It really is time for another throwback recommendation, and it’s gotta be my all-time favorite Cardcaptor Sakura. See, while it makes all the sense in the world that fourth-grader Sakura Kinomoto’s adventures entertained me as a child, the anime has truly passed the test of time. I re-watch this every few years. And guess what? It’s just as exciting and funny every damn time. On the flip side, it might just be that my humor hasn’t evolved since 2001.
Sakura Kinomoto was honestly just trying to clean her house. But as fate would have it, she knocks over what looked like a book and ended up being a deck of cards. And I’m not talking a regular poker set, but a force-yielding, havoc-wreaking set of bad boys. Sakura accidentally releases “The Wind” which causes the rest of the cards to spread across Tokyo. When Kerberos, the guardian of the cards, awakens he quite frankly loses his jellybeans and the mission to recover the scattered Clow Cards begins.
Sakura’s best friend Tomoyo has a knack for filming and a heck of a lot of money to spend on costumes. Thus, Sakura lives the dream: she becomes a superhero that changes outfits every night. Of course, she isn’t the only person interested in collecting these cards. This brings about the arrival of Shaoran Li, the love of my life, and his cousin Mei Lin. On top of that, Sakura’s family unit is also hysterical, and a lot of good food seems to be consumed every episode. I don’t really know what that is, but if it was to torture me it worked.
Why You Should Watch It
Cardcaptor Sakura took everything a shojo could be, and stretched it as far as it should go. It is highly creative, exceedingly imaginative, and really catches you off guard at every turn. It looks cutesy and simple, but it’s complexity is born from the heavy burden that such young children carry. They are faced with adult responsibility while approaching it with an attention to detail and a sense of grandeur only found in youngsters.
To go back to the aforementioned test of time, any person who’s watched this anime as a child still wishes to catch Clow Cards. Sakura, for young girls, was just so cool. And she is cool without having to give up on any of the traits that make her inherently “girly.” She’s just herself, and everybody’s about it. Except for Shaoran, because he secretly loves her. Which means he is about it but pretends he isn’t. Ugh. Classic boy move.