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Cardcaptor Sakura Boxed Set [Paperback]

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: TokyoPop; Slp edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159182589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591825890
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,748,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tahnee 7 Jun 2009
By tahnee
Great Book to read of CardCaptors I have read this book 3 times great too read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Deal w/ Extra Goodies 2 Nov 2003
By Angel Cosmos - Published on Amazon.com
Tokyopop has truly gone above and beyond manga expectation!!! Cardcaptor Sakura was first licensed by them and done the 'western' way as in reading from left-to-right. In order to do this, all of the pages had to be flipped and then edited with English. A lot of manga/anime/otaku fans did not like this concept and it was Tokyopop who took the initiative to do the traditional Japanese way of right-to-left, calling it "100% Authentic Manga"!
After publishing all of Cardcaptor Sakura mangas, they have decided to release the first 6 mangas that were flopped left-to-right back into the traditional right-to-left!
This is the first boxset of Cardcaptor Sakura containing the first 3 mangas/graphic novels. Included as a bonus are bookmarks that portrayed the characters on clowcards! If you do the the math, of $15 cdn multiplied by 3 it equals to $$$ cdn and this does not include the bookmarks nor the traditional left-right format! Tokyopop is definitely improving the quality of their graphic novels to look similar to the Japanese mangas. Similar to the Wish graphic novels they released, the first and last page of these graphic novel has a double-sided colour page on thick semi-gloss paper. While the rest is the good quality recycled newspaper. This is great because we get to see COLOUR aside from the front cover. =P
For all you hard-core otakus out there (including myself), they have re-written these graphic novels. Going by their original Japanese names and sticking with their culture of respecting others. At the end of each name, Japanese would address a person by Name-san or Name-chan. Very cute as Sakura-chan refers to Tomoyo (aka Madison from CC dubbed) as Tomoyo-chan. ^_^
The graphic novels are enclosed in a box/book-shelf. Unlike the Magic Knight Rayearth Boxset, Tokyopop has invested a lot more quality into the box/book-shelf. I was surprise to find it very sturdy and glossy! ^v^ This will definitely keep these graphic novels safe away from danger. =P
A great buy that you will not regret! This series is very a cute-addicticting series that will not leave you disappointed. If you enjoy cute costume outfits by the talented Tomoyo-chan, and an easy to get hook on story, you'll be obsess with this adorable manga like the rest of shoujo and cosplayers everywhere. =^-^=
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect release for a perfect manga! 15 Jun 2005
By Brooks Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Cardcaptor Sakura was the first CLAMP series I ever read and it continues to remain my all-time personal favorite mahou shoujo manga. I just love everything about this series! All the characters are loveable, you even get attached to the characters that you start off hating at first! Sakura also breaks all the stereotypical mahou shoujo heroines! Most heroines are usually very clumsy, always late to school, like to procrastinate, and drool over every single guy they see, but Sakura is actually quite atheletic, usually on time, does fairly average at school, and the only boy she has a crush on is her brother's best friend, Yukito. She doesn't rush into battle without any plan of attack yet come out completely unscathed, unlike most mahou shoujo heronies, either. Sakura actually plans a strategy to capture the Clow Cards, proving that she has brains as well as guts!

The best example I can think of for this is in the Watery card chapter of the manga. Sakura has to capture the really powerful Elemental card, Watery, but at this point in the series she only has three Clow Cards she can use to capture it with, and none of them are powerful enough to do it on their own. So, Sakura lures the Watery card into her school freezer with the Fly card, then freezes it by trapping it with the Windy card and is finally able to capture it! Cardcaptor Sakura also doesn't bore you with lengthy transformation sequences or "I will punish you" speeches either, as Sakura relies on her best friend Tomoyo to design all of her battle costumes for her, which can also provide plenty of cosplay ideas! The artwork is really good too, as always with CLAMP, and the pacing of this series is perfect! Not once did I ever feel that the storyline was rushed or dragging! Although Cardcaptor Sakura does follow a formulatic approach at times, there are plenty of plot twists to keep the reader always on the edge of your seat and some of the chapters don't even involve Sakura capturing the Clow Cards at all! Heck, even the entire last volume of the manga has practically no magic in it, which goes to show that Cardcaptor Sakura is more about its storyline and characters rather than action.

