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Update: Cardcaptor Sakura anime returns to adapt manga’s Clear Card arc

We’ve been expecting some especially “huge” news for Cardcaptor Sakura since early this month. With an early peek at the next issue of Nakayoshi, out December 1st, that news has come to light, and it’s certainly exciting. The new anime, now confirmed as coming to TV in January 2018, will adapt the Clear Card Chapter, the new manga that launched in Nakayoshi in June.

Sakura Kinomoto celebrated her 20th anniversary by appearing in this all-new series, where we rejoin her as she starts her first year of junior high school. Original creators CLAMP reunited for the manga, sending Sakura off on an another adventure after she has a strange dream. Morio Asaka returns from the first series and two anime films to direct the anime adaptation, and the following main cast will also reprise their roles:

Sakura Tange as Sakura Kinomoto
Aya Hisakawa as Keroberos
Junko Iwao as Tomoyo Daidouji
Motoko Kumai as Syaoran Li
Megumi Ogata as Yukito Tsukishiro
Tomokazu Seki as Touya Kinomoto

The first studio Madhouse anime aired from April 1998 to March 2000. NIS America licensed it for North American release, 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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