Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
|Also Known As||Sakura Avalon (Cardcaptors)|
Kaijuu (monster) (by Toya)
Kinomoto-san (by Meiling)
Sakura-san (by Akiho)
10~11 (Clow Card Arc)
10~11(Sakura Card Arc)
13~14 (Clear Card Arc)
|Relations||Fujitaka Kinomoto (father)|
Nadeshiko Kinomoto (mother, deceased)
Touya Kinomoto (older brother)
Syaoran Li (boyfriend)
Tomoyo Daidouji (2nd cousin)
Sonomi Daidouji (1st cousin once removed)
Masaki Amamiya (great grandfather)
Unnamed great grandmother (deceased)
Clow Reed (predecessor)
|Likes||Cherry blossoms, cute things, video games, plush toys, music, roller skating, gym class, pink and white, making new friends, rice omelettes, noodles|
|Dislikes||Math, ghosts, konnyaku|
|"Sakura and the Mysterious Magic Book"|
|English||Carly McKillip (Cardcaptors)|
Kari Wahlgren (2nd movie)
Andrea Kwan (Animax)
Monica Rial (Clear Card)
"Sakura" redirects here. For other characters using the name "Sakura", see Sakura (disambiguation).
"Everything will definitely be alright."
―Sakura Kinomoto's catchphrase.
Sakura Kinomoto (木之本 桜, Kinomoto Sakura) is a fictional character, the heroine, and the main protagonist of CLAMP's manga series Cardcaptor Sakura and its anime adaptation. Sakura is introduced as a 10 year-old girl who lives in the town of Tomoeda in Japan, where she attends Tomoeda Elementary School during the Clow Card Arc and Sakura Card Arc story-line. In Clear Card Arc story-line, she is a freshmen attending Tomoeda Junior High School.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Powers and Abilities
- 5 Appearances in other Media
- 6 Reception
- 7 Cardcaptors
- 8 Etymology
- 9 Trivia
- 10 References
- 11 Navigation
In the anime, Sakura has short brown hair and emerald green eyes. In certain manga sketches and official artwork, this sometimes changes. In addition to her anime hair and eyes, her hair is sometimes colored auburn, her eyes are sometimes colored grey or blue, and her skin is sometimes snow white. As a child, she is naturally short in height, but slowly grows as the years pass by.
Sakura's outfits change frequently throughout the series. Her most iconic everyday outfit is her school uniform, which is doubled as her battle outfit, the latter of which changes depending on the season. Her winter school uniform is a black long sleeved shirt with red and white sleeve cuffs, a white neckerchief with a red stripe, and a white pleated miniskirt with a frilly white knee-length petticoat. On particularly cold days, she wears a thick black coat with her schools insignia on the back. Her summer uniform is a white half-sleeved shirt with a red neckerchief and a black pleated miniskirt. All year round, black Mary Jane shoes are worn along with white socks and a white sailor hat with a black trim.
Sakura is a very energetic, cute, happy, beautiful, sweet, cheerful, kind and tomboyish ten-year-old girl. She is very athletic, being a member of her school's cheer-leading squad and an excellent runner, a trait she inherited from her father. Her "invincible spell", "Everything will surely be all right." ("絶対大丈夫だよ.", "Zettai daijōbu da yo."), has carried her through innumerable trials and obstacles as she masters her magical skills. Her catchphrase is "Hoe!" (usually stretched), which is used whenever she is shocked or scared even the slightest. She also frequently shouts "KERO, NO!!!", when scolding Kero.
She often comes across as naïve, clumsy, dense and clueless, but she has her perceptive moments on occasion. Her favorite foods are omelette and noodles with seafood and her favorite recipe is pancakes. Her birthday is on April the first. She hates Mathematics, loves Gym and Music, and her blood type is A.
Sakura's optimistic and trustworthy character allows her to be friendly with everybody, she is very outgoing and the entire series focuses on the friendships she creates with people, whether strangers, loose acquaintances, or rivals. In fact, her personality is a dominating factor in her relationships, especially with Syaoran Li. Though sometimes she's quite gullible and believes what everyone tells her, her charm can win over anyone (as shown with Syaoran in the series). She's also known to be very scared of ghosts.
