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 Manga /Variations/

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 differences between the two. Some differences are big, and others are small. Please refer to the sections below for clarity.

 Minor Differences

  • There are significantly less Clow Cards (19)
  • The Maze Card goes to Sakura, not Ms. Mizuki
  • Kero-chan only needs the Firey Card to return to his true form
  • Sakura makes Syaoran a yukata as a thank you present, not a scarf
  • Sakura makes a bear for Yukito AND Syaoran

 Character Differences

Fujitaka
In the anime, Fujitaka says that Masaki didn't approve of him marrying Nadeshiko because he was a rookie teacher. However, in the manga, he says that it's because he doesn't remember where he was born and doesn't have any relatives. (Unbeknownst to him, the reason that he can't remember or have any relatives is because he is one of Clow Reed's reincarnations!)

Syaoran
In the manga, Syaoran states that he was sent to Tomoeda to capture the Clow Cards because he has the strongest magic in his clan. But, despite this fact, Syaoran never ends up capturing any!! And, because he doesn't capture any cards, he never participates in the Final Judgement!

Meilin
She doesn't exist! Syaoran never receives any visitors while he is in Japan!

Wei
He doesn't exist! Syaoran lives alone!

Tomoyo
There are a few moments in the manga where Tomoyo blushes/acts shy when she sees Touya because he reminds her of Sakura. (In particular, she finds that they have the same ears.) But, this doesn't happen in the anime.

 Magical Items Differences

Moon Bell
In the manga series, the Moon Bell serves the purpose of transforming Sakura's staff and giving her a new moon power (the same type of power as Kaho) which will help support Yue. Unlike the anime, Sakura is able to deflect the Wood Card on her own during the Final Judgement. The Moon Bell was NOT left behind to give her a second chance.

Star Key/Star Wand
When Sakura goes to Penguin Park to deal with the mysterious rain, her Star Key has already been transformed into the Star Wand! She doesn't end up changing the incantation for her Star Key until the second incident. (When Syaoran is being controlled by thread.)

Star Cards
Sakura doesn't have to change Watery into a Star Card when she is fighting the mysterious rain in Penguin Park. She is able to summon it even though it is still a Clow Card! Also, Sakura doesn't even have to realize that she needs to change the Clow Cards into Star Cards. She just subconsciously does it.

 Name Variations

Manga Anime
Cero Kero
Clow Read Clow Reed
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.")

 Relationship Differences

All of the couples below have one thing in common— their love for each other is made clear in the manga, whereas the anime series only hints at it.

Rika & Mr. Terada
In the manga series, these two are actually engaged! (As opposed to simply liking each other.)

Tomoyo & Sakura
Tomoyo confesses her love to Sakura by directly telling her, "I love you." Sakura says it back to her, but she knows that it's a different kind of love.

 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
The Wood Not Shown Episode 4

 Storyline Differences

Clow Reed is the most powerful sorcerer in the world... So, why did he reincarnate? That question was never really answered in the anime series! But, it was thoroughly explained in the manga!!

Basically, Clow Reed was tired of being the most powerful sorcerer in the world and knowing what the future held. So, in order to relieve himself of this burden and become less powerful, he decided to split his soul into two. One half of his soul retained all of his magic and memories (Eriol), and the other half remembered nothing and held no magic powers (Fujitaka). But, even though he split his soul into two, he couldn't split his magical power in two. Thus, he waited for Sakura to become strong and use her power (which derives from the stars, not darkness) to take half of Eriol's power and give it to Fujitaka.

 Clothing & Capture Variations

MANGA ANIME
Clow Card: Clothing Worn: How Captured: Clothing Worn: How Captured:
The Erase Camping Uniform 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 Uniform 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 Pink & 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. Pink & 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.
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.



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