Kaleido Star

Season 1 Episode 18

Yuri's Amazing Trap

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jul 31, 2003 on
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Freedom is a huge success, and even Layla is saying good things about it. Upon seeing this, Yuri pulls some strings and kicks Kalos out. In addition, he causes people who have a stake in Kaleido Stage to pull out. In other words, Yuri “destroys” Kaleido Stage and buys it. With only one show left, will Sora and the others be able to put on a good performance? And, will Sora be able to cope with the loss of Kaleido Stage and discern what she must do next? What’s worse, she can’t see Fool anymore!moreless

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  • Basically retelling the plot, the key scenes are highlighted - first the positive reviews, then the bad news. The despirited room - the confusion - the searching of an answer. Yet, both Leila and Sora find the confidence in themselves to continue.moreless

    9.6
    This episode is in fact the point of crisis in the series: after receiving very positive reviews on the Freedom show girls are excited; even Leila acknowledges the potential of the show. However, Yuri manages to cut the financing of the stage (these corporations nowadays! the very names were Kenneth Foundation and Hamilton Corporation). This is the first strong moment in the episode: when the excited girls and Ken slam into the doors and shout "Congratulations" and are immediately struck by the heavy atmosphere - Yuri sitting behind the director's desk with two bodyguards beside him. He calls the show an "amateur's play" which enrages Anna so much she wants to slap him and is immediately attacked by the bodyguard; yet in the very following moment all three friends hold on to the guy. All reject Yuri's offer to continue with the show.

    The next scene is very much a motivational lesson. All sit depressed and moaning, sad because of their last show. This time, it is Ken who shouts on them "ENOUGH!" and Sora changes the mood into a hopeful desire of a honorable and perfect last show performance.

    How surprised is she when she hears Kalos say "You disappointed me, Sora" when she tells him? She's very much at the bottom of her despair then.

    Her despair gets worse without her traditional friend, Fool (Fuuru) and she is afraid she is not fit for stage any more.

    Yet, the bright side comes up in her. While walking on the beach, she remembers all the efforts and dreams of her friends and is determined to give what it takes for the last performance.

    As she comes to the theatre, the fancy car of Yuri's approaches so she quickly hides.

    It is Leila who gets off the car.

    She's been to her father's office (believe it would be one of the two companies that withdrew their funding). Leila too had taken the step into her own feelings and motivation while talking to her father who'd rather see her as a business woman. She finds out the company, and especially Sora are the partner she never had, someone who'd finally match her skills.

    So, in the tear jerking part, she explains to Yuri what "our show" is about: a group of young people who believe in their dreams and that the future will bring them. Yuri, baffled, only utters how sensitive she is - and rides away.

    The last scene confirms the dedication of Leila to Sora. Backstage, Sora is so moved by Leila's words when she retells them to Mia and Anna, that she smudges her make up. Leila who'd done a lot of thinking in front of the mirror comes to see her; she thanks Sora for being a partner as if saying good-bye, before going on-stage. Sora is baffled; but the re-appearance of the Fool and him showing the card of Sun reassures her. It's all about the confidence in the future.moreless
Cynthia Martinez

Cynthia Martinez

Sora Naegino (Eng.)

Hiro Shimono

Hiro Shimono

Ken Robbins (Jap.)

Illich Guardiola

Illich Guardiola

Yuri Killian (Eng.)

James Faulkner

James Faulkner

Mr. Policeman (Eng.)

Jay Hickman

Jay Hickman

Fool (Eng.)

John Swasey

John Swasey

Ken Robbins (Eng.)

Eizou Tsuda

Eizou Tsuda

Hamilton (Jap.)

Guest Star

Mike Kleinhenz

Mike Kleinhenz

Hamilton (Eng.)

Guest Star

Ryouka Shima

Ryouka Shima

Clair (Jap.)

Guest Star

Eric Opella

Eric Opella

Jean (Eng.)

Recurring Role

Junichi Sugawara

Junichi Sugawara

Jean (Jap.)

Recurring Role

Tiffany Grant

Tiffany Grant

Jonathan the Seal (Eng.)

Recurring Role

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