"Sakura" redirects here. For other characters using the name "Sakura", see Sakura (disambiguation).
|Clone Sakura/ Sakura Li|
|Other names:||Princess, Sakura-Hime, Little Kitty|
|Relatives:||Princess "Sakura" (original self)|
|Powers:||Immense ability of transcending other worlds and dimensions and space-time (scattered in feathers of memory)|
Understanding the sensations, feelings and emotions of all living and non-living things (includes the inanimate things such as water, air, wind, fire, earth)
unnaturally good luck
|First Appearance(Manga):||Chapter 1 - "The Beginning of the World"|
|First Appearance(Anime):||Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE - Episode 1 - "Destinies Converge"|
|Last Appearance(Manga):||Chapter 231|
|Last Appearance(Anime):||Tsubasa Shunraiki - Episode 2 - The Latter Part|
Princess Sakura, later known as Clone Sakura or Sakura Li is a protagonist in Clamp's crossover series, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE and xxxHolic. Her character is similar in looks and personality to her Cardcaptor Sakura counterpart. Tsubasa Chronicle takes on a new story with new histories for each of its characters. She also appears in another Clamp title, xxxHolic and has numerous cameos in other chapters.
Her facial features consist of big snake-green eyes and strawberry blonde hair that hang down to her shoulders; it also rather seems unkempt and stroked; all of these give contrast to her pinkish-tanned skin complexion. Sakura is slim-built and averagely has a normal build for someone of her own age.
It has been noted many times (particularly by Syaoran) that "her smile is warm and I could be happy forever about it."; ever since the princess was at a young age everyone told her to smile with a smile that "is a rival to the sun". As she grows up, Sakura carries this on. She is a person with a bright and sunny character; always upbeat, but at times she can be clumsy and perhaps a bit of paranoia gets in her way when emotions get the best of her. While Sakura is always cheerful and optimistic, when the situation overwhelms her she has a tendency to be melancholic and to suddenly turn sober.
All throughout the course of the story, Sakura shows a great deal of concern and strong attachment to her companions, particularly to Syaoran. This shows that she is also a very caring and friendly person, as she does everything in her capabilities to ensure their safety; but when she realizes that she is incapable of it, her bonds are replaced by her anxiousness.
In order to cross dimensions, Sakura must pay Yūko the thing most important to her and she pays Yūko in an indirect way but her price is pretty much the same as Syaoran's - her memories of him. When she awakes in the Hanshin Republic the first person she sees is Syaoran, but she does not remember anything about him, asking "Who are you?".
At times, such as in Ōto, Sakura comes extremely close to remembering Syaoran but it is quickly erased once more from her memory. Syaoran, having previously known this would happen, will never tell her anything about their previous relationship. At most, all Sakura knows about Syaoran is what she has relearned from the adventures together with Mokona, Fai, and Kurogane, although she knows she knew him previously and he was very important to her. It is also clear that she is falling in love with him once more.
Sakura possesses unnaturally good luck; both Chu'nyan and Yūko call her "a favored daughter of the gods" . This is what allowed her to travel dimensions safely until Yūko asks for her good luck as a price for a wish. According to Yukito and Syaoran, Sakura also has the ability to "hear" the voices of those who cannot be heard, such as spirits of nature, and to see ghosts. For example, in the Country of Jade, she could see Princess Emeraude while others could not. She can also see the future in visions, though this ability is unreliable and something she has no control over.
In the Tsubasa Chronicle anime, Sakura's personality is passive and weary, exhausted from her loss of memories. However as the series goes on, she becomes stronger and more independent. Syaoran states, even though she's lost most of her memories, she'll never change. She helps the group whenever she can, whether it's washing dishes or saving their lives. Also, at some points when she is asleep, she will unknowingly go out and search for her feathers. She seems to be awake, talking and interacting with others and her surroundings, yet is actually completely out of it, like she is unconsciously searching for her own feathers.
However in the manga, her personality undergoes a change after the clone Syaoran leaves her. As she voices to Fay, no matter how identical the two Syaorans may be, the real Syaoran is still not the one she knows. Subsequent chapters show Sakura with a much darker personality, and wearing gothic clothing.
In the Infinity Arc, the group spent a few months fighting in a tournament, supposedly wanting to use the prize money to restore a world the clone Syaoran destroyed. However, the truth is that she was after the real prize - a robot (who is identical to Freya from Chobits) who can let one person and one person alone travel across dimensions.
It is later revealed that Fai is under a curse that forces him to kill if he ever meets a person that is stronger than him. And in volume one, the reader can see that Yūko was not hit by the rain, nor did she touch any of the people directly; this was because she was in another dimension to prevent Fai's curse from being activated at that moment. But when Sakura receives two feathers in the Infinity Arc, she became stronger than Fai's halved magic and so he stabbed her, seemingly in a trance. Sakura had a vision that after killing her, he would go insane and kill everyone else, eventually committing suicide, but she used the robot to transport her soul to a dream world, thus saving herself and stopping Fai from going insane.
