Clow Cards & Sakura Cards are the one of the essentials of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime.
There are various editions of Clow Book & Clow Cards / Sakura Book & Sakura Cards that exist which are listed below and this is a review for the Bandai edition.
– Clow Cards – American edition (Trendmasters)
– Clow Cards – Japanese edition & Reprint / Deluxe edition (Bandai)
– Clow Cards – Japanese edition (Kodansha)
– Clow Cards – Japanese edition (Re-release, 2015) (Kodansha)
– Compare different Clow Card sets
– Sakura Cards – Japanese edition (Bandai)
– Sakura Cards – Japanese 2nd movie edition (Bandai)
Sakura Book & Sakura Cards (Bandai)
There are only two version of Sakura Cards that was released by Bandai. The version here is the one which has the electronic features and the other is the movie edition with the pouch. Two sets (mint & old) are used for the review.
The basic contents and characteristics of the Bandai edition of Cardcaptor Sakura Sakura Book & Sakura Cards are :
The Bandai edition comes with the pinkish style box with window to view the contents within. A plastic holder houses all the contents of the box in place.
2) Sakura Book
The Bandai Sakura Book is made with plastic and is of pinkish & yellow style. The inner cover is blank with a white card sink. “SAKURA” written on the spine and red plastic jewel embossed the corners of the book. There are 3 physical buttons. The latch is made of plastic & cloth material. The Sakura Cards capturing game has dual modes with sound and LED effects (Requires 2 AAA batteries).
3) Sakura Cards
The Bandai Sakura Cards are made of glossy cardboard, coated with a thin plastic film. There are a total of 53 cards which includes “The Nameless”. The cards are of pink & yellow style. There is a number in the front which includes the name of the card & “SAKURA”. The back contains the date & location of print (2000, China) and the license (Clamp, Kodansha).
Sakura Book (Electronic Feature)
With the usage of 2 AAA batteries, we can activate the Sakura Card capturing game in the Sakura Book by slotting the Sakura Cards into the slot. There are 2 modes. If the player forgets to turn the game off, there will be periodical beeping given off by the Sakura Book.
The Bandai manual is made of plastic style paper (not too sure of the type of material name). It is pinkish. It includes the instructions for the Sakura Book and the meaning of Sakura Cards.
What is so special about the Bandai edition ?
Even though there are only two version or editions of the Bandai Sakura Cards, the speciality of this edition of this edition is the electronic feature. Needless to say that it’s the only version that has some sort of feature to it, it also had a full plastic Sakura Book that keeps the cards safe.
Sakura Cards Gallery
Sakura Book & Sakura Cards (Bandai Edition Replica)
The Bandai edition of the Sakura Book, is the version (compared to the movie edition) that is highly replicated and sold cheaply online or in China (since it’s manufactured there). Above is one example of the commonly reproduced Bandai Sakura Book edition and a few different designs exists.
The replica set typically comes with the box, Sakura Cards and a manual book.
The version that i have is from a matte, non-glossy front and a glossy back.
Comparing the original (left) to the replica (right), the original Sakura Card is larger, thou replicas might come in different sizes. The largest difference is with the fine text printed on the cards, namingly the number and name of the card, date and location of print and license text.
It would not be difficult to identify a replica set since replica sets do not have the electronics that the Sakura Book has.