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The design on the back of the Sakura Cards.

The Sakura Cards, ("Star Cards" in Cardcaptors), are the Clow Cards transformed by Sakura's own magic as it further develops and grows stronger. The name was Tomoyo's idea in episode 49. (Tomoyo originally wanted to call them "Sakura-chan" Cards, but Sakura disagreed and the "chan" was dropped.)

After Sakura successfully passes the Final Judgement, she is declared the new owner of the Clow Cards. As a result of this, the Clow Cards lose their magical bond with Clow Reed, and Sakura must re-adjust all this by virtue of her magic. As explained in Episode 53, the cards live off of the magic of their master. However, the death of their master does not cause the powers of the cards to be completely extinguished. The cards are able to retain the part of their master's magical powers that they have absorbed in order to survive. This process plunges them into a state of unconsciousness (as if they are "asleep.") If the cards are not adapted to serve a new master, they will lose all of their magical powers forever and become ordinary cards.

In both the anime and the manga, The Firey is the very first card to be transformed, and The Light and The Dark are the last.


After Sakura transformed all of the Clow Cards into her very own Sakura Cards, they changed drastically in the frame and rear figure. The color palette changed all to shades of pink with the stars in bright gold. The rear figure changed to a star with twelve points, but in a different position, with a large golden star in the center, sided by a waxing moon and a sun.

The front remained the same thin frame, albeit bright pink, the sun in the top changed to a large Star and the ribbon in the bottom switched position and shape, with a star in the top, and the name written in Japanese below and the name "Sakura" written in the card's very bottom.

In the anime, the central figures only suffered the same change in the color pattern, becoming shades of pink, but keeping something small in their own colors each. In the manga, all the cards gain slightly different appearances. Changes mainly include the addition of a star; however, The Sword and The Shield cards gain completely different appearances.

Syaoran Cards[]

In Chapter 24 it is revealed that the Sakura Cards were with Syaoran in order to protect Sakura magical powers had grown enormously and that this could be detrimental to her. With the collaboration of the cards, who also wish to protect Sakura, Syaoran is able to rewrite the contract of the cards, replacing Sakura’s name on them with his name and allowing him to utilize their powers, which essentially makes him the new master of the cards; but doing so is extremely exhausting for him and takes longer than desired..

When the Cards pass under Syaoran's possession, they receive his Moon powers and appeared the Crescent Moon symbol in their forms. The cards moved by their love for Sakura and their desire to protect her, left with Syaoran through a spell arranged by his mother to prevent Sakura's powers from growing further while creating the Clear Cards. However, in Chapter 71 when the world is rewritten by a taboo magic, the cards return to Sakura's possession as if they had never left.

Clear Cards[]

At the end of the Clear Card arc Chapter 80, as a result of Sakura's Staff of Dreams influence on them, the Sakura Cards adopted the Clear Cards's appearance and receive 6 pointed-star symbol in their transformed form.