Sakura Kinomoto is a normal 13 year old girl. Oh, yes, perfectly normal… until you realize she’s a powerful magician. During her Elementary school years, Sakura was selected to be the wielder of the Clow Cards, a series of magical cards that give her control over various items in the natural world, such as the classical elements. On the night before her first day of middle school, her original deck of cards turn clear and lose their power, in their place, Sakura is given a new medallion that turns into a staff used for catching a brand new batch of cards. Sakura, her magical guardian Kero, and her friends Tomoyo and Syaoran, (say it SHAO-ran) race against the clock to gather the new cards and keep them safe from an evil enchanter who would use them for his own gain.
Sakura is a genuinely sweet, lovely girl who has the almost magical ability to charm people into becoming her friends, simply by being kind to them. She befriends the new kids, hangs out with the “nerds”, is a conscientious student, and fairly patient little sister. When her brother Toya goes too far she blows her stack a little, but nothing horrible. She’s a good daughter, respectful to her elders, and is in all a great role model. Toya, for all his teasing loves Sakura very much and wants only the best for her. Sakura’s best friend, Tomoyo, is generous with her gifted sewing and adores her cousin/bestie and encourages her in her battles. And as for Syaoran, he loves Sakura very much, and pledges himself to her service as her protector. He risks life and health to keep that promise. He’s polite, chivalrous, and brave, and unlike Sailor Moon’s Mamoru, is actually useful in battle! The show is very slice of life, aside from the occasional magic battle, so it’s very mild and gentle, almost relaxing to watch.
With all this positive talk, you might wonder about some negatives. There’s a lot of magic flying around, that’s for sure. The Clow Cards and the new Clear Cards both bear a good deal of resemblance to tarot decks, but are used only for the purpose of projecting Sakura’s latent magical abilities, not for necromancy or fortune telling. Syaoran’s magic comes from his mastery of the feng-shui compass and calling on various elemental gods, using “ofuda”, slips of paper written with words of power and protection. Yue, one of Sakura’s magical guardians, is a silver haired young man with white, angelic wings. He’s not an angel, but he sure looks like what most people think of when they hear that word. Kero can also transform between a soft plushy looking form and a winged lion.
There’s very little violence in “Clear Card”, mostly magic blasting and some minor danger aimed at our young heroine. Sakura’s friend Akiho is being used by the sorcerer Yuna D., the main antagonist to get close to Sakura so he can steal her magic. Neither girl knows this, however, but that kind of makes it worse. Another minor issue is the VERY mild crush between Syaoran and Sakura. It’s actually pretty sweet, so it’s not a big issue, no kissing, only hugs and small presents like home cooked lunches and teddy bears are passed between the two young sweethearts.
In all, Sakura is a great role model and “Clear Card” is in all a show that’s worth your time. My one and only issue is the fact the cards look like tarot cards. If they didn’t, I would wholeheartedly recommend. As they do, I would say, if you or your kids are interested, this is a good show to try, if you can overcome the appearance of the cards. So, recommended, but only at your comfort level.
I'm T.K. Wilson, Read my blog for great information and stories about dolls, toy restoration, Christian Fantasy and so much more! Blog updates Mondays and Fridays.