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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.