Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Cardcaptor Sakura: A Print and Digital Publishing History of Manga from 1996 to 2021

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Manga’s materiality significantly alters the reading experience, and by studying these properties it becomes possible to document how changes in a fan-reader’s personal or shared reading experience inform a type of humanistic manga publishing history for Japan and North America as well as globally. What does this rise in manga’s popularity which took it from a national to a global product look like? CLAMP’s Cardcaptor Sakura and Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card tell us thanks to extensive republishing efforts by four different publishers over a span of twenty-five years. While this thesis only touched one aspect of this phenomenon by trying to address how manga publishing transformed from one where the most esteemed manga artist said it would not become global to one where multiple editions of a series are present outside its country of origin, it grew to comment on manga as a global product with origins in Japan due to the remarkable spreadability of digital manga.


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Date created August 15, 2021
Date modified December 5, 2022
Publication date August 17, 2021; August 15, 2021


Author Rahbar, Victoria
Degree granting institution Stanford University, Stanford Global Studies, Center for East Asian Studies
Thesis advisor Inoue, Miyako


Subject Stanford Global Studies
Subject East Asian Studies
Subject Manga Studies
Subject Cardcaptor Sakura
Subject CLAMP (Mangaka group)
Subject TokyoPop (Firm)
Subject Kōdansha
Subject Mixx Entertainment
Subject Dark Horse Comics
Subject Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject Comic books, strips, etc. > Collectors and collecting
Subject Comic books, strips, etc. > Publishing > History
Subject Graphic novels
Subject Japan
Subject Japanese comic books, strips, etc.
Genre Text
Genre Thesis

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Rahbar, V. (2021). Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Cardcaptor Sakura: A Print and Digital Publishing History of Manga from 1996 to 2021. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at http://purl.stanford.edu/tw471dm1352


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