The manga collective CLAMP created the Japanese shojo manga series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. It is a follow-up to the Cardcaptor Sakura manga by Clamp and centres on Sakura Kinomoto while she is a junior in high school. With the July 2016 issue, Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine started serialising the manga.
The all-female manga company CLAMP, noted for creating some of the most well-known shojo manga including X/1999 and Magic Knight Rayearth, made their debut with Cardcaptor Sakura in 1996. It was a major hit that lasted for more than 12 volumes and sparked a 70-episode anime series that is still popular today.
Due to the anime series’ run on Kids WB, which was redubbed as Cardcaptors, it enjoyed some popularity in America.
In January 2018, Madhouse debuted a 22-episode anime television series adaptation that roughly follows Chapters one to 24 of the manga, albeit with alterations to fit in with the continuity of the original anime. This adaptation features the cast and staff from the original series.
|Genre||Fantasy, Comedy, Comics, Romance, Graphic Novels, Shojo, Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult, Magical girl, Action, School Life|
|Timeline||July 2016 to present|
|Other name||Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Hen|
Story of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Manga
The manga artist collective Clamp is the author and illustrator of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga series. The first chapter was published in the May 1996 edition of Nakayoshi, and from then on it was serialised every month until the June 2000 issue, when it was completed.
The story centres on Sakura Kinomoto, an elementary school student in fourth grade who unintentionally releases a deck of magical playing cards from the book in that they had been kept for years, revealing that she has magical abilities. To stop the world from experiencing an unknowable tragedy, she is charged with locating those cards.
Sakura Kinomoto, age 10, lives in the made-up city of Tomoeda with her benevolent and loving archaeologist father and her domineering elder brother. Sakura unintentionally releases a deck of magical cards when she discovers a mystery book while searching through her father’s old books in the cellar one day.
The Clow Cards, created by the book’s author, a legendary magician by the name of Clow Reed, each possess special abilities and cause mayhem throughout the city.
There is a bright spot to all of the mayhem, though. After the cards are unleashed, a small creature known as Cerberus (also known as Kero) awakens, and he promises to assist Sakura in capturing each Clow Card and returning them to their rightful places.
She will learn several lessons about bravery, friendship, and the strength of love with the aid of Kero, her newly discovered magical talents, and her dependable buddy Tomoyo.
Where to read the manga for free?
Each volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga is available for around $10 from Right Stuf Anime and comes in a special hardback collectors edition. Each volume of the original series is also available as a Kindle edition for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money on collectors editions.
You can also watch the video of the manga all the chapters on YouTube playlist from below:
About the Author: Clamp
A group of all female Japanese manga artists known as Clamp was founded in the middle of the 1980s. After their publication, many of the group’s manga titles are frequently turned into anime.
It is made up of their leader Nanase Ohkawa, who contributes a large portion of the storylines and screenplays for all of their works and the adaptations of those works, respectively, and three artists, Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi, whose roles change for each series.
As of October 2007, almost 100 million Clamp tank-bon copies had been sold globally.
Characters appearing in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Following are the main characters that appear in this manga
Dubbed after the Japanese phrase for “cherry blossom,” Sakura Kinomoto is the series’ titular protagonist. Her unwavering determination, loving personality, and dedication to her friends are some of her most distinguishing characteristics.
Sakura is portrayed as a perceptibly pleasant, incredibly animated, and upbeat character who is popular, lovely, happy, and cute yet occasionally naive, clumsy, and clueless. Sakura is a talented athlete who excels in school sports.
Her friends refer to her as the “greatest baton twirler in the school” and she is a superb runner. She is openly phasmophobic and despises arithmetic.
For the majority of the manga and anime, Sakura harbours feelings for Yukito Tsukishiro, but when she eventually confesses to him, he politely rejects her by revealing his affection for her older brother Toya, which makes her realise that she only had feelings for him because of his similarity to her father Fujitaka.
Later on, Sakura comes to the realisation that she is genuinely in love with Syaoran, but she doesn’t acknowledge her feelings until he declares his feelings to her. Sakura eventually manages to proclaim her love to Syaoran as he and Meiling return to visit, despite not doing so in the final episode.
