Cardcaptor Sakura Revival Teased For 20th Anniversary

Expect the unexpected now! It looks like the folks behind Cardcaptor Sakura are prepping a big surprise for the franchise's 20th anniversary. So, it looks fans fans may get updated on the new Cardcaptor Sakura anime series.

Earlier this summer, CLAMP confirmed they were looking into a new anime for Cardcaptor Sakura. Kodansha Comics broke the news in the magazine Nakayoshi, but there has been no word on the series since. However, on Monday, the magazine revealed CLAMP will have "super super new news" in its December issue which ships on November 3rd.

As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura, it's easy to see what CLAMP is going all-out for the magical girl franchise. Back in June, fans were treated to a new manga series which follows Sakura Kinomoto after she graduates from Tomoeda Elementary School. The hero, who moonlights as cardcaptor tasked with corralling 52 lost Clow Cards, is now in her first year of junior high. The sequel follows Sakura after she has a very strange dream and learns of an incident that will change her life forever.

Currently, fans are wondering whether the new anime will be a reboot of the original Cardcaptor Sakura series or be based on the new franchise's new manga. The manga debuted in 1996 and ran until 2000, 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.

Considered a hit, Cardcaptor Sakura was eventually given its own anime courtesy of Madhouse in 1998. The show ran for two years, and two full-length films were published in 1999 and 2000 respectively.

(Photo: Madhouse)

Many fans still look to Cardcaptor Sakura as one of the fundamental shōjo series for newbies. Its manga and anime are highly regarded amongst critics, and Cardcaptor Sakura won numerous honors like the Seuin Award for Best Manga. However, much of its translated content has been panned as editors cut out essential character information and origin stories.

If Cardcaptor Sakura gets a spin-off anime, it won't be the only old-school series to be rebooted. Toei Animation has revived Digimon with the new series Digimon Adventure tri. that follows the original show's group of DigiDestined in their high school years. Sailor Moon was also remade into a new series called Sailor Moon Crystal that featured all-new graphics and 3D animation.


[H/T] Anime News Network