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Manga Review: Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP (Omnibus 1, Volume 1, 2, 3)

Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 1 by CLAMP

7947676Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Published By: Dark Horse Manga
Publication Date: 2010 
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Pages: 576
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: July 2018
Links: Goodreads

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!

I loved the anime years ago when I was younger and I totally fell in love with the story, so now that I kind of forgot the details I decided to actually pick up the manga and get into them. I grew up with this anime, and I could say it’s one of my favourites. It just reminds me of all the things that I love about being a kid.  This manga is aimed at younger readers, generally not my preferred level. But it’s an earlier work which includes a lot of the CLAMP trope-and-character formations recycled into later works aimed at older readers. I flicked through a couple of pages and quickly found myself hooked, whether it was nostalgia or what, I don’t know, I couldn’t put this down.

Cardcaptor Sakura follows the story of Magical-girl Sakura. She’s an elementary student who stumbled upon a magical book; her mission will be about collecting all the missing enchanted cards; Clow Cards. If she fails, the world will be in chaos. The Clow Cards have all become scattered and lost; with the aid of the magical creature – Cerberus – who guards the book, she is off on a quest to retrieve all of the cards.

The Dark Horse reprints have excellent graphic reproduction, very fine and clear. The art is the usual CLAMP. Sometimes the action/magic scenes are a little hard to follow, but nothing too crazy.

My main issue is some of the relationships that are presented from the start. Sakura’s parents got married when her Dad was 25 and her Mum was 16 and he was her teacher. One of Sakura’s classmates – 10 Years Old “has an older boyfriend,” as in, their teacher, who buys her an engagement ring and tells her to take care of it until it can be a wedding ring.

One thing that I didn’t really catch when I was younger is the positive queer nod. Per instance, Tomoyo, who’s the best friend of Sakura, clearly has a crush on her. Tomoyo’s mother also has a canon crush on Sakura’s mum. Additionally, the main male character Syaoran Li likes Yukito. Yukito and Touyo (Sakura’s brother) are subtext dating. This is not just a fan speculation. The manga and anime accentuated those certain attractions. For me, the fact that the queer representation was crafted in a cute and natural way made it valid. Like, I cannot believe my childhood did that.

I read through this whole series in less than a day, it was just really fun to read. I also plan to read Tsubasa.

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That’s it for this review! I haven’t done a Manga Review for a while! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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