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Cardcaptor Sakura (Manga)

Cardcaptor Sakura

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 50
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 2000
Authors: CLAMP (Story & Art)
Serialization: Nakayoshi


Score: 8.421 (scored by 16320 users)
Ranked: #2012
Popularity: #101
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One day, Sakura Kinomoto accidentally opened a book containing dozens of magical cards called Clow Cards, and they scattered around her hometown of Tomoeda. Sakura was chosen to be the master of these cards and has been enlisted by the sun-based guardian Kerberos to use her magic and reclaim these cards before they make any more trouble in town. She is encouraged by her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and she meets a rival cardcaptor, Syaoran Li, who is a direct descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards. (Source: Anime News Network)


Cardcaptor Sakura won the 32nd Seiun Award for Best Manga in 2001.

The series was published in English by Tokyopop from March 1, 2001 to August 5, 2003 and in 3-in-1 omnibus format by Dark Horse Comics from October 20, 2010 to September 19, 2012. The official English release by Tokyopop split this into two six-volume series, the second of which is titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow. However, it is one twelve-volume series in Japan. It has also been published in Chinese by Every Glory Publishing, in Spanish by Ediciones Glénat (Spain), Editorial Ivrea (Argentina), and Editorial Toukan (Mexico), in French by Pika Édition, in Italian by Star Comics, in German by Egmont Manga & Anime, and in Portuguese by Editora JBC.

Cardcaptor Sakura received a 70-episode anime adaptation and two animated films. Several video games and artbooks based on the series were also released.

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Jun 28, 2009
There is only one official word that comes to my mind when I think of Cardcaptor Sakura: Beautiful.
Everything about it is simply the epitome of beauty. The story, the characters, the art.
It's a CLAMP cult classic, and perhaps one of the most famous mangas ever written.

You think you know magical girl manga? Well, you haven't seen ANYTHING until you've read Cardcaptor Sakura. As far as your concerned, this is the ultimate magical girl manga. This is what inspired 100's of other artists to rip off the idea.
(Oh, and as I usually say, the Cardcaptor Sakura Manga is waaaay better than the anime. So read more
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Jun 21, 2010
Cardcaptor Sakura is probably one of my favorite series of all time. The story is about a young girl who awakens a magical book that holds cards created by a magician. With the help of the books guardian, she and her friends collect the cards to save the world from a disaster.

Story 9/10: The story is well developed, Sakura evolves as the story progresses. Even though it's centered around an elementary aged protagonist, the flow of the story feels more adult-like.

Art 9/10: The characters are expressive, sincere and the scenery is detailed. CLAMP mangakas are very good at expressing the feelings of each read more
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Aug 19, 2015
The manga version of the CCS is slightly better than the anime, although I love both versions. CLAMP's artwork for CCS manga is the best in my opinion, the artwork is very fluid and cute looking without feeling saccharine.
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Sep 6, 2015
I loved this manga, even though I only read 3 volumes. (Well, one. It was the first 3 in one book. I picked it up in the library and I'm glad for it.) It's about a cute little girl, her friend, (I don't want to give away much of the story) her brother, his friend, and another boy. (Oh my god my brain is packed I can't remember their names.) BUTTT Here is a warning for some people.

This is not for homophobes. I don't really mind it at all, but if you are STRAIGHT AND ALL MUST BE STRAIGHT Go away. (Okay that was mean.) read more
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Manga: Gakuen Alice
Similar leading characters, an innocent, sweet, but spunky girl, and a boy who is mean to her at first, but then starts to fall for her. Also both feature elementary aged kids, and darker underlying themes. Finally both are magical girl type stories (but Gakuen Alice is more of a school drama), and both have an emphasis on special (or magical) children. 
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Even though both stories are very different with CCS having a lot of romance and TRC having a lot of action, they both become serious stories. Some characters from CCS are included in the TRC story.
Both manga are by CLAMP. 
reportRecommended by Chicken008
Manga: Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
Both of these Manga revolve around a girl with powers to seal evil. There is a boy who appears to be a rival in the beginning but in the end, they both fight the evil together and fall in love.

In CCS, sakura seals clowcards with the help of Kero, In Jeanne maron seals demons in paintings with help of Fin. 
reportRecommended by kraehe
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Both are magical girl series featuring girls who must use captured objects to save the world. 
reportRecommended by TVC15
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Not only are they both created by CLAMP!

They are both fun stories that will keep you captivated until the end, if anyone liked one they will surely enjoy the other! 
reportRecommended by NomadicWriter
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I think both of these girls are main characters who have magical powers. They are both optimistic, have friends, try to make them happy, and are highly curious. They both have hot-headed guys and friendly people. Not to mention, they have some drama, comedy and romance and are very cute manga. 
reportRecommended by Pitrocks14

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