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Release Date:
29 August 2000 (USA) See more »
To Save This Earth, Will Safeguard Our Dreams
When the kingdom of Cephiro invades Earth, three girls (Hikaru, Umi and Fuu) are chosen to awake mythical spirits to protect the planet | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Amy Birnbaum ... Umi Ryuuzaki (voice: English version)
Lisa Ortiz ... Fuu Hououji (voice: English version)

Tara Sands ... Hikaru Shidou (voice: English version) (as Tara Jayne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Ensz ... Ferio (voice: English version)
Tesshô Genda ... Selece (voice)
Keith Howard ... Windom (voice: English version)
Vince Jarret ... Ceres (voice: English version)
Hiroko Kasahara ... Fuu Hououji (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ... Zagato (voice)
Rachael Lillis ... Various Schoolgirls (voice: English version)
Mona Marshall ... Ascot (voice: English version)

Adam Mastrelli ... Eagle (voice: English version) (as Adam Masterelli)
Megumi Ogata ... Emeraude (voice)
Debora Rabbai ... Alcyone (voice) (as Angora Deb)
Nozomu Sasaki ... Clef (voice)
Hekiru Shiina ... Hikaru Shidou (voice)
Yuri Shiratori ... Mokona (voice)
Dan Stevens ... Lantis (voice: English version)
Jennifer Stigile ... Royce (voice: English version)
Minami Takayama ... Ascot (voice)
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Lexus (voice)
Immy Uncle ... Master Mage Clef (voice: English version)
Takumi Yamazaki ... Ferio (voice: Japanese version)
Konami Yoshida ... Umi Ryuuzaki (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Windam (voice)

Directed by
Toshihiro Hirano 
Keitarô Motonaga 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clamp  characters
Manabu Nakamura  script

Produced by
Peter Bavaro .... producer
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... line producer (as Margo Coughlin)
Akio Izumikawa .... executive producer
Shunzo Kato .... executive producer
Yasuo Katsuki .... executive producer
Tetsu Kojima .... producer
Ken Tsunoda .... producer
Original Music by
Toshihiko Sahashi 
Sound Department
Bill Donnelly .... sound mixer: dialog recordist
Animation Department
Mokona Apapa .... original character designer
Megumi Kadonosono .... character designer

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Germany:16 | Italy:T | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated (suggested 13+)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining show, poor English translation, 11 April 2005
Author: Shabranigdu from Alaska, USA

The alternate spin on the story of Magic Knight Rayearth is interesting, especially in how it differs in tone from the original. Much darker ambiance in this setting.

However, the quality of the translation is rather poor for being "professional", and I find that it detracts from enjoyment of the show. Unfortunately I first saw it on VHS and had no option to turn off the often-inaccurate subtitles. Even if you don't understand Japanese, you will probably notice that some of the lines are either clunky or don't seem to fit the scene. For example, one of Ferio's lines is translated to mean exactly the opposite of what it does, and viewers going by that translation will get a different idea of his character. That was a particularly inconvenient line to mess up, while others seem to be skewed simply because of lazy or outright incompetent translation.

Bottom line: enjoy, but take the English translations with a grain of salt. Unless they've bothered to redo them for recent editions, their quality is probably surpassed by a fansub floating around somewhere.

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