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First Touya & Yukito color illustration from the Clear Card era! It’s uni time for them. I like the change of perspective in this illustration. The previous ones were nice but too one-dimensional.
So the continuation of last month’s cliffhanger was a little anti-climatic. Nothing happened inside the “dream” with the cloaked figure. Touya is obviously concerned.
I guess everybody agrees that Tomoyo’s hair in this chapter deserves all the love in the world. In fact, CLAMP are really putting a lot of effort into coming up with different hairstyles for her in Clear Card and we’re totally diggin’ it!
LOL @ Kero pretending to be a cellphone strap xD
I really miss Tomoyo recording Sakura in action. She’s missing out most of it….
That reading of “Ten Nights of Dream”, followed by Sakura pondering about the visions she’s having of the cloaked figure, made me have second thoughts about it. Maybe we’re in a for a change. Maybe the visions/dreams are not showing the future this time around, like they once did with Kaho and Eriol (Syaoran too? Or was it only in the anime?).
So Akiho is joining the chorus club, huh? I guess that makes sense.
Later at Tomoyo’s house, she’s taking Syaoran’s measures to make him costumes! We’re having matching costumes for Sakura and Syaoran, how nice is that? Tomoyo the ultimate shipper! She points out that Syaoran has grown and has gotten more manly, except that the drawings are not *quite* reflecting that xD I sincerely hope the next chapters will reflect more their aging (I’ve been hoping that since Chapter 1).
I’m actually looking forward to these matching costumes. Does that mean that we’re about to get more Sakura & Syaoran in action?
Many people pointed out that Tomoyo called him “Syaoran-kun” and while that could be a mistake, since we know she always refers to him as “Li-kun”, it could be that Tomoyo was referring to the couple “Sakura-chan and Syaoran-kun”. This might be fixed in the tankoubon release, or not…
They all sense a strange wind, and Syaoran surprises us all by not only not leaving the scene but also pulling out his sword using a brand new technique never before seen in Card Captor Sakura but quite familiar in Tsubasa. The fact that Kero notices it and asks him where he learned the technique makes me think that there might be a connection with Tsubasa and the time Syaoran spent in Hong Kong.
Then we see a very self-assured Sakura handling the situation all by herself, and nailing it with her kindness. The strange wind turns out to be another card, of course, and it takes the form of a lovely bow that allows Sakura to fly. She looks so graceful!
Sakura associates the sound coming out of Tomoyo’s recording device with the sounds that she heard during the entire day. It was the sound of the RECORD card. But
I simply have no idea why this card allowed Sakura to fly. Any thoughts on this? Is it because they were all around Tomoyo’s sewing objects and it took the form of a bow? But that’s just weird… These cards have some strange behaviours… Could there be two cards in this chapter and the bow that is making Sakura fly has nothing to do with RECORD, as this reader pointed out? Sakura is still in mid-air even thought she already secured RECORD, after all! This is very confusing…
This was a nice change of pattern. It’s the first time Syaoran is present when Sakura is securing a card.
We got a standard 30 pages chapter this time. I’m a little confused regarding the tankoubons page counts here. According to Kodansha, volume 2 will also have 160 pages (like volume 1), so I think that Chapter 9 was the first chapter of volume 3 — even thought it starts with a single color page instead of a spread — which would make volume 3 to have 58 pages so far. I have yet to understand the logic behind the tankoubon page counts…
There is also a 7-pages bonus chapter that takes place before the events of Clear Card arc. You can find the translations in the same link. I just want to point out that Kero and Suppi are playing the Magic Knights Rayearth game in it and I find that amusing.
So in total we had a fat 37 pages chapter this month, which is very nice. I wonder where they are gonna add this bonus chapter in the tankoubon — that is, considering it’s going to be added.
Next chapter will be out next month, we’ll have a color spread and Sakura will be in Nakayoshi‘s front cover!