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Yelan Li
李 夜蘭
Series Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Age Unknown (presumed 34)
Relatives Syaoran Li (son)
Fuutie Li, Shiefa Li, Fanren Li, Feimei Li (daughters)
Unnamed husband
Meiling Li (niece)
Wang Wei (cousin)
Clow Reed (ancestor)
Affiliates Eriol (reincarnated ancestor)
Residence Hong Kong, China
Powers/Abilities Luminous Magic
  • Spell-Casting
  • Elemental Magic
  • Supernatural Detection
  • Tessenjutsu
  • Shield/Barrier Negation
  • Dream foretell
  • Dowsing
Gender Female
Hair Black
Eyes Dark Grey
Blood Type A
First Appearance (Manga)
Chapter 42
Last Appearance (Manga)
{{{last manga}}}
First Appearance (Anime)
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
Last Appearance (Anime)
Sakura, the Mirror and the Key of Memories (In a vision.)
Kikuko Inoue
Stevie Vallence

Yelan Li (李 夜蘭, Lǐ Yèlán) is a minor supporting character in Cardcaptor Sakura: the Movie, based on CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura, being briefly mentioned on the manga.


Yelan is a tall and extremely beautiful young woman who has an air of grace and elegance that effortlessly commands respect and awe with ebony-black hair that is tied behind on a high ponytail where it is adorned with a golden headpiece with hair strands hanging on either side, purple eyes, a dramatic contrast to her porcelain-white skin and full scarlet-red lips.

She wears a long-sleeved white Hanfu with light-purple borders, and a royal-blue sash tied with golden rings, with red ornaments hanging around it.


Yelan is an extremely stern and serious woman who is deeply respected by her children, especially Syaoran Li, who actually appears to even fear her at times. She is also very strict, evidenced by the fact that Syaoran was intensely nervous about receiving his report card (which he would have to show her), and that he did not even move an inch when she passed by. However, she can be kind and sympathetic, as seen when she helped Sakura Kinomoto to discover that an evil entity was the true reason behind her visit to Hong Kong, and provided her with comfort, advice, and even vital help (breaching a potent energy barrier that Sakura was powerless against). Besides this, she even gave Sakura a soft, maternal kiss on her cheek, indicating that she had developed a tender affection towards Sakura, despite the girl being (at that time) her son's rival on capturing the Clow Cards.


The Movie[]

After meeting with Syaoran Li and Meiling Li; Sakura Kinomoto, Tomoyo Daidouji, Touya Kinomoto, Yukito Tsukishiro and a hidden Kero visited the Li manor. They were received by the Li Sisters who were charmed by Sakura and Tomoyo and infatuated by Touya and Yukito. Then, Yelan entered to the living room to meet them, after Sakura's introduction, she quickly notices her magic and Kero's presence, deducing that she is the new owner of the Clow Card; then, she invited them to stay there.

That night, after Sakura had a recurring dream about Madoushi, she took her outside to discover the reason of their visit, summoning a magic circle around Sakura and, finally, knowing that she had been called there by an evil force. She then appeared to help Sakura to break the barrier around Madoushi's well; when Sakura tried to apologize for not could avoid Syaoran's capture, she refused, saying that he was caught because of his own weakness; she then stayed with Tomoyo.[1]

Original Anime[]

Yelan is not present in the original anime or in the manga; however, she is briefly mentioned in the manga when they tried to catch The Maze card Chapter 15. In the anime, it was seen when Syaoran talks with her on the telephone, informing her that all fifty-two Clow Cards had been turned into Sakura Cards.[2]

Clear Card Arc[]

In Episode 21, Yelan had been of assistance to Eriol Hiiragizawa (the reincarnation of Clow Reed himself) in his investigation of the mysterious "D" level magician Yuna Kaito and the British magic association from which he was excommunicated. She had tried to use her own brand of powerful magic to discern the true extent of Kaito's powers but was unable to.[3]

Like Eriol, Yelan had informed Syaoran of Sakura's powerful magic, stating "...great power will bring great unhappiness to its owner".

It is later revealed that she put a spell in the teddy bear Syaoran gives Sakura. The spell made the Sakura Cards pass under the power of Syaoran in order to prevent Sakura's powers from growing even stronger while subconsciously creating her Clear Cards.[4]

During a talk with Eriol, Yelan reveals that she was the one who placed a spell on Sakura and Syaoran so that they couldn't touch each other, because she had foreseen in a prediction that her son would need a way to recognize the real Sakura from The Mirror that imitated her. The two also argue about what goal Yuna D. Kaito could have to go so far as to shorten his lifespan in order to use time magic.[5]

Yelan later helps Sakura from the distance to activate the powerful book inside Kaito in order to create the Blank card.[6]

Magic and Abilities[]

Magical Power-Level: As a direct descendant of Clow Reed, Yelan is an exceptionally powerful and accomplished sorceress/witch. For instance, she was quick to note Sakura Kinomoto's ever increasing powers and Cerberus' presence just in their first meeting.

Tessenjutsu: Yelan infuses her powerful magic with her Chinese fan, which seems to perfect her finesse at accuracy when targeting from a distance. Using it enabled her to make an opening in Madoushi's powerful barrier for Sakura to get through.

Divination: Yelan was able to predict Sakura's fate and discover the reason of her visit to Hong Kong, using a magic circle similar to Syaoran Li's Rashinban (Compass Board).


  • Her given name Yelan (夜蘭) means "night orchid."


  • In the Clear Card Arc anime, it is revealed that Yelan is the current head of the Li family.
  • Kikuko Inoue (Yelan's Japanese voice actress) is also known for portraying:
    • Tatra in Magic Knight Rayearth


  1. Cardcaptor Sakura anime Movie 1
  2. Cardcaptor Sakura anime Episode 70
  3. Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card anime Episode 21
  4. Cardcaptor Sakura Chapter 5 (Clear Card)
  5. Cardcaptor Sakura Chapter 66 (Clear Card)
  6. Cardcaptor Sakura Chapter 79 (Clear Card)