“Card Captor Sakura” gets ‘New Project’ to Celebrate Manga’s 20th Anniversary (Updated)

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According to Anime News Network:

“The March issue of Kodansha‘s Nakayoshi magazine is revealing on Wednesday that CLAMP‘s Cardcaptor Sakura manga is getting a “new project” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the manga. Details of the project will be announced on a later date.”

Looks like something big! Place your bets =)

Update: The announcement on this month’s Nakayoshi:

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25 thoughts on ““Card Captor Sakura” gets ‘New Project’ to Celebrate Manga’s 20th Anniversary (Updated)

  1. It’s not like they want to draw something new. I see a tiny OVA or “CLAMP in Wonderland” thing.
    Doesn’t matter. I’ll see everything from CLAMP! ! !

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    • I can definitely see this as an OAD thing. Kodansha loves OADs (they were the creators of the concept, after all… along with CLAMP).

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  2. For a second, my hopes jump sky high (IT’S NEW MANGA MATERIAL!!!!!!!!) and just as fast it sadly went crumbling down…. the possibility of a new manga is so low that’s it’s not even funny…

    ….but still!! Someone have to dream here! We can’t all be so realistic and down to earth!! (it’s scary how clear minded we all are!!)

    So I won’t be betting on a new Clamp in Wonderland or an OAD: I will nitpick on the news given, that it’s CCS manga, it’s also the anniversary of the manga (not the anime), and this is announced by Nakayoshi, the magazine in which the manga was serialized; and so I say > a oneshot of 15 pages (place your bets, people!! XD)

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    • For what it’s worth, Kodansha — the publisher of “Nakayoshi” — made the initial announcement for the remake of the Sailor Moon cartoon, so it’s not out of the question that this upcoming project is animation-related. You’re right that all of the anniversary activities for CCS so far have centered around the manga, though! A oneshot would be a nice idea.

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      • hahaha~

        While I was writing an answer to your post, you were writing an answer to mine simultaneously it seems ^_^

        Well, about the anime route, that reminded me of an anime illustration that was published in The July 2013 of Animedia, in which the director of the series said something like wanting to make a remake? But well, no one took that too seriously though. But seeing this now: why not? … I’m not holding my breath though ^^;

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        • I’m definitely holding my breath too. The original anime is perfect as it is. I think a remake would hardly overcome it and therefore chances are high that it will be a failure.

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          • mmmmh, it looks like we don’t agree for once? (it doesn’t happen often hahaha)

            I can think of 2 recent remakes of mangas that I absolutely adore, and which first anime series were also wonderful: Glass Mask and Full Metal Alchemist. And their remakes were masterpieces!!! And hey! Even if Sailor Moon wasn’t what I expected, having an anime version following the manga plot was still ok to have.

            But more than that, I think that most people think the wrong way? The most cons arguments I’ve read were always “the first series from the 90’s is already good enough! Damn! Why a remake! It was fine as it is! This new remake will definitely suck and destroy the image of the series! My memories! Give me back my youth!! etc…” XD
            I think the important point here is that the 90’s ver. won’t vanish in thin air, it’s here, always, in our memories, in our shelves at home or our hard disks! We watched, re-watched and re-re-watched them, we watched music videos on youtube, read fanfics, drew fanarts and walked around listening to the songs! And god knows my WALLET will remember it considering all the money I’ve spent since the whole Anniversary Crisis started 5 years ago, and still go on to this day ^^; And so: it’s not going to disappear, hardly!! Even if a remake is made, you can go back and re-re-re-watch once more the 70eps and the 2 movies!(btw, I’m such a big fan of the movie 2, that I purchased the japanese limited edition of the BR of it, even though I can’t understand japanese and don’t have a BR lector! And no remake will change that.)

            My point is that a remake is an ADDITION to the already existing anime material, not a replacement or something that is competing with the previous ver. to see which one is better or not. It might be an opportunity for some scene from the manga that were never animated to be done? Something closer to the original manga plot line? Or inversely fillers that might be surprisingly interesting? New songs? New artworks in monthly magazines like Animate/Animage/Newtype … with pictures we never got 20 years ago, goodies, new calendars which actually got new art in it, DVD, BR, Clamp participating in all this with more artworks, characters designs ? An independent movie in the theaters that goes with the series? etc…

            And, the above is the reason why I think it is unlikely we are lucky enough to get a remake: the enormousness of the things we might get from a remake is so mind blowing, that I honestly don’t think there are plans to put so much money on CCS…

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            • The scenario you described there would be the only scenario in which I’m happy. I just don’t want a remake to be treated as the Sailor Moon remake which has a very poor quality.

