Cardcaptor Sakura

CCS (Cardcaptor Sakura) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp. From May 1996 to June 2000, it was serialised monthly in the shjo manga magazine Nakayoshi, and it was also published in 12 tankbon volumes by Kodansha between November 1996 and July 2000. Sakura Kinomoto, an elementary school student, discovers magical powers after accidentally releasing a set of magical cards into the world; she must retrieve the cards to avoid disaster. Each of these cards grants a different set of magical abilities and can only be activated by someone who possesses natural magical abilities. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, a sequel by Clamp that focuses on Sakura in junior high school, began serialisation in Nakayoshi in 2016.

Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Synopsis

Sakura Kinomoto is your average ten-year-old fourth-grader until she comes across a mysterious book containing a deck of cards one day. Unfortunately, she has little time to figure out what the cards mean because she unintentionally creates a magical gust of wind and scatters the cards all over the world. When the Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (nicknamed Kero-chan), awakens from the book, she informs Sakura that she has released the mystical Clow Cards created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. The Cards aren’t your typical toy. Each of them possesses incredible abilities, and because they prefer to act independently, Clow sealed all of the Cards within a book. Now that the Cards have been released, they pose a serious threat to the world, and it is up to Sakura to prevent a disaster!

Keroberos assigns Sakura the title of “the Cardcaptor” and the Sealed Key, and tasks her with finding and recapturing all of the Cards. Sakura must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday troubles of a young girl involving love, family, and school, all while taking flight on her magical adventures as Sakura the Cardcaptor, with the help of her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji and Kero chan’s guidance.

Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8/10
  • Genres – Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Romance, Fantasy, School, Shoujo
  • Season – 3
  • Episodes – 70 (Total)
  • Movies – 2
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Apr 7, 1998 to Mar 21, 2000
  • Premiered – Spring 1998
  • Duration – 25 min. per episode
  • Rating – PG – Children

Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Characters

This article discusses the main characters from Clamp’s manga Cardcaptor Sakura, as well as the anime and films based on it.

Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Main characters

Sakura Kinomoto

Sakura Kinomoto, named after the Japanese word for “cherry blossom,” is the titular heroine of Cardcaptor Sakura. Her unwavering determination, caring nature, and loyalty to her friends are her most distinguishing characteristics. Sakura is portrayed as a perceptively sweet, extremely energetic, and cheerful character who is well-liked, pretty, cheerful, and cute, but also naive, clumsy, and clueless at times. Sakura is athletically gifted and skilled in sports at school, excelling as a runner and being dubbed “the best baton twirler in school” by her peers. She despises math and is openly phasmophobic. For the majority of the manga and anime, Sakura has a crush on Yukito Tsukishiro, but when she finally confesses to Yukito, he gently rejects her by revealing his love for her big brother Toya, and she realises that she loved him because of his resemblance to her father Fujitaka. Sakura eventually realises she is in love with Syaoran, but she doesn’t realise it until he confesses his feelings for her. Despite her refusal to admit her feelings in the final episode, Sakura eventually confesses her feelings to Syaoran when he and Meiling return to visit in the series movie, Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card.

Cerberus, the guardian beast, transforms her into the titular Cardcaptor after she accidentally opens and releases the Clow Cards from the Clow Book. Sakura successfully captures all of the cards with the help of Cerberus, her best friend and cousin Tomoyo Daidouji, and later Syaoran, and is named the new Clow Mistress by the cards’ second guardian Yue (Yukito’s true form). Sakura must use the power of her own star in the second half of the manga and anime to transform the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards, or else the cards’ powers will be lost. At the start of the Clear Card arc, all of Sakura’s cards suddenly turn blank, losing their powers, and in order to restore them, Sakura must capture new cards of unknown origin that have begun to appear around town. She later discovers that Syaoran was responsible for the disappearance of the Sakura cards in order to protect her, as her own power had grown too strong for her to control, resulting in the creation of the Clear cards.

