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Cardcaptor Sakura review

Format: Paperback

Pages: 2354 pages across 12 volumes (average of 196 pages per volume)

Published: August 1, 1997

Publisher: Dark Horse Manga

ISBN: 1595825223 (Omnibus 1), 1595825916 (Omnibus 2), 1595828087 (Omnibus 3), 1595828893 (Omnibus 4)

5 out of 5 stars

Cardcaptor Sakura is a 12 volume manga series about the 10-year old Sakura Kin0moto who finds an old book filled with a set of powerful, magical, card. Because of Sakura opening the book, the cards become shattered over her hometown of Tomoda, and it’s Sakura’s duty to find all the cards with the help of the guardian of the seal, Kerberos (shortened to Kero-chan).

Cardcaptor Sakura is aimed at younger girls, and it shows through it’s incredibly cute and inspiring storytelling accompanies with CLAMP’s amazing artwork. The story, however, doesn’t shy away from some heavier topics like death, problematic love, LGBT+ and having to juggle the responsibilities of life. Because of this, Cardcaptor Sakura is still an incredibly enjoyable read as an adult as well.

Pretty much all characters are relatable, likable and inspirational. Sakura’s surrounded by characters that are all dealing with their own problems related to the plot, rather than being cardboard cut-outs you often see as main characters.
Because of this, the character development present feels very fleshed out and causes the world to feel alive.

The original volumes have become incredibly rare and hard to find, but luckily for us, Dark Horse has reprinted the volumes in incredibly high-quality omnibuses. All in all is Cardcaptor Sakura a story that’s well-suited for a lot of people, despite being originally targeted at young girls. Its characters and world feels alive and will stay with you for years after initially reading the series.

I’d recommend this story to everyone, but especially people that are searching for a cute manga that isn’t afraid to deal with the heavier topics in life in a very lighthearted manner.