Episode 13 – Sakura and Welcome Back Meiling
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Let me about the new OP first. I think I like it. It looks better animated than the first one, but I am not very happy with the photography/art direction. They used some “anime effects” that I don’t like. I really like Sakura’s outfit. Some people are talking about a “Queen of Hearts” theory that I am not aware of (someone please fill me in xD).
I like the song, Rocket Beat, way more than I liked CLEAR, actually.
Overall, the new OP looks a lot darker than the first one: a sign of what’s to come in this later half?
So Meiling did come earlier than expected. I wonder if she will come back again for summer.
I don’t have much to write about this episode, since truth to be told, there wasn’t a lot of development, but it was very nice and nostalgic seeing the old and the new Meiling. The old Meiling, being all teasing and bratty, and the new Meiling, very mature and secure of herself. I loved how she ditched Syaoran and stayed with Sakura instead xD
I didn’t like that hairstyle she did for Sakura’s hair, LOL, and it seems like her hairstyle will be different on the next episode too (also didn’t like it).
I liked that Ohkawa addressed the fact of why Sakura isn’t confronting Syaoran regarding his secrecy. It’s all about trust. Sakura trusts Syaoran so that she respects him if there is something that he doesn’t feel comfortable to talk to her. That doesn’t mean she is not suffering, but it would make him suffer should she confront him. That’s very beautiful and very mature, though it must be really hard to bear.
The “girl talk” was interesting too, and even talked about whether Sakura ever considered letting her hair grown — something that we all wondered at some point.
The conversation between Yue and Touya, though very serious, didn’t reveal much beyond what we already know.
The last scene with Akiho reading the book about a girl with cat ears and tail was the first indication of Akiho and Sakura resonating. More on that to come.
And maaaan, they are really taking their time to introduce Momo’s voice actress! It doesn’t seem like it will be on the next episode either.
Speaking of the next episode, it looks like it’s going to be another very nostalgic episode. Meiling is still in town and they will be visiting Tsukimine Shrine, the one Mizuki-sensei used to live in. Another original episode with another original card, it seems (unless it’s APPEAR and they changed things over).
The new ED is cute, and I like the song (brand new world with you, very ROUND TABLE), but I prefer the previous animation.