The Return



The Return
Sign Sun
Hiegherarchy The Light
Magic Type Western Magic
Episode 27
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.

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.



  • The kanji at the top of the card: 戻, (Pronounced 'Modo') means 're-', 'return', 'revert', 'resume', 'restore' and 'go backwards' in Japanese.
  • One can disrupt Return by using Time, though it's difficult, given the amount of effort needed to use Time.
  • 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.