The story starts with Sakura starting her first year in Tomoeda middle school. She starts having recurring dreams of a strange, hooded being who hand her a magical key when, suddenly, all her cards turn clear and powerless. Sakura, worried, starts collecting the new clear cards that are terrorising Tomoeda with the help of Syaoran, Tomoyo and her guardians Cerberus and Yue.
The revamp of CCS after almost two decades is bliss for the huge fandom of the cutest anime from Clamp. The nostalgia rapidly kicks in as the characters seem to be exactly how we left them, there’s a charming innocence to the storyline. The lighthearted slice-of-life comedy and the beautiful art direction really captures the essence of the manga and the old animated series.
The only problem we can see is that there’s a bit of a repetition of the first arc, however it’s still too soon to see if MadHouse studios and Clamp will add some character development or new twists to the story as Sakura grows up. One of the best parts of this volume is Syaoran returning from Hong Kong and reuniting with Sakura (especially after the end of the second movie). Also, in this new chapter we’re introduced to a new transfer student named Akiho who, if the story repeats, could be the next Eriol.
The quality of the animation is beautiful and the art is top notch with a bright palette and solid transitions. The battle sequences and magical appearances, despite being too short, are visually stunning as expected.
‘Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Part I’ is available on Blu-ray, DVD and as a digital copy and it includes the first 11 episodes of the new series plus extras. The Blu-ray extras include: opening and ending songs, episode 9 commentary, trailers and Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue – Sakura and the Two Bears.
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