She became scared of ghosts because her brother, who could see spirits, would usually point them out. Though she couldn't see them, the descriptions of having 'one eye' or 'missing a hand' would frighten her. Therefore she felt a deep fear of ghosts from a young age. Ironically, she has no fear of Clow Cards. This is apparent when Sakura finds out that the ghost in the park is actually a Clow Card and was no longer scared by it. She is known to be clueless about things relating to herself but perceptive of others. Though when she finds out information about her friends, she usually keeps quiet about it.
Despite her sweet nature, cuteness and beauty, Sakura has been shown to have a very vicious temper. This is often seen when Touya insults her by calling her a monster and once when she and Kero got into a fight. Her temper is sometimes so vicious that it once scared Touya.
The most notable relationship in the series is between Sakura and Syaoran Li, largely due to the second half of the series being heavily devoted to its development.
Their first encounter was on Syaoran's first day in Tomoeda Elementary School. Before they were properly introduced, Sakura was baffled to find Syaoran glaring at her and giving her hateful glances. He later confronts her, where he demands that she surrender the Clow Cards to him. When she refuses to give them to him, Syaoran attempts to take them from her by force. Sakura's brother, Touya, intervenes before their fight could escalate. Following these events, Sakura and Syaoran's relationship was strained for quite a while and despite her many attempts to befriend him, he was cold and dismissive towards her. Syaoran often ridiculed Sakura as he believed that she was unworthy of the Clow Cards. She however, refused to retaliate and was kind to him. Like many other characters in the story, Syaoran gravitated to her gentle nature and they eventually became friends.
An important turn in their relationship occurs when the Earthy reveals itself in the manga chapter entitled "The Power of the Elements", where Sakura falls into a deep crevice created by the card. Running to save her, Syaoran yells out to her, calling her by her first name. After being rescued by Cerberus, Sakura returns this by asking if she can start calling him "Syaoran-kun". This is paralleled in the anime where, in episode 57, Tomoyo, Syaoran, Eriol, Sakura take a visit to a teddy bear museum. (The journey through the museum is accompanied by the song Ki ni Naru Aitsu or That Girl I Can't Ignore, sung by his voice actress, Kumai Motoko). This is followed by a scene in an elevator between Syaoran and Sakura where events similar to those centered around the Earth card occur. Syaoran screams out Sakura's name here when she falls into a hole. Sakura later gets herself to safety by changing the Float Card and then tells him she heard this, and asks if she can call him "Syaoran-kun" instead of the more neutral "Li-kun".
Throughout the series, Syaoran gradually becomes more committed to caring for Sakura romantically, most especially after Yue forces him to confront his feelings early on in the second story arc, but she remains completely oblivious to his feelings. Syaoran's blushes become more frequent, and there are some occasions where he would suddenly become clumsy when in her presence. Sakura will either keep an innocent smile on her face or look confused and worried at Syaoran whenever he trips and falls.
Similarly, in the manga, Sakura returns the favor by spending a week making him a yukata which she gives to him after he agrees to accompany her to a festival, although he is concerned when she shows up to school, wearing bandages.
Sakura is finally made aware of Syaoran's feelings when he personally confesses them near the end of the series, after the final battle with Eriol Hiiragizawa. The news comes as a complete shock to her, and it is ever present in her thoughts over the next few days. After talking to her friends about why she is upset and confused about her feelings, she recognizes that she may love Syaoran as more than a friend. She goes to his house to speak with him, only to discover that he is returning to Hong Kong. She is heartbroken, saying to herself that she doesn't want him to leave. This leads her to conclude that Syaoran is her true "number one person," and she hurries home to make him a teddy bear before she confesses her newfound feelings as Syaoran suddenly leaves for Hong Kong (though only temporarily). He asks her to wait for his return and she promises because she loves him the most.
Two years later, they reunite as a couple. The anime stretches out the suspense, with Sakura not yet answering Syaoran in the last episode of the series. Instead, her confession comes at the end of the second movie, after several failed attempts throughout the film.
The teddy bears (seen in the above picture) are named Sakura and Syaoran, respectively, referring to a fictional tradition where if two people make teddy bears for each other and the recipients name them after their donors, the two will be a couple forever. In the manga, Sakura and Syaoran name their bears after each other after she confesses her love to him. However this is slightly changed in the anime, where, Syaoran gives Sakura his bear (she asks to have it) in Episode 70, but Sakura never gives him one, having already given it to Yukito earlier in the series.
