Cardcaptor sakura (カードキャプターさくら) is a popular anime series that was created by the artist group CLAMP. It’s considered to be one of Japan’s best-known and most successful magical girl anime. The anime TV series was produced by Madhouse and ran for 70 episodes from 1998 to 2000. It has been licensed for release in North America by Nelvana, and it aired on the Kids WB block on The WB Television Network between June 2000 and June 2001.
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Cardcaptor Sakura Plot
Cardcaptor sakura takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Tomoeda, and follows the adventures of ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto (木之本 桜, Kinomoto Sakura), 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. Sakura’s main goal is to capture all the cards and release them back into the book from which they came.
As she searches for each card individually, she learns of their significance and power, as well as coming across other people who want to capture them for their own reasons. The anime series focuses primarily on Sakura’s efforts to retrieve the Clow Cards and Cerberus while learning more about herself and her past. It also shows how she grows up from being an insecure little girl who is too weak to play with her friends, into a strong young woman who understands herself better and is able to control her newly gained magical powers such as flying on a broomstick without falling off it or using magic for fun such as making a frog appear in somebody’s throat when they swallow food too quickly.
How Much Filler is in Cardcaptor Sakura?
The Cardcaptor series has a remarkably high filler episode rate. There are a total of 93 episodes in the series, and there are a total of 33 episodes which are filler episodes, which gives it a score of 35% filler episodes.
Quick Filler & Canon Lists
Complete Filler List
|1||Sakura and the Strange Magical Book||Canon||04/07/1998|
|2||Sakura's Wonderful Friend||Canon||04/14/1998|
|3||Sakura's Breathtaking First Date||Canon||04/21/1998|
|4||Sakura's Exhausting Sunday||Canon||04/28/1998|
|5||Sakura, a Panda, and a Darling Little Store||Canon||05/05/1998|
|6||Sakura and Memories of Her Mother||Canon||05/12/1998|
|7||Sakura's First Attempt as a Thief||Canon||05/19/1998|
|8||Sakura's Rival Appears||Canon||05/26/1998|
|9||Sakura and the Mysterious Brooch||Canon||06/02/1998|
|10||Sakura and the Sports Day of Flowers||Canon||06/16/1998|
|11||Sakura, Tomoyo, and a Mansion||Canon||06/23/1998|
|12||Sakura's Neverending Day||Filler||06/30/1998|
|13||Sakura and the Elephant's Test of Strength||Filler||07/07/1998|
|14||Sakura, Toya, and Cinderella||Filler||07/14/1998|
|15||Sakura and Kero's Big Fight||Filler||07/21/1998|
|16||Sakura and the Rainbow of Memories||Canon||08/04/1998|
|17||Sakura's Scary Test of Courage||Canon||08/11/1998|
|18||Sakura, Yukito, and the Summer Festival||Canon||08/18/1998|
|19||Sakura and the Summer Holiday Homework||Filler||09/01/1998|
|20||Transfer Student vs. Sakura||Filler||09/08/1998|
|21||Sakura's Long Marathon Race||Filler||09/15/1998|
|22||Sakura and Her Kind Father||Filler||09/22/1998|
|23||Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Wonderful Song||Filler||09/29/1998|
|24||Sakura's Little Adventure||Filler||10/06/1998|
|25||Sakura and One More Sakura||Canon||10/13/1998|
|26||Sakura and the Wonderful Teacher||Canon||10/20/1998|
|27||Sakura and the Shrine of Memories||Filler||10/27/1998|
|28||Sakura and the Enchanted Cards||Filler||11/03/1998|
|29||Sakura's Sweet Cooking||Filler||11/10/1998|
|30||Sakura and the Injured Card||Filler||11/17/1998|
|31||Sakura and the Nameless Book||Filler||11/24/1998|
|32||Sakura, Kero, and Syaoran||Filler||12/01/1998|
