Episode 8 – Sakura, The Clock and a Hide and Seek Game
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So the scene with Tomoyo taking Syaoran’s measures for his costume (which will be making its anime debut on the next episode — surprise!) was just a quick flashback scene. It was nice seeing some of Sakura’s classic costumes on the hangers.
So the TV Anime staff decided to completely ignore the plot for movie 2. For those who don’t remember it, Eriol’s house (Clow’s former house) was demolished and an amusement park was built in its place. It’s the same amusement park in which the movie has its climax. I am quite upset about this. Surely the fact that Akiho lives there is important to the plot, since the house is good for hiding powerful magicians. But I was expecting they would come up with a plot mend, or they would think of something else in order to still make movie 2 fit in the anime storyline. I don’t want to get into a deep timeline discussion while the anime is still ongoing and we might see further explanations, but right now it looks a little like a reckless decision. What’s the point of doing movies if their plot won’t matter in the end? What a mess.
While Akiho was talking about England, she said she she found something really important there. I don’t remember her saying that in the manga at all. She might have said it and I can’t remember, but it sounds like new information to me.
I want to quickly point out that I loved the animation with the students walking towards school. I love when background characters move. It’s a sign of animation quality to me, lol.
There is even a car driving by.
That dream sequence while Sakura was at her bedroom, I can’t remember those lines in the manga either. Again it might be my memory playing tricks but it looked new to me. It’s good to remind the anime-only audience that there is a plot going on.
So Kaito made his anime debut. I really like his voice. He is not as handsome as his manga self. It’s the same issue with Touya and the other male characters. The anime character designer nails the female characters but not so much for the male ones. He doesn’t look bad, just not as great as in the manga.
I don’t know why but in the manga Kaito seemed to be more like a host than a butler, but watching the anime, he really behaves like a butler, way more than a host. I compared the scene with the manga and it’s pretty much the same, except the anime has a few more polite gestures such as bowing down every 5 seconds. He feels more like Akiho’s guardian in the same sense as Yue and Nakuru.
And speaking of Nakuru, we get to see a nice little original scene in England with a very upset Nakuru wanting to go to Japan and help Sakura only to have Eriol (and Kaho) busting her chops and telling her that there is nothing they can do just yet. It’s been a while since we are not taken to England in the manga, so it’s nice that the anime has enough room to explore that. I just imagine when the sh*t hits the fan and everyone is flying back to Japan to join the party. It’s gonna be interesting.
And then we get the long overdue scene of Syaoran alone in his bedroom with his rashinban glowing. But no glowing orbs in the anime? I wonder why. Nice way of wrapping up the episode, very suspenseful.
Next episode will be the long awaited first date of Sakura and Syaoran. It will be very different from the manga since they will be going to the aquarium instead of the botanical garden. In fact, it’s the same aquarium from Episode 3 of the original series in which The Watery appears. So we should expect a very nostalgic chapter full of references. She is going to secure a card there, I wonder if it’ll be SPIRAL or another anime original card.
And since I always like to write about the animation quality in my reviews, this one looked very good. No major complains. They continue to absolutely nail the closeups, specially Sakura’s.