              I did hear about FMA’s remake good reputation and if it’s going to be like that, then I guess it’d be nice to have a remake ^^” I just think that comparions are BOUND to be made between the remake and the original and they better put a lot of effort into it in order to actually JUSTIFY the need of having a remake, cause otherwise it’s just another reason to extract more money of the fans and that’s not acceptable.

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              • They better put a lot of effort into it in order to actually JUSTIFY the need of having a remake, cause otherwise it’s just another reason to extract more money of the fans and that’s not acceptable.

                That’s where I agree with you, Chibiyuuto. To be honest, the upcoming artbook and the “Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary” rerelease of the original series feel like price-gougers to me, so I’d be ticked off if the new project was some kind of cash-in like a a hastily-written sequel or a sub-par remake.

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              • The only remake of CCS I can imagine and which respect what you want: a justified remake, would be something that would follow the manga original story, meaning
                -no extra cards (there are 52 in the anime, against 19 in the manga)
                -no significant extra characters (like Meilin and Wei, even though I have absolutely nothing against them either of course, but these 2 change the plot story: Syaoran is supposed to live alone, but in the anime he’s got Wei, and he also got a whole story about being engaged to his cousin, while there is none of it in the manga)
                -relationships were downplayed in the anime (we don’t see much of Kaho and Eriol, Rika and Terada, Chiharu and Yamazaki, and Tomoyo’s “love” for Sakura too)
                -Fujitaka being Clow’s reincarnation was deleted all together from the anime plot + him meeting his wife in the end too
                -Syaoran’s feelings for Sakura progress faster in the manga than they do in the anime in which pretty much all of it seems to be concentrated in the last part of the series
                -Syaoran is also shown as having not much powers in the manga (which has always been very disappointing for me to be sincere…but Clamp rectified that in TRC :D) while he seems to hold a lot more in the anime, in which he is shown catching and using cards, something that never happened in the manga. I can’t say I’m complaining about this though: I believe the manga in which CLAMP favored Sakura as a magical girl heroine beyond anything and anyone was a bit too much, they might have made her too “all-powerful”, and her “rival from HK” didn’t participate much in anything in the end: he didn’t catch cards, wasn’t part of the Final Judgement, other than a ‘support’, he did nothing much in the Star Arc too, and even in the last fight against Eriol, CLAMP didn’t even do him the favor of making him change the last 2 cards together with Sakura till the end (like it happened in the anime): they just had to make him faint!
                -no fillers episodes (if there aren’t extra cards, this will be easy)
                -and of course, in the whole, animating all the parts that weren’t done previously, including the original ending from which we strayed from in the 90’s version.

                In my eyes, that would be a significantly different enough version compared to the 90’s, and if so many changes are made and animated, a justified remake.

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    • I don’t find it extremely unlikely to have a new one-shot as one of the many celebrations for the 20th Anniversary. It might not be related to this “new project”, but Kodansha did mention that there would be many forms of celebrations. It would be so nice to have a one-shot that takes place years after the manga ending. It would be nice to see them 20 years later but that might be too strange for Nakayoshi (they would be all in their 30s after all).

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      • You are right that a oneshot doesn’t feel much of a ‘project’ at all, I really don’t think this is what the announcement will be about, I would say it’s more a personal wish of mine 😉 I actually hoped it might potentially be something that could be added as bonus material in an artbook, but unless they leave it as a big surprise, there seem to be no plans for it in the one being released in March at least 😥

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  3. Do you think it could be a stage play? I looked back through your “CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru” recaps, and in the ninth episode, CLAMP discussed their favorite stage plays and which of their works they’d most like to see adapted for stage. It seems like it would be a popular project that would be fun for CLAMP to work on. CLAMP mentioned video game adaptations in another episode, so a new CCS game could be an option, too.

    The Clow Card arc of the original TV series is going to be re-broadcast beginning in April, so that means it’s going to run until December, right? I guess that means we can rule out a straight-up remake of the anime, since it would be weird to run a new show alongside the old one. And there really isn’t any compelling material for a sequel to either the comic or the TV adaptation, either — I think any additions (beyond a short OAD, like Anonymoon suggested above) would be jumping the shark at this point.

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    • I’m sorry Anonymous, I usually give logical and objective views when exposing something, but right now, and for the next hour, I decided I shall be a resident of LALA land, with a pink sky, rainbows, unicorns and marshmallows, and so I say: Tsubasa ends in March, and neo-CCS2016 starts in April!! XD (I am crazy right now, and I don’t care! I shall be allowed one hour of madness before coming back to Reality!!)

