Possibly THE cutest magical girl in shoujo history, Kinomoto Sakura brings joy and life to Cardcaptor Sakura every single time.
After accidentally freeing a set of magical cards that has been sealed for years, ten-year-old Sakura is tasked to retrieve all missing Clow cards with the assistance from the Guardian of the Clow Book, Kero. With each Clow card bestowing unique powers onto the world, it was up to Sakura to quickly capture them before a major catastrophe befalls on the world.
Based on the manga series written and illustrated by Japanese mangaka group CLAMP (1996 – 2000), CARDCAPTOR SAKURA went on to become one of the most popular shoujo series in manga and anime history. Produced by Madhouse Productions, Cardcaptor Sakura was then adapted into a 70-episode TV series (1998-2000) which then triggered an expansion of two feature films, art books, merchandise, and video games.
Believe it or not, year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura this May (we’re getting old!). No matter how many times we watch CCS, we can’t help but wonder — how on earth did a series like Cardcaptor Sakura capture fans’ hearts?
CtrlGeekPod takes a look at FIVE top reasons why we love Cardcaptor Sakura. Here we go!
Imagine you’re on a mission to collect Clow Cards and your bff decides to make costumes for every single adventure that you embark on. Ah, if only we have a best friend like Tomoyo! From fluffy to eccentric costumes inspired by nature and elements, it’s hard not to fall in love with the costumes in Cardcaptor Sakura. But of course, a costume cannot look good if it is not worn by the right person. With Sakura as the model, every CCS outfit always look a million times cuter!
As huge fans of CLAMP, we highly appreciate CLAMP’s decision to design a new outfit every time Sakura walks onto the battlefield. Not only does this regular costume change make Cardcaptor Sakura visually interesting, but it also challenges the dress code in standard magical girl series. Instead of one costume — why not many cute costumes?
2. The Storytelling
Cardcaptor Sakura might be best known for its action-shoujo story but there is more to the series than a young girl’s mission to capture magical cards. Although the story revolves around elementary school students, the series should be praised for its charming narrative, characters, and timeless messages that will captivate fans of all ages.
CLAMP’s dedication to developing the story and its characters are just as important as collecting Clow Cards — so important that the action sometimes take a backseat in order to shine spotlight on Sakura and her relationships with those around her. Whether it is unrequited love or a long-lost relationship between family members, the concepts of love and human relationships are heavily explored throughout Cardcaptor Sakura. The series also teaches us to be kind, caring and that “everything will be alright” even when all hopes are lost.
3. Sakura and Syaoran
It was hate and rivalry at first sight. Just when Sakura thought she could handle the role of collecting the Clow cards, Clow’s descendant Li Syaoran was sent to Tokyo in the hopes of becoming the Clow Master himself. Despite being cold and bitter at first, Syaoran soon warms up to his classmates, and we eventually learn that there is more to Syaoran than what meets the eye.
Thanks to Sakura’s innocent nature, it was inevitable for Syaoran to fall head over heels for her. Along the way, they collect Clow cards together and save the world from destruction. In our hearts, we honestly can’t think of a greater team than Sakura and Syaoran.
4. Kinomoto Sakura the character
A shoujo series cannot be complete without a leading female protagonist. With the ability to fly and cast magic spells, Sakura is without a doubt the coolest ten-year-old girl ever. She’s cute, innocent, sensitive, and owns a big heart who will do anything for her friends. She might be clumsy at times and slow in her studies but she is super talented in cheerleading, sports and cooking as well. Kinomoto Sakura is the ultimate best friend who we would want by our side no matter what!
5. Created by CLAMP
Pretty illustrations, detailed costume designs, philosophies, subtle cross-overs, magical elements and plenty of heart and soul — one look at Cardcaptor Sakura and it is easy to recognise CLAMP’s trademarks all over the work. With a portfolio of well-recognised series including Magic Knight Rayearth, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, X, and Tokyo Babylon, there is no doubt that Cardcaptor Sakura is another hit from the infamous mangaka group.
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