In the second movie, four months after Syaoran's departure, Sakura expresses her wish to confess her feelings to him to Tomoyo. Unbeknownst to her, Syaoran returns to Japan with his cousin Meiling Li who was having secret phone calls with Tomoyo who helped plan their return. Tomoyo and Meiling organized outings for Sakura to tell Syaoran about how she feels but, rather amusingly, she gets constantly interrupted by Kero, Touya, and the awakening of the Nothing card. During the final battle with the latter, She traps Sakura between two gaps on a tower's staircase. Sakura manages to convince her of her wrongdoings with the help of the other 52 cards. As Sakura changes the card into a Sakura card, ready to lose her most precious feeling as the price for sealing it, she regrets not being able to tell Syaoran how she felt. However, the card chooses Syaoran instead, who arrives in the nick of time, as he had more magical energy left. Sakura, unable to reach Syaoran, could only watch as the Nothing took it's effect on Syaoran. However, the effects of the Nothing card was successfully negated by the Nameless card, turning it into the Hope card. Sakura confesses her love believing that Syaoran had forgotten his own. She begins to cry, but Syaoran surprisingly replies that he loves her too, meaning that he had not lost his most important feeling. As the sun rises, the damage done by the Nothing card starts to fade away. However, Sakura is so overjoyed by the revelation, that she uses the Jump card to recklessly leap across the gap to reach Syaoran, despite his pleas to wait for the stairs to return. The film ends on a cliffhanger with Sakura halfway through the air, but a still image released with the film shows that she makes the leap, right into Syaoran's arms.
The manga (as well as the sequel Clear Card arc anime) concludes the development of their relationship differently, as there is no movie for which to create a cliffhanger. Instead, after a major battle, as in the anime, Syaoran finds a quiet moment in Penguin Park to confess his love to Sakura. Sakura, again, is left in a mild state of shock as she tries to absorb the words, while Syaoran, content after revealing his feelings, tells her to be careful going back home and then leaves. The rest of the volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura is focused on Sakura trying to work out her feelings for Syaoran. Many people play a role in this.
After confiding in them Sakura runs home to make a bear for Syaoran, Kero offers to help, but she tells him that she has to do it by herself. Yukito brings her some food up, telling her that Touya made it, but is too shy to bring it up to her and is freaking out downstairs. He asks if the bear is for that one special person. She nods, but then tells him that he is going far away and they won't be able to see each other. He tells her that he would be upset if he disappeared and wouldn't be able to see Touya and that he would do anything to stop himself from disappearing. Sakura finishes the bear in the morning and receives a phone call from Tomoyo, telling her that the plane was leaving at ten. She runs downstairs and Touya offers her a lift to the bus stop. She runs after the bus and confesses to Syaoran, handing him the bear. He asks her if he can name it Sakura and she asks can she name hers Syaoran. They both agree. After asking if she will wait for him, she shouts that she will.
A cherry tree is shown and two years have passed: Sakura (now 13), dressed in her new Tomoeda School uniform and handing a small case, is putting on her shoes in a hurry as she will be late for school (again) and Touya would complain. Running across the know cherry trees way, she suddenly stops as she sees something - or someone.
Syaoran is right in front of her, wearing his own new Tomoeda uniform, carrying a case with one hand and holding Sakura's Bear on the other. He says he has finished his paperwork in Hong Kong and came to stay. She asks if they will not have to exchange phone calls and letters to communicate, and he agrees. While they hug each other, Sakura, emotional with joy, says that from now on they will stay together forever. From then on, they become inseparable and are a loving couple, and they try to spend as much time together as possible.
In the first half of the series, before any hint of a relationship with Syaoran, Sakura's primary romantic focus was on Yukito Tsukishiro, a friend of her brother, Touya.
On a class trip in the fourth volume, Sakura reveals to Syaoran that her crush on Yukito began when Touya brought Yukito home on the day Yukito transferred to Touya's school.
Yukito's presence always causes a significant effect on Sakura's feelings, commonly provoking her "floaty" exclamation, "Hanyaan~" (はにゃあん～). Unlike Syaoran, who is sensed to Yukito because of his power and ability related to the moon, Sakura truly loves Yukito.
