“Tsubasa wa yume, soshite sora e!”

Kaleido Star

Yes, I just finished marathoning Kaleidostar. That’s really the reason why I’ve not been as enthusiastic about the new Spring Season as much as the other blogosphere has been, no I must say, I think has been, as the show totally absorbed much of my attention in to finishing it more than actually caring much about the new season instead. But well, I do believe the blogosphere is already at a self-sustaining level anyways, but that’s a different matter at all.

Frankly speaking, I didn’t liked Kaleidostar at all at first, in fact, the only reason I had the anime in the first place was due to recommendation from a friend more than a year ago, of which I gave up after the 3rd episode since it couldn’t hold my attention at that time. Now, I’m glad to be proud of having watched this show and recommend this anime to those who are looking for a truly inspiring anime, a story of a truly pure-hearted, yet normal girl doing her best to achieve her dreams and overcoming many obstacles in the course of it. Kaleidostar is just simply a compelling story to get in to once you’ve been captivated by it. I can’t deny being captured by the mood of the show now, and it really has made me feeling a little foolish right now, ha ha ha.

The best part of Kaleidostar would, to me, probably be the charisma of both Sora Naegino and Layla Hamilton, the main characters, one representative of purity, the other representative of discipline and strength. Both clashing at first, then slowly growing to trust and eventually rely on each other, Kaleidostar has been a platform for those two extremely charismatic people to stand on and show us all the true stuff that dreams are made of. Kudos to both Ryou Hirohashi and Sayaka Ohara for portraying both of them so perfectly. I especially loved the final 5 minutes of the Legend of Phoenix OVA, which truly made me shed a tear, from both being happy at Layla and also the tenderness of that scene.

Anyways, for those who have not watched this anime out, please do try it! It doesn’t need to be now, or soon, but the show definitely warrants a watch for those who truly love anime as a medium of powerful story telling. It might not seem to be interesting as there are no guns fired or fanservice being shown, but this show is truly another shining example of the power of anime as a medium.

“Tsubasa wa yume, soshite sora e!”


  1. Asrialys Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    I’ve been eying this anime for a while now. You just made me want to watch it more. Now…thinpack or extra-filled full set…heh, kinda out of money now though…

  2. Shuffee Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    What a coincidence, I just finished marathoning it about a week ago! A very good show IMHO :)

  3. Eijigawa Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    Damn nice anime I must say !!! I give this anime a 4.9 out of 5 rating !!!

    This anime has been my one of my top 10 anime I loved a lot !!!

    Anyway, Kurogane, have you watch episode 13 of Otoboku?

    Here a preview : http://randomc.animeblogger.net/category/otome-wa-boku-ni-koishiteru/

  4. sora1412 Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    lol ya eiji-kun.( hishashiburi desu)

    It is a very nice family anime. Though it may not seem to be like your normal anime stuff but I really recommend this series. A 5 out of 5.

    BTW http://randomc.animeblogger.net/category/otome-wa-boku-ni-koishiteru/

    I want it!!! Don’t mind evens it is raw….

  5. deftoned Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

    Kaleido Star is a damn fine series! One of my all-time favorites. However it took me awhile to get into the second season because the first one was so good. Plus, it was such a change of pace, having Sora ending up on top, but then having her crumble all the way down to the point where she’s not even part of the group anymore. It was a bit hard for me to watch those episodes because I had grown to like Sora so-o much. In the end though, May really left a very good impression on me… as did all the characters. All were very good.Not just Sora and Layla, but really all the characters are special in their own ways. Very memorable for me. Plus, the stories in the series are really good, despite coming across as cliche. Something about “doing your best will take you far” just seems to work in certain series. It’s a shame though that it really seems like a lot of people are turned off by this series. I might be the circus aspect, but overall it’s very enjoyable, has pretty good music, and a very strong seiyuu cast.

  6. V2 Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

    i’ve been watching this series but i was cut short somewhere around ep.20+ something… its really a good “normal” series… thanks for reminding me!

  7. Syaoran Li Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    I saw Kaleido Star three years ago. I had the same problem as you Kurogane-sensei, I friend of mine told me about it; missing the first half of episode 1 when the series premiered on CN (Lantin America). But after a few episodes, I was catch between the stories, thanks to Sora of course. I finished loving the series, and then with a couple of hardships (and a good internet connection) I manage to get all the series, the extra stage and the Legend of Phoenix OAV.

    Defensibly is an anime that those who love and appreciate every aspect of anime need to see. Thumps up for Kaleido Star

  8. Josh Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Yeah, I started watching Kaleido Star, and at first it didn’t seem all that interesting to me either, but then I started getting attached to it as well, and pretty soon, I was waiting impatiently for Netflix to send me the next disc. Afterwards I thought “you know, I never thought I’d like an anime series about a circus,” but, what will you do?

  9. arcanes Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    I love when you do a series review. you “made” me watch a couple of shows so far, and I have definitely enjoyed watching them. I got quite a few anime shows I would like to see first, but I’m adding Kaleido Star to my “to watch list” :)

  10. sadakups Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Kaleido Star is one “feel-good” anime, and is definitely in my all-time favorites list.

    Not to mention that the soundtrack is really good. Actually, what got me into watching this is the 2nd OP, “Yakusoku no Basho e”, and more when I heard the 3rd one, “Tattoo Kiss”.

  11. Syaoran Li Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 3:43 pm


    Kubota Nami knows how to create a good atmosphere with it music, not for nothing her talent was used in Kaleido Star, ARIA the Animation, ARIA the Natural, Kannazuki no Miko and Kyoshiro no Towa no Sora OSTs. All very good scores.

  12. DOKITOKI Said,

    April 10, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    I started watching kaleido on cartoon network about 3 years ago …
    but i didn´t realize that was a yuri series ….until the past year …how could i didn´t noticed that…that was to obvious…but ….i´m a bakabakabaka…
    and it has some fan service in the first ova ….realy

    pd: i don´t liked at all

  13. Fujii Itsuki Said,

    April 12, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    Definitely one of my favourite anime series. I started watching when it was still going on so really had a hard time at one point when it was licensed. I enjoyed the first season(1-26) more than the second one simply because the dynamic between Sora and Layla was awesome to watch. And yeah, the OVA brought tears to my eyes as well. The 2nd one was cute but a little dissappointing.

    Anyways, I heard there was a new season where the main character is Rosetta and it takes place in space. It’s kinda AU I think.

  14. Yuun Said,

    April 13, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Ahh~~ Finally… found more comrades who knows how to appreciate good anime. Seriously, this under-rated anime is much better than all those freaking over-rated anime out there such as BLEACH and NARUTO. (No offense… but is a fact that most have come to acknowledge seeing how words like “BLEACHY and NARUTARD” comes to existance…

    Shame to those who ‘judge the anime by it’s dvd covers’. I’ve finish the anime about 2-3 years ago and yes it have always been my favourite even after all these years. Well not like April 2007 doesn’t have it’s own attractions… but sincerely you can never find an anime as good as Kaleido Star which is the best in it’s own genre. I can recall the moment of thrilling and excitement whenever there’s a stage performance, the time I spent watching ep by ep is heavenly to a person like me who addicted to stage performances even realities….

    I’m a proud fan but I regret the fact that I’ve still struggling to debate if I should ever buy the DVD… (I watch it from my friend’s DVD) As I recall in the market here in my country, Kaleido Star is simply just too expansive. It worth a month of my Meal Expenses… how I wish I’m a bit richer…

  15. Bob Said,

    April 17, 2007 @ 5:49 am

    What i found vastly amusing in Kaleido Star was that all of the newspapers say “US presence in Iraq draws eyes” in english. Seriously, go check.

  16. JamesTaylor Said,

    April 17, 2007 @ 9:35 am

    Does the second wings series ever get any better? I liked the original series, but it seems as of episode 33 the show has skyrocketed downward in quality (and May Wong may be the most annoying character in years).

  17. Rose-chan102 Said,

    July 31, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    Kaleido star is amazing. It has so many characters and feelings we can relate too. It is very much like a fantasy style of Cirque Du Soleil. It shows how working to acheive your dreams and ignoring what down comments people may send you can make you soar. I personally love the english version because Sandra did a wonderful voice for Layla and directed it oh so beautifully too. Her snobbish voice fit Layla. Cynthia did fantastic with Sora too. I mean Sora isn’t really mature in the sense she looks at things with a childish perspective alot. So Cynthia’s voice fit wonderfully! Kaleido star is definantly a must see for dreamers,anime fans,and people new to anime! Kudos!

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