Ray Collection’s English dub

  1. I did­n’t real­ly care how much the lim­it­ed edi­tion cost­ed see­ing as how offi­cial DVD releas­es were around 1000 bucks before hand. Besides no amount of mon­ey is gonna keep me away from this won­der­ful series! ^^

    1. @TsukuyomiMagi99: Same. Right when this was announced, I hap­pi­ly kissed my mon­ey goodbye. 😛

  2. Cor­rec­tion: Media Blasters did not dub Card­cap­tor Saku­ra Movie 2. It was licensed by Geneon but they used Bang Zoom! Enter­tain­ment for the dub.

    1. @ani­mel­ly: Thanks for the cor­rec­tion. Some­how I keep get­ting Media Blasters and Bang Zoom! mixed up in CCS/Ruruouni Ken­shin discussions.

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