Pretear

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Pretear

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Prétear is a story of a girl named Himeno Awayuki, who has to overcome her fears to become the White Prétear and protect the life essence on Earth called Leafé, with the help of the Leafé Knights, Hayate (wind), Sasame (sound), Kei (light), Go (fire), Mannen (ice), Hajime (water), and Shin (grass). She must defeat the princess of disaster and her demon larva's. For Himeno to fight off the princess of disaster and the demon larva, she must become one with one of the Leafé Knights and thereby become Prétear. The only question is: Will Himeno be confident enough in to destroy the princess of disaster when the time comes? Which Leafé Knight will turn his back on the other Leafé Knights and Himeno? Opening Theme Song: White Destiny by Yoko Ishida Ending Theme Song: My Sweet Heart/Lucky Star by Sayuri Yoshida White Destiny Lyrics: A boundless future stretches across the skies And I am born anew I'll make the snow of happiness fall all over the world Destiny is there to be grasped, so stretch out your hands There is no tomorrow which has already been decided Even if you say nothing, I know our meeting that day was no coincidence I sensed eternity in your distant gaze The light of the setting sun in beautiful If the cold wind glimmers I can hear your voice drifting gently Knowing that I'm not alone in my heart Warms it so much that it hurts It all begins from the point of believing These feelings are proof of being alive The endless future and the expanding skies Allow me to be reborn anew I'll make the snow of happiness fall all over the world Holding hands with you

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Akemi Kanda

Akemi Kanda

Mawata Awayuki (Japanese)

Sasha Paysinger

Sasha Paysinger

Shin(English)

Takehito Koyasu

Takehito Koyasu

Tanaka (Japanese)

Chris Patton

Chris Patton

Sasame(English)

Hilary Haag

Hilary Haag

Hajime(English)

Kikuko Inoue

Kikuko Inoue

Natsue Awayuki (Japanese)

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  • Sixteen year old Himeno is recruited to help save the world.

    10
    I really enjoyed this show. I was disappointed when it was over, I wish it was longer or had a sequel. Thirteen episodes was just not enough!



    Because it was so short I felt like some things happened a little too quickly, too suddenly to be completely believable. I think it could have been stretched out quite a bit more (no fillers would have even been needed to do so).



    I enjoyed the character interactions, especially the fumbling romance aspect between Himeno and Hayate.



    Himeno was my favorite character, I absolutely loved her spunky energetic personality. She was great.



    Bottom line, ADV has made another great one.moreless
  • Love this show so much

    10
    Prétear is about a girl named Himeno Awayuki who aims to live a happy life especially after the death of her mother. Himeno meets Hayate, and eventually discovers that he is one of the seven Leafe Knights. The group consists of Hayate (Knight of Wind), Sasame (Knight of Sound), Goh (Knight of Fire), Kei (Knight of Light), Mannen (Knight of Ice), Hajime (Knight of Water), and Shin (Knight of Plants). The knights explain that Takako (or Fenrir), the 'Princess of Calamity', or 'Princess of Disaster' in the ADV translations, escaped and sent demon larvae (monster worms in Odex translations) to Himeno's town, and that the Leafe, which the larvae are absorbing, is the energy for all life itself. The only way to destroy the demons is for Himeno to become the Prétear and fight them alongside the Leafe Knights.moreless
  • Pretear is a story centered around a 16 year old girl – Himeno Awayuki and her interactions with the Leafe Knights. Personally, this is one of my favourite shows.

    9.8
    Pretear touches on many themes (both in the genre-sense and in the real-life-sense) without making a mess out of things. It contains elements of comedy, some romance, action/adventure and of course – "magical girl". However, it also explores loneliness and other aspects of life. On the whole, I think it is very well balanced.



    The first few episodes feel slightly slow, but they are needed to establish the characters. Also, there are many humorous moments in there. They equalize the quick-pace and the darker, more dramatic feel of the second half of the season. Once again, very well balanced. As the series hits mid-way various revelations are made and from there, the show gathers momentum at an incredible rate. Of course, there are some twists along the way. The show builds up to a very climatic dramatic ending (there is a distinct possibility that you'll shed some tears), which doesn't disappoint.



    One of the only problems is that as there are so many characters and so little time to develop them. We are able to get quite a deep understanding of the main characters (well, as deep as we can get in 13 episodes), the protagonists and the antagonists. However, regardless of the underdevelopment of more minor characters, eliminating any of them would result in empty space that desperately needs to be filled.



