First canon pimping. Here's the 1/4 part of CCS. Pretty accurate to do it today, April 1st, day in which the main character was born.
This is the story of a pretty magician called Clow Reed, who had an unusual heritage for his time, a weird way to do things, a medium-sized reason to angst in the CLAMP scale of doom, and too much free time in his hands. He had made two cute creatures and a deck of magic cards
and two Mokonas, but that was another canon
, and he lived as happy as he could with them.
...Okay fine, the story is set decades after his death, and told from his heiress' point of view, but he's still guilty of everything.
So yeah, follow the adventures of 4th grader Sakura Kinomoto, who's forced to gather temperamental cards-spells with the help of a mascot who looks like a toy, a best friend who has a fetishist crush on her, and a foreign grumpy boy who knows kung-fu. The genre is magical girls. Not as epic as Sailor Moon, not as smart as Princess Tutu, but it's still cute and funny to read and it doesn't drag as much as the anime version, as there are less cards to gather. And the guys are pretty to look at, which is cool.
And there's the canon pairings. If the childish premise doesn't convince you, the not-so-politically-correct couples should. You want normal het? You got it. You want gay/bisexual teenagers? You got it. You want lesbians? You got it. You want male/asexual or alive people/ghosts? You got it. You want teachers proposing to their students? You fucking got it. And so on. This shit is bananas. Not as much as X and RG Veda, but you know, for the genre itself it's pretty WTF.
By the way, it's not gory as Tsubasa, and I promise you the main characters in CCS are pretty much different from their TRC versions. RLY.
The next volumes in a couple of days.