Anime Sunday: CCS Clear Card Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’ve got the first episode of the sequel to a classic series. It’s my Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: This picks up the story almost exactly where the ending of the original Manga series ended. Syaoran has just returned to Tomoeda and is now attending Middle School with Sakura and her friends. But things don’t stay peaceful for long….

Plot: This is very much Cardcaptor Sakura’s sequel, and that’s both a good and bad thing. It’s good for those who are the intended audience, which is to say much younger than most of my usual audiences. It’s bad for the exact same reason, if you are expecting anything, except a Magical Girl series you will be severely disappointed.

Characters: We don’t get introduced to anyone new, in fact everyone is pretty much the exact same as we left them at the end of the original series. That should be changing in the next few episodes, but as I only watched this series on a whim to see if my little sister might enjoy it as a addition to the original series I have no intention of seeing if that becomes true. However I’m 99% sure that I’m correct in that assumption.

Art: This is animated by Madhouse, famous for some really amazing adaptations including One-Punch Man. So it’s got plenty of excellent animation sequences while still staying true to the original material’s designs.

Music: The music is also pretty good, although I didn’t look up the theme song singers due to me having to rush to get this ready for posting.

Overall: This is looking to be a good fit for the intended audience, but probably won’t be a fun time for anyone older than 14.

For those who like: Cardcaptor Sakura, Magical Girls, Drama, School Life, Excellent Art, Good Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Shoujo Saturday: Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

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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.