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Yelan Li
李 夜蘭
Series Cardcaptor Sakura
Also Known As Mother
The Kid/Brat's Mom
Age 34
Relations Syaoran Li (son)
Fuutie Li, Shiefa Li, Fanren Li, Feimei Li (daughters)
Unnamed husband (deceased)
Meiling Li (niece)
Wang Wei (cousin)
Clow Reed (ancestor)
Eriol Hiiragizawa (associate, reincarnated ancestor)
Residence Hong Kong, China
Powers White Magic
  • Spell-Casting
  • Elemental Magic
  • Supernatural Detection
  • Tessenjutsu
  • Spirit World Affinity
  • Shield/Barrier Negation
  • Magical Communication
  • Clairvoyance
  • Dowsing
Gender Female
Hair Black
Eyes Dark Grey
Blood Type A
First Appearance
Chapter 42
First Appearance
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie
Last Appearance
Sakura, the Mirror and the Key of Memories (vision; no lines)
Seiyuu Kikuko Inoue
English Stevie Vallence

Yelan Li (李 夜蘭, Lǐ Yèlán) is a fictional 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.

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. 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.

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.

Like Eriol, she had informed Syaoran Li (Yelan's son) of Sakura Kinomoto'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.

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).


  • 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:
    • Belldandy in Ah My Goddess
    • Tatra in Magic Knight Rayearth
    • Sailor Aluminium Siren in Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars
    • Queen Ercell in Petite Princess Yucie
    • Sakura Shimano (aka Shimajiro's Mother) in the Shimajiro series