Note: This part of an anime reviewing series called the 12 Days of Redemption. This is for Day V and contains no spoilers. Also, this review is not going by the English localization version from the 1990's (which should be skipped unless you like your shows butchered and vandalized) but will instead go by the English subtitled version and Animax's official English re-dub.
Cardcaptor Sakura is a 70-episode shoujo magical girl anime about a girl that found a mysterious book called "The Clow" in her home and unknowingly unleashed a slew of magical Clow Cards into her entire town. She is then discovered by the guardian of said cards and is offered the job to collect them back. However, she isn't the only one that has the potential to seek the clow cards and there is way more to the clow than it seems...
Storyline The first arc starts off like many light-hearted magical girl series in it's era, but does the introductions well on the most part. From there, the search for the cards happens to be episodic, but the action from all characters involved in these conflicts with the clow cards were very well done alongside recurring antics from Tomoyo's recording sessions and Sakura having to try out cool costumes from Tomoyo to the competition between Sakura and Syaoran for the cards.
The second arc unravels that the search for the clow cards turned out to be more than just collecting cards, it became a way for many characters, especially Sakura to find their true strengths, their weaknesses and their true feelings from that point on. This revelation comes as the series presses on to the point of some areas feeling less like filler as the goal was close to being reached and at the end of the goal on is when this series starts to shine even brighter as a new objective is unveiled and some new antagonists get on the scene.
The third arc continues on with said new goal taking over and becoming a huge step-up as it goes along for everyone involved due to the fact that it wasn't just about the cards anymore. The conflicts and plot points contained in that arc alongside a few from throughout the show were resolved and handled in a very nice way after the antagonists start causing problems for our heroes when they already have enough on their plate. This all lead to a very satisfying end result in all terms. Characters Just about everyone was great in this series whether they were a main or side character. Some were good or neutral from their introductions, but many of them increased in quality as the story went on, especially in later arcs. The best of those, to name a few were Tomoyo for her antics alongside being a great person to those close to her, Yukito for his personality, especially after a critical point in the show where him and a spoiler character were developed beautifully, Syaoran for his development as a person, especially in the third arc and last, but never the least, Sakura in general. She wasn't the most interesting person at the start, but as the show progressed, Sakura's character development gradually got even better when she was already very likable from the introductory episodes thanks to her strong personality through the show.
There were only two characters that I ever had a problem with for this show, but one of them grew on me to the point of redeeming herself through some development long after an rather iffy start due to her personality, and that was Meiling. The other person was Nakuru, but her annoyance served a purpose in the part of the plot that her targets were involved in. Unlike Meiling, Nakuru did not get out of the woods in this department.
Pros and Cons The art style is very well done like many other series from CLAMP themselves and isn't too cutesy, even for anime series well past it's era. With some exceptions like the pool episode from the third arc (the chins from Toya and his school peers looked too long), the animation is also excellently executed throughout the show and thankfully contains a lot of differences with Sakura's transformation scenes. Specifically the ones that have her wearing Tomoyo's costumes alongside with some general clothing. The music in this show is very fitting and most of the songs were good, with the third arc's opening theme being the best of them all and the first arc's ending theme being the least strong of the bunch. The background music for the show is phenomenal and perfect fits all of the participating scenes through the show. Most of the filler areas mesh quite well with the series as a whole instead of feeling like they drag it on.
To address the pink elephant in the room, this is a very long series that boasts 70 half-hour episodes. Some people that are used to the now often 12 to 24 episodes will likely feel quite overwhelmed by the length of the show. Thankfully, it can be enjoyable in just the first two episodes onward. Despite basically being a family show, some controversial topics are about (a teacher-student relationship from someone's past and two May-December crushes with one of them being a same-gender crush to name a few), but they were not used for any sort of shock value and instead used them in legitimately safe and tasteful ways. Those that are not into slice-of-life and school life elements might not enjoy the show as much, but there are many other locations that are considered in case of the latter. Those that aren't into romance themes (although they were legitimately innocent) should be wary too, but the school crushes alongside a main romance gets handled very nicely in the third arc instead of being unresolved.
Dub and Sub Comparisons In the case of the new English dub, a few major characters, including poor Sakura have their names mispronounced. Aside of that, everything else about the dub is okay, but isn't as good as the subbed version. The dubbed version kept true to the translation from the subbed version on the most part.
Final Verdict After fully re-watching this show in all of its unscathed glory, this obtains a 10/10. Yes, it has some flaws, but Cardcaptor Sakura ended up being my favorite magical girl show of all time and it has really earned it's place in the history of animated TV shows, not just anime in general.
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