So yes­ter­day, my pre­cious Blu-ray set final­ly came in and I was filled with joy as I unboxed the pack­age. There were a few com­pli­ca­tions, such as me not get­ting it ear­ly in the morn­ing because they sent my baby to the wrong home (USPS *shakes fists*), but over­all I’m hap­py that I final­ly have it after months of waiting.

Cur­rent thoughts on the pre­sen­ta­tion: absolute­ly gor­geous, no prob­lems here. Any gripes? Well, I have two. One is that I start­ed at the episode that I’m cur­rent­ly at on my Card­cap­tor Saku­ra posts — episode 27 to be exact — and Saku­ra refers to Syao­ran (here they use the Pinyin spelling, Xiaolang) as “Syao­ran” instead of Li. That’s veeeeeeeeery wrong. An impor­tant moment lat­er in the series is when she starts call­ing him “Syao­ran” because they’ve got­ten real­ly close. The subs are either going to look awk­ward or that detail of char­ac­ter devel­op­ment will have to be removed for the brand new non-Japan­ese speak­ing view­ers. In gen­er­al, there are trans­la­tion choic­es that bug me, but it is NIS so that’s expect­ed. The sec­ond gripe is that there’s no Japan­ese 5.1 sur­round sound like there was on the Japan­ese ver­sion. Includ­ing the Asian dub as a bonus was pret­ty neat, but I’d rather have Japan­ese 5.1 sur­round sound in the end. As I said, if you’re any big Card­cap­tor Saku­ra fan at all, Tange Saku­ra will. Always. Be. Saku­ra. Not even Maki­no Yui can be a true Saku­ra. Just Tange Saku­ra. Got it?

Oth­er than that, I’m loooooooovin’ it. The shape of the Blu-Ray case is… well, unique. It’s shaped like a book, which is pret­ty cute because I can total­ly see what they did there (Clow Book), and I appre­ci­ate all the gor­geous pic­tures of Saku­ra on both the box and the case (though, in terms the over­all art on the pre­mi­um box, I actu­al­ly pre­fer the side that’s not heav­i­ly shown in prod­uct list­ings). The art book is neat — as adver­tised, it’s Tomoy­o’s diary of all of Saku­ra’s adven­tures from the first episode all the way to the last, and at the very end of the book, she show­cas­es my favorite Saku­ra costumes! 

Any­ways, I’d like to say that the final week of my sum­mer class­es were reeeeal­l­l­ly burn­ing me out, hence why I haven’t post­ed for two full weeks. I know I promised write-ups of oth­er ani­me series lat­er this month, but I’m seri­ous­ly tempt­ed to hide under a rock and marathon through this whole entire Blu-ray set, and only emerge to con­tin­ue my Card­cap­tor Saku­ra recap blog. 😛

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