Parents' Guide to

Cardcaptor Sakura

By Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cute action-packed magical girl anime with romance.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Very cute, some adult themes

Japan has a way of cramming adult themes into kid's content in a way we wouldn't normally in the west. Most of the time the show is very cute, with some fun action in it. But you have to realize the fifth graders have a crush on a tenth grade boy who turns out to be dating another tenth grade boy, who spends the night with him a lot without anyone knowing they're dating. Little things like this might not be a big deal to a lot of people but it's a detail I feel like parents should know going in.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 5+

Adorable and touching

The show is so cute and has wonderful positive messages of acceptance. Great for open-minded families raising their kids to accept people as they are. There are some LGBT+ characters, or at least suspected, and that's great! They're people too and have every right to be represented. There's very mild violence, but no more than any other kid show (looking at you Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network).

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (17):

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA (not to be confused with the American dub Cardcaptors) is a classic of the magical girl sub-genre of anime and shojo manga (manga written for girls). Part of the appeal of the show is the artwork (although, one has to question some of the outfits poor Sakura is forced to wear) and adorable characters. For example, Keroberos, whose true form is a huge winged lion, spends most of the series as a cute stuffed animal sidekick with a sweet tooth. Sakura herself is an incredibly likeable girl who is thoughtful, romantic, athletic, modest, and brave. She reluctantly takes on the role of cardcaptor and is initially fearful of the dangers but she almost always pushes through her fears to do what's needed.

Cardcaptor Sakura relies on a lot of anime and magical girl conventions, but it's unique in that it is generally well written and much of Sakura's situations are grounded in her reality. The solutions Sakura comes up with for defeating certain Clow Cards are things that any kid could think of given enough time. Finally, there is a lightness to the dialogue as the characters tease and joke with one another. The relationship between Sakura and her brother Toya is believable. The series, as a whole, has a nice balance of action, humor, good characters, and design and is well worth seeking out.

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