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Card Captor Sakura is one of Clamp's longest manga. It started running in the June 1996 issue of the monthly magazine Nakayoshi. Card Captor Sakura consists of two parts. The first part is the Clow cards series which had ended in the June 1998 issue of Nakayoshi. The second part is the Sakura card series which started in the July 1998 issue of Nakayoshi and is still running. The Anime series started on April 7 1998.
The story is about a grade 4 student name Sakura Kinomoto who aciddentily found a book call The Clow in her father's library. The book originally contains some magic cards call Clow Cards but had escaped while the gurdian beast, Kerberos had fallen a sleep. Kerberos chose Sakura to be the card captor and capture all the cards back before they bring distruction. That is when Sakura's adventure begins.
There are a total of 19 clow cards. They consist of The Windy, The Watery, The Jump, The Woody, The Fly, The IIlusion, The Flower, The Sword, The Thunder, The Shadow, The Mirror, The Shield, The Maze, The Erase, The Glow, The Dark, The Light, The Firey and The Earth. Once all these cards are collected, Sakura has to face the judge, Yue. He is the examiner to see if Sakura has the strength and power to become the master of the Clow Cards. If she wins and defeats Yue, then the cards will be hers. If she is defeated by Yue, then the Clow Cards will be returned and she will forget everything about it. At the end, she had defeated Yue with her strong will and became the new master of The Clow Cards.
All the cards were collected, but there were mysterious powers awaiting Sakura. But the Clow Cards were useless to it. At the end, Sakura used her strong will and created her own mahoujin (magic circle) and a new card was born.
The Sakura Cards are power upped Clow Cards. These cards are created by Sakura, therefore her best friend, Tomoyo Daidoji names them 'Sakura Cards'. They currently consist of The Firey, The Sword and The Fly. More will be made as Sakura uses them and their power will increase.