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What a lovely title page! Syaoran looks adorable here. And CLAMP is really into blue lately xD The previous color spread was also based on blue. My friend Sakura84-chan pointed out that those are frozen cherry blossom trees. Symbolism?
First time we see Sakura in her rollerblades in this new arc. If you thought she was too old for them: think again.
We are still in Spring in the manga timeline. It seems only a couple of weeks have passed since the beginning of the story, actually. In the original series, time went by a lot faster. We would be in a different season already.
The Hanami scene gave me strong Kobato. vibes.
This was a very Akiho-centered chapter. We learn that she shares Tomoyo’s singing talent (at least she’s different than Sakura at something). Everybody, and I mean everybody, is making sure to point out how nice and sweet Akiho is. It almost seem forced.
So we learn a bit more from Akiho. She came to Japan with someone that is with her since she was little. Someone she considers “very special”. First thing anyone would think of: a relative! Maybe a parent. But no. That person, whoever they are, is not related to Akiho.
Who would had stayed with her since she was little? An adoptive parent? Or maybe a creator? For that we would have to assume Akiho is a creature and that is a whole different theory.
We know one thing about that person: s/he is a good cook! For having cooked that fabulous bento for everyone. Are we talking about an adult? Not really… at least slightly older than Akiho since they have been looking after her since she was little.
Akiho has a plush toy, Momo, that is very dear to her. When the chapter scans leaked, I thought that that special person had made the plush toy (similar to what we have with Sakura and Syaoran), but that isn’t clear as of yet.
Momo wears a crown that suspiciously resembles clock pointers. That is suspicious considering this chapter’s last scene. Speaking of Momo, I don’t think of it as a mere plush toy. I think soon enough it will open its eyes…
Back at her home, Fujitaka looks worried when Sakura addresses Nadeshiko. Is it only because he hasn’t seen her in a while? I guess that really is important after all…
Sakura is working hard on making a delicious bento for Syaoran — it will happen, guys, it will happen. I just love Fujitaka’s approving look here =)
At dinner table with Yukito and Touya, Sakura raises a concern for the first time regarding Yue and Yukito: are they being affected by the new cards at all? I believe this is the first time Sakura has such concerns. Should we be getting worried too? 😄 Indeed Kero and Yue seem way too comfortable with all this…
Mysterious Cloaked Figure makes yet another appearance! This time surrounded in gears and clocks. Sakura already figured out that the figure wants the key, but what’s with the clocks now? Is Sakura running against time? Time travel? (please no xD)
We got a low 28 pages this time. I guess because this was likely the last chapter of volume 2, closing with a total of 169 pages.
PS: I think this chapter was particularly very well-drawn!