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Manga Review: Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume Two by CLAMP

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Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume Two collects the fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes of CLAMP’s manga series into one volume. Dark Horse Manga has the North American distribution rights for the series, and they released this omnibus edition in July 2011. There isn’t a rating published anywhere on this volume; however, I would recommend Cardcaptor Sakura to manga readers who are thirteen years of age and older.

In this volume, there’s a major emphasis on Sakura’s new substitute math teacher, Kaho Mizuki. It turns out that Sakura’s brother, Toya, knew her in the past. She also has a part to play in regards to the Clow Cards that Sakura has been collecting. In fact, the cards seem to be found a bit more quickly after her arrival, and the cards tend to be found at locations Kaho is at. In addition, Sakura also begins to have precognitive dreams about the Clow Cards.

This omnibus culminates with Sakura capturing the final Clow Card, and the final test that she must undergo in order to become the new master of the cards. Some major revelations and plot twists are revealed during Sakura’s trial.

One thing I appreciated in this omnibus is the fact that the truth is revealed as to why both Sakura and Syaoran have a crush on Yukito. When the explanation is given in the manga, it makes perfect sense in the context of the series. I also noticed that Tomoyo’s interest in Sakura really isn’t mentioned at all in this omnibus.

That being said, though, this omnibus still includes the creepy overtones with the teacher and Sakura’s classmate. Nothing in this omnibus gave the impression that what we’re seeing on surface isn’t really what’s going on. It’s also interesting to note that Toya knew Kaho back when he was in middle school, when she was student teaching; they apparently even had a short relationship during that time. Luckily, though, they didn’t stay together, and they didn’t get back together during this omnibus.

I was actually quite surprised when I saw that Sakura captured all the Clow Cards at the end of this omnibus, since there are still two more omnibus volumes and I had assumed she would be spending the entire series gathering Clow Cards. And one of the major revelations made near the end of the volume also came as a surprise, because it was something I never would have expected or predicted. At the end of this volume, I found myself wondering where the story would be heading next. While it’s obvious from the way this volume ends that the story will continue, no hints are given as to what direction the plot will be heading in.

The story presented in this second omnibus volume of Cardcaptor Sakura was very riveting, and I didn’t want to put the book down. After reading this volume, I think that manga readers who enjoy “magical girl” or shojo series would probably find the most enjoyment out of Cardcaptor Sakura.

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About Lesley Aeschliman

Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.
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