Review: Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc TV Anime – Episode 9

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Episode 9 – Sakura’s Thrilling Aquarium Visit

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I’m just going to start off saying that Episode 3 is one of my favorite episodes of the original series. Like, ever. Few people know this but it wasn’t Episode 1 that got me hooked into Card Captor Sakura, it wasn’t Episode 2 (which I couldn’t watch at the time), it was Episode 3. I hold it very dear to me and I think it must be the same for the staff and maybe CLAMP. In other words, I loved all the references and homage made to Episode 3 on this episode.

The first scene with Sakura talking to Yue about the cards and the whole situation so far is very important, to keep things more realistic. Sakura doesn’t seem very worried about her own cards and the new cards business in the manga, which seems a bit strange. In the anime, however, she is been having these serious/plot conversations with Yue and Kero, which is exactly what I would expect her to do.

Also cute scene with Tomoyo asking Kero not to follow Sakura on her date with Syaoran. It is somehow the behavior I would expect from both of them.

The date between Sakura and Syaoran was really cute and adorable on so many levels. It addressed many of the elements that we loved about this couple: overgentleness, overblushing, awkwardness and more. These elements had been a bit away from Clear Card but this episode was filled with them. I bet Ohkawa must have had a lot of fun writing it. Loved Meiling briefly being mentioned showing that she’s still around.

Syaoran is sure proving to be full of surprises! First his piano skills and now English? We knew from Kumai Motoko that Syaoran would show his foreign language skills but we didn’t know which episode this would happen. She has a masters in English and therefore her English sounded great — I daresay even better than the woman who was supposed to sound like a native English speaker haha That whole scene was very amusing overall.

I loved that Touya is working there again, I loved how things in general were very similar to Episode 3 of the original series.

Was Syaoran trying to ask Sakura to be his girlfriend? We’re making progress! I somehow thought they were already boyfriend and girlfriend, LOL I know, I know, we didn’t see them talking about being in a relationship, but I thought it was sort of implied and I didn’t expect this to be addressed at all. It makes sense to have that, though, so I am glad that Ohkawa included it. It will probably be readdressed in a future episode since Syaoran never managed to finish his sentence.

I do have a big criticism for the soundtrack choice and general sound direction when the aquarium glass breaks. The music choice was terrible and the scene didn’t sound “desperate” enough. You could hear NO screams from the other visitors and they acted that nothing out of the ordinary was happening. They were like “oh the fish tank broke again, just another ordinary thing, it happens everyday”. No, it doesn’t! I don’t think people would be so CALM if something so dangerous were to happen. Sakura herself was more worried about her bento than anything else. The whole scene looked pathetic to me.

Loved, looooved the scene with Tomoyo and her bodyguards. Surprised to see Syaoran debuting his new ceremonial clothes sooner than in comparison to the manga.

I also loved the battle scene with SPIRAL. Sakura got to use a lot of cards and hey, great teamwork there with Syaoran playing the role of fridge. I even liked how they mirrored the solution to confine the card. Good job, Ohkawa!

Why did the camera lingered on Syaoran’s face both times the card THE WATERY was mentioned? And he looked concerned or like he was hiding something.

I liked how we’ve seen a different way in which SPIRAL was secured, not only that but also blending with all those references and throwback to Episode 3.

Some fans were concerned or feeling uncomfortable because Sakura took Syaoran to the same place where she had a “date” with Yukito. I just loved how this wasn’t shown like a big deal from neither Syaoran or Sakura because it really isn’t and they are above and beyond that as a couple.

This episode was original, except that it wasn’t! haha Everything that happened here could just as easily have happened in the manga and the card is originally from the manga, as well. The next episode, however, seem to be back to being more faithful to the manga.

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16 thoughts on “Review: Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc TV Anime – Episode 9

  1. Loved the episode ❤ guess it's one of my favorites on Clear Card to date. I was surprised they chaged the way a manga-original card was secured, but I'm very glad they seem to be deepening or somewhat enhancing Syaoran's mysterious looks and general behavior in the anime.

