Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Book 1 – A (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Review

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Gif made by  on Tumblr from the anime version of Cardcaptor Sakura

Book: Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Book 1 (containing Volumes 1-3 and additional color artwork)

Author: CLAMP

Artist: CLAMP

Age Group: All Ages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Action, Adventure, Romance, Drama, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

I’m behind on reviews, I realize this. I actually finished The Miseducation of Cameron Post last Wednesday, but just haven’t had a chance to sit down and really work through it. On the other hand, on Wednesday night I started Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Book One which contains the original volumes 1-3 with additional color art pages at the back, as a nice little break and return to some graphic novels, as well as a skip down memory lane for me. This is all to say that a review for Cameron Post will be coming soon, I’ll probably type it up today and publish it Saturday, but for now please enjoy my “mostly” spoiler-free review of Cardcaptor.

“Mostly” spoiler-free? This is a new title indeed. That’s because there is one spoiler I do want to talk about… It honestly involves one of the side characters, but it’s still unsettling to me. But, we shall return to this later, let’s talk about some of the basics.

Cardcaptor Sakura is a graphic novel that follows the adventures a 4th grade girl who discovers a magical book, The Clow, in her father’s personal library. She opens it and summons the Keeper of the Book in the process, Kero-Chan. She makes a contract with Kero, as most magical girl stories happen, and gains additional magical powers in exchange for helping Kero-chan collect the cards that have escaped from the book. These cards are causing chaos and wrecking havoc on the world, mostly in the city surrounding Sakura’s home, and only Sakura has the power to collect them. Once she returns them back to their card form, from their magical form, she can then write her name on them and thus they obey her and become her allies assisting in her future captures.

But this wouldn’t be a magical girl novel without friends, fashion and romance! Well this series indeed has all of that. Tomoyo-chan, Sakura’s best friend who has a crush on her is also a very wealthy girl who has an interest in fashion design and makes very fashionable outfits for Sakura to collect cards in. (See the images at the bottom.) She also video tapes Sakura’s tasks capturing the cards. The second frienemy figure is Syaoran-Li, who has a crush on the same older boy that Sakura has a crush on. He is one of the descendents of Clow himself, the powerful magician who made the clow cards and the original book, and is trying to collect the cards himself. After several attempts to fight against Sakura fail, he begins to work with her instead.

There are quite a large cast of side characters as well including Sakura older brother, his best friend, their father, Tomoyo’s mother, the clow cards, and Sakura’s classmates.

This brings me to that little spoiler, as mentioned the main characters in the graphic novel are all in 4th grade, yet one of the chapters revolves around on the Sakura’s classmates dating an older man. At the end of the chapter you find out that it is their teacher and they are in fact engaged. When I had originally read this series in middle school this probably did not mean very much to me, but as an adult reading back I did in fact have a “wait what?!” moment. Unusual relationships are common with CLAMP. Sakura’s mother was 16 and married her teacher before they had graduated high school, Tomoyo is in love with Sakura, and Sayoran-Li has a crush on an older boy. In addition Sakura’s older brother and his best friend seem to have a thing for each other, but none of these every bugged me at all compared to that age difference.

Minus this small thing that really bugs me, the story itself is fantastic, fun and playful. A great and easy read. I can not wait to read the rest of the series again and am considering cosplaying from it as well.

As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

 

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