Cerberus, also known as Kero by Sakura, is the series’ designated comedic relief character and keeper of the book containing the Clow Cards. He and the Clow Cards are two of the supernatural beings that Clow Reed created.
Before his passing, Clow gave Kero the responsibility of choosing Cerberus, his “brother” and companion guardian, as well as Yue, as the probable successor to be the master of the cards. Following Sakura’s unintentional release of the cards, Cerberus selects her as the candidate and instructs her in the fundamentals of card catching.
Cerberus talks with a sharp Osakan accent because he spent a lot of time in the book in Osaka. He has a tendency to be dictatorial, obstinate, conceited, and gluttonous, but he is very affectionate with Sakura, especially when she is in pain or danger.
He has a strong love for video games and develops a sweets addiction. Most of the time, Cerberus appears as a little creature that resembles an orange stuffed animal with wings. This shape is known as his “temporary” or “false form.”
Cerberus is less reliant on his master’s might than Yue is because his magical abilities are similar to that of the sun and are therefore largely self-sustaining.
Syaoran Li, also known as Shaoran Li or Xiaolang Li in the past, is a descendant of the Hong Kong-based Li clan of sorcerers. Syaoran Li is a distant descendant of Clow Reed, who invented the Clow Cards.
As a result, he competes with Sakura at first because he feels entitled to acquire the Clow Cards and wants to take them for himself.
But as the story goes on, Syaoran respects Sakura and grows to be her friend and ally. He finally falls in love with her, but she takes a while to recognise it because she is still in love with Yukito.
Initially, Syaoran seemed captivated with Yukito, but she subsequently admitted that the connection was caused by Yukito’s strong moon power. As he repeatedly blushes around Sakura, Syaoran eventually realises at the start of the third season that he has fallen passionately in love with her.
Around the period of the Erase Card’s capture in the manga, Syaoran starts feeling things for Sakura. After realising his sentiments, Syaoran makes repeated attempts to profess his affection for Sakura but finds himself too shy and frequently interrupted.
When Syaoran observes Sakura interacting with Eriol, he also experiences intense jealousy since he thinks Eriol has romantic affections for Sakura and sees Syaoran as a competition.
Sakura Kinomoto’s closest friend and main supporter is Tomoyo Daidouji, who is also her distant cousin on both of their mothers’ families. Tomoyo, who is well-mannered and wealthy, is the daughter of Sonomi Daidoji, the head of the Daidji Toy Company (Sakura’s aunt).
She is protected by a group of female bodyguards and maids. She provides Sakura and Cerberus with various mobile devices throughout the series and has access to a number of cutting-edge prototype technical items from her mother’s business.
Her attention to detail, moral integrity, and dedication for Sakura’s welfare are what define her most.
At first glance, Tomoyo resembles the archetypal “Ojou-san”—a modestly rich, upwardly mobile woman of high class, especially one with noble or genteel background. She is shown as having extraordinary emotional maturity, nevertheless.
Tomoyo stands out among the characters because she is diligent, driven, caring, smart, and careful, giving her a distinct air of sophisticated politeness, deportment, elegance, and etiquette. Tomoyo frequently uses verb tenses and idioms that are more formal than those typically used by elementary school students.
She used the personal pronoun “watakushi,” which, when employed outside of formal contexts, gives the impression that a person is “prim and proper,” “cultured,” or “snobby.” Tomoyo has demonstrated artistic aptitude as a hobbyist fashion designer, beautician, videographer, seamstress, vocalist, and choreographer.
The older brother of Sakura Kinomoto is Touya. He was born on February 29. Despite his constant teasing of her, he deeply loves her and works to keep her safe. He often takes on a number of part-time occupations that place him in a situation to be nearby while she is working on capturing a card because he is fully aware of what she is doing as a Cardcaptor.
He also has a reputation for drawing women to him, which is only strengthened by the truth that he seldom dates or genuinely expresses love involvement in anyone. Despite his hate for Syaoran and his animosity against him, he secretly believed that Syaoran was the ideal partner for Sakura.
Touya is endowed with a variety of magical abilities, such as the capacity to perceive ghosts and other non-human beings, the capacity to discern when Sakura is in jeopardy, and a mild form of precognition.
