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The Best Anime Like Cardcaptor Sakura

Winner of the Animage Grand Prix award for Best Anime in 1999, Cardcaptor Sakura is also notable for its wide appeal to all age groups despite being a series for young children. Question: Are there other anime similar to Cardcaptor Sakura that could reach a wide audience, too? The short answer is, "Yes." The following list ranks the best anime similar to Cardcaptor Sakura, with the order  of the recommednations determined by anime fans like you.

Similar anime to Cardcaptor Sakura with young female protagonists include Shugo Chara!, Nanatsuiro Drops, and the well-known Sailor Moon. Still other anime titles like Cardcaptor Sakura include Corrector Yui, Mew Mew Power, and Princess Tutu, a story about a magical girl who is also a mythical ballerina who was once a duck!

By voting these anime like Cardcaptor Sakura up or down, you can help point fellow anime fans in the right direction. Also, if you find an anime similar to Cardcaptor Sakura that’s somehow missing from the list, feel free to add it to keep the recommendations growing!

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    107 votes
    Gakuen Alice
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    Sakura Mikan follows her friend Imai Hotaru to Alice Academy.
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    91 votes
    Shugo Chara!
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    Shugo Chara!, also known as My Guardian Characters, is a Japanese shōjo manga series created by the manga author duo, Peach-Pit. The story centers on elementary school girl Amu Hinamori, whose popular exterior, referred to as "cool and spicy" by her classmates, contrasts with her introverted personality. When Amu wishes for the courage to be reborn as her would-be self, she is surprised to find three colorful eggs the next morning, which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. Shugo Chara! is serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi and published by Kodansha in Japan. Del Rey has licensed the English language manga rights, releasing the first volume on March 27, 2007. It won ...more
  • Kamichama Karin is a Japanese manga originally written by Koge-Donbo about a seventh grade girl named Karin who finds out that she can transform into a goddess. The series began as a manga first serialized in January 2003. Kamichama Karin was serialized in the Japanese shōjo manga magazine Nakayoshi and published by Kodansha. While the first manga series ended at seven bound volumes, a second entitled Kamichama Karin Chu began serialization in the same magazine in July 2006, and as of April 2008, the series end with seven bound volumes being released. The first one came into the stores on June 24, 2008. Kamichama Karin has been licensed in the U.S. and Canada by Tokyopop. An anime series ...more
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    90 votes
    Sailor Moon
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    A schoolgirl and her friends transform into powerful heroes to battle the forces of evil.
  • Yumeiro Patissiere is a shōjo manga and anime series by Natsumi Matsumoto. It began serialization on September 3, 2008, in the October 2008 issue of Ribon. The individual chapters have been collected into nine tankōbon volumes by Shueisha as of May 2011. The series ended on June 3, 2011, with a total of 12 volumes. The manga won the 56th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Children's category. The series was adapted into two anime TV series by Studio Pierrot and Studio Hibari. The series is licensed by Crunchyroll for online streaming with English subtitles.
  • Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
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    Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. It takes place in the same fictional universe as many of Clamp's other manga series, most notably xxxHolic. The plot follows how Sakura, the princess of the Kingdom of Clow, loses all her memories and how Syaoran, a young archaeologist who is her childhood friend, goes on a quest to save her. Dimensional Witch Yūko Ichihara instructs him to go with two people, Kurogane and Fai D. Flowright. They search for Sakura's memories, which were scattered in various worlds in the form as feathers, as gathering them will help save her soul. Tsubasa was conceived when four Clamp artists wanted ...more