Episode 5 – Sakura Feels a Pull at the Flower Viewing
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This episode was the one with most original content so far but unlike other series, this didn’t feel like a “filler” episode at all. It successfully honored the series’ tradition of having original episodes feeling like canon.
The book Kero is reading has a similar design to Kodansha’s Aoi Tori label (the one that published The Witch’s Mansion series), except that the design is purple and not blue and it seems like he is reading a mystery novel while the Aoi Tori label publishes books for kids. Someone pointed out on twitter that judging by what Kero is saying, he appears to be reading a Tsubasa short story where Mokona plays the detective.
Wasn’t it nice and unexpected Rika’s call? They wanted to put her in the hanami but she (conveniently) had school errands. I really hope they won’t cut her completely. The fact that they had a phone conversation makes me hopeful about it. Sakura later talks about watching a movie with the girls and inviting Rika. I wonder if we’ll ever see that in the anime.
We get a lot of early morning family interaction, which is always nice! Anytime my dear Fujitaka gets more screen time is good to me. He is such a good father ♡
Sakura asking about Yukito’s eating habits happened in a different moment in the manga, but it blends well here too. Ohkawa is been doing it quite frequently: rearranging certain scenes and dialogs. But they all fit really nicely in the anime. The anime is not a page by page adaptation of the manga and yet it feels very faithful. She is doing a good scriptwriting job.
Yamazaki is proving to be a strong candidate for promising CLAMP husbands by making delicious bentos. Isn’t it adorable how he is cooking for Chiharu? They are already a straight up couple (even more solidified than Sakura and Syaoran, at this point).
Another bit taken directly from the manga was the bit about the people who lives with Akiho. That conversation happened between Sakura and Akiho alone when they randomly met at the street, not here. Again Ohkawa makes it fitting by placing that dialog here.
I really hope we get to see another play by Naoko. She keeps saying it, it’s making me want to see her developing her writing skills. Also, can we get more of that subplot about her long-distance relationship that was left out of the original series, please? Now is the time to tell everything that wasn’t told.
Annnnd we get the first anime original card! We were all wondering if we would get any and here it is! GRAVITATION =) Such a pretty design, Mokona-sensei! I don’t think there will be as many cards as the Clow and Sakura cards but at least some original cards we should have. Also, that lightning bolt just before Sakura secured the card, was that Syaoran or was that Syaoran? Seeing as he conveniently appeared just after that. We see right through you, Syaoran boy.
Slightly before the end of the episode, we get to see an adorable SyaoSaku moment. Kudos to Syaoran for noticing his girl’s upset look. That’s key, young man. I do miss embarrassed Syaoran though. He has gotten so much confident ever since he confessed his feelings to Sakura. It’s like he is completely secure of himself.
This is the first time an episode ends without a cliffhanger. Ohkawa is giving us some breathing time.
Oh, the animation was great on this chapter. Even the faraway shots looked good. I am on my knees right now thanking MADHOUSE.
Next episode seems to be a mix of adapted and original material.