While personally I prefer the anime's version ending, the manga's ending wrapped things up nicely and is probably one of the sweetest CLAMP endings I've ever read. Not only is this an excellent series, but Tokyopop has even given this manga a five-star re-release! When the Cardcaptor Sakura manga was originally released in English, Mixxzine flipped all of the artwork, Americanized a lot of Japanese food and the dialog, changed it so that everyone called Yukito "Yuki" instead of just Touya, goofed up on what Shaoran's surname was, mispelt Mizuki-sensei's name as "Mitsuki-sensei", replaced any Japanese text with English text, and generally did a sloppy job on it.

However, this re-release fixes all of those problems! Not only is the artwork unflipped and the translation revised, but they even got the characters' names right, left in all of the original Japanese culture (and included a nifty culture encyclopedia in the back for newbies), and even left in all of the Japanese honorofics! This is probably the best English manga release I've ever seen! Sigh, if only all manga was released like this. Anyway, Cardcaptor Sakura is a fantastic manga that surely won't disappoint you, especially with this perfect English release! Cardcaptor Sakura is a good introduction to CLAMP because it features all the important themes of friendship and love that are practically staples of CLAMP manga without a lot of the angst stuff you usually find in their series. It's also a good introduction to anime and manga in general with it's not overly-simplistic yet not overly-complex storylines! Cardcaptor Sakura is undoubtedly a classic series that any self-respecting anime and manga fan abosuletly has to read! If you haven't read it yet, go pick it up now! If you've already read the flipped manga of this series and are unsatifised with the quality of it, show your support for unflipped manga by buying this perfect English re-release today! And if you liked Cardcaptor Sakura, you may also like Sailor Moon or Tokyo Mew Mew!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokoyopops most intellegent move w/ CCS 12 Sep 2004
By Erik - Published on Amazon.com
Wow. Unfortunately, book stores near me do not sell this line of Cardcaptor Sakura (they have Master of the Clow, but not this Pre-Clow series), so I was ver excited to order this, none-the-less in a very orginized box set. When I recieved it, I was very pleased. The Books are acurate (100% Authentic Manga) and the book is fun to read. The end of the third book, unfourtunately, leaves you hanging till the 4th (in the second boxed set). The cards that are contained in the book are:

Book 1:Fly, Water and Illousion (a lot of 2 parterz)

Book 2:Flower, Sword, Shadow

Book 3: Mirror Shield and 1/2 of the maze

Over all I give it an A+! It's awsome, i will definately be purchasing the second box set in the near future!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy 1 Sep 2005
By "mint07" - Published on Amazon.com
This item is worth buying b/c the art is beautiful, stories are great, and the box is beautiful and sturdy. But b/c I had watched most of the anime episodes, the only thing I was quite disappointed in is that the books had secluded other episodes. But over all, it is quite a good buy. Collectors should definitely buy it, the second boxed set too. Each box set includes three books, along with a very nice Cardcaptor Sakura bookmark in each (book). This item is a must buy if you are a Cardcaptor fan. Also, you might want to check out other Cardcaptor items, such as Movie 1 and 2 (DVD), DVD Volumes, and Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow (Manga--sold individually).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best shoujo manga EVAH 27 Nov 2004
By Jess - Published on Amazon.com
Cardcaptor Sakura is truly the staple of shoujo manga. Within the 'maho shoujo' or 'magical girl' genre of shoujo manga (girls comics), Cardcaptor Sakura is the story of a young girl named Kinomoto Sakura who unwittingly releases the Clow cards. It becomes her job to capture them to prevent disaster from befalling the world. Sakura-chan is smart, although she can be a little dense at times, she is a wonderful heroine. With her best friend, Tomoyo providing cute battle outfits, and the guardian beast of the seal, Kero helping her along the way, Sakura-chan might just be able to capture all the Clow Cards.

This series is beautifully written and illustrated by CLAMP, a popular manga group. Their artwork is beautiful and flowing. Once you've seen it, you'll want all of their manga because the artwork is just so beautiful.
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