The first part of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card was a solid starting point for the sequel to such a classic series, filled with the same sense of fun and magic while bringing in a lot of mystery, with several plot threads hanging in the background over the appearance of the Clear Cards, who the mysterious figure in Sakura’s dreams might be and the introduction of Yuna D. Kaito, the butler of Sakura’s new friend, Akiho.
The second part of the series starts largely as it left off, with more new cards to capture, Sakura and Syaoran forever blushing over their relationship like the young kids that they are, and Akiho still competing for best-friend status with Tomoyo as she becomes ever closer to Sakura.
Perhaps the most notable thing for the first few episodes here is the return of Meiling; a mainstay secondary character and Sakura’s rival in the original series. So far she had not been present in Clear Card other than the odd mention, so it’s great to see her finally return, and in some of the best episodes over both parts: featuring in the Mirage card double bill where she slowly turns into a cat, as well as the episode with the Struggle card, which sees Meiling and Sakura pair up in a display of acrobatics and martial arts to defeat a powered-up version of The Twin from the classic series. There’s a lot of focus on showing how she’s transitioned from being a rival in the original to one of Sakura’s closest friends, and it’s nice to see how she’s matured, being the voice of reason in Sakura and Syaoran’s relationship, as well as being able to converse readily in Japanese, Cantonese and English. That said, both she, Syaoran and Akiho are quite the linguists!
While the series gets to have its fun during Meiling’s stay, after she returns to Hong Kong, things start to get serious as the show begins to tie together a lot of the plot threads it was spinning, taking on a darker tone. Again, this very much follows in the spirit of the originals, as the climaxes there do a similar thing, but this time it breaks new ground by having a true villain for the first time. While the original series presented Yue, Clow Reed and Eriol as major challenges to overcome, and perhaps antagonists, they were never villains in that specific sense of the word, so now having someone who actually wants to do Sakura harm sets Clear Card apart where it is not just more of the same.
Interestingly, having both watched the anime and read the manga up to this point, the anime is more keen to make a big deal out of this than the manga, with it opting for a slightly different, and I must say better, take on the climax that really feels like it’s the point which everything has been leading up to; while in the manga it feels like a penned concept that isn’t truly realised. While I thought both would match each other by coming out at the same time, it once again appears that the anime version is becoming more “definitive” (the classic series vastly expanded on the original manga, introducing more cards and changing or extending the sequence of events).
With this plot taking centre stage, I must say I found this second part of the series more enjoyable to watch as it has a clearer structure and isn’t just monster-of-the-week. While this definitely strengthens it, the increased focus on the mystery really delivers more of what I wanted from the series, as the parts of the originals I liked the most were the ones that really explored the series’ mythology and the lore behind the magic. This particularly comes into play when the series begins to explain who Kaito is, where his backstory only raises more questions, although it feels like there’s a transition from “who” or “what” to “why”. Yet it keeps up this sense of mystery that has pervaded the entire series so far, and I’m glad we aren’t getting everything too soon.
For those who might think this sounds like the series is going too dark, don’t worry, as it still retains its light-heartedness and sense of humour by utilising other members of the cast, with comedian-in-the-making Takashi still telling his tall tales, and Kero still giving us some great moments in his attempts to continuously eat, while he is still hilariously bad at video games. Also chiming in to beat Kero in the adorable mascot stakes is Momo, Akiho’s plush bunny companion, who is effectively the equivalent to Kero or Spinel. Her high class attitude is great to watch, but it’s the gap between seeing this little bunny eat pieces of chocolate that are clearly too big for her that really captures her charm.
There are also some sweeter moments around Sakura’s relationships, with the series not just focusing on her and Syaoran, but also revisiting her feelings over her mother in one of the later episodes that gives us some lovely scenes featuring her as a child. This ties in with one of the other plot lines around Sakura’s ever-increasing magical power, which has many of her friends worrying that it may be becoming too strong for her to handle. Both this and several other episodes poke around at how time magic is the most difficult to use and master; and with Sakura now being able to view the past, there’s a couple of hints that her use of time magic may eventually be her undoing.