Sakura always does her best to impress Yukito, on rare occasions even competing with Syaoran to give the better compliment or gift. She often looks forward to going to school with Yukito each day, and she is worried when he is not there. Most times when her brother, Touya is present, Sakura is often provoked to raise her voice or else act "unladylike" at Touya, which immediately elicits her embarrassment when she realizes Yukito is also there watching her.
Late in the series, Sakura finally decides to confess her love to Yukito instead of forever skirting around the issue. However, Yukito gently declines Sakura's confession, admitting that he loves her but only in a platonic way. He asks her to re-evaluate her feelings towards him and suggests that she feels attached to him more because he resembles her father. Yukito reassures her by saying that the real "number one person" for her is still out there somewhere, and she should not give up searching for him.
After an emotional afternoon in the park, Sakura is able to get over Yukito, but still remaining a close friend through the end of the series.
Interestingly, in the last book of the manga (episode 70 of the anime), Eriol Hiiragizawa reveals to Yue that when Clow Reed chose Sakura as the future new Master of the Clow Cards and their guardians, he had expected that in the future Yukito would love Sakura more than anyone else and vice versa. Yukito's feelings and Syaoran's feelings for Sakura were the unforeseen occurrences, a few of the deviations from Clow's plan, that Eriol mentions to Sakura and friends at the party in Clow's mansion.
Though non-romantic, Sakura's close relationship with Tomoyo Daidouji is likely the second most significant relationship in the series. Sakura and Tomoyo are best friends (and second cousins as their mothers were cousins), meeting randomly for the first time in the third grade when Sakura offered Tomoyo one of her erasers which Tomoyo has kept. Since then, Tomoyo has been very attentive to everything that Sakura does, including finding a passion for filming her throughout her daily activities.
Sakura holds a lot of trust in Tomoyo, often allowing her to take lots of measurements for the multitude of battle costumes and dresses that are made for her. Tomoyo is also one of the few keepers of Sakura's secret as the Cardcaptor, often accompanying Sakura in many of her adventures for filming and costume-testing opportunities. In the second half of the series, when Sakura gets a new wand and mission, Tomoyo is responsible for choreographing Sakura's new action poses.
Tomoyo holds a special, arguably romantic attachment, to Sakura, to which Sakura is completely oblivious. In both the manga and anime Tomoyo admits that she loves Sakura, but Sakura replies innocently, "I love you too." in the platonic sense. (This is emphasized using manga conventions: Tomoyo declares her love against a background of flowers, while Sakura replies against a blank white background). The manga takes the scene further where Tomoyo comments that her love is more than what she is thinking it is. Sakura gives a confused look, but Tomoyo drops the topic, adding, "I'll tell you when you're older." However in the anime series she is shown to have a more of a romantic attachment, the whole relationship was left out in the English version. Throughout the series, Sakura never realizes this deeper attachment, simply remaining Tomoyo's best friend. Tomoyo selflessly does not mind this at all and even helps Sakura most times in setting up situations with Yukito and Syaoran. As Tomoyo understands they are the ones who would make Sakura the happiest.
Because Tomoyo lacks magical powers and abilities, Sakura takes on a protective responsibility most times when capturing or transforming cards. If Tomoyo is ever in danger (or missing), Sakura will be the one concerned for her most and her focus changes from that of the Card at hand to Tomoyo's safety. Fortunately, Sakura has always succeeded and hugs Tomoyo warmly whenever she reunites with her.
Clamp has stated that the image to the right is Tomoyo fixing Sakura's hair, however, it is often seen to have a romantic element to it as the expressions and pose resemble two people about to kiss.
Sakura and Eriol became fast friends, which irritated Syaoran. Sakura appreciates Eriol’s kindness and eager to help her, although she was oblivious to his intentions and true identity as Clow Reed’s reincarnation. Even when she was forced to fight against him when his identity was revealed, she initially refused to fight back and held no ill will towards him once he explained his motives.
Before he returns to England, Eriol tells Sakura that when someone else tells her they are moving away, think of how she feels about Eriol moving away and how it is different to when the other person leaves. He is referring to Syaoran.
He continues to contact Sakura by calling, texting, and e-mailing, and is worried about her growing magic.
