|Also Known As||Julian Star (Cardcaptors)|
Yuki (by Touya)
|Dislikes||Sakura and Touya in any kind of danger|
|Powers||Subconsciously transform his entire being into Yue (eventually at will)|
|Hair||Dark Gray (90's Anime)
Light Grey (Manga & Clear Card Arc)
|Eyes||Brown (90's Anime)|
Light Brown (Clear Card Anime & Manga)
|"Sakura and the Mysterious Magic Book"|
|English||Sam Vincent (Cardcaptors)|
Candice Moore (Animax)
Steve Staley (2nd movie)
Justin Briner (Clear Card)
Yukito Tsukishiro (月城 雪兎, Tsukishiro Yukito) is a fictional character in CLAMP's anime and manga series Cardcaptor Sakura. Yukito is the best friend and love interest of Touya Kinomoto, and is initially the object of Sakura Kinomoto's affection as well.
He is the humanoid alter-ego of Yue, the second and last Guardian of the fifty-four Clow/Sakura Cards and their young new mistress. Syaoran Li harbors a crush on him for a while, which is based in his subconscious attraction to Yue's incredibly strong lunar magic.
The characters in Yukito's given name (雪兎) mean "snow-rabbit". The characters in his surname (月城) mean "moon-castle". Chinese folklore tells of a rabbit in the moon and his alter-ego, Yue, is associated with the moon. In reference to his surname, this could also be a reference to the fact that Yukito is Yue's false form; essentially a "castle". Tsukishiro could also be translated as tsuki (moon) and shiro (white).
He is known as Julian Star in the English adaptation Cardcaptors.
Yukito has brown eyes and gray hair, often parted on the side. He has large circular glasses, giving him a scholarly appearance. While he is usually seen in his school uniform, he can also be seen wearing in casual clothes, namely jeans and a hooded sweatshirt.
Yukito's ever present smile is evidence of his kind and gentle nature. He loves food and has an enormous appetite. However, it is mentioned somewhere in the third season that Yukito's true form Yue is unable to eat. This suggests that the reason Yukito has such a large appetite because he is eating for two. Near the end of the series, it is shown that Yue is losing his power and there is a strong possibility that he will disappear, so Yukito has to eat five times as much than usual. Yukito said "I eat and eat and eat, but I'm never full..." and feels very frail, which is a big worry to the survival of not only Yue but Yukito himself.
Clow Card Arc
During much of the Clow Card arc, Yukito appeared as Touya's friend and would accompany him and Sakura to school. When Sakura began her quest to capture the cards, she ran into him several times in areas the cards were hiding in, or before she was heading out to find the cards. Strangely, he didn't seem bothered by Sakura's odd behaviour and would just shrug it off, promising to keep whatever she was up to a secret. Even when faced with some of the odd occurrences around town, he seemed unfazed by it, most likely due to subconscious influences from Yue. Some of the Clow cards also seemed aware of his true nature and would avoid attacking him when he was around.
As the series progressed and the Final Judgment came closer, Yue's energy would occasionally flare and bleed through to Yukito during the full moon. While Yukito himself was unaffected by this, it produced odd effects on those around him. Sakura passed out during the full moon when the pair were on a scavenger hunt. Fellow guardian Cerberus would occasionally sense Yue, but due to the fact Miss Mizuki possessed Moon style magic, he mistook her for the false form of Yue. Miss Mizuki, however, was fully aware there was something different about Yukito, and would give subtle hints to him, though he didn't catch on to her behaviour.
Sakura Card Arc
As a home economics project, Sakura made a teddy bear. It was decided that she would give it to Yukito, but not before Eriol Hiiragizawa helped finish it. When Sakura handed him the bear, it glowed with a red light, then Yukito fainted, and the bear grew to an exponential size. Sakura was forced to transform a new card in order to stop it.
Yukito stops by Sakura's house to drop off a school book for Touya, and as he is standing in the doorway, he transforms into Yue. Yue tells Cerberus that his magic is running out and that Sakura can no longer sustain him. He then mentions there may be another source, but doesn't tell Cerberus what that is. Sakura comes back and Yue instantaneously transforms back into Yukito. Naturally, he was a bit confused.
Later, Eriol notes that Yukito is having an even harder time than Sakura nowadays. Yukito thinks to himself about the blackouts he has been having and how worn out he has been feeling lately, and that's when Touya approaches him. Just as Touya was about to tell him something important, Nakuru Akizuki (Ruby Moon) falls out of a tree and interrupts. Annoyed, Touya leaves, and Ruby tells Yukito that with him as oblivious as he is, her job should be much easier.
The only thing that can save him is a massive infusion of magical energy, which Yue finally receives from Touya (whose earlier efforts to warn Yukito of his plight were continually interrupted by the aggressive the Ruby Moon).
