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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Manga (Nov. 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825223
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy's Ink on July 18 2011
Format: Paperback
I've always heard Clamp have done really good manga. I've never read anything from Clamp before but I did remember when I was a kid, I loved watching Cardcaptors, an anime that usually came on TV. So I decided to buy the manga, but sadly it was out of print! After looking - for quite a while- I found that Dark Horse publishing had released an omnibus of the manga. The omnibus has the first four manga volumes in it, which I thought was a good deal for twenty dollars.

When Sakura finds a strange book in her father's library, she discovers that it contains dangerous spirits sealed within cards - but after she opened the book all the cards were released. With the help of Cerberus, the guardian of the cards, she has to recapture all the cards before they cause chaos to the human world.

When I read this manga it really made me remember my childhood when I used to watch the show. The plot is very original and intriguing that it keeps you wanting to continue to read. This manga is a very light read as it's targeted at young girls.

I loved the illustrations for this manga Clamp has a unique style when drawing their characters and the clothes are so elaborate.

The characters are also interesting to read - there's Sakura, who loves sports and is a bit naive but she's a kind girl. Tomoyo, Sakura's best friend who designs all her outfits that she insists Sakura wears before capturing the cards. Syaoran, he's a hotheaded cardcapator and Sakura's rival. Toya - Sakura's older brother who loves to tease her. And Yukito Toya's gentle best friend who Sakura has a small crush on.

I'll describe this manga as a cute and fluffy read with a great imaginative story line - like many of Clamps work.
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ah! just like the anime series from the 90s for all the 90s kids!
great condition and just as i remember! just amazing!
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By Jennifer on May 29 2015
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gorgeously redone, any collector or fans must-have
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Quality reprint! Oct. 28 2010
By Jen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Before I begin, please understand that I'm not reviewing the story or art of this book. If you are a CLAMP or Cardcaptor Sakura fan then you already know. CLAMP is famous for cute, endearing stories accompanied with excellent, clean artwork. Sakura is not different. The only problem is that you may want Tsubasa or xxxHolic because CLAMP is also famous for interwoven series.

Onto the review . . .

Dark Horse has done a beautiful job of reprinting this series. The book itself is larger than normal and a bit weighty to hold. (If you are familiar with VIZ's VIZBIG line the book weight is similar.) This is because the paper is beautifully white and thick with clean, clear inks. The quality is wonderful - not your usual manga that's for sure. If you already had the series before from Tokyopop I'm sad to say that this reprint puts it to shame.

Next, color pages! Lots and lots of beautiful color pages have been reinserted into the book. Each chapter opens to new pages that display CLAMP's art in the way it was meant to be seen. But the color pages don't end there, Dark Horse tacked on bonus color pages at the end of the book.

Lastly each reprinted book hold three of the originally released volumes. In this case Book 1 by Dark Horse contains vols 1 through 3 from Tokyopop. So this series should end at Book 4.

Overall, if you are a CLAMP fan this is a must have collector's piece.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Definitely Worth It Nov. 17 2010
By Gwendolyn Fisher - Published on
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I bought this omnibus despite already owning all of the CCS volumes released by Tokyopop on a bit of a whim. However, I am very glad I followed through on that whim because this is an absolutely gorgeous reprint of the series. The pages are bigger and pristine white, there are loads of color pages (even more than I was expecting!), and with a spiffy new translation that kicks the old translations' butt. I'm usually not a fan of omnibuses because the spines can crack so easily, but this giant volume looks like it can withstand quite a few reads. Dark Horse certainly knows what they are doing and I am thrilled to see that they are putting out omnibuses for so many CLAMP works!

As for the story itself, I really don't know what to say. CCS is just one of those manga that everyone has to read, and if you hate there is something seriously wrong with your soul. It's bursting with charm and joy but is never over-the-top sweet and it even manages to get serious as it explores pretty much every single type of love there is out there. (Seriously-- every single kind, even a couple that might be considered taboo. However, CLAMP handles those maturely and without judgment.)

