Everything old is new again – Sailor Moon is back, Devilman is returning… And Cardcaptor Sakura is coming back, too! The new Clear Card saga starts in January, following Sakura Kinomoto as she enters junior high. And FUNimation will be releasing a dub.
With the show’s awkward localization history, could this be a chance at Western redemption?
The Story Until Now
Cardcaptor Sakura was one of a few shows that… well… didn’t fare well on Western release. Even with the success of Sailor Moon, action anime was still considered very much a boys’ club. And with snips happening here and there to cut out non “child-friendly” plot points, more was bound to go.
The end result was that Cardcaptor Sakura fans were very confused when they tuned in to Cardcaptors. Nelvana’s dub as shown in North America plunged viewers in a few episodes after the beginning, altering the show’s focus. Li Showron’s entrance became the first episode, for one thing. For another, capturing the Clow Cards became the focus of the series. (We have Yu-Gi-Oh, or at least its Western popularity, to thank for that.)
Listing off all the changes in the dub would take too long. If you’re interested, there’s a comprehensive list on the CCS wiki. It’s extensive.
The only way to get an unedited dub was to grab Animax Asia’s — which, fortunately for dub fans, is now accessible.
As it turns out, Sakura’s adventures are far from over! The upcoming new season, Clear Card, follows the 2016 manga of the same name. After a strange dream, Sakura finds that all her Clow Cards are blank and powerless. She and her friends gather to find out what’s going on. And along they way, they discover a new series of transparent cards.
FUNimation announced that they’ll be simuldubbing the show as it airs. …So while it’s taken some time (and a total change in how we consume anime), it looks like Cardcaptor Sakura fans can enjoy easy access to a dubbed version of their favorite show.
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