Book: Clear Card Volume 1 (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 1) by CLAMP
Release Date: December 2nd 2016
Tags: Manga / Young Adult / Fantasy / Magic / Japan
Other books by this author I reviewed
Legal Drug (vol 1-3)
Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sakura Kinomoto is now in middle school when Syaoran returns from China! Things have been calm, leaving the Sakura Cards unused, but she’s plagued by mysterious dreams about the cards turning clear. It seems like her adventures are beginning once again when this dream becomes true!
If you know me a little you will know that when it comes to manga CLAMP has written my favorites. While I have a high preference for Tsubasa and XXX Holic, I have always found Cardcaptor Sakura to be such a cute read. So when I saw this on Netgalley I had to go for it.
If you are unfamiliar with Cardcaptor Sakura, in it Sakura is selected to become the cardcaptor after she found a book in her dad’s study. The person that has to catch the magical glow cards. They have powers and without Sakura they would run amok through her town. This is obviously a very short version as the original manga has 12 volumes, divided into two arcs. I would not suggest starting this new series before having read the other two as you do need to know very well who and what role they play before heading into this one.
This new story starts a bit after the ending of the twelfth volume where Sakura starts middle school. All seems to be going well for her when her crush Syoaran returns from Hong Kong to stay in her town for good and she is able to be around all her friends. Even having phone calls with those in England. But then she starts to have dreams and her glow cards turn out clear.
As soon as I started this story I was giddy. The art is solid and cute as the original story. It gave me the same feeling as the original story did and yet we can see that the characters are slowly growing up a bit. I mean Eriol did imply some things with that phone call, haha. Or maybe that is my dirty mind? Almost all of the familiar characters make an appearance without it feeling too crowded. I was laughing from page one. Sakura and her brother still banter happily away. Kero is still funny and always hungry. Tomoyo is still obsessed with cute Sakura. But they are so much more comfortable around each other. You can see their friendship. Their bonds shining through. I think that is what I always loved best about this series.
I am incredibly curious to see how this new plot will go. My biggest worry is that it is going to rehash some things from the earlier two arcs with these clear cards and the new key. But for now it is off to a good start as it makes me very curious.
I think my biggest and only complaint about this volume is that we just do not get enough Sakura and Syaoran alone time. I need more alone time between these two. There needs to some serious developing of their relationship in this story. Fingers crossed this is all still coming.