Every Reason Why You Should Watch Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
I have not been this this excited over a continuation of a beloved series since Inuyasha: The Final Act. After the end of Cardcaptor Sakura, I was fairly satisfied. Seventy whole episodes of watching the sugary sweet Sakura Kinomoto and her adorable friends fly, leap and soar through the skies of Japan seemed to be enough for me. Despite the Clamp series ending in Japan in 2000 and then only being aired in America from 2000 – 2003, the elementary school mahou shojou still has a HUGE cult following. Hearts all over the world rejoiced at the release of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card!
FIRST OF ALL, my CrunchyRoll crashed. The day Clear Card was released, there was such a HUGE amount of traffic passing though the site that many users were unable to access the anime honcho’s site. I honestly believe that CC:CC was responsible for a huge portion of that rush. The first episode starts out reminding us of Kero-chans antics. He gives us a frantic synopsis of the previous series, introducing new viewers to the plot and making the die-hard fans giddy with anticipation. We learn that a peculiar event has turned the Clow Cards that Sakura collected in the previous series CLEAR and has eliminated all magic within them. It is made “clear” that this will be the main plot of the 26-episode continuation.
The OPENING is flawlessly animated, and totally fits the adorable Kinomoto. The pastel colors and sparkles are so very suited to the flowery, girly series. Singer Maaya Sakamoto was brought back to sing the new OP “CLEAR” after previously performing the third opening theme “Platinum”. Interestingly enough, the song was composed by the well- known member of Ikimono-gakari’s Yoshiki Mizuno.
We get to fall in love with each character from the series all over again. From Sakura’s handsome father, her teasing brother and even her beautiful ghostly mother, each character is reintroduced in a way that is interesting to new viewers but not mundane to the former fans of the franchise. Best of all, we get some adorably sweet Li –Sakura romance not even halfway through the episode!
All in all, CC:CC does an amazing job continuing a beautifully rendered series in just the three episodes that I have watched so far. I love the sparkly aesthetic that is so typical of Cardcaptors. I felt right at home watching, even after 15 years. Clamp artwork and animation has always been a huge favorite of mine. Magical Knight Rayearth was a close second behind Cardcaptor Sakura, but this series has made my heart sing. If you need any reason at all besides the sweeping shower of glitter and nostalgia, then rest assured that Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is a well animated, feel good anime and will leave you feeling oddly invested in a junior high school girls well being .
>;3 Give it a go! GOING GOING GOING GOING OOOOOOOON!