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. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
I can’t recommend this series highly enough. I first watched it I think fifteen years ago or some number that makes me feel way old. It’s still great. The animation doesn’t feel dated like a lot of older series; it’s very fluid and consistent. The background music’s memorable without being obtrusive. The story’s good. There’s not a single character that I don’t love. And it’s got some of the best Japanese VAs in the business.
CCS is a classic. It’s one of those anime that does a great job of blending a light-hearted middle schooler’s life with mystery, magic. There’s action, comedy and even a bit of romance. Although some people may not be able to appreciate the light feel of the anime, it’s a guarantee that most viewers will be enchanted by this superb, sweet and cute 70 episode series. We award Card Captor Sakura with an A for achieving near perfection of virtually every front.
On the short list of anime properties that I would replace if I lost my collection, Cardcaptor Sakura is in the top five of them. This is a series that has a lot of meaning to me and is a series that handles the genre in such a great way that you notice so many things with each viewing in the connections. And it served as the launching characters for the Tsubasa series that in turn connected so many CLAMP titles together in a way that tickles my inner fanboy like no other as it was reminiscent of both Asimov and Heinlein’s writings that ended up the same way. NIS America has put together a release that while it has some issues here and there, none are anywhere near dealbreakers and it provides the core material – the show itself – in a great way. While I could complaining more about packaging or what’s in the book, what will have me back every couple of years is the show itself. And in that regard, they did great with the Japanese source materials to give this show the kind of presentation that makes me grin from ear to ear. Very recommended.
Overall, I consider this Clamp’s best work to date. It had all the essentials of good story, art, characters and plot. The movies were very good too. I’ll review it some other time. The story had fantasy, high school as well as romantic elements.
In conclusion, GREAT anime, a bit repetitive at first, but it gets much better though the ending was a little disappointing. I would recommend it for your little sisters, cousins, nieces or anyone from the younger generation. It’s such a positive influence, and still an entertaining watch even after all these years. If you are having doubts on whether to read or watch the series though, let me tell you there is not much difference between the two. The anime does have awesome music though
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Overall “Cardcaptor Sakura” is definitely an anime to check out. It’s funny, adventurous, entertaining, and just plain cute, which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. It’s so damn cute. I highly recommend it if you like magical girls or romantic comedy shojo anime. If that’s not your thing, you still might enjoy it for its adventurous story.
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At first glance it looks as if Card Captor Sakura is geared strictly to young girls, however it contains elements that can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age or gender, providing they are open-minded enough.
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Basically a girl’s show. Cute with a sweet romance between what… 12 year olds? But seriously too cute to hate with a cool story to it.
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In a genre where conventions and inspiration form the crux of most stories, Cardcaptor Sakura is a brilliant title that breathes new life into the genre and anime as a whole. While not quite flawless, this is a classic that has acceded its spot as one of the most influential and quality anime titles in recent times. It’s a consistently high-quality, entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking anime that has more than earned its widespread acclaim and influence. This is a title that shows that there is indeed a correlation in storytelling between creativity and quality.
Cardcaptor Sakura has certainly earned its place in history.
There is a reason Cardcaptor Sakura is remembered so fondly 15 years after its debut: There’s a level of craft and emotion at work that is rare in any medium.
If you want heart-warming, uplifting mahou shoujo goodness, then Card Captor Sakura, being at the pinnacle of its genre, should not be missed. It provides some excellent set-pieces and mature themes, takes you on a serious adventure, and leaves you feeling like a thoroughly entertained child – I mean – adult.
Make no mistake CCS is a wonderful show and in my opinion is every bit equal to if not superior to Sailor Moon.
My life feels happy when i watch this. I Like all the characters in this anime. There is much depth added into this, so much detail and care was placed in it. I’d recommend it to all who haven’t seen it. It is a great place to start an anime collection. The two movies for this is a hard way to let go, but you just have to see it. 🙂 it does do better to you. If the series had been a little longer i think that would’ve even been better. there are other animes that run over 300 episodes. that’s pretty crazy, but still pretty cool. interesting to watch everything change and to see how they manage with such small budgets. anyhow, this is a really good anime… i really love it.
I would say Carcaptor is maybe worth a watch, despite anything I said above, or maybe even worth a read? I personally have only read a few chapters of the manga, after watching the entirety of the anime in like the span of two weeks, because magical girl as a genre is not my personal favorite. It is a series that tries to do a lot of fun things with the genre itself! If you like this type of storytelling or even are just looking to try something out, I would completely suggest looking into this show. I may not have enjoyed the series to its fullest, but someone else out there might adore it. What matters is that the series is fun and tries new things but remains true to CLAMP as a group of creators.
Cardcaptors Sakura in my opinion is Clamps finest work because as a magical girl anime it is pretty rounded. Clamp likes to deal with all these different shojo themes and of course they like to link up their stories, this is what makes this anime so special. When you look at the recent animes like xxxholic and Tsubasa Resvoir Chronicles all the stories linked back up to Cardcaptors Sakura someway or form. Sure the plot wasn’t amazingly well throught out and intelligent, but it was the pure freedom of all these different stories that last an episode and then Sakura got another clow card out of it. It is suppose to be an anime where you kinda have to follow Sakura on her magical journey, no matter how gay that might sound.
Overall, I could see why this anime is so popular in Japan, however, it wasn’t quite my cup of tea, so I doubt I’ll ever watch it again.
In my view, this anime is under-rated and while it may not, on the face of it, seem appealing to certain audiences, it’s definitely worth trying before making judgements. Remember don’t judge a book by its cover or in this case, dont judge an anime by its theme. A good anime, worth watching.
A slightly above average cartoon that anime fans will lap up in an instant thanks to its quirky humor and Japanese charm, while the non-anime inclined may struggle to get as involved with this show as they could have if the creators only would have opted for taking the action/adventure path instead of favoring the dull soap opera stylings that seemed to dominate the majority of its storyline.