Soon afterwards Sakura confesses her feelings to Yukito but he very gently declines Sakura's confession. He has always been aware of Sakura's feelings but tells her that he believes her feelings are more platonic (as Yukito resembles Sakura's father) than romantic. Sakura immediately realizes that "the one (Yukito) likes best" is in fact Touya. Earlier that day, Yukito told Touya how alarmed he was that he had suddenly learned about the existence of Yue and the falsehood of most of his memories, but Touya replies that it doesn't matter to him since the moments they have shared together are real. After Yukito rejects Sakura the two of them seem to adopt a brother-sister type of relationship.
When Sakura was trapped in her Alice in Wonderland book, several of her friends played the characters. Yukito was the white rabbit, running down a path because he was late for a meeting with the queen. Suddenly, he changes into Yue and flies Sakura up in the air. Once high enough, he drops her. In order to escape, Sakura needed to transform two new cards.
Yukito's best friend and love interest in the original Japanese version. There are several scenes in the anime where Yukito and Touya make it clear that they are romantically involved, or at the very least honest with each other about their mutual feelings.
From the moment Yukito is introduced, it is clear that Sakura has an enormous crush on him. She continually marvels that he can be friends with her "barbaric brother." Everyone involved, including Yukito himself, believed that his meeting Touya in junior high school three years ago was a coincidence.
For the first season there are many hints to Syaoran having a childish crush on Yukito is displayed by him frequently blushing and/or running away in Yukito's presence. Syaoran acts as a rival against Sakura for Yukito's affection. However, it is discovered later that Syaoran was just attracted to the magical energies of the moon residing within Yukito, as Syaoran draws his magical power from the moon. In Cardcaptors his crush is censored to appear as fear instead. Syaoran eventually gets over his crush on Yukito as real feelings for Sakura begin to develop.
"We're really that different?"
Yukito is actually the false form of the Moon Guardian Yue. Although Yue knows everything about Yukito, Yukito is initially unaware of Yue's presence. Once Yukito learns of his stoic alter-ego's existence, the two are able to communicate mentally. It is suggested that Yue is the reason for Yukito's large appetite, as he is in a sense "eating for two."
Powers and Abilities
Alter-Ego/Additional Self Transformation: If Yue wills it, Yukito is able to transform into his real form. However as seen in episode 65 it is also shown that Yue takes into account Yukito's wishes as well when transforming.
Appearances in Other Media
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Yukito makes multiple appearances in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. He is first shown in the Kingdom of Clow, where he is the High Priest and the best friend and confidante of Touya, the King of Clow. It is Yukito who uses his magical knowledge to send Syaoran and the stricken Princess Sakura to Tokyo to meet with Yuuko Ichihara (in xxxHolic), whom he refers to as "The Dimensional Witch." Like his counterpart in Cardcaptor Sakura, Yukito's powers relate to the moon; he possesses the ability to send others across dimensions and also the ability to see the future and spirits of the dead. The magic circle he uses to send Syaoran and Sakura to Yuuko Ichihara is almost identical to the one used by Clow Reed in Cardcaptor Sakura. It was also revealed that one of Yukito's job as priest is to keep the time still in Clow country's ruins. In Chapter 188 of the manga, it is revealed that Sakura was a candidate to succeed the current priest, which was implied to have been Yukito, until it was revealed that Nadeshiko was the priest of Clow Country.
Another version of Yukito appears as a waiter in the restaurant with Touya in the Hanshin Republic, the first world Syaoran and his companions visit. His appearance, along with Touya, illustrates the concept that Syaoran will encounter people he already knows, but are the not same person in the sense that he knows them. In the anime series, he appears in Oto Country along with Touya as patrons in the cafe run by Sakura and her travelling companions as well as in two filler episodes.
- Certain Clow Cards affiliated with the Moon appeared to be aware of Yukito's true nature and would avoid attacking him or divert their attacks away from him. This is most evident in the battle with the Mist Card. During the Mist's attack on the stage Yukito tries to help Touya and another student of the stage. He is able to run through the Mist and is knocked into it and the Card doesn't try to dissolve him has it with everything else in its path.
- While Yue was forbidden from aiding Sakura during her capturing of the cards, Yukito gave Sakura advice that subsequently helped her capture several cards like Watery and Illusion.
- In the Cardcaptors version all overt references to Yukito's homosexual relationship with Touya were removed.
- While Yue was against having a new master, Yukito was highly protective of Sakura throughout the Clow Card arc.
- Yukito shares a trait with Yugi Mutou from the series Yu-Gi-Oh. The trait being that both are high school students who -at the beginning of their respective series- were unaware that they shared their body with another individual that was completely different to them -in terms of physical appearance and personality- but eventually became aware of their other self's existence; as well as have a good relationship with their alter-egos, often referring to them as "the other me".
- In the Japanese version, Megumi Ogata who plays Yukito and Yue played Yugi/Yuugi Mutou and Dark Yugi/Yami no Yugi in the first series of Yu-Gi-Oh. Both series aired during the year 1998.
- In the Greek dub, Yukito's name was changed to Mathew.
- He is voiced by Megumi Ogata in Cardcaptor Sakura and by Kouki Miyata in Tsubasa. In Cardcaptors, he is voiced by Sam Vincent, Steve Staley in the 2nd Movie, and Robert McCollum in Tsubasa Chronicle.