I tried to like this, I really did. I was a huge Card Captor Sakura fan back in the day, when it aired on WB simply as Card Captors. When I saw there was a new series, and it wasn’t a reboot, and that there was a simudub, I figured I’d check out the first episode sooner rather than later to see if it was a series I’d want to watch the rest of.
Sadly, Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card totally misses the mark for me. I’m not sure if it’s my nostalgia glasses, or if the show is just disinteresting, but I do feel like there’s some of the magic from the original series lacking in this one. I liked the old WB dub, but when I thought about it I wasn’t like “Ugh this isn’t like the original dub I grew up with! Lame”. I think the new dub is good, and matches the Japanese voices well. Do I like Sakura being so high pitched? Not really, but I get that that’s pretty much how she sounds in Japanese. With that out of the way, what else would make me dislike this series?
I usually watch a show for 4 episodes before dropping it, but this one, I stopped after one. The first episode was slow paced, but I don’t mind slow paced shows. The action didn’t happen until the end, but it wasn’t enough to make me hop right on over to episode 2. So what is it that bugs me so much about this series?
Honestly, when it boils down to it, Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card just doesn’t capture the same magic Card Captor Sakura did. In my opinion, Clear Card tries to capture the magic the original series did, while not realizing what exactly was so great about the original series. Sure Card Captor Sakura had cute moments, had slice of life aspects, had magic, but at the end of the day it also was about different aspects of love, how different people dealt with relationships, and without that aspect of the show there, I think Card Captor Sakura: Clear card just falls into the category of “Generic, fine enough but not interesting magical girl anime”. Now granted, that’s my opinion about it after watching 1 episode, but I feel if a show can’t grab you after the first one, it isn’t doing its job right.
But what do you think about the show as a whole, was there something about it that kept you watching? Should I give it another go because it gets better?