Cardcaptor Sakura is essentially a Sweet Dreams Fuel incarnate, expect to see a lot of sweet moments especially with Sakura and other characters.
The first manga series and anime:
- The clip ending of Episode 70, the title song in the background is what makes the impact.
- The manga ending, of course!◊.
- The ending of the second movie. Awwwwwww!
- Spoiler-riddled elaboration: Sakura finally corners the card and tries to change it, resigned to the fact that this will take away her feelings for Syaoran, even though she hasn't told him how she feels yet. As soon as she finishes the spell, the card chooses Syaoran to lose his feelings (he happens to make it in time for a Heroic Sacrifice). He tells her it'll be alright, that he'll fall in love with her again. The card makes its move, and Sakura is left crying because Syaoran's feelings are gone. The new card, The Hope, tells her not to cry, that everything is okay. She dries her tears and tells Syaoran that she loves him. Its totally heartbreaking, until Syaoran replies that he loves her, too. The card didn't take away his feelings after all! And then, the sun comes up and everything starts returning to normal. The cherry on top is when Sakura leaps across the hole in the floor and into Syaoran's arms shouting "I love you!" Oh yeah, just to make this even better is Ashita e no Melody playing.
- The cliffhanger of the The Sealed Card ending is averted with special mention by a special poster released along with the film, showing Sakura making the leap successfully right into Syaoran's arms in the most heartwarming moment in the whole series.
- And now there is even a video for it.
- The ending of episode 22 of the anime. Sakura spent most of the episode trying to help out with chores so that her dad could finish her research paper, but upon capturing the card of the week, she accidentally breaks his computer, resulting in all that work being lost. A defeated Sakura is left Taking the Heat and breaks down sobbing at letting him down. And yet her dad is not angry, but takes her home to cheer her up. The next day, he even decides to stay home to work rather than go to his university office and reaffirms that with Sakura's help, they can finish the paper together. Awwwww...What a nice guy!
- Nearly the entirety of Episode 67, after being comforted by Syaoran after being rejected by Yukito, Sakura is insistent on showing her thanks in some manner, devoting several sleepless nights to making him a scarf. In particular her shyly presenting him his gift (with Syaoran's expected reaction) is exceptionally touching. While most Sakura and Syaoran episodes were placed from Syaoran's perspective and his overwhelming infatuation with her, this takes place largely from Sakura's point of view, showing how greatly her opinion and relationship with Syaoran has changed, from an intimidating arrogant rival to a gentle close friend who's very presence tends to bring her happiness.
- The beginning of Volume 10 of the manga and in episode 65, right after the power transfer. Yue hears Sakura crying; she blames herself for not realizing that Yukito/Yue was disappearing and for not being powerful enough to support him. Yue, who had originally told her she was too weak to be the master of the Clow Cards, smiles for the very first time, kneels down to comfort her and tell her that it's only natural and not her fault that she's not as strong as Clow was.
- Keep in mind prior to this point, Sakura was perfectly convinced Touya was little more than Big Brother Bully, being a rare target of her cynicism and contempt. She's not just upset because she almost failed Yukito/Yue, but also because she had so greatly misjudged her brother and how much he cared about her, something she vows to make up for afterwards.
- Any time Yue shows his softer side, really. He seems cold and haughty, but as Sakura herself says, he's as kind as Yukito at heart. So when he's willing to show real kindness, it shows just how much he's come to care for Sakura.
- Touya sacrificing his powers to save Yukito. Awww!!!
- In particular there's this dialogue between him and Yue. Never has NOT having magical powers been so awesome.
Yue (paraphrased): You know, you'll have to give up your sixth sense to do it. You won't be able to see your mother anymore.
Touya: (calmly) It's not fair that I'm the only one who can see her anyway.
- Considering how much fuss is made over lacking magic in the series, it's really sweet that Touya gives it up so readily to save Yukito.
- As an added bonus, the understated way you can tell Toya is good for both Yukito and Yue: when Touya comments on how Yue is alike Yukito that's the moment where you can see that it won't be Sakura who gets him. Why? Because Sakura can't see the similarities, but Touya is more than willing to accept ALL of Yukito/Yue.
- And just before that there's these◊ adorable moments◊. AWWWWWWWW!!!!!
