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Lots of surprises in this chapter, starting with Card Captor Sakura featuring the front cover! Apparently there was a character survey on the previous issue and the top 3 characters would feature the magazine cover and Sakura won first place (no surprises here).
Then we got a nice color spread even though this isn’t really the beginning of a new volume — which is nice. It’s good to see the new staff’s colors. I didn’t expect the little stars to be blue at all.
So, a lot of things happened in this chapter. We’ve got Syaoran, we’ve got their new teacher, we’ve got Yamazaki telling lies, we’ve got a new card, we’ve got Touya and Yukito, we’ve got the Sakura Cards, we’ve even got a few crossovers.
Let’s start with the new teacher. I was curious about who it would be but at first glance she doesn’t look like someone who will be relevant to the story. Not judging by her appearance, but more like the way she was portraited.
Sakura’s toad outfit is so cute and reminds me of the one Hana wore in GATE 7. I like how Sakura is quickly realizing what to do in order to secure the clear cards as opposed to going through a real rough time before capturing them as she used to do with Clow Cards. That shows how more powerful and grown she is.
I also like how she finally used the other two cards to secure this one, it was kind of getting boring to see her securing these cards in such an easy, non-attacking way. So GALE seems to be a card of attack, while SIEGE really does work like a kekkai.
ACQUA obviously is the counterpart of WATERY. I like how it has a little crown on its head. Does it mean that it’s a sort of “royal” card? Maybe the counterparts of FIREY, WINDY and EARTHY will have one too? But isn’t GALE the counterpart of WINDY? But GALE doesn’t have a crown on its head…
Also worth mentioning that the Clear Cards don’t seem to have a standard design. I mean, most Clow Cards are human shaped and they are all with their eyes closed when in card form. However, the Clear Cards don’t seem to have a particular standard form.
I’m so curious to know what Tomoyo is talking about when the Piffle mascot appears in the background. I was told that Tomoyo is letting Sakura know that she specifically asked the Daidouji Toy Company to make a waterproof camera for situations like this. We can clearly see Icchan and Chitose there! I’m not sure who the other two are… that’s probably Shuko Suzuhara and Ogata! *-* Neat crossover is neat. So does that mean that Piffle is the mascot for Daidouji Toys? And are Icchan, Chitose et al. working there?
Syaoran and Sakura’s earphones are so cute! I wonder why Syaoran’s board is glowing………. I think it’s suspicious that Syaoran is never around when Sakura is securing cards. You’d think he would want to stay around her at all times if she was in danger…
Because CLAMP can’t get enough of their crossovers, of course Touya and Yukito would be working at Tirol. You might remember this bakery from Chobits and most recently from Kobato. The CCS universe is slowly getting more and more connected to XXXHOLiC (there have been some discussions whether they really shared the same universe). We’ve seen Touya appearing in Kobato. dressed as a giant Usyagi working for Green Drugstore. It would be cool to see these two doing part-time work for Kakei in CCS =P
Can I just say I love Touya and Yukito’s uniforms in Tirol? So neat. Also, Sakura is making sure to use all of her voice minutes provided by Piffle carrier and so she’s calling everybody to talk about the latest developments, even Yukito.
Touya seems to be getting some new kind of power but Yukito wonders if that’s a good or a bad thing…
Can we all just agree that that one page with all 17 cards (THE MAZE and THE ILLUSION are the only ones that are not there since don’t have necessarily standard shapes) looks absolutely amazing? It’s so pretty. And it’s actually the first time we see them in this new arc and Sakura getting worried about them. They matter after all! It’s good to know that CLAMP and Sakura are not forgetting about them.
Another set of 35 pages this time. 177 pages so far for volume 1. This was likely the last chapter for that volume.
Next chapter will be next month and it shall be the first chapter from volume 2. CLAMP are still rocking with non-stop serialization for 6 months now. That is great.
The next Nakayoshi issue will announce some “big news” concerning CCS. All bets are on anime-related news. We’ll see 😉
Also, regarding volume 1, it will be released on December 2nd, as we already know, and there is gonna be a special limited edition on sale along with the regular edition. The special edition will come with a “mangaka set” featuring watercolor pencils, a comic pen shaped like the sealing wand, a tracing board shaped like a Clow card and more. More info as they come!