Takashi and Chiharu sees Sakura looking sad, so he leaves to get some juice to let Chiharu talk to her. Sakura asks Chiharu what she does if she upsets Takashi. Chiharu tells her that she apologizes because she loves him and he loves her. Takashi returns and Sakura thanks Chiharu running off thinking that she has to apologize to Syaoran.
After finding out about Syaoran moving back to Hong Kong, Sakura runs into Rika in a fit of tears. She asks her what is wrong and Sakura asks her about her boyfriend that she doesn't get to see very often. Rika asks her whether she won't get to see the one she likes and Sakura replies by saying she won't be able to see him for a very long time. Rika tells her that she is happy to have the time they can spend together and is grateful for it. She tells her not to worry and Sakura runs off to her house.
In the Clear Card Arc Rika attends a different middle school; Sakura and her friends keep in touch with her by calling, texting, and e-mailing her.
Powers and Abilities
Magical Power-Level: Throughout the Clow Card arc, Keroberos' comments seem to imply that Sakura's innate magical powers and abilities strengthen and increase to even higher levels as she battles and captures more Cards. In contrast of this, in the second half of the series, Sakura’s inexperience is shown as she often collapses after transforming the cards.  However, as she becomes progressively proficient in changing Clow Cards into Sakura Cards, she becomes less tired and more aware of Clow Reed's presence.
During the last of Eriol's trials, she is able to transform the last remaining eight Clow Cards into Sakura Cards at once. In the aftermath of this final battle it is revealed that Clow Reed reincarnated into two people; the first being Sakura's father, the second being Eriol. Clow Reed designed it this way as to split his power to allow Sakura to become the strongest magician in the world, even greater than himself.
During the Clear Card arc, Sakura's magic power grows enormously without herself noticing it, being able to unconsciously create the Clear Cards as a manifestation of her thoughts and her magic. Eriol informed Syaoran Li of Sakura's supremely powerful magic, that "great power will bring great unhappiness to its owner". In "Sakura and Ahiko's Lullaby", Cerberus realizes that her magic has gotten immensely stronger, strong enough to show the past; an ability only Clow Reed and three other top-level magicians were capable of.
- Origin: After the Final Judgment, Clow Reed tells her that her magic seems to be drawn from the power and ability of the stars, which may start small, but are ever-shining with their own brilliant light. However, it should be noted that like Clow Reed's magic, Sakura's is a balance of sun and moon magic.
- Prophetic Dreaming: Sakura is able to see future events through her dreams, including the Final Judgement and meeting various characters throughout the series. In the manga Sakura also dreams about the past, including the day Clow died. However it may be that these dreams were due to Clow's supremely powerful magic. It is noted at the end of the manga that, if she wishes, Sakura could see into the future.
- Magical & Supernatural detection: During the series, Sakura learned to sense the presence of the Clow Cards as well as to perceive the presence of spirits and powerful magical wielders like Eriol. During the Clear Card arc, Sakura become able to see ghosts and spirits like her brother Touya.
- Use of the Clow Cards: Sakura's main weapon is the Clow Cards, which first had their own magic, but had to be transformed so that they would draw power from her as "Sakura Cards".
- Mystical Object Creation: Sakura shows the ability to be able to create new cards. The first example of this is the appearance of The Nameless Card; born of her feelings for Syaoran. In the Clear Card arc, Sakura unconsciously creates the Clear Cards; new Cards based on her thoughts that embody her supremely strong types of magic.
- Dream Sharing: Since "losing" her Sakura Cards, she has then subconsciously shared the exact same prophetic dream as her new best friend Akiho.
- Chant to release the Sealing Wand.
- Oh, key that conceals the power of darkness, reveal your true nature to me, by my power, I command you, release!
- Key that hides the power of the dark, show your true form before me. I, Sakura, command you under our contract. Release!
- Key that hides the power of darkness, reveal your true powers before me. I, Sakura, command you under our contract. Release!
- Key that hides the forces of darkness, show me your true form! By the covenant, I, Sakura, command you. Release!
- Oh, key that hides the power of darkness, reveal your true nature before me. I, Sakura, commanding you on our contract. Release!
- Oh, Key of Clow, power of magic power of light surrender the wand, the force ignite, Release!
- Key Of Clow! Power Of Magic, Power Of Light, Surrender The Wand. The force Ignite! Release!
- Oh, Key of Clow, Power of Magic, Power of Light, Surrender the Wand, the force ignite! Release!