- In particular there's this dialogue between him and Yue. Never has NOT having magical powers been so awesome.
- Nadeshiko's spirit relieving Sakura's high fever, along with Touya getting to talk with her again.
- Essentially ANY moment between Sakura and Syaoran in later episodes as the latter becomes more and more infatuated with the former. Granted they often act as a severe Yank the Dog's Chain as he fails to reveal his feelings for her, but he at least succeeds in endearing himself to Sakura a little more and gaining a stronger bond each time.
- Any rare case Sakura blushes back at Syaoran. When he makes her a cake following her Heroic R.R.O.D. transforming a card for example, or when she hands him the scarf she made as a thank you for comforting her. It gives at least some implication the crush wasn't totally one sided beforehand.
- This sweet exchange between Sakura and The Light card:
Sakura: I'm glowing! That's it! That's why I can see myself in darkness!
(The Light Card appears)
Sakura: Are you a Clow Card?
The Light: Yes, Sakura. I've been there in your heart since the seal on the Clow Book was broken.
Sakura: And now, you've been set free?
The Light: It was you who set me free when you didn't give up, even in the darkness. You acknowledged and released me. Here's a question: What can brighten the night sky and dispel the darkness?
- After the Dash goes nuts from Sakura's failed attempt to transform it, it tries to run using a nearby bike. Sakura uses the Loop to prevent it from going far, the catch? Everytime Dash is forced through the loop Sakura stands waiting with a friendly smile and open arms.
- And when she finally grabs it, she hugs it tight and nurtures it until it stops struggling, eventually calming and licking Sakura before obediently returning to it's card. Events like these demonstrate how perfectly suited Sakura is to being the Clow Card's new master. She's plenty firm in preventing them from causing trouble but also plenty affectionate.
- Out-of-universe, after the Tohou Earthquake in Japan. CLAMP released a video with an illustration with Sakura and the song Platinum for the earthquake victims, ending with Sakura Tange (Sakura's original voice actress) saying "Zettai, daijoubu dayo!" ("Everything will surely be alright!")
- After having her voice stolen by the Voice card, Tomoyo is believed to be sick by her kind but very workaholic mother Sonomi, who rushes home and dotes over her lovingly. Tomoyo gives a surprised reaction for a moment, before smiling and hugging her mother. Given Tomoyo often comes off The Unfavorite compared to Sakura (and seems to know it), it is nice to show that either way, Sonomi still loves her devotedly.
- After seeing Sakura tearful over what has happened to Tomoyo, Syaoran promises to help get her voice back for her. He quickly backtracks and insists he's only doing it to get the card, but Sakura doesn't fall for it.
- In the manga, after Fujitaka receives his rightful share of Clow Reed's powers from Eriol, he sees Nadeshiko's spirit. After a moment of shock they embrace for the first time in years.
- Watching Touya and the Mirror enjoy their time out shopping was cute.
- The next time Mirror is returned to card form, she's wearing the ribbons Touya bought for her.
- The ending of episode 57 where Syaoran, for the first time in his life calls Sakura by her name when she falls off from the elevator. Sakura is so happy that after coming home, she requests that Syaoran be called by his first name instead of Li, a name used only by his family. It is a clear sign of a Relationship Upgrade between the two.
- Surely every time Tomoyo gets to sing has to be heartwarming.
- The part where Yamazaki is telling one of his stories about sloths to Syaoran...getting him to smile for the very first time in the series.
- Any time in the anime Sakura or Syaoran earn a card...and then give it to the other captor, usually as a thank you for helping them during the battle. Perhaps most blatant in episode 41 where, despite Syaoran insisting in vain that they are meant to be rivals and that only a sucker would just hand him a card, Sakura sweetly insists he's having it, not changing from her adorable smile throughout. He meekly takes it, completely defeated.
- Sakura and Syaoran share pinky promises in the last few episodes, just to show how playful and trusting their relationship has become.
- In episode 39, after Sakura is too sick to handle the card herself, Syaoran and Meiling provide a Big Damn Heroes moment. The card is granted to Syaoran who had to do most of the work, but he gives it to Sakura out of sympathy.
