From Clamp comes the thrilling adventures of Sakura, a fourth grader who accidentally finds an enchanted book called The Clow The book once contained a set of magical Clow Cards, but they all escaped while the guardian of the book fell asleep Now, Sakura is thrust into a mystical journey to capture all the cards before they wreak chaos and destruction


10 thoughts on “Cardcaptor Sakura, Vol. 1

  1. April April says:

    CHILDHOOD I LOVE YOU You bet your sweet ass I ve read this 50 times, the beginning of CS was perfect CHILDHOOD I LOVE YOU You bet your sweet ass I ve read this 50 times, the beginning of CS was perfect


  2. Yesy (The Book Vagrant) Yesy (The Book Vagrant) says:

    Oh the memories This was honestlyof a 3.5 star read for me, but I decided to bump it up for the nostalgia.


  3. Dyah Dyah says:

    After years, Elex decided to reprint this manga, and I decided to collect it.Cardcaptor Sakura is probably the manga that makes me adore CLAMP I truly love the concepts of collecting magical cards And I also love most of Sakura s outfits made by Tomoyo, her bestie it s hard to believe a little girl can make those complicated outfits.Reading it again, I noticed several things I didn t really care the first time Though the main characters are children elementary school students , there a After years, Elex decided to reprint this manga, and I decided to collect it.Cardcaptor Sakura is probably the manga that makes me adore CLAMP I truly love the concepts of collecting magical cards And I also love most of Sakura s outfits made by Tomoyo, her bestie it s hard to believe a little girl can make those complicated outfits.Reading it again, I noticed several things I didn t really care the first time Though the main characters are children elementary school students , there are complex issues raised, such as shoujo ai and shounen ai, also romantic relationship between a student 4th grader and her teacher You can call me old school, but these things irritate my conscience


