Episode 6 – Sakura, the Rabbit and the Moon Song
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We are now on volume 3 starting from this episode.
Sakura has her roller blades in the opening scene and yet in the anime she’s not. Come to think of it, the roller blades haven’t appeared in the new anime yet. I wonder if that’s a deliberate decision (as to give the feeling that Sakura has “grown”).
Momo makes her first appearance. Can’t wait to see her talking. I’m very curious about her voice actress.
Always nice to see MADHOUSE showing that Nadeshiko’s picture has been changed. In the manga, there is a panel with a worried looking Fujitaka right after Sakura talks to her mother. In the anime, that was completely erased, which makes me think that this must be a manga-only subplot and related to Fujitaka losing his powers.
Then, Meiling called! What a lovely surprised. I liked how they talked in a very matter-of-factly matter, as if they often called each other (which is true considering what we’ve seen from Episode 2). She looked and sounded just like the Meiling we know and love. She says she will be visiting them in the summer (as I expected). I’m looking forward to that! I like how they are keeping things reasonable, since yes, it is expected that she can’t skip school in Hong Kong.
Just because I praised MADHOUSE a few episodes ago for making the students move around and not just stand still, they looked pretty stiff on this episode. It’s as they say, don’t praise too much or you’ll spoil it xD
The later part of the episode was heavily adapted for the anime. I might be the only one here with this opinion but I always thought Tomoyo’s singing to be pretty boring. The duet was even more boring (I yawned a few times). I thought it was too long and I didn’t like the art direction and photography for that sequence (so much haze my eyes hurt). The part where Sakura secures RECORD was a little underwhelming too (I want action scenes all the time, LOL). But hey, we learned that Syaoran knows how to play the piano and he isn’t half bad at it.
This episode had some weird animation during medium to faraway shots. Nothing too grotesque but it was noticeable. Specially when Fujitaka was around. He was particularly not great except for the closeups.
Looks like FLIGHT is going to give Sakura a hard time on the next episode and Ohkawa managed somehow to fit Sonomi in it ♡