Cardcaptor Sakura
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Cardcaptor Sakura

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Synonyms: Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow, CCS
Japanese: カードキャプターさくら
English: Cardcaptor Sakura
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 50
Status: Finished
Published: May 2, 1996 to Jul 3, 2000
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Theme: Mahou Shoujo Mahou Shoujo
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Nakayoshi
Authors: CLAMP (Story & Art)


Score: 8.381 (scored by 2957029,570 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2132
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #234
Members: 58,877
Favorites: 3,690

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"Herein lie the Clow Cards—if their seal is broken, disaster shall befall this world..."

Sakura Kinomoto is an energetic and sweet 10-year-old girl attending Tomoeda Elementary School. One day not long after entering the fourth grade, Sakura finds a mysterious book titled "The Clow" hidden within her father's bookshelves. Upon opening it, a small, winged creature with an Osakan accent comes out of the book and introduces itself as Keroberos, the Creature of the Seal who guards magical cards known as the Clow Cards and keeps them from escaping the book.

Unfortunately for the plushy guardian, it seems that the Clow Cards have already escaped—and now Sakura is tasked with capturing them before the cards unleash their powers and cause havoc all over Tomoeda! With the support of the tiny guardian who she nicknames "Kero" and her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, Sakura must wield a magical bird-shaped key and use her new powers as the Cardcaptor to maintain peace and ensure that everything is alright.

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Cardcaptor Sakura won the 32nd Seiun Award for Best Manga in 2001. It received a 70-episode anime adaptation and two animated films, several video games and artbooks.

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.

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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 ...
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.
Aug 26, 2012
One of the best shoujo manga ever!
it's got magic, sweet relationships (between kids, still so sweet) and even a little hint to yaoi. but that's fine.

it all goes about this young fourth-grade Sakura kinomoto, who finds in her house's basementa abook of cards which she unleashes with her powers and start her journey to gather them, when Kero chan, the guardian, tells her that only she can do so!

The type of illustration is so cute, especially Tomoyo's hand-made costumes for Sakura's battles against the card. It's just a warm, sweet manga, that you'd finish before you'd realize!

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