Cardcaptor Sakura

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Synonyms: CCS, Cardcaptors, Card Captor Sakura
Japanese: カードキャプターさくら
English: Cardcaptor Sakura
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Type: TV
Episodes: 70
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 1998 to Mar 21, 2000
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: NHK, Kodansha, Sogo Vision
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Themes: Mahou ShoujoMahou Shoujo, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 8.171 (scored by 222185222,185 users)
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Ranked: #4172
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Popularity: #517
Members: 442,479
Favorites: 13,628

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Ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto is an ordinary fourth-grade student living in Tomoeda until, one day, she stumbles upon a mysterious book of cards titled "The Clow." Pondering over her discovery, she unintentionally causes a magical gust of wind to scatter the cards all over town.

The accident awakens the Beast of the Seal—Keroberos, nicknamed "Kero"—who tells Sakura that she has released the mystical "Clow Cards" created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. Due to each Card's ability to act independently and their incredible power, Clow had sealed them away. Now that they have been set free, the Cards pose great danger to the world, and it is up to Sakura to put an end to them.

Appointing Sakura as the "Cardcaptor" and granting her the Sealed Key, Kero tasks her with finding and recapturing all the Clow Cards. Alongside her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and with Kero's guidance, Sakura must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday troubles as she takes flight on her magical adventures as Cardcaptor Sakura.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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

Characters & Voice Actors


Maseba, Yutaka
Asaka, Morio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Kanbe, Mamoru
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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Youtube Music
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 36-45)
3: "Tobira wo Akete" by ANZA (eps 46)
4: "Fruits Candy" by Megumi Kojima (eps 47-69)
5: "Platinum" by Maaya Sakamoto (eps 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 ...
May 13, 2019
Mixed Feelings
There is no way any of the reviewers are happily binging on all seventy episodes plus the two movies. Much of the reviews are saturated in rosey nostalgia.

If you have the simplistic mentality and patience of a nine/ten year old-middle school student, this will seem like one of the greatest things you have seen. As a forth grader watching Cardcaptors on WB11, it was greater than Pokemon or Sailor Moon combined. Cardcaptors, despite the horrific voice acting and terrible pop music, shaved off the fluff and filler that plagued the original seasons 1 and 2 to create an engaging narrative. (From hindsight, before it ...
Mar 22, 2019
As I grew up with Nelvana's English production of Cardcaptor Sakura and eagerly munched my way through other magical girl titles like Princess Tutu and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I knew I had to come back to this one to watch it through with all of the nuances it had to offer.

What I expected and what I received are two entirely different stories.

Cardcaptor Sakura ends up playing out in a shallow way. It's not that it ends up with some great hidden truths to be discovered near the very end or that multiple stories coalesce in some satisfactory way; it's that there is genuinely very ...

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