She captured the Clow Cards, she turned them into Sakura Cards and now she’s starting middle school. However, the cards have suddenly all become clear and new dangers have appeared.
A new series of Cardcaptor Sakura and unlike other shows this one isn’t a reboot but a continuation which means an all new adventure with Sakura.
Okay, this hit me with a heavy nostalgia vibe because even though it looks quite a bit prettier and they haven’t strapped our heroine into roller blades yet, this just took me back to the first time I watched Cardcaptor. It hit all the right notes to feel as though we’d never left the series (though in its own way that is probably creating a bit of a barrier for some new viewers as a lot of the relationships are already established and basically assumed knowledge in this first episode).
The show took it’s time though establishing Sakura’s life as it stands now and ensuring each character did get an introduction even if a lot of the backstory is going to have to be assumed knowledge (otherwise we’d be in introductions forever). This meant that we were well over halfway through the episode before Sakura even had her first dream.
Still, for fans of the series, they are going to be pretty happy about spending time with each of these characters. Tomoyo in particular as the best friend (and costume designer) gets a lot of time early in the episode and it is pure joy seeing these two back together. Despite that, the reunion we all wanted to see definitely stole the spotlight in this episode.
So cute. Can we bottle that warm fuzzy feeling you get when Syaoran and Sakura get together? Seriously adorable. I’ll admit though, I still prefer Syaoran in Tusbasa Chronicles over Cardcaptor but this the superior version of Sakura. Can we get Syaoran from that series over here to meet this Sakura? That could be fun.
And finally, we get to dream sequences and magic.
Basically everything I could have wanted from this first episode. I will admit that if I didn’t have the nostalgia lens on the episode was kind of slow to get going and not a lot happened, but even then it was a fairly decent set-up episode.
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