It’s time to capture some Clow Cards on a mystic adventure! Netflix has just announced one of the most beloved magical girl series of all time is coming to the US and Canada. Cardcaptor Sakura, the adorable tale of an elementary schooler who accidentally unleashes the magical Clow Cards on the world and has to recapture them with her own magic and fabulous outfits. Based on the manga of the same name, the original anime ran for 70 episodes between 1998 and 2000.
That anime was split into two arcs, which Netflix is now calling the “Clow Card” and “Sakura Card” arcs. Both of these will be part of the Netflix drop in the US and Canada on June 1st. Also from the promo, which you can watch below, we know that the English dub of the series will be included.
This will be the newer English dub that was done in Hong Kong by the company Animax Asia and not the one that aired on Kids WB in the early 2000’s. The Animax dub is fairly faithful to the show (even if the acting leaves a lot to be desired) and doesn’t include the heavy censorship that was present in the Kids WB version of the show. That version, already utilizing an altered dub by Nelvana, was extremely edited with whole episodes cut and others completely reworked. Thankfully Netflix isn’t bringing that version back for their mass audience, as nostalgic as it may be for some who were first exposed to the franchise through it.
The acquisition of the original Cardcaptor Sakura anime doesn’t appear to include the more recent Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime which aired in 2018. That show is still available to watch through Crunchyroll though.
If you’re looking for a super cute series to watch that also has a surprising amount of queerness to it for a show made in the 90’s, Cardcaptor Sakura should be right up your alley. The show features multiple queer crushes, most notably between Sakura’s older brother Toya and his best friend Yukito. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen the series but for the late 90’s this was pretty damn queer.
And for as heavily censored as the ’90s series was, we can all still agree that opening theme is a major banger. Sure, it doesn’t match the tone of the original series at all but it still gets you pumped up!