No splash page again? And I should have known, the first page of this chapter is the other part of the spread from the last page of the previous chapter (how X). Now I’m not sure they will draw a splash page for this or the previous chapter, LOL I guess they don’t want to break the action with splash pages in the tankoubon version…
As expected from Fei Wang, even grabbing Sakura’s frozen hand turned out to be part of his plans. You really didn’t think he would play fair and square at this point, did you? (okay, I sorta did… I still cannot believe Fei Wang is pure devil. Anyway!).
Sakura should look like 7, but does she really look like 7? XD I guess… I need more panels to make up my mind, LOL
Oh look at that, Fei Wang (this time the real one) lost a tad bit of HP, uuhhh~.
So by saving someone (Sakura) on the verge of death, the last (?) piece of the puzzle appears and now Fei Wang can, just like Syaoran could, take back someone who stepped one foot at death’s side and has since then remained frozen in time?
And then, last page shows Yuuko with her butterfly kimono doing something suspicious… COULD IT BE HER? Or is it just CLAMP tricking us and next chapter there won’t be a splash page either and it’ll show the continuation of this scene?
In a way, it makes sense if it’s her. For example, it has to be someone we know and someone with a huge importance (how anti-climatic would it be to revive someone unknown or less known?). Also, we know Xing Huo and Fei Wang’s bitches are all failures and they all have dark hair and some of them really resemble Yuuko. There’s Kyle too, though. I have seen good theories that Xing Huo is an attempt to revive/clone Clow’s mother, who is known to be Chinese, and Kyle, his father, who was English. I know this has little to do with Yuuko, but just in case.
But why, oh why would Fei Wang want to revive Yuuko? I used to firmly think it wasn’t Clow from the moment Fei Wang thanked the fact that he was dead and no longer interfering in his plans (end of Shurano arc). He said that now only Yuuko was. And he always treated Yuuko as an enemy and that made us immediately thinks that Fei Wang wants her killed as well, but that has never been clearly stated. Now, that foundation has been shaken a little after this last page. I am no longer that sure about not being Yuuko and more, no longer sure it’s not Clow as well.
Fei Wang said it’s someone who has stepped into the realms of death but is stopped in time… that could apply to Yuuko too if we consider that she never ages.
At the same time, I ask myself: what’s the difference between frozen-in-time!Sakura and frozen-in-time!Person-FWR-wants-to-revive? Is that person also frozen as Sakura? Then it isn’t Yuuko? Or is that Yuuko we know a fragment of a dream? Brain-frying, I know…
I ask more, why Yuuko would fight against someone who is trying to take her out of this situation? Supposing it’s her that it’s neither dead nor alive (assuming that’s what Fei Wang means when he says the person is frozen in time). I think Yuuko would want to move on and not fight to remain un-dead like that…
I just hope the next chapter reveals once and for all who this person is. Things are definitely pointing to Yuuko, but I’ll remain skeptical until a confirmation.
What are the odds that real!Sakura is actually Yuuko? LOL
Watanuki looks so weird on panel 3 of page 1 XD
Yuuko fades out in XXXHOLiC the same week she goes all weird in Tsubasa… going to the same place, Yuuko?
Very pretty scene with Watanuki catching the butterfly.
I would surely, surely get scared if I wake up and didn’t see Yuuko in the shop. Creepy.
And the crazy cooking lady is back… so anti-climatic XD But I guess it’s necessary for the whole “Watanuki takes Yuuko’s place” thing.