Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card – Season 2

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card – Season 2

Sakura had managed to capture all of the Clow Cards which could bring disaster to the world and turned them into her own Sakura Cards. Now it’s spring. With cherry trees in full blossom, Sakura is just entering middle school. Her beloved Syaoran has returned from Hong Kong, and Sakura was thrilled to be going to school with him again. But one night, something strange happens to her Cards… On top of that, strange things keep happening in Tomoeda. Guided by the Key she encountered in her dream, Sakura starts collecting Cards again. And then, a new girl transfers into her class…

Things still seem to be going well for Sakura. She’s doing well in her studies, she is very happy with her group of friends and her love Syaoran is back and they’re starting to go on dates. If it wasn’t for the Clear Cards and a mysterious hooded figure getting in the way of her having a completely normal life.

The season starts with Syaoran’s cousin, Meiling, returns from Hong Kong to stay with Sakura for a while. The two of them continue to seek out the Clear Cards (with Tomoyo there to provide the cool outfits and film the best bits) and bring the full deck back under Sakura’s control. Meanwhile, the power Sakura’s brother Toya lost after giving it to Yukito is starting to return to him and Sakura’s guardians Cereberus and Yue begin to sense that something might not be quite right… but what could possibly be perturbing them?

Things are starting to get heated and nefarious plans are making themselves known. Akio’s stuffed bunny Momo has revealed herself to be more than just a toy – by coming to life on her little chaise lounge and talking casually to Akio’s butler and caregiver Kaito whilst gorging herself on luxury chocolates. Together, the begin to discuss some secret plan that involves both Sakura and Akio, but what are they hoping to achieve here?

The leisurely pace of the first season continues here. We have long scenes of Sakura with her group of friends eating lunch at school, making cakes in home economics or visiting places like the Tsukimine Shrine market and browsing the shops together. There’s even one episode where Akio and Sakura go with Yukito to read a story to young children at a playgroup… and they read the entire story from beginning to end without any lapse of time. There’s another where the girls spend a lot of time at Tomoyo’s house and they watch some footage of them all when they were in a play in elementary school. It feels like there are more slice of life elements at play here sometimes than magical girl.

But don’t get me wrong, there have been some impressive fights in this season. Most notably there was the one against the Blaze card, which materialised as a bird of fire at the Tsukimine Shrine. This card needed the combined efforts of both Sakura and the Aqua card as well as Syaoran using his wind magic to take it down. I was also impressed with Meiling’s moves when she and Sakura were ambushed by the Struggle card.

Cardcaptor Sakura continues to be absolutely adorable. It remains a classic traditional magical girl anime with Sakura being a very kind and naive girl surrounded by cute friends and strong family members that are there to support her whenever she needs. However, there are times when she needs to bust out her magical moves and call on the powers that she wields to protect those that are trying to protect her. But does anyone truly know the extent of Sakura Kinomoto’s powers? Are they keeping them secret from even the Cardcaptor herself? Let’s hope that there’s a third season so we can see just what becomes of Sakura and her friends.