Episode 20 – Sakura, Rainbows and Grandpa
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I am going to be very brief, because this episode followed the manga chapters very closely, so there isn’t much to add regarding the technical aspects or anime-only choices.
I didn’t like the fact that they changed Sonomi’s cool vintage telephone for a smartphone, lol. That vintage phone is a lot cooler.
The pacing of this episode was really good! A huge departure from last week’s episode.
I wonder why they decided to make the memory of Nadeshiko as a child interact with Sakura instead of her as an adult angel. What’s with this ban of Nadeshiko as an angel from Clear Card altogether? I liked the fact that she interacted with her mom as an angel, I don’t know why they changed that. I think it was the only difference between the manga and the anime — apart from Sonomi’s phone LOL
I’ve seen some fan theories saying that Akiho might be the reincarnation of Nadeshiko. I can see where that comes from: her similarities with Sakura, the way she resonated when Sakura was interacting with her mother’s memory, some people even compared the stars in Akiho’s ceremonial robe with the stars in Nadeshiko’s high priest robe in Tsubasa. It’s very possible, but I don’t know what to think about that…
The animation quality on this episode was so-so. Some shots were great while others looked half-done. Oddly enough, the grandpa looked slightly younger! haha
It’s amazing how the anime is now neck and neck to the manga. What a perfect synch! By the next episode, we will have seen all of there is left of the manga animated, leaving off episode 22 with some original content for the most part, I believe?
Only 2 episodes left but, by now, it’s looking unlikely that the anime will finish with episode 22. There will probably be a continuation of some sort: another full season, half a season or a movie.