Written and illustrated by the group Clamp, and produced by the studio Madhouse, Cardcaptor Sakura is a shoujo magical girl manga and anime series counting twelve volumes and seventy episodes. The chapter was published in the Nakayoshi magazine between May 1996 and June 2000, while the episode originally aired from April 1998 to March 2000.
Sakura Kinomoto is your garden-variety ten-year-old fourth grader, until one day, she stumbles upon a mysterious book containing a set of cards. Unfortunately, she has little time to divine what the cards mean because she accidentally stirs up a magical gust of wind and unintentionally scatters the cards all over the world. Suddenly awakened from the book, the Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (nicknamed Kero-chan), tells Sakura that she has released the mystical Clow Cards created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. The Cards are no ordinary playthings. Each of them possesses incredible powers, and because they like acting independently, Clow sealed all the Cards within a book. Now that the Cards are set free, they pose a grave danger upon the world, and it is up to Sakura to prevent the Cards from causing a catastrophe!
Appointing Sakura the title of “the Cardcaptor” and granting her the Sealed Key, Keroberos tasks her with finding and recapturing all the Cards. Alongside her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and with Kero-chan’s guidance, Sakura must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday troubles of a young girl involving love, family, and school, all while she takes flight on her magical adventures as Sakura the Cardcaptor.
Before I was saying that Cardcaptor Sakura was the first Japanese animation that I watched, but now I realize that I was lying since I actually watched anime way before that. However, I still see CCS as the first anime that I know it was anime, the seven year-old me didn’t know what was Japanese animation in the late 80′.
Cardcaptor Sakura is one of the few shoujo I really enjoyed, not a big fan of the genre in general. The main character, Kinomoto Sakura is really adorable and act like a ten years old girl should act, but she is really responsible in the same time. Her mother died about seven years prior the event of the series and now she is leaving with her father, Kinomoto Fujitaka a university teacher, that she adore and her big brother, Touya high school student with a lot of part-time job, who despite the fact that he like teasing his little sister, would do anything to protect her. Along the series, we see Sakura becoming more mature and stronger, her favorite saying is: “Everything is gonna be alright” and with that in mind she can do everything.
One thing I particularly liked was all the different dress her best friend, Tomoyo, created for her. Every one of them are so cute. Plus the show have one of the most adorable critter of the anime world, Kerobero or Kero-chan. That little yellow winged plushy is sho cute ^w^.
As I said above, I really enjoyed this series, if you didn’t watch it yet, but you like the magical girl genre you should definitely give it a try.