One day, Sakura Kinomoto accidentally opened a book containing dozens of magical cards called Clow Cards, and they scattered around her hometown of Tomoeda. Sakura was chosen to be the master of these cards and has been enlisted by the sun-based guardian Kerberos to use her magic and reclaim these cards before they make any more trouble in town. She is encouraged by her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and she meets a rival cardcaptor, Syaoran Li, who is a direct descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards.
Cardcaptor Sakura won the 32nd Seiun Award for Best Manga in 2001. It received a 70-episode anime adaptation and two animated films, several video games and artbooks.
The series was published in English by Tokyopop from March 1, 2001 to August 5, 2003 and in 3-in-1 omnibus format by Dark Horse Comics from October 20, 2010 to September 19, 2012. The official English release by Tokyopop split this into two six-volume series, the second of which is titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow. However, it is one twelve-volume series in Japan. It has also been published in Chinese by Every Glory Publishing, in Spanish by Ediciones Glénat (Spain), Editorial Ivrea (Argentina), and Editorial Toukan (Mexico), in French by Pika Édition, in Italian by Star Comics, in German by Egmont Manga & Anime, and in Portuguese by Editora JBC.
There is only one official word that comes to my mind when I think of Cardcaptor Sakura: Beautiful.
Everything about it is simply the epitome of beauty. The story, the characters, the art.
It's a CLAMP cult classic, and perhaps one of the most famous mangas ever written.
You think you know magical girl manga? Well, you haven't seen ANYTHING until you've read Cardcaptor Sakura. As far as your concerned, this is the ultimate magical girl manga. This is what inspired 100's of other artists to rip off the idea.
(Oh, and as I usually say, the Cardcaptor Sakura Manga is waaaay better than the anime. So don't even think that you shouldn't read the manga series, if you've already seen the show)
Let's get started, shall we then?
Sakura Kinomoto is a do-good 10 yr old who finds a mysterious book in her father's library entitled " The Clow". Upon opening the book, Sakura discovers that The Clow is in fact not a book, but a container to a host of 19 magical beings who were originally sealed in "Clow Cards". As well as releasing the cards, Sakura also releases the guardian of The Clow, which appears as a plushie like animal with wings, whom Sakura nicknames "Kero". Kero tricks Sakura into becoming the next "Cardcaptor" after sensing that she had magic in her. And so begins the adventure of Cardcaptor Sakura, but collecting the cards is only the beginning.
CLAMP's art is always breathtakingly beautiful, so it's no exaggeration when I tell you that I have never seen anything more amazing than the art in Cardcaptor Sakura. Some of the designs for the outfits Sakura wheres while "Cardcapting" are so original that it begs the question "where did they come up with this stuff?". CLAMP is truly the best of the best, the creme of the crop.
Throughout the manga, one has to just fall in love with Sakura and her optimistic views on life. Her character is developed very well throughout the series, and each volume she starts to look more and more amazing than the last. The Clow Card designs are equally as wonderful to look at, and leaves the reader anticipating what the next one will look like.
If this manga was a person, I would marry it. So yes, to answer the question "If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?", I would. I most definitely and without any hesitance, would.
Cardcaptor Sakura is like a nice batch of fresh-baked cookies, but for your eyes. And what always gets me is that it's not just the art that makes this manga great- it's the fact that it manages to keep a well-thought out plot with plenty of questions and mysteries to keep the reader going.
I truly and from the utmost pit of my heart, suggest that you give this manga a try.
Thanks for reading.
The manga version of the CCS is slightly better than the anime, although I love both versions. CLAMP's artwork for CCS manga is the best in my opinion, the artwork is very fluid and cute looking without feeling saccharine.
Cardcaptor Sakura is probably one of my favorite series of all time. The story is about a young girl who awakens a magical book that holds cards created by a magician. With the help of the books guardian, she and her friends collect the cards to save the world from a disaster.
Story 9/10: The story is well developed, Sakura evolves as the story progresses. Even though it's centered around an elementary aged protagonist, the flow of the story feels more adult-like.
Art 9/10: The characters are expressive, sincere and the scenery is detailed. CLAMP mangakas are very good at expressing the feelings of each person and their surroundings.
Character 9/10: The characters are great! Each character is well explained and their feelings are addressed wonderfully. Spoiler*** I really love Sakura & Syaroan as a couple, in fact they are one of my most favorite couples in all the series I've watched or read!
Enjoyment 10/10: I really love this story line. I think it's sweet, exciting and endearing..
Overall 9/10: I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes shoujo man gas...read more
I loved this manga, even though I only read 3 volumes. (Well, one. It was the first 3 in one book. I picked it up in the library and I'm glad for it.) It's about a cute little girl, her friend, (I don't want to give away much of the story) her brother, his friend, and another boy. (Oh my god my brain is packed I can't remember their names.) BUTTT Here is a warning for some people.
This is not for homophobes. I don't really mind it at all, but if you are STRAIGHT AND ALL MUST BE STRAIGHT Go away. (Okay that was mean.) But there are LOTS of homosexual elements. The main character's friend, I'm pretty sure even her brother and his friend are, too. And of course the other boy. (I PRAY THAT ONE DAYYY I WILLLLL REMEMBER THEIR NAMESSSSS!!!) I was a bit surprised, because in the US we aren't exposed to homosexuality that young. I am guessing that is why it is considered a bit of a joke with 5-9th graders. But I still loved every part of Cardcaptor Sakura.
I loved the art, the story, and the characters in this manga. Because I consider myself a fairly mature person, I was a bit embarrassed to have enjoyed this manga. But it's a-freaking-dorable. If you are tired of your dark and scary mangas (I wasn't. But if you are.) this is perfect.
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