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Cardcaptor Sakura Puzzle-Solving Game Hits Bookstores This Spring

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Anime News Network's merchandise coverage sponsored by Tokyo Otaku Mode.

The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime is collaborating with Nazo x Nazo Gekidan for a "real puzzle-solving game." The game will be available in seven metropolitan areas of Japan from March 21 to April 30.

Three bookstores in each of the seven areas will sell game kits. The beginner "Sakura's Epic Birthday Strategy" version will cost 900 yen (about US$8) and feature easier puzzles that cater to families with small children. Players become the protagonist of a mystery-solving story related to a strange incident. The advanced "Mysterious Picture Book Puzzle" version will cost 1,600 yen (about US$15) and require players to use their smartphones to talk with Sakura. In the advanced game's story, Sakura is trapped inside a book.

Participants will buy game kits at participating bookstores and use them to solve puzzles to complete the game. The first people to register will receive themed memo pads. In addition, the beginner kit will come with one of three varieties of tin badges, and the advanced kit will come with one of three clear files. Original merchandise for the campaign will be available.

Tokyo's Chiyoda ward is also collaborating with the anime for a cherry blossom festival this spring.

The anime adaptation of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga premiered on January 7. Crunchyroll is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs in Japan, and Funimation is streaming an English dub.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōtarō Nakase)

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