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After this long time, you’d think we’d get a double color page, but no.
Sakura and Syaoran can’t even go on a date without getting interrupted by a card. This is as much romance Ohkawa is gonna give us for a long time, I hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted xD
Sakura gets trapped inside the card and Syaoran tries to rescue her by breaking the barrier using his usual, Li/Clow(?)-based magic, but it doesn’t work as he suspected. So Syaoran tries a new(?) magic spell that we conveniently can’t tell what it is.
Very convenient to hide the spell like that. This is probably key, indicating that Syaoran might know a great deal about the origin of these cards, given that he knows how to “defeat” them.
*PAUSE TO MENTION HOW SHOCKINGLY BEAUTIFUL SONOMI LOOKS. WE NEED SOME MORE SONOMI*
invites herself in comes over to have dinner with Sakura and they find out they have even MORE similarities. They even hate the same things, apparently. They say that a true friend is not the ones who like the same things as you, but the ones who hate the same things as you.
Akiho wants Sakura to teach her how to cook, so that she can cook to Kaito. I like the feminism, girl-helping-girl moment here, and hey, we all remember how Sakura struggled in the kitchen so it’s really nice to see her skills improved. Sakura is the newest addition to CLAMP’s Cook Hall of Fame.
And then it happens: something puts Akiho to sleep right away and Sakura and Kero soon realize it’s a card’s doing. So far that card seems to do the exact same thing as THE SLEEP (an Anime-only card), but I wonder if there’s more to it than just putting someone to sleep.
This chapter finally puts an end to the origin of the flying bow: was it a card? Was it RECORD’s doing? Was it the staff’s doing? It’s its own card called FLIGHT. It’s weird how CLAMP didn’t really show properly how this card was secured… it was in Chapter 10 during the RECORD episode. I would be nice if that scene got fixed in the tankoubon release but I don’t think that’s gonna happen.
So far we have the following Clear Cards:
While we are at FLIGHT, it’s interesting to note how it’s the first card who is actually showing feelings towards Sakura. There were many theories saying that the clear cards seemed less human than the Clow/Sakura cards, not only for their lack of human shape but also because they seemed void of feelings. However we clearly see that FLIGHT seems to literally love Sakura (its behavior reminded me of Kuda Kitsune, from XXXHOLiC).
Sakura looks so determined to catch the card! You go, girl!
33 pages for this chapter — 145 pages so far for volume 3. For all we know, this could well be the last chapter of volume 3.