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...
One of the best shoujo manga ever!
it's got magic, sweet relationships (between kids, still so sweet) and even a little hint to yaoi. but that's fine.
it all goes about this young fourth-grade Sakura kinomoto, who finds in her house's basementa abook of cards which she unleashes with her powers and start her journey to gather them, when Kero chan, the guardian, tells her that only she can do so!
The type of illustration is so cute, especially Tomoyo's hand-made costumes for Sakura's battles against the card. It's just a warm, sweet manga, that you'd finish before you'd realize!
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.
Well, finally I finished another CLAMP manga. This time I will make a review of Card captor Sakura, my first CLAMP series.
The story is about Sakura. She has to sealed all Clow Cards. The story is better than anime: there is only a few cards and not a lot than in the anime. Meilin doesnt exist in the manga and is more exciting.
The art is impresive. I like it very much. Sakura CC has the best art of all CLAMP series, but not better than magic knight Rayearth. For me thise mangas have the best art, but The review is about Sakura not Magic Knight.
like all characters: some of them like Yamazaki made funny moments and i like that. I like how all characters envolve. In the end various charactes change: In mature, feelings etc. Sakura and Shaoran are still my fav CLAMP couples.
I really enjoy the manga. In the future I will read again, but first I want to buy all 12 volumes. You will enjoy this manga: if you like magic girl and CLAMP mangas you will enjoy this.
In overall I put a 9. Why? I really dont like happy endings, Card captor has a happy ending. But do you imagine this manga with a diferent ending?
Overall, a great magical girl series from Clamp. The story is above good, and has a nice balance between action and romance. Outstanding Characters; each of them play a vital role to progress the story and have unique personalities. Clamp has worked real hard to create CCS, as the quality of artwork is outstanding!
By general, every readers would praise Sakura's sweet Character/Personality, which simply leaves this series enjoyable to any age group.
Sakura Cardcaptor's manga is basically the same anime story told in a somewhat different way. Unlike its animated counterpart, it lacks filler, goes to the point, develops more quickly and explains certain details that the production of the anime decided to discard or modify. Here we have 19 Clow cards as opposed to the 52 of the anime; Meilin does not exist here either.
As such, this work have strengths and weaknesses very similar to those found in the anime. Its true strong point are its characters. Sympathetic, adorable, human, through them are explored the different types of affections that can arise in human experience: love
between people of different ages, unrequited love, true love, etc. The interactions between the characters and the development of their relationships are one of the most well-worn and fun parts to see in all of history.
Beautifully drawn, CCS have a fine and delicate art with thin lines that manage to give a clean and sweet appearance to the drawing. The detailed expressions of the characters are supported by highlights and background drawings (mainly flowers) that highlight their emotional states, very convenient for a story that mainly talks about feelings.
The plot performs like a standard Maho shojo, but adds elements that make the formula feel pretty fresh. For example, Sakura uses a different costume in each chapter and the spells are conjured through a set of cards that must be captured. The design of the cards and the costumes is very good and exhibits talent and imagination on the part of the authors.
However, as in anime, the plot suffers from certain defects. I will always complain about the lazy way in which the outcome occurs during the Judgment of Yue. And how did not deepen properly in the Clow Cards (being the central aspect of the series). The way in which most of them are trapped is very loose too, without any strategy or anything like that.
The abuse of plot conveniences here is even more notorious than in the anime, especially in the arc of the Sakura Charts. Arch that, in my opinion, was quite unnecessary. However, the manga have a quite different ending to the anime and explains more details about the relationships and plot. It's worth reading if you liked the anime.
To conclude, I want to say that CCS is a beautiful story, whose main theme is human relationships and how love can be displayed in different ways in human experience. However, it could have been better executed and has very important defects that do not allow me to consider it more than an average sleeve.
All in all, it is a true coming-to-age story for young girls with valuable lessons and, above all, it does a better job than a lot of many similar works in dealing with feelings and the human heart.
I really liked this manga. The artwork is pretty good, characters are generally well-developed, Sakura is a great main character and the story is good, even though after the 6th volume it kind of plays for time but it's still pretty enjoyable to read.
The development of the romantic subplot between Sakura and Syaoran is a bit far-fetched, I don't like them as a couple, but there's something that bothers me much more than their relationship: there are a lot of pedophile relationships, which is really, really disgusting and creepy. I counted 4 established pedo-couples, but I might be forgeting some. All of those relationships are,
sadly, romanticized and shown as a "really sweet thing" and all this wrong stuff you would expect of shoujo stories. The worst of them is the relationship between one of Sakura's classmates (they're like 10 years old in the manga) and a teacher! So, if you want to read this, beware. I don't know if this might be triggering - there's no "action" between any couple at all (not even kisses are shown in the story) but you get the idea the relationships are pretty solid. I also don't have any clue of how those relationships are shown in the anime since I didn't watched it.
There are also a lot of pan/bisexual and homosexual characters, they're all pretty good characters, which I find awesome. I guess this is the serie with most LGBTQ characters I've ever read/watched (but there's no T and the no-gender/queer characters are not human).
Anyway, generally speaking, this serie is pretty good, but there's idealized pedophilia as I mentioned earlier.