CLAMP Chronicle II – Cardcaptor Sakura & Angelic Layer

Posted by Neko Kyou in CLAMP on July 27th, 2007

Continuing from where I left off yesterday from CLAMP Chronicle I, let’s go into 2 more of CLAMP’s original work turned anime in this article.

Recap –

  1. Magic Knight Rayearth (Released 1994)
  2. CLAMP School Detectives (Released 1995)

Cardcaptor Sakura (Released 1998)

Cardcaptor Sakura

This is one of the earliest anime I got attached to almost a decade ago, and it still remains one of my all-time favourite alongside Ranma 1/2. Possibly CLAMP’s most successful work, it’s still pretty popular even now. This evidence can be seen in one of CLAMP’s latest work, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE and xxxHolic.

Kinomoto Sakura is the chosen heir of the magical Clow Cards, created by the most powerful sorcerer of all times, Clow Reed. Clow Reed had an interesting background. His mother was a magician specialized in magic found in the Eastern world while his father was a sorcerer who specialized in Western magic. Clow Reed combined these two magic together, creating a new hybrid only he could use with the power of the Moon.

When Clow died 500 years before the series began, he had already predicted Sakura as his successor and made all necessary arrangements to help Sakura in her task of collecting the Clow Cards.

Of course, not even Clow Reed is perfect and there were some things beyond his calculation. One of such is Li Syaoran, a descendant of Clow on his mother’s side of the family tree.

Cardcaptor Sakura

Sakura, Kero-chan (who is really Kerberos, the Beast of the Seal), Syaoran and Mei Ling (an anime only character) hunts down the scattered Clow Cards, more often than not helping each other out, despite the fact that Syaoran initially viewed Sakura as a rival in becoming the new master of the cards. And Sakura’s best friend, Tomoyo, always makes sure Sakura have something different to wear each episode as they leave in search of Clow Cards.

The Judge, Yue, who is the other guardian of the Clow Cards besides Kerberos only made an appearance after all the cards that were scattered had been gathered once more. His role, as his title suggests, is to test and pass judgment on those who wish to become the new master of the cards. Unlike Kerberos, Yue is rather anti-social and serious.

Cardcaptor Sakura

A total of 70 episodes with 2 movies, and the 2nd movie is set after the series and serves as the true ending for Cardcaptor Sakura, finishing what episode 70 left hanging. While some parts differs from the manga, I still enjoyed every episode and have found no complaints on how the story went in the anime 😀

Great theme songs and music as well, especially the 3rd opening, Platinum.

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Angelic Layer (Released 2001)

Angelic Layer

Suzuhara Misaki recently moved to live with her aunt in the city, where she discovered Angelic Layer, the hottest game in the market. Angelic Layer involves controlling a doll, called an Angel, through the power of thought. Players, called Deus, use a special helmet which can project their thoughts to move Angels on the playing field, called a Layer (hence, Angelic Layer).

Misaki first witnessed the battle of the reigning Angelic Layer champion with her doll, Athena and instantly felt attracted to play the game. A mysterious… or rather, suspicious looking man in a lab coat approached her and began teaching her about Angelic Layer. Later on it was revealed that the man is really Mihara “Icchan” Ichiro, the genius behind the game and an acquaintance of Misaki’s mother, also known as the champion of Angelic Layer.

Angelic Layer

I actually prefer how the story went in the anime more than the manga for most parts, except for the ending and coupling. The ones in the manga were much better if you asked me 😀

Other than the above, the rest of the storyline were just great. The were more battles which were in greater details than in the manga, making it much more interesting.

Angelic Layer

The battles on the layers between the different dolls being brought to life is nicely executed. Those who thinks that this anime is too feminine (with dolls and all) will think twice once they’ve seen the actions during a fight between two Angels. It usually gets pretty intense 😀

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Coming Next…

An unfinished series (for the manga) which I never got around to watching, and one of CLAMP’s funniest work, which is also related to one of the series in this article…

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