The very first week of 2018 saw the premiere of a new season of Cardcaptor Sakura. It’s been two decades since the very first episode of this iconic series and nearly a full 18 years since we last saw Sakura Kinomoto and her friends in the “Enchanted Cards” movie.
That’s a long time to be away from a show that defined many fans’ childhoods, but for Sakura it’s only been two years. Let’s take a quick refresher course and catch up to the Cardcaptor. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE 1998 SERIES!
Sakura Kinomoto, your typical ten-year-old fourth grader, stumbles upon a mysterious book in her dad’s library. The book was filled with 53 powerful cards created a long time ago by a magician named Clow Reed.
Sakura unwittingly activated and unleashed the cards, scattering them all over the town. One of the two Clow Cards’ guardians appear, Keroberos, and tasks her with subduing and collecting all the cards.
Sakura keeps her mission a secret from her father and her big brother, Touya. Her best friend Tomoyo eventually finds out about her role as Cardcaptor and she insists on making Sakura wear “special outfits” and records their adventures.
In most episodes, Sakura encounters a Clow Card manifesting somewhere in town. They can be violent and confrontational, like “The Sand” attacking the team, or simply inconvenient, like “The Big” causing creatures to spontaneously grow. Once captured, Sakura is free to use the cards and their magic for herself.
Eventually, a boy named Li Syaoran appears and proclaims himself the rightful master of the cards. He is a descendant of Clow Reed and starts competing with Sakura, trying to capture the cards before she can. Li and Sakura eventually capture all the Clow Cards, unevenly split between the two of them. This is when the second guardian appears – Yue
Touya’s bestfriend Yukito was Yue all along. There are two personalities living in his body – the sweet, happy Yukito and the cold, aloof Yue.
Yue challenges both Li and Sakura to the Final Judgement to see who will be the master of the cards. Li gets defeated but Sakura eventually subdues Yue and she becomes the true master of the Clow Cards.
In the next Arc, Sakura’s class gets a mysterious transfer student named Eriol. Around this time, Sakura also discovers that the Clow Cards transform into Sakura Cards when she uses them. Incidentally, she keeps finding herself in situations where she’s forced to use each card to solve problems or save her friends.
Eriol eventually reveals himself to be the reincarnation of Clow Reed. He’s been the mastermind behind the recent events to force Sakura to change all the cards. He finally challenges the Cardcaptor to transform the final two Cards, “The Light” and “The Dark”, or else the town of Tomoeda will be plunged into darkness.
With Li’s help, Sakura is able to overcome Eriol’s challenge, and have now transformed all of the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.
The series ends with Li having to go back to Hong Kong and the two of them confessing their feelings for each other, exchanging teddy bears, with Li promising to return.
Now that you’re all caught up to the story so far, will you be watching the sequel? This season’s Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc will be animated by Madhouse and will air for 22 episodes.