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Cardcaptor Sakura— Manga vs. Anime
As far as these two are concerned, the original Cardcaptor Sakura manga books are the same as the anime series in regard to the storyline. However, even though the storyline is the same, there are a few differences between the two. For example, not all of the Clow Cards are captured in the same order. This causes Sakura to capture them in different ways and sometimes while wearing different clothing. Another minor difference between the two is the way that characters names are spelled. Please refer to the charts below for clarity.

 Name Variations

Manga Anime
Cero Kero
Daidoji Daidouji
Kerberos Cerberus
Mitsuki Mizuki
Seijyu Seijou
Souppy Suppi
Toya Touya
Yueh Yue
Yuki* Yukito

Why are there differences in character names?
Because the Japanese language derives from pictorial characters, it is sometimes difficult to translate its phonetic sounds into roman lettering. The process of converting these sounds into roman lettering is called romanization. There are three systems of romanization including Hepburn, Nippon, and Kunrei. Of these three systems, Hepburn is the most widely used.

* This is not a difference in romanization or pronunciation. This entry has been included because it is a nickname that is frequently used in the manga more so than the anime. (In the anime series, Touya is the only person who refers to Yukito as "Yuki.")

 Sequential Variations

MANGA
ANIME
Clow Card: Chapter Caught: Episode Caught:
The Dark Chapter 21 Episode 42
The Earthy Chapter 24 Episode 45
The Erase Chapter 17 Episode 17
The Firey Chapter 23 Episode 35
The Flower Chapter 7 Episode 10
The Fly Chapter 2 Episode 1
The Glow Chapter 18 Episode 18
The Illusion Chapter 5 Episode 6
The Jump Chapter 1 Episode 5
The Light Chapter 21 Episode 42
The Maze Chapter 15 Episode 26
The Mirror Chapter 12 Episode 25
The Shadow Chapter 10 Episode 2
The Shield Chapter 13 Episode 11
The Sword Chapter 9 Episode 9
The Thunder Chapter 10 Episode 8
The Watery Chapter 3 Episode 3
The Windy Chapter 2
(Shown in Flashback)
Episode 1

 Clothing & Capture Variations

MANGA
ANIME
Clow Card: Clothing Worn: How Captured: Clothing Worn: How Captured:
The Erase Camping Clothes Syaoran uses his water element to cast "floating steps" so that he and Sakura can reach the shrine that the Erase card is hiding in. Camping Clothes Sakura uses the Float card on herself and Syaoran so that they can reach the shrine that the Erase card is hiding in.
The Flower Tomoeda Gym Uniform Sakura seals the card away while dancing with it. Tomoeda Gym Uniform Sakura seals the card away while dancing with it.
The Fly Pink Feather Costume Sakura uses the Wood card to enclose the injured Fly card in a forest. Pink Pajamas Sakura uses the Windy card to bind the Fly card and capture it.
The Glow Long Sleeve Shirt & Skirt Sakura has a premonition about the Glow card and is, therefore, able to capture it at the festival even though she can barely sense the presence of a Clow Card. Kimono Costume Sakura has a premonition about the Glow card and is, therefore, able to capture it at the festival even though she can barely sense the presence of a Clow Card.
The Illusion Bat Burglar Costume/Yellow Battle Dress Sakura uses the Watery card in order to reach the bottom of the lake. After she realizes the true identity of the Illusion card she seals it away. Pink Bunny Costume/Yellow Battle Dress Sakura uses the Fly card when she falls from the cliff. After she realizes the true identity of the Illusion card she seals it away.
The Jump Final Judgment Costume Sakura uses the Windy card to bind the Jump card and capture it. Blue Daisy Dress Sakura uses the Wood card to trap the Jump card and capture it.
The Maze Winter School Uniform After Sakura, Tomoyo, and Syaoran are trapped inside the Maze card, Ms.Mizuki uses her moon bell to break apart the walls and free them. Winter School Uniform After Sakura, Tomoyo, Syaoran, and Meilin are trapped inside the Maze card, Ms.Mizuki uses her moon bell to break apart the walls and free them.
The Mirror Black & White Jumper Using clues from the earlier fortune telling and the Mirror card's imitation of her, Sakura is able to guess the identity of the card correctly. White & Pink Jumper Using clues from the earlier fortune telling and the Mirror card's imitation of her, Sakura is able to guess the identity of the card correctly.
The Shadow Valentine's Day Costume Sakura uses the Thunder card to find the Shadow card's true form and then uses the Sword card to pin it to the ground and seal it away. Red Cape Costume After Tomoyo-chan turns on all of the school's lights, Sakura is able to see the card's true form and capture it.
The Shield Elegant Overcoat Costume Sakura uses the Sword card to break through the barrier and seal away the card. Pale Red Dress Sakura uses the Sword card to break through the barrier and seal away the card.
The Sword Striped Sweater Sakura uses the Illusion card to distract Rika with the image of her beloved. Winter School Uniform Sakura uses the Illusion card to distract Rika with the image of her beloved.
The Thunder Pink Kitty Costume Because this capture is revealed through a brief viewing of Tomoyo-chan's video, we never find out exactly how this card was captured. Pink Kitty Costume Sakura uses the Shadow card to enclose the Thunder card and seal it away.
The Watery Blue Jester Costume Sakura lures the Watery card into the freezer at Tomoeda Elementary using the Windy card. Blue Jester Costume Sakura lures the Watery card into the freezer at the Tomoeda Aquarium using the Windy card.
The Windy Bow Costume
(Depicted on Left)
After Sakura encounters the Windy card, it decides to go into the Clow Book on its own. Winter School Uniform Sakura never lets go of the card as it scatters the others.