- In episode 64, Syaoran makes one last attempt to play the cold, aloof act towards Sakura. She informs him it is far too late for that:
Sakura: *giggles* You always act like that, but it's never true.Syaoran: What makes you say that?Sakura: I know you. Syaoran-kun, you're a Nice Guy.
- Meiling, though arrogant and clingy, serves well as a Morality Pet and Fan of the Underdog to Syaoran in the anime. While Syaoran spent most of his time as The Rival to Sakura alone in the manga, Meiling assists and dotes over him endlessly in the anime. While he doesn't always enjoy this company, it's blatant from the start he cares about her very much, meaning from an earlier point we see he is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- In hindsight, Syaoran and Meiling's treatment as whole. They are essentially cynical and temperamental intruders in an idealised Suetopia, archetypes that are usually isolated and constantly told they are wrong. Despite this Sakura and Tomoyo always trust them and treat them kindly. They constantly invite them to tag along in fun past times and social events and any contribution they make they make sure they get gratitude and praise for it. The two are never demanded to change how they feel or keep their opinions to themselves, they are won over solely with love and kindness.
- The sheer fact that, by around Season Three, Sakura always seems so overwhelmingly happy to see Syaoran and have him around, despite him still being a thoroughly pessimistic and humourless guy at face value.
- Apparently Touya hates Syaoran because he knows that he will eventually take his little sister Sakura from him. Yet when he realizes that Sakura desperately wants to see a departing Syaoran, he does not hesitate to use his motor to catch up to him. He also give food for a sick Syaoran when Sakura wants to visit his apartment. It shows that he may dislike the brat but deep down, he actually likes the "brat". The prequel to the Clear Card anime luckily still adapts this scene.
- Right after Touya gives Yukito/Yue his powers, Yukito gently turns down Sakura's love confession, and Syaoran comforts Sakura over it, Sakura invites Syaoran, Tomoyo, Touya, and Yukito all to a festival at the Tsukimine shrine. It's nothing but heartwarming to see the five of them, so close to the end of the story, spending time together now that almost everything is out in the open— the only secret left is that Syaoran is in love with Sakura, and she's really the only one who doesn't know. Sakura makes a gift for Syaoran (a scarf in the anime and a yukata in the manga) to thank him for his kindness, Touya gently disabuses Yukito of the idea that Sakura will be upset with him or that the loss of Touya's magic is anything to feel guilty over, Syaoran decides not to confess to spare Sakura the pain of causing him pain, and Tomoyo's just happy to film Sakura in a yukata. Sakura and Syaoran team up to transform a couple more cards, Touya is forced to buy everyone drinks, and when the electricity is knocked out by a magical attack, Sakura uses the Glow card to help the festival continue. It's a simple, sweet last hurrah for the characters to show just how far they've come.
- Probably the first time Syaoran is unambiguously gentle and kind in tone towards Sakura is Episode 36. After losing her present from Yukito (a watch) in the frenzy of capturing the previous card, Sakura breaks down in tears. When Kero senses the awkward moment and leaves, Syaoran is left alone to console her, eventually softly offering to help find the watch for her. She wipes her tears and sweetly calls Syaoran very kind, leading to one of his first Luminescent Blushes directed at her.
- A smaller one but straight afterwards, after someone comes up behind the two, Syaoran instantly darts protectively in front of Sakura. It was just Ms Kaho with Sakura's watch (which is also heartwarming) but the gesture was there.
The Clear Card Arc manga and anime
- The way Sakura and Syaoran smile at each other in the first opening (followed by the way Tomoyo smiles at them... albeit from the bushes with her camera).
- Sakura and Syaoran's date at the aquarium, which nicely parallels Sakura's date with Yukito in the previous series. Syaoran also attempts to formally ask her out (only to be interrupted by the Spiral card).
- The Clear Card Arc anime is (sort of) faithful to the original anime, meaning that Meiling is still very much a presence (with even a focus-story in Episode 13 when she visits Japan). She's occasionally seen or heard contacting Sakura on the phone, showing that they are still good friends.
- In episode 14, Meiling tells Syaoran, who is exhausted from magical overuse, that she is upset that she doesn't have magic to help Syaoran and Sakura. Syaoran tells her that even without it, she has helped both them a lot.