Later, it's revealed that she was not the original target of the curse, because "Syaoran" was. This is explained further in her appearance in xxxHolic; she changed the future so that "Syaoran" would not be killed. As she explains to Watanuki (Xxxholic chapter 140), her coldness to the real Syaoran was because she was trying to follow the dream as close as possible up to that near fatal event. It's later learned that Sakura can still be saved. The two places where her body and her soul went contains two feathers. Her soul went to the Dream World, her body to Celes. So Syaoran, Fai, Mokona and Kurogane went to Celes Country to rescue Sakura's body, as Kurogane said they'd get the body first; then the soul. Her body was saved by the group.
"Syaoran" and the group had gone to the Dream World, to try to rescue Sakura. (chapter 173). In chapter 145 of xxxHolic, while walking to school Watanuki suddenly falls into the dream world and sees a hand reaching out to Sakura, and this hand belongs to "Syaoran".
Syaoran, having already retrieved the feather Seishirou had, falls under attack from The Clone, who strikes without caring for Sakura's well being. He must retrieve the feathers, no matter the circumstances, despite Sakura's pleas for it to stop. The two battle, Syaoran summoning his Jian and The Clone summoning Hien. Syaoran encapsules Sakura in a protective wind barrier right away, and declares that he will personally destroy The Clone. As The Clone starts to overpower Syaoran, Sakura screams out his name in horror as he is surrounded by flames. She does not scream out "Syaoran-kun" though, which is what she called The Clone and "Syaoran" before this event. Instead, she screams out "SYAORAN!" without the suffix which indicates that she is very close to him.
When the Clone advances on her and the fallen Syaoran, she attempts to cradle and protect him, no longer being held back herself by Syaoran's protective spell. When the Clone demands she step aside, she only hugs him tighter and refuses to do so. In response, it stabs her in the shoulder. She weakly says "Syaoran-kun" in an attempt to reach out to him, but it falls on deaf ears as it moves to finish her off upon the orders of Fei Wong. However, it is subconsciously stopped by himself, just as Yuko comments that even if a heart loses its memories, they can still persist within the body.
Sakura then tries to convince The Clone not to kill Syaoran. She said "something will end", that includes the Clone Syaoran and herself. "Syaoran" then awakens.
As Syaoran and his Clone jump to deliver their last blows, Sakura interferes, getting stabbed at her heart by the Clone's Hien, even shocking the Clone. Syaoran calls out to her, but she tells him "Your Sakura isn't me" and dissolves into cherry blossom petals. In a flashback sequence, Fei Wong reveals to Xing Huo that Sakura up until now is in fact a clone herself, both body and soul.
From what "Syaoran" said when they were in Tokyo," What treasures *that* Sakura the most isn't 'my heart'! It's yours!". So Sakura had a feeling that the real Syaoran already knew she was a clone and the real Sakura is waiting for him.
Sakura then falls into the arms of the Clone, telling him "Even if we are just creations... we are the same... if those two (real Syaoran and Sakura) keep on living it won't end....I..love y..." and dissolves into cherry blossom petals (Chapter 179). The Clone, still shocked, holds in his hand the last petal and screams. While Kyle Rondart steals Sakura's body, "Syaoran" manages to move out from the dream, falling flat on his face after Kyle's departure.
Fay confirms clone Sakura's statement (in which she is made like the clone Syaoran, but a little differently) in explaining that Syaoran only had his body cloned, while Sakura had "both her body and heart" cloned. Yuuko explains further that if the clone Sakura would fail, Fei Wong could keep creating more clones, as long as he had the original (whether Sakura was a clone or not, the feathers would still respond to her). However, Yuuko comments that he is killing innocent lives, even though they are only creations. Though Clone Sakura seems to have died, Syaoran requests from Yuuko to grant him another wish for him to pay: the whereabouts of both Sakuras, in order to save them.
At Clow Country, Clone Syaoran explains that he wanted to hear the rest of what Sakura had said to him (thus implying his personality had remained intact from before Tokyo), and he gives the feathers he had collected to "Syaoran" as he "dies", asking him to return them to Sakura. (Chapter 210)
Sakura's body is next seen with Fei Wong, who reveals that Clow Country is actually Tokyo, and the power beneath the Ruins is actually the feather Sakura left willingly in Tokyo. Fei Wong proceeds to break the feather from the ground and puts it into Sakura's body, activating a power Fei Wong claims will make the most basic law of the dimensions collapse - the law that the dead cannot live again.
Sakura's body was later merged with real Sakura's soul (Chapter 215).
Her soul, which was supposedly destroyed, was taken by Yuko to the Dream World, along within Original Sakura's body, whom Fei Wong Reed believed to be destroyed but only disappeared (this is because she's a creation).
Clone Syaoran was taken here as well. Yuko's plan is to revive them both, since she feels guilty that it was her existence that was the beginning of the twisted world.