He is incredibly close with his best friend Yukito, and as the show goes on, it becomes obvious that he is not only aware that Yukito is Yue’s alter ego but also in love with him.
After transferring all of his magical abilities to Yue in order to save both Yukito and Yue, Touya reverts to his human form and vows to defend Sakura in addition to himself (and, by extension, Yukito).
Chapters and Volumes from Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Manga
Beginning on November 22, 1996, Kodansha collected and published the 50 unidentified chapters in 12 tankbon volumes; the final volume was made available on July 31, 2000.
The series was once again published by Kodansha in a hardbound book between March 5, 2004, and February 2, 2005. To mark Nakayoshi’s 60th birthday, Kodansha started reissuing the series in March 2015 in a nine-volume special edition.
Volume 1: Chapters 1–4
Sakura starts sixth grade. The two have become an official relationship since Syaoran’s return from Hong Kong and are exchanging the teddy bears they crafted for one another. In her dream, Sakura encounters a plethora of translucent, clear cards as well as a shadowy figure that is encircled by shattered pieces of the clear cards.
When Sakura wakes up, she finds that all of her Sakura Cards are now transparent and blank. In an urgent meeting with Kero, she pays a visit to Yue to talk about the incidents. The following night, Sakura dreams about the enigmatic being and finds a new magic key she created in her dreams.
The unidentified object tries to steal the key from her. When Sakura awakens, she discovers the key is actually present.
Volume 2: Chapters 5–8
Sakura keeps having dreams where the enigmatic being tries to take the key of dreams. That person is the same length as her, she realises. Akiho Shinomoto, a fresh transfer student, joins Sakura’s class. They quickly become buddies.
Eriol informs Syaoran that the recent transfer student will grow to be very fond of Sakura when Syaoran contacts her about her. Aqua, Reflect, and Action cards are safe.
Volume 3: Chapters 9–13
Sakura continues to have dreams, and she recognises the clock motif in the most recent one. Sakura first encounters Yuna D. Kaito, Akiho’s caregiver. When Akiho unexpectedly nods off during a playdate with Sakura, Sakura is convinced magic is at work. Record, Flight, Lucid, and Spiral cards were secured.
Volume 4: Chapters 14–19
Akiho’s abrupt slumber is caused by the Snooze Card, which Sakura successfully captures. Through Eriol, who thinks the “D” in Yuna D. Kaito’s name is derived from a potent organisation of English magicians, Syaoran looks into Yuna D. Kaito.
They worry that since Yuna and Akiho are live in Eriol’s previous home, Yuna is using it to conceal some significant information. Unbeknownst to Akiho, Momo, a plush animal charm, turns out to be a familiar that resembles Kero. Momo and Yuna agree that a turning point is just around the corner.
When Sakura struggles to use the Aqua Card to defeat a fire bird, Syaoran conjures a potent wind magic to aid Sakura in doing so.
Volume 5: Chapters 20–24
Kero and Yue came to the conclusion that Eriol is keeping Sakura in the dark about the series of recent occurrences. Sakura utilises the Record Card’s power to travel to her mom’s past, but Nadeshiko’s ghost cautions her not to go too far lest she lose the ability to return to the present.
Shared dreams between Sakura and Akiho continue to occur, and Akiho realises that the strange figure is wearing her own robes. At her grandfather’s house, Sakura passes out in one of these dreams. Angry by his lack of information sharing, Kero and Yue get in touch with Eriol.
As a result of a ritual item going “missing” while in his custody, Yuna D. Kaito has been expelled from the community of English magicians, according to Eriol.
Volume 6: Chapters 25–29
Akiho is shown to be devoid of any magical prowess while descended from a huge queue of sorcerers. Yue and Kero report no power coming from Akiho. Yuna was a magical genius whose magic evolved to the point where his personality grew distorted, it is revealed.
Momo observes that Yuna is seeking the most harmful type of magic and will do anything to obtain it. Yue asks to meet with Syaoran after learning that he stole the Sakura Cards. Syaoran informs him that Sakura’s powers would have increased tenfold if she had kept up with her own cards while making new ones.
Yue is informed by the Light and Dark cards that the Sakura Cards cooperated with Syaoran’s scheme.