  4. Lara Mi Lara Mi says:

    Review for the complete seriesWhile not as big as similar titles such as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura is definitely a manga household name Elementary Schooler Sakura finds a book in her father s library which not only proves to be magical but also releases the lion like creature Kero chan who tasks her with finding all the magical cards the book once contained The cards were created by the mightiest magician to have lived Clow With each card Sakura adds to her collection, Review for the complete seriesWhile not as big as similar titles such as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura is definitely a manga household name Elementary Schooler Sakura finds a book in her father s library which not only proves to be magical but also releases the lion like creature Kero chan who tasks her with finding all the magical cards the book once contained The cards were created by the mightiest magician to have lived Clow With each card Sakura adds to her collection, her own magical powers grow CLAMP Cardcaptor Sakura already wins points simply by being a work of CLAMP The art is as gorgeous as one can expect and it s almost unavoidable to read if one wants to delve into the multiverse these artists have created It s definitely one of their bigger works, especially as it features the characters that are later featured as the protagonists of CLAMP s crossover work Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Although this manga s art is a tad less intricate and almost simple in the use of screen toning, there s something very light and loveable about it and it s undeniably adorable Magical Girl I ve always struggled to view Cardcaptor Sakura as a magical girl manga It undoubtedly is, but I do find it drops some of this genre s typical tropes and I mean that in the best way possible Sakura doesn t actually transform through any magical means She wears a different magical girl costume for most chapters, but they are all tailored by her best friend Tomoyo and are really just for variety and cuteness and surely the artists having their fun rather than any magical process that all other magical girls go through In fact, all the magic is muchakin totraditional witches and wizard s and even draws on Chinese mythology One thing I also really appreciate is that Sakura is just your normal girl who is collecting magical cards to stop them from causing havoc rather than a girl or group of girls pitched against an evil force to save the earth from certain doom It just has a much lighter and appropriate feeling to it Characters Plot It definitely starts off very episodic, but it has a nice underlying plot that becomessolid toward the second half of the story I find myselfinvested in the main story rather than the individual episodes in which Sakura finds yet another card The plot itself is to an equal amount about the mystery behind the cards as well as Sakura s daily life with her family and friends Unfortunately, if we re purely looking at the plot, I can t deny that I find Cardcaptor Sakura a little boring at times It is a bit strange because Sakura and the male protagonist Syaoran are among my favourite manga characters I absolutely adore these two and this series features a lot of other likeable characters such as Kero chan and Tomoyo It is, therefore, a little baffling that their plot is sometimes a little underwhelming, though it does not change that this is still a manga I hold dear Romance This is where it gets complicated CLAMP are known to have rather unconventional romantic couples And despite Cardcaptor Sakura being one of their most innocent and light hearted works, I think it is also easily the most controversial romance wise As mentioned above, I love Sakura and Syaoran and evenso as a couple Mind you, these two are about 10 years old and their relationship doesn t develop until very late into the series an embrace is as far as they get Yet it s almost that innocent setup that makes them such an adorable couple it doesn t need to be romance focused for these two to be an exemplary match When it comes to homosexual characters, I find that CLAMP has always been ahead of time, though not necessarily in a realistic way On one hand, it is great that multiple sexualities are included throughout the CLAMP world On the other hand, it is treated almost too idealistically Don t get me wrong, equality is important But there is truth to non straight persons having to face certain difficulties in daily life that others might not In Cardcaptor Sakura, as well as most other CLAMP works, the appearance of a homosexual character is almost taken for granted it sometimes feels as though the whole of it takes place in an ideal parallel world I believe that both in reality and in other fiction, there s bound to be a character or two who at least consider the situation around a homosexual character This is probably eventrue when one considers that this series is from the 90s.The only true issue in regards to romance lies with a certain age gap Mind you, I am not in the least against relationships with age gaps fiction or reality alike 10 years, 20 years where to draw the line I don t think there is anything wrong with an age gap as long as it s a relationship built on mutual feelings and care rather than an older party taking advantage of a younger one You can t really choose who you fall in love with and age seems a trivial thing when you truly love someone In the same sense, I have no issues with certain taboo relationships such as student teacher, provided again the feelings are genuine and neither party is taken advantage of I know people in real life who have loved and married their former teacher they re just about as happy as any couple I know A relationship like that brings its difficulties, but in my mind, it really comes down to how it s handledthan anything else Now, while I neither mind age gaps nor student teacher relationships, I do believe there is a certain threshold of how young the younger party can be Realistically, there s a massive difference between an 8 year old dating an 18 year old and a couple of, say, an 18 and 28 year old Cardcaptor Sakura blows all caution to the wind and introduces the relationship between the 10 or so year old Rika and her teacher Terada Now Terada might be as young as 20, which would result in an age gap of about 10 years I don t see an issue with a 10 year gap, but the fact that Rika is around 10 makes this a really awkward couple While everything is kept at a perfectly innocent level there are clear signs that they re staying apart until she is old enough the fact that Terada is even considering a 10 year old is just not right The only thing that makes this readable to me is the fact that none of the young characters, the protagonists Sakura and Syaoran included, behave like the 10 year olds they re meant to be I often seem to get this issue when it comes to manga, but most characters appear a good couple of years older to me than they are actually meant to be I would much rather think of Sakura and co as 14 year olds, and that already makes the whole Rika business a tad less of a shocker Interestingly, while Rika and Terada receive a lot of scorn from readers everywhere, there is another very similar couple which is rarely called out There are clear hints of a budding and encouraged romance between yet another 10 year old pupil and his female teacher Their age gap is likely similar to that of Rika and Terada s, yet it does not receive nearly as much backlash It seems people have a bigger issue when the girl is the younger party which frankly is quite unfair I believe both are equally problematic.So, coming to an end, Cardcaptor Sakura has its oddities and even boring moments the romance must really be taken with a grain of salt or a flexible imagination But it is also an adorable and loveable series with some of my very favourite and memorable characters that I can t help but love


  5. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    I finally got around to reading this strangely enough I decided to do that after rewatching the first episode ever of Sailor Moon and I must say I m surprised at how different it is from the anime I thought it wouldn t be that much, but even the same cards have different capturing plots And it apparently wasn t Sakura s fault all the cards flew away in the first place But I guess it s understandable that the manga would have a tighter plot and the anime would havefiller episodes I v I finally got around to reading this strangely enough I decided to do that after rewatching the first episode ever of Sailor Moon and I must say I m surprised at how different it is from the anime I thought it wouldn t be that much, but even the same cards have different capturing plots And it apparently wasn t Sakura s fault all the cards flew away in the first place But I guess it s understandable that the manga would have a tighter plot and the anime would havefiller episodes I ve just discovered this is the same with Sailor Moon s five anime series and only 18 volumes of manga covering the same arcs Anyway, yeah, I m doing that going back to my childhood thing, except I ve never actually read the manga even though I ve watched the anime countless times, so I must say it s a really interesting and fun read so far even though it s a tad bitserious than the anime, but at the same time I also look forward to the relationships and important things beingin depth intense than the lighthearted anime CCS is truly one of CLAMP s best masterpieces ever