See also: Time Loop
Yûko asks Syaoran and Sakura to make a choice on whether they must be revived. When Sakura asks the price, Yuko replies that a price for her is not necessary, since this was a price paid by Yûko's prices from the shop. She remarks that the rebirth will not be the same as a simple reincarnation, and that he and Sakura will retain their memories. Syaoran and Sakura confess their love as they are reborn. Sakura is reincarnated as an alternate version of Sakura Kinomoto in different world (not the CCS pair, they are different selves), and meets up with Syaoran at the age of 14 when she traveled in a school trip to Hong Kong, with the same crew of Magic Knight Rayearth. As time goes by, they would marry and in a bizarre twist (temporal paradox), would become parents to Tsubasa Li.
After another 7 years, Sakura and Syaoran are ready to send his son to Clow Country. Sakura had seen the future that's awaiting her son. Sakura comments on how Tsubasa being her son should not be possible, and even if he grows up and meets Princess Tsubasa so they will be created again, the world will be repeating itself again in an endless loop. She remembers a moment that could allow them to change the future, and with the help of Sakura Kinomoto's Star Staff, they are ready to move on.
Syaoran and Sakura seal themselves in the "tube" that was left to Syaoran Li, which originally belonged to Clow Reed, and by Toya and Yukito's help, they are sent to Yuko Ichihara so they will be froze in time until they can meet their other selves again, and avoid them to be erased.
Kimihiro Watanuki was created by Tsubasa's choice to reverse time to save Princess Tsubasa. Fei Wong Reed remarks that Watanuki's creation will bring suffering to his parents. This revelation was thought to mean both Sakura and Syaoran are dead, but this was corrected later on after Yuko implied they were both still alive. This was confirmed by the fortune teller in xxxHolic ch. 170, when she said that she had made a mistake and that Sakura and Syaoran had merely 'gone to another world' rather than 'passed into the afterlife' like she said. She was about to tell Watanuki this but Yuko answered her call instead.
The Last Showdown: Clow's Future Arc
After having learned that the Clones are "Syaoran"'s parents and that Yuko is dead, Fei Wong vows to resurect her in order to prove his superiority over Clow Reed. In order to do so, he uses the clones again and traps them into his "tube". But "Syaoran" and "Sakura" grab their arms, thus getting trapped too.
The clones question the originals of why they had done so, when they could have escaped. Clone Sakura then reveals that she had been seeing the future through "Sakura", even when she was trapped in the "cut off" time. Sakura, in turn replies to her that her existence means a lot to her as well. (Ch. 228)
Kurogane and Fai try to break the "tube", but Fei Wong tells them that it's impossible "without the consent of those dragged into it". So, as a last resource, the Sakuras plan to use their power- to trascend dimensions and time- to break free from the "tube". Fei Wong tries to stop them by telling them that doing so would only break the time-space for once and for all. Once doing so, they all break out of the tube. Fei Wong was shocked by this, which is something that Kurogane took advantage of and gave him the last blow.
Before dying, Fei Wong says that he's the same as Syaoran and that they all must pay the price for their sins. Thus, the Syaorans and Watanuki too are sent into a void.
Since their creator (Fei Wong) is dead, both clones disappear too. Clone Syaoran's disappearance creates a fissure in the void, so "Syaoran" and Watanuki are able to escape. Both clones leave behind a feather, which is absorbed by the originals.
The feathers are later revealed to be the clones' memories- or souls. Both originals are not happy by this, so "Syaoran" intends to continue his travel until he finds a way to bring them back (give them a new body).
Sakura in xxxHolic
Sakura first appears in the manga in an unconscious state, held by Syaoran. She next appears when Watanuki's dream connects him to the world her "soul" resides in. She does this several more times, each time holding a short conversation with Watanuki. In one such conversation, she explains that she changed the future in such a way that Syaoran would not be stabbed and so that everyone would still live, including herself. An important occurrence in another dream is the emphasis put on Sakura's, Clone Syaoran's, and Watanuki's birthdays – they are all on April 1st. Clone Syaoran's birthday was not an actual birthday, although, it was just a birthday given to him by Sakura. Real Syaoran's birthday is also April 1st.
After the first of these meetings, Yuko tells Watanuki that if Sakura's soul is separated from her body too long, she will die.
She has also appeared in xxxHolic when Watanuki falls into the Dream world again, and a hand pops out behind of Sakura. The hand belonged to the real Syaoran, then another hand pops out and the cherry blossoms fluttering around are blocking Watanuki's view so he doesn't know who's hand that was (It actually belonged to the clone Syaoran). He then eventually went back to his world.
Although it wasn't intentional, one of Sakura's feathers ended up in the body of Kohane Tsuyuri, giving the young girl the power to exorcise ghosts. It was subsequently removed from her as the price for a wish to Yuuko (she wished for happiness). However, as Yuuko noted herself, the time that Kohane received Sakura's feather and the time that the feathers were scattered doesn't match up, meaning that the time-space continuum is beginning to collapse.