“Cardcaptor Sakura” to return as manga sequel in Japan

I was bingeing on “Cardcaptor Sakura” this past week. For those who are curious, I watched the English dubbed version (AKA “Cardcaptors”), as that was what I watched in the early 2000s. This anime was the only reason I got up before 8 a.m. on Saturdays (RIP Kids’ WB). But, just for the record, I also love the original, uncensored Japanese version.

Now in 2016, I–along with other fellow “Sakura” fans–can still get my fix because the series will return!

Article by ChinLin Pan and featured image courtesy of CLAMP 

On Wednesday, April 27, Japanese manga serial magazine Nakayoshi announced that “Cardcaptor Sakura” will return as a manga sequel written by the original writers CLAMP, a group of Japanese manga artists. The new manga series will begin in the July 2016 issue, and fans in Japan can start ordering the issue on June 3, according to RocketNews24.com.

"Cardcaptor Sakura" volume one in the original manga series / Image courtesy of Kodansha Comics and CLAMP

“Cardcaptor Sakura” volume one in the original manga series / Image courtesy of Kodansha Comics and CLAMP

“Sakura’s” return marks the 20th anniversary of the original manga’s release back in May 1996.  It was released in Nakayoshi until coming to an end in 2000. The anime adaptation, produced by Japanese animation studio Madhouse, aired from 1998-2000. The popularity and success continued as two animated films were released in 1999 and 2000.

Nakayoshi did not release an official synopsis for the sequel, but did say that the series will take place after the end of the original series. Sakura Kinomoto will be a middle school student and another mysterious dream will kickoff new adventures.

Our ordinary magical girl is back, and while it might be a while until an English translation of the new manga releases, I’m still ecstatic. But, I also have questions: Will Sakura and Syaoran still be together? Will her older brother Toya still be around? (He would be in college at this point in the timeline.) What’s BFF Tomoyo up to? (Besides making more costumes for Sakura.)

Who’s ready for more adventures with Sakura and the gang? Let us know your thoughts in comments. You can also tweet us @chinlinpan and @shuffleonline.

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