Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 13

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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*

So Akiho 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:

  1. GALE
  2. SIEGE
  3. AQUA
  4. ACTION
  5. REFLECT
  6. RECORD
  7. FLIGHT
  8. LUCID
  9. SPIRAL

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.

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7 thoughts on “Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 13

  1. Heads up, you’ve got the link to Chapter 12 instead of Chapter 13 right now!

    Isn’t it strange that neither Sakura nor Syaoran were concerned about anybody at the botanical garden seeing the Card or getting hurt? This is like a repeat of the Sakura Card arc in the sense that there are never any bystanders around. It can’t be Clow- or Eriol-related, since Eriol lost his ability to clear areas of people when Sakura split his magic in half.

    Since Syaoran had to use a new spell this chapter, hopefully this might trigger another phone call with Eriol. It’s hard to predict what will happen in each chapter, since CLAMP is moving the action forward so quickly — like, a lot of readers were expecting Sakura and Syaoran’s encounter with the new Card to take up most of this chapter, but the highlight was a long conversation between Sakura and Akiho instead. If we’re entering Volume 4, the plot should start ramping up soon…right?

    Next chapter’s shocking twist: The fluffball doesn’t put people to sleep. Akiho falling asleep caused the Card to appear! (/sarcasm) Speaking honestly, though, CLAMP seems to be establishing Akiho more and more as a normal girl who’s saddled with an abnormal family. Just that little conversation with Sakura about their families’ relationships with cooking and housework suggested that Akiho feels alienated from her relatives. It explains why she loves Yuna so much.

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    • How embarrassing! Someone from Discord alerted me about the wrong link too. Thanks! It’s fixed now.

      Isn’t it strange that neither Sakura nor Syaoran were concerned about anybody at the botanical garden seeing the Card or getting hurt?

      Yes, it is strange. It’s like with ACTION where no one was around in the school yard. I think it’s because everyone is good-spirited in CCS and they don’t want to hurt anybody (this isn’t X).

      The cards are adding up quickly. We are 10 cards away from the 19 Clow/Sakura cards — considering the numbers will match — so we must be probably halfway from the first “half”, from the first 6 volumes.

      I agree that Akiho seems alienated from her relatives. She seemed to be looking at Sakura like “I want a family like that”, which is kinda sad.

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  2. It feels so great to read a new review written by you about a chapter 🙂

    So! The long awaited chapter 13! (a 2 months break) which was announced as getting more pages…that was a let down to say the least ^^; There is a few more pages to be sure, but not enough to make an actual announcement about it ;__;

    Ultimately, in spite of my prayers to the King of Hell, getting any romance out of Ohkawa is still impossible ^^; You would think she would have made an exception for their first date ever, but she was totally merciless and just went and cut off the whole thing ^^;;

    And this is not the first time: CLAMP never used that sort of ‘technique’ before: not showing entire scenes and just relaying a few info about it in a couple of panels later on: they did with for the capture of FLIGHT (we didn’t see Sakura securing it, only her having the card already), they also did with the picnic Sakura had with her friends (we only saw Sakura on rollers talking to Kero about the outing), they did it again for the date, which ending we did not witness (Sakura only told Tomoyo about it on the phone) …
    Fans have theorized (and hoped) we would see it all animated in the 2018 series. If that is the case, this is definitely something to look forward to: extra material without being ‘fillers’ per se, that would be interesting.
    As for the manga’s continuity, I don’t think these jumps affect the story much, but they are still noted.

    Now, for me, the most interesting thing in this chapter: Syaoran’s magic of course.
    I’ve been waiting forever for him to evolve too and also get new spells and powers: Sakura is the main character but leaving Syaoran with no ‘upgrade’ at all was a bit frustrating ^^
    Nonetheless, in this new arc, he is finally showing off new things, to my delight 🙂 He definitely trained hard during his time away, unlike Sakura who seems to have clearly left her magic and cards aside during that whole time in contrast.
    It’s nothing new, but he betrayed once more that he knew about the new cards, which was already assumed from hints in previous chapters, but I confess I didn’t imagine he had learned new spells for the specific purpose of fighting effectively against them. Still, it clearly still needs to remain secret, as he voluntarily hide it away from Sakura, and only used it now because she couldn’t see/hear him do so.

    Now, Ahiko…
    …who invited herself indeed ^^; That was surprising, we hardly see anyone coming to Sakura’s house, even Tomoyo is rarely seen at her place.
    I still can’t shake the feeling that everything about her is forced somehow, she is very cute, she gets along so well with Sakura, and nothing she’s done assures us she is part of any magic related plot against Sakura. Even though her circumstances and the creatures surrounding her are suspicious, there is still nothing concrete or clear we can say against her so far.
    so about Akiho, I’m still on standby and with no final or fixed opinion, I am waiting to see where this is going.

    FLIGHT: such a darling and adorable card 🙂 We’ve rarely seen any cards act so affectionately toward Sakura, an instant favorite!

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    • for me im hoping akiho is “normal” or at least not the main antagonist… but for me she is too… close to sakura (for lack of a better word) , they are already similar but it seems she wants to be just like her…?
      anyhow… im very happy about syaorans new magic!! id love to see a lot more of the Li family, or a side story about his time in HK. i think aside from clow reed, the Li family intrigue me the most.
      im holding out for the anime to fill in the skipped details in the manga.

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    • It feels so great to read a new review written by you about a chapter 🙂

      Really? Thank you, Sherry! Often when I’m writing I keep thinking “this isn’t interesting enough” so I’m glad you find them interesting ^^”

      There is a few more pages to be sure, but not enough to make an actual announcement about it ;__;

      They added it to the cover too. I call it false advertisement xD

      You would think she would have made an exception for their first date ever, but she was totally merciless and just went and cut off the whole thing ^^;;

      There is something about getting the audience what they want and immediately losing the audience’s interest. I recently read an article about the show “The Nanny” in which the audience dropped heavily after the two main characters got together. Here: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/06/14/fran-drescher-ex-husband-explain-why-nanny-ended.html I think that makes a lot of sense. Getting the readers to always want more is the strategy that keeps the flame burning.

      As for the manga’s continuity, I don’t think these jumps affect the story much, but they are still noted.

      Out of all the ones you mentioned, only the FLIGHT cut bothers me. It made us all CONFUSED but not in an intended way, I think. I agree that the anime will provide more room to explore these “untold” stories.

      Still, it clearly still needs to remain secret, as he voluntarily hide it away from Sakura, and only used it now because she couldn’t see/hear him do so.

      Right. And he was very reluctant of using it. And when Sakura told him he had “saved” her, he goes “……”.

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