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Series: Cardcaptor Sakura

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles: Tokyo Revelations

English Name: Sakura Avalon
Gender: Female
Age: 10 (beginning of manga)

14 (end of the manga)

Birthday: April 1st
Other names: Monster/Kaijuu (Nickname from Toya)

Sakura Gauthier (French Dub) Siew Ling (Chinese Dub)

Relations: Fujitaka Kinomoto (Father)

Nadeshiko Kinomoto (Mother; Deceased)

Touya Kinomoto (Brother)

Tomoyo Daidouji (2nd cousin)

Sonomi Daidouji (1st cousin once removed)

Syaoran Li (boyfriend)

Residence: Tomoeda, Japan
Current status: Alive
Powers: Uses Clow Cards/Sakura Cards

Ability to turn Clow Cards into Sakura Cards

First Appearance: CCS Manga: Chapter 1

CCS Anime: Episode 1 (One Fateful Day [ENG]/Sakura and the Mysterious Book [Jap])

Last appearance: CCS Manga: Chapter 48

CCS Anime: Episode 70 [Jap], 39 [ENG]

English voice actor: Carly McKillip (Series & 1st movie)

Kari Walghren (2nd movie: The Sealed Card)

Japanese voice actor: Sakura Tange
Korean voice actor: {{{koreanvoice}}}


Sakura Kinomoto (木之本 さくら Kinomoto Sakura) Named after the Japanese word for "cherry blossom" is the protagonist of CLAMP's anime and manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura.

Sakura Li from Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE has a similar character design and personality to Sakura. They even share the same name, but they aren't the same person as Sakura Kinomoto appears in the OVA Tsubasa Chronicle: Tokyo Revelations along with Sakura Li.

She and her world are also is mentioned a few times in xxxHolic, such as when Yuuko and Watanuki go through Yuuko's storehouse and find Sakura's Sealing Wand.

AppearanceEdit

Sakura has light brown hair cut just below the chin and has green eyes she usually has her hair tied. Her height is a little shorter than average. Usually, when she's not wearing her school uniform, she wears cute dresses and skirts. Tomoyo makes the costumes she wears while capturing the Clow Cards. Most of the time, these costumes have some referance to the card she's after, such as a musical themed outfit when she was chasing the Song Card.

PersonalityEdit

Sakura is portrayed as a well-loved, pretty, cheerful, cute and at times a naïve ten-year old. She is very athletic, Sakura is skilled in sports at school, being called the "best baton twirler in school" by her friends. However, she hates math and has an open fear of ghosts.  Her "invincible spell", "Everything will surely be all right." (「絶対大丈夫だよ。」 "Zettai daijōbu da yo."), has carried her through innumerable trials and obstacles as she masters her magical skills. She often comes across as naïve, clumsy, dense and clueless, but she has her perceptive moments on occasion.

Sakura's optimistic and trustworthy character allows her to be friendly with everybody, she is very outgoing and the entire series focuses on the friendships she creates with people, whether strangers, loose acquaintances, or rivals. In fact, her personality is a dominating factor in her relationships, especially with Syaoran Li. Though sometimes she's quite gulliable and believes what everyone tells her. Her charm can win anyone (as shown with Syaoran in the series)  She became scared of ghosts because her brother who could see spirits would usually point them out. Though she couldn't see them, their descriptions of have 'one eye' or 'missing a hand' would frighten her therefore she since she was young has felt a deep fear of ghosts. Ironically she has no fear or the Clow Cards, this is apparent when Sakura finds out that the ghost in the park is actually a Clow Card and therefore was not scared anymore. She is known to be clueless about things relating to herself but perceptive of others. She's a great secret keeper Though when she finds out information about her friends she usually keeps quiet about it, such as when Sakura finds out her classmate loves an older man.

PowersEdit

Sakura wields the Sealing Wand, originally a key, she can change it into a staff by saying an incantation, she uses this to seal Clow Cards, Release the, return them, make new ones etc.... For the first half of the series the staff is a dark pink color with the top looking like a birds head. But for when she becomes the mistress of the Clow Cards, her staff becomes light pink and at the top is a circle with the star in the middle, and little wings on the side, which turn bigger when she transforms a Clow Card into a Sakura Card. But when Sakura changes the DARK and LIGHT card Kerberos and Yue absorb into the staff, The staff becomes a whole lot taller with a spikey gold ball on top.

