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Cardcaptor Sakura 

Kadokyaputa Sakura (original title)
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Sakura stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in a library. Accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it's now up to Sakura to catch them all with her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards.




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Series cast summary:
Sakura Tange Sakura Tange ...  Sakura Kinomoto / ... 70 episodes, 1998-2000
Andrea Kwan ...  Sakura Kinomoto (Animax Asia dub) 70 episodes, 1998-2000
Junko Iwao ...  Tomoyo Daidouji / ... 50 episodes, 1998-2000
Aya Hisakawa ...  Kero-chan / ... 50 episodes, 1998-2000
Tomokazu Seki ...  Touya Kinomoto 48 episodes, 1998-1999
Megumi Ogata ...  Yue / ... 48 episodes, 1998-1999
Darren Pleavin ...  Touya Kinomoto (Animax Asia dub) / ... 47 episodes, 1998-1999
Motoko Kumai ...  Shaoran Li 37 episodes, 1998-2000
Hideyuki Tanaka ...  Fujitaka Kinomoto 32 episodes, 1998-1999
Tomoko Kawakami ...  Rika Sasaki 31 episodes, 1998-1999
Miwa Matsumoto Miwa Matsumoto ...  Chiharu Mihara 31 episodes, 1998-1999
Emi Motoi Emi Motoi ...  Naoko Yanagisawa 30 episodes, 1998-1999


Sakura was a normal fourth-grader until she stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in her father's library. After accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it's now up to Sakura to catch them all again before they wreak havoc on the entire world! Luckily, she has her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards, to help her. But when the help is more interested in costumes and video games than in Clow Cards, what's a young captor to do? And now Sakura has a rival, both in her chase for the Clow Cards and for the affections for her brother's friend Yukito.... Written by Emily McKie <animatrix@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

7 April 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Cardcaptor Sakura See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clamp,Madhouse,NHK Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs


(70 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Successful sales of the uncut DVDs helped spawn a market for more shoujo (girl-themed) anime. See more »


In episode 36 Sakura calls in Firery to melt all the snow. Melting that amount would flood the entire city. See more »

Alternate Versions

Card Captor Sakura had its American broadcast rights purchased by Nelvana, which made many changes to the show and renamed it "Cardcaptors". Some of these changes included editing out footage, changing the names of various characters, changing the music and creating a new opening sequence with complete with original computer animation. Additionally, the episodes were edited to be aired in a completely different order, beginning with episode 8. As of July 2000, this butchered version of Card Captor Sakura is currently airing on the WB network on Saturday mornings. See more »


Followed by Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card (2000) See more »


Tobira wo Akete
Music by Koumi Hirose
Arrangement by Seiji Kameda
Lyrics by Kikuko
Performed by Anza
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Renews my faith in good kiddie anime...
22 July 2001 | by Aerie-2See all my reviews

... although I have to say that "Cardcaptor Sakura" is not strictly for the kiddies (Harry Potter, anyone? C'mon, I know a bunch of your 30-somethings read those books, too!). Sakura is your average Japanese fourth-grader, until she unwittingly releases some troublesome demon-posessed cards from an old book, along with its familiar protector, Kero-chan (a smart-mouthed and decidedly cuter sidekick than "Sailor Moon"s cat). What follows is a delightful romp as Sakura tries to re-capture all the cards. She gains allies along the way with her friend Tomoyo ("Madison", in the US dub) and Li Shaorun (although sometimes Sakura's not sure whether or not he's a real ally; the kid, who's been raised a cardcaptor by his family, has a real ego).

The series boasts top-notch animation for a TV-series, even by Japanese standards (and I've watched a lot of anime), and the dialogue is neither stale nor repetitive. Even though each episode deals with a card capture, the writers managed to make each day new and interesting rather than a repeated "Oh, lookie, Sakura's going to capture another card". In fact, some episodes feature a capture as just a brief side-plot with the focus on Sakura's relationships, worries, or other points of pre-adolescence. This is everthing "Sailor Moon" should have been, but wasn't.

"Sailor Moon" was a cute show, but really one-dimensional in a way only six-year olds could really enjoy. I admit, "Sailor Moon" is cute and I watched it when I was little, but it doesn't contain the depth of character, plot, and animation as "Cardcaptor Sakura". What makes Sakura so endearing is that she's quite capable, and even when she screws up she fights it out. One of the most annoying habits of "Sailor Moon" is how the lead character is saved or at least aided practically every time by the dashing male lead, Tuxedo Kamen ("Tuxedo Mask", in the US dub). Sakura proves that a girl can kick butt thoroughly.

Also, in Sakura's world, people are not perfect or one-dimensional. Li Shaorun can be a brat (and eventually evolves to crushing on Sakura as the series progresses), but he's that way because of his background. He's been ingrained by his family to capture cards, and at first he sees Sakura as an amateur rival who he doesn't need (he actually feels threatened by her presence in the beginning). Tomoyo, an amateur film freak, drags her videocamera everywhere to film Sakura's captures, and has a few stints of her own. Even Kero, with his sharp mouth and love of video games, and Sakura's older brother, a true pain in the butt (in an endearing and entirely lifelife way), makes the series all the more realistic and worthwhile. Unlike "Sailor Moon", here there are no "throwaway" characters, even Sakura's band of clueless schoolfriends. Nobody here is one-dimensional.

This series is a definite recommendation to everyone, but my advice is to buy the DVD volumes, which you can find on Amazon.com. Unfortunately, the American dub doesn't even include the first eight episodes, so you don't even see Sakura accidently freeing the cards!! Some of the DVDs have the option of subbed or dubbed English, I think, but they're totally worthwhile. As of this printing, there are five volumes (with about eight episodes on each) made available in this country, with more coming. I HIGHLY recommend them.

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