More Cardcaptor Sakura fan art from my high school sketchbook!
The Fly card is one of my favorites, and it’s one that Sakura uses often, too. I loved that it gave the staff wings, and later the Sakura Card version gives Sakura herself wings in a beautiful two-page spread.
Gosh, I just love her expression in this one. I’m not sure what happened that she is hanging off of the Fly staff, but I suspect one of her friends is in trouble down below. Kero’s expression is cracking me up, too.
In the very bottom corner you can see I signed it “Mei-Mei.” I’ve been going by this pen name for at least half my life now! 😀
Most fans of anime will tell you that there was a “gateway drug,” so to speak: one show that hooked them and got them into the medium of anime in general. Ask people of my generation, and they will name shows like Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon as shows still hold a special place in their hearts.
When I heard a few months ago that CLAMP was putting out new volumes of Cardcaptor Sakura, I screamed so loud my husband came to ask me what was wrong. Wrong? Nothing’s wrong! This is only the best day of my life!
The Clear Card story arc picks up exactly where the Sakura Card story arc left off. The first chapter expands on the last scene of the last manga, where Syaoran surprises Sakura on her way to middle school, saying he’s returned to Tomoeda to stay for good.
The story continues in a very familiar fashion, hiting all the typical Cardcaptor Sakura beats: a mysterious figure appearing in Sakura’s dreams, strange forces working in Tomoeda, new cards (this time they are transparent), a new, upgraded staff, and of course new costumes made by Tomoyo-chan! All of Sakura’s friends and family are back as well. I like that it has such a familiar feel, and I can’ wait to see what twists and turns are coming as the story develops more. What secrets are Syaoran and Eriol keeping?
The artwork remains absolutely gorgeous. There are so many beautiful large panels and two page spreads that really let you appreciate the art.
I really enjoyed the experience of reading this volume, because for me it was the first time reading a CCS manga without having seen the anime first. I’m sure I will watch the anime soon, maybe even before reading more volumes, but it was kinda fun to have an “all new” manga to read.
The only thing I found slightly jarring was the incorporation of modern technology in the story, like smart phones, email, and texting. While it was worked seamlessly into the story, it was just surprising to me because the story takes place immediately after the original volumes which were produced in the 90s and therefore barely had the concept of primitive mobile phones. So it was a big jump forward in technology with no jump forward in time. However, I don’t think they could have handled it any better and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.
Basically, it’s just wonderful to be back in the CCS world after fifteen years away. And this volume has only just whet my appetite for more. This is just the beginning!
Another sketch from my high school notebook. I don’t know why these Chinese and Japanese characters from Cardcaptor Sakura are celebrating the US Independence Day, but hey, I gave them cute costumes. Li Syaoran is Uncle Sam, Sakura is the Statue of Liberty, and Meiling is doing acrobatics in a festive parade-watching outfit.
I hope you all here in the US have a great holiday weekend (if you’re really lucky this year it’s four days :)). Even if our country’s not perfect, we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for. We can celebrate and look forward to an even better future together.