All Cardcaptor Sakura released episodes
Sakura and the Strange Magical Book
Sakura Kinomoto awakens from a dream of standing near the Tokyo Tower. She introduces herself, her family, and her friends. After coming home from a normal day at school, Sakura hears a sound coming from the basement. She finds a glowing book and opens it to find a deck of 52 cards. When she accidentally activates the Windy card, the other cards blow out of her house. Cerberus appears from the book and formally appoints Sakura as the "Cardcaptor" and gives her the Sealing Wand. Sakura captures the Fly Card, but she adamantly insists she does not want the job. All the same, she shows quick thinking, considerable magical power, and sheer joy on her first ride on the tamed Fly
Sakura's Wonderful Friend
Tomoyo meets Cerberus after she discovers Sakura's secret and gets a full explanation of the lost Clow Cards and Sakura's designation as Cardcaptor. Cerberus gets given the nickname "Kero-chan" that will stick for the rest of the series. The next day, the students find the school's desks and equipment in large piles. Kero believes it was the work of the card and forces Sakura to go to school at night where she confronts The Shadow. Using the Windy card's binding ability, Sakura is able to capture the Shadow card. Sakura finally accepts her role as a Cardcaptor because of Tomoyo's support.
Sakura's Breathtaking First Date
Sakura's class is on a field trip to the aquarium. During the penguin show, something catches the trainer's leg and a penguin and pulls them into the water, but they are saved by Sakura's brother, Toya, who is working part-time there. At school, Tomoyo gives Sakura and Cerberus mobile phones and on the way home, Sakura bumps into Yukito who invites her on a casual "date" which is at a cafe where Yukito knew Toya was working. While they are eating, The Watery breaks the glass of the aquarium causing a flood. For the first time Sakura has to formulate a plan to capture a card, rather than jumping into battle and attacking with Windy. Using her wits and an unintentional clue from Yukito, she lures Watery into a freezer to immobilizes and capture it.
Sakura's Exhausting Sunday
While cleaning the house, Sakura finds two dormant Clow Cards, The Wood and The Rain. But while running an errand for her father, the two cards activate creating a jungle inside the house. Sakura uses The Watery to capture The Rain card and The Wood yields on her own. Sakura gets the hard-earned lesson that a card is not fully subdued until she signs her name on it.
Sakura, a Panda, and a Darling Little Store
On the way to school, Sakura meets Maki Matsumoto who is opening a stuffed doll shop called Twin Bells. Sakura and her friends visit the shop after school to find most of the merchandise unpacked, so they offer to help. Chiharu Mihara, who has a fondness for stuffed animals, buys a stuffed panda, but it disappears shortly after taking it home. Sakura discovers the panda back in Twin Bells and Maki explain the reason for opening the shop and her business has been plagued by mysterious happenings that almost forced her to close down. While Tomoyo distracts Maki in the back, Sakura and Kero search the shop to find The Jump, which escapes with all the stuffed dolls in the shop. At Penguin Park, The Jump grows into a giant by absorbing the stuffed dolls, but it knocks itself out after it trips and falls allowing Sakura to capture it.
Sakura and Memories of her Mother
Naoko tells everyone a scary story about a bright light she chased into the woods. After school, Sakura and her friends visit the woods to see the light Naoko saw. When they do see it, everyone runs in fear, claiming they saw something appearing from the light, but everyone saw something different. Sakura returns at night in case it was a card despite her fear of ghosts. After following it near a cliff, the light takes the form of Sakura's deceased mother, Nadeshiko. Sakura, who is delighted to see her mother, walks towards it and off the cliff, but she is saved by an unknown entity and safely lowered into Yukito arms who is passing by. Sakura returns to the cliff a few days later and once again walks off the cliff. She realizes that it couldn't be her mother and discovers it to be really The Illusion.
Sakura's First Attempt as a Thief
At an art museum trip, Sakura witnesses a boy attempting to change a painting. During the commotion, she couldn't hear anything and Kero is sure that it was caused by a Clow Card, The Silent. Sakura sneaks out of the house at night and into the museum where they meet the boy from earlier also sneaking in. The boy, Yūki Tachibana, explains the painting is by his deceased father and his mission to restore the painting which a Clow Card has covered up. Every time Sakura attempts to capture the card, it transports the group outside. Using The Shadow, Sakura is able to silently capture Silent from a distance restoring the painting and discovering Yūki is actually a girl. A stranger, dressed in an odd costume, appears at the end of the episode and quietly mutters that he senses a Clow Card.