In short, it doesn't matter if you are a big time CCS fan or if you've never even read it before-- I would definitely recommend buying this.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous Omnibus Version of a Shoujo Classic Nov. 10 2010
By Chi Yamada - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big fan of omnibus editions, but this has to be one of the best examples of doing an omnibus right that I've ever seen.

Cardcaptor Sakura is the story of 4th grader Sakura Kinomoto. One day, while looking around her father's library, she stumbled across a mysterious book that, when opened, released mischievous spirits that dwelled inside cards called 'Clow Cards'. Now Sakura, with the help of the guardian best Cerberus (Kero-chan for short) must collect all of the cards, or a great tragedy will befall the world.

I did not ever purchase this series in English. I really wasn't ever too terribly pleased with the way Tokyopop chose to handle it back when they first released it. When I heard that Dark Horse was publishing an omnibus, I cringed a bit, because, while Chobits was a great translated and preserved masterpiece, its presentation was so bad that I still am hesistant to drop $25 on it. However, when I saw this in my local bookstore, I decided to check it out.

First of all, the size is considerably better than the Chobits one, it's more on-par with their Clover omnibus, thus it's much, much easier to hold and read it, and it's not going to fall apart quickly. Yay! They don't attempt to put 700 pages into a standard-sized book. There are close to 500 pages, but the size is much larger than a standard manga, it's the size of most of Viz' Signature / Ikki series, actually.

Second of all, the translation has been fixed up- it doesn't have the rewrites and such that the older Tokyopop/Mixx editions had, thankfully. It's pretty close to the original version, and I think they handled many things (like Kero's accent, for example) very well. The only thing that could have been better is if they explained a few things for people who may be unfamiliar with Japanese culture- ie: Kon'nyaku, and various other Japanese foods, along with a certain police show Tomoyo mentioned. However, since these references are not numerous enough, the lack of a translation notes section, is not warranting of a lost star, in my opinion.

The color pages are EXCELLENT! They're mostly from the original first three volumes- and have all the original front and back cover art included. Plus, there are sections of wonderful color spreads where the next volume would start- and you can even see all the chapter pages in color in the back. The color pages aren't the only wonderfully mastered part of this omnnibus- but the actual black-and-white artwork is beautifully preserved. They apparently did some kind of 'digital remastering', well, it worked perfectly, because it's so crisp and easy on the eyes compared even to the original Japanese books. Plus, the larger size doesn't cause any problems, but allows you to appreciate the full beauty of the artwork.

All in all, this is an excellent presentation of a wonderful shoujo manga- it's well-deserving of this great treatment, and I urge all CLAMP/CCS fans to pick it up, it's just splendid.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More Cardcaptor Sakura in One Volume July 6 2011
By A - Published on
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I'm in the minority, but I love omnibus editions of manga volumes. I'm not a serious collector of manga, but there are series that I enjoy reading. For me, the omnibus editions have a benefit of more story in a single book--handy if you are a fast reader and want to be able to continue the story smoothly. However, the omnibus editions--this one included--have a slightly lower print quality than the individual volumes. In this particular book, it's thankfully not enough to have a negative impact. The pages are clear and not significantly altered from their original versions. I only noticed that the paper wasn't as nice as other Cardcaptor Sakura volumes that I've handled.

The translation that this volume uses is fairly solid. It reminds me quite a bit of the translation used for the Kodansha bilingual editions. Kero-chan's accent is understandably difficult to render in English, but they did a fair job trying.

My favourite part of this edition was the full-colour insert pages. CLAMP drew some gorgeous illustrations for Cardcaptor Sakura, and having them in full colour on glossy paper is a wonderful touch. The inserts are a combination of artbook images and pictures used for the original manga volumes--such as the back covers of the dust jackets.

I'm looking forward to volume 2!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
CLAMP near its best; a classic manga May 14 2014
By David Hancock - Published on
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A classic manga written by CLAMP when they still did highly detailed artwork. It pushed the change towards seriousness and romantic relationships in the Magical Girl genre. Much more dense than the anime, this has a lot less to do with capturing the cards and a lot more with developing Sakura as a person and a Magi.