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Much like the first two, this omnibus is packed full with Cardcaptors content. If you've been enjoying the first two volumes, it's only natural to pick this one up as well. There isn't much of a recap at the beginning so those wanting to buy it in hopes of getting familiar with the series would be disappointed and rightfully so.
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Master of the Clow CardsJan. 27 2012
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"Card Captor Sakura Omnibus Volume 3" is almost exactly where I stopped reading the TokyoPop editions of "Card Captor Sakura." Although I loved the first volumes, I thought the series was losing some of its magic as the storyline went along. There were too many characters, and some of the elements I didn't enjoy--like Yukito's revelation of his true form as Yue the Judge. I liked Yukito better as just Yukito. Budgets were tight. Decisions had to be made. I had read the series up until Sakura completed her task of capturing all the Clow Cards, and I didn't see much point in continuing. What is a Card Captor with no cards to capture? And so I stopped picking up the Tokyopop collections.
But I always wondered how the series ended. And I figured I would get around to reading it someday.
Enter the extremely cool Dark Horse Omnibus series. Along with a larger format, nicer paper, a new and improved translation, and full-color pages, I could get the entire Cardcaptor Sakura series in four affordable volumes. The Omnibus volumes were too good to pass up, and I could finally read the end of series.
"Omnibus Volume 3" starts off with Sakura Kinamoto as a 5th grade elementary school and Master of the Clow Cards of the magician Clow Reed. She has finally captured the last of the errant cards, and assumed her destined role. However, capturing the last of the cards has left here without a purpose. A magical warrior with no one to battle isn't of much use. Fortunately, some danger and intrigue arrives at Sakura's school with a new exchange student arrives from England, Eriol Hiiragizawa. Sakura and the Clow Cards are called upon once again, but Sakura quickly finds herself outmatched. It is not enough to be Master of the Clow Cards. Sakura must transform the cards, making her own magic instead of just borrowing someone else's.
And of course, much of the fun of "Cardcaptor Sakura" has nothing to do with battle. I have loved reading all of the bizarre--yet perfectly sweet and innocent--little love stories intertwined in the series. In one story, the gang learns of a superstition involving handing out hand-made teddy bears to the one you love, so soon teddies bears are getting made and exchanged everywhere. Sakura's classmate Rika gives one to their teacher. Li Syaoran makes one but can't decide if he wants to give it to the girl Sakura or the boy Yukito, both of whom make him swoon. And then Valentine's Day comes around, and it is the same problem all over again. Good times.
Getting back into "Cardcaptor Sakura" after more than a decade was easy. The ladies at CLAMP seemed to have assumed that there would be new or returning readers, and recaped the story and re-introduced the characters in the first few pages. After everyone is comfortable in their settings, they then drop the gang into new adventures against new opponents and get the ball rolling for the second half of Sakura's series.
While I am enjoying the series, I personally don't think that Volume Three is as good as volumes one and two. Some of the new characters seem a bit forced. They have gone the "dark mirror" route making sure that everyone in Sakura's battle group has an opposite to fight. If Sakura has a cute little winged lion that turns into a fierce guardian, then they will have a cute little black kitty that turns into a massive winged black panther. And so on. Once the reveal is made of the identity of Sakura's new opponent, the story makes a little more sense, but there is less immediacy to the storyline. She isn't a girl on a mission anymore, and is being battered around by mystic forces.
Even so, I will definitely be getting the final Volume 4 to see how it all plays out. And since Dark Horse has put out these excellent Omnibus versions, I am glad I waited.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3 down, 1 to go!Feb. 4 2012
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This is the third of four planned Cardcaptor Sakura omnibus releases by Darkhorse. Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus, Volume 1 was released October 2010 and Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume 2 was released July 2011. No company has had a license to release Cardcaptor Sakura manga in North America since Tokyopop's license expired years ago. With Tokyopop's publications of this title, there were 12 volumes. Volumes 1 to 6 had the title "Cardcaptor Sakura" and volumes 7 to 12 had the title "Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow" (to clarify, they're technically volumes 7 to 12 but are actually numbered 1 to 6). These omnibus editions by Darkhorse collect the contents of 3 volumes at a time. That means this 3rd omnibus has the storyline of "Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow" volumes 1-3--which is the first half of the arc in which Sakura has collected all of the Clow cards and now faces a new challenge.