Volume 7: Chapters 30–34
Sakura starts to question whether she is actually creating the circumstances that give rise to the cards she is producing. Yuna decides in a flashback that Akiho is a blank slate that can be imprinted with ideas. Sakura learns that Syaoran stole her Sakura Cards from her when her abilities were becoming very potent and may force her to live an unhappy existence.
The cards appear and inform Sakura that they accompanied Syaoran to assist in defending Sakura. Eriol sends Ruby Moon and Spinel Sun to Tomoeda to help Kero and Yue as he is unable to communicate with them.
Syaoran abruptly changes into a small child as Sakura says that she wishes she had known him when he was younger.
Volume 8: Chapters 35–39
Syaoran and Sakura are unable to embrace. Sakura thinks it’s a Clear Card, while Syaoran thinks Yuna D. Kaito created it when a sealing incantation fails. Sakura admits that she makes her own cards, but she is baffled as to why. Shade and Break have been secured.
Volume 9: Chapters 41–44
Yuna D. Kaito first runs into Syaoran and later the ghost of Nadeshiko. Yuna confesses that he is awaiting for Sakura to make the Clear Card he is looking for as Syaoran and him engage in combat. Yuna cautions Syaoran that his actions will probably infuriate Syaoran.
Yuna reverses time once more when Sakura finds them and confronts them. It is revealed that Momo is the keeper of a book about time magic. Transfer and Promise cards are safe.
Volume 10: Chapters 45–49
At school, Sakura runs across the enigmatic being from her dreams and fights them off. After identifying the creature as Syaoran, Sakura obtains the new cards “Mirage” and “Dreaming” and comes to the conclusion that the robed figure is not Syaoran when the real Syaoran appears separately of it.
Shared dreams between Sakura and Akiho are still present. Time in the school stops for everyone but Sakura and Syaoran, and Syaoran’s cards are abruptly taken away from him. Both Sakura and Syaoran used Seige and Windy to bring them back, restoring everything but the Mirror Card.
A darkness within Sakura emerges during a romantic moment she shares with Akiho, and Sakura’s mother’s watch stops time. Momo evaluates the scenario and animates it under the impression that Yuna has halted time, only for Sakura to catch on.
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Reviews on Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
One day, Sakura goes into her father’s study and discovers a strange book there. But when she unlocks it, she unintentionally sets free all the naughty elemental sprites, causing them to wreck havoc in her lovely, too-perfect-to-be-true utopia where she lives and is adored by everyone.
As a result, what appears to be a young winged lion cub darts out to chastise Sakura for what she has done, turning her into a magical superheroine charged with the important mission of gathering all the “Cards” before they could cause any significant harm.
Tomoyo, Sakura’s best friend, gladly loans her all kinds of incredibly extravagant outfits for her great excursions while worshipping her territory a little too much for her own good.
Toya, Sakura’s bothersome elder brother, and Yuki, the cute-faced hunk Sakura is constantly swooning over, are also caught up in the web of flying cards and extremely terrifying dangers. He resembles her adoring father quite a bit, so it’s no surprise!
Even in the beautiful fairy princess form that her little child would frequently conjure up in her young mind, her deceased mother flies back in time.
So welcome back to this enchanting childhood fantasy world, which is so full of sweetness and purity that it almost seems foolish, but which would still be a wonderful escape for any manga fans.
Sakura Kinomoto discovers that her role as the Cardcaptor is finished after successfully catching every one of the evasive Clow Cards and converting them into her very own Sakura Cards.
Sakura is taken aback by a surprising reunion with her high school sweetheart Shaoran Li as she heads to her first day of classes at Tomoeda Middle School. Shaoran informs Sakura that he is returning to Tomoeda permanently.
She was thrilled to learn that Shaoran would be going to the same institution.
Later that night, despite the fact that her life appears to be going better than ever, Sakura has a weird dream in which she is encircled by transparent playing cards and encounters an enigmatic man in a cloak.
To her dismay, when she awoke, all of the Sakura Cards had gone clear, making her dream into the actual world.
Alongside her protectors and friends in a brand-new adventure, Sakura must once more assume the position of Cardcaptor due to persistent prophetic visions, a new staff, and interactions with a new set of playing cards.
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