Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 6 (Updated)

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It looks like CLAMP are slowly offering a color page to each character and this time it was Eriol and Clow’s (sort of) turn. Don’t you love when CLAMP plays with dual personality/identity in either reflection or shadow like that?

It is also worth mentioning that Card Captor Sakura is featuring the cover of Nakayoshi for the second time in a row and next month it will feature again — which means three months in a row! I don’t fully understand why is Sakura with bunny ears if this is supposed to be a Christmas-y illustration, haha!

So not much happened in this chapter, since it’s a very action-oriented chapter, but we did get a lot of Syaoranness for everyone who was missing it.

We Sakura and the others practicing for the Cheer Squad and for anyone wondering, I was told that they will get proper outfits by the next practice. I’m curious to see what the Junior High Cheerleading Squad uniform will look like 🙂

Sakura notices her shoelaces are loose and after she ties them, she notices something strange around the school’s fence. She quickly draws her Dream Staff and attacks right away with GALE. The attack bounces right back at her. She uses ACQUA afterwards to find out the card’s shape and secures it away. We learn it’s the REFLECT card, which looks like a pretty butterfly. Could this be a counterpart of The Mirror?

After that, a strange thing happens: ACQUA behaves badly and casts a heavy rain on Sakura without having her summoning it. A card acting on its own after it’s already transformed into its card form? This never happened before. The only time something similar happened was when The Rain and The Wood caused havoc in Sakura’s home because she didn’t write down her name on either cards — and that it’s an original episode for the TV Series. Come to think of it, and that is something I’ve noticed a few chapters ago, Sakura is not writing down her name in any of the cards… Is she their rightful owner? Shouldn’t Kero have alerted her about this? Unless this isn’t relevant anymore…

All the more, could the Clear Cards be rebelling against her? Or maybe it’s just ACQUA’s bad temper.

Syaoran then appears (how convenient him appearing when all the trouble is gone) and gives his coat to shelter Sakura in a very classic CLAMP moment. Sakura looks happy and loved.

Syaoran then staaaaaaaares at the cards and goes “………”

Sakura sure is getting card after card. Feels like CLAMP are rushing that for what’s to come next… I’m not complaining!

Back at home, Sakura has a vision while she’s fully awake, which is very usual for her since she’s usually asleep when she has her visions. In the vision/dream she meets the mysterious cloaked figure again for the first time since the beginning of the series…

32 pages for the chapter — slightly less than the usual 35 pages. 32 pages for volume 2 so far. As I mentioned above, next issue will have Card Captor Sakura again on the cover. Doki doki!

Make sure to check the News page in the scans, it has a first look to the cover art for volume 1 — it looks like it’s gonna be very similar to the classic edition with the white background and flower petals flying around. Also, we get to see a little more of the mangaka set that will come with the limited edition of volume 1.

Lastly, it looks like the “big news” that were expected for this month’s issue were not so big after all. It’s just a revival project of the first Card Captor Sakura movie that will be screened again in 7 cities across Japan. But don’t worry folks, this is NOT the new anime project that was announced with Chapter 1. We’re still getting that, eventually.

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36 thoughts on “Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 6 (Updated)

    • I have a theory about this arc :

      This arc is just before the TRC, events may be caused by Fei Wong Leed and will result in the scene where Sakura gives her staff to the clone Sakura.
      The design is different because the last scene of the original manga will be the last scene of this arc

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  1. I got what I wanted! (Sort of. Now I can upgrade my wish to “color illustration of Clow with his face actually visible.”) Clow having his face obscured reminds me of how Yuuko was always portrayed facing away from the viewer in the “Rou” volume covers — it’s like they’re both “beyond the veil,” so to speak.

