Sakura continues to collect Clow cards with her fabulous outfits, only in this volume, she has a rival: Syaoran, a transfer student from Hong Kong who seems to hate Sakura right off the bat. Kero figures out that Syaoran is a descendant of Clow on his mother’s side, and thinks he has a claim over Clow’s cards and magic. However, since Sakura released the deck, Syaoran can’t collect the cards on her behalf. Some of the cards in this volume are more difficult to capture. Sakura runs into an entirely different card - one that she has to call by its name in order to capture. There’s also another thing about Syaoran - he also seems to like Yukito, making him Sakura’s rival for magic and love.
Reading this now as an adult, I see so many things that as a kid didn't matter to me. Syaoran being in love with Yukito didn't phase me at all as a child, nor did some of the other romantic storylines in this series. The adventure is still as fun as it was when I was younger. Sakura having to figure out how to capture each card, and the fact that each battle is very different, is really entertaining. Sakura tries to use the same cards to capture everything, but in this volume, there are a few cards that don't want to be captured by battle, and Sakura has to think outside the box. I honestly can't remember how things end up with Sakura and Syaoran, so I'm excited to see how their rivalry progresses as Sakura captures more cards.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 4-8
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Manga, Magical Girl, Action Adventure, Friendship, LGBTQ+
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