Cerberus

Cerberus, dubbed Kero by Sakura, is the appointed guardian of the book containing the Clow Cards, as well as the series’ comic relief. Clow Reed created him, along with the Clow Cards, as one of two magical creatures. Before his death, Clow appointed Kero to choose the potential next master of the cards, Cerberus himself, and his “brother” and fellow guardian, Yue. After Sakura inadvertently releases the cards, Cerberus selects her as the candidate and teaches her the fundamentals of card capture. Throughout the series, he demonstrates a thorough understanding of mysticism. Cerberus remains with Sakura as a friend, companion, adviser, and protector after she passes the Final Judgment to become the Clow Cards master.

Cerberus speaks with a distinct Osakan accent, having spent a significant amount of time in the book while it was in Osaka. He is bossy, demanding, egotistical, and gluttonous, but he clearly loves Sakura, especially when she is hurt or in danger. He becomes obsessed with video games and develops a sweet tooth. Cerberus spends the majority of his time in “temporary” or “false form,” which is a small figure resembling an orange stuffed animal with wings. Cerberus’ magical powers, unlike Yue’s, are like the sun and thus largely self-sustaining, and he is thus not as reliant on his master’s power to support his life as Yue is. However, in order to power his true form, a large-winged mountain lion, his master must control the Firey and Earthy cards.

Tomoyo Daidouji

Tomoyo Daidouji is Sakura Kinomoto’s best friend and primary assistant, as well as her second cousin on their mother’s side. Tomoyo, the daughter of the president of Daidouji Toy Company, Sonomi Daidoji (Sakura’s aunt), is a dignified woman who lives a life of wealth and is guarded by a team of female maids and bodyguards. She has access to a wide range of cutting-edge prototype technological gadgets from her mother’s company, and she provides Sakura and Cerberus with various mobile devices throughout the series. Her most distinguishing characteristics are her attentiveness, integrity, and selflessness toward Sakura’s well-being.

Tomoyo appears to be a stereotypical “Ojou-san”; a demure, wealthy, upwardly-mobile high-class female stock character, particularly one descended from nobility or gentry. She is, however, portrayed as having exceptional emotional maturity. Tomoyo is dedicated, hardworking, highly motivated, compassionate, intelligent, and meticulous, lending her a distinct air of cultured politeness, deportment, refinement, and etiquette to the cast. Tomoyo frequently uses more formal verb conjugations and expressions than is typical of elementary students. She employs ‘watakushi,’ a personal pronoun that, when used outside of formal contexts, can make a character appear “prim and proper,” “cultured,” or “snobbish.” Tomoyo is a gifted artist who has worked as an amateur fashion designer, beautician, cinematographer, seamstress, choreographer, and vocalist.

Sakura takes on a protective role most of the time when capturing or transforming cards because Tomoyo lacks magical powers and athletic abilities. If Tomoyo is ever in danger (or goes missing), Sakura will be the one who is most concerned for her, and her focus will shift from the Card at hand to Tomoyo’s safety. Fortunately, Sakura has always succeeded and warmly embraces Tomoyo whenever she sees her. To avoid putting herself in unnecessary danger while documenting Sakura’s exploits, Tomoyo began using a small camera-equipped drone in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.

Touya Kinomoto

Sakura’s older brother is Touya Kinomoto. The 29th of February is his birthday. Though he teases her frequently, he genuinely cares about her and works hard to protect her. He is fully aware of what she is doing as a Cardcaptor and regularly works several part-time jobs that allow him to be nearby when she is attempting to capture a card. He is also known for being a chick magnet, a reputation that is only bolstered by the fact that he never dates or expresses romantic interest in anyone. He disliked Syaoran and often held a grudge against him, but deep down he knew that if Sakura should be with anyone, it should be Syaoran. Touya possesses a number of magical abilities, including the ability to see ghosts and other non-human beings, the ability to sense when Sakura is in danger, and mild precognition. He is extremely close to his best friend Yukito; as the series progresses, it becomes clear that he is not only aware that Yukito is Yue’s alter ego, but that he is in love with Yukito. To save both Yukito and Yue, Touya transforms into a normal human after giving Yue all of his magical powers and making him promise to protect Sakura in his place as well as himself (and, by extension, Yukito). However, the final chapter of the Clear Card arc revealed that he is gradually regaining his magic and appears to be developing new and greater abilities that he will not reveal until the time is right.

