Episode 3 – Sakura’s heavy rain alert
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MADHOUSE continues to show they are masters when it comes to animation consistency. The close-ups were spot-on. And although it is true that the character designs looked less detailed when characters were seen from afar, they looked “accepted” as far as character design at distance goes.
The scene were everyone is having their bentos inside the school because of the rain was extended in the anime. We got to see the particularities of each character’s bento, like Syaoran’s looking impressive and showing his cooking skills having done all by himself and automatically winning a place at the “husband material” CLAMP contest. Someone pointed out that Yamazaki’s bento has suama, which happens to be his favorite sweet.
They all spoke a bit about their club activities, including Naoko’s theater club. She points out that most students there are girls while the play she is thinking has a lot of male characters. This reminded Tomoyo of the gender switching play of The Sleeping Beauty. I don’t know if Ohkawa is hinting anything but I would love to see another gender switching play.
I don’t understand why Chiharu looked very puzzled when the others were complimenting Yamazaki for his role in the play. She was there along with everybody else, after all. It is true though that his role in the manga as the Witch was done by Meiling in the anime. He ended up having a minor role as the Queen. Is Ohkawa using Chiharu as device to remind the audience that Yamazaki was there? Or is there another meaning to this scene? I got the joke now, guys. Sorry for being such slowpoke! Yamazaki was terrible but everybody is too kind/too naïve to tell him otherwise.
We have a new RELEASE animation sequence! THANK YOU TOMOYO! No, seriously, I am glad that CLAMP and MADHOUSE made this. A mahou shoujo needs a proper transformation sequence.
It looks shorter without the part about the “contract”, but it still looks great. She looks fierce when she’s rotating the staff, like she’s supposed to look. I just think the comedy soundtrack that was playing was a bad decision. It just put off the mood completely. I understand it was because of Tomoyo, but I think they should have added the real RELEASE music, whichever it is.
The way Sakura handled the situation and secured the card just shows how much confident and stronger she has gotten. In the beginning of the Clow Cards, and also somewhere along the way of the Sakura Cards, she would “cry” and “whine” a lot before actually doing something. This time she has more control of the situation and she feels more secure about herself. The way she quickly figured out what to do and how she threw the staff in the air, climbed on the King Penguin (nice to see it again, by the way), grabbed the staff again and secured the card was just WOW! I was screaming YOU GO GIRL! on the inside. Props to MADHOUSE for the great animation and Sakura Tange for the amazing performance.
Sakura is now reading both the Japanese and English names of the cards. That is a first and I wonder if it’s only because the English words seem more unusual and having their Japanese names make it easier for the Japanese audience to understand their names — or if there is another meaning behind this…
They cut the part where Syaoran is in his room, after hanging up his phone talk with Sakura, and the three glowing balls are floating above his rashinban. They also didn’t show his and Eriol’s long overdue phone talk — probably to be shown on the next episode. They sure are taking their time on raising the suspicion around Syaoran.
When Yukito sees Sakura’s message in his cellphone, in the manga her name is spelled as “Sakura”, but in the anime it’s “Sakura-chan”.
Loved the whole sequence for REFLECT too. Very action packed. I love that they are investing more in the action scenes, more than CLAMP are allowed to do in the manga, at least. This is exactly how the battle scenes are supposed to look and feel so far I am very pleased with them.
I also love Fujitaka and I feel like we’re not seeing enough of him in the manga. I hope the anime will give him more focus and possibly an episode in which we get to see him a lot, like the one with The Sleep card. We need more Fujitaka (and Sonomi!).
And the episode ends with Sakura meeting the Mysterious Cloaked Figure in a dream, while s/he watches the scene from a nearby lamp post. Nice cliffhangers, Ohkawa. It’s working.
Next episode Akiho appears and ACTION will be secured.