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Cardcaptor Sakura (カードキャプターさくら Kādokyaputā Sakura), also known as Cardcaptors, is an anime series created by CLAMP, which is based on the manga published in 1996.

Synopsis

Sakura Kinomoto was an ordinary 4th grader until the day she opened a strange book and let dozens of powerful magic cards loose on the world. Keroberos, the Guardian of the Clow Cards, informs Sakura that it is now her responsibility to find and capture the freed cards. However, much to the reluctant Sakura's dismay, things aren't going to be easy for her; simply saying magic words and waving her wand around isn't good enough. Each card is a living, thinking, extremely powerful being. She'll have to learn to cope with her new responsibilities, as well as ordinary troubles involving love, school, family, and friends. With the support of her friend Tomoyo and a young boy with powers of his own, she must learn how to use her newly awakened magical abilities to collect each card and prevent the disaster that will befall the world if she doesn't.

Dubbing History

Nelvana licensed Cardcaptor Sakura in North America, dubbed the series into English with Ocean Productions. This version was heavily edited from the original Japanese version. The initial version of the dub covered all 70 episodes, although character names were changed, some Japanese text was changed to English, and controversial subjects such as same-sex relationships were edited out. The musical score was completely replaced with new music and some of the sound effects were replaced when they could not be separated into separate tracks, although the original opening and ending themes were dubbed into English. This version aired in Australia on Network Ten and Cartoon Network, in Ireland on RTÉ2, in the UK on CiTV and Nickelodeon, and in Canada on Teletoon.

Cardcaptors first aired in the United States on Kids' WB between June 17, 2000 and December 14, 2001. The version that aired on Kids' WB was an alternate version of the Nelvana dub that was heavily edited even further with episodes re-ordered and some left out completely. The editing to the original Nelvana dub was done to refocus the series to be more action oriented for the appeal of male viewers, as they were seen as the largest audience of animation at the time. The first episode aired in Kids' WB's version was "Sakura's Rival", the eighth episode of the series, having removed episodes focusing on Sakura and to have the show start with Syaoran's arrival. This version ran for 39 episodes, changing the original episode order but finishing with the show's actual final episode. Rather than using the English versions of the original opening and ending themes like in Australia, the North American runs of the series used a new opening theme produced for the dub.

Pioneer Entertainment released the dubbed episodes to nine VHS and DVD compilation volumes from November 2000 to July 2002. They also released the unedited series with the original Japanese audio tracks and English subtitles, to 18 DVDs from November 2000 to November 2003.

An alternative English dub of the series was produced in Hong Kong by Animax Asia for airing in Southeast Asia. This dub was uncut and featured the original character names and music. It is unknwon when exactly this dub was recorded, though likely sometime between 2004-2008. On August 5, 2014, NIS America released the entire anime on DVD and Blu-Ray with this dub; making this the first (and so far, only) dub produced for Animax Asia to see an official American release.

