Episode 14 – Sakura, the Shrine and the Zoo
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So, jumping straight to the scene in Syaoran’s house, we get to see a lot more of his summoning than ever depicted in the manga. It is interesting how it’s sort of implied which magic power he would need later on. Also, unlike the manga, they don’t look like cards here…
About Sakura’s curly hair, to me it’s a no-no xD I am starting to think Meiling is not the best hairstylist. I’m joking, but seriously I wasn’t very keen about neither of the hairstyles she did for Sakura. Still, I suppose it’s nice and welcome to see Sakura in different hairstyles, and I appreciate Meiling doing that to impress Syaoran, so I’ll give her that.
I just have to add that I LOVE the interaction between Kero and Meiling. I love Meiling, period. I laughed when she realized that Akiho is just as naïve as Sakura.
The whole thing with the kids turning into animals was beyond weird and it felt like a badly written episode. But we’ve seen weird things happening in CCS before so I’ll take that for granted. If this episode weren’t written by Ohkawa I would have criticized the hell out of it xD
Then we have Syaoran using what clearly feels like The Time card, or something similar. Is the source of that power Sakura’s card? It feels that way. I wonder if Sakura sensed anything (it felt as if she did). Some people had guessed that Syaoran would be using a time-based magic judging only by the screencap that was released in advance to promote the episode. Kudos to them!
Cute SyaoSaku moment with Syaoran calming Sakura down and helping her back on her axis. Ohkawa surely gave what the fans have been yearning for.
I didn’t like the music choice when Sakura is strongly wishing to bring back everyone. The music doesn’t have the “whoa” element that the scene asked for.
So we have another anime original card: MIRAGE. I love its design. I think this one makes more sense as the counterpart for The Illusion than LUCID. But then again, which would be the counterpart of LUCID? xD I am starting to think that this “counterpart” theory only applies to some cases.
The animation on this episode was so-so. The character faces looked looked really bad in some scenes, but in general it was decent animation.
Next episode we should have everyone watching the play from The Sealed Card movie. And it seems like another card will appear. They announced the title of Episode 18 and it will be the one with BLAZE. Only 4 episodes left after that. Can they make it? The anime is slowly but surely catching up with the manga.