We previously reported that on the April issue of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi, it was announced that the artist collective CLAMP will publish a new manga for the Cardcaptor Sakura franchise. Now, the June issue announced that the manga will start its serialization in the magazine’s July issue, out on June 3. No further details have been announced, but it is written that the manga indeed will be a sequel, taking place in Sakura’s first junior high school year. The story revolves around a certain incident that was started by a mysterious dream.
While all of this is definitely exciting, fans should hold back their expectations since it was previously reported that the wording implies that the sequel will not be a full-length serialization. The year 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Cardcaptor Sakura franchise, and this may be just one of the many small projects done in celebration. Previously, NHK’s BS Premium channel reran the Clow Card arc of the anime adaptation from April 6; A new artbook containing a compilation of the best published illustrations shipped on March 24; Six Animate Cafes in Japan began hosting a Cardcaptor Sakura theme starting on April 1.
For those who aren’t familiar with the original work, a brief description: Cardcaptor Sakura is a shoujo manga series by CLAMP that serialized on Kodansha’s Nakayoshi from 1996 to 2000. It tells the story of Sakura, a regular elementary school girl that opened a mysterious book in her house’s basement. It turns out that inside the book, is a set of magical ‘Clow’ cards. Having released them into the world, Sakura is tasked with collecting each and every one of them as Cardcaptor Sakura while also trying to live a normal fourth-grader life.
The franchise has since been adapted into a 70-episodes long TV anime, two anime movies, audio CDs, and numerous video games. Arama! readers, do you have any particular memories about Cardcaptor Sakura? If so, tell us in the comment section below!