Episode 18 – Sakura and the Fire and Water Birds
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The Alice in Wonderland pop-up book looks really nice animated!
I didn’t know Rika was that much into music, and I love Naoko for picking the weirdest instrument.
The first half of this episode was largely original content. All of which could have happened in the manga as well, true, but in the anime everything was just generally more explored.
Sakura’s battle costume looks so beautiful! Yes, the references to the Shurano/Sharano arc in Tsubasa are everywhere.
The battle scene was really nicely animated. There wasn’t a lot of action per se, but it was beautifully done, a big departure from last week’s poorly animated episode.
Syaoran is clearly using Sakura’s cards there. It became even more obvious now that we could see The Windy and his guilty and sad behavior when Sakura praised his magic skills.
They have the same talk about the cards representing the four elements and SWING isn’t there. So everyone who guessed that SWING was not the earth element card was right! I personally thought it was! (shame on me). That means we have yet to see the earth-based card.
Then, the very serious talk between Touya and Yue. It was a revealing talk as some of the things said were never said even in the manga, like Yue not feeling Sakura’s presence at certain times (what’s up with that, huh?). And did I feel a self-sacrifice vibe coming from Touya? But I don’t know if he fits the profile or even if CCS fits that profile.
As I said before, the animation on this episode was flawless. I couldn’t spot any badly animated sequences. I am not completely happy with the design for the adult male characters (Touya, Yue, Kaito) but in general everything was top quality, as it traditionally is when Sakura is facing one of the four elements based cards.
Next episode will finally focus on the reading to the children that was talked about a few episodes ago. And it looks like we will be seeing a lot of familiar faces from the Li family! Prepare yourselves for a very nostalgic episode.
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