|33||Sakura's Freezing Ice Skating||Filler||12/15/1998|
|34||Sakura, Yukito, and the Midday Moon||Filler||12/22/1998|
|35||Sakura's Wonderful Christmas||Canon||12/29/1998|
|36||Sakura and the Snowy New School Term||Filler||04/06/1999|
|37||Sakura and Tomoyo's Lost Voice||Filler||04/13/1999|
|38||Sakura's Fun Strawberry-Picking Adventure||Filler||04/20/1999|
|39||Sakura's Dizzy Fever Day||Canon||04/27/1999|
|40||Sakura and the Sakura from the Dream||Filler||05/11/1999|
|41||Sakura, Syaoran, and the Sea of Sand||Canon||05/18/1999|
|42||Sakura and the Blacked Out School Festival||Canon||05/25/1999|
|43||Sakura and Farewell to Meilin||Filler||06/01/1999|
|44||Sakura, Kero, and the Mysterious Teacher||Canon||06/08/1999|
|45||Sakura and the Final Clow Card||Canon||06/15/1999|
|46||Sakura and the Final Judgement||Canon||06/22/1999|
|47||Sakura and the Mysterious Transfer Student||Canon||09/07/1999|
|48||Sakura and the Awakened Star Key||Canon||09/14/1999|
|49||Sakura and the Dangerous Piano||Canon||09/21/1999|
|50||Sakura, Syaoran, and the Invisible Thread||Canon||09/28/1999|
|51||Sakura and the Big Teddy Bear||Canon||10/05/1999|
|52||Sakura's Sheep Warning||Canon||10/12/1999|
|53||Sakura and the Panicky Bike||Filler||10/19/1999|
|54||Sakura and the Calendar of Memories||Canon||10/26/1999|
|55||Sakura and Sakura from Wonderland||Filler||11/02/1999|
|56||Sakura, Kero, and the Sweet Meeting||Filler||11/09/1999|
|57||Sakura, Syaoran, and the Elevator||Filler||11/16/1999|
|58||Sakura and Double Trouble||Filler||11/30/1999|
|59||Sakura, Tomoyo, and the Ball Trap||Canon||12/07/1999|
|60||Sakura and the Precious Friend||Filler||12/14/1999|
|61||Sakura, the Cards, and the Presents||Filler||12/21/1999|
|62||Sakura and the Mysterious Fortune||Filler||01/04/2000|
|63||Sakura, the Pool, and the Huge Wave||Filler||01/11/2000|
|64||Sakura and the Snowy Ski Class||Filler||01/18/2000|
|65||Sakura, Yukito, and the Vanishing Power||Canon||02/15/2000|
|66||The Person Sakura Likes the Most||Canon||02/22/2000|
|67||Sakura, Syaoran, and the Tsukimine Shrine||Canon||02/29/2000|
|68||Sakura, the Past, and Clow Reed||Canon||03/07/2000|
|69||Sakura Meets Clow Reed||Canon||03/14/2000|
|70||Sakura and Her True Feelings||Canon||03/21/2000|
|71||Sakura and the Two Bears||Canon||09/13/2017|
|72||Sakura and the Clear Cards||Canon||01/07/2018|
|73||Sakura and the Room with No Exit||Canon||01/14/2018|
|74||Sakura's Heavy Rain Alert||Canon||01/21/2018|
|75||Sakura and the Lovely Transfer Student||Canon||01/28/2018|
|76||Sakura Feels a Pull at the Flower Viewing||Canon||02/04/2018|
|77||Sakura, the Rabbit and the Song of the Moon||Canon||02/11/2018|
|78||Sakura and a Game of Tag in the Garden||Canon||02/18/2018|
|79||Sakura, the Clock, and a Hide-and-Seek Game||Canon||02/25/2018|
|80||Sakura's Thrilling Aquarium Visit||Canon||03/04/2018|
|81||Sakura and the Sleep Labyrinth||Canon||03/11/2018|
|82||Sakura and the Upside-Down Penguin||Canon||03/18/2018|
|83||Sakura and the Ice Ball-Sports Tournament||Canon||03/25/2018|
|84||Sakura and the "I'm Back" Meiling||Canon||04/08/2018|
|85||Sakura, the Shrine and the Zoo?||Canon||04/15/2018|
|86||Sakura's Nostalgic Viewing Party||Canon||04/22/2018|
|87||Sakura and Meiling's Friend||Canon||04/29/2018|
|88||Sakura and the Crazy Sweets||Canon||05/06/2018|
|89||Sakura, the Fire and Water Bird||Canon||05/13/2018|
|90||Sakura and Akiho's Lullaby||Canon||05/20/2018|
|91||Sakura, Rainbows, and Grandpa||Canon||05/27/2018|
|92||Sakura, the Mirror and the Key of Memories||Canon||06/03/2018|
|93||Sakura's Clear Cards||Canon||06/10/2018|
List of filler episodes for Cardcaptor Sakura in chronological order – Learn if it is worth watching
Episode 12 Sakura’s never ending day!