While in Part 1 I felt that some of the battles against the cards were too easy, this part takes it up a notch as they definitely feel more challenging and force Sakura to work out a strategy before actually capturing them. While I mentioned Mirage and Struggle as highlights, there’s also a mix of entertaining and tense battles with a roll cake monster, a hailstorm, and the bird spirit of fire. The latter one is definitely the most intense and feels the most like the more memorable fights from the classic series. It’s also great that Syaoran gets involved and helps Sakura out with his mysterious new abilities (I don’t think the anime clearly shows where they are from, but I know the manga definitely covers that specific plot point).
Madhouse’s animation is consistent with the first part and is generally well animated, although I did see the odd set of still frames a couple of times where they could have been fully animated cuts. The episode with the roll cake monster also has a moment that felt slightly off where the more comedic, chibi art style is used for a bit too long. The use of CG for things like the crystal effects, enemy attacks and the gears and mechanisms of the clockwork is still really effective at enhancing how good the show looks and blends well with the 2D animation.
The series’ costume design also continues to be great, with Sakura getting some new cute and cool costumes from Tomoyo, with the Arabian-inspired fire costume being my favourite this time around. It’s not just Sakura’s costumes, though, as all of the clothing in this half feels really well designed and I like that they don’t use the same outfits all the time (other than the school uniforms of course).
Takayuki Negishi’s soundtrack for the series is still as mystical and captivating as ever, and I definitely noticed it standing out more in this second half. I also really like the new opening, “Rocket Beat” by Kiyono Yasuno, while Minori Suzuki’s “Rewind” provides a fitting ending theme.
Manga Entertainment’s release of this second part of the series contains Episodes 12 to 22, with both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and the English dub. While my opinion on the audio hasn’t changed and I would still recommend the Japanese over the English as I feel the voices fit the characters better, although the dub is perfectly serviceable for those who want it. In terms of other extras there’s not much to say of them in this release, with only the creditless opening and closing songs.
The second part of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card takes the strong base that the first part offered and really elevates it to be one of the best parts of the entire franchise. I love the darker, more mysterious tone that the series has, and having a true villain does give it a more unique feel rather than it just capitalising on the classic series’ success. If there was any doubt in my mind that this wouldn’t match up, then that is all gone: Clear Card is a deserving successor to a much-loved legacy and I can’t wait to see where CLAMP takes it next.
The two have feelings for each other and they are queer. This isn't the only case of queerness in Cardcaptor Sakura. There's Tomoyo clearly being written as a lesbian and even Syaoran believes he has a crush on Yukito for a good chunk of the series.Does Tomoyo have a crush? ›
In the early releases of the manga, one of the artists was not aware that Tomoyo had feelings for Sakura. As a result, some scenes in the beginning chapters show Tomoyo with a slight crush on Touya Kinomoto (Sakura's older brother).Is Cardcaptor Sakura kid friendly? ›
Parents need to know that Cardcaptor Sakura is available in both subtitled, uncut (and more mature) versions, as well as dubbed, edited versions more appropriate for tweens.Is Clear card the end of Cardcaptor Sakura? ›
The TV anime adaptation is streaming on Crunchyroll
The 14th volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga will be the series' last, the official Twitter account for the franchise revealed today.
|Yukito Kishiro, Japanese mangaka.|
Syaoran Li is the deuteragonist of the anime and manga series Cardcaptor Sakura. He is the main love interest of Sakura Kinomoto.Are Syaoran and Meilin related? ›
Meiling Li is one of the supporting characters from the anime adaptation of Clamp's Cardcaptor Sakura. She is cousin of Syaoran Li and anime only character.Is my 10 year old a hero academia? ›
The violent and disturbing scenes from My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, mentioned above, might scare or disturb children aged 8-13 years.How old is Yukito? ›
He is over 300 years old.Is Clear card still ongoing? ›
Amazon's listing of the cover image of the 13th volume of CLAMP 's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga lists that the manga will end in the 14th volume, which is slated to release in 2023.