    Nakayoshi has such ridiculously gaudy covers, I thought they Photoshopped the bunny ears onto Sakura at first! This just makes me look forward to the inevitable artbook even more. (BTW, did you notice the crystal elements on Sakura’s costume for the first volume cover? Since cherry blossoms are to the Clear Card arc as stars were to the Sakura Card arc, the cute glass/cherry blossom combo is ominous. XD)

    AQUA treating Sakura with disdain isn’t a good sign (maybe it has a haughty, regal personality to match the crown on its head?) GALE getting reflected so violently at Sakura doesn’t bode well, either. It seems like Sakura and co. are taking a lot of blind steps here. When I saw the ad for the manga-ka set included with the deluxe edition, I noticed that stencils for the Star Key and Sakura’s keepsake box were included, which made me realize that we haven’t gotten confirmation on whether or not this new key is an upgrade of Sakura’s old one. Is the Star Key still sitting in that box? Did Sakura really start using a new staff without knowing where it came from?

    I wonder if Sakura getting a waking dream of the antagonist is related to the lights on Syaoran’s rashinban. She’s got four cards, so he should have four lights now, right?

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    • BTW, did you notice the crystal elements on Sakura’s costume for the first volume cover? Since cherry blossoms are to the Clear Card arc as stars were to the Sakura Card arc, the cute glass/cherry blossom combo is ominous. XD

      Yes, I did notice that! =) The crystal/icy seems to be really important for the plot. Each time more and more clear and less and less of a coincidence.

      GALE getting reflected so violently at Sakura doesn’t bode well, either. It seems like Sakura and co. are taking a lot of blind steps here.

      Well, I don’t remember the Clow Cards being the friendliest, either.

      we haven’t gotten confirmation on whether or not this new key is an upgrade of Sakura’s old one. Is the Star Key still sitting in that box? Did Sakura really start using a new staff without knowing where it came from?

      Those are good questions which I hope we’ll get an answer soon. My opinion is that this is a brand new staff considering she wasn’t holding any key when she went to sleep. Of course, the key COULD have been transported from the box to her hands…

      I wonder if Sakura getting a waking dream of the antagonist is related to the lights on Syaoran’s rashinban. She’s got four cards, so he should have four lights now, right?

      Right! But I don’t see how the rashinban could be related to the cloaked figure…. yet.

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      • Well, I don’t remember the Clow Cards being the friendliest, either.

        I wasn’t referring to REFLECT attacking Sakura with GALE — that’s pretty much par for the course.
        What bothered me was the sense that GALE didn’t seem to know or care that it was getting shot right back at its new master. You can compare it to Watery back when Sakura tried to use it against Eriol’s rain at the beginning of the Sakura Card arc. Watery was a violent card at first, but when her power was reflected, she just panicked in place. None of the Clow Cards ever tried to hurt Sakura after she caught them and wrote her name on them.

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  2. 32 pages for the chapter — slightly less than the usual 35 pages. 67 pages for volume 2 so far.

    Chapter 5 is confirmed to be part of volume 1? With only 4 chapters, we don’t even get to the 160 pages indicated in the amazon.co.jp description D:

    Other than that, this chapter seems to have passed in a flash, or I might have this feeling because I was going through the pages with no translations hahaha~

    And yes, I’m glad to have some ‘Syaoranness’ XD : since he was missing in last month’s chapter, I haven’t seen him for 2 months! There doesn’t seem to be much change on his side though: we didn’t get anymore info about him in any way, not his magic, not what he did in HK the past years, not his new battle costume, nothing… He did seem to have said something in the very first pages of the chapter, but since it’s something he ‘publicly’ shared with their classmates, I’m not too sure if it will be of any great interest.

    To answer to the question you asked me in the other entry: I did create a ‘Sherry Sh’ FB account several years ago, just like you created a chibiyuutoLJ one >to use it for the different fandoms I was part of, but I ended up no using it at all: it still exists but it’s pretty much abandoned ^^; (bad me…)

    And even though you don’t like them too much, I will still say it: yesterday, Doctor Strange was so AWESOME!!!! XD
    hahaha~ We all have our likes and dislikes, it’s normal 😉

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    • Chapter 5 is confirmed to be part of volume 1? With only 4 chapters, we don’t even get to the 160 pages indicated in the amazon.co.jp description D:

      I would say Chapter 5 is from volume 1, but I could be wrong. Could Amazon’s page count be wrong?

