Hello, everyone, Cayla here again! I’ve wrested control of the blog back from Santa Claus just in time for another installment of my Friday Selection! If you missed the first one, this is a recurring feature where I talk about some of my favorite stuff on VRV and why I think you should watch it.

Today, we’re talking about Cardcaptor Sakura.

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Cardcaptor Sakura is a classic in the magical girl genre, and was a staple for plenty of anime fans who grew up on the show in the late 1990s. Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. Or she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s basement library. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards, while trying to live the life of a normal fourth grader!

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For a lot of fledgling anime fans in 1999 and 2000, Sakura’s adventures became an important first experience with the medium. Nostalgia goggles aside, this series holds up remarkably well! The animation is top notch and, even though it was intended for a younger audience, the story of Sakura reclaiming the cards is surprisingly engaging as an adult viewer. The heartfelt emotionality of the characters is simple but well earned and established.

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Based on the manga of the same name, this anime brings Clamp’s wispy art to life with surprising accuracy. Madhouse, the studio that animated Cardcaptor Sakura, portrays the magic spells and character interactions with lively gusto, and the musical score really cements the often lighthearted, sometimes mystical atmosphere. All of the audiovisual components of the series work together to create an extremely high quality experience!

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It’s certainly a strange beast, but Howl is certainly worth a watch! Check it out on VRV Select today!