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 220109220,109 users)
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Ranked: #4092
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #515
Members: 437,754
Favorites: 13,484

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


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


Opening Theme

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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)


Apr 17, 2024
Cardcaptor Sakura is one of the most influential anime of all in the 90s and for many reasons. The show is not just a magical girl show, it’s still a shoujo anime with a bit of fantasy in it and also a slice of life in the mix. I think all of the characters are really likable and have very charming and unique personalities as they went along.

Cardcaptor Sakura rivals sailor moon because it a magical girl show that doesn’t use transformations to solve a problem. Sakura is more developed than Usagi because she is more relatable in sense that Sakura is more ...
Dec 29, 2023
Mixed Feelings
*The ending's strong brainwash still left the messy spots unperturbed*




I don't even think I've outgrown children's shows. I literally adore Takahata's adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Looking at my favorites, Inazuma Eleven's high up there as well, so I cannot give the reason of me growing out of pure, innocently hopeful, and straightforward tales such as Cardcaptor Sakura as the cause of my substantial lack of affection. Much to my frustration, I noticed a lot of flaws in mind.

To get straight to it, the magical system's ceiling is far too high for a child like Sakura to reach. Clow Cards! Amazing, ...
Jul 3, 2020
NOTE: I am not comparing this anime to the manga.

Story: The story itself is good. The plot on paper seems like it would be a great action-packed anime with lots of complex relationships and a cool backstory. The problem arises in the execution itself. The story is dragged out slightly, with pacing issues riddled throughout the series. Leading up to the finale of the first season was definitely dragged out, with a dream sequence appearing in the last 15 episodes that were just repeated over and over again and got really tiring. The second season could have been done better, with what feels like a ...

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