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Eriol Hiiragizawa
Eriol Hiiragizawa
Eriol Hiiragizawa as he appears in Cardcaptor Sakura
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Series: Cardcaptor Sakura
English Name: Eli Moon
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown (presumably the same as Fujitaka Kinomoto's)
Birthday: N/A
Other names: N/A
Relations: Clow Reed (Past Incarnation)

Ruby Moon (Guardian)

Spinel Sun (Guardian)

Residence: Tomoeda, Japan (Former Residence)

China (Former Residence) England (Former Residence)

Current status: unknown/inactive
Powers: High level magics

Various magics pertaining to the Clow Cards

First Appearance: CCS Manga: Volume 8

CCS Anime: Episode 47

Last appearance: CCS Manga: Volume 12

CCS Anime: Episode 70

English voice actor: Bill Switzer (Cardcaptors)

Johnny Yong Bosch (2nd Movie)

Japanese voice actor: Sasaki Nozomi
Korean voice actor: {{{koreanvoice}}}


Eriol Hiiragizawa is a fictional character created by the mangaka group CLAMP and appears in their series Cardcaptor Sakura.

Known as Eli Moon in the english dub, Eriol is half of the reincarnation of Clow Reed, the other being Sakura's father. Eriol holds all the magical power and memories of Clow Reed between the two initially, though, making him "the most powerful sorcerer in the world". In the Sakura Cards Arc, he puts Sakura in a series of situations where she must develop her magical strength and turn the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards, apparently because when she transform the Clow Cards with a reason to do so it was safer for her than if she had not.

AppearanceEdit

Eriol has blue-ish/black hair parted down the middle. He wears large, squared-off glasses that don't conceal his gray eyes and his face is always relaxed with a small smile ever present. When performing magics, he wears black, blue, and white robes that have yellow decals on them that look like one-fourth of a sun and a large black hat that also has a yellow, sun-like decal on it.

PersonalityEdit

PowersEdit

Eriol possesses all of the magical powers that Clow Reed did, as half of his reincarnated self.  He uses Clow's magic circle, and is able to repel Syaoran's attempt to trace him when Syaoran finds Eriol's cloak on Sakura after she passed out during one of Eriol's "tests".

After Sakura turns the last of the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards, Eriol invites Sakura, Syaoran and Tomoyo to his house and explains why he was trying to force Sakura to transform her cards.  He also asks Sakura to help him divide his magical power between himself and the other reincarnated half of Clow-- Sakura's father, Fujitaka Kinomoto.  This act allows Fujitaka to finally be able to see the spirit of his dead wife, Nadeshiko, who has remained close to her family ever since her physical death.

BackgroundEdit

Eriol was originally born in England and (possibly) around the same time Fujitaka Kinomoto was. He stunted his physical appearance at the age of eleven so he would have an easier time getting close to Sakura Kinomoto when he finally met her. Mentally and technically, Eriol should be as old as Sakura's father, since they are two halves of one incarnation. Some point before the Sakura Cards Arc, he traveled through Europe and met Kaho Mizuki.

StoryEdit

Sakura Cards ArcEdit

Eriol transfers to Tomoeda Elementary from England soon after Sakura Kinomoto convinces Yue in the "Final Judgment" and becomes Master of the Clow Cards. He quickly befriends Sakura, a feat which persuades Syaoran Li, who becomes both jealous and suspicious of Eriol, to postpone his return to Hong Kong. It was quite obvious Eriol had bigger intentions towards Sakura. However Tomoyo says that Eriol sees Sakura as someone dear to him and does not see her in a romantic way. Eriol also befriends Takashi Yamazaki and becomes his partner-in-crime when it comes to telling lies; he and Takashi respond to each other's cues perfectly and can together enforce the false validity of their story by both appearing to have detailed knowledge of the subject, thwarting Chiharu's usual dispelling of the whole lie. At the same time, a series of magical disasters force Sakura to gradually convert the Clow Cards into "Sakura Cards" or "Star Cards", which draw from her own magical energy rather than the dwindling amount of magic left in them by Clow, although this had a drawback. At first when Sakura transformed just one Clow Card into a Sakura Card, it was too much for her and afterwards she would fall asleep from exhaustion. What Sakura does not know (until the series' end) is that Eriol himself creates these situations. During each situation, he is seen from afar observing the action, often accompanied by his guardians, Spinel Sun and Ruby Moon. All three of them live in a house that was formerly occupied by Clow Reed himself. Eventually Eriol confronts Sakura and reveals himself to be the reincarnation of Clow Reed, creator of the Cards which leaves Sakura, Tomoyo, Kero and Syaoran stunned at the revelation. He challenges Sakura to defeat him by converting the final Cards, The Light and The Dark, which would prevent Tomoeda from being permanently plunged into darkness. The sheer force causes Tomoyo to fall asleep while Syaroan barely manages to hold on with Sakura being the only one unaffected by the change. With his guardians occupying the attention of Sakura's own guardians, Yue and Cerberus, Eriol uses his magic to hamper Sakura. Eventually she manages to convert Light and Dark with the help of Cerberus and Yue, who together fused with Sakura's wand to make it more powerful, and Syaoran, who provided moral support and the confidence to carry on, even though his attempt to aid her with his magic resulted in him passing out which happened in the manga. In the anime, Syaoran survives long enough to help Sakura change the Light and Dark Cards, breaking Eriol's spell once and for all. In the manga, after Sakura overcomes this final challenge, Eriol puts Sakura through one more task; he asks her to divide his power in half between himself and her father, Fujitaka Kinomoto, who is the other reincarnation of Clow Reed. This at last gives Eriol the one thing he has wanted his entire life: to no longer be the most powerful sorcerer in the world. This wish was probably due to the consequences of Clow Reed's desire for Yuko to stay alive, which led to the events of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. No longer able to keep people away from the battle site using magic, Eriol invites everyone to his home where he explains his actions; stating that the challenges were to give Sakura a reason to have to change the cards into Sakura Cards, which made it easier and safer for her to transform them then it would have been without a good reason.

At Eriol's house, it is revealed that he was working in conjunction with Kaho Mizuki, who he met during her travels in Europe. When Sakura, Syaoran, Tomoyo, and Cerberus go off to help Ruby Moon and Spinel in the kitchen, Eriol steps outside to join Yue, who was still feeling that Clow abandoned him. He feels hurt that Clow had forced him through the all the pain of having to choose another master and believes that Clow himself had been alive all along. Eriol clarifies that he is not Clow Reed, but just has his memories, and that Clow will never return. Eriol then continues to explain Clow's reasoning and helps Yue come to terms with Clow's death and his decision to reincarnate himself. With his task complete, Eriol returns to England with his trusted associate Kaho, Spinel and Ruby Moon.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ArcEdit

RelationshipsEdit

Sakura KinomotoEdit

Syaoran LiEdit

Kaho MizukiEdit

In the manga, it is confirmed that Eriol and Kaho Mizuki have feelings for each other.

Fujitaka KinomotoEdit

SourcesEdit

CCS Wiki- Eriol Hiiragizawa


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