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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: Tuesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Producers: NHK, Kodansha, Sogo Vision, YTV
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 8.201 (scored by 136,182 users)
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Ranked: #3112
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Popularity: #346
Members: 274,597
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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.

[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
Kanbe, Mamoru
Episode Director, Storyboard
Katabuchi, Sunao
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Groovy!" by Koumi Hirose (eps 1-35)
#2: "Honey" by Chihiro (eps 36-45)
#3: "Tobira wo Akete" by ANZA (ep 46)
#4: "Fruits Candy" by Megumi Kojima (eps 47-69)
#5: "Platinum" by Maaya Sakamoto (ep 70)

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Jun 4, 2012
Veronin (All reviews)
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
Feb 22, 2008
KholdStare88 (All reviews)
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
Mar 24, 2007
running_lemon (All reviews)
Card Captor Sakura is an anime based on CLAMP's manga of the same name. It is a about a girl with magical powers name Sakura, who strives to retrive a set of magic cards that she accidentally sets free.

Story: The anime is "episodic" in nature, usually consisting of single episode stories that most often serve to develop the characters and their relationships with one another, as well as Sakura coming in contact and attempting to "capture" one of the lost cards. Being a long series however, it can begin to feel very repetitive after only a short period of time. Although I think the overall read more
Feb 26, 2018
LIQfilms (All reviews)
Adorned with a glorious outfit, lovingly crafted by her best friend, the Cardcaptor takes her stance in wake of the challenge that lies before her. Illuminated by the pearlescent glow of the moon, the card spins frantically, before eventually grinding to a halt. Silent. Still. Untouched. Suddenly, bursting outwards in a sea of flames, consuming the once night sky and claiming it as its own, the card reveals its true form and surrounds the young girl in a prison of flames. Unaffected at the fiery blaze before her, the Cardcaptor stands her ground, readying her staff to tame the beast which threatens her. It’s time read more


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