StoryEdit

Cardcaptor SakuraEdit

The story focuses on Sakura Kinomoto, an elementary school student who discovers that she possesses magical powers after accidentally freeing a set of magical cards from the book they had been sealed in for years. She is then tasked with retrieving those cards in order to avoid an unknown catastrophe from befalling the world. In the second half of the manga and anime, Sakura must use the power of her own star to transform the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards, or else the cards would lose their powers.

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ArcEdit

RelationshipsEdit

Syaoran LiEdit

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The most notable relationship in the series is between Sakura and Syaoran Li, largely due to the second half of the series being heavily devoted to its development.

Their first encounter was on Syaoran's first day in Tomoeda Elementary School. Before they were properly introduced, Sakura was baffled to find Syaoran glaring at her and giving her hateful glances. He later confronts her, where he demands that she surrender the Clow Cards to him. When she refuses to give them to him, Syaoran attempts to take them from her by force. Sakura's brother, Toya, intervenes before their fight could escalate. Following these events, Sakura and Syaoran's relationship was strained for quite a while and despite her many attempts to befriend him, he was cold and dismissive towards her. Syaoran often ridiculed Sakura as he believed she was unworthy of the Clow Cards, She, however refused to retaliate and was kind to him. Like many other characters in the story, Syaoran gravitated to her gentle nature and they eventually became friends. An important turn in their relationship occurs when the Earthy reveals itself in the manga chapter entitled "The Power of the Elements", where Sakura falls into a deep crevice created by the card. Running to save her, Syaoran yells out to her, calling her by her first name. [4] After being rescued by Cerberus, Sakura returns this by asking if she can start calling him "Syaoran-kun". This is paralleled in the anime where, in episode 57, Tomoyo, Syaoran, Eriol, Sakura take a visit to a teddy bear museum. (The journey through the museum is accompanied by the song Ki Ni Naru Aitsu or That Girl I Can't Ignore, sung by his voice actress, Kumai Motoko). This is followed by a scene in an elevator between Syaoran and Sakura where events similar to those centered around the Earth card occur. Syaoran screams out Sakura's name here when she falls into a hole. Sakura later gets herself to safety by changing the Float Card and then tells him she heard this, and asks if she can call him "Syaoran-kun" instead of the more neutral "Li-kun".

Throughout the series, Syaoran gradually becomes more committed to caring for Sakura romantically, most especially after Yue forces him to confront his feelings early on in the second story arc, but she remains completely oblivious of his feelings. Syaoran's blushes become more frequent, and there are some occasions where he would suddenly become clumsy when in her presence. Sakura will either keep an innocent smile on her face or look confused and worried at Syaoran whenever he trips and falls. It is not certain when Sakura's feelings for Syaoran progress into romantic, but it is hinted to been when he comforted her after Yukito rejected her.

When Sakura confesses her feelings to Yukito, only to have them turned down because Yukito is in love with Sakura's older brother, Toya, Syaoran is there to comfort her in the park afterward. It is a very emotional period in the series, but she is able to recover, thanks to Syaoran being there to help her get her emotions out. To give thanks, she spends a week making him a scarf. Similarly, in the manga, Sakura returns the favor by spending a week making him a yukata which she gives to him after he agrees to accompany her to a festival although he is concerned when she shows up to school, wearing bandages. Sakura is finally made aware of Syaoran's feelings when he personally confesses them near the end of the series, after the final battle with Eriol Hiiragizawa. The news comes as a complete shock to her, and it is ever present in her thoughts over the next few days. After talking to her friends about why she is upset and confused about her feelings, she recognizes that she may love Syaoran as more than a friend. She goes to his house to speak with him, only to discover that he is returning to Hong Kong. She is heartbroken and cries, saying to herself that she doesn't want him to leave. This leads her to conclude that Syaoran is her true "number one person," and she hurries home to make him a teddy bear before she confesses her newfound feelings as Syaoran suddenly leaves for Hong Kong (though only temporarily). He asks her to wait for his return and she promises because she loves him the most. Two years later, they reunite as a couple. The anime stretches out the suspense, with Sakura not yet answering Syaoran in the last episode of the series. Instead, her confession comes at the end of the second movie, after several failed attempts throughout the film.

