Book Review: Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 1


Cardcaptor Sakura: Volume 1
by
CLAMP

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(Synopsis from 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 was perusing the books that my local library had in their digital library collection through OverDrive when I came across a manga book that I had been wanting to read for some time. I saw “Cardcaptor Sakura”! I was super excited. I have always enjoyed animes with a “magical girl” focus and I was ready to try this one out.

I went into this without much expectation, which I think helped me to enjoy it. Cardcaptor Sakura focuses on Sakura opening up a book and releasing the Clow Cards into the wind. She is tasked with having to collect all the cards, that come to life of course. It reminded me a lot of Yu-Gui-Oh, except with a more girl twist. The books content are rather light and fluffy. This basically means that the stories are not heavy-handed in any manner. You are not going to find a deep meaning in the various stories told throughout it, but you will get stories that talks of friendship and being held responsible for your actions.

One of the things that I loved seeing was the fight scenes with the various Clow cards that Sakura was trying to capture. Sakura had to figure out how to capture the cards when they appeared with the limited cards that she had at that time. It was interesting to see why certain cards were chosen and also how each Clow card got introduced into the series. Another fun element was that one of Sakura’s friends, who knew obviously that she was a Cardcaptor, designed outfits for her for each capture. This meant that every time there was a new time to capture a Clow card she had created a new outfit, so we saw multiple outfits! It made me want to keep reading because I wanted to know what was going to be designed next.

The stories were a bit juvenile in nature, but really that isn’t so bad from time to time to read. I also feel that this could be just this particular volume because there are elements that they are going to have to explore within other volumes that may become a bit more heavier than what is examined here. It should be noted though that they do deal with grief and loss in this volume, but it is approached in a manner that does not make it too overly triggering or emotional, in my opinion. I felt for Sakura, for sure, but it never was so gut-wrenching that I almost stopped reading, which I have had in other books, comics, or manga in the past. As I was saying though, there are some things that make me very interested in reading the next volume of the series because there are some things that have to be answered, specifically where Sakura found the book has to be addressed. I mean she did find it in her… Oh look, it is time for me to end this post. What did you think I was going to spoil this for you? Please, go read it and enjoy it. I know I did!

Cardcaptor Sakura is also a 70 episode anime series! I intend to watch it soon!


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