Sakura's Rival Appears
Sakura has the same recurring dream she had in episode one, specifically focusing on the boy wielding a sword in Chinese clothing. She hears from both Cerberus and Yukito that it might be a "foretelling dream". A new transfer student arrives from Hong Kong named Syaoran Li and is seated behind Sakura. He terrifies Sakura with his glares all day and during recess, he demands Sakura to give him the Clow Cards. On the way home, there is a lighting storm, but no rain. Cerberus explains Syaoran is from the Li clan, a famous family of Chinese sorcerers from which Clow's mother came. The same lighting storm for earlier appears and Sakura deploys to battle the Thunder card. Syaoran demonstrates his command over elemental magic and calls on thunder god to return the Thunder card to its original form. He instruct Sakura to use the Shadow card to encage the Thunder card so it could be captured. Thanks to Syaoran's constant derogatory remarks, Sakura is left feeling upset after a card capture for the first time.
Sakura and the Mysterious Brooch
Sakura, usually cheerful, is forlorn by Syaoran's confidence and obviously superior skill. Rika and Tomoyo take Sakura to a shop to try to cheer her up. The three each buy brooches and return to Sakura's house for tea and pudding. When Rika puts on her brooch, The Sword takes control of her and attacks Sakura with a sword. Syaoran saves Sakura who refuses to attack Rika and stops him from attacking her as well. Using Illision to distract Rika, Sakura is given the chance to capture Sword. The next day, Syaoran is dismayed when he sees Sakura offer a gift of chocolate to Yukito, and quickly gives sweets of his own. Tomoyo has to explain to Sakura that Syaoran is "interested" in Yukito just like Sakura is.
Sakura and the Flowering Sports Day
It's Sports Day at Sakura's school so family members has come to cheer the students on. Sakura meets Tomoyo's mother, Sonomi Daidōji for the first time. When Sonomi and Sakura's father, Fujitaka, meet, both are shocked. From their conversation, it is revealed that Sonomi is a cousin to Sakura's mother and she blames Fujitaka for her death, though not in any direct way. While Sonomi and Fujitaka race in the parent's race, there is a shower of flower petals. Sakura suspects a Clow Card and finds The Flower on the roof of the school.
The story and characters are just fun to watch, in my opinion. Replay value? Lots. The story is very simple, but I just like it for some reason. I just kept watching and watching, almost non stop! I just like everything about this anime, it's just a lot of fun! the characters are mostly great, every now and again you'll notice they don't behave like kids, which gets kinda weird, but who cares, it's fiction. Some other characters are there for no reason, but they do add to the fun (in my opinion). The animation is great, and not just for its time, I think it still holds up! Sound & music? Perfect, I enjoyed it more than if it were modern! In my opinion, you'll either love it, think it's OK, or hate it. I. Love. This. Anime. For some reason.
There are many ways that you can enjoy this show. Each episode guarantees at least one well executed action set; it works as a light, multilayered romance; the humor of the show is character-based and mostly timeless. But all of these are subservient to the fact that *Cardcaptor Sakura* is a show that teaches the audience how to mature the innocent care that grows for friends, family and lovers. *Cardcaptor Sakura* is structurally a formulaic show, where a supernatural problem arises in town and Sakura and friends must use magic, teamwork and creative thinking to prevail. Never does this feel repetitive, as Sakura learns from each encounter and gains more magical abilities every episode. Even the summoning sequence for her magical powers is reanimated, never recycled, to reflect the latest outfit of the week. What will ultimately affect your enjoyment of this show is how you feel about seeing the world through the eyes of fourth graders. The stakes are always personal and practical, such as getting home before 9:00 pm to avoid worrying the parents or going to bed early for the next morning's choir practice. It is this grounding for the conflicts between supernatural entities that partly constitutes *Cardcaptor Sakura*'s charm, which I recognize may delight some and bore others. Even though the characters are children, the show is never patronizing to their world view and motivations. It recognizes that their romantic feelings, admiration for the adult figures in their lives, and burgeoning appreciation for civic duty, while innocent and not fully comprehended, are still complex and worthy of respecting. By allowing the children characters the same agency as the contrasting and benevolent adults in their lives, the show allows their motivations, simple as they seem, to be the backbone for the real peril they experience in their encounters. **STORY** I keep using generally obtuse terms for the magical encounters in this show because this is a universe with no evil intentions in it. There are no villains, only characters who are hurt, misunderstood, prideful, or at worst mischievous. One could not say this is strictly a problem, as the show prioritizes its atmosphere of childhood innocence and goodwill, and thus creates conflicts of the nature that result from a lack of communication or empathy. For those looking for a deep conflict that resonates with hard choices, this show might disappoint. Its focus is not on continually escalating the magnitude of what's at stake, but in showing us the nature of Sakura's character and her relationships with others. This is not a fault in its own right, but does lead to some foreshadowing and