shirahana's Cardcaptor Sakura Tv Review

Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura tv Review

10-year-old Sakura Kinomoto returns home from a typical day at school, after having a mysterious dream about a book that morning, and hears strange noises coming from her basement, where her father's library is. Upon investigating, Sakura stumbles upon the magical book of The Clow, and breaks its magical seal. Inside of the book, she finds a stack of cards, known as Clow Cards. She accidentally scatters the cards after she says the word "Windy", the name of the first card she picks up.

When the wind dies down, a small yellow creature named Cerberus rises from the book. He introduces himself as the guardian of the Clow Cards, and Sakura, upon scattering them, has woken him up. He tells Sakura that she must now gather all of the Clow Cards to prevent a certain catastrophe from happening. The story begins here, and with the help of Kero-chan (Cerberus's nickname), and Sakura's best friend Tomoyo Daidouji (who videotapes all of Sakura's adventures and makes all of her costumes), Sakura sets out on her journey to collect all the Clow Cards. Along her way she meets new friends, new enemies, and many challenges.

Story & Characters

While Card Captor Sakura is considered more of a "kiddy" anime, targeted toward a younger audience, the plot is relatively complex, especially toward the end where everything builds up to the climax. The beginning is interesting, too, for there are many mini conflicts that the characters must go through.

The characters are nicely developed as well. Relationships between them include romance, jealousy, resentment, etc... All the different types of relationships give a real-life feel to the show. As for the romance in the show, it is considered subtle, but very sweet and innocent, for the main characters are approximately ten years of age. Some scenes between the couples are very heart-wrenching though, despite their age. Because this series is categorized as shojo, there are inevitably angsty parts to the story.

As a whole, the idea of the story is quite intriguing. Card Captor Sakura is a magic girl series, but contrary to popular belief, magic girl series do have some plot and depth to them. Card Captor Sakura is one of the magic girl series that breaks the stereotype.

Rating: 8


The creator of Card Captor Sakura is CLAMP, a popular and acclaimed group of four. The manga art style for this particular series is very modern. The lines are thin, and the details are pretty amazing in some images. Every character is beautiful in his or her own way. This tends to be the case in many shojo series. However, the pretty art makes for good eye candy.

The anime design differs slightly, but not much. Because it is animated, some details are lost, such as the many strands of Sakura's bangs. In the anime, they are grouped together, giving Sakura thick locks for bangs instead of individual strands. But this is the case for many anime, for the budget in production is limited. Overall, the animation is pretty good compared to some others. The characters always look the same. In poorly animated series, the characters occasionally look different from their usual self.

Rating: 8


Card Captor Sakura is generally very bright and happy. It can be categorized as teenybopper music. True, I do not understand Japanese, but the music itself — the beat and rhythm — conveys that. Because it is categorized as pop, most of the songs are very melodic, and work very well as midis. Some highlighted pieces in Card Captor Sakura would be "Catch You Catch Me," "Fruits Candy," and "Purachina." Like many other anime, the soundtrack has songs sung by the seiyuus themselves. There are four original soundtracks, but there are additional CDs for the motion pictures as well.

Rating: 7


In the sense of originality, Card Captor Sakura can be both. In many stories that involve a quest, the protagonists usually has to gain a little something at each point. For Card Captor Sakura, our protagonist Sakura must capture different cards that hold a different power, Clow Cards. This series is unoriginal in the sense that it involves this type of quest (which can also be seen in the quite popular series "Pokemon.") However, it is original the same time, for the design and power of each Clow Card is unique and holds a style of its own.

There is not much witty humor in Card Captor Sakura, but like any other anime/manga, Card Captor Sakura has its classic anime humor, ie. anime falls, sweatdrops, and popped-out veins when angry. Card Captor Sakura does not fit in the category of humor, but is still entertaining to watch.

There is a total of seventy episodes and two movies. Because it is fairly long, some episodes seem dragged out, and almost insignificant to the main plot. This tends to be the fault in series that stretch over twenty six episodes. However, if you are truly interested in Sakura's journey to master the Clow Cards, every episode will be interesting.

Overall, Card Captor Sakura is above your average anime and manga.