Episode 12 is a filler for the main plot of the series. The main plot is about Sakura’s father, Fujitaka Kinomoto and his archaeology job. While Sakura’s mother is away, Fujitaka decided to visit his daughter’s school to talk with her class. He decided to invite Syaoran to his house so that he can see some of his collection and models. Syaoran is very excited about this, but when he saw Sakura in the school grounds, he immediately glares at her. Syaoran was having a fanboy moment with Fujitaka when it suddenly disappeared when he saw Sakura waving at him.
Sakura asked her father if what he talked about in class was alright since some of it might have been too difficult for the children to understand. He says that it was alright since they understand the most important part which is interest and passion towards archaeology which will keep them going even if they don’t understand everything else. He asks if she wants something for dinner, which she says she does not want anything since Touya had dinner duty that day and switched with him because Touya has an exam tomorrow and needs all the time he can get studying for it. The bell rings signaling recess is over and Sakura is upset that it went by so fast. Fujitaka says that the end of recess always feels so short. Sakura waves goodbye to her father and goes back to class.
It’s now night time and Sakura is playing video games after she finished doing her homework for the day. She wins the game and goes to bed afterwards, but Kero says it’s time for all good little girls to go to sleep. He then questions himself why Sakura is up so late while playing games when she should be sleeping like a good little girl. Kero says he did win the game, and says that he did it, implying he beat the boss in the game (which is a giant frog).
This is a filler episode because Fujitaka and his archaeology occupation is a plot point for the series. It explains more about Fujitaka’s job and why he’s often away from home.
Episode 13 Sakura and the elephant’s test of strength
Episode 13 is a filler episode, meaning that the plot does not occur in the manga. It features Tomoyo’s younger twin sisters, Chiharu and Naoko. In the beginning of the episode, Sakura and Tomoyo are at the zoo taking pictures for a school report. Kero had been using one of Sakura’s bags as a blanket. Sakura had gone to school without him because he was still sleeping from her father’s cooking (as stated in his thoughts). He fell asleep on her bag, but when she went to take it out of her bag at school, he fell out on top of it and slid all around inside. When Sakura called him to tell him about his new place in her class (which is with Kotaro), he fell out of her bag again and landed on her foot. Sakura tried to cover this up by telling Chiharu and Naoko that Kero was at home relaxing because he had been working hard lately. Later, when they observe the elephants at the zoo, Sakura tells Chiharu and Naoko that she will be going home early with Tomoyo to finish their report on time (not wanting them to find out about Kero).
At home, Kero wakes up after having dream of the time he and Sakura first met (this scene is seen in episode 1 of the anime). He is hungry, so he decides to make some food. As he cooks, Sakura comes home. She tells him that she was at the zoo observing elephants and that she has to go with Tomoyo to finish their report on time. Kero offers her a meal for his good deed, but she tries to refuse because she has to go help Tomoyo. He asks what they are doing, so she says that they are going to the library. Before she leaves, Kero gives her some food and tells her that he will be thinking of her while she enjoys herself with Tomoyo at the library (she is not sure how to respond).
This episode is a filler because it does not occur in the manga. Episode 2 (another filler episode) shows that Sakura and Tomoyo had finished their report on time. This episode is placed after episode 2, but before episodes 3 and 4, which are non-filler episodes. Therefore, this episode is a filler.
Syaoran uses the Time card for the first time in this episode. He uses it to stop time so that Sakura can stop a Power card from tormenting the elephants at the zoo. Another use of this card would be seen in episode 25, when Yūko Ichihara gives Syaoran a glimpse of his future.
Clow Reed’s notebook is seen again in this episode, during Syaoran’s fight with the Emperor Penguin Power card. The note on page 11 is shown to read “Power – Emperor Penguin”. This was first seen in Episode 5 when Sakura opened up Clow’s notebook to find out what she could do to help Kero at home (when she took a break from capturing cards).
