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Classic Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Hits Netflix June 1

Classic Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Hits Netflix June 1Both fans of the 1998 classic and those who have never seen it, rejoice: Cardcaptor Sakura is headed to Netflix.

The series will begin streaming in the US and Canada on June 1.

Cardcaptor Sakura aired in Japan from 1998 to 2000, but the road to a proper English-language release was a long and strange one. The series was originally brought Stateside in 2000 in the form of Cardcaptors, a heavily-edited and censored version. The uncut series was eventually licensed and released on home video several times, the license switching from publisher to publisher.

The version on Netflix will feature the accurate, uncensored English dub from Animax (and the original Japanese).

For much more on Cardcaptor Sakura and its significance in anime history, check out our long-form article on the series celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Here’s how NIS America describes it:

Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. Or she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s study. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards, while trying to live the life of a normal fourth grader. In the monumental task of collecting all the cards, Sakura must rely on her friends and family, and decide what she finds most important in life.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.