Netflix is one of the biggest names out there when it comes to localizing, producing, and streaming anime overseas. They have plenty of original projects in the anime sphere like Devilman Crybaby and Neo Yokio. They also often co-produce or license currently airing anime so they can stream it exclusively on their platform, with recently broadcast hits like Dorohedoro and BNA: Brand New Animal serving as some examples. Every now and then, though, Netflix will grab the streaming rights for much older anime series to give them a new streaming platform to live on. Netflix did it recently with the landmark licensing of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Now, Netflix is bringing another classic anime to its streaming platform by putting Cardcaptor Sakura on Netflix starting June 1.
Dust off your wands and return to Clamp’s legendary world of a magical girl and her card-capturing quest! Cardcaptor Sakura series Clow Card and Sakura Card arrive on Netflix in the US and Canada June 1st. pic.twitter.com/TSIcOxA5Kb
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) May 18, 2020
Netflix made the announcement via Twitter, confirming that the classic 1998 anime will be available to stream in the US and Canada starting next month, on June 1. If you’re a fan of magical girl anime and you haven’t seen Cardcaptor Sakura, you owe it to yourself to check this iconic series out. MyAnimeList provides a synopsis of the anime:
Sakura Kinomoto is your garden-variety ten-year-old fourth grader, until one day, she stumbles upon a mysterious book containing a set of cards. Unfortunately, she has little time to divine what the cards mean because she accidentally stirs up a magical gust of wind and unintentionally scatters the cards all over the world. Suddenly awakened from the book, the Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (nicknamed Kero-chan), tells Sakura that she has released the mystical Clow Cards created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. The Cards are no ordinary playthings. Each of them possesses incredible powers, and because they like acting independently, Clow sealed all the Cards within a book. Now that the Cards are set free, they pose a grave danger upon the world, and it is up to Sakura to prevent the Cards from causing a catastrophe!
The Madhouse produced Cardcaptor Sakura anime is an adaptation of the CLAMP manga of the same name, which ran in Nakayoshi magazine from May 1996 to June 2000. The Madhouse anime adaptation debuted in April 1998, running until March of 2000. The anime would get a pair of film sequels in the form of 1999’s Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie and 2000’s Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card.
On the 20th anniversary of the iconic Cardcaptor Sakura series in 2016, CLAMP actually returned to deliver a limited-run sequel manga. A couple of years later, that sequel manga would inspire the anime series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, which premiered in January of 2018 and ended later that year in June. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, while Funimation also streamed an English dub of the sequel anime on FunimationNow.
Source: Anime News Network