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Beloved nostalgia, Card Captor Sakura

So its almost old news now but this year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most beloved magical girls in anime and manga history. Cardcaptor Sakura turned 20 years old this year. Now this series brings up many fond childhood memories for me. When I got the notification about it I was hit with a wave of nostalgia that is undefinable. Who can imagine that one of their most beloved childhood memories would turning 20 years old? It's a marker in life that so long has passed and it gives you a chance to look back at something that meant so much to you. Now I was a little kid in the 90s, I grew up with the pokemon craze, the digi-volution, fighting evil by moon light and many others americanized anime. I remember trying my hardest to wake up early enough to catch the episodes of Cardcaptors. I remember literally stalking my library and card shops for new volumes when I learned of what manga was and a lot of my favorite shows had a book to them. I remember begging my mom to take me to toys r us just to find the latest merchandise. . And when I did find the mangas, I was inlove. There was something about the softnesss, the way the characters looked to me that just made me fall in love. The costumes, the scenes, it was all beautiful and so different from what I was used to. It gave me a sense of surrealism that I dont find in comics or other media.I also remember trying so hard to learn how to learn Japanese and read hiragana and kanji just so I could read my favorite books. I know there is a lot of debate going on about american openings for shows but CardCaptors had one of the coolest but I am biased. I ran around singing this to myself while wishing I could be just as cool as our heroes in the story.

Anime impressions: Nura rise of the Yokai clan

So this anime has been on my watch list for some time now. We recently had a freaky snow blizzard here on the east coast and the world decided to shut down. So how did i spend a lovely and chilly weekend? By binge watching anime. 12 year old Rikuo Nura is the grandson of the Supreme commander of the Nura clan, Nurarihyon. His grandfather wishes him to succeed him as the third heir to the Nura clan. But Rikuo, being only 1/4 yokai doesn't want anything to do with it. He wishes to live his life as a human. But when other clans and even those in his own threaten to kill and hurt those close to him, Rikuo must decided if he will allow them to usurp him or embrace the destiny and unite his allies under his banner of fear. whew that was a mouth full. So this anime, was definitely interesting. I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it, there were a few things that I kind of wish were done better. Like the battle scenes, there were times when I was wondering if it was actually a battle. They were short, quick and to the point some of them. Also while things were very smooth, the anime did better still frames than big battle scenes. But it did seem to get better toward the end when things really heated up. The story, was awesome. I will say the premise was great and the political tension was very good. With everything being run like some old Yakuza mob family it was nice to see things like honor amongst demons. And there was even a way of doing things with a taste of elegance and charm. They even played with things like inherited loyalties, trust and whether or not the clan makes a leader or does the leader make a clan. Which was something I didn't expect and it was good. And then there was the dual nature of Rikuo. Yes that guy right next to him is him in Yokai form. It threw me for a bit but then the series did hint that at 13 yokai were considered adults. Although Rikuo is only 12 and almost 13, it kind of makes sense that his yokai form would look older.