In an announcement Wednesday evening, video game and anime publisher NIS America announced that it will be releasing the children’s anime series Cardcaptor Sakura on DVD and, for the first time in North America, on Blu-ray disc on August 5th, 2014. The company offers this synopsis of the cartoon’s storyline:
Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. Or she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s study. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards, while trying to live the life of a normal fourth grader. In the monumental task of collecting all the cards, Sakura must rely on her friends and family, and decide what she finds most important in life.
Cardcaptor Sakura was once broadcast with a heavily-edited English dub as Cardcaptors from 2000 to 2001 on Kids WB!, as well as Cartoon Network’s Toonami action block. The now-defunct Geneon Entertainment (formally Pioneer Entertainment) released the series on VHS and DVD in its original Japanese format and as Cardcaptors during this time, but the distributor ceased operations in 2007. Since that time Cardcaptor Sakura received a high-definition remaster and rerelease on Blu-ray in Japan, as well as a DVD release in Australia and New Zealand via Madman Entertainment.
NIS America will release all 70 unedited television episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura on Blu-ray across 9 discs in a single collection retailing for $249.99 MSRP. The “Premium Edition” shown below features hardcover slipcase packaging, as well as a 76-page hardcover artbook of full color character illustrations.
For DVD, NIS America plans to release the series across three separate “Standard Edition” sets costing $59.99 MSRP each. The DVD versions displayed below will include the on-disc features of the Blu-ray set: the Japanese audio track with English subtitles, a monaural bonus English dub entirely distinct from the Cardcaptors adaptation, and clean versions of the series’ openings and endings.
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DVD Volume 1: Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. Or she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s study. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards while balancing her life as a normal fourth grader. Join Cardcaptor Sakura on her heartwarming tale of love, excitement, and adventure!
DVD Volume 2: Sakura’s journey to recapture the Clow Cards continues. With most of them captured, she finds that the remaining cards are going to put up a fight. Along the way, she must also navigate the struggles of moving on to the fifth grade and contend with the ever-evolving romances in her life. And before long, she discovers that there’s a not so pleasant surprise waiting for her at the end of her card-capturing journey…
DVD Volume 3: After a harrowing journey to collect the cards and prove her worth as their master, Sakura finds herself in a whole new world of trouble as mysterious events begin to threaten the small town of Tomoeda. To make matters worse, Yukito seems to be having some unexplained troubles of his own. With no cards left on the loose, Sakura must form a special bond with her cards to quell each new disturbance, and discover what could possibly be causing them before the lives of Tomoeda’s residents are damaged beyond repair!
NIS America has posted a subtitled trailer for Cardcaptor Sakura on its official website, as well as product information, screenshots and character and story information.