Once all the cards have been transformed, Eriol tells Sakura that he aided her in converting the cards so they would not lose their magic powers. Syaoran later confesses his love to Sakura, who comes to realize she also loves him. Cardcaptor Sakura concludes with Syaoran returning to Hong Kong with a promise to return.Who is the villain in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card? ›
Kaito is the main antagonist of the manga/anime series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card. He was voiced by Natsuki Hanae in the Japanese version, and Brandon McInnis in the English dub.When did Li start liking Sakura? ›
It isn't until Season 3, halfway through the story, that he begins to develop and recognize his romantic attachment to Sakura. It took him even longer to confess those feelings, and in true anime hero fashion, he pines while doing his best to keep her safe.Who does Syaoran end up with? ›
The series ends with Syaoran returning to Hong Kong, but before he departs he and Sakura are able to express their love for each other. Sakura and Syaoran are reunited two years later, with Syaoran staying in Japan.Are Syaoran and Sakura related? ›
Syaoran (Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, clone)
|Relatives||Fujitaka (adoptive father) Sakura (wife) Tsubasa (original self/son) Kimihiro Watanuki (son) Clow Reed (ancestor)|
Touya Kinomoto (木之本 桃矢, Kinomoto Tōya) is a fictional character in CLAMP's anime and manga series Cardcaptor Sakura. He is Sakura's older brother. Yukito Tsukishiro, the borrowed form of Yue, is his boyfriend.Does Tomoyo love Sakura? ›
Tomoyo loves Sakura and what she represents. In addition, on several occasions Tomoyo made it clear to Sakura that she did not expect her to reciprocate her feelings and only cared about seeing her happy.Who is Sakura Kinomoto boyfriend? ›
Being genderless is a trait that Ruby Moon shares with the angels (among others) of CLAMP's series Wish and Kobato.Who is Cardcaptor Sakura crush? ›
Sakura maintains a crush on Yukito Tsukishiro for most of the manga and anime, but when she finally confesses to Yukito, she is gently rejected by revealing his love for her big brother Toya, and she realizes that she loved him because of his resemblance to her father Fujitaka.
Syaoran is the son of "Sakura" and "Syaoran Li" (this led to an assumption of them being the same of CCS, since they have both the magic circle and items from the CCS series), but this is later proven wrong in chapter 223 where we learn that it was the Clones.When did Sakura fall in love with Syaoran? ›
Sakura has confessed her affection for Syaoran in two ways: after an intense battle in Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card, the sequel movie to Cardcaptor Sakura, and in the Clear Card prologue that has yet to hit streaming sites.Who is Tomoyo father? ›
Tomoyo is the daughter of the president of Daidouji Toy Company, Sonomi Daidouji is the cousin of Sakura's mother Nadeshiko Kinomoto, which makes Sakura, Toya and Tomoyo second cousins.Is Nagisa older than Tomoya? ›
Nagisa Furukawa is the main female protagonist of Clannad. One year older than Tomoya, she is a strange girl that he meets at the school's hill.Who does Aki Tomoya end up with? ›
At the end of Saekano the Movie: Finale, Tomoya and Megumi are happily married as well as the chairman and vice chairwoman of Blessing Software. They are also shown to have purchased an apartment which they live in together.How old is Mr Terada? ›
With all this in mind, since Terada does not use speech patterns for a middle-aged man, or an around 45+ aged man, and is unmarried prior to meeting Rika, it's highly likely he is in the age range of 20~35, or a younger teacher.What age do kids get quirks? ›
Quirks are inherited genetically and typically manifest in children by the age of four, at the latest. Children will either manifest one of their parent's Quirks or if the two are compatible, a new composite Quirk formed by the fusion of the two.Does my hero academia have blood? ›
Some blood is seen. A man is shot in the hand, then both arms and both legs. Some blood is seen, though it's very brief and isn't too graphic.How old is Bakugo as a kid? ›
Katsuki Bakugo is one of My Hero's main characters and a first-year at U.A. High School. Like his classmates, Katsuki is 15 years old, and his birthday falls on April 20th. He's introduced as Deku's childhood friend, but he's more like a bully.Is Sakura's dad Clow? ›
Rebirth and Reincarnation
Clow Reed's present-day reincarnation is Eriol Hiiragizawa, appearing in season three of the anime. In the manga, Sakura's father, Fujitaka Kinomoto is also a reincarnation (but just one-half, while Eriol is the other).
