Card Captor Sakura 25th Anniversary Special Site launched

The Card Captor Sakura official website has been renewed to accommodate the upcoming celebrations for the series’ 25th Anniversary.

The previous 20th Anniversary logo has been replaced by a new one for the 25th Anniversary — featuring a new illustration drawn by CLAMP — but other than that, the website looks the same as before.

In addition, a special website dedicated to the series’ 25th Anniversary was launched within the official website: http://ccsakura-official.com/25th/

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CLAMP have drawn a new illustration for the occasion (it’s the same illustration that is being used for the new logo) and it’s possible to see it in its entirely at this special website.

For the time being, this 25th Anniversary website only contains the special comic movie that was announced in this month’s Nakayoshi magazine and the first volume of a “Special Information” newspaper, which shows Card Captor Sakura news taken from this month’s Nakayoshi magazine. A new batch of goods is planned but hasn’t been announced yet.

The “special comic movie” is a 1:43 minutes long short video that does a quick recap of the series:

Source:

http://ccsakura-official.com/
http://ccsakura-official.com/25th/

Somehow I knew this “comic movie” would not be anything big, but I was expecting something else (like some voice over from the voice actors).

At least we got ourselves a gorgeous new illustration by CLAMP! Let’s see what the new goods will look like =)

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 53

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Card Captor Sakura 25th Anniversary Special Comic Movie announced; Site renewal and new goods planned

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The June issue of Nakayoshi magazine is a special issue celebrating the 25th Anniversary since the beginning of Card Captor Sakura‘s serialization.

Among the things that make this issue so special: a) Card Captor Sakura is featured on the front cover; b) Chapter 53 of Clear Card arc is published in this issue; c) a special article dedicated to the series’ 25th Anniversary is included; and d) this issue also has two special extras related to the series: a notebook and an exclusive SMILE clear card, illustrated by CLAMP.

In addition, the magazine will be announcing three pieces of news:

  1. The official website of Card Captor Sakura will be renewed for the occasion of the 25th Anniversary.
  2. A new batch of goods will be released.
  3. A commemorative 25th Anniversary “Special Comic Movie” is being made.
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No more information about this “comic movie” has been given but I am assuming that it will look similarly to that Holitsuba short animation that was dubbed live in CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011. Given that it’s a special comic movie about the series’ 25th Anniversary, it might use the manga as source material so we may not see that many new illustrations (yet to be seen, though!).

The June issue of Nakayoshi magazine goes on sale officially on May 1st.

Thank you seichan02 for this scoop!

The official website will probably be updated on the same date as Nakayoshi magazine goes on sale (May 1st) so please check back the website on that date.

It’s the end of the 20th Anniversary era but buckle up, the 25th Anniversary era is about to start!

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #10 second week sales report

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The tenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 31st position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 35,530 copies sold in its second week of sales. This time, only the regular edition made it to the Top 50. Sale numbers for the special edition are unknown. Overall, volume 10 has sold an estimate of 110,788 copies since its release date — excluding pre-orders.

This represents a slight improvement in comparison to the second week of the previous volume (9), which by week two had sold an estimate of 107,406 copies. It still looses when comparing to the overall sales by the second week sales for all the other volumes of Clear Card released so far.

It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and pre-orders are excluded. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon via iamZEON.

The chart below shows the progress in the sales of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ over the weeks and compares it with previous volumes’ performances (click on it for dynamic version):

 

Let’s wait and see if volume 10 will show up in next week’s ranking at all.

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #10 first week sales report

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The tenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 9th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 54,943 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Character Song CD) debuted at the 46th position, with an estimate of 20,315 copies sold. Combining the numbers of the regular and special editions together, it sold an estimate of 75,258 copies in its release week.

This is the second lowest first week sales for a Clear Card volume, only behind volume 2. This also happened last time, with volume 9, but unfortunately the numbers for volume 10 were even lower. It is also the lowest debut position along with volume 6, which also ranked 9 at Oricon in its first week.

Special edition numbers aside and looking at regular edition numbers alone, volume 10 had the worst performance in a first week for all volumes released so far, but combined with the special edition, volume 10 only looses to the first week sales of volume two.

It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon via iamZEON.

The chart below shows the progress in the sales of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ over the weeks and compares it with previous volumes’ performances (click on it for dynamic version):

Let’s wait and see how it will perform on next week’s ranking. Hopefully this is not the last we’ve seen of volume 10.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 52

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This chapter is available for free at CLAMP-FANS.com.

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Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum goes to Taipei, main visual revealed

After a successful season in Tokyo, Osaka and Shanghai, the Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum is coming to Taipei.

The first half will run from April 30th to May 27th, and the second half from May 28th to June 28th.

As usual, CLAMP have drawn an exclusive new illustration as the main visual for this new season, which was revealed today:

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For more information, please check the exhibition’s official website.

Source: GNN.

Love all the gradient and the Alphonse Mucha referentes in this new illustration. I daresay it’s my favorite one along with the Tokyo one.

Really happy to see this exhibition going to its 4th leg. I really hope after Taipei it could travel somewhere outside Asia. But then again, the world needs to be a better, safer place before that can happen.

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 cover

The cover of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 has been announced by Kodansha.

As previously announced, the special version will come with a Character Song CD and a minibook drawn by CLAMP. The cover of the minibook was also announced:

The character song is entitled “A Letter to the Stars” and is a duet between Sakura (Sakura Tange) and Syaoran (Motoko Kumai).

The minibook drawn by CLAMP is entitled “Until we meet again” and will cover the period of time where Syaoran was in Hong Kong, before the beginning of Clear Card arc.

Unfortunately, the song lyrics were not written by Nanase Ohkawa-sensei, which was sort of expected considering they didn’t announce anything in that Animate advertisement. Let’s still hope the lyrics will capture the essence of the characters.

Below is the full staff list for the song and CD.

[Song] “A Letter to the stars”

Lyrics: Kohmi Project
Composition: Kohmi Hirose
Arrangement: Yasushi Munemoto
Song: Sakura Kinomoto (Sakura Tange), Syaoran Li (Motoko Kumai)

[Staff]

Producers: Kohmi Hirose, Mitsuyoshi Tamura, Shiro Sasaki
Produced by: Flying Dog, Muse Endeavor, Tamura Music Factory
Engineer: Takahiro Okubo / Recording Studio: Victor Studio
arrange & programming: Yasushi Munemoto / guitar: Yuta Watanabe / bass: Morita “Johnny” Takahiro

Both versions of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 will be released on April 1st.

That cover is giving me strong original series energy. I don’t know why but it feels like it could have been one of the covers for the original series. The minibook cover is absolutely adorable, and it’s fine that they look slightly younger this time around. They are supposed to, after all the minibook takes place before Clear Card arc. It’s exciting for me to know that the minibook will cover some actual plot instead of a slice of life situation between Sakura and Syaoran. Not that there isn’t value in that!!! But don’t people always wanted to know what was Syaoran was doing in Hong Kong? We might finally learn more about it.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 51

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This chapter is available for free at CLAMP-FANS.com.

DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed reading this story, please support CLAMP by purchasing the original or licensed material available in your country.

Card Captor Sakura is available for purchase at CD Japan and Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

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Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 release information

Animate reports that the 10th volume of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc is coming out on April 1st.

It also reports that the Special Edition, which will come out on the same day for the price of 2970 yens, will come with a character song CD and a mini-book drawn by CLAMP. The voice actors of Sakura and Syaoran will sing the character song.