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.