    The only detail that bugs me is that, when Spiral was secured in the manga, we saw Syaoran using some different kind of magic (the glowing orb), and his calling the spell was intentionally eclipsed on the page. This was absolutely missing from the episode. I guess Ohkawa could just be saving it for later, though. Maybe they decided to hint on the references to Clow cards now and Syaoran's ~new~ magic will be featured along the way

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  2. First, hands off, if anyone asks me something like “hey which of the two guardians, Yue or Kero, you think it’s the most expressive?”
    I’d say ” Yue”
    “That edgelord?”
    “Yup cuz he’s an old-school edgelord using a smartphone and efficiently using skype-like apps to talk to Sakura and Kero at the same time why cannot that be the most hilarious thing about him”

    Yup necessary observation. Yue does not need to be an idiotic plush toy to be interesting and that alone makes him a billion of times more intriguing than Kero’s immaturity and nonsense which so far did only made me roll my eyes. Just seeing Yue being so casual while managing modern tools like a boss makes me chuckle since it’s so unlike him. Reserved characters which do these unexpected random trivial things for us end up catching the eye may more than a stupid character doing more stupid things.

    A mystery how Sakura’s desk did not break when Kero once again randomly transformed back to his real form (yet I appreciate when he does that) and the infamous part when he attempted to make Yue to…..play online games with him ahahahah

    Just as you’ve said, the date was absolutely adorable. I liked Meilin’s timing to message Syaoran to “take the lead” :3 That was another thing that made me mentally chuckle.

    Ah right last episode I’ve forgot to comment here as I was still overwhelmed with my recent moving to UK so I’ll just leave this note about it:
    Heck I sure love Kaito’s voice

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    • “Just seeing Yue being so casual while managing modern tools like a boss makes me chuckle since it’s so unlike him. ”

      XD yes i know right! well now we know what yue was doing for the past year before clear card started… he was receiving training from tomoyo at sakuras request in all things technological!

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    • “Ah right last episode I’ve forgot to comment here as I was still overwhelmed with my recent moving to UK”
      welcome to the uk! ^^

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    • and the infamous part when he attempted to make Yue to…..play online games with him ahahahah
      I LOLed when Yue hang up on Kero xD

      And I like how Yue seems very keen to help Sakura figure out what’s going on. That’s what guardians are supposed to do.

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      • Another thing I forgot to mention is how Syaoran have matured so much specially when confronted with Touya. Remember when those two were constantly glaring and posing like two mad cats in territorial defense mode?
        Now he simply silently looked at him without any intention of confrontation. Touya in the other hand, honestly, what exactly takes him to understand Sakura has chosen a good person to be in love with? His overprotective nature does not make any sense now, yes in the classic series he had good reasons to be wary of the kid, he was a jerk, but c’mon dude!

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        • “Touya in the other hand, honestly, what exactly takes him to understand Sakura has chosen a good person to be in love with? His overprotective nature does not make any sense now, yes in the classic series he had good reasons to be wary of the kid, he was a jerk, but c’mon dude!”

          lol well the guy does have a sister complex! maybe he knows what syaoran is hiding…. but since they both have a common goal/ know the same thing he let it slide, so they dont look like two mad cats- this time!
          speaking of syaoran, wow his english is so good! he could totally work as a tour guide or language teacher .

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  3. I seconde the part where we see Sakura do briefing with her creatures, it feels more like she’s trying to work it out than in the manga. Plus, it’s a subtile catch up for the previous episodes’ plot which fill some minutes without being annoying. I would put the opening scenes at school with Tomoyo and Xiaolang in the same category.

    The scene with Kero-chan and Tomoyo on phone was brilliantly done.

