Kaleido Star Seasons 1-2 Collection DVD (Hyb) (Thinpak)
[quote]Genres: adventure, comedy, slice of life
Themes: acrobatics, gymnastics
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: Sora, a young girl from Japan, comes to America in search of her dream. She wants, with all her heart, to be a member of the famous Kaleido Stage, a combination of musicals, acrobatics and magical effects. With the help of her friends, she struggles to make this dream come true.
Number of episodes: 51
Vintage: 2003-04-03 to 2004-03-27[/quote]
ANN Info Page
Kaleido Star: New Wings Extra Stage (OAV) Vintage: 2004-09-24
Kaleido Star: Good dayo! Goood!! (OAV) Vintage: 2006-09-27
Kaleido Star: Legend of Phoenix - Layla Hamilton Story (OAV)
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All the marks of a traditional Shoujo anime are here. It is a charming story-driven drama filled with great character development and action as well. One of the nice things about Kaleido Star is that most of the main and supporting cast have their own background stories. With slightly over 50 episodes, this series had a lot of opportunities to do this for both seasons. The animation produced by Gonzo was as visually stunning as what people have typically come to expect from them. Their blending of CGI and 2d animation was visually stunning and allowed for a better feeling of depth in many of the Kaleido Stage’s performances. A rare gem that is able to combine ‘good looks’ with strong substance, it’s definitely a must-see for anyone wanting to watch a great story.
The first half of Kaleido Star was a captivating story about pursuing one’s dream. While predictable, it distinguished itself by avoiding most of the stereotypes and clichés seen in similar titles. It took a great cast of characters and built them into a close-knit family of performers that you simply just had to watch and cheer for. The “Great Maneuver” finalé provides an amazing yet bittersweet ending that will have you transfixed with anticipation. It may not currently receive the recognition it deserves, but it has all the elements to find an audience for years to come. Add this to my list of modern classics, a very highly recommended title.
The second season of Kaleido Star does not end with the rousing crescendo of the first, but it culminated in an equally beautiful and moving finalé. While the trials Sora endures are familiar, they transform her into a strong, determined woman; she can finally stand and see what her personal path in life is. Everything I enjoyed about the first season holds true for the second; predictable and melodramatic at times, the story and characters still thoroughly captivated me. The simple charm and honest storytelling, something seldom seen, has been refreshing. One of the under appreciated gems available, I very highly recommend this entire series.