Rating: 8

Final Verdict

7.83 (good)

Reviewed by shirahana, Nov 27, 2004


  1. calisqo Nov 27, 2004

    Clamp is greta, great characther design.
    I think it's pretty original in term of stories and the chars, The char has dinstinct element to them.

    However art can be higher (if u're a clmap fans ) at least 8.5 In my opinion : )
    Thanks for putting review to this great anime : )

  2. shirahana Nov 27, 2004

    Wargh x_x; Now that I look at it... I should've rated it higher! x__x; 'Cause Card Captor Sakura is actually one of my favorite animes!! x___x; I just wanted it to be well-rounded... so I didn't give it a really high rating.... But now, looking at the other reviews... my score for it was pretty low =__=; I should've read a review or two before I did this one ;_;

  3. jackalx66 Nov 27, 2004

    my fave clamp anime ^^
    no doubt
    also my 10th anime ^^V
    my rating is
    story : 8.5
    art : 9.5
    sound : 8
    presentation : 9

    has great song, nice art, lovely stories... so much reason to love this anime XD

  4. papyworld Nov 27, 2004

    as jackalx it's my fav clamp anime. it was the first anime i saw.
    i would put an overall note of 9 because it's true that the music isn't really outstanding

  5. GANTZ Nov 29, 2004

    Yeahh...i like it a loot ^__^

    and now his new manga Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle....^_____^

    It's greeaaattt ^__^


  6. puu2003 Nov 29, 2004

    I like this show, even if it is aimed towards younger audiences. It has a good combination of comedy, drama, romance, and mystical powers.

  7. AngelKate Dec 07, 2004

    As you can see, *points to my avatar*, I like this show. Other than Sailor Moon, it was one of the first animes I really watched. I was about 14 or so when it was on TV here and even then at that age I really enjoyed it. I liked the subtle romance between Sakura and Li, and I thought the story line worked well too. I regret not being able to watch the whole series. I think it was taken off the air before I could. :(

  8. Robyraioki Apr 22, 2005

    Like you guys i love card captos sakura ^^
    This show it's great don't you guys think? :)
    Naturaly, clamp's work it's allways cute, have one type of battles and have romance what it's a important part XD

  9. krnxaja Apr 30, 2005

    I just started to watch this and it's showing some promise. I just hope it's ending is good.

  10. Riri-chan May 10, 2005

    Cardcaptor Sakura was the very first anime that I watched. Back then, I didn't even know what the heck anime was because i was only 9 x) I really loved Cardcaptor Sakura. The art is adorable and so are the characters. I'm glad that Clamp decided to write about Sakura and Syaoran again. They seem to be the most popular couple in anime.

  11. kanji-sensei Jul 01, 2005

    I luff this show so much! <3 <3 <3 It's my favorite anime, and i've watched over 50 anime series. XD So that's pretty good. I'm really considering buying the boxsets so i can watch it whenever i want.

    **pst** **pst** Check out my amazingly long comment on the crap review right above this one ^_~ . i think i did a pretty good job.

  12. SisterRosette Jul 26, 2005

    Clamp are my favorite drawers, I love all of Clamp and Card Captor Sakura is the first I see in the TV.

  13. Ideon Jul 29, 2005

    Card Captor Sakura is my favourite anime for me ^__^
    ccs is superb anime for Clamp , Sakura kwaiiii ~~~~

  14. yaoiyummy Aug 07, 2005

    syaoran is such a babe man!!! he is mega hot!!!! i wanna hug him 2 death!!! i luv this anime... it's soo gwed... one of my fav clamp....

  15. ariel164 Nov 24, 2005

    i like him

  16. novalisk Feb 07, 2006

    Sakura is so cute, so I like her very much.
    This goes for the series, too!

    As for the review...maybe it deserves some higher ratings, (I'd give it about 9-9.5) but still this is one very good review! :thumbs up: It says everything *bows*

  17. Lura-Sharal Jun 18, 2006

    In my opinion CCS is an average series. Maybe that's because I don't belong to the traget group... in generel I like CLAMP and their works a lot; their style is wonderful. But CSS is just too much "sugar" for me. Especially concerning the anime - the manga is far better.

  18. Sanisa Sep 22, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  19. nainoi Oct 06, 2009

    very well written review.

  20. Sanisa Feb 24, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Nice ^__^

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