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Nadeshiko Kinomoto (木之本 撫子, Kinomoto Nadeshiko) is a fictional character in Clamp's anime and manga series Cardcaptor Sakura. She is known as Natasha Avalon in the English adaptation Cardcaptors. She is voiced by Yūko Minaguchi in the Japanese version and Janyse Jaud in the English dub. Nadeshiko also makes an appearance in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

Appearance

Nadeshiko appears as a spirit wearing a flowing white dress and sporting a pair of wings. She is of average height, with long, flowing dark hair.

Personality

Nadeshiko's personality is revealed through the dialogue of other characters. She was a cheerful young lady, but somewhat clumsy. She wasn't a very good cook, but she put her heart into whatever she did, as evidenced when she used to give Valentine's Day chocolate to Fujitaka, Sonomi and Masaki. She is also kind and caring and in spite of her untimely death still watches over her family from time to time.

Role of the Series

Nadeshiko will help Sakura through spirit.

Character and role

Nadeshiko is the mother of Sakura Kinomoto and Toya Kinomoto . Her husband is Fujitaka Kinomoto.

Nadeshiko appears only in memory and in spirit (literally) in the series, as she died (at the age of 27) when Sakura was three years old and when Toya was ten years old.

However, she is remembered frequently, and her family continues to love and respect her. Fujitaka keeps her memory alive by keeping a picture of her on the kitchen table and changing the picture every day. Sakura makes an effort to greet it every morning.

Nadeshiko's ghost is a type of presence in the series. When Toya was younger, he could see Nadeshiko quite often, but as he got older, she showed up less often. Sakura has never been able to see ghosts (although she has been able to feel them) and so she never sees Nadeshiko throughout the entire series, with an exception for "Sakura's Dizzy Fever Day", where she sees her mother's hand on her forehead, and greets her, as she falls back to sleep.

Nadeshiko makes her first visible appearance in Episode 6, "Sakura and Her Memories of Her Mother." Sakura is tricked by The Illusion and walks off a cliff (in the manga, the card tried to drown her in a pond), losing consciousness during the fall. Her drop, however, is slowed by Nadeshiko's translucent hand catching Sakura's wrist (her hand has a distinctive silver ring on the ring finger), slowing her fall enough so Yukito Tsukishiro (Julian) can catch Sakura properly. As she was unconscious, Sakura is unaware of this aid.

The Illusion again tries to trick Sakura later, and Sakura initially falls for it believing that the card is Nadeshiko's ghost and needs her help, but later breaks off her psychological control (more specifically, she remembers Yukito telling her that the ghost of a mother wouldn't hurt her still-living children) and captures the card.

At the end of the episode, Sakura presents Nadeshiko's picture with a birthday gift, unaware that Nadeshiko's ghost is hovering over her at the time (adorning a set of angel wings). Nadeshiko comments to Toya, who is watching from a distance, that she had been a little worried and came down to see how Sakura was. After ensuring that Sakura is okay, Nadeshiko leaves.

In Episode 46, "Sakura and the Final Judgment," upon being trapped in Wood's veins, Sakura loses consciousness and is transported into a world where the Clow Cards no longer exist and with their disappearance, everyone has forgotten their feelings for the person he or she loves most, resulting in the world becoming a much colder, emotional distant place. In this world, Fujitaka does not have Nadeshiko's picture on the dinner table, surprising Sakura greatly. Even eight years after Nadeshiko died, Fujitaka still loves her dearly.

One of Toya's memories of his mother is when she taught him how to play the organ at home. In Episode 54, when Toya plays on the piano at school, he remembers sitting next to Nadeshiko on the family organ, watching her play and following her example. 

In high school, Nadeshiko (then Nadeshiko Amamiya) was a student of Fujitaka Kinomoto during his first year as a teacher and also had a job as a model. She married Fujitaka when she was sixteen, much to the displeasure of her various relatives, especially her cousin Sonomi Daidouji and grandfather/caretaker Masaaki. Fujitaka mentions that he had Nadeshiko for eleven years, from where her death at twenty-seven is concluded. Since Sakura was three, and Toya is seven years older, Nadeshiko presumably gave birth to Toya at seventeen. How this was accomplished when Sonomi clearly stated that the two would come to the high school together while married (Sonomi mentions in a rant that the two would come with their "nauseatingly-matched" packed lunches, husband and wife) is not mentioned; it's possible that Nadeshiko gave birth few months after graduation.

Nadeshiko is admired by Sonomi, who had feelings for Nadeshiko in high school but never had the chance to pursue them further when Nadeshiko married Fujitaka. Sonomi continues to dislike Fujitaka in the present day for that reason, but she will admit that she cannot entirely hate him, as his consistent optimism and kindness make it clear to her why Nadeshiko liked him so much. In volume 5 of the Manga and episode 10 of the anime, it is revealed that her maiden name was Amamiya; Toya tells that to Yukito as he explains the background of his parents' love story. Sonomi also tells Sakura that Nadeshiko was a klutz, and fell out of a tree while tending to some birds, and landed Fujikita, who says,"It looks like an angel has fallen out of th sky."

The manga hints that Nadeshiko may have had some magic, as Fujitaka tells Toya that his magic abilities are the same as his mother's. And at the end of the manga (chapter 45), when Fujitaka receives half of Eriol Hiiragizawa's powers since they're both incarnations of Clow Reed, he gains the ability to see Nadeshiko's spirit, being re-united with his beloved wife once again.

In Cardcaptors 

She has a love for strawberries and will eat anything with it especially strawberry shortcake. Her being cousins with Sonomi is edited out. Her grandfather is now her father. She didn't get married at the age of 16 but fell in love with Aiden at that age.

Nadeshiko in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

During Syaoran's flashback, Syaoran recalls meeting Sakura's parents. He then recalls meeting Nadeshiko, Sakura's mother, who is the Queen of Clow Country. As in Cardcaptor Sakura, Fujitaka is her husband. She has a rather blank personality in her appearance--sweet and kind, but also motherly. She seems to know a lot about Syaoran and is a dream-seer. She, along with "Syaoran" are the only ones who can see the 'Engraved Seal of Death' placed on Sakura.

On Sakura's fourteenth, everyone gathers in the ruins for Sakura's "coming-of-age" ceremony. Syaoran wishes her a happy birthday. However, at that point, the black wings rip out of her body (revealing her to be in the same dress the clone was wearing in the dream world). Nadeshiko stops time and dies as a result. Her last words to Syaoran were that he must protect Sakura.

Nadeshiko does not appear in the post-rewind Clow Country. Yuuko explained that Nadeshiko had known about the seal, and her destiny had changed, thus she had died in the rewind.

Ultimately, her fate is reversed after the defeat of Fei Wong Reed and the restoring of the majority of the world's logic[2].

Trivia

Clamp never revealed the cause of Nadeshiko's death. The authors referred to it as an illness, but never really stated which one.

Nadeshiko's hair color in the CCS anime is gray, however there are colored Clamp pieces that show her hair color as purple.

When the timeline of Clow Country is revised in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Nadeshiko is brought back to life. In the original timeline, she died after casting a spell to halt time, and in the timeline brought about by "Syaoran's" wish, Nadeshiko dies as she knew about Sakura's death mark. Unwittingly, Nadeshiko's return breaks the rule stated by Clamp that the dead cannot return to life.

Resources

Cardcaptor Sakura wiki

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