In the early 90s, it was common for school children to rush home after school to catch the cartoon lineup hosted by Fox Kids. One of the shows that I enjoyed viewing growing up was Card Captors is based off the manga written by Clamp. Card Captors was an anime that introduced children to the concept of tarot cards. The main protagonist was a young girl allowing viewers to see that woman can be the hero.
The Story Behind the Magic
Card Captors is an English anime base off the manga created by Clamp Magazine. The series focus on Sakura Avalon, a fourteen-year-old who lives with her father Aiden and older brother Tori. One day she discovers an old book in her home which like most teens decided to open it releasing the Clow Cards. She is then tasked with collecting the cards and sealing them away once more.
Keeper of Cards
Sakura Avalon is the one responsible for releasing the Clow Cards and waking Kero from his slumber. Sakura is lazy and a bit of a clumsy depending on Li or Kero to help her with capturing the cards. Over time Sakura becomes more confident in her skills and is loyal to her friends and family.
Li Showron is a descendent of Clow Reed and raised to become his successor. Li uses an elemental board to help locate the escaped Clow Cards. At first, he hates Sakura seeing her as immature and a thorn in his side yet over time they become close friends.
Keroeros (Keto) is the guardian of the Clow Cards that created by Clow Reed. He takes the form of a small yellow teddy bear with wings. In his true form, he is a large lion with wings. Kero is sarcastic and short-tempered usually shown playing video games or eating sweets.
Madison Taylor is Sakura’s best friend in school who dreams about being a fashion designer one day. She creates the costumes Sakura wears while tracking down the cards. Madison films Sakura on her adventures posting it online under the name of the magical girl.
Tori Avalon tries being the cool teenage despite the pipsqueak of a sister. Tori helps his father with raising Sakura making sure she gets to school and is constantly teasing her. Like older siblings, he tries watching out for her and has a kind heart. He tries to protect those in trouble even those that aren’t human.
Julian Star Yue at first is Tori’s best friend who suffers from blackouts through the series. Julian is a shy bookworm who enjoys hanging out with Sakura. It is later revealing that he is Yue’s other spirit created to help protect the cards. Yue is strict and seems a bit cold-hearted at times being mysterious around his new master.
Aiden Avalon is the father of Sakura and Tori. He is a professor at the local university teaching ancient societies and cultures. Aiden tries to play the role of both parent after his wife’s passing. H is kind-hearted and gentle trying to find time for his children while working and tending to the house.
What drew me in was the artistic style of the cards how detailed they were when the cards became alive and after the creatures became sealed inside. I enjoyed that each episode focuses on one card explained its attributes and weakness and the different methods Li and Sakura used to capture them.
I would give this show a six out of ten because it was hurt by being edited by the station. A lot of the cards became altered for nudity and only twenty-seven episodesaired on television not completing the nine seasons that were written originally I enjoyed the art style and the development of the character throughout the series.
Furthermore, the show represented a young woman on a quest to discover her destiny while collecting cards full of magic. The series focus on Sakura’s development as a mage and growing up showing relationships and problems we all face in our lifetimes. Sakura was created for teens to relate to her and to see that the hero was not always a man.
The series goes even further by showing Li as her competitor in collecting the cards playing on the concept of which gender is greater. Like most cartoons in the ninety’s the focus was more on creating relationships then on who was the best. Showing that even with the aid of magic there is hope that what we seek we will accomplish with friends and love ones by our side.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read,