Philippine terrestrial channel A2Z Channel 11 has announced that Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime will premiere on the channel on Saturday, September 4.
The television advertisement, first aired on Saturday, revealed that the anime will be airing back-to-back episodes every Saturday mornings at 08:00am.
The power of the Clow is back with a new adventure for the Cardcaptor! After sealing the last of the Clow Cards, Sakura Kinomoto is ready to face her newest challenge—junior high. But just when she settles into a normal routine, a strange dream changes everything. The cards are blank, rendered powerless, and a cloaked figure grants her a new key of magic. What lies behind this mysterious power? (Synopsis from Funimation)
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is an anime adaptation of the Japanese shoujo manga series by the popular artist collective Clamp, which has been running in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine since July 2016 and currently has 10 volumes.
The manga is a sequel to the popular Cardcaptor Sakura manga series that ran from May 1996 to June 2000, which also received a 70-episode anime series from 1998-2000.
Cardcaptor Sakura anime series director Morio Asaka and scriptwriter Nanase Ohkawa returned in the new series, while episode director Kunihiko Hamada handled character designs, which was produced by anime studio Madhouse.
Maaya Sakamoto, who sung the third opening theme song of the previous series, has sung the first opening theme “CLEAR”. Kiyono Yasuno, better known as the voice of “Megumi Kato” of the anime series Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, has sung the second opening theme “Rocket Beat”.
The new series ran on Japanese satellite television from January to July 2018, which has a total of 22 episodes.
The original Cardcaptor Sakura anime series premiered on Philippine television through now-defunct television station ABS-CBN in July 2001.
The anime series was then aired on Qtv Channel 11, the then-secondary terrestrial channel of media conglomerate GMA Network, in August 2018 featuring a new Tagalog dubbing.
The series was also aired on GMA-7 in January 2019, as part of its “Astig Authority” morning block.
The anime sequel made its television premiere on YeY, which was a digital terrestrial channel owned by media network ABS-CBN, in June 29, 2020.
The airing was abruptly stopped two days later after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Philippine government’s telecommunications regulatory body, ordered the network to shut down its digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcasts in Metro Manila.
The network decided to shut down the remaining DTT channels nationwide the following day. As a result, YeY and sister channel Asianovela Channel was put off-the-air temporarily, but eventually became permanent.
The order came two months after the network was forced to shut down its radio and television stations nationwide due to the expiration of their congressional franchise in May last year.
A2Z Channel 11 is a terrestrial television station owned by Zoe Broadcasting Network with ABS-CBN serving as its primary blocktime partner.
The joint venture started in October 2020, more than a year after GMA Network ended its affiliation to Zoe Broadcasting and five months after ABS-CBN’s franchise expiration.
A2Z Channel 11 is available on Analogue Channel 11 and DTT Channel 20 in Metro Manila and nearby areas, as well as through nationwide pay TV operators SKYcable (Channel 11), Cignal TV (Channel 20) and G Sat (Channel 9).