Among the Anime community, or to use a less pretentious and more accurate word, among the people who watch anime and then discuss what they just saw on the web, there is an ugly habit of absolutely overlooking what the target audience for an anime originally was.
Thats why, reviews slamming the first season of Pokemon (I dislike Pokemon alot by the way) usually miss the essence of a show that was made according to following guideline "make something a 5th grader would like to watch after school". Sakura Card Captor fits in that same kind of category.
Thats why the Quality of the animation comes as a surprise, among the best the 90īs have to offer. Indeed the animation is enough excuse to watch it on its own. The faces Sakura (the main character) makes (and the way her reactions are animated)are truly priceless, and have provided me with some of those rare, true, LOL moments. Besides... in this show the "I watch it for the plot" excuse could easily be replace for the "I watch it for the clothes" excuse since this is the exact opposite of those shows where the characters always use the same clothes (Pokemon!).
Sakura is a lovely character, girlish (aldo she is portayed somewhat as tombay by the dub which I discourage)with the mindset of a 4th grader, but quite cleaver and able from time to time to perform certain stunts.
Her best friend Tomoyo is always at hand to film her exploits, and seems to have a crush on her, which adds an element of Yuri to the series which in my personal experience (I watch it on the Spanish Dub) was the last thing Ill ever though Ill see being broadcasted in Cartoon Network, completely strange and unprecedented, but somehow amusing.
The weak point of the series is the plot (which is not bad). But the characterisation and style put into it make up for it.
Indeed, for a show meant to be watched by your average elementary or middle schooler it reaches a level of quality that very few series actually even try to accomplish when it comes to the target audience at hand. Such is its success, that is has come to be taken quite seriously by more mature audiences. If you dont like it, then thas perfectly understandable (unless ur a girl under 14), but for those of us who loved the series in our childhood, or those who are young at hearth, this is a nice little, (and not manufactured but truly feminine) good show.