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Manga Review: Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume Four by CLAMP

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Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume Four collects the 10th, 11th, and 12th 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 version in September 2012. There isn’t a rating published anywhere on this volume; however, I would recommend Cardcaptor Sakura to manga readers who are 13 years of age and older.

The fourth omnibus of Cardcaptor Sakura brings the whole story to an end. One thing that really fascinated me when I read this was the fact that the main conflict of this story arc was basically resolved at the end of the 11th volume. The 12th volume focuses very heavily on the relationships that appear in the series, and Sakura’s struggle to figure out what her own feelings are.

While the overall resolution of the story was rather predictable, it was still a very sweet ending for the series. Readers who found themselves emotionally invested in the story and the characters will not be disappointed at how CLAMP brought the series to an end.

For me, the one thing that still bugs me about this story is the idea that Sakura’s teacher is in a relationship with one of his 10-year-old students. Not only that, but from something said in another volume, it appears that the teacher has given an engagement ring to this 10-year-old student. In some respects, it kind of feels like CLAMP was “sugarcoating” this particular relationship. While Sakura and her friends don’t realize that their classmate’s older boyfriend is their teacher, and the classmate does kind of address the issues surrounding the age difference, the overall portrayal of this relationship just feels wrong.

Before reading this series, I’d heard a lot about Cardcaptor Sakura and its importance to the “magical girl” genre; while it may not be as big as say, Sailor Moon, it still holds an important place among “magical girl” stories. Now that I’ve read Cardcaptor Sakura in its entirety, I think I’ve come to understand why it has received so much favor from readers who enjoy “magical girl” manga. While Sakura may be young, she possesses a lot of inner strength, determination, and a belief in herself; she serves as a good role model for the audience that Cardcaptor Sakura is trying to reach.

If you are a fan of Cardcaptor Sakura and haven’t already added the series to your manga library, these four omnibus editions released by Dark Horse Manga would be a great way to acquire this classic “magical girl” series.

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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.
  • Hushpuppy

    Where would manga, anime, and live action be without magical girls? Cutie Honey defined the genre (and again for adults as a (terrible) live action); Sailor Moon redefined the franchise; Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha re-energized the genre; Kore ha Zombie Desu ka? redefined the idea of magical girl.

    CCS, for me, failed as an anime, and never inspired me to read the books. Sakura herself is obviously a very important part of the CLAMP universe, but the thought of sitting through 70 episodes of poor (image) quality, card-of-the-week stories was too off-putting. Much more entertaining was a live action Sailor Moon, man-in-a-monster-costume-of-the-week TV series. With the CCS TV series DVDs unavailable, the movie DVDs out of print, and the prohibitive cost of the Blu-ray editions, your very enthusiastic reviews do make the books look very enticing.

  • Hushpuppy

    Just a quick note about CLAMP’s works…

    There’s a very good map of how they all (supposedly) fit together at animedb. I hope your library has at least some of them in stock.