- Chant to release the Star Wand.
- Oh, Key that hides the power of the stars, reveal your true power before me. I, Sakura command you under our contract. Release!
- Key that hides the power of the stars, show your true form before me. I, Sakura, command you under our contract. Release!
- Oh, Key that conceals the power of my star, reveal your true nature to me, by my power I command you! Release!
- Oh, Key that hides the power of the stars, reveal your true nature before me. I, Sakura, commanding you on our contract. Release!
- By the power of the stars! Staff of power made by Clow, reveal to me your true form now! Release!
- Key of the star, with powers burning bright reveal the staff and shine your light, Release!
- Oh, key of my star, with your powers burning bright, reveal your staff, and shine your light! Release!
- Chant to summon a Clow Card.
- Oh, Card created by Clow, lend me your powers to this key! By transferring the magic within the card to this key, become my power!
- Oh, Card created by Clow, lend your powers my key! Transfer the magic dwelling within the card to this key, and grant me your power!
- Oh, Card originally created by Clow, grant me your powers to this key! By sending the magic that's within the card to this key, lend me your powers!
- Chant to transform a Clow Card into a Sakura Card.
- Card created by Clow, abandon your old form and reincarnate, under the name of Sakura, your new master!
- Card created by Clow, leave your old form and reincarnate, in the name of your new master, Sakura!
- Card originally created by Clow. Abandon your old form and reincarnate, under the name of your new master Sakura!
- Oh, Card created by Clow, abandon your old form and reincarnate! In the name of your new master, Sakura!
- I call upon the powers of my star, Ancient forces near and far, Clow card transform all your might and draw your power from my light, Star card!
- I call upon the powers of my star, Ancient forces near and far, Clow cards discard your former might and draw your power from my light, Star cards!
- I call the power of my star, Ancient forces near and far, Clow Card! Discard your former might and draw the power from my light! Star Card!
- Chant to release the New Wand.
- Oh, Key that burns with the power of Dreams, reveal your true nature before me! Release!
- Oh, Key that hides the power of Dreams, reveal your true nature before me. Release!
Appearances in other Media
Sakura is mentioned in XxxHOLiC as living in the same world as Yuuko Ichihara. Yuuko states that Sakura has a boyfriend (Syaoran) that she is currently living with, implying they are adults (estimated around 18-20+) or old enough to move in together.
In a later chapter she is mentioned again, this time by Kimihiro Watanuki, saying that there's another Sakura and Syaoran in the same world as Watanuki's (referring to Sakura Kinomoto and the one she is in a relationship with, Syaoran Li) while holding onto Sakura's staff. He further states that it would be nice if he could meet the two of them one day.
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- Two characters who greatly resemble Tomoyo and Sakura are seen in the anime, Gunslinger Girl.
- Two characters who resemble Sakura and Tomoyo also make a cameo appearance in episode DP077 of the Pokémon anime.
- The main female character in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien greatly resembles Sakura.
- She makes a cameo appearances in episode 1 of the anime Puni Puni Poemy.
- The magic staff (stick) of Sakura makes a cameo appearance in episode 47 of Keroro Gunsou.
- In Macademi Wasshoi! episode 8 in the beginning she makes a cameo appearance as a doll.
- Kiri Kikiyo from Canvas 2: Niji Iro no Sketch greatly resembles an older version of Sakura.
Sakura has achieved notable popularity in Japan. In both 1999 and 2000, she won the Animage Grand Prix for Best Female Character. She also won the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2002.
Sakura has her last name changed to Avalon, and while she retains most of her personality, she loses some traits such as her crush on Yukito Tsukishiro, though it is briefly touched on at times, and later Syaoran Li, which is turned into admiration and overall friendliness. The fact that she and Tomoyo Daidouji are cousins is omitted in Cardcaptors. She also appears to be somewhat braver, more determined, and have more of a backbone as a Cardcaptor in the English dub. Sakura is also seen to have a rather rude and more childlike attitude in Cardcaptors, due to the editors making her appear more like how children would act like in real life, rather than from a cartoon or anime.
- The name Sakura means "cherry blossom" (桜).
