The Third Day of Christmas Anime: Cardcaptor Sakura

Card Captor Sakura
Episode 35:  “Sakura’s Wonderful Christmas”

Sakura Christmas
Art by えみたすせんせい

The Christmas Story

As Christmas nears, Sakura is worried about what to get Yukito for Christmas.  It’s not only Christmas for her crush – it’s also Yukito’s birthday.  Sakura gets advice on a gift from Meilin and decides to ask Yukito on a date to an amusement park, where the couple bump into Syaoran and Meilin.  Here, Sakura and Syaoran fight the Fiery Card.

I don’t know…this episode is good (as pretty much all CCS episodes are) and has a nice ending.  It’s a fairly typical Card Captor Sakura episode.  And that’s kind of why it’s lacking – I wanted something particularly special for Christmas.  But I’m sure this criticism has to do with a Eurocentric way of thinking – after all, Christmas is much more important in the U.S. than in Japan, and thus I expect more than the show’s intended audience might.

Nonetheless, the talk and sights of Christmas in this episode are more than enough to put one in the spirit – and there’s some time spent on the idea of putting one’s heart into a present, which I think is a nice lesson on a holiday which celebrates the birth of one who gave his all to give us a new heart.

Christmas Spirit Score

 
2 Santa Kero’s out of 4

If This Episode Was  a Christmas Song, It Would Be…

“All I Want for Christmas is You” – Ah, the romance of Christmas – an idea not entirely strange in the west, but with not nearly so strong an association as in Japan:

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you

Tomorrow’s Forecast

The freezing temperatures continue…it could be a problem for those working part-time on Christmas Eve, especially if you’re on crutches (how’s that for a specific forecast!).

On the third day of Christmas, anime gave to me… knitting for a crush,
a Paper Sisters birthday,
and friends for a former emperor.

TWWK

Husband. Dad. Occasionally Korean. Enjoys Star Wars, ASOIAF, and Meg Ryan movies. Tweets before proofreading. Ghibli. Oregairuuuuu. Jesus is King.

5 thoughts on “The Third Day of Christmas Anime: Cardcaptor Sakura

  1. I love CCS. I also vaguely remember this episode. Reading your review makes me miss CCS all the more. I really wish I was able to buy up all the DVDs before the license to sell them in the U.S. expired a long time ago.

    1. Unfortunately, it’s so expensive to buy THAT many DVDs (I thought about the expense while reading your post on manga). Luckily, I bought a couple of CCS DVDs with my favorite episodes on them, so that I can at least enjoy those whenever I want! 🙂

  2. I have a somewhat vague recollection of this series, like I can’t remember everything. All I know for sure is, Cardcaptor Sakura is part of my childhood. it’s always heart-warming and reminiscing reading stuff about it especially this time of the year.

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