      This chapter was very fast indeed =/ and Syaoran is getting away very easily, but we are no fools and we see right through him xD

      And regarding your FB, I see… I just wanted to have you on FB as well since we could interact more easily. Do you have any other social network at all?

      I’m glad that Doctor Strange was awesome! xD

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      • I’m lost: I asked if chapter 5 was not included in vol01 bcs you wrote “67 pages for volume 2 so far” @_@

        I don’t use any other SN ^^; But I will try reviving my Sherry FB from now on ^__^

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  3. i love not knowing who this mystery hooded person (antagonist?) is. and i love how secretive (maybe even guilty?) syaoran is being too. complete contrast to his strikingly honest persona. eriol is clearly forcing him to be this way. clamp have done an amazing job in showing us the smallest and simplest changesper chapter, and characters the moods that sets the stage for something very sinister and possibly even dangerous. less really is more in some cases. and that is done to perfection every chapter in clear card. syaorans expression, and the lack of eriols advise and presence is really felt. its left me feeling nervous for sakura. but i really cant make up my mind if this mystery person is and antagonist or not. but the foreboding threat and mystery reminds me of yue arc. we didnt know who he was or what he looked like, all we kept hearing was his name and that he was the moon guardian. big reveal in final book was yukito of all characters. i remember being convinced it was either kaho, or touya ^^.
    on another note, that xmas theme magazine cover, the bunny ears look random for xmas. perhaps more spring/ easter feature, but im gona go with snow bunny?

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  4. oh my gosh! cant believe i didn’t think this when i first saw the scans, but upon looking at them again, that butterfly design is very much like yuukos butterfly. ❤
    and im LOVING the colour cover. it gorgeous! i am biased! clow reed is my favourite overall male clamp character (even though we don't know barely anything about him!) i think this is my favourite chapter cover so far. so mysterious! is it me, or is this cover more holic-esque than ccs? i dont remember seeing a cover this dark for ccs? either way its NICE!

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  5. “I noticed that, but I don’t think they are related… do you?”
    no i dont. i think its all completely separate.
    another thing i only JUST noticed too, and im probably slow to see this however… syaorans eyebrows! they are higher than they used to be. im thinking his sisters probably waxed them while he was in hongkong. ^^

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    • Just noticed iorna link above, well, a rough translation is not needed, the scanlation is very fine ^__^

      So! Syaoran is not joining a club, even though it was said in a previous chapter that it was obligatory… I suppose he will justify himself to the school with the fact he just moved to Japan, which is what he said here too.
      It’s quite ironical though, to hear him say that he’s go so many unfinished things to take care of, which is completely opposite to what he said in the end of the first series and the first chapter of this 2d series: about him having finished all he needed to do ^^; We can argue he is talking about different things, of course.

      Other than that, she still catches the new cards as easily as ever, she didn’t encounter any major difficulties so far, nor suffered much, other than this drenched in water thing, which seems to show that ACQUA might be capricious, simply doesn’t care, have no mind of her own, or Sakura do no know how to fully control her yet.

      And as ever: Sakura only looks bigger than she did in the 1st series when she wears her school uniform ^^;

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      • “And as ever: Sakura only looks bigger than she did in the 1st series when she wears her school uniform ^^; ”
        hehe, yes this… i thought in this chapter, yamazaki is the only one who looks a little older. it must be so confusing to those who have read this for the first time, cause at the end of the sakura card arc, syaoran and sakura really did look 13, but now they look 9 years old again. but they still look gorgeous! (saying all this, i barely changed at that age either. i looked the same at 14 as i did at 10, just a little bit taller, and that was the only difference ^^)
        syaoran looks a bit different too compared to the original drawings. i think its his eyebrows more than anything. they’re… higher… i think? i know his hair is more scruffy, but i think its the eyebrows especially.
        i want to know if sakuras dad is sensing anything? he has powers now right? i wonder if he senses something is off? and after reading the blurb on the colour cover, i think touya is in on eriols plan along with syaoran. i wonder if eriol is behind touyas magical development? im loving clear card. i love the suspense. its like a good Agatha Christie murder mystery. slow build up with right amount of suspense and threat. (minus the murder of course. well i hope so!)

