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Crunchyroll Adds ‘Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc Prologue’ Anime Episode

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While the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card series made its debut in January, the third volume of the manga landed back on September 13th, 2017 and had a  bundled OVA edition. That OVA is got a premiere at Anime Expo thanks to Kodansha Comics last year and now Crunchyroll is streaming it so that fans can get the total Cardcaptor Sakura experience. Availability for it is the same as the TV series, which means it’s open to viewers in the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nordics, Central and South America.

This is set to work the story “Sakura and the Two Teddy Bears.” It’ll feature the same staff and cast as the upcoming TV series with Morio Asaka directing it at Madhouse. Ahead of that release, the first promotional video for it has arrived that should delight a great many fans of the past work and animated material.

Kunihiko Hamada is on board with the character designs while Nanase Ohkawa is doing the script for the OVA. The Japanese cast includes Sakura Tange as Sakura Kinomoto, Aya Hisakawa as Keroberos, Junko Iwao as Tomoyo Daidōji, Motoko Kumai as Syaoran Li, Megumi Ogata as Yukito Tsukishiro, Tomokazu Seki as Tōya Kinomoto, Nozomu Sasaki as Eriol Hiragizawa, Emi Shinohara as Kaho Mizuki, Yumi Touma as Spinel Sun, Ryoka Yuzuki as Nakuru Akizuki/Ruby Moon, and Katsuyuki Konishi as Terada-sensei/

The original series from CLAMP came out twenty years ago and had a popular anime series, first released by Geneon here and then recently by NIS America, as well as two theatrical features that were picked up by Discotek Media. The manga itself ran from 1996 to 2000 with twelve million copies sold. TOKYOPOP brought the series out originally and Dark Horse Comics picked it up in omnibus form for a more recent and cleaned up release.

Original concept: One day, Sakura Kinomoto accidentally opened a book containing dozens of magical cards called Clow Cards, and they scattered around her hometown of Tomoeda. Sakura was chosen to be the master of these cards and has been enlisted by the sun-based guardian Kerberos to use her magic and reclaim these cards before they make any more trouble in town. She is encouraged by her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and she meets a rival cardcaptor, Syaoran Li, who is a direct descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards.

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