Episode 10 – Sakura and the Sleep Labyrinth
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Sweet girl talk opening scene between Sakura and Meiling. I love that she is so present even though she is away (do the same for Rika, please!). Also, the little kitchen height aid is back? I thought she didn’t need it anymore. In fact, when she steps out of it she looks tall enough to use the kicthen sink without the aid (I don’t know how else to call it).
So the whole pre-dinner tea moment before the actual dinner was pretty much original material and explored more the relationship between Akiho and Sakura. They sure can be as cute as they can be annoying together. I loved their costumes. Akiho’s looks very much like the manga but Sakura’s one looks a little adapted, but it looks great and very Card Captor Sakura.
The biggest surprise to me and I guess most people was seeing the pictures from the play that was part of The Sealed Card movie. So it IS cannon! Ohkawa made sure to put them there so heck, movie 2 is part of the original timeline! I can’t say I am not happy about it but I am damn curious to see how they are gonna explain that Eriol’s house is still standing. But I will leave that for later episodes. I am happy that this finally put an end to it.
The second half of the episode was closer to the manga, with a few adaptations like, of course, the fact that SNOOZE and LABYRINTH appeared together. I think that worked well and I was really happy to see the comeback of the roller blades!
The battle scene was very action packed and Sakura showed a lot of confidence and focus on securing both cards. I told you all that GRAVITATION would be the new The Jump, and Sakura’s been using it a lot like there was no other card xD
I think the animation on this episode was top notch. Some body movements were animated really well.
We are finishing volume 3 (finally) with this episode. Next episode shall be a mix of both manga and anime original material. We’re most likely having another anime-only card (REVERSAL) and we’ll see Eriol talking about the mysterious magician clan from the UK.