Early scans can be found at MangaHelpers!
I know I haven’t written anything for the past 3 or so chapters of TRC/XXXHOLiC, sorry about that! But I’ll try to summarize my comments from the past chapters as well.
About the Sakura and Syaoran from the tube not being CCS!Sakura+Syaoran:
TWIST OVER THE TWIST, OMFG KASHJKASHJKLASHJKAS
I always thought those chinese outfits looked too suspicious. And it also solves the plot-holes that I’ve been wondering since Chapter 189 when we found out Jr. was supposedly the son of CCS!Sakura and Syaoran:
Speaking of that, I couldn’t help to wonder about certain things that right now look like serious plot-holes. For example, if “Syaoran” is 7 years old already, then that means CCS!Sakura was pregnant 8 years before that scene took place. Considering CCS’s time-line, is that possible? Not to mention that back in the early XXXHOLiC chapters, Yuuko said the original Clow staff belonged to a “little girl”. Little girl who has a 7 year old son?
Thanks CLAMP for clearing that up. Even though adding a NEW pair of Sakura and Syaoran might end up making things a bit more confusing, at least you avoided CCS plotholes.
As many of you people, I couldn’t understand either why the staff is so important for chinese!Sakura. But what a hell of a trick that staff was. It was the ultimate proof that CCS!Sakura was Jr.’s mother. Oh, CLAMP, LOL.
Okay, so a few explosions later, let’s talk about this chapter.
Call me stupid but I don’t get what’s so OMG about Clow passing on his powers to Syaoran. First of all, it was to chinese!Syaoran, right? Jr.’s father? It’s a bit confusing.
I just saw this freaking brilliant and twisted theory that the “parents” could actually be the clones! I don’t know much about it, but it would fit perfectly? I could totally see CLAMP doing this.
We would have one less pair of Sakura and Syaoran, they would be the ones from the opening scene, and the heroes saying the day would actually be the main characters of the series.
If that turns out to be the case, I think the scene with Yuuko in the dream with cloney is directly related to it (it might be then that Clow’s powers will be given to him. CONSIDERING THE THEORY HE IS DADDY SYAORAN, of course).
If that turns out to NOT be the case, CLAMP better find a good fitting explanation for this extra new pair of Sakura and Syaoran. Mind you, I think they are looking too much Deus ex machina.
I think it would be cool, and it would fall under Ohkawa’s twists category, lol.
IN ANY CASE, regardless of all theories, it seems like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the clones’ fans?
By the way, next chapter only on May 13th! I don’t know how they are gonna do since Chapter 220 is supposedly from volume 27.
Either volume 27 release date will be delayed, or
Volume 27 will have less pages than usual (around 160), or
Chapter 220 will be published on May 13th and compiled in volume 27 two days later on May 15th.