- In the English dub of the anime series, titled Cardcaptors, Sakura was originally going to be called "Nikki", but Nelvana kept her given name because of the reception of the Cardcaptors adaptation and the difficulty and expense of editing out numerous appearances of her name in romaji in the series. The pronunciation of her given name changed, as stress is put on the middle syllable ku, while in Japanese, the accent is on sa and the ku is very quick, almost silent. Nelvana purposefully changed the pronunciation of the name, since many English names have stress on the middle syllable.
- Sakura's surname Kinomoto means "tree, wood" (木) (ki), "this" (之) (no) and "base, root, origin" (本) (moto), which literally means "the origin of wood".
- Her family name was changed to "Avalon" in the English dub of the anime series.
- Sakura's character was inspired of Alice from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; this fact inspired an Anime-only episode during the Star Cards Arc.
- Sakura was also inspired of the character, Gerda from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen: In CardCaptor Sakura, it is commented-upon multiple times how many people who come into contact with Sakura will always end-up liking her and even helping her; in The Snow Queen, the Finnish wisewoman discloses:
"I can give her no greater power than she has already," said the woman; "don't you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kai, we can do nothing to help her..."
―The Finn Woman from The Snow Queen
- Despite possible timeline inconsistencies for either the anime or manga versions, she was confirmed to be 13 in Clear Card Arc by the official CCS app and Sakura’s Japanese voice actor, Sakura Tange. (This includes her official age conflicting with that of a real-world based Japanese school year.)
- Similarly to Sakura's "conflicting age" issue, Touya confirms he is in college during Clear Card Arc Episode 03. Because he was previously in high school during the previous series, he would have just started college by Clear Card Arc.
- As early as Chapter 11, Touya stated that he was 10 years old when Sakura was 3 (this is even illustrated by arrows pointing to the ages, written out in text) which would make their age difference about the difference in that length of time (also when considering or adding in their birthdays, or Sakura's being April 1st and Touya's February 29th), this fact also lining up with Touya being in college in Clear Card Arc. He states this when he speaks to Yukito about how Sakura became scared of ghosts (it was partly because of him mentioning them all the time when she was little, at 3 years old.)
- It is also confirmed by the manga that Nadeshiko died three years after Sakura was born
- Sakura loves more boyish hobbies, including sports, skating and playing video games.
- In Clear Card, she is shown to be skilled in martial arts, though she mimicked Meiling’s moves when they fought against the Struggle Card.
- Coincidentally, she and her Japanese voice actress share the name "Sakura".
- Sakura's surname, "Kinomoto" has the Kanji for "book" in it (本). This may be a joke alluding to her adventures with the Clow Cards that all started when she found the Clow book in her father's library.
- Sometimes, during cheer-leading practice, especially during baton throwing, Sakura will occasionally get distracted, causing the baton to hit her on the head which seems to be a running gag in the series.
- In the Greek Dub, her name was changed to Nicky although her name on the cards and her gloves wasn't changed.
- Her name was originally going to be changed to Nikki in English, but this was decided against.
- Whenever she's distracted or shocked, she says "Hoeeee!" which is what she says in the Tokyopop manga although it's later changed to "Phwee?".
- As stated in the first chapter of the original manga series,
- She is on the cheer squad.
- Has a good recipe for pancakes.
- Would like a new school bag.
- That cheerfulness is one of her best qualities.
- In the manga, her father Fujitaka Kinomoto was also Clow Reed's reincarnation though he did not inherit his power and does not share any blood relation to him and Syaoran Li's family.
- In the manga, Sakura is said to be the key to preventing a disaster, although it is later revealed that the trial with Yue and Eriol's actions are not the disaster which Clow predicted.
- One possibility is that the disaster refers to the events of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle: Sakura had to give the Star Wand to Sakura Li in order for "Syaoran" to travel to Clow Country. Without Sakura giving the Star Wand to her alternate self, "Syaoran" would not have been able to stop Fei Wang Reed's plans.
- Sakura's fourth English voice actress, Monica Rial also voices her counterparts, Sakura Li and Princess Tsubasa from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
- In Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, an adult form of Sakura Li is seen towards the end of the series. Since she is based on Sakura Kinomoto herself, it can be assumed Sakura would have a similar appearance as an adult post-series.
- Her voice actress, Sakura Tange, provided the voice of character from other anime adaptations of Clamp's manga series: Yuri from Miyuki-chan in Wonderland.