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Card Captor Sakura

-Warning: Spoilers ahead-

The series Cardcaptor Sakura is a magical girl series featuring a terribly cute and spunky 10 year old girl who discovers that she has magic when she has to capture a set of powerful cards that escaped their confinement. Her family, friends, and rivals all help her to overcome the few antagonists that get thrown her way.

The series plays host to an array of relationships, common and uncommon, and proves an excellent breeding ground for them.

My analysis is based on the manga, as I haven’t seen the anime. Please keep in mind that though this is only my own opinion, I have tried to be very objective. If you disagree, please don’t be offended, I only call it like I see it.

In Brief:

Plot World Characters

Bonding

7

Setting

7

Variety

6

Canon

9

Isolation

2

Company

7

Age

10

Bishi

9

Backstory

10

Ratio

6

Possibilities

7

Chemistry

9

Total:

8.1

In Depth:

Plot

Bonding – Does the plot force male characters to become close friends or allies?

Aside from Yukito and Touya, there is no very deep bonding going on, but no characters end up on bad terms; there are pairs that go from open dislike and mistrust to the knowledge that they share a connection, and everyone becomes close, in a way. The general contentment outranks the lack of deep bonds and gives it a 7.

Isolation – Are the male characters isolated together for any length of time?

This is the only ranking to score beneath a six, but unfortunately Sakura is almost omnipresent and the guys don’t strictly have any reason to be alone without her. Eriol and his gang manage some alone time, and Touya and Yukito manage to sneak in some quality time, but in general there is little isolation. It rates a lowly 2.

Backstory – Do the characters have a past that implies sexual tension or chemistry, or otherwise ties them closely together?

All the characters are tied together via Clow Reed – being his reincarnation, descendant, or creation. Particularly around Yue, this backstory is a driving force and involves a blatant romantic relationship, and would thus tie him to every other character in some way. There is only the one relationship, but the other ties could be exploited with relative ease. CCS may not be perfect but I think it is the best that one could reasonably hope for in a series, and if there is a series that turns out better in this respect it will have to be rated at least an eleven, because this has a 10.

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World

Setting – To what extent does the setting allow or encourage yaoi?

7 – In the CLAMP-verse, apparently no one notices if you’re gay, bi, a pedophile, or with a human at all. It’s not the norm and not flat out encouraged, but nobody batted an eyelash for Syaoran’s crush or Touya and Yuki’s relationship.

Company – Are there other, canon, gay couples?

7 – As stated, in this universe, no one seems to notice ‘alternative’ pairings. There are two would-be yuri couples (which are both incest to a greater or lesser degree) and hefty evidence that Clow Reed and his creation Yue were involved.

Ratio – The female to male ratio of the main characters of the series.

6 – 4 (major – there are a lot of minor) females to 7 males, 1:1 3/4, rounded up to 1:2.

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Characters

Variety – The number of different male main characters available to mix and match for yaoi.

It would be nice if there were more usable male characters, but there are seven, a fair amount that ranks it a 6. One thing that CCS lacks, however, is a villain, and that lack is glaring and somewhat tragic because of the kind of chemistry a good villain can cause. The overload of cute characters will have to do.

The characters I used follow, with basic pros (anything that can be exploited for) and cons to (anything that stands in the way of) their use in yaoi. All ages come from references in the manga, including Fujitaka’s, based on the age of his wife; the series spanned at least two years, and I used the ages from the end of the series. I didn’t include Kero/Cerberus or Spinnel Sun since they don’t have human forms, or Clow Reed, since he’s dead (although I wish I could have).

What you do with the characters is your own business, but I feel legally obligated to list being under the age of 18 as a Con.

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Kinomoto Touya
Age: 18
Pros: is ‘secretly’ kind and sensitive, loves Yuki, had some magic
Cons: once had a ‘thing’ with a female teacher

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Tsukishiro Yukito
Age: 18 apparently (has probably only existed for about three years)
Pros: is sweet and gentle, is adorable, is in love with Touya
Cons: none

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Kinomoto Fujitaka
Age: 47
Pros: is domestic, is a great guy, is half of Clow Reed
Cons: is straight

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Li Syaoran
Age: 12
Pros: had a huge crush on Yukito, is cutely spunky
Cons: is 12, is in love with Sakura

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Hiragizawa Eriol
Age: 12 apparently (is in reality older)
Pros: is half of Clow Reed, is magical, is manipulative, has Clow’s memories
Cons: is (apparently) 12, is in love with Kaho

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Yue
Age: ~18 apparently (is ageless)
Pros: loved/s Clow, is extremely pretty, is a servant
Cons: is cold and depressed

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Ruby Moon
Age:
~18 apparently (is ageless)
Pros: is unconcerned with gender lines, wanted to eat Touya and and play with Yuki
Cons: may or may not be male*

*Ruby Moon dresses and acts, in both true and false forms, like an energetic girl, but is not. Whether Ruby is male is a question, however. The Wikipedia page declares hir genderless, but Spinel’s “Shouldn’t you wearing the boys’ uniform?” and the consistent use of “-kun” implies Ruby should at least be acting like a male, and Ruby’s gender or lack there of is never stated in the manga.

