Review: Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc TV Anime – Episode 8

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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.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc TV Anime – Episode 8

  1. It cant be helped… im getting those black butler vibes again with Sebastian/ ciel and kaito/ akiho! its even more in the anime.
    loving seeing the interior of eriols house. very impressive! and i really liked the violin soundtrack to go with the house too.
    loved the extra of eriol &co in england. that was a great touch and went very nicely after seeing his old house in japan. i actually thought eriol had put ruby in some sort of magical slumber to stop her from running but turns out it was just to calm her down for 24 hours or so.
    now with syaorans rashinban… i can actually see the glowing orbs- only they are tiny. they are floating red, blue and greenish yellow. about the size of a floating pea. its hard to see cause its so hazy but they are there. three of them. i even put my glasses on to check. XD
    i do think kaito is a guardian. i wonder if he can transform into that dragon sakura saw in her dream…

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    • But Syaoran’s rashinban always had those 3 pea-sized glowing orbs, even during the Clow Card arc.
      I am not sure they are the same as shown in the manga, though. They looked much bigger and they were floating on top of it.

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  2. Nice chapter!! It’s getting more and more misterious.
    I’m only following the anime right now, so I have no idea if this has been revealed in the manga or not but, after watching this week’s episode I feel like…with a lot of certainty lol that Akiho is the hooded figure. I mean, look at that shining clock book! lol Also it would fit that Momo and Kaito are her guardians, like Kero and Yue or Spi and Ruby.
    Also, I’m not really sure about this but Kaito’s full name is Yuna D Kaito. Could that D be the same of Fai D Fluorite? I know we are not in Celes, but Fai’s D meant he has a high ranked magician, maybe Kaito too? Also this would not fit with the other theory of him being Akiho’s guardian. I’d personally like him better to be a independent human more than a magical creature.
    Anyway! Thanks for the comments on the chapter and looking forwards next week’s aquarium adventure!

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  3. 3 things that have been going on in my head since I saw this episode.
    1. Akiho and her books: She mentioned in the episode that she loves collecting books from all over the world and specifically traveled to Japan for a specific one…….. could it be she’s after the Sakura Card book with the clear sakura cards (?) After all her clock book looks kinda similar to it…
    2. The books language: When Akiho opened the book we saw a glimpse of the type of writing in it and (I could be wrong) it looked REALLY similar to the magic staff/handwriting that Fai uses from his original world to cast spells ect. Maybe its the same magic system? (Coincidence that Akiho also has blue eyes which were the source of Fai’s Magical Powers). ALSO her butler has a D in his name just like Fai…..Yuna D. Kaito…. Fai D. Flowright…

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    • Hi there! Yes, you raise a very important point. I also see the similarity between Fai’s rune-like magic spells and the language written in Akiho’s book. And there is the “D” in Yuna’s name so yes, there could well be a relation there.

      And I think Akiho is after Sakura’s book, yes.

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  4. Episode 8 already! Can’t believe it’s almost two months this anime is running…time flies so fast!
    I’ll start by the animation, I did see a drop of the quality in the first minutes, but it’s apparent they kept the budget for more important scenes in the second part! AND OMG I can’t believe you like those CG zombie-like mannequins, they’re so fake and move so weirdly, I hate them. I like the students in the background moving but that CG is too much.
    As I said, the second part of the episode was animated very well, loved the dream as always!! I love how she can either slip into the dream progressively or all of a sudden, there’s just no notice of when that could happen, and in the anime this is the second time she falls to the floor, uncoscious. I’m actually thrilled by the “danger” of that situation, but also very worried for her head, hahaha. And that pink bear, maaaaan…if I had to judge from this episode, I’d say it’s certainly that thing the one making her go into dream mode, but with Ohkawa you can never be sure. This might literally be one of those cases in which someone tells you “Look! A pig flying!!” pointing somewhere, while they’re robbing you of your wallet…yes Boss, you’re that b*tch, admit it.

    Aaaand! I wasn’t fazed by Kaito at all, nor in good nor in bad meaning XD but I think his voice fits…not the one I was expecting, though!
    I loved how they portrayed the library, so big, so mysterious…it really came off as an important part of the story of this episode.
    The capture was just as the manga, it was nice to see it animated,
    LOVED the Final Scene of DOOOOM with everyone wearing their graver expressions to highlight the fact that, yes Sakura might be in deep sh*t soon, and not only her but Touya, Yue/Yukito and Kero too. Hm, interesting, all people that have a tight connection to Clow.
    THE RASHINBAN! FINALLY! I knew they couldn’t leave that out, they really are delivering the shady aspects of Syaoran little by little, drop after drop, and we’re not over yet….I’m really looking forward to see the fandom reactions when he’ll use that … /sarcasm

    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.
    This is the only reason I’m restraining myself until the anime is over, I really want to believe they’ll find out the way to fix this mess of 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.
    No, she didn’t! This is new indeed. And about the dream too, at first I thought they split the dream of chapter 9 in two, but no, this dream is actually all original material. Nice! We don’t see her dreaming in the manga since this last dream, so I’m wondering (hoping) if we’ll get more anime-only dreams.

    Well, I’m really excited for next episode, which looks promising: SyaoSaku date, a bit of awkwardness to spice things up, another bento (totally unexpected after she gave him one in the hanami episode), Meiling and Kerberos in his true form appearing again, dynamics and costume reminiscent of The Watery episode!!

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    • I also noticed that slight drop in the animation at the beginning, but it was very acceptable.

      I love my zombie students ❤

      This might literally be one of those cases in which someone tells you “Look! A pig flying!!” pointing somewhere, while they’re robbing you of your wallet…yes Boss, you’re that b*tch, admit it.
      True that.

      at first I thought they split the dream of chapter 9 in two, but no, this dream is actually all original material.
      Yeah, I remember you telling me that it was split in two so I kept looking for that scene in the manga but I couldn’t find it xD So it was original as well!

      Next episode looks promising!

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