We return to the Kaleido stage in this episode of the Bonus Round on Anime3000 in which we talk about the second season of Kaleido Star and the accompanying OVAs. In season 1, Sora is able to perform the Legendary Great Maneuver with Layla and save the Kaleido Stage. In season 2, dubbed “New Wings” we find that due to her injury Layla has retired from the circus and become a full-time actress. Now Sora must find her own way on the stage but she is unsure of what direction to head in. A rival by the name of May Wong and the icy perfectionist Leon Oswald join the troop and bring further complications. Does Sora have what it takes to be a true Kaleido Star? Then it’s Extra Stage and Legend of Phoenix, OVAs about Rosetta Passel and Layla Hamilton respectively. As a special bonus we have a shocking in-depth expose about May Wong at the beginning of the review.
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Finally finished this a week ago. I loved the first half, but the second half feels like it contracted sports movie sequelitis. Like Karate Kid 2 or Rocky 2, it felt cheap for Sora to have to go through an eerily similar character arc all over again. But the finale was every bit as moving and spectacular as the series deserved.
I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who noticed the bizarrely heightened fanservice in the Rosetta OVA. It’s a subtle change that had me questioning whether I had actually seen it.