Yukito Tsukishiro / Yue

Yue/Yukito are dissociative personalities: Yukito is a “false” persona created to conceal Yue’s “true” identity. Yue remained in a “state of hibernation” for the majority of the series; Yukito is unaware of Yue’s existence, though he maintains an enormous appetite for food in an unconscious attempt to give Yue power. After collecting all of the Clow Cards, Yue’s existence is revealed to the other characters, and Toya claims he was aware of Yue’s existence all along and was just waiting for Yukito to notice himself.

Yukito Tsukishiro is Sakura’s older brother Touya’s best friend and the human alter-ego of the Clow Card guardian, Yue. Though he is Yue’s “temporary form,” other characters (including Eriol and Yue himself) refer to him as a completely separate “heart” from Yue’s “true form” several times. As Yukito, he has a kind and gentle personality, and Sakura develops a strong attraction to him early in the series. When she confessed her feelings, he gently rejects her, as Touya is the one he loves the most. Yue requires more power after Sakura collects all of the cards because her magic isn’t strong enough to sustain him. Yukito begins eating more subconsciously to compensate, but it is insufficient, and he begins sleeping constantly, even while standing, and eventually finds his body fading away entirely. Yukito becomes aware of Yue’s existence after Touya gives him his magical energy to sustain them; the grandparents with whom Yukito thought he lived were a false memory and thus did not exist. It is speculated that he appeared shortly before meeting Touya in order to be close to the future new guardian of the Clow Cards.

Cardcaptor Sakura Anime
Recurring characters

Clow Reed

Clow Reed is the sorcerer who created the Clow Cards, as well as their magical guardians Cerberus and Yue. He is one of the few Clamp-created characters to appear in more than one work, alongside Kohaku of Wish and Yuuko of Holic.

Clow, the son of an English father and a Chinese mother, invented a new type of magic that combined Eastern and Western magical elements. His plan was to pass the magic down to people who would use and protect it while meeting all of the requirements. However, only a few people were able to learn his style of magic. Clow is only seen in flashbacks because he has been dead for a long time before the series begins. Few details about his character, personality, or life are revealed, though multiple characters comment on his eccentricity. In his interactions with his creations, he demonstrates a gentle and affable personality.

Fujitaka Kinomoto

Fujitaka Kinomoto is the father of Sakura Kinomoto and her brother Touya Kinomoto. Fujitaka, a busy professor of archaeology at Towa University, is a loving and caring father. He met his late wife Nadeshiko during his first year of teaching at her high school. Nadeshiko had climbed a tree to return a baby bird to its nest when she fell out and landed on Fujitaka. When he saw her, he exclaimed, “An angel has fallen from the sky.” When she was sixteen, they fell in love and married. Despite the fact that Nadeshiko died seven years before the series begins, Fujitaka is shown to be deeply in love with her and devoted to her memory. He keeps a picture of her in the dining room and rotates it every morning.

Sonomi Daidouji

Sonomi Daidouji is the mother of the titular character Sakura’s best friend and cousin Tomoyo Daidouji, Sakura’s aunt, and the first cousin of Sakura’s late mother Nadeshiko Kinomoto. She appears infrequently in the series, but she is said to be a wealthy woman and the President of a large toy corporation. She adored her cousin Nadeshiko and despised her marriage to Fujitaka, later blaming Fujitaka for Nadeshiko’s early death. It is implied that Nadeshiko was at least partially cut off from her family during the marriage. Sonomi keeps her hair in a pixie cut, which Nadeshiko used to give her when they were kids, and has Tomoyo keep her hair long because it reminds her of Nadeshiko.

