Ranked #317

Cardcaptor Sakura

Alternative Titles

English: Cardcaptor Sakura
Synonyms: CCS, Cardcaptors, Card Captor Sakura
Japanese: カードキャプターさくら


Type: TV
Episodes: 70
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 1998 to Mar 21, 2000
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #3172
Popularity: #205
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Sakura Kinomoto is your garden-variety ten-year-old fourth grader, until one day, she stumbles upon a mysterious book containing a set of cards. Unfortunately, she has little time to divine what the cards mean because she accidentally stirs up a magical gust of wind and unintentionally scatters the cards all over the world. Suddenly awakened from the book, the Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (nicknamed Kero-chan), tells Sakura that she has released the mystical Clow Cards created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. The Cards are no ordinary playthings. Each of them possesses incredible powers, and because they like acting independently, Clow sealed all the Cards within a book. Now that the Cards are set free, they pose a grave danger upon the world, and it is up to Sakura to prevent the Cards from causing a catastrophe!

Appointing Sakura the title of "the Cardcaptor" and granting her the Sealed Key, Keroberos tasks her with finding and recapturing all the Cards. Alongside her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and with Kero-chan's guidance, Sakura must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday troubles of a young girl involving love, family, and school, all while she takes flight on her magical adventures as Sakura the Cardcaptor.

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Cardcaptor Sakura won the Animage Grand Prix award for Best Anime in 1999.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kinomoto, Sakura
Kinomoto, Sakura
Tange, Sakura
Tange, Sakura
Li, Shaoran
Li, Shaoran
Kumai, Motoko
Kumai, Motoko
Daidouji, Tomoyo
Daidouji, Tomoyo
Iwao, Junko
Iwao, Junko
Hisakawa, Aya
Hisakawa, Aya
Onosaka, Masaya
Onosaka, Masaya


Asaka, Morio
Asaka, Morio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kanbe, Mamoru
Kanbe, Mamoru
Episode Director, Storyboard
Katabuchi, Sunao
Katabuchi, Sunao
Episode Director, Storyboard
Saeki, Shouji
Saeki, Shouji
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(9/70)

Episode Title Aired
1 Sakura and the Strange Magical Book
Sakura to Fushigi na Mahou no Hon (さくらと不思議な魔法の本)
Apr 7, 1998
2 Sakura's Wonderful Friend
Sakura no Suteki na Otomodachi (さくらのすてきなお友達)
Apr 14, 1998
3 Sakura's Breathtaking First Date
Sakura no Doki Doki Hatsu Date (さくらのドキドキ初デート)
Apr 21, 1998
4 Sakura's Exhausting Sunday
Sakura no Kuta Kuta Nichiyoubi (さくらのくたくた日曜日)
Apr 28, 1998
5 Sakura, a Panda, and a Darling Little Store
Sakura to Panda to Kawaii Omise (さくらとパンダとかわいいお店)
May 5, 1998

Opening Theme

#1: "Catch You Catch Me" by Gumi (eps 1-35)
#2: "Tobira wo Akete" by ANZA (eps 36-46)
#3: "Platinum" by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 47-70)

Ending Theme

#1: "Groovy!" by Koumi Hirose (eps 1-35)
#2: "Honey" by Chihiro (eps 36-46)
#3: "Fruits Candy" by Megumi Kojima (eps 47-69)
#4: "Platinum" by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 70)

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Jun 4, 2012
Cardcaptor Sakura is perhaps the best mahou shoujo anime produced. It's more than just a classic or a title that's influential. It's an example of a series that was not afraid to take risks and defy common conventions of the genre in order to maximize quality. And while Cardcaptor Sakura may seem like a standard mahou shoujo anime at first glance, there is a lot more depth here than a cursory glance might reveal.

The premise itself is fairly typical for a mahou shoujo anime. A happy-go-lucky girl suddenly comes across magical power and begins her quest alongside a cute lion-like caricature serving as her read more
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Feb 22, 2008
Cardcaptor Sakura is a classic. It is one of those anime that everyone could enjoy, regardless of age and gender. While being a typical magical girl anime, the plot is actually intertwined with lots of comedy and romance. There's not a lot of drama (yet), except maybe recurring goofs and difficulties that each characters face. However, that is the true magic of Cardcaptor Sakura. It has such a high enjoyment value that you will often forget that you are watching someone capturing cards, but rather, live through the experiences of a not-so-typical elementary girl whose life was changed in many ways by the cards she read more
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Nov 4, 2015
Cardcaptor Sakura is a magic girl/slice of life anime.
-Story: The story is a continuous story(for the most part).
The character development made sense.
The comedy was well placed really well.
What I didn't like about the story was the romance because
it took in my opinion way too long.

-Characters: The characters are all rememberable and the characters
that had backstory was well placed.

-Art & Music: It's what you expect from this show: rememberable,
sets the mood pretty good and cheerful

-Enjoyment: I really enjoyed this show but getting it here in Europe
legally is pretty expensive I have to import it from America and I need
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Feb 19, 2015
I'll go ahead and say this is my favorite series.

I should clarify that and say, if the Monogatari series were one series and not multiple series, they might beat out Cardcaptor Sakura, but as single series go, this one for me is the best.

Cardcaptor Sakura wins me over not because it has the highest quality story or characters, or sound or even animation. Haibane Renmei has it beat on all those counts. Except plot maybe, but stuff like Death Note has it bear there. It is the best because it is seventy episodes long and the quality stays pretty darn amazing for read more
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Anime: Shugo Chara!
Both series are a happy-go-lucky, episodic magical girl type series. Both are about a girl around the same age with a magical helper and a quest to collect something. It's been said by everyone who does this recommendation! 
reportRecommended by Susan
Anime: Tsubasa Chronicle
Same great characters from ccs but in a whole new anime.  
reportRecommended by serenity043
Anime: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
both are good magical girl anime. kinda have the same plot going on, however Nanoha has fanservice.  
reportRecommended by zenime
Anime: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon have to find crystals and Cardcaptor Sakura have to find cards :)

Romance - Cheack!
Comedy - Check!

It's very good i promise :) 
reportRecommended by Lilly1x
Anime: Nanatsu-iro★Drops
CCS and Nanatsuiro Drops are really similar because of the main idea, in CCS Sakura picks cards and in Nanatsuiro Sumomo picks stars. Kero and Yuki are really similar too, both are supposed to be the "annyoing stuffed animal" although Yuki is less annoying than Kero. 
reportRecommended by Lyle
Anime: Kamichama Karin
Both are Magic Shoujo animes, with the main girl character becoming the hero by obtaining some sort of magic power, which she was already destined to have. Also both series are filled with middle school kids and cute magical creatures. In both series there is a guy that falls in love with the main girl character even though they are always fighting with each other. ^_^" 
reportRecommended by NoyaChan

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