It looks like Sakura’s ready to start her latest adventure in style.
Earlier today, the official Cardcaptor Sakura website updated with a new visual for the upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura -Clear Card- anime series. The image features Sakura, dressed in a feathery white dress, as she holds her wand into the air. Several of the show’s side characters appear in portraits on cards that surround her, as Kero flutters in the upper-right corner.
Broadcaster NHK also revealed six new actors attached to the project. The following roles were confirmed:
- Fujitaka Kinomoto: Hideyuki Tanaka
- Spinel Sun: Yumi Touma
- Nakuru Akizuki/Ruby Moon: Ryoka Yuzuki
- Takashi Yamazaki: Issei Miyazaki
- Chiharu Mihara: Miwa Matsumoto
- Naoko Yanagisawa: Emi Matoi
All of the confirmed actors are reprising their roles from the original series.
Cardcaptor Sakura – Clear Card Chapter will première on NHK on January 7, 2018 at 7:30AM. Episodes will repeat on Fridays at 23:45 (11:45PM).
The new series, which adapts the recent “Clear Card Chapter” of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga, will be directed by Morio Asaka (Cardcaptor Sakura, My Love Story!!, Chihayafuru) at Madhouse. Kunihiko Hamada (Chihayafuru, NANA) is providing character designs for the project, while Nanase Ohkawa (Magic Knight Rayearth 2, Blood-C) takes charge of series composition.
Other crew members attached to the title include:
- Original Concept: CLAMP
- Costume & Card Design: Mokona
- Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
- Music: Takayuki Negishi
- Production · Writing: NHK · Kodansha · NHK Enterprise
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Sakura Kinomoto: Sakura Tange
- Kerberos: Aya Hisakawa
- Tomoyo Daidouji: Junko Iwao
- Syaoran Li: Motoko Kumai
- Yukito Tsukishiro/Yue: Megumi Ogata
- Toya Kinomoto: Tomokazu Seki
- Eriol Hiragizawa: Nozomu Sasaki
- Kaho Mizuki: Emi Shinohara
- Akiho: Minori Suzuki
- Yuna: Natsuki Hanae
Series creators CLAMP launched a new Cardcaptor Sakura manga series in Nakayoshi‘s July 2016 issue. The series takes place after the titular Sakura graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School, in her first year of junior high school. Sakura sees a mysterious dream, and an incident takes place.
The original Cardcaptor Sakura anime series originally ran from 1998 through 2000, spanning a total of 70 episodes. Morio Asaka (Chihayafuru, My Love Story!!, Nana) directed the project at Madhouse, with Kumiko Takahashi (Snow White with the Red Hair, DNA²) providing character designs. Nanase Ohkawa (Blood-C, Magic Knight Rayearth 2) was in charge of series composition. The show would go on to spawn two films, a theatrical short, and an OVA spinoff.
The show was first released in the west by Nelvana, who released a dubbed and heavily edited adaptation under the title Cardcaptors. Geneon Entertainment would go on to release the show in uncut format.
NIS America currently holds the domestic rights to the title, which they describe as:
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.
A trailer and several character visuals for Cardcaptor Sakura – Clear Card Chapter were released to promote the title. You can check these out below: