Funimation’s work on the new Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime series with the simuldub is going over well and they’re doing some new promotion for it. And that comes in the form of my favorite thing (outside of dub outtakes) with the opening sequence being streamed since it’s such a great shareable piece. The opening song is “Clear” as performed by Maaya Sakamoto which works wonderfully in setting the tone for the show.
The new series has Morio Asaka directing it at Madhouse with Nanase Ohkawa handling the series composition and working on the scripts. Kunihiko Hamada is on board for the character designs while Mokona is handling the costume and card design for it.
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.
Plot Concept: Fourteen-year-old Sakura starts junior high school along her friends, including Syaoran, who had just returned to Tomoeda. After having a dream with a mysterious cloaked figure, all of Sakura’s cards turn blank and are rendered powerless, thus she starts her quest to find out what is wrong. In doing so, Sakura and her allies discover and capture new transparent cards using a new key.