    One will find it difficult not to immediately love the main character (Himeno), not only for the humorous situations that centre on her, but for her other, deeper, personal traits. And of course, you'll find yourself loving the other characters too. Perhaps the best thing about the characters is that they have traits that are real and believable (minus the fact that they can shoot fire out of their hands, etc, of course). The character relationships and interactions are brilliant, in particular, the romantic ones and the family ones – you can't help but love and laugh at the relationship between Himeno and her father.



    To top this all off, the score and music for this show are very fitting. Particularly, the two theme songs were very well chosen and very appropriate. They just seem "right" for this show (and I like that the Japanese Voice Actor for Himeno sung one of them). The voice actors for the English dub do a fantastic job at making the characters come to life. They portray their style and emotions brilliantly.



    I highly recommend that if you haven't already seen Pretear, that you do so.moreless
  • Disney Princess? Well kind of.

    8.4
    Pretear gets much of its inspiration from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, considering its subtitle is the The Legend of White Snow. The main character is a teenage girl who gets blended into a new family where she isn’t liked much by her stepsisters. There are seven knights with a mission to save the world as we know it. Some of them are potential love interests and others are just cute tag-along kids. The ending looks like Snow White as well, but that's about it.



    The storyline starts out really slowly, putting me to sleep almost after every episode, with its standard magical girl stuff: Monster of the week, transformations, heroes throwing fireballs and other elements; they got a character for everything...ice, wind, fire, earth, you name it. The monsters that go poof after a big attack, and the side characters provide basic comic relief. The Princess of Disaster appears midway through, and the series throws in a bunch of plot escalations to keep the interest, and it worked; after averaging about one episode a night, I stayed awake for the last four episodes and watched them straight.



    Luci has another starring heroine role, and she plays it well, giving Himeno some depth, and a little bit of her teenage girl cocky attitude typical of her Full Metal Panic and Super GALS main characters. But the rest of the characters look like a random ensemble of familiar anime characters: The main guy, Hayate, looks like Mustang with long hair with his Fullmetal Alchemist like blue uniform. The other main guy, Sasame, gets some attention, and things start looking a bit like DNAngel with the feathers and flying around. The little boys are fun, and I wish they had more fantasy creatures like that birdie. Go was alright as the teen guy, but was that Mihoshi from Tenchi Muyo? Almost, but she’s a guy in this series, and not so ditzy. Yayoi is a carbon copy of Hitomi from Samurai Girl but sillier. Mayune the older sister and Tanaka the chrome dome little butler fit the comic relief characters to a tee.



    Given the whole Snow White analogy, I was expecting more from the stepmom as a significant character but it didn’t really pan out in the anime, but Kaytha Coker plays the evil woman character Fenril so well, I’d probably turn to the dark side. Also, the peek we get into Mawata’s life is as much as the rest of the characters get, and it gets supported by the flashbacks. So when she says “you don’t really know me”, it rings somewhat true; it’s tough to develop a character in so few episodes but they tried.



    The music, sound, and graphics are fairly average. They actually bothered to throw in special sound effects for the opening song sung by Yoko Ishida. The rest of the music is kind of average and doesn’t stand out. Graphics are bleh, I still get annoyed from seeing eyes poke through hair like that, but oh well. The combat in the series was very average and hardly impressive. How many times do the characters have to get tangled up in those tentacles, only to be bailed out by a comrade? And the sword fight in one of the episodes was ridiculous. On the other hand, the humor's right in line for a magical girl anime and really enjoyable.



    Some moments get intense, and the English dub does have a bunch of random swearing from the knights that really didn’t need to be there given the nature of the series. But for magical girl fans, this is a good one to check out, especially the second half where it gets really dramatic and not so lovey-dovey. It's worth shedding a tear for Pretear.moreless
  • Loved it!!

    10
    I loved the manga and loved the anime.

    both were wonderful and amazing. Poor Himeno. I felt bad about her mom but loved the way the anime ended.

    HELLO, great. loved the villian in anime better than manga. Manga was too short anywayz.

    Wish they'd make more but oh well.

    Characters rock, animation rock, everything rock.

    THANK GOD~~~!!

    SO AMAZING

    loved the theme song and the artwork behind it. So perfect for this anime.I know that this rocked; good story, good characters.

    Himeno and Hayate were cute but I always wanted Himeno with Sasame. In the manga Sasame was way hotter. But in anime I understood his character more which was good.moreless
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