Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, comes from the anime series by the same name, except the movie part. That series is based on the manga, again by the same name, written and illustrated by Clamp. If you don’t know who Clamp is, please stop reading this article and Google them, if that doesn’t ring a few bells. Then read or watch at least one of there works, trust me there is a whole library to choose from. Cliff note about them, they are an all female mangaka group that have been producing original manga since 1989. Cardcaptor Sakura is just one one their many many works, that came out in 1996. The anime came out in 1998 and the movie came out in 1999.
Now if you were an anime fan in the late 90’s or early 2000’s you know what this show was. I first saw this movie in the mid early 2000’s and watched this show religiously in the late 90’s. It wasn’t until my later college years that I watched it subbed. You can hate on me for this, but I was a child and didn’t know any better. Lets just say this was censored up the wazu. It was more censored then Sailor Moon, and that is saying some thing. I’m going to say this once and only once, at least in this article. But, Clamp is a group of perverted woman, or at least woman with very odd tastes. Like creepy age gaps, obsessive stocking behavior. I’ll talk more about that later, because those things don’t come up a lot in the movie and were toned down for the original anime. But, if you want to see that and more read Clamp manga, it’s all there and more.
The thing that I’ve noticed about magical girl anime and manga is they don’t get a brake. Example, in the movie, Sakura, Tomoyo, Toya and Yukito all go to Hong Kong. Sakura won a trip. But, the reason she won was some one wanted her to go to Hong Kong. While there she has to fight an evil fortune teller that Clow Reed imprisoned hundreds of years ago. Sakura of course has to fight her and saver her friends. Even when she’s on vacation she doesn’t get a break. She always has to fight no matter what. Even after she has collected all the cards are has nothing left to so she still has something else to do, example the next movie ( I won’t get in to that one, maybe later). Magical girls don’t get a break they always have to fight. They might have a little break to have a date or a happy moment, mostly with some one they like. But, it normally interrupted. This is unlike shonens that, yes fight all the time, but they have years of peace in between every big fight they do. They is almost always a time skip in there some were. And, normally during the time skip they have some pretty peaceful years. Not in magical girl anime. I feel sorry for them.
The move it’s self is decent. It is defiantly a trip down memory lane, that’s for sure. If you never watched the show while it was on, the animation and story will send you right back to the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It’s a fun good movie. It’s no thing that will go down in the history of anime, but worth the watch. If you want some thing lights and were you know the good guys or girls (in this case) will in the end. Then this is your movie.
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Photo Credit: Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, Clamp, MADHOUSE Inc., Bandai Visual Co., Ltd., Shochiku Company Limited