“Key that hides the power of the dark, show your true form before me. I, Sakura, command you under our contract. Release!”
When you think of iconic magical girls, Cardcaptor Sakura is one that immediately comes to mind. First released as a manga in 1996 then later adapted into a wildly popular anime series in 1998, this series and its characters have transcended boundaries of gender and time. Even 17 years later, its fandom is still very much in love with Sakura Kinomoto and her world. Which is why the new anime, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen, was greeted with such anticipation and excitement!
As fans of the franchise ourselves, we’re counting down the days to its final release next month. Until then, here’s everything we know about the new series so far:
1. The anime is premiering in January 2018 and is being produced by Madhouse, as always.
It is slated to release on 7 January 2018, which makes it the perfect way to greet the new year!
2. Its story is adapted from the sequel manga, which takes place after the events of the original anime.
In then manga, Sakura Kinomoto graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School and is now in her first year of junior high school. She experiences a mysterious dream, and after that, all her Sakura cards turn transparent and powerless. Thus, marks her journey to restore her cards with a new key in stow.
3. The sequel manga was released in conjunction with the original manga’s 20th anniversary.
This sequel was first released on 3 June 2016, while the anime adaptation of it was announced on the same year.
4. The original voice actors of the anime are returning to voice their characters for the sequel.
Sakura Tange will be returning to voice Sakura Kinomoto, alongside Aya Hisakawa as Keroberos, Junko Iwao as Tomoyo Daidouji, Motoko Kumai as Syaoran Li, Megumi Ogata as Yukito Tsukishiro, and Tomokazu Seki as Youya Kinomoto.
5. Some members of the original anime production team will also be reuniting to create this sequel.
In particular, director Morio Asaka, script writer Nanase Ohkawa, and character designer Kunihiko Hamada.
6. A promotional video and prologue to the anime is already out for viewing!
To satiate your excitement, you can watch the prologue of the series which is already out for viewing! If not, don’t worry, the actual release is not far away.
We’ll be drowning in nostalgia with you this January 7th!