    “Syaoran is sure proving to be full of surprises! First his piano skills and now English?”
    Well, he’s from upper class Hong Kong before it went back to China, of course he’d know some working English. It could also be handy to read Clow’s notes, too. It’s Kero-chan and Yue which I would have expected to say something in English or Chinese first. Anyway, he now has the perfect alibi to send time with Sakura, “it’s for homeworks”. xD

    That being said, he may have had so more practice lately. Who do we know who both play piano and speak English? Eriol. Another hint that Xiaolang was in England for the last year, maybe?

    “I loved that Touya is working there again”
    I laughed so much, with all the care Tomoyo and Kero-chan did to stay out of their way, Touya has to be there to ruin the mood worse that they could ever have. xD

    “Was Syaoran trying to ask Sakura to be his girlfriend? We’re making progress! I somehow thought they were already boyfriend and girlfriend, LOL”

    They are officially together all right, it’s just that awkward moment when Xiaolang realize… that… now.. Touya is… his… official brother-in-law. He is about to explain that he should be more considerate to her brother because… he and she are now… And he couldn’t quite finish the sentence, just like Sakura with Masaki. I laughed myself silly at the scene and realize the boys didn’t properly interact about their new official relationship in the manga. He just met the great-grand-father, but not the brother and father in law. I like the way Touya is not interfering with Xiaolang handling of the situation. They only give each other one side look, but it seems like Touya is begrudgingly giving Xiaolang a beginning of an approval.

    Also, the way Xiaolang couldn’t grab Sakura before the catastrophe, it reminded me of Tsubasa a lot.

    The capture wasn’t the same as in the manga, although Xiaolang still manage to save the day. His attack was more classic, I guess Ohkawa will keep the spell for a future original card. Cards which are being captured fast, do I understand that they will capture both SNOOZE and LABYRINTH next episode?

    The episode has a good rythme overall, the scenario was quite well done, Ohkawa was on top of her game. The visual was great, with so much action, everything move just fine. The voice were all conveying the right emotions. I’ll give a minus to the tourists though, they really sound amateur. And the women has a weird accent, is she Australian or something? To their defense, it seems they were slowed down so the kids watching the show could follow. Music were ok I guess, I didn’t notice them.

    As for the staff, it’s the same storyboard and episode director than episode 2, Ichimura Tetsuo. Hamada Kunihiko, the character designer , is the supervising image director, they have a second animation direct who’s specialised in action, the same as episode 3, he probably is the one doing the water scenes. Then Nishikawa Chihiro, who’s in the staff for the first time and Kawada Izumi, who worked on episode 2.

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    • Also, the way Xiaolang couldn’t grab Sakura before the catastrophe, it reminded me of Tsubasa a lot.
      People are pointing out that similarity. It’s just a very CLAMPy scene, I’d say.

      do I understand that they will capture both SNOOZE and LABYRINTH next episode?
      Yes, looks like it!

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      • Update on the NHK page:
        http://www.nhk.or.jp/anime/ccsakura/

        No episode on April 1st, even though it’s Sakura’s birthday. So there will be a break between episode 12 and 13. The new opening and ending or for episode 13 if I remember well, maybe things will get a more serious turn? It will also be the first episode after chapter 22 and they should have about caught up with the manga at that point. Maybe we will get some new clues.

        Fittingly, the episode is titled “Sakura to Tadaima Meiling”. Just a quick visit or will things get complicated enough that she will stay for a few more episodes?

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  4. watching the epsisode for the 3rd time as i always do, just realised kero was growling at yue during their online chat XD omg im on the floor! those two are SO FUNNY!! i really really need a special chapter and episode dedicated to yue and kero. sakura always seems to be the Switzerland between them lol!!

