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Cardcaptor Sakura’s 20th anniversary sequel manga will launch in June

As the Cardcaptor Sakura manga celebrates its 20th anniversary in May, Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine readies itself to announce the new sequel series on Saturday. The original creative team CLAMP is reuniting for the manga which will start in the mag’s July issue on June 3rd, and it will take place after Sakura Kinomoto graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School. As she starts at junior high, she has a strange dream and is launched into a whole new adventure.

It was first announced last month that Cardcaptor Sakura would be getting a new short story manga, and this news at last confirms that this project is a series rather than a one-shot. First published in Nakayoshi from May 1996 to June 2000, the magazine noted that the original series has now sold over 12 million copies, and it was also adapted as a studio Madhouse anime from April 1998 to March 2000. NIS America licensed the anime in 2014 and released it in North America, and they describe the story:

Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. At least she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s study. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards, while trying to live the life of a normal fourth grader. In the monumental task of collecting all the cards, Sakura must rely on her friends and family, and decide what she finds most important in life.

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