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Country of origin: Japan
Language:Japanese , later translated to English
Original run:May 1996 to June 2000
Genre:Magical girl, Romance
Elementary school student Sakura Kinomoto lives in the fictional town of Tomoeda, Japan.
She lives with her father,Fujitaka Kinomoto who is a professor. Her mother, Nadeshiko passed away when she was very young. She lives with her brother, Toya Kinomoto who is a high schooler and her father. She is described to be a very active girl who loves sports but hate math.
Sakura has a huge crush on Toya’s best friend Yukito and tries her best to spend as much time as she can around him. Life is seemingly normal around Sakura, but things take a turn for the worse.
One day she finds a book from her father’s basement. The book is a set of magical Clow cards that were created by the great sorcerer, Clow Reed. Sakura accidently sets the magical cards free, and its guardian, Cerberus out.
Cerberus informs Sakura that since she released the magical cards, she must be possessing some magical powers. And he informs her that she should capture all the cards back otherwise some great catastrophe will befall the earth.
Sakura, together with Cerebrus and her best friend and cousin Tomoya capture the cards one by one. Tomoyo helps design Sakura’s battle costumes and records her attempts at capturing the cards in the video camera. The cards are named ‘Windy’ ‘Watery’ etc and with discovering each card, Sakura must use her wit and her strength to capture the card and keep it back in the book.
An exchange student from Hong Kong, Syaoran Li arrives in Tomoeda. He is a descendant of Clow Reed and is also aiming to capture the released cards. Although apprehensive of Sakura at first, he soon joins in her attempts to capture the cards and return it in the book. He later becomes Sakura’s love interest as he confesses his feelings.
Once all the cards are captured Cerebrus is able to transform into his true form and the cards second guardian Yue appears. All this while Yue was hiding in Yukito’s body and after many tests he decides to accept Sakura as his new mistress.
With all the cards captured, their problems seems over. But with the appearance of Eriol, strange incidents start to occur forcing Sakura to undergo many challenges. It reaches a stage where she has to convert the cards from Clow Reed’s to Sakura cards. But there seems to be more behind the story of Clow Reed and why all these incidents happened in the first place, which is what the manga series then depicts.
I had been told by many people to try manga and I wanted to but I was confused on which one to try first with the numerous suggestions that I got. I chose Cardcaptor Sakura because I had seen its anime before when I was very young and I had loved that anime. Heck, i still love it.
The detailed plot behind the creation of the magical Clow cards and the mysterious sorcerer, Clow Reed is really good. And the situations under which Sakura had to capture each card and the incidents related to it formed an amazing story. The story was not a singular performance by the titular character but by the entire set of characters, especially Sakura’s family.
I had never got the chance to find the ending of the story when I watched its anime when i was young which is what prompted me to read the manga now. I have to say I am pretty satisfied with it too. Some may feel it might be childish but it really is’nt. Its worth the read. And I am glad to know that a current sequel is running at the moment which I will definitely be reading! Anyway Cardcaptor Sakura is magical, mesmerising and beautifully presented in the 12 volumes. The anime is great as well with more cards and characters than the original manga. Altogether, I give Cardcaptor Sakura a huge thumbs up!
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