And it’s another fast one! Because this time I’ll be reporting on challenge #8, “A comic written or illustrated by a person of color.” And my comic of choice was written and illustrated by not one but four Japanese women, the manga master-team known as CLAMP. (This would also work for challenges #15, 18, and 19.)
Of course, in a way this is me cheating, because it was a no-brainer that I would be reading this. A) I read almost every CLAMP manga translated into English and B) I follow Cardcaptor Sakura with an almost religious zeal. (Though I admit I haven’t started watching the new series (based on this new manga) yet. Largely because that will involve signing up for Crunchyroll, and I’m notoriously slow about signing up for new things, particularly if I have to pay for them.) Actually, the only surprise about me reading this now is the fact that it was published almost a month ago, and I only found out a few days ago. (Amazon failed me yet again! They’re supposed to notify me every time a new CLAMP book is listed! And yet I still only find them by browsing the manga shelves. I think they’ve only actually notified me once since I signed up for those notifications like two years ago…)
The original Cardcaptor Sakura manga (and the television show and movies based on it) was back in the late ’90s, so this is a twentieth anniversary sequel, but it takes place soon after the original. (Sort of. I was really thrown off by the sight of Eriol-kun talking on a freakin’ smart phone. Those hadn’t even been invented yet when the original series ended! So it’s like…the entire world of the manga jumped over nearly twenty years and no one noticed…or something.) CLAMP has been doing some direct sequels to finished manga lately (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (which starred alternate versions of Sakura and her love interest) and xxxholic both got them, and Wish sort of got a stealth sequel) so the appearance of a new Cardcaptor Sakura manga isn’t as surprising as it might be. From watching the trailer for the anime, I thought it was just going to be a series-length adaptation of the second movie, but that certainly isn’t the case with the manga, though it does seem to be borrowing at least one theme from that movie.