|Fujitaka Kinomoto 木之本 藤隆|
|Also Known As||Aiden Avalon (Cardcaptors)|
|Age||43 (Beginning of Manga) 44 (End of Manga) 46 (Clear Card Saga)|
|Also Known As||Eli Moon (Cardcaptors) Eriol-kun (by Sakura) Hiiragizawa-kun Clow Reed (incarnation)|
|Age||Unknown, maybe around a few hundred Physically 11 (Sakura Card Arc) 13+ (Clear Card Arc)|
Just Because It's Animated Doesn't Mean It's for Kids
In Japan, though, animated shows are made for people of all ages, and it's commonplace for people in their 40s, 50s, and beyond to have favorite anime characters and shows.
Here are some tips on age-appropriate anime: Anime seen on the Cartoon Network (or other channels that show children's cartoons) before 9pm is probably safe for most children younger than 13. If it is on after 9pm, then you know it isn't appropriate for children younger than 13.Is Clear card coming back? ›
The official Twitter account for CLAMP 's Cardcaptor Sakura manga reported on Thursday that the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga's 14th volume is slated for 2023. The volume was revealed last week as the final volume. CLAMP launched the sequel manga in Kodansha 's Nakayoshi magazine in June 2016.Why did Sakura's cards turn clear? ›
The Clear Cards are new cards that started to appear after the Sakura Cards had turned blank and clear. It was revealed, in Chapter 23, that new cards were created by Sakura herself without realizing it, due to the growth of her magical powers.How many volumes will Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card have? ›
Appearance. In his borrowed form, Keroberos resembles a bear or rather a stuffed animal or a plush toy with yellow-orange fur, big ears, and small white wings. However, his true form is that of a huge, tawny mane-less lion, with enormous angelic white wings and chest plate of beaten metal, studded with rubies.Who does Cardcaptor Sakura end up with? ›
Once all the cards have been transformed, Eriol tells Sakura that he aided her in converting the cards so they would not lose their magic powers. Syaoran later confesses his love to Sakura, who comes to realize she also loves him. Cardcaptor Sakura concludes with Syaoran returning to Hong Kong with a promise to return.Is Cardcaptor Sakura a Yuri? ›
Tomoyo Daidōji is a supporting character in the non-yuri series Cardcaptor Sakura. The daughter of the president of Daidouji Toy Company, watched over by a team of female bodyguards, A refined and gentle girl.
In Cardcaptor Sakura
Sakura Kinomoto is introduced as a nine-year-old girl who lives in the town of Tomoeda in Japan, where she attends Tomoeda Elementary School. During the Clow Card Arc and Sakura Card Arc storyline, she canonically ages to be twelve years at series end, in both the anime and manga versions.
Meiling Li is one of the supporting characters from the anime adaptation of Clamp's Cardcaptor Sakura. She is cousin of Syaoran Li and anime only character.Does Tomoya have a crush Sakura? ›
Tomoyo loves Sakura and what she represents. In addition, on several occasions Tomoyo made it clear to Sakura that she did not expect her to reciprocate her feelings and only cared about seeing her happy.Who is Touya in love with? ›
As the two of them look at each other's eyes directly, with their faces near each other, Touya is about to confess his feelings for Yukito.Who does Yukito end up with? ›
Touya gives Yue his powers in order to save Yukito's life. Eventually Yukito openly admits his love for Touya to Sakura after she confesses to him, notably calling Touya his "number one".