The Return



The Return
Sign Sun
Hiegherarchy The Light
Magic Type Western Magic
Captured Episode 27
Transformed Episode 68

The Return (Kanji: 戻, Katakana: レターン, Romanji: Retān) allows the user to travel back into the distant past and witness events that have already occurred as a ghostly observer.

Return protects its user from detection (both magical and mundane), but exceptionally powerful or knowledgeable magicians, such as Kaho Mizuki and Clow Reed himself can pierce Return's protections. Return, like The Time card, requires a considerable amount of magical power to use; in the series, the spiritual energies of the cherry tree at Tsukimine Shrine are needed to power the spell.

One can disrupt Return by using Time, though that is difficult, given the amount of effort needed to use Time. This method is used by Syaoran when he brings Sakura back from the past, though almost all of his magical energy is taken from him.[1] It is under The Light and under the power of the Sun, Cerberus, and Western Magic.


Return's visible form resembles a swift-moving, tangible black mist. Its Sakura Card image displays a young female holding a blue hourglass. However, for some reason, in its Clow Card form, it is shown holding a blue clock with wings (in reverse form running counterclockwise in respect of its power to "rewind" the time around its user for them to see past events) instead.

The noticeable resemblance between the spirit of the Return card and the spirit of the Time card may be indicative of a relation between them, just like with the spirits of the Cloud, Rain, & Storm cards.

Powers and Abilities

Time Travel: Unlike The Time card, it has the rare ability to enable the user to travel back into the past to a certain timeline of past events.


It is captured in Episode 27 by Li Shaoran and becomes his. However, he never even used its power, as it drained too much of both his magical and physical strength.


In Episode 68, Sakura used Return in order to go to Clow's own lifetime and talk with him about what would happen after she transformed all fifty-two Clow Cards.


  • The kanji at the top of the card: 戻, (Pronounced 'Modo') means 're-', 'return', 'revert', 'resume', 'restore' and 'go backwards' in Japanese.
  • Though it's not confirmed, the explanation as to why The Time is depicted as an old man, may be because The Return is actually a bishounen.


  1. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 27