The teddy bears (seen in the above picture) are named Sakura and Syaoran, respectively, referring to a fictional tradition where if two people make teddy bears for each other and the recipients name them after their donors, the two will be a couple forever. In the manga, Sakura and Syaoran name their bears after each other after she confesses her love to him. However this is slightly changed in the anime, where, Syaoran gives Sakura his bear (she asks to have it) in Episode 70, but Sakura never gives him one, having already given it to Yukito earlier in the series. In the second movie, four months after Syaoran's departure, Sakura expresses her wish to confess her feelings to him to Tomoyo. Unbeknownst to her, Syaoran returns to Japan with his cousin Meiling Li who was having secret phone calls with Tomoyo who helped plan their return. Tomoyo and Meiling organized outings for Sakura to tell Syaoran about how she feels but, rather amusingly, she gets constantly interrupted by Kero, Toya and the awakening of the Nothing Card. During the final battle with the latter, She traps Sakura between two gaps on a tower's staircase. Sakura manages to convince her of her wrongdoings with the help of the other 52 cards. As Sakura changes the card into a Sakura card, ready to lose her most precious feeling as the price for sealing it, she regrets not being able to tell Syaoran how she felt. However, the card chooses Syaoran instead, who arrives in the nick of time, as he had more magical energy left. Sakura, unable to reach Syaoran, could only watch as the Nothing took it's effect on Syaoran. However, the effects of the Nothing card was successfully negated by the Nameless card, turning it into the Hope card. Sakura confesses her love believing that Syaoran had forgotten his own . She begins to cry but Syaoran surprisingly replies he loves her too, meaning he had not lost his most important feeling. As the sun rises, the damage done by the Nothing card starts to fade away. However,Sakura is so overjoyed by the revelation, that she uses the Jump card to recklessly leap across the gap to reach Syaoran, despite his pleas to wait for the stairs to return. The film ends on a cliffhanger with Sakura halfway through the air, but a still image released with the film shows that she makes the leap, right into Syaoran's arms. The manga concludes the development of their relationship differently, as there is no movie for which to create a cliffhanger. Instead, after a major battle, as in the anime, Syaoran finds a quiet moment in Penguin Park to confess his love to Sakura. Sakura, again, is left in a mild state of shock as she tries to absorb the words, while Syaoran, content after revealing his feelings, tells her to be careful going back home and then leaves. The rest of the volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura is focused on Sakura trying to work out her feelings for Syaoran. Many people play a role in this.

Tomoyo Daidouji Edit

Tomoyo Daidouji is Sakura's best friend and her second cousin on their mothers' side. When she learns of Sakura's new role as a Cardcaptor, she insists that Sakura must wear "special outfits" and begins providing Sakura with the various costumes she wears during her captures as well as accompanying her on missions to record the events with her video camera.. Tomoyo also gives Syaoran advice for his feelings for Sakura and enjoys teasing him about it occasionally. Tomoyo also makes cameo appearances in Tsubasa:RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE.

Yukito TsukishiroEdit

Sakura maintains a crush on Yukito Tsukishiro for most of the manga and anime, but when she finally confesses to Yukito, she is gently rejected and she realizes that she loved him because of his resemblance to her father and his power of the moon.

Touya KinomotoEdit

TriviaEdit

As put in the first Chapter of the manga-

  • Her blood type A
  • Favorite colors are pink and white
  • Favorite flowers are cherry blossoms (known as 'sakura')
  • Favorite classes are Music and PE
  • Least favorite class is Math
  • School Club: Cheerleading
  • Favorite Foods: Rice Omelet and Noodles
  • Least Favorite Foods: Konnyaku
  • Since rice omelets and noodles are her favourite foods, they are notably also Touya's specialty dish

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