by Jeaninne Thorpe
© Copyright 2001.
Note: The following essay was written several
years ago, when the dubbed and edited version of "Cardcaptors"
first began airing on American television. The essay was
written in an angry and hostile tone, that reflected my
extreme displeasure and frustration at seeing a beloved
show, twisted and contorted into something it wasn't.
Since that time, it is our opinion that the ladies of
CLAMP have shown even more disregard for their fans...
with recent series like Angelic Layer and Chobits really
deteriorating our opinion of them. But
for history's sake, we wanted to leave up this essay as
it was - as a sign of more innocent times, and a record
of the passion that good art can leave on a receptive
audience. The postitive news is, since this essay was
written, the original Japanese series of Card Captor Sakura
is now available on unedited subtitled DVDs... so now
everyone can enjoy the series as it was meant to
you, beloved reader, are aware that "Cardcaptors" now
airs on North American television. Here in the U.S., it
is shown on the Kids WB network. Whatever your experience
or opinion of the show, we here at the BLACK MOON feel
we must come forward to tell you..... that what is being
broadcast is not the REAL Card Captor! "Cardcaptors",
like "Pokemon", was not made by Kids WB. It was not even
made in the USA. Rather, it is a product of Japan, and
thus deserves the name 'anime'.
"Cardcaptors" shown on North American television bares
little resemblance to the original program... Card
Captor Sakura. The
Japanese series is a girls' manga and anime series produced
by the Japanese all female manga artist team CLAMP. It
began it's run in the monthly girls' comic Nakayoshi in
1997, just as Sailormoon was nearing its finale in that
same magazine. Sailormoon fans like ourselves knew of
Card Captor Sakura because of this connection, and were
elated to hear that it would be made into an anime in
1998. In fact, we know it so well, we usually abbreviate
the title to "CCS".
is no stranger to success. The quality of CLAMP's art and
stories is always superb, and most anime lovers would recognize
the characteristic, large, dark, "CLAMP eyes" which all
their characters possess. The group, which began their career
in doujinshi (fan created comics), have made many popular
manga and anime series.... from cute shoujo (girls') series
like Magic Knight Rayearth and CLAMP Campus Detectives...
to darker tales like X or RG Veda.
X movie even had a limited run in American theatres this
year. But CCS may be CLAMP's most popular series yet,
with two full length films to its credit, one debuting
summer 1999 and another released in Japan, July 2000!
Thus, we here at the BLACK MOON have great
admiration for CLAMP, and the delight that is Card Captor
Sakura has only increased this respect. CCS made its debut
in Japan on April 7, 1998, and we were lucky enough to
receive fansub copies of its first 4 episodes within only
a few months.
fell instandly in love with it then, and this love had
only increased in the past two years, as we saw more episodes,
got ahold of the wonderful soundtracks, and above all
just admired the quality of the work, which is excellently
animated even by current Japanese anime standards.
all being said, we are disappointed in the translation,
dubbing, pronunciation, and editing of the show by Nelvana
and the WB network, as they have presented it to the North
American audience. The edits, computer graphic additions,
and music changes, we feel have decreased the overall
aesthetic value of the series. But perhaps worse, is that
the editing and rewriting of the script have changed the
entire flavor of the program, and are not true to the
artistic vision of CLAMP.
these reasons, we have decided to give homage to the original
series by presenting these images and providing an overview
for those readers who are unfamiliar with the original
Japanese series (all names are written Japanese style,
with family name first). Kinomoto
Sakura (sah-koo-rah with even accent), is a ten year old
Japanese girl in the fourth grade. Sakura means cherry
blossom in Japanese, and the image of cherry blossoms
is a pervasive one in anime, particularly in this series.
the show's title, Card Captor Sakura (Kaado Kyaputa Sakura),
reflects Sakura as being the protagonist of the show.
She lives in Tokyo with her archaeology professor father
and older brother Touya... her beautiful mother Nadeshiko
died when she was only three. Other important people in
her life include her best friend Daidouji Tomoyo (pictured
directly above) with her sweet angelic voice, and Touya's
best friend Tsukishiro Yukito (age 16), whom Sakura secretly
has a huge crush on!
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