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        • I usually do not compare reality with fiction: I agree with you that in 1 year and a half, kids could possibly change very little, but this is a manga, and we had a Time Skip in the future, in which the characters are ‘supposed’ to be different (in this case, they are kids, so they should grow), this is the readers’ expectation, and this is exactly what CLAMP gave us in the last pages of vol12.
          But they went back on their character’s design, either because CLAMP decided they would be younger (meaning that in the 90’s they imagined their reunion as 14-15 y.o. adolescent, not 13 like now?), or because they honestly though they had made them look too old in their 90’s work…but this is clearly not a simply change of drawing style.

          The other thing would be a reference to SxS from Tsubasa: they are 14 y.o. (at least at the beginning of the series), but their CCS counterparts who are only 1 year younger are at least 2 heads smaller than them in height ^^;

          It indeed looks like Touya will have some role to play at one point or another, else CLAMP wouldn0t have bothered having him tell us that he acquired a new kind of power.
          But as for Sakura’s father, whether in the 1st series or now, it doesn’t seem like CLAMP have any big plans for him: he is now aware of his daughter’s powers, but they clearly do not talk about it, and Fujitaka made no show of having used his magic in any other way than to see his deceased wife, Nadeshiko.
          All in all, even if and when Touya and Fujitaka are involved in the plot, it would very unlikely be for something big.
          The bug players here are Sakura, her cards, her guardian, Syaoran, and possibly Eriol. (I say ‘possibly’, bcs if he stays in London the whole time, he will be nothing more than a far presence and sort of a help/witness of what is to come)

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  6. Clear card chapters like to come out when I’m out of town and unable to follow closely the fandom XD
    Anyway, much of what I wanted to say has already been said from earlier commenters, I was just very happy to finally see Syaoran acting like a boyfriend/someone who’s in love with Sakura!! He’s still suspicious as hell, appearing right after the capture of the new card, but I still stick to my undying trust in his good intentions.
    About Sakura, it’s so exciting to see her acting against the new cards all on her own, thinking about the right strategy and picking the right card to help her securing the others! You can really see how she’s grown up there, not much on the physical side, but rather on her mind and magic .
    I’m waiting eagerly for the next chapter, it looks to be one of the best ever, with the announcement about the new anime and the new encounter with CloakedGuy !

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    • These chapters do have the worst timing!

      About Sakura, it’s so exciting to see her acting against the new cards all on her own, thinking about the right strategy and picking the right card to help her securing the others! You can really see how she’s grown up there, not much on the physical side, but rather on her mind and magic .

      Yes, precisely. Kero is rarely around, too. She’s been figuring things out all by herself, and it shows.

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      • Also, it took really little effort for her to secure the card, just like all the other cards before…I’m more and more convinced that securing the cards isn’t the real deal here.

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    • I was just very happy to finally see Syaoran acting like a boyfriend/someone who’s in love with Sakura!! He’s still suspicious as hell, appearing right after the capture of the new card, but I still stick to my undying trust in his good intentions.

      Absolutely! ❤
      It was only a few panels, but we at least had a glimpse of 'something' between them, bcs those two have seriously been nothing but regular classmates/friends these past chapters ^^;
      Sakura's reaction was so sweet!

      And you are right, Sakura has been acting solo a lot, no Kero, no Syaoran, and no Tomoyo filming.

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      • Sakura’s reaction was so sweet!

