Cardcaptor Sakura

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Cardcaptor Sakura
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Premiere Japan: April 7, 1998
US: June 17, 2000
Finale Japan: March 21, 2000
US: December 14, 2001
Creator CLAMP
Network NHK (Japan)
The WB (Kids' WB!)
Style 30-minute anime fantasy
Company Madhouse
Seasons 3
Episodes 70
Origin Japan

Cardcaptor Sakura is a shōjo (girl's) anime program based on a popular manga published in the magazine Nakayoshi "Kodansha" from June 1996 to August 2000. The animated series spawned two theatrical films and an English adaptation known as Cardcaptors.

The show revolves around the activities of Sakura Kinomoto, a 10-year-old Japanese girl living in Tomoeda, a suburb of Tokyo. One day she ventures into her basement to investigate a noise and finds a mysterious book full of cards. The cards fly away, and the guardian of the book (who was asleep) informs her that the cards are actually elemental forces who will wreck havoc on the world unless she goes out and recaptures them.

The series follows Sakura's efforts to recapture all of the cards, while still dealing with her schoolwork and her crush on an older boy. Being in the shoujo genre, the episodes place equal emphasis on her personal problems as they do her magical adventures with the cards.

Cardcaptor Sakura was dubbed into English in 2000 by Nelvana and broadcast on Kid's WB!; however, this version was frought with controversy. The 70 episode series was cut down to 39 episodes, and scenes were recut to emphasize the action while playing down the romantic subplots. Japanese cultural elements were eliminated or disguised, and the supporting character of Syaoran Li was presented as a main character alongside Sakura. These changes made the Cardcaptors adaptation extremely unpopular with anime fans, as well as presenting the premiere example of how badly an anime series could be treated by American companies. However, Nelvana did dub all 70 episodes of the series, but the remaining 31 episodes only aired in other English speaking countries.

Contents

Cast

Japanese Voices English Voices Character Duration
Main Cast
Sakura Tange Carly McKillip Sakura Kinomoto 1 2 3
Aya Hisakawa Matt Hill Kero 1 2 3
Masaya Onosaka Richard Newman Cerberus 1 2 3
Motoko Kumai Syaoran Li 1 2 3
Rhys Huber 1 2
Jordan Kilik 3
Junko Iwao Maggie Blue O'Hara Tomoyo Daidouji 1 2 3
Tomokazu Seki Tony Sampson Touya Kinomoto 1 2 3
Megumi Ogata Sam Vincent Yukito Tsukishiro/Yue 1 2 3
Yukana Nogami Nicole Oliver Meiling Li 1 2 3
Hideyuki Tanaka Brian Drummond Fujitaka Kinomoto 1 2 3
Nozomu Sasaki Bill Switzer Eriol Hiiragizawa 1 2 3
Ryouka Yuzuki Willow Johnson Nakuru Akizuki/Ruby Moon 1 2 3
Katsuyuki Konishi Colin Murdoch Spinel Sun 1 2 3
Yumi Touma Colin Murdoch Souppy 1 2 3
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Emi Shinohara Linda Rae Kaho Mizuki 1 2 3
Miwa Matsumoto Jocelyne Loewen Chiharu Mihara 1 2 3
Emi Motoi Kelly Sheridan Naoko Yanagisawa 1 2 3
Issei Miyazaki Takashi Yamazaki 1 2 3
Tomoko Kawakami Rika Sasaki 1 2 3
Toru Furusawa Brian Drummond Yoshiyuki Terada 1 2 3
Miki Ito Venus Terzo Sonomi Daidouji 1 2 3
Issei Miyazaki Ron Halder Wei Li 1 2 3
Kazuo Hayashi Dale Wilson Clow Reed 1 2 3
Yuko Minaguchi Janyse Jaud Nadeshiko Kinomoto 1 2 3
Osamu Saka Masaki Amamiya 1 2 3

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NHK
Season One April 7, 1998 December 29, 1998 35
Season Two April 6, 1999 July 13, 1999 11
Season Three September 7, 1999 March 21, 2000 24

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections : Region 1
Volume 1: The Clow November 14, 2000 1


Volume 2: Everlasting Memories January 16, 2001 1


Volume 3: Friends Forever May 8, 2001 1


Volume 4: Sakura Fight January 15, 2002 1


Volume 5: Vacation Daze September 11, 2001 1


Volume 6: Friends And Family November 6, 2001 1


Volume 7: Magical Mystery January 15, 2002 1


Volume 8: Sweet Trouble March 12, 2002 1


Volume 9: Winter Wonderland May 14, 2002 1


Volume 10: School Daze July 9, 2002 1


Volume 11: Trust September 10, 2002 1


Volume 12: Final Judgement November 12, 2002 1


Volume 13: Star Cards January 7, 2003 1


Volume 14: Powers Awry March 11, 2003 1


Volume 15: Realizations May 13, 2003 1


Volume 16: Friends In Need July 8, 2003 1


Volume 17: Confessions September 9, 2003 1