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Sakura Kinomoto was just a regular elementary school student, until the day that she accidentally released a set of magical cards called the Clow Cards, created by a magician called Clow Reed, each with a different personality and powers. Now, with the aid of the Beast of the Seal Cerberus, and her best friend Tomoyo, she must find all the Clow Cards and capture them once again, lest they wreak havoc!
Cardcaptor Sakura was written and created by the four-woman group CLAMP, and was first published in Kodansha's shojou magazine Nakayoshi.


  • Kodansha (Japan)
  • Tokyopop (North America, expired)
  • Dark Horse Comics (North America)
  • Madman Entertainment (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Pika Edition (France)
  • Glenat (Spain)
  • Editora JBC (Brazil)
  • Editorial Ivrea (Argentina)
  • Editorial Toukan (Mexico)
  • Star Comics (Italy)
  • EMA (Germany)
  • JBC (Portugal)
  • Ever Glory Publishing Co., Ltd. (China, Taiwan)

Publishing History

Cardcaptor Sakura was first published in Kodansha's shojo magazine Nakayoshi in the May 1996 issue, with the final chapter being published in the June 2000 issue.
Kodansha then released the series as a set of twelve tankobon volumes. The first was released on November 22, 1996, and the final volume was released on July 31, 2000. The bilingual edition of the series, which contained both English and Japanese language pages and was designed to help Japanese children learn English, was released from May 12, 2000 to July 13, 2001. Kodansha also re-released the series in a set of hardcovers from March 5, 2004 to February 2, 2005. After Cardcaptor Sakura was licensed by Tokyopop, the bilingual line was halted.
In North America, the manga was licensed by Tokyopop, which separated the manga into two parts: Cardcaptor Sakura, and Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow, with Cardcaptor Sakura comprising the first six volumes. The first volume was released on March 1, 2000, with the sixth being released in April 2002. The series was released in a "flipped" format: changing the orientation of the pages from right-to-left to a Western left-to-right reading format.
Tokyopop then re-released the first six volumes as two box sets containing three volumes each, with the orientation being reverted back to the original right-to-left reading format, as well as the cover styles of Master of the Clow. The first box set was released on October 7, 2003, and the second was released on May 4, 2004. The volumes were then individually released, with the first being released on July 6, 2004, and the final volume being released on June 7, 2005. 
After Tokyopop's license on the series expired, Dark Horse Comics picked up the license. They are currently planning to release the entire twelve volumes omnibus style, with three volumes per omnibus. The first was released in October 2010.
General Information Edit
English Name Cardcaptor Sakura
Japanese Name: カードキャプターさくら
Romaji: Kadokyaputa Sakura
Publisher Tokyopop
Start Year 2000
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