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It’s cool that we get to see the book that Rika lent to Sakura. The Alice that appears in the book is the same that CLAMP drew for the “Sakura in Wonderland” TV Anime episode. In fact, that particular popup page looks very similar to this particular illustration that they did.
Then, we learn that WEIRDLY enough, Akiho is having very strange dreams that look directly related to the Clear Cards. The connection between Sakura and Akiho tightens!
Now, I wonder if Akiho’s dreams take place before or after Sakura secures the cards. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that Akiho is having these dreams and the new staff is called the Dream Wand. She says she dreamed about Alice battling in a place “full of sweets”, and that she was sure that she was “remembering what had happened during the cooking lesson”. So that means she’s having the dreams after the cards are secured?
Syaoran’s new battle costume is so nice! I really liked it! Very round on the edges, very contemporary CLAMP. Tomoyo says that Syaoran didn’t bring his ceremonial clothes to Japan this time around. I don’t know if this was only so that CLAMP could draw him new clothes or if there is going to be a bigger meaning to this. But it’s certainly weird for Syaoran to not bring his clothes, specially since he knew what was about to happen to Sakura.
His new clothes actually match Sakura’s costume. And we just know that Sakura will have different costumes each time. Does that mean that for every Sakura costume there will be a matching costume for Syaoran? That would be neat! And very The Sealed Card like.
Needless to say that Tomoyo and Kero are the best shippers.
It’s nice that out of the many jobs that Touya and Yukito have, they seem to have a steady one at Chiroru xD And as my friend Sakura84-chan pointed out to me, the “HiGH&LOW effect” is finally kicking in in Card Captor Sakura. Touya looks very manly in this chapter. I say keep it up!
So Touya is developing new powers and he knows at least something of what’s going on. I like that CLAMP are still focusing on giving Touya an important role other than big brother. I’m curious about what they have in store for him.
Back at the battle scene (is the card still there after all this time? LOL), Sakura thinks of THE FLY, how it’s shaped like a bird and it’s the same for AQUA (which is shaped like a bird too) and wonders what is the opposite of water and then BAM! A fire bird appears. It’s getting more and more likely that the Clear Cards are the manifestation of Sakura’s (and maybe Akiho’s, too) thoughts.
I wonder if Sakura made the above connection at the very last page when she says “fire bird?!”
Is this going to be the first time in this arc that Sakura and Syaoran battle together? Or is Syaoran going to be not-very-useful again?
The updated list of cards secured so far:
Another set of 22 pages for this chapter. It has became a trend now, 20-something pages — 119 pages for volume 4 so far. There are probably 2 chapters left for this volume.
Next chapter will be out at the end of this month!