CARD CAPTOR SAKURA – CLEAR CARD ARC – TO *ACTUALLY* END ON VOLUME 15

Last October, it was announced in the obi that came with Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc volume 13 that the series would end on the following volume, volume 14.

However, Kodansha and CLAMP went back on that decision and announced that the series will actually end on volume 15.

Here’s the official announcement, which was also included in this month’s Nakayoshi magazine:

Volume 14 will come out on March 31st, 2023.
Volume 15 (final) will come out on October 13th, 2023.

In recent twitter spaces that CLAMP did, they mentioned that volume 14 (by that time, still scheduled to be the last one), would be even bigger in page terms than volume 13, which was already over 180 pages. CLAMP and Kodansha probably thought it would be better to add one additional volume to wrap the story more properly.

Indeed, those who are following the story might have felt that ending it within 2-3 chapters might mean having a rushed ending. I was of course looking very much forward to the ending (I still am!), but I am in favor of making justice to the story and giving it the best ending! Besides, 15 volumes sound better than 14, right?

We have yet to see if this will have any impact on the resume of XXXHOLiC Rei, which is scheduled for the Japanese Spring.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 69

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Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 68

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Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 67

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Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #13 second week sales report

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The thirteenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 14th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 26,542 copies sold in its second week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Big Acrylic Stands) did not appear on the weekly top 30.

Last week I reported that the Special Edition sales numbers were unknown, but it turns out that I was able to find from a different source that the Special Edition (Big Acrylic Stands) debuted on the 40th position in its first week, with an estimate of 15,042 copies sold in its first week.

This changes things a bit and it means that combining the first and second week sales, volume 13 sold an overall estimate of 94,869 copies, outselling the overall sales of volume 12 in its second week!

It’s good to see this uptake for Clear Card in its final stage.

It is always worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon.

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):

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #13 first week sales report

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The thirteenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 4th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 53,303 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Big Acrylic Stands) did not appear on the weekly top 30.

Volume 13 outsold the sales of both normal and special editions of volume 12 combined in its first week, but volume 12 had the lowest first week sales of Clear Card, therefore volume 13 is behind all the other volumes released before volume 12. In other words, volume 13 had the second worst first week sales, only behind volume 12.

The announcement that the series will be over on volume 14 might have caused an impact on this slight increase of sales.

It’s worth mentioning that while the regular edition landed in the 4th position, the first 3 titles are not published by Kodansha. Meaning Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ volume 13 was this week’s most sold title published by Kodansha.

Finally, it is always worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon.

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):

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – to end on volume 14

The belt (obi) that will come with Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – vol. 13 (on sale October 13) is revealing that volume 14 (to be released in 2023) will be the series’ last volume:

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Source: Amazon Japan.

This is in alignment with a number of indications that the series was coming to its end:

  • CLAMP revealing in a twitter space in the beginning of the year that the story was heading towards its climax stage;
  • XXXHOLiC Rei serialization to be resumed in early 2023;
  • CLAMP revealing in a twitter space in the middle of the year that after this last 2-months break (August-September), they would no more be taking breaks until the end of the story;
  • The overall current development of the story.

So this is it! Buckle up, we’re finally reaching the end. Exciting!!!

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 66

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Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #13 cover and release information

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc volume 13 will be released on October 13, 2022. This time, the special edition will come with a set of three big acrylic stands featuring three previously released illustrations of Sakura and Kero, Sakura and Spinel and Sakura and Momo. Each acrylic stand is approximately 9 cm (width) x 13-15 cm (height) x 8.5 cm (depth).

Here are pictures of the volume cover and the special edition:

Kodansha lists volume 13 as having 195 pages, which is way more than the typical 160 pages. If this is not a mistake, it probably means that Chapter 65 will be included in volume 13.

The cover illustration is so gorgeous! Worthy of final volume, even. But I guess CLAMP will go even higher on the cover of volume 14 (which seems to be the last one). Anyway, worthy of second-to-last volume!

The prices for the regular and special editions are 550 and 3,080 yens, respectively, and they are both available for pre-order at CD Japan with worldwide shipping: [Regular Edition], [Special Limited Edition]

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 65

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