Last week I made the journey to my local library with the intentions of renewing a few books and picking up a few new titles. Once I was there, I decided to take a long look at the manga section. It had been awhile since I picked up a manga and I figured the quick read would be a perfect fit for my very busy schedule. As I walked over to very large selection of manga, I made the decision I would look closely at all the titles and see if anything piqued my interest. I came across a few titles, and among them was Cardcaptor Sakura. This one caught my eye because I remember watching the anime when I was younger. So, I already had an idea as to what I was getting into when I picked up Cardcaptor Sakura.
Cardcaptor Sakura is about a fourth grade grade girl who found a book containing what are called the Clow Cards in her dad’s library. She then unknowingly releases the guardian of the Clow Cards who then informs her she has been chosen to collect all the cards. If she does not collect them and the seal is broken on the cards, a disaster will befall onto the world. This begins Sakura’s journey to collect all 52 cards and become Master of the Clow.
It doesn’t take much before falling in love with the characters and their personalities. For example, Sakura is your typical fourth grade girl. She is quite athletic, she’s a cheerleader, and you can always find her on her roller skates. I can’t forget to mention she also has a crush on her brother’s best friend. Her best friend is always making her a new outfit to wear when capturing cards. They are pretty darn adorable too. In addition to all the action from battling the cards and fighting with her rival, there is also the beginning of a love story involved. I, personally am quite the sucker for love stories as a side quest in manga. The story itself is quick paced and keeps you interested and wanting more.
With that being said, it is also the downfall of the manga. It is simply too fast paced. Out of all 52 cards Sakura has to find and capture, the manga only shows probably 13 of them. The Clow card battles are usually a few pages long, and done very quickly. She uses the same few cards every time and eventually it becomes a little predictable. The final showdown seemed very rushed as well.
With all things aside, I absolutely recommend reading the manga. It is a fantastic story with great characters, great story, and a great art style. The length of the story was great with my busy schedule. I could still manage to remember the entire story despite the many interruptions during the day. It is a fun story that for me will always bring back memories of being a kid playing with my own set of Clow cards.