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We start off this chapter with a BANG: the (official) revelation of Mysterious Cloaked Figure’s true identity. As everyone had guessed at this point, it’s Akiho. I didn’t expect CLAMP to do this revelation in a chapter title page. Either this was planned all along (as some things are with CLAMP) or they decided to reveal it now since the cat was pretty much out of the bag already. I know in CCS sometimes the answer is the most obvious one, but CLAMP has tricked us in the past and could be tricking us again. We’ll see how that goes.
The second important revelation is that Sakura has been creating these cards by herself all along. Now, this has also been a theory of many fans (since RECORD, I think) and it makes sense as she is a young magician with a tremendous amount of power. Some things have yet to be explained like why no one else can sense any magic coming from the cards.
Eriol’s reasons for not telling anything to Kero and Yue is just like Ohkawa’s reasons for not telling the other CLAMP members the outcome of the plot xD
Kaito’s ambushing Eriol is a way to show us, the readers, exactly how powerful Kaito is. Eriol clearly struggled to keep him away and Kaito left with only a few scratches on his watch.
The third important revelation is that Kaito needs the Clear Cards to do something (we don’t know what). He will use it with the tool/artifact that was taken from the Magician’s Society. At least we know the clock isn’t such tool.
Momo’s remarks that Kaito “can’t lose sight of what’s most important” is also a very reocurring theme among CLAMP works. It’s actually in the conversation between Karen and Kamui in the very last published chapter of X. It is probably related to one’s own life.
On the way back home, Sakura secures another card: MIRROR. It’s interesting how this one not only has the same name as the Clow/Sakura card, but also same design, the only difference is that its eyes are open. I wonder why these coices.
This was a direct example of how Sakura’s mind and desires are manifesting themselves into cards. It makes me wanna go back and track back all the previous cards just to check if there were any hints dropped. I can definitely see that for some cases (like RECORD) but for others I am not so sure.
We finish off with a sweet scene of Sakura and Syaoran flying together in the sky. Don’t worry Syaoran, it’s gonna be just fine. It is true that with great power comes great sorrow, but that rule is not applied to our dear Sakura-chan 😉
The plot gears keep moving and I am loving it! It really feels like CLAMP have started dropping all the answers and it all indicates that they will keep coming by the upcoming chapters.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
27 pages for this chapter, slightly less than the last couple of chapters. 118 pages for volume 5 so far — next chapter is probably going to be the last one for volume 5.