Cast

Image Character Dub Name
(Nelvana)
Seiyū Dub Actor
Canada Nelvana Dub Hong Kong Animax Dub
Main Characters
CCSSakuraKinomoto.png Sakura Kinomoto Sakura Avalon Sakura Tange Carly McKillip Andrea Kwan
CCSShaoranLee.png Shaoran Li Li Showron Motoko Kumai Rhys Huber
(first voice)
Candice Moore
CCSShaoranLiYoung.png Jordan Kilik
(second voice)
Kero2.png Kerberos
"Kero"
Aya Hisakawa Matt Hill Sarah Hauser
CCSKerberos.png Masaya Onosaka Richard Newman Darren Pleavin
CCSTomoyoDaidouji.png Tomoyo Daidōji Madison Taylor Junko Iwao Maggie Blue O'Hara Sarah Hauser
(first voice)
Claudia Thompson
(second voice)
CCSTouyaKinomoto.png Tōya Kinomoto Tori Avalon Tomokazu Seki Tony Sampson Darren Pleavin
CCSTouyaKinomotoYoung.png
CCSYukitoTsukishiro.png Yukito Tsukishiro /
Yue
Julian Star / Yue Megumi Ogata Samuel Vincent Candice Moore
CCSYue.png
CCSMeilinLi.png Meilin Li Meilin Rae Yukana Nogami Nicole Oliver Sarah Hauser
CCSMeilinLiYoung.png
CCSEriolHiragizawa.png Eriol Hiragizawa Eli Moon Nozomu Sasaki Bill Switzer Claudia Thompson
Spick.gif Spi /
Spinel Sun
Spinny /
Spinner Sun
Yumi Tōma Colin Murdock Andrea Kwan
CCSSpinelSun.png Katsuyuki Konishi Darren Pleavin
CCSRNakuruAkisuki.png Nakuru Akisuki /
Ruby Moon
Ryōka Yuzuki Willow Johnson Sarah Hauser
CCSRubyMoon.png Candice Moore
Secondary Characters
CCSKahoMizuki.png Kaho Mizuki Layla MacKenzie Emi Shinohara Linda Rae Candice Moore
CCSNaokoYanagizawa.png Naoko Yanagizawa Nikki Emi Motoi Kelly Sheridan
CCSRikaSasaki.png Rika Sasaki Rita Tomoko Kawakami ¿? Sarah Hauser
(first voice)
Claudia Thompson
(second voice)
CCSChiharuMihara.png Chiharu Mihara Chelsea Miwa Matsumoto Jocelyne Loewen ¿?
CCSTakashiYamazaki.png Takashi Yamazaki Zachary Issei Miyazaki Andrew Francis ¿?
CCSFujitakaKinomoto.png Fujitaka Kinomoto Aiden Avalon Hideyuki Tanaka Brian Drummond Scott Evans
CCSYoshiyukiTerada.png Yoshiyuki Terada Tōru Furusawa
(eps. 1-35)
¿?
Katsuyuki Konishi
(eps. 36-70)
CCSSonomiDaidouji.png Sonomi Daidōji Samantha Taylor Miki Itō Venus Terzo Claudia Thompson
CCSWeiWang.png Wei Wang Motomu Kiyokawa Ron Halder Darren Pleavin
CCSNadeshikoKinomoto.png Nadeshiko Kinomoto Natasha Avalon Yūko Minaguchi Janyse Jaud Candice Moore
CCSNadeshikoKinomotoYoung.png
CCSMakiMatsumoto.png Maki Matsumoto Maggie Kotono Mitsuishi Nicole Oliver
CCSYukieKimura.png Yukie Kimura Mrs. Moore Tomo Saeki ¿? ¿?
CCSMakikoMidori.png Makiko Midori Kei Hayami Nicole Oliver ¿?
CCSMasakiAmamiya.png Masaki Amamiya Masaki Avalon Osamu Saka ¿? ¿?
CCSMusicTeacher12.png Shōko Tsujitani Michiko Neya ¿? ¿?
CCSClowReed.png Clow Reed Kazuo Hayashi Dale Wilson Darren Pleavin

Episodic Characters

Image Character Dub Name Seiyū Canada Dub Actor Episode
First Season
CCS3PenguinTrainer.png Penguin Trainer ¿? Ellen Kennedy 3
CCS7YuukiTachibana.png Yuuki Tachibana Alex Mills Taeko Kawata Chantal Strand 7
CCS7MuseumGuard.png Museum Guard ¿? Brian Drummond
CCS11Assistant.png Servant ¿? Nicole Oliver 11
CCS14YokoNakagawa.png Yoko Nakagawa Vicky Kyōko Hikami Saffron Henderson 14
CCS14YokosFriend1.png Yoko's Friends Vicky's Friends ¿? Willow Johnson
CCS14YokosFriend2.png ¿? ¿?
CCS14Evilstepmother.png Evil Stepmother ¿? Brad Swaile
CCS14BasketballPlayer.png Basketball Player ¿?
CCS15Akane.png Akane Anika Kae Araki Chantal Strand 15

Additional Voices

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2000-2002 Teletoon Canada Canada
2000-2001 The WB!
(Kids' WB!)
United States United States
2001 Cartoon Network
(Toonami)
Network Ten Australia Australia
Cartoon Network
CiTV United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nickelodeon
2001-2002 Cartoon Network India India

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Pioneer Entertainment 2000-2002 VHS.jpg Episodes 1-27 Nelvana NTSC United States United States
9 Volumes
Phase 4 Films 2001 24 Episodes Canada Canada
8 Volumes
Pioneer Entertainment 2001-2002 DVD.jpg Episodes 1-27 1
NTSC
United States United States
9 Volumes
Phase 4 Films 2001 24 Episodes Canada Canada
8 Volumes
NIS America 2014 The Complete Series Animax United States United States
3 Volumes
BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
9 Discs

See Also

External Links

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