Name: Cardcaptor Sakura, Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow (2nd half)
Serialized In: Nakayoshi
Released: May, 1996 – July 3, 2000
Story & Art: CLAMP
Published By (Japan): Kodansha
Published By (US): TokyoPop
Story: 8/10 (x 3 = 24 pts)
Art: 10/10 (x 3 = 30 pts)
Gut Score: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Total: 90/100 (90%)
Cardcaptor Sakura is about a girl, Sakura, who accidentally releases the 19 Clow Cards from the magical Clow book. As a result, she is tapped by the book’s Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (whom Sakura calls Kero for short) to recapture the lost cards.
Along the way, she’s helped by her best friend Tomoyo, and challenged by Syaoran Li, who arrives from Hong Kong so that he may collect the Clow Cards for himself.
In the second half of the series, Sakura has already collected the Clow Cards, but how is forced to change them into new cards using her own magic due to new, mysterious magical happenings occurring in the city.
Perhaps one of the biggest issues some people may have with this series is that it is very shoujo…even more so than the TV series, really. However, if one can get past that, I think one will see a very well done manga series which has a pretty good story and excellent art. The story is also character-driven a good deal, despite the emphasis on the magical elements of the story.
If you’re not afraid of shoujo or magical girl manga, then Cardcaptor Sakura may be a good read for you.
First Read: May 2006 – October 2007
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Yes