Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card–Anime Early Impressions

It’s too early to judge how the new season of Cardcaptor Sakura (Crunchyroll) will turn out but so far it has neither confirmed my worst fears nor fulfilled my highest hopes.

The worst case would be if they turned this into something like Tsubasa Chronicle. There’s no sign of that so far, but it would be almost as bad if they diminished the brilliant original series by giving us an uninspired sequel that was unworthy of it. The jury is still out here.

In order to discuss this further I need to give some spoilers for the original series. So if you haven’t seen the original series, go watch it right now (Crunchyroll.) It’s long but well worth your time. Anyway I don’t think there’s much point in watching the sequel if you haven’t seen the original.
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Cardcaptor Sakura Update

I finally got a chance to see the promised Cardcaptor Sakura OVA. Naturally as a devoted fan of the original series I had to watch it and nit-pick.

The OVA actually turned out to be a bit of a letdown since it is just a remake of the final episode of the original anime series, but with some minor differences. (Most of the differences involve who gives what to whom and where.) Though the differences may seem unimportant they have some consequences. For one thing they pretty much establish that the Sealed Card movie cannot be canon.
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Heads Up! Cardcaptor Sakura sequel

As you can see from the video below there is going to be a sequel to Cardcaptor Sakura.

Apparently there will be an OVA released next September followed by a new TV series next January.

I have very mixed feelings about this. I think the original is one of the best-written anime series ever. The thing is, it had a perfect ending and there’s a real risk that any attempt at a sequel will diminish it.
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Cardcaptor Sakura on Crunchyroll

Cardcaptor SakuraCardcaptor Sakura is now available for streaming on Crunchyroll here. This is big news for American anime fans who have gone for years without a legal way to watch it. (DVDs and Blu-rays are also available.) I reviewed the series based on the old Geneon DVDs here.

If you haven’t seen this show you probably should. This is a true classic, probably the best straight magical girl series ever. (By “straight” I mean that it is not a parody or a deconstruction like Madoka Magica.)

Some of the old classics really show their age, but this one holds up very well. In fact it still looks great!
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Cardcaptor Madoka

By now most of the people watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica have concluded that the real villain is the cute animal mascot character Kyuubee. (I’m just going to transliterate the name. Others use “Kyubey” or even “QB”.)

It’s easy to believe that he’s actually in league with the witches. At best he’s a totally amoral pragmatist who is willing to sacrifice any number of magical girls in order to defeat a greater evil. Worst of all is the way he deceives his potential recruits. He doesn’t exactly lie to them but he certainly doesn’t tell them the whole truth about what they are getting into.

This is a notable subversion of the well-worn tropes of the magical girl genre, but it is not unprecedented. In fact it evokes the greatest magical girl show of them all: Cardcaptor Sakura.
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Cardcaptor Sakura–Anime Review

5 Stars
This is little gem of a show: small but flawless, perfectly formed and expertly cut.

Superficially this seems to be a very simple children’s story. On closer examination it is not written entirely for children. It is a story told on multiple levels, put together with exquisite craftsmanship, with subtle symbolism and wonderful characters. It is a remarkable piece of work–every time I rewatch an episode I am impressed again by how well it is done.
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