Manga Monday: Cardcaptor Sakura

Published on September 22nd, 2009

While thinking about the manga artist group CLAMP, I remembered another manga that I feel in love with early on in my addiction. The manga is known as Cardcaptor Sakura. It follows the story of 10 year old Sakura Kinomoto, who happens to stumble upon an old book. Upon opening the book she learns that she has released many magical cards into her world and she is now a Cardcaptor.

cardcaptorsakuraHer new role as Cardcaptor means she has to use new powers granted to her to tame the now lose cards and then use the powers for herself. The cards can be anything from elements like Wind and Water and take the form of deadly sprites, to the song, who grants its user a beautiful voice and some cards can even be practical like the wings, granting Sakura the power to fly.

Much like Chobits, the art style is angelic and highly feminine. However, unlike Chobits, with its strong sexual undertones and humour, Cardcaptor Sakura is aimed at a younger female audience, though at conventions I have seen everyone enjoy it. Thanks to the beautiful artwork by the Clamp team, Cardcaptor Sakura became another manga that cosplayers and fan artists flocked to alike, this is what helps keep a manga alive and stop it fading into obscurity.

Cardcaptro Sakura was a manga that spanned 12 volumes, published from May 1996 – June 2000. The anime spanned a MASSIVE 70 episodes.

So lets face it, if you are the kind of comic book fan that is into blood and guts, you are pretty unlikely to find the magical world of Cardcaptor Sakura your kind of thing. However, its unbelievably adorable nature and beautiful artwork has hooked enough people over the years, that is has proved time again that it is still one of the best.

Also if you watch the anime, you will feel utterly compelled to learn the opening song, trust me on that one.

Hollie ‘Cardcaptor’ Bennett