Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibition to Visit in Osaka

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  • With the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura, the series experienced a “rebirth”. A new manga serialization and anime series were announced, and many merchandise were released, such as figures, ichiban kuji and even café collaborations. It seems like Cardcaptor Sakura is everywhere again these days. And it’s not even surprising why Cardcaptor Sakura is still popular. With the unique artistic style, a captivating story, multifaceted characters, and an overall happy and dreamy feeling to the series, Sakura Kinomoto still captivates the world with her story.

    One of the most exciting ideas to recently happen was the Cardcaptor Sakura exhibition. First held last October 26, 2018 to January 3, 2019 on the 52nd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, the exhibition will be travelling to another location in Japan.

    This news is for all Cardcaptor Sakura fans out there, the “Magical Art Museum” will be visiting Osaka this 2019! For those who missed out on the exhibition when it was in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, this is your chance to experience it too! Especially for the people who grew up with Cardcaptor Sakura, this is your chance to reminisce down memory lane and be a part of something special!

    About the series

    Cardcaptor Sakura is a Japanese “mahou shoujo” or “magical girl” series that is written and illustrated by CLAMP, a popular all-female manga artist group. Cardcaptor Sakura was first serialized in the monthly shojo manga, Nakayoshi, from May 1996 to June 2000. The 12 manga volumes were then published by Kodansha from November 1996 to July 2000. A 70-episode anime, and two animated films were born from this original Cardcaptor Sakura serialization.

    The series is about Sakura Kinomoto, an elementary school student who discovers a mysterious book and accidentally released the magical cards sealed in that book. Cerberus, or fondly called as Kero, is the guardian of the cards and gives Sakura the task of retrieving the cards to avoid a catastrophe from happening.

    In 2016, it was announced that CLAMP will be making a sequel to Cardcaptor Sakura, entitled “Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card”. This sequel focuses on Sakura as a junior high student and all the new adventures that she will encounter, after the events in the original series. The manga began serialization on July 2016 in the monthly shojo manga, Nakayoshi. In 2018, a 22-episode anime was aired, and the anime series featured cast and staff who originally worked on the 70-episode anime. The “Clear Card” series is currently still on-going.

    Osaka Event Information

    It was announced in the exhibit’s official website that due to the immense popularity of the exhibition, it was decided that they will open in Osaka. The Cardcaptor Sakura “Magical Art Museum” will be opening in Hirakata Park Event Hall Ⅰ, Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture, on June 8, 2019 to September 15, 2019. This event allows visitors to enter the venue without entering Hirakata Park, because a separate fee will be charged to enter the park.

    The website lists that the exhibit will be closed during these dates: June 12, June 19, June 26, July 1-5, July 10, July 17, September 2-6, and September 11. The exhibit’s opening hours will be from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with last entry at 5:00 PM.

    These are the only information released as of the moment, so it is best for you to regularly visit their website for more details or/and follow them on Twitter!

    Tokyo Event Recap

    The exhibition in Roppongi Hills was a huge success. The exhibit saw a multitude of visitors, both local and foreign. This proves that Cardcaptor Sakura is a global phenomenon. Despite being a 20-year old manga, Cardcaptor Sakura withstood the test of time and is still well-loved by people everywhere.

    Due to the number of people visiting, the Twitter account would sometimes post about the crowd situation inside the venue. Not only that, they also posted about the official merchendise being sold flew off the shelves too. A lot of the items sold out fast and restock updates would be posted on Twitter. There were some items that were so popular, they had to change the way they were sold. An example is the Sakura doll replica.

    Instead of making the people wait for stocks to arrive in the exhibit, they took orders for them and shipped the dolls on a later date.
    There was also a café inside the exhibition, and that too saw long lines of people, waiting to eat dishes inspired by the magical girl anime.

    There were a lot of things found inside the exhibition. There were lots of displays such as original artwork inside. Over 200 original artwork were displayed in the exhibition, making it the largest gathering of Cardcaptor Sakura artwork. These displays were foreigner-friendly too, because the Japanese text were translated into English and Chinese.

    There was a giant Kero-chan where people can take photos with. The exhibit also had a rack of Sakura clothing pieces that visitors could borrow and wear when taking photos with Kero-chan. Elsewhere in the exhibit were life-sized replicas of some of Sakura’s iconic battle costumes. They also had a room where all of the cards were displayed. The “Tomoyo Finder” was a fun activity where visitors can peer through holes and experience a story through Tomoyo’s point of view.

    The exhibit also had a room called the “Flower Room”, where visitors were invited to create their own art space by decorating the walls with flower stickers that reminds fans of the flowery aesthetic of the series. The fans actually got quite creative and made beautiful murals in the Flower Room.
    Upon leaving the exhibit, visitors were given a special card, which looks quite similar to a Clow Card or Sakura Card.

    The “Magical Art Museum” had so much to offer during their Tokyo run. We will have to wait and see if they will be bringing all of those to Osaka or if they will also add something new! I personally wish for another café collaboration. One thing is for sure, this is an event you do not want to miss!

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