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Kaleidostar

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(Note: this review covers the first series and its sequel, Kaleido-star: New Wings

Genre: Slice-of-life/Fantasy

Creator/Studio: Junichi Sato/Gonzo

Distributor: FUNimation

No. of Episodes: 52

Age Rating: 13+ (just barely)

Rating: 10/10

Summary: Sora Naegino is an orphaned Japanese girl who is adopted by her father’s cousin and his wife.  Before her parents’ death, they took her to America to see the Kaleidostage, an acrobatic circus similar to Cirque De Soleil. This memory inspires her to travel to America in the hopes to star in it herself. There she meets a fairy called the Fool or the Spirit of the Stage. He can only be seen by those who are destined to excel in the theatre. Can Sora achieve her dreams?

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Pretear

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Genre: Fantasy

Creator/Studio: Junichi Sato (writer) Kaori Naruse (illustrator)/Hal Film Maker and Kadokowa Shoten

Distributor: Funimation, streams on Hulu

No. of Episodes: 13

Suggested Age: 13+

My Rating: 7/10

Summary: Himeno Awayuki has moved into a new mansion now that her widowed father has remarried. She eventually meets the Leafe Knights and learns that she is destined to fight the Princess of Disaster. Each Leafe Knight has an elemental power that they lend to her when she “prets” or bonds with them. The Leafe Knights’ leader, Hayate trains her for the battle. But can she truly prepare herself for what lies ahead? Can her powers help her when she needs them most?

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