It doesn’t matter if it’s the first, second, or tenth time. Watching the first episode of Cardcaptor Sakura and starting the series up again will always be a magical experience! JOIN ME IN RELIVING MY CHILDHOOD.
If there’s one memorable scene from the first episode that reappears throughout the first season, it’s that shot of Sakura’s precognitive dream sequence where she’s standing in front of the Tokyo Tower. Definitely an animation highlight of late 90s shoujo, or anime in general.
“I’m not a monster!”
Haha! Touya and Sakura’s sibling interaction is still as cute as ever. They bicker so much, but they obviously care for each other.
The slice-of-life portions of this anime were, and still are, the best because of the awesome characters.
I’m definitely a 100% Syaoran and Sakura person, but Sakura’s crush on Yukito is admittedly very cute.
Not to mention that, in way, this crush makes the Syaoran/Sakura thing a little more meaningful and cute later on.
We’ve had girls like Mugi from K-ON! or Mami from Puella Magi Madoka Magica that give off very similar vibes, but none of them can ever beat Tomoyo when it comes to being an absolutely awesome ojou character. Especially with her obsession with her best friend.
It gets especially amusing when she starts making Sakura’s battle outfits in subsequent episodes. (;
I always wondered if these premonitions served to make Sakura’s clumsiness more pronounced rather than foreshadow her fate as the most powerful magician in the CLAMP multiverse. ;P
When hearing monstrous sounds and murmurs coming from your basement, always remember that a cheerleader baton will always be the most effective!
You know, it’s the little things that get me right in the heart when it comes to anime.
Sakura trying to sound-out the word “Windy” was just too cute beyond words. Not only was it cute, but the voice acting made her seem like a real fourth grader while struggling to read the letters, bringing her character to life even further. Props to Sakura Tange for her awesome performance in this series.
THE SECRETS OF THE “CLOUW”, “WHERE” ALL A MYSTERRRRYYYY
Sorry about that. Even to this day, I just love making fun of that god forsaken massacre of a dub.
C’mon guys, it was even worse than the 4Kids One Piece dub. How is that even possible?
KERO-CHAN! Oh how I missed your Osakan accent. And nowadays I can distinguish it pretty easily since I have a much better grasp of the Japanese language and dialect than before.
The last time I heard Aya Hisakawa as Kero was in that terrible Tsubasa Chronicle filler (post-Cardcaptor Sakura, at least). Talk about leaving the role on a bad memory! I demand that MADHOUSE animate us a fun little Cardcaptor Sakura OVA, right this instant!
Falling asleep for thirty years?
Thank god he wasn’t guarding a Sealed Evil in a Can!
HISTORY IN THE MAKING, FOLKS!
Be happy it wasn’t Kyubey, Sakura-chan. ;D
Only Sakura Kinomoto can beat Kenshin Himura when it comes to awesome swirly eyes.
You see that?
She does a jump flip onto Fly while skating on a wall, and then proceeds to summon Windy and restrains Fly from all corners – with the best song ever playing in the background (seriously, the Clow Capture theme is one of the most memorable tracks in an anime I’ve ever listened to).
Sakura is the most adorable and badass magical girl that has ever graced anime with her presence – and at this point she doesn’t even know it! xD
And Fly is captured! These sequences are really pretty. What’s unique about CCS for a magical girl anime of its time is that, even after the first episode, it never devolves into stock footage. All of the “Release!” and card capture sequences are all reanimated each time because of Sakura’s ever-changing-wardrobe (contrast this to anime characters who only wear one outfit per season/cour).
Today’s animation studios need to learn a thing or two from MADHOUSE! Well, aside from certain physics from a certain zombie anime, but that has nothing to do with how awesome Cardcaptor Sakura is!
And Sakura flies off into the sky with her newly-captured friend, whose powers become very nifty in subsequent episodes. ;D
Ah, Leave it to Kero-chan! I used to love these segments back then (still do). I always enjoyed it whenever he went into the details concerning Sakura’s battle outfits – reminding the viewers that aside from being cute, they serve actual functions!
I bet you, when this first aired, Kero-chan’s talk about school uniforms got kids pumped about starting school. xD
BRAND NEW LOVE SONG HALLE HALLELUJAH! ♥