Episode 12 – Sakura and the Icy Ball Sports Tournament
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This episode felt like 80% original content and 20% manga material.
It seems to me that the first scene between Kaito and Akiho took place a little bit later in the manga? I couldn’t be wrong, though. They didn’t go into much details such as the dreams being connected to the cards, but viewers are now linking Akiho to the Mysterious Cloaked Figure.
Oh noes, the way Sakura pinned her hair with Yukito’s hairpin looked a lot prettier in the manga =/ When the animators worked on this episode, the manga chapter in which we see it probably wasn’t published yet and maybe they didn’t get clear instructions from CLAMP as to how her hair should look like.
The topic of Akiho visiting Fujitaka’s library keeps recurring. I can’t remember this topic being that recurring in the manga. It makes me think that it’ll really happen and it sounds exciting.
The whole part with the sports was pretty unexciting to me. Sure, it meant to show how great Sakura is with sports and Syaoran getting real competitive with Akiho, but it led to nothing so it felt a bit like a filler.
The battle scene was another teamwork of Sakura and Syaoran. I am still not happy with the colors whenever Syaoran uses his magic. Speaking of which, it’s intriguing what he says about his magic not working anymore for this city. Also, he uses his new magic (again?), but it doesn’t look like a card? Maybe we will get a clearer shape in the coming episodes.
Another anime original card: HAIL.
The dream sequence are getting more and more revealing (more so than the manga, I daresay). This time we even get to hear the Mysterious Cloaked Figure’s voice! And does it sound like Akiho? Yes, it does. It was a nice way to end the first “half” of the series.
The animation looked a little poor on this episode, in comparison to the other ones. Even some almost close-ups looked weird, including Sakura (who is always drawn so flawlessly in my opinion).
Next week there will be a recap episode. A new episode will air two weeks from now, with the new OP and ED and Meiling! I wasn’t expecting her to stay at Sakura’s house! This will be interesting!