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Japanese Title: カードキャプターさくら クリアカード編
This is the story that leads to the Clear Card Arc: Sakura faced off against Eriol, who is a reincarnation of Clow Reed, and obtained the dark and the light cards. The peaceful days didn’t last long, as Eriol is going back to England. Hiding her loneliness, Sakura sees him off. Sakura is bewildered when Syaoran confesses his love for Sakura, because she doesn’t know her true feeling herself. Tomoyo gently encourages her. However, before she makes up her mind, Syaoran is due to return to Hong Kong…! Sakura has decided to make ‘a certain something’…!
Though the original series aired when I was young, I didn’t watch it back then. I mean, they aired it every Saturday at 6 am. I was no child to wake up that early just to watch TV. That’s why I am entering this series a true beginner, and I am not sure I can handle it.
The fact that the main character just starts middle school is a tiny, tiny bit much for me. If the story were starting now, I could accept it. However, we are told that she went through a lot and then she meets her beloved Syaoran again, and they hug each other. They don’t have to write and call each other anymore but instead can see each other at school! Yay, but please make it less dramatic? She’s a child, don’t let her sound like they are getting married each day now… If I imagine her being in high school instead of middle school, I am fine with the rest of what happened.
I like Sakura and all the other characters. Everything is really intriguing and we even get a very short recap of the old series before they dive into the new story. The summary might not have told me anything new, but it was nice enough to be introduced and I think I might even go back and watch the old series after this one. It is a good magical girl series and I already want to know what happened to her cards and what will happen from now on. I definitely will go on an adventure with Sakura this season!!
One of the mahou shoujo series that left its mark on a generation, Cardcaptor Sakura is back to enthrall us with more beautiful and magical adventures! As the last episode of the previous TV series ended 18 years ago, you can see a lot of improvements in the Clear Card Arc, thanks to how technology and anime culture advanced, especially in the art quality. But you can also still see the things we loved about the original show: the mystery, the magic, the love and friendship, and everything else in between! I could feel my younger self screaming as I watched the first episode, more so when Sakura and Syaoran had their touching reunion! All the feels! I’m just really excited to see how our magical girl will face her new challenges this time.
I had the pleasure of watching Cardcaptor Sakura when I was a kid, ages ago, so when Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card was announced, my inner child did a bit of a happy dance! When I first watched this series I was fresh-faced and innocent, and Cardcaptor is very much the embodiment of that childlike innocence. So when I sat down to watch the first episode of Clear Card I was preparing myself for a whole lot of fluff and let me tell you, this more than delivers!
Right, so Clear Card gives us a bit of a recap of the original series courtesy of Kero, that alone was enough to send me off into a nostalgia-induced fit! Then the opening played and I lost it completely! It’s like no time has passed between the last time I saw Cardcaptor Sakura and the new Clear Card arc, all of those warm fuzzy feelings came back full force.The story picks up right where the last series left off with Sakura just starting middle school. We get to see a lot of old faces, and I was struck by just how much I missed the world of the show. It was like meeting up with old friends after being apart for a while. BUT, the one character I was most looking forward to meeting again was my boy, Syaoran, KYAAAAAAAAAA!!! That reunion scene alone made my whole year and the Sakura trees in the background are definitely my new aesthetic!!
But, enough of my nostalgia-fueled ramblings. This episode delivered a new conflict for Sakura to face and while it’s eerily similar to the Sakura Cards arc, I will admit that it’s just different enough to have piqued my interest. So, despite the fact that I am a jaded 20-something who has long since outgrown cutesy anime like Cardcaptor, you can bet your sweet ass I’ll be making time in my schedule Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card this season!!