In the English adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura, her name is changed to Samantha Taylor, and her declaration of love for Nadeshiko is changed to a purely familiar love rather than a romantic love.

Nadeshiko Kinomoto

Sakura and Toya’s mother, Fujitaka’s late wife, and Sonomi Daidouji’s first cousin is Nadeshiko Kinomoto. She was a model from her adolescence until her death. She met Fujitaka when he was sixteen and working as a student teacher at her high school. She met Fujitaka when she climbed a tree to rescue a bird nest and fell, landing on him as he saved her from harm. He then remarked, “I thought an angel had fallen from the sky.” She fell in love with him after hearing those words. Despite their nine-year age difference, they married soon after, against her family’s wishes (he was 25, she was 16). When Sakura was three, she died of an unnamed illness.

Recurring characters in the anime Cardcaptor Sakura

These characters are only seen in animated films and television series adaptations. These are characters who only appear in the Cardcaptor Sakura anime adaptation.

Wang Wei

Wang Wei is a character who only appears in the anime adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura. Wang works as a butler in the Li household and is currently Syaoran and Meiling Li’s legal guardian during their extended stay in Tomoeda, Japan. Wei is very polite and well-mannered, addressing Syaoran and Meiling as “Syaoran-sama” and “Meiling-sama,” and has good manners when in the company of others such as Sakura Kinomoto and Tomoyo Daidoji, who become good friends with Wang and his quarry.

Maki Matsumoto

Maki Matsumoto is a character who appears only in the anime adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura. She first appears in the fifth episode, after her husband’s recent death and a string of misfortunes, opening a new gift shop in Tomoeda called Twin Bells. Sakura notices her setting up shop and assists her in cleaning up after a few boxes fall over. Maki has trouble after the shop opens because of a mysterious stuffed animal that keeps returning to her shop every time someone buys it, leading to accusations that Maki is stealing it back. Sakura discovers and seals The Jump card in the form of a stuffed animal. Maki later introduces a line of “enchanted cards,” which resemble Clow Cards and bestow good luck on their owners in specific areas (i.e. cooking, sports etc.)

Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Season 1 Episodes

Sakura and the Strange Magical Book
Aired: Apr 7, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Wonderful Friend
Aired: Apr 14, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Breathtaking First Date
Aired: Apr 21, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Exhausting Sunday
Aired: Apr 28, 1998 (JST)

Sakura, a Panda, and a Darling Little Store
Aired: May 5, 1998 (JST)- Filler

Sakura and Memories of her Mother
Aired: May 12, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s First Attempt as a Thief
Aired: May 19, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Rival Appears
Aired: Jun 2, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and the Mysterious Brooch
Aired: Jun 9, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and the Flowering Sports Day
Aired: Jun 16, 1998 (JST)

Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Giant House
Aired: Jun 23, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Never-Ending Day
Aired: Jun 30, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and a Mammoth Test of Strength
Aired: Jul 7, 1998 (JST)

Sakura, Toya, and Cinderella
Aired: Jul 14, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and Kero’s Big Fight
Aired: Jul 21, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and a Rainbow of Memories
Aired: Aug 8, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Terrifying Test of Courage
Aired: Aug 11, 1998 (JST)

Sakura, Yukito, and the Summer Festival
Aired: Aug 18, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and Her Summer Vacation Homework
Aired: Sep 1, 1998 (JST)

Transfer Student Versus Sakura
Aired: Sep 8, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Extra Long Marathon
Aired: Sep 15, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and Her Caring Father
Aired: Sep 22, 1998 (JST)

Sakura, Tomoyo, and a Wonderful Song
Aired: Sep 29, 1998 (JST)

Sakura’s Little Adventure
Aired: Oct 6, 1998 (JST)

Sakura and One More Sakura
Aired: Oct 13, 1998 (JST)

And many more…….

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Source – Wikipedia

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