For PRIDE Month, I chose two shows to watch in order to celebrate: Dreamwork’s She-Ra and Clamp’s Card Captor Sakura. This review is about Card Captor Sakura.
Card Captor is a little slow at times, and not nearly as action paced as the original dub’s opening mislead everyone to believe. I started the series in Japanese, but switched to English so I could do other things while it was on. The English voice acting is not great. Many of the actors sound unnatural. They also have the problem of sounding like adult voices coming out of children’s mouths, or like adults attempting to sound like little kids.
In the early 2000’s, Card Captor Sakura was described as having a gray reputation for supposedly having ‘the most gay, or presumed gay characters,’ ever. This is why I chose Card Captor Sakura. I would have been fine with little girls who seemed strangely attracted to one another, or male best friends who were maybe more. What I was not okay with was all of the ‘inappropriate’ grooming-esq shenanigans.
Sakura’s mother has passed, but her dad was her mother’s teacher when they met and eventually married. She was only 16. There are other, much more inappropriately aged relationships in this show about 10 year old girls.
Now, these things happen. Initial D, for example, has a character with an inappropriate relationship with an adult, but… high school kid vs. 4th grader. Sailor Moon has a 14 year old girl dating an older high school guy (college age in original anime). Card Captor Sakura has a relationship in it between someone who appears to be an 11 year old boy and an adult female teacher who is somewhere in her 20’s. I have not gotten that far yet though.
That’s fucking disgusting. I’m sorry. I know, cultural differences, whatever you want to say to excuse pedophilia… I don’t care. This isn’t “mature teenager and young teacher,” BS… it’s just pedophilia and grooming for the sake of it. Shotacon and Lolicon are the terms used by anime fans so they don’t have to face facts.
EVEN IN JAPAN, where the legal age of consent is 13, and in some places no sexual activity is allowed until 18, this is MESSED UP!
Card Captor Sakura is 70 episodes long and has a recent sequel series that happens when she is a little older.
Card Captor Sakura is a classic anime that’s reputation proceeds it. I’m ony 15 episodes in as of this, and maybe I’m being overly harsh on something that only deserves me being kind of harsh about it? Older anime is often weird in the sense that you have to go, “If you can look past THE INCEST, it’s a great anime” such as in the show Ceres and such stuff. Looking past this though? gah…
Also, the art is weird at times, and the show is actually a little dull. How was this show such a huge success? I’ll watch more so I can properly review this show… I just… chose the wrong show for PRIDE month.