        Gosh, my heart melted with her sweet face! Such a precious thing to see her like that…a mixture of shyness and happiness…and she reacted like that because she felt loved! A simple gesture from him can mean the world to her, and it seemed like she wrapped herself in his jacket even more, as if she felt him hugging her ❤

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      • Cutesherry, just as a heads-up: the regular edition of CCS Clear Card Arc Vol. 1 has been made available for preorder on CDJapan.

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      • Another thing I wanted to add and came to mind only now: FINALLY we have Sakura making questions to Syaoran about his behaviour/words!! Of course she believes his reply right away (well, it couldn’t be more vague, so when someone replies like that you have two options: either being nosy and insist asking “yeah ok but what is it that you have to do?” or drop the subject entirely), but I’m glad she’s not ignoring his misterious ways of “being busy”.
        Of course I’m waiting for her to be more and more aware that something is going on. As I’ve read somewhere, Sakura is naive yes, but that is very different from being stupid.

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        • You’re right, it wasn’t much, but this is indeed the first time Sakura showed surprise when faced with Syaoran’s answer. But more than being suspicious of his behavior, it might be bcs joining a club is obligatory, and for him to pass on something mandatory, considering his serious nature, is definitely strange…
          That said, whatever thought she might have had must have been literally washed away later on in the chapter when he so chivalrously offered his jacket to her while worrying about her well being XD ❤

          The "I just arrived in Japan and I am so busy with papers and buying things” is starting to get old ^^;
          And as I said in an earlier comment: it’s quite ironical to hear him say repeatedly at every chapter that he’s go so many unfinished things to take care of, which is completely opposite to what he said in the end of the first series and the first chapter of this 2d series: about him having finished all he needed to do ^^; We can argue he is talking about different things, of course.

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          • it might be bcs joining a club is obligatory

            I didn’t know that! Then it’s even more suspicious -_-

            That said, whatever thought she might have had must have been literally washed away later on in the chapter when he so chivalrously offered his jacket to her while worrying about her well being😄❤

            I shamelessly admit I would have reacted the same way XD

            it’s quite ironical to hear him say repeatedly at every chapter that he’s go so many unfinished things to take care of, which is completely opposite to what he said in the end of the first series and the first chapter of this 2d series: about him having finished all he needed to do ^^; We can argue he is talking about different things, of course.

            Yeah, you got a point there… it all started saying he finally finished everything, and now he’s dragging this lame excuse on and on…he’ll end up being busted in no time (Tomoyo I’m waiting for you).

            Now that I’m at it, another thing I imagined since the very beginning, was that Sakura might start having dreams while being awake, in full Watanuki style, and then BAM! This chapter didn’t disappoint me. 😉 But I’m also worried about this…if it gets frequent, it might upset her normal life and she might end up unable to distinguish the dream from reality…or having “dreams inside a dream” (it already happened!) and be trapped inside of it. This power seems to be revolving around dreams, it’s very fascinating but also quite scary. We’ll see how CLAMP will make use of that.

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  7. Eriol and Clow this time. ^_^

    So, Club part two, Sakura and Chiharu in Cheerleading, Tomoyo in Chorus, Naoko in drama, Yamazaki in lacross and Xiaolang which keep his time free to deal with whatever mess will come his way (legal or magic). On a side note, I’m so admiring Yamazaki, I never even manage to catch the ball at lacross, even less do anything cronstructive. T_T

    A new teacher this time again, P.E. I need to reread the first series to see at what rhythm they were introduced last time.

    A fourth card, Reflect! They still manage to cramp a lot of stuff in each chapter. Some school drama, some family drama, some card action, some Eriol.

    And last frame with Sakura versus her ikiryou… or Xiaolang in disguise… or Touya in disguise…

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      • I don’t think I was ever such a Yamazaki fangirl, but seeing him again after all these years, I don’t know really know why…

        Talking of Lacrosse, or la crosse in French, it’s Canada’s official national sport, which was played by First Nations in the Eastern side of the country. I wonder if Clamp want to do a Canadian First Nations connection here or if Lacrosse is just popular in Japan…

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