I thought I’d pick the very first shoujo manga I ever read to review for this week’s Shoujo Saturday. I was looking for a present for my baby sister and thought this might be a good series, but had to read it all just to make sure. I was impressed for the content it showed, in particular the relationship with Sakura’s brother and his best friend. Anyways onto the review!
Plot Summary: Cardcaptor Sakura takes place in the fictional city of Tomoeda. The story begins when ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book known as the Clow Book, both created and named after half-English, half-Chinese sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume alternate forms when activated. The guardian of the cards,Cerberus, emerges from the book and chooses her to retrieve the missing cards. As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it to seal it away. Cerberus acts as her guide, while her best friend and second cousin, Tomoyo Daidouji. films her exploits and provides her with battle costumes. Sakura’s older brother Toya Kinomoto watches over her, while pretending that he is unaware of what is going on.
Plot: Pretty standard for a magical girl manga, it’s not sailor moon though and no one ever dies that I remember.
Art: Pretty good, it is CLAMP after all and they’ve got some of the best artists in the trade.
Characters: I thought I’d find Sakura to be way more annoying than she actually was, which is a relief. Of all the characters I find Sakura’s best friend Tomoyo to be the most annoying, that or Cerebus.
Should you read this: If Magical girls are your thing or you are a young girl than absolutely read this series, it’s a classic. If you aren’t that’s okay try it out and see if you like it.
For those who like: The Magical Girl genre, CLAMP, Shoujo.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.