Sakura's Rival Appears
Season 1, Episode 8
Episode 8
Air date May 26, 1998
Cards Captured The Thunder
Episode guide
Sakura's First Attempt As A Thief
Sakura and the Mysterious Brooch
Sakura's Rival Appears (さくらのライバル、登場!, Sakura no Raibaru, Tōjō!) is the 8th episode of the first series of Cardcaptor Sakura. The Cardcaptors title for this episode is "Sakura's Rival'.


Sakura has the same recurring dream she had in episode one, specifically focusing on the boy wielding a sword in Chinese clothing. She hears from both Kero and Yukito that it might be a "foretelling dream".

The next morning, Syaoran Li, a transfer student from Hong Kong, is introduced to the class and seated behind Sakura. Sakura is bothered, scared and confused by the fact that Syaoran keeps glaring at her back throughout the class. During recess, he corners Sakura and orders her to give him the Clow Cards. However, he's interrupted by Touya, who jumps over the fence that separates his school from Sakura's and tells Syaoran to leave Sakura alone.

On the way home, there is a lightning storm, but no rain. Sakura tells Kero about the situation with Syaoran; Kero explains that Syaoran is from the Li clan, a famous family of incredibly strong and powerful Chinese sorcerers from which Clow's mother descended from.

The same lightning storm earlier appears and Sakura deploys to battle the Thunder Card. Syaoran demonstrates his command over elemental magic and calls on the thunder god to return the Thunder Card to its original form. He instructs Sakura to use the Shadow Card to encage the Thunder Card so it could be captured. Thanks to Syaoran's constant derogatory remarks, Sakura is left feeling upset after a card capture for the first time.

Character Debuts

Featured Cards

Featured Clothes and Costumes


  • Yukito: There are things called foretelling dreams.
  • Sakura: (thinking) That's exactly what Kero was saying.
  • Yukito: Actually I had a foretelling dream myself last night. In the dream, my breakfast was a roasted fish. And I really had fish for breakfast. I was so happy I had 6 more bowls of rice!

  • Sakura: Big brother...It's nothing. I just had a weird dream.
  • Touya: Oh, I see...So it was just grunts from a monster...
  • Sakura: What did you say!?

  • Syaoran: You mean to say that THIS is Cerberus, the Golden-Eyed Beast of the Seal.... This plush toy?

Leave it to Kero-chan! Segment

The Pink Thunder Cat Costume was the main focus.


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