New key visual for Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ TV Anime

The Card Captor Sakura official website released a new key visual for the upcoming TV Anime adaptation of Clear Card arc:

© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

The dress Sakura is wearing is the one that appears on volume 3 cover (which is my favorite cover art so far). It looks great! There is a possibility that this dress will be the one featured on the OP sequence. I really hope so as I prefer this one over the pink one that was released first.

I would prefer the cards to be all facing backwards instead of having some of them showing a few characters, but it’s alright xD

Also, some more cast members were announced:

Fujitaka Kinomoto: Hideyuki Tanaka
Spinel Sun: Yumi Touma
Akizuki Nakuru/Ruby Moon: Ryouka Yuzuki
Takashi Yamazaki: Issei Miyazaki
Chiharu Mihara: Miwa Matsumoto
Naoko Yanagisawa: Motoi Eimi

Once again, all of the above cast members will be reprising their roles in the original anime. It’s really amazing that they were able to do so even to secondary characters!

Lastly, Maaya Sakamoto’s official website is announcing that the single of CLEAR (TV Anime OP theme song) will be released on January 31. It will come with an accoustic live performance of Platinum.

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Card Captor Sakura Blu-ray & DVD Boxes – Art by CLAMP revealed (Updated)

The Card Captor Sakura official website announced today the new art drawn by CLAMP that will be used for the upcoming new Card Captor Sakura Blu-ray BOX & DVD BOX:

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

This version has been remastered for 4K resolution.

Both boxes will be released on December 22. More info: http://ccsakura-official.com/anime/box.html

The illustration sure is pretty but somehow it isn’t what I expected from a box illustration. I guess I would prefer one that would wrap itself around the entire box. Still, pretty!

Update: High quality versions of the box illustrations can be found here.

Clear Card arc TV Anime: Yuna D. Kaito and Shinomoto Akiho character designs, voice actors annouced

© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

NHK’s hotsite for Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ announced yesterday the first character designs of Yuna D. Kaito, Akiho Shinomoto and Momo for the upcoming TV Anime adaptation.

In addition, the voice actors who will play Akiho and Kaito have been announced!

Momo’s voice actor hasn’t been announced yet.

Minori Suzuki seems to be a somewhat newcomer, but Natsuki Hanae has a long list of works, some of them very big! Either way, I’ve listened to a few samples of their voices and I think they both fit perfectly!

In her official twitter account, Minori Suzuki wrote that working on an anime by CLAMP was a dream of hers. Surely she will work with all her heart, then!

Source: Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ NHK Anime World hotsite.

Maaya Sakamoto to sing Clear Card arc TV Anime OP theme song

The official website of Card Captor Sakura announced today that the Opening theme song for the upcoming TV Anime adaptation of Clear Card arc will be performed by Maaya Sakamoto.

The song is entitled “CLEAR” and the lyrics were written by Maaya Sakamoto herself. Yoshiki Mizuno is in charge of the composition.

In a comment left by Maaya Sakamoto for the website, the singer wrote that she is happy and honored to be singing a new theme song for Card Captor Sakura nearly 20 years after the release of Platinum.

Source: Card Captor Sakura Official Website.

Great news! Little by little, our expectations are being met. Everything is aligned for a very promising sequel.

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ TV Anime PV

Here is the PV for the brand new TV Anime adaptation of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~:

The first episode will air on January 7.

So, what did you all think? I’m not sure I like the CG work and all the rainbowness of it. And there is a bit of haze effect here and there too. Fingers crossed the rest will be good.

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ TV Anime key visuals, start date decided, PV in two days

© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

The hotsite for the upcoming TV Anime series of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ has opened in NHK’s Anime World website:

http://www.nhk.or.jp/anime/ccsakura/

The website has the anime designs for the main characters so make sure to check them out!

The series will premiere on January 7, 2018 (Sunday) at 7:30 am on NHK BS Premium, which is NHK’s cable channel, the same that re-aired the series lately and the same that aired the Kobato. TV Anime.

A new PV for the TV Series will air on September 22 during the Card Captor Sakura Selection that is going to air on NHK public channel.

Lastly, but certainly not least, the only thing left that I was hoping for this adaptation has finally been confirmed! CLAMP member Mokona will repeat her role as costume and card designer for this TV Anime adaptation as well! This is key to assure the quality of this anime adaptation, therefore I’m very happy with this piece of news!

The designs at the hotsite are looking really nice! It’s the first time we’ve seen how the clear cards look like in color, too! In fact, the key visual is even looking a lot like the original series! This is looking very promising. Looking forward to the PV in two days!

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ vol. 3 to come with OAD

The May issue of Nakayoshi magazine will announce that the 3rd volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ will come out on September 13 and along with the regular edition, a limited edition will be released as well.

The limited edition will come with an exclusive original animation DVD (OAD) featuring an original story entitled Sakura and the two teddy bears. The OAD limited edition will cost 3480 yens.

The OAD staff will be the same as the upcoming TV Anime adaptation of Clear Card arc — CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa will write the script for it, Asaka Morio will be directing it and Madhouse will be animating it — a new staff name has been announced: Kunihiko Hamada will be in charge of the character design, who has previously worked as animation director for the TV Anime adaptations of Chobits, X and Card Captor Sakura, as well as the two movies.

Thanks to that announcement, we might consider it as the key visuals for the upcoming TV Anime of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~, as it’s extremely likely that Kunihiko Hamada will be in charge for the character design of the TV series as well.

As several people have pointed out, in the original Card Captor Sakura TV Anime there were only 1 teddy bear (the one Syaoran made to Sakura) while in the manga there were two. This OAD will probably cover that part of the story in which Sakura will make her teddy bear for Syaoran, so that the TV series can be more faithful to the Clear Card arc manga once it begins.

Now, regarding the key visuals for the anime, I think the illustration itself is too glossy, too polished, but I know that anime illustrations tend to be overly produced (which is something personally I never liked). It also looks like her head is a little too big for the rest of her body… at least it looks a lot better than the more recent Card Captor Sakura anime illustrations released previous to this.

This is gonna be fun!