1. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card カードキャプターさくら
Licensed By Funimation
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Magic, Shoujo, School Life, Action, Mystery, Fantasy
The graphical design in this series is very beautiful, with heightened color, saturation, and vibrancy that is better than the first two seasons of Cardcaptor Sakura.
Sakura's life in this season is still similar to how it was in the previous seasons, since all of the main characters are still here, except for one, who moved away. All of the important elements that made the original Cardcaptor Sakura so popular are all still here: well-loved Tomoyo and her adorable outfits; Tomoyo's personality is exactly the same, and there is still a lot of significance and importance associated with Sakura's dreams, which also convey messages to her and help move the anime along.
One big difference in this series compared to the original Cardcaptor Sakura is the romance and the focus on crystals, which reminds me a lot of Sailor Moon.
There is a much greater romantic element in this season between Sakura and Shaoran; they have intense displays of affection and say a lot of romantic things to each other, which is very cute. There are also sweet intimate moments between Yue and Sakura as well in this series, which I am happy to see! I always wanted Yue and Sakura to hook up, so I love these sweet moments between them.
Like all of the Cardcaptor Sakura's before this one, there is still a lot of mystery to the story, so you will have to keep watching the series to uncover the mysteries. You will have to watch it to discover the identity of the mysterious new person that has appeared, to discover his intentions towards Sakura, and to discover the mystery behind the Sakura Cards becoming clear cards.
Hoods Entertainment Studios
Genres: Comedy, School Life, Romance, Shoujo
Iroha and Tsutsui are both picked on, disliked, and bullied by their peers, so they understand each other and complement each other well. Iroha gives Tsutsui the affection, intimacy, and acceptance that he always wanted, and Tsutsui is a real friend who is loyal and protective of Iroha, which is something that means a lot to Iroha.
Iroha and Tsutsui's experiences together are cute, sweet, and endearing. They help and protect each other from bullying peers; they accept each other, and they grow together throughout this anime.
This is the kind of anime that people who like romance, especially first love romance, and the slow changes that come with these kinds of relationships, will like. This is an anime that teens and young girls will especially love.
劇場版 はいからさんが通る 前編 ～紅緒、花の17歳～
Nippon Animation Studios
Genre: Historical, Shoujo, Romance, Political, Military, War, Comedy, Period
This anime's focus is on traditionalism vs modernism. The traditional upbringing and education of girls in Japan at this time focused less on knowledge, and more on domestication; learning things like sewing, cooking, etiquette, domestic tasks, and preparing for marriage.
This anime's main character is a modern woman named Benio Hanamura, so this anime is about her ideals, beliefs, and experiences with friends, first love, loss, and her own arranged marriage to someone that her father chose for her.
This anime is very sweet, and Benio's personality adds a lot of quirkiness that makes you laugh throughout the movie. The vibrancy of the colors and the graphics are very beautiful as well. This is just such a fun, adorable, meaningful, inspirational, feminist anime to watch with the whole family; it has themes focusing on acceptance of differences, love, personal growth, and maturity.
What is your favorite shoujo anime?