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  5. やほ~ (In Meiling’s style)
    I am SO LATE, and for one of the best episodes so far, too XD I’m terrible, I know.
    So, without further ado! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this episode.
    I already see you chuckling behind that screen, thinking “of course”, but it’s not just for the SyaoSaku!
    This episode was such a sight for sore eyes. The artwork was beautiful, I can’t keep count of how many screenshots I took, there is almost no weirdly drawn faces (well, for this anime standard), the fishes in the tanks were beautiful (even my son stopped looking at them in one of my 57437850 rewatches), the photography was excellent, mimicking the natural/artificial light at best. Everything looks SO realistic in this anime, you know? For a story based on magic, this is quite a thing. The action scene was brilliant, it really had a dynamic quality that maybe was lacking in the last couple of captures! It’s clear as the day that this episode got a good portion of the budget. Definitely ends up in the “high-quality” range of the series.

    I could spend days talking about the rendition of SyaoSaku’s first date, but I’ll try to be brief (and not salty).
    Well.
    This episode attracted the skepticism of a large chunk of SyaoSaku fans, because somehow they couldn’t accept the fact that the date was not set in the botanical garden like in the manga, and that the mere fact that it was going to be set in the same aquarium where Sakura went with Yukito (and the school) would ruin it, thus it triggered some ruckus.
    But, as this sequel has extensively taught us, we should always wait for the real thing to come out, before judging.
    Not only Syaoran and Sakura brought up Yukito, but Meiling too, and guess what? They were totally unfazed by their mention. Yes, they’re the past love interests, but now there isn’t anything going on betweem them anymore, in that sense, and they’re both people that Syaoran and Sakura respect and are friends with. I could maybe expect some slight pout by Syaoran, but instead he was better and more mature than that, and enjoyed watching Sakura become all excited, remembering her past visit and how everything stayed the same.
    I kinda understood why she brought him there, of all places: Sakura loves that aquarium. She made memories with Tomoyo and all her classmates there, she made memories with Yukito and Touya, she made memories with Kero too during the capture of the Watery Card. The only person left was actually the most important one, because he didn’t show up yet at that time. “I thought I didn’t come here with you yet”, she clearly absolutely wanted him to be part of those memories, and they surely will be memorable! She will never forget this first date!
    I loved how the dynamic between the two traced the one they had in the old series: Syaoran gets really flustered trying to say something very important, Sakura doesn’t get it and looks at him like a lost puppy, then Syaoran gets interrupted just as he’s about to spill the beans. I’ve heard many people complaining that Syaoran didn’t blush anymore, but I think this episode disproved them, uh? He’s just trying to act more mature and control his emotions (and he better, if he wants to protect his gf from the upcoming events), but sometimes he just can’t, especially when it comes to his relationship with her. I should probably mention here that Crunchyroll actually got the translation wrong, for this part. He wasn’t trying to ask her to go out with him, he was trying to state that they’re dating now, so he should be more considerate with her brother. That was a HUGE thing because they never addressed the nature of their relationship, and as Syaoran must cross the Ts and dot the Is, he felt the need to point that out. Anyway, despite the blushing, they were also able to enjoy the date as two close friends, and I honestly loved that. They were comfortable with eachother and that’s the first and foremost thing, to me.
    I could also mention how I noticed Syaoran watching Sakura a tad too much with a tad too pensive look. Was he realizing something, during the events with the card? To be seen. I am not worried about the change they did while Syaoran was intervening in the capture. We’ll see what happens there too.
    Gosh I wrote an essay. I think this is the worst I’ve done, in terms of length! XD
    Bye!!

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    • Wow, you did write an essay xD But think that you’ll read it in x years time and get very emotional.

      I am just gonna flat out agree 100% on your analysis of their date. Except for that overly excited first paragraph xD But that’s just my style.

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    • ” I should probably mention here that Crunchyroll actually got the translation wrong, for this part. He wasn’t trying to ask her to go out with him, he was trying to state that they’re dating now, so he should be more considerate with her brother.”

      I’m glad to read I’m not the only one to understand the scene that way. I’m getting better with Japanese, but I still doubt myself sometimes, especially when a professional translator think otherwise.

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