Darkhorse's omnibus volume 3 is just as great as the first 2 were. The binding is nice and sturdy. The artwork is very crisp and refined. The pages the manga is printed on are of higher quality than the average paperback manga and there are several full-colored pages of CCS artwork.
Of course, with a new company releasing CCS, that means a new translation. For the most part both Darkhorse's and the former Tokyopop's translations are the same. When there are translation differences, though, it'll be along these lines:
Tokyopop: "Anyway...I like music and P.E., and I hate math. So I guess you could say I'm just an ordinary, healthy girl." Darkhorse: "Anyway, I hate math, but I like music and P.E. So I guess you could say I'm the peppy type."
Two ways that this new translation I would say makes it superior to Tokyopop's is that: 1) honorifics are kept and 2) the onomatopoeias are written in both hiragana or katakana as well as in English. That's one of the things that was a bit bothersome with Tokyopop's CCS volumes. They'd switch between putting it in both Japanese and English, just Japanese, or just English. The one thing though that's kind of a downer is that Darkhorse does not include any translator's notes, or as the page was called in Tokyopop's volumes 1 to 6, "Glossary". The glossary always started out with an explanation of honorifics (-san, -chan, -kun, -sama, and -sensei) and other events or references that appeared in that volume that may have needed an extra explanation for Western audiences like the significance of an Osaka dialect, why Sakura would refer to her brother as "oniichan", the different foods mentioned, the superstition of sneezing, and things like that. In one specific case, there was a reference by Tomoyo to something called "Hagure Keiji Jyunjyooha". Tokyopop put a footnote explaining that this was "a popular long-running cop drama, kinda like NYPD Blue". She only talked about this because Sakura mentioned how Kero liked to watch cop shows. In this context you can infer that Hagure Keiji Jyunjyooha is something like that also but the note given is still a nice touch. My point being: these extra notes are not in the omnibus volumes.
Despite some giving and taking in the new translation, which is to be expected, these Darkhorse volumes are a great set to add to your collection. Whether it's to put right beside your 12 volumes by Tokyopop or to put in your library because you don't have any other CCS volumes, it's worth it to get the CCS omnibus set (here is the last one Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Edition Book 4 (Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus (Dark Horse))). Now if only someone could license the anime it'll be perfect!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My favorite so farApril 21 2012
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After I read the first two omnibus editions, I was very hesitant about picking up the third one since I didn't know if the next storyline would grip me. I remember watching a couple episodes of the second season on TV before it was pulled and not feeling quite interested. Though, because the characters are so fresh and lovable, I gave the third one a chance and I'm so happy with it. The characters are more developed and just as endearing. It's probably my favorite one so far and Dark Horse did a great job keeping the manga pristine and resistant to wear.
Wait for an updated spine designApril 28 2013
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*EDIT* The second edition of Book 3 has now come out. I bought it in-store and am now very happy that all four spines now match in my bookshelf. Buy away! They should be updated on Amazon by now, too. I'm of course, a little disappointed that I had to buy #3 twice, but what can you do?
Original Review: I ordered all the CCS Omnibuses together and have one small complaint about this one. The spine for my Omnibus #1, #2, and #4 are a certain design, but the spine for #3 is slightly different! This causes an awkward visual when these are put in my bookshelf.
After a bit of research, I found out that Dark Horse changed their spine design between the printing of #3 and #4, and that #1 and #2 were updated once their second editions came out. #3, however, has apparently yet to be published with an updated matching spine design, because wherever I look, it has the old version, so I recommend waiting until the 2nd edition of #3 comes out before ordering this one, so you can have a nice matching set in your bookshelf :)
genialFeb. 27 2012
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Este libro esta excelente las imagenes hermosas la historia tambien, lo que agrado es que aqui nuevamente sakura vuelve a usar mas trajes, conforma avanzan los mangas el dibujo mejora a cada tomo. las imagenes a color tambien son super!! me agrada muchisimi los personajes nuevos eriol, nakuru, y spinel son buen diseño de personajes. ampliamente recomendable!!