The Return has the ability to let its master view events of the past as a spirit. Return keeps its master from being detected from both the magical and the mundane when they observe, though exceptionally spiritual/magical people, like Ms. Mizuki and Clow Reed, have been seen to penetrate Return's defenses. It requires great spiritual energy to use, like The Time, and sometimes requires an outside source like the cherry tree at the Tsukimine Shrine. The true form of Return looks like a young, elfen person in bulky robes holding a winged clock all in a dark blue/violet color palette. The Return can also appear as a swirl of black mist. It is under The Light.

The Return first appers in Episode 27. It sucks Sakura into the not to distant past to observe a series of moments between her brother and Ms. Mizuki showing their past love and subsequent 'break up'. She is able to return to the present, though, through the help of Syaoran and The Time, who was serverly fatigued after using Time. Sakura was able to seal the card and then becom its master after.

The Return is transformed into a Sakura Card in Episode 68. Sakura used it to talk to Clow Reed, as he is one of the few people who can see people when they use Return, about what would happen after she transformed all the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.


  • In its Sakura Card form, the clock it was holding was replaced with a winged hourglass
    • It also seems to have aged so it is inbetween its previous appearance and that of The Time
  • Since The Time and The Return look like older and younger versions of one person, respectivly, it is thought they were related like The Little and The Big are.


CCS Wiki- The Return

Cardcaptor Sakura anime- Episode 27: "Sakura and the Shrine of Memories"

Cardcaptor Sakura anime- Episode 68: "Sakura, the Past, and Clow Reed"