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      (uffhh, not an hour, but will still write something sensible…)
      About the stage play option, it actually sounds like a good possibility, but for some reason I am less convinced by the game thing though?
      Also, even if the word “project” sounds like something real big, I agree with you that either anime or manga material (if this is what this is about), it will be something short, a sequel of either is extremely unlikely.

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    • Actually the stage play adaptation sounds VERY plausible! They did talk about it in “CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru” and CCS was one of the works they said it would be good to have a stage play adaptation, if I remember correctly.

      I’m with cutesherry on the game thing, though. I don’t think they would make such a fuss for a game.

      The Clow Card arc of the original TV series is going to be re-broadcast beginning in April, so that means it’s going to run until December, right? I guess that means we can rule out a straight-up remake of the anime, since it would be weird to run a new show alongside the old one.

      That is a very good point.

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      • Yeah, I’m not sold on the game idea, either. (I think the only kind of game that would warrant the attention would be a dance-off or Musou game, but I don’t think that would be worth the inevitable fan backlash!)

        Also, BTW — the actual announcement in Nakayoshi doesn’t reveal any more information than we already know. It implies that the rebroadcast of the Clow Card arc starting in April is related to the project, though.

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        • Also, BTW — the actual announcement in Nakayoshi doesn’t reveal any more information than we already know. It implies that the rebroadcast of the Clow Card arc starting in April is related to the project, though.

          Thanks for the extra info ^_^ Even while thinking about it, I didn’t really believe in new anime material (in whatever form), but it might surprisingly be the case in the end!
          Else, nothing comes to mind that might be related to an anime broadcast…is there?

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  4. First of all, congratulations on such a great website/blog. Been a CLAMP fan myself I’ve been following your articles for about 7 or 8 years since this is the best website to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

    Now, I remember reading and article you wrote back onJuly 2009 (CLAMP Expo). Somebody asked them what was the business Syaoran had to take care in Hong Kong at the end of CCS.

    It would be great that this “New Project” is a One-Shot about that. What do you think?

    Best regards from México.

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    • Hey, thank you so much for following this site (previously LiveJournal) during all those years. Really, muchas y muchas gracias Roberto!

      Now, I remember reading and article you wrote back onJuly 2009 (CLAMP Expo). Somebody asked them what was the business Syaoran had to take care in Hong Kong at the end of CCS.

      It would be great that this “New Project” is a One-Shot about that. What do you think?

      That is actually a great guess! I had temporarily forgotten about that statement but yes, you are right about it and Ohkawa hinted that we might learn about it someday. Maybe the time has come? =)

      Saludos a los Mexicanos! I have a lot of readers from México, I’m very thankful to them all =)

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    • I’m hoping for a new one-shot although it seems to be something bigger than that. What are your feelings towards an anime remake? I feel like the original anime is so perfect that a remake would hardly overcome it…

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      • Well… I think of Sailor Moon and its remake. But it was necessary since the anime was very different from the manga. For Sakura, I can think of a remake because is another jewel for Nakayoshi. Although, compared to SM, Sakura’s anime was pretty nice for me since it complements the manga. Then, I think of these new generations that don’t like old stuff, and need a product with awesome graphics and stuff like that (Sakura anime is old, almost 18 years). If Nakayoshi wants its jewel to shine again, for new generations a new product is needed.

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  5. Adoraria que fosse passado eles na adolescência, talvez um sonho impossível mas é muito difícil parar de sonhar com a volta do anime do qual você mais gosta.

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    • Muitos mangás que estão fazendo aniversário estão voltando com capítulos especiais. Talvez o mesmo aconteça com CCS =)

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  6. oh my goodness me!!! i cant say how excited i am to hear this!! no word no word, just squeals and cant stop smiling!!!! cardcaptor sakura was my very first manga and anime so its very very special to me. no! i dont want a remake of the anime either. i think its nice the way it is. personally id love new material set a decade or so after the end. although i would love to see more of the li family. and yes, what did syaoran have to take care of? the li family do sound interesting! i think they have a lot of potential. i wana see more of them. but its card captors! seriously id be happy with anything. but im not keen on a remake of the anime (apart from including the thing about sakuras dad being clow reeds reincarnation) it makes more sense as to why he had the book in his house. id like to see watanuki and sakura working together like clow and yuuko did… and i wana see and touya and yukito , :3 and if syaoran and kero get on better now?? lol.

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