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"Sakura, Syaoran, and the Elevator" (さくらと小狼(シャオラン)とエレベーター, Sakura to Syaoran to Erebeetaa?) is the 11th episode of the third season of Cardcaptor Sakura (anime). The Cardcaptors title for this episode is "Li's Calling".


Syaoran's friendly feelings for Sakura have been steadily strengthening to the point of deep and strong romantic love, though he still doesn't understand why, and Sakura remains blissfully unaware of it. Soon Sakura invites him to go to a teddy bear festival with her, Tomoyo, and Eriol.

However, Eriol secretly traps Sakura and Syaoran on an elevator, where the two grow closer. When Eriol then creates a large hole in the elevator, Sakura falls through. Distraught, Syaoran calls out to Sakura by her first name for the first time. Fortunately, Sakura is able to float to safety with the Float Card into the relieved Syaoran's arms. Later, Sakura feels that she and Syaoran have become very close friends, and asks him if she can call him "Syaoran" as well (having referred to him by his surname "Li" up until now), and he agrees.


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  • Yukito: I picked these, don't you think they are a little big?
  • Syaoran: NO! I think they are perfect. She will eat any kind of food. When she's eating, she's always really happy; and the best part is that she'll get really happy...if she gets something that you made.
  • Yukito: You really like Sakura, don't you?
  • Syaoran: No!.. why would I...aaah!

  • Syaoran: (sitting on the park bench) I finally understand that her.

  • Syaoran: (after Sakura falls off the elevator) SAKURA!!!
  • Sakura: (Sakura appears a second later) Don't worry. I used The Float card.
  • Syaoran: (hugging her) I'm so glad.

  • Sakura: Hello, Li-kun?
  • Syaoran: Yeah?
  • Sakura: Thank you so much for today.
  • Syaoran: I d-didn't do anything.
  • Sakura: While we were in the elevator, I was really happy when you called me Sakura, Li-kun. Because I felt like I got to be really good friends with you. Um, can I call you Syaoran-kun, too?
  • Syaoran: D-do as you like,
  • Sakura: Right, Syaoran-kun! Then, I'll see you at school.


  • In Japan, it is normal to call someone by their last name, unless you are very close to them. This is why this episode plays an important role in the relationship between Syaoran and Sakura, because they start calling each other by their first name.

Differences between 'Cardcaptor Sakura and Cardcaptors[]

  • The scenes in the Teddy Bear factory exhibit were removed from the Nelvana dub. The teddy bear exhibit wasn't mentioned at all either, with an Egyptian mummy exhibit getting mentions instead.
  • The source of Syaroan's frustrations at the start of the episode was different between versions. In Cardcaptor Sakura, it was because he was still struggling to come to grips with his feelings for Sakura. In Cardcaptors, it was because Sakura was the one who succeeded in the Final Judgement instead of him.
  • The phone call at the end of the episode was from Sakura in the original version. In the dub, it was with Li's mom.