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.