Book Review | Cardcaptor Sakura by Clamp

Hey everyone,

I hope you have had a good week, I’ve just had week off from work and it was great. I got to read a lot of books during that week.

I was struggaling to think what kind of blog post to do next and I thought I would do my first Manga review. I have been really into reading Manga at the moment and I feel completely stupid for not getting into the genre sooner. I’m not sure yet of how I will do future Manga reviews as a few of them are series that I have still yet to purchase, I might do a certain amount of volumes instead of one at a time because it would take forever.

So I hope you don’t mind me gushing over this series that I have loved since I was a child.

Cardcaptor Sakura by Clamp

Fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto finds a strange book in her father’s library — a book made by the wizard Clow to store dangerous spirits sealed within a set of magical cards. But when Sakura opens it up, there is nothing left inside but Kero-chan, the book’s cute little guardian beast . . . who informs Sakura that since the Clow cards seem to have escaped while he was asleep, it’s now her job to capture them!

Published: 1997-2000

Published Editions: 2010 -2012

Publishers: Dark Horse Manga

Volumes: 4 Books (12 Volumes altogether)

Genre: Manga, Shoujo (A type of Manga genre for a young female audience)

Pages: Book 1 – 576, Book 2 – 593, Book 3 – 593, Book 4 – 592 (Total of 2,354)

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thoughts

I grew up watching the anime when I was a kid, it wasn’t Sailor Moon although I really enjoyed watching it but I just loved the aspect of the magic that was in Cardcaptors.

Cardcaptor Sakura is about a young 10 year old girl named Sakura Kinomoto, one day at home she enters into her father’s office and discovers a book. She opens the book and accidently releases magical cards out into the world, which also releases the gate keeper of the book Keruberous or Kero for short. He assigns Sakura to collect all of the cards in risk of exposure to magic.

I really enjoyed this series, it’s a series that I will forever cherish because it was my childhood. The illurtations in this series are beautiful, very romantic and floral, and the storys in each volume were really good. I do want to mention that the paper quality in these omnibus volumes are so much better than the paper in some of the other mangas.

Sakura started off as this nervous wreck when it came to collecting cards, but it was the support from Kero, Tomoya and Shouron that made her able to perservere to become a powerful mage. I will have to say that the manga explained a lot more about the reason to why Sakura was able to open the clow book but also how her older brother was able to see ghosts and even their mother from time to time. Book 4 explains a lot more than what the anime did.

I was a little dissapointed not to see Mei-Lin, I understood afterwards that the purpose was for the sake of the anime but also giving a bigger back story to Shouron compaired to his story in the manga. Also why was a 10 year old boy allowed to live alone? There is no logic in this manga.

A few favourite pages

I do have a few negative things. One there are 52 cards in the Clow/Sakura deck yet roughly 20 of the cards were used consistantly throughout the series, I think because I have seen the anime soo many times that I was waiting to see some of my favourites like, the silent card, the rain card, the sweet card etc. I got very confused during book 2.

The other thing that I would like to mention was the student-teacher realtionship that appeared in the series. At first I thought it was a student having a crush on the teacher but no I was wrong, they were secretly in a relationship. She was 10, 10! and yet nobody even noticed.

There is the new series that came out last year, I am very eager to continue on with the series.

I hope you enjoyed something different but also bookish. I hope you are having a lovely day.

Bye xx

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