character reveals that feel disingenuous to the feel of the show. **ANIMATION** Although the loud late-90's color palette and simple art style may cause doubt in screen shots, this show is a joy to watch in motion. With a premise of multiple powers being used multiple times, the threat of dreaded clip reuse is a real fear, and this show avoids it completely. Each episode has Sakura in a different outfit, negating the possibility of transformation or summoning sequences being reused unaltered. This is indicative of the amount of love and detail invested in all they dynamic elements of this show. Between the flowing magical elements and the small gestures characters give in conversation, <i>Cardcaptor Sakura </i>always feels dynamic and lively. **SOUND** The score has a full orchestra for the most emotional and visually exciting set pieces that rarely get old even after 70 episodes. That said, this show doesn't quite escape its decade of creation, and occasionally cheap sound effects from the late-90's will intrude for some comedic moments, usually for lesser quality synth tracks that accompany school scenes or certain secondary characters. Having watched this show in Japanese, I can imagine that some people may be more annoyed than enchanted with Sakura's constant exclamations of surprise and bemoaning bewilderment. Likewise with the very high breathiness of her best friend Tomoya. However, the rest of the cast does a respectable job and are all easily recognizable and endearing. **CHARACTER** As the focus of the show, it should be noted that the characters of *Cardcaptor Sakura* are as much instructive ideals as they are believable people. Every adult character is patient and soft-spoken, Sakura's classmates are all adorably good-natured and happily cooperative, and Sakura herself is compassionate, sometimes to the extreme that the plot exists to showcase it. Every character, even the background ones, have distinctive personalities that are consistently portrayed with enough variety to keep interactions fresh and engaging. One of the faults of *Cardcaptor Sakura* is the show's attempts to drum up mystery around certain key characters by having them give cryptic hints and knowing sideways glances without any context behind why they are trying to be so mysterious. On its own, this would be fitting within the narrative style of *Cardcaptor Sakura*'s trusting innocence, but some instances are dragged out across dozens of episodes for minimal pay-off. This is tied in with the show's comfort with ambiguity in how it leaves certain key character's relationships. If you need definite closure and definition for how characters feel about each other and where their relationships are going, this show might provide some frustrations for you. Instead, Cardcaptor Sakura is a show about creating space for exploring the complexity of emotionally laden relationships, including all of their ambiguity. One final comment is this show is very loose and liberal with its characters' sexualities. This show is comfortable depicting innocent forms of bisexual and homosexual relationships with the same naturalness and reverence as its heterosexual ones, recognizing that all orientations are multidimensional in how attraction is formed, sustained, and lost. Those who find this to be a good trait will appreciate the effort, and those who are more conservative should be aware going in that this show makes room for this kind of discussion for its characters. **ENJOYMENT** Cute kids in cute outfits with a magical talking beasty performing magical feats of daring-do with some slick animation and a rousing score is pretty entertaining. Most of my enjoyment of this show was due to the magical talking beasty, Kerberos, and the juxtaposition of his knowledge, earnestness, and child-like enthusiasm and priorities. Which speaks largely to the juxtapositions the show plays with for advancing all of its charms. If stopping a mage who can control time because he erased your save file on Dragon Quest sounds like a good motivation to you, then you'll enjoy most of what this show has to offer. The rest of it is well-grounded enjoyment of watching these well-meaning characters struggle with authentically engaging with love, losses, and how to keep loving each other as the nature of their relationships change. Not every character as an arc in the traditional sense, but the audience's understanding of their motivations and desires deepens in a way that is subtle and satisfying. **CONCLUSION** Cardcaptor Sakura is a good show. It's endearing, whimsical, and maintains a sense of purpose that grounds its light-hearted appearance. The faults of its individual components are all in service to its adorable atmosphere, which leaves a greater impression than all of them combined. I can easily recommend this show to anyone who likes shows that involve magic, slice of life genre comedy and romance, young girl's coming of age stories, fluid and mature interpretations of sexuality, and thoughtful, respectful contemplation of the innocence of youth and retaining one's virtues with age and experience. I would not recommend this show to people who aren't engaged with elementary schoolers as the protagonists, require intense violence to feel a sense of peril and engagement with action sequences, care more about plot consistency than character's emotional journeys and self-understanding, or don't laugh at G-rated humor.
My childhood. I love every character and every relationship explored in this series. The drawings are so cute and lovely. \*DO NOT watch the English dubbed version as it removes every aspect of romance and replaces it with flashbacks.
Beautiful series. Seriously. Best series ever.
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