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This chapter has been out a couple of days now but only now I managed to find some time to talk about it.
Such a nice title page! His outfit looks exactly how I pictured it. I guess everybody pictured it like that, haha! And Sakura looks so young in the Nakayoshi cover. So young.
So as we expected, this chapter Syaoran finally did something. I love how Kero is all “Argh!! I fall under the Sun Symbol, so even if I do something it would just be adding fuel to the fire…!”, I mean, what are you talking about? You have been useless so far anyway, even for the non-fire cards… *eyeroll*
So back to Syaoran helping out and doing something, this time he actually pulled out a card! Like last time, we couldn’t hear his incantation, but this time there was actually a card! There are some people arguing that he might have gotten hold of Sakura’s cards but there are a few things that comes to my mind when I think about that:
a) how did he get hold of them? You would think that Sakura herself would notice something like that.
b) considering he did get hold of them, somehow. Would he be able to actually use them? Shouldn’t the cards only respond to Sakura because it’s their true master and she is still alive? (unlike Clow that was dead when Sakura could summon them).
c) is this why the cards are transparent? because they have lost their mastership and so Syaoran can summon them himself? That could explain why he looks so sad when he is using the cards (because he is not their true master) and when Sakura praises the strong wind magic that Syaoran cast, he has a kind expression on his face (because he knows it’s because of Sakura’s magic)
d) does the teddy bear exchange have anything to do with this? Something like grating Syaoran “permission” to summon the cards? What about the orbs (remember the glowing orbs?), do they have anything to do with this?
e) could this be a whole different set of cards?
There are only one answer to these questions but right now is not the time to have it.
So the fire card is called BLAZE (I should have known!). It’s such a pretty card. Both AQUA and BLAZE look very majestic. GALE looks so ordinary next to them, even though it’s been confirmed on this chapter that it’s one of the 4 main elements cards. Only the one for earth element missing now.
My friend Sakura84-chan pointed out to me what looks like a continuity mistake in the flashback scene of The Fly card. In this chapter, Sakura is wearing her elementary school uniform, but in the original manga, she is wearing her P.E. uniform the first time she sees the card. If you ask me, that’s a strange mistake. CLAMP are very cautious for those details and it would have been a lot easier to cut and paste from the original scene, which makes me think that if this really was a mistake it will probably get fixed in the tankoubon release or there must be a good reason for the uniform change. Update: There is no continuity mistake. It so happens that Sakura was wearing her school uniform the second time (not the first) that she saw The Fly.
Mysterious Cloaked Figure makes a comeback appearing after so many chapters. Once again in the real world (not in dreams), watching Sakura. The scene after pratically confirms that the Mysterious Cloaked Figure is or is closely related to Akiho. She cannot be at two places at the same time (or can she?) but it’s getting more and more likely that Akiho is somehow the Mysterious Cloaked Figure’s true identity — a powerful magician and her two guardians: Momo and Yuna.
Sakura looks SO pretty with Yukito’s hairpin. That hairstyle looks adorable. I was indeed wondering when we would see her using it and it looks great.
Nadeshikooooooo!!! What a surprising way to finish this chapter (and tankoubon!). I’m glad that Sakura is finally able to see her. I wrote here (I think) that I always thought it was a little weird how Sakura was the only one from the family that couldn’t see her, and yet she is the most powerful member of said family. I think it makes perfect sense that she’s finally seeing her, but it could also be that Nadeshiko might have an important message for Sakura. The editor tagline made us all think about those concerned and motherly eyes…
The updated list of cards secured so far:
Lots of important things happened on this chapter. It looks like things are starting to move at a decent pace again. Volumes 5 and 6 are going to be filled with interesting events and twists, I’m sure of it.
Yay 26 pages for this chapter! At least we got ourselves a bit more pages than we’ve been getting for the last few months. 145 pages for volume 4 and that’s pretty much a wrap for volume 4! By the way, volume 4 has been announced for a March release.
Next chapter will be out at the beginning of February!