  6. Melinda Luo Melinda Luo says:

    This is one of the best manga of my childhood, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE This Book SO MUCH


  7. Sesana Sesana says:

    I remembered really liking Sakura, despite some issues with later relationships None of that is here in the first volume, though Here it s pure, innocent fluff, which is what I always liked about it The art is very, very cute, and the characters are very likeable I like how straightforward the plot is catch the cards and how we go straight into the action without an entire volume of backstory I ll definitely continue re reading the series Though I can t remember if I ever managed to I remembered really liking Sakura, despite some issues with later relationships None of that is here in the first volume, though Here it s pure, innocent fluff, which is what I always liked about it The art is very, very cute, and the characters are very likeable I like how straightforward the plot is catch the cards and how we go straight into the action without an entire volume of backstory I ll definitely continue re reading the series Though I can t remember if I ever managed to read all of the volumes in the first place


  8. Nerdy_Obsessed_Bookworm Nerdy_Obsessed_Bookworm says:

    I m just going to cut straight to the point with this one Cardcaptor Sakura is awesome It s a very feel good manga, tugging at the heartstrings and it just makes you happy Clamp made a very beautiful story full of magic and wonder, it s no surprise how this manga series is so popular and it completely deserves the praise it gets The art is gorgeous, the story is fantastic and the characters are all so good..I will say that this series did have a couple of things I didn t like but the pros a I m just going to cut straight to the point with this one Cardcaptor Sakura is awesome It s a very feel good manga, tugging at the heartstrings and it just makes you happy Clamp made a very beautiful story full of magic and wonder, it s no surprise how this manga series is so popular and it completely deserves the praise it gets The art is gorgeous, the story is fantastic and the characters are all so good..I will say that this series did have a couple of things I didn t like but the pros absolutely outweigh any cons But due to one thing in particular, it s not going to be rated higher If you want to find out why, I suggest you jump right into CCS and delve into a very cute and wonderful world I will be reading the sequel, and I highly recommend Cardcaptor Sakura.4.5 5


  9. herdys herdys says:

    re read after many, maaaaany years Still as cute, funny and heartwarming as always


  10. Elfdart Elfdart says:

    the anime for this was on all the time when i was younger and i really enjoyed watching the show, but the manga differs from the anime a bit, which isn t a bad thing fist off, the first series is only 6 books, the second one is only six too, and this kind of surprised me at first because the anime had something like 50 episodes, and after reading the manga i saw how much filler was in the anime the captures in the manga are all major cards none of the cheap cards like the move card and the the anime for this was on all the time when i was younger and i really enjoyed watching the show, but the manga differs from the anime a bit, which isn t a bad thing fist off, the first series is only 6 books, the second one is only six too, and this kind of surprised me at first because the anime had something like 50 episodes, and after reading the manga i saw how much filler was in the anime the captures in the manga are all major cards none of the cheap cards like the move card and the captures all meant something, meaning they either developed plot or developed character, so if it was not for plot development it was a capture that required some effort, like the water card on top of this, the manga also has homosexuality in it nothing explicit, just a character implying that he she likes someone of the same sex people might make a big deal about it here, which is probably why they took it out of the anime, but it s so subdued and platonic that taking it out is kind of pointless they basically took it out because they re afraid of the idea, but as the characters don t even tell who they like that they like them, as it is a children s comic book, they re taking out the homosexuality on principle rather than necessity and by doing so they lessen the intricacy of the plot development and the connection between the characters, so i m glad i read the manga for that reason among others sakura is a great heroine i ve read over 100 mangas, and i d say that sakura is one of the strongest heroines i ve read about in manga form it s kind of ironic that it s for kids, but great i suppose it s hard to find proactive females in manga even in the shoujos, the ones focused on girls, the action is still left to the guys and the girls are for the most part withering, weak, delicate, know nothings or if they do fight they are portrayed as kind of heartless it s rare to find a happy medium cardcaptors would be an example of the girl getting some action overall its a cute manga, i mean those who ve watched the anime already know the basic story line, its a good one its an original story and its well told i recommend