If you’re a fan of the Clow, then it is time you got back into Cardcaptor Sakura. CLAMP is reviving the adorable hero and her sidekick Kero for a brand-new anime, and the publisher is now releasing details about the highly anticipated series.
Kodansha’s Nakayoshi is confirming in its January issue that CLAMP will bring Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc to the small screen in 2018. The sequel manga will be adapted into a full-length anime and debut on NHK in January 2018. Director Morio Asaka will return to the franchise to helm the second anime after having worked on the first.
The series will also feature several returning cast members. Sakura Tange will reprise her role as heroine Sakura Kinomoto while Aya Hisakawa plays Keroberos. Junko Iwao will play Tomoyo Daidōji, Motoko Kumai will voice Syaoran Li, and Megumi Ogata will portray Yukito Tsukishiro.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of fans have been waiting for this update. Cardcaptor Sakura is one of the most popular shojo franchises of all-time, and this year marks its 20th anniversary. Given CLAMP’s fan-driven community, many had hoped the company would greenlight a new anime to celebrate the milestone.
Back in June, fans were treated to a new Cardcaptor Sakura manga series which follows Sakura Kinomoto after she graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School. This recent publication is the one which CLAMP is basing the new anime on. The story follows Sakura, who’s been tasked with caring for the magical Clow Cards, now finds herself in junior high. The sequel shows Sakura adjusting to her new life when she’s plagued by a very strange dream that threatens to disrupt her peaceful life.
When the original Cardcaptor Sakura anime debuted in 1998, it was considered a hit. Its manga was first published in 1996 and ran for four years, selling more than 12 million copies to date. Since then, Tokyopop as translated the series into English and Dark Horse has released an omnibus format of the series. The anime adaptation ran for two years, and two full-length films were published in 1999 and 2000.
Cardcaptor Skaura won’t be the only old-school series to be rebooted. Toei Animation revived Digimon earlier this year with the new series Digimon Adventure tri. which follows the original show’s group of DigiDestined during high school. Sailor Moon was also remade into a series called Sailor Moon Crystal that featured all-new graphics and 3D animation.
[H/T] Anime News Network