Long time fans of the medium have been treated to the return of old titles a few times in recent years – most notably the release of Sailor Moon Crystal, which aired from 2014 onwards. We are all being treated to yet another return soon, when the Card Captor Sakura series returns to our screens (or monitors).
There are, of course, a few key differences. Sailor Moon Crystal was a complete reboot of the series. Given the age of the original series, there were also large updates in character design and aesthetic too. The same is not true of Card Captor Sakura. The new series is a continuation of the original, and we got a precious glimpse into what awaits us with Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen – Prologue Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma, which was released in September.
Animated by Madhouse, the opening scenes gave one the feeling of diving into a piece of very precious history. Animation is more up to date of course, but changes to the original character designs were very subtle. Also back for the most part are the original voice actors featured in the original series, and watchers will have the feeling that the series never really left.
Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma serves as a brief little interlude between the ending of the original series and the Clear Card Arc, serving to provide watchers with a very brief review of the preceding events. You won’t be getting any info on what’s coming though, but what the episode does accomplish is to set up a few things to get ready for the coming season. Whether it’s going to be enough to refresh your memory is an entirely different question, given the very long gap since the original series finished airing.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen – with Sakura now a middle-schooler – is scheduled to start airing on 7 January 2018. What’s left to me now is to figure out whether I’ll be able to rewatch the original series in its entirety before then.
The teaser for the series is below: