“O Key that conceals the power of my star, reveal your true nature to me, by my power, I command you! Release!”
Did you find yourself chanting this well-known incantation too? Cardcaptor Sakura is one of the most popular mahou shojo (magical girl) series in Japan. It has received a lot of success since it began in 1996 with its first publications, and since then has won awards and is recognized as one of the greatest manga series in Japan.
Before you watch the anime adaptation of its newest series, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc, that begins in January 2018, check out its second movie adaptation being re-shown in Japanese cinemas on December 29th, 2017, to refresh your memory!
Cardcaptor Sakura is a mahou shojo manga series by manga group CLAMP. It ran in the Nakayoshi monthly shojo magazine from May 1996 to June 2000. It was also published by Kodansha in a tankobon (independent book) format consisting of 12 volumes from 1996 to 2000, with hardcover editions published from 2004 to 2005.
Cardcaptor Sakura was also adapted into an animated television series by Studio Madhouse. The 70-episode series aired on NHK for two years, from April 1998 to March 2000.
Cardcaptor Sakura features 10-year old Sakura Kinomoto who comes upon a book containing magical cards. She accidentally releases the cards and is then tasked by the cards’ guardian, Cerberus, to retrieve the cards in order to avoid the destruction that each card may cause due to the power they possess.
After capturing the cards, Sakura undergoes a test to become its new master and eventually transforms the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.
— カードキャプターさくら（公式） (@ccsakura_info) September 30, 2017
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card is the second movie adaptation in the series, following on from Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie.
Set after Sakura has already collected the Clow Cards and transformed them into Sakura Cards, a 53rd Clow Card appears and threatens to take everything away from Sakura! The magical Sakura cards have resulted in landmarks in their hometown, Tomoeda, and even people from the town, disappearing! Will Sakura be able to seal the newest card, and at what cost?
The movie originally premiered in Japan in 2000 and was later made available in DVD format. 17 years later, fans will be able to watch a nostalgic showing of the popular adaptation in cinemas from December 29th, 2017!
The screening of Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card paves the way for the return of its animated series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc. An adaptation of the manga’s sequel of the same title, Sakura’s story continues as she now enters middle school.
The prologue of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc had its world premiere at the Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles in July 2017 and was released alongside the special edition of the manga’s 3rd volume. The series will air on NHK starting in January 2018!
— グランブルーファンタジー (@granbluefantasy) October 10, 2017
Fuelling the excitement for the newest arc of the series is the series collaboration with the popular mobile game Granblue Fantasy! They have recently released the illustration of Sakura as she will appear in the game.
Granblue Fantasy is a role-playing video game developed by Cygames. It was first released for Android and iOS in 2014. Since its launch, Granblue Fantasy has previously collaborated with other role-playing video games such as Final Fantasy and Lost Odyssey. The game also received its own anime series adaptation, Granblue Fantasy: the Animation, which was animated by A1 Pictures and aired in Japan from April to June 2017.
Cardcaptor Sakura has captured the hearts of all ages of people all over the world. Don’t miss this movie screening!
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