Episode 14 Sakura, Toya and cinderella
Episode 14 is a filler episode. This episode is a side-story of the main story line. The main story line is Sakura trying to rescue her friends from the clutches of the Clow cards. But in this episode, we get a break from that story line and we get to see Sakura and Tomoyo having fun in high school, along with some new characters and of course, we see Touya and Yukito together again.
The story takes place right after the events of Episode 13. Sakura is invited to go with Touya and Yukito to their school culture festival. Where they will be performing their play “Cinderella”. This episode has no official title.
While Sakura tries going to Touya’s school, she runs into Syaoran, who is there because he has applied for a part in the play as well. He tells Sakura that he can’t go anywhere without her anymore since she gets into trouble all the time now (due to being a Cardcaptor). So he says that he wants her to stay home while he goes alone to audition for his role in the play (since they are going to perform “Cinderella”). Sakura says “no” and runs off with Syaoran following her.
Sakura and Syaoran meet up with Touya and Yukito on the way to school. They both agree to go to the culture festival together.
At the school, they see that there are a lot of kids in the play, along with a strange girl in the corner who seems to be looking at Touya, but he doesn’t seem to notice.
In Sakura’s class, we see that everyone is preparing for their own play or whatever they have decided to do for their school’s culture festival. It’s like a competition where everyone can participate. Sakura gets distracted by the girls and they start getting all over-excited around Touya (because he’s sewing) while Sakura tries hiding under the table because she feels so shy when they are all so close to Touya. Tomoyo notices Sakura hiding under the table and decides that she should cheer her up by drawing something for her! (Here comes my favorite part of this episode!) Tomoyo draws a portrait of Sakura as a cool and pretty woman! She gives it to her as a gift! Sakura says she loves it!
This episode is a filler because it is not a part of the main story line. This episode tries to get us closer to the main story line. It is a side-story and is not based on the manga storyline.
Episode 15 Sakura and kero’s big fight
Episode 15 in the Cardcaptor sakura Anime is a filler episode. It’s used to give Kero a backstory and to show his relationship with Sakura.
The episode starts by showing Sakura and Kero arguing. After this, an introduction to Akane and her mother is shown. Akane wishes she could visit her father in heaven, and it appears that she doesn’t know that he has died. Meanwhile, Kero is watching TV and gets drunk off of Chocolates containing liquor. He falls asleep on a couch where he meets Akane’s mother who says she has died, and that Kero should stay with them forever because she can’t stand to be alone anymore. She then disappears leaving Kero confused about what happened.
Sakura receives a fax from Kero telling her that he’s been kidnapped by a woman who died in the street below their apartment building. Sakura rushes out of school to find out what happened, but ends up running into Touya instead at the train station before going home where she finds Kero sitting on the bed in the drawer in their apartment’s desk after getting drunk off of chocolate containing alcohol which caused him to pass out on the couch downstairs when Sakura was at school during the day while Akane is sleeping.
The next morning, Sakura, Touya, and Kero leave for school as usual. Kero is drinking chocolate milk to cleanse the alcohol from his system. Sakura accuses him of eating the chocolate that she left on the table earlier. She asks if he’s decided whether or not he’s going to live in the drawer or not after he gets better. He says no and that it’s her decision whether she wants him to leave or not. He then tells her that Akane is going to be coming over and Sakura freaks out and runs away, telling him not to tell anyone about Akane being at their house because it will bother them later when they have to clear things up, saying it would be “too troublesome” for everyone involved.
Afterward, Kero finds out that Sakura has filled his new room with toys using her extra allowance money because he was drunk off of her liquor-filled chocolate egg collection which she had given him earlier as a gift which caused him to pass out on the couch downstairs when she was at school during the day. She apologizes but he says it doesn’t matter since he likes them anyway. Meanwhile, Syaoran is shown reading a book on “How To Get A Girlfriend” which is written by Eriol Hiiragizawa.
This is a filler episode because it shows Kero’s backstory and gives him a bigger role in the series. It also gives Sakura a reason to feel guilty about the fact that she has been neglecting him in favor of Syaoran.
Kero is depicted as a kid who gets drunk off of liquor filled chocolate eggs and then passes out on the couch downstairs at home when he goes downstairs to watch TV with Sakura after she tells him not to so he won’t bother anyone. He says he’s been like this his whole life, which explains why Kero never talks about his past or family, since his father was probably an alcoholic just like him.