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CLAMP to Publish New Cardcaptor Sakura Manga

posted on 2016-03-02 10:05 EST
2016 marks 20th anniversary of shojo magical girl series

The April issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine announced on Thursday that the members of the creative team CLAMP are publishing a new manga in their Cardcaptor Sakura franchise. The announcement does not list any details about the new work, and the magazine says it will announce which future issue will run the new manga when that is decided. The Japanese wording of the announcement indicates that the new manga is not a full-length series.

The March issue of the magazine had listed last month that the franchise would be getting a new project. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original manga. NHK's BS Premium will re-run the Clow Card arc of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime in April, starting on April 6. A book compiling previously published illustrations will ship on March 24. Six Animate Cafés in Japan will host a Cardcaptor Sakura theme starting on April 1.

The original Cardcaptor Sakura magical girl manga series ran in Nakayoshi from May 1996 to June 2000, and Kodansha published 12 volumes of the manga from November 1996 to July 2000. Tokyopop released the series in English in two editions, and Dark Horse Comics released the series in omnibus format.

An anime series produced by Madhouse aired in Japan from April 1998 to March 2000. A film titled Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie premiered in Japan in 1999, and Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card followed in 2000.

NIS America licensed the television anime in 2014 and re-released it in a Blu-ray Premium Edition and DVD Standard Edition in North America.

NIS America describes the story:

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.

Discotek licensed Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, which was previously owned by Geneon, in 2013 and released it on home video the following year. Geneon released Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card on DVD in 2003 with a new dub cast.


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