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My inner 14-year-old is screaming “It’s finally here!!!” — oh how I wanted a Card Captor Sakura sequel in the early 2000s, and 5 years ago if you asked me whether CLAMP would make a sequel for Card Captor Sakura I would have said a flat “No!”. So this goes to show that a) Thankfully I am human and therefore I make mistakes; b) CLAMP are unpredictable.
There isn’t a better moment for Card Captor Sakura to come back than right now. Not only is the series’ 20th Anniversary but this series has so many feminism and gender issues that are constantly being talked about these days, maybe even more than the late 90s when the original series was published. It’s a great moment for CLAMP’s most popular heroine to come back to reforce these values and raise more awareness towards these gender issues — which I hope will continued to be addressed in this sequel.
Sure, there is the money factor, but at least CLAMP is bringing back one of their best and more relevant works that changed the lives of so many people. Truth being told, maybe I wouldn’t be writing this text right now if it weren’t for Card Captor Sakura and maybe I wouldn’t have known and met so many great people that I’ve got to know and meet because of CLAMP.
I also trust that this sequel might even explain some of the questions that we all had in Tsubasa, which we all know is closely tied to Card Captor Sakura.
So yeah, I raise my glass for Sakura’s triumphant comeback!
Okay so let’s talk about the chapter itself, but first: isn’t it GREAT to see everybody excited about it? I am amazed on how much Card Captor Sakura is popular and powerful even after all those years. The energy is really contagious! I haven’t seen something like that in a long time.
The opening narration feels like CLAMP are telling us “Okay, this is the LAST time we’re touching this. This is really the end, so ENJOY it while it lasts”. Can anyone please tell Sakura what are REALLY the steps of becoming a Card master? Every time she thinks she’s done, something happens like “Sorry, no, you’re not done yet”.
It feels great that this is a direct continuation of the original series. I was wondering if there would be a jump in time but this is even better — technically there is a one-year jump in time but I’m sure that nobody would like to see that one year without Syaoran.
The style is exactly the same with the slight difference in the line thickness. This line is thicker than the original series, which is famous for having the thinnest lines in CLAMP’s catalog. It looks beautiful and very contemporary, nonetheless. I do have to point out, however, that they looked older in the last chapter of the original series. They look only a little older here.
Syaoran seems concerned here, for some reason. I’m sure all of you noticed. And there is a close-up to the teddy bear as well. Later on they exchange their teddy bears… This all looks very suspicious. Some serious sh*t is about to take place and you just know it… I wonder if there is some sort of magic spell in the teddy bear Syaoran had that is now with Sakura.
Rika’s uniform looks a lot like Fuu’s uniform, don’t you think? I wonder if CLAMP took her out of the story to avoid problems giving her relationship with an adult — maybe out of Nakayoshi‘s own advice? Maybe we will see her again once she and everyone else is of age and fine to date anyone they want. I do wonder why that isn’t a problem with Eriol, though…. misogyny much?
I would also like to point out all the technology that we are seeing here. Everyone seems to be using smartphones and Kero seems to be playing PS4? These were released only a few years ago! And to think that a Nakayoshi editor approved this. Either CLAMP don’t care about that or Card Captor Sakura was originally set slightly ahead of its publication time.
The fact that Sakura is no longer carrying her magic key is the first cue that she is soon no longer needing her staff.
And then, the dream that started in this arc… the cards are transparent and Sakura sees a mysterious figure that has the same height as her and is wearing what looks like an variant of Clow’s clothes. Could that figure be herself? But it looks empty, as if the clothes are standing by itself, as if the person wearing them disappeared.
The plot starts! Place your bets. I’m sure we’ll have lots to discuss in the coming months 😉
39 pages for this opening chapter. I was expecting slightly more, though. Next chapter will be next month, in the next issue of Nakayoshi magazine.