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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is a sequel manga started in June 2016, and it takes up the story right after the end of the original Cardcaptor Sakura series. A new 22-episode anime series based on the sequel was released in January 6, 2018 with the original staff and cast returning. An OVA which is a prologue for the 2018 TV series was released on September 17, 2017. Funimation has acquired the home video and streaming rights for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, and released English Simuldub as well.


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Similar to the original series, the anime adds in a lot more scenes and stories than the original manga.
  • Art Evolution: This being the 20th anniversary series, it makes sense that the art has changed. Notably, older characters have rounder faces than the more angled ones they had in the original.
  • The Bus Came Back: Meiling, who returned to Hong Kong in the original anime, visits for a few episodes in the anime and stays with Sakura.
  • Call-Back:
    • Episode 9 has Sakura and Syaoran going on a date to the aquarium where both Sakura had her date with Yukito and Watery was captured. The Spiral card that shows up this time is defeated in a similar way — instead of luring it to the freezer, Syaoran uses an ice spell to freeze it.
    • Episode 16 has Sakura defeating Struggle with martial arts together with Meiling, which was how Syaoran earned the Twin card.
  • Chastity Couple: In the downplayed way a junior high school couple could have. While promotional materials for the anime make a big emphasis in the note that Sakura and Syaoran are officially girlfriend and boyfriend in this series, the average viewer might not know it from watching it without the background info. The series still plays with classic pre-couple tropes like Not a Date and Luminescent Blush for the two's interactions, and it's very subtly whenever they behave as something more than the friends and classmates they already were. In fact, by the end of the anime they have not yet progressed into hugging or holding hands, which even the usually demure CLAMP allow for their romantic couplings.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The bears that Syaoran and Sakura exchanged are how Syaoran is transferring the Sakura Cards to his ownership. At some points in the show, the camera pans over a shot of the bears to foreshadow this.
  • Comic-Book Time: The time period the show takes place in has been quietly modernized to The New '10s. Episode 1 shows that the Sakura's calendar is set in 2018. The characters now are using smartphones, and a PS4 replaces the Super Nintendo-like gaming console Kero was shown playing in the original show.
  • Continuity Snarl: Clear Card seemingly retcons the events of The Sealed Card. For example, Akiho moves into Eriol's old mansion, whereas in The Sealed Card, it was destroyed and replaced by a theme park. It turns out reality was manipulated, making it reappear and erasing everyone's memories in the process. The characters, at least, remember the school play they took part in.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kerberos, Syaoran, and Yue don't have as much relevance to the plot action-wise as before, which is mostly justified as neither can sense magic from the new cards and so can't be of much help this time. Kerberos tries to remain a typical mentor he's always been but is otherwise the butt of jokes most of the time, Yue (as Yukito) is busy, and Syaoran initially isn't around to help Sakura all that often. Kerberos and Yue do still try to consult with Sakura and with each other whenever possible, and Syaoran is also seen doing a lot of sneaking around especially with Eriol.
  • First-Name Basis: Much like her old friends, Sakura instantly calls Akiho by her first name and the latter returns the favour (albeit as the more polite "Sakura-san", a contrast to the other girls in their group). Meiling also decides to refer to Sakura by her first name at the end of her trip, signifying how close the two have become.
  • Flanderization: Tomoyo was already obsessed with filming Sakura in the original anime, but in the new one she gets downright creepy about it, to the point of scaring Kero to death when he fails to capture Sakura in her place. Part of it is due to the new series being significantly shorter than the previous one, which leaves little room to flesh Tomoyo out and instead relegates her to her proverbial Sakura admirer role.
  • Gecko Ending: The anime finishes in 22 episodes and only adapts roughly to Chapter 24, the one chapter in the manga when a lot of plot twists are shown (Syaoran having ownership of the Sakura cards and Syaoran being revealed as the cloaked figure in Sakura's dream). The anime naturally leaves out the first twist and changes the second twist to avoid a cliffhanger finish, and doesn't get to investigate the other plot points revealed. Instead, the last episode ends with Kaito reversing time so Sakura and Akiho's battle never happened while noting he still needs more cards, leaving a Sequel Hook.
  • Making a Splash: The Aqua card manifests as a giant bird made of water, like some sort of inverted Phoenix.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the first episode, the uniform for Rika's new school resembles that of Fuu Hououji's uniform from Magic Knight Rayearth.
    • Chiharu having a different memory of Yamazaki's role during the school play in the original series is a nod to how his role in the play is different in the anime and manga versions. In the manga (which everyone else remembers), he had a big role as the witch. Meanwhile, in the anime (which Chiharu remembers), he played the queen while Meiling played the witch.
    • In the second episode, Touya makes okonomiyaki like the version of him from the Hanshin Republic did in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-.
    • In the third episode, Touya and Yukito are shown working at the bakery Tirol from Chobits and Kobato..
  • Put on a Bus: Rika goes into a different middle school.
  • Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: Sakura's room turns into one of these as a result of the Siege card in the second episode. The room seemingly has no way out, and pushing on the walls only causes it to stretch. It soon begins to actively try to kill them, but they find a way to escape quickly when they realize it's made of rubber and so can be popped with a sharp object like you can a balloon.
  • Sequel Hook: The anime-original ending has Kaito reverse Sakura and Akiho's battle and noting there aren't enough cards yet, leaving room for an easy transition into a potential second season.
  • Series Continuity Error: In episode 18, when Touya is talking with Yue, he says he asked Yukito what Yue's name is because it felt weird not knowing his name all this time. Yue clearly told Touya his name when they met in the first series.
  • Strictly Formula: The initial episodes start this way. Sakura goes on through her social life, Touya starts bullying her as an excuse for feeling something's wrong about her, she and Syaoran share a romantic moment, Sakura has a premonition, she sees something weird happening nobody else even notices, she captures the card, the other magical characters can't feel the presence of any magic, they try to contact Eriol, but he refuses to answer, and Tomoyo tries to film Sakura, but fails.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Syaoran manages to communicate with two English-speaking tourists in episode 9 rather well. In the dub, it's changed to French.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Zigzagged with the Clear Cards, which replace the Sakura Cards this time around; while there are a number of similarities, not all of them are exact counterparts. Eventually their status as this trope is justified, since it's revealed that Sakura is unknowingly creating the Clear Cards herself based on her own wishes. Since she's so familiar with using the Sakura Cards, it's only natural that the Clear Cards would be similar. This starts becoming obvious with Mirror who has the exact same look and ability.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • The prologue episode adapts the manga's finale.
    • The Funimation dub is also far more faithful to the series' themes.
  • Tutu Fancy: It's probably for the best that Sakura only wore that swan costume in the opening sequence, considering all the frills that could trip her up on the field (so to speak).
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapters 21-22/episode 21 reveals two major things; Kaito is not only one of the strongest magicians, but is seeking Sakura's Clear Cards to activate a relic he took from a Magician's Association. In addition, Sakura is subconsciously creating the Clear Cards due to her immensive magical ability and growth.note 
    • Chapter 24 reveals that Syaoran was the one who took the Sakura Cards, and he also appears as the cloaked figure in Sakura's dreams.
  • Wham Line: Sakura's reaction to unmasking the cloaked figure in her dream:
    "Syaoran-kun..." (Chapter 24)/ "Akiho-chan!" (Episode 22)


Alternative Title(s): Card Captor Sakura Clear Card

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