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Age – The average age of the main characters thought of for the “variety” rank. Between 18 and 30 is ideal.

The average age of the characters is 20.1, giving a score of 10.

However, this deserves a major disclaimer. The mid-forties age of Touya’s father is the only thing that makes this average; without him, it would be 16. There is a secondary disclaimer: the series seems to span at least two years, and I used the ages from the end of the series, else the average (without Fujitaka) would be 14. And now a tertiary disclaimer: Yue is more than a hundred years old, to give a broad estimate, but physically ageless, just like Ruby Moon, while Yukito was never born and has only existed for a few years, and Eriol seems to have stopped himself from aging, and thus is also much older than he appears. So, in conclusion, the age issue with CCS is complicated.

Bishi – The rating of how beautiful and fascinating the bishounen are.

Aside from the array of cute, mysterious, spunky, and sweet characters, all of whom score well on a bishi-meter, CCS is home to Yue, one of the five most objectively beautiful bishounen in existence. A few more of him and this would be a ten, but it still scores a 9.

Canon – Are any of the main characters gay in canon? If one character is designed by the creator as gay or bisexual, this is automatically a five.

Touya and Yukito become a couple. Clow Reed and Yue obviously had something. Syaoran thought that he was in love with Yuki. Ruby Moon was obsessed with Touya and wanted to ‘play’ with the pair of them. That means that all but two major characters are gay or bi… and those two are the two reincarnations of Clow, so even they were in a previous life… That’s pretty close to perfect. 9

Possibilities – How possible or likely is it for the characters to actually make a yaoi situation work, within their world?

There are four characters who had hetero relationships. Of those, one had a huge yaoi crush first, and another ended up in a yaoi pairing. Add to that the huge time span of the series and there are lots of opportunities. 7

Chemistry – What sort of chemistry do the male characters have with each other?

9 – There is an intricate chart that can be made from the relationships of the male characters in the series. Suffice it to say, everyone except Syaoran is connected to everyone else directly or indirectly, and he has a few connections of his own.

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In Addition:

Based on solely personality and character interaction, these are my picks for the top pairings. Again, my own opinions, but again, I tried to be objective. They aren’t necessarily all normal pairings, but they’re ones that actually seem like they would work well.

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1 – Touya X Yukito

Who is seme: Touya, most likely. He’s the manlier of the two and takes care of Yuki, while Yuki is the sweet one who sees the sensitive side he tries to hide.
What it is:
Canon. Adorable. Canon.
Why it wouldn’t work:
Oh, it very much would.
How it could work:
With them both perfectly in character.

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2 – Fujitaka X Eriol

Who is seme: Whoever instigated it
What it is:
Narcissim?

Why it wouldn’t work:
They’re both straight and involved, the age difference is enormous
How it could work: If Clow’s soul and magic needed to work together as one again…

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3 – Clow Reed X Yue

Who is seme: Clow
What it is:
Also canon, a touch heartwarming yet tragic, and with the possibility to be demented, if you want to accent the master/servant or creator/creation roles.
Why it wouldn’t work: Clow is a little bit dead. One might even say mostly dead.

How it could work:
Memories, dreams, or magic

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Bonus – Ruby Moon X anyone

Who is seme: That depends. Ruby is not particularly manly, but has a sadistic flair.
What it is:
“Fun.”
Why it wouldn’t work:
Ruby might not have gender at all…
How it could work:
If Ruby did manage to get hir hands on Touya, or decided to stay and play with Yuki, or got bored around Eriol…

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In Conclusion:

Cardcaptor Sakura, despite starring a lot of girls, is great for yaoi. It’s a shame that I don’t have much to add to that, but it would probably sound like fangirling.

Yaoi within the series is not only easy, sometimes it’s canon. Almost anything is possible to some degree or another and much of it deserves to be explored. The best advice for writing CCS yaoi is to simply write it, because there isn’t much that can go wrong.

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