Episode 21 – Sakura, the Mirror and the Key of Memories
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I apologize if this is coming a little late! Only now I managed to find some time to write the review.
This was another episode that followed the manga very closely. The first part with Touya and Fujitaka’s conversation is very much like the manga, except that the manga it looked a lot better drawn. In fact, this entire episode felt like a let down, animation-wise.
So instead of a clock, Sakura receives a key from her great-grandfather? Hummm. Why the change, I wonder? Is the key going to change into a wand?
They finally addressed the seemingly plothole regarding Eriol’s former house still standing even after being demolished for the amusement part. I don’t know if I got it right, if the translations of my subbed version were correct, but it means something as simple as Kaito must have rebuilt it from the ground? It was the easiest solution, but I am still glad that it’s been addressed and now we can rest assure that there are no more plotholes in that aspect, as far as lame retcon solutions go xD
It’s interesting how Ohkawa brought Syaoran’s mother in for the investigation about Kaito and the Secret Magician Society. It’s nice how Ohkawa is always trying to make Yelan present.
I just gotta say that I thought the whole conversation between Cerberus, Yue and Eriol to be very badly animated. It was such an important conversation and I didn’t think the anime conveyed the right level of “importance”. It was much too simple. The confrontation between Eriol and Kaito looked slightly better, but still underwhelming. I was much more excited reading it in the manga.
Script-wise, this followed very closely Chapters 22 and 23, but animation-wise, it was disappointing to me. There were so many big revelations made on this episode but it seemed like those weren’t well-conveyed in the manga, like they weren’t given the importance that they deserve, and I don’t think that is because I knew about them all beforehand, no. I think it was poorly directed.
Ah, yes, the last scene was cute of course, but I think it was a bad choice to use “CLEAR” as the background music, lol.
So it seems like we will lock it with 20 cards for this first “season”. It doesn’t look like she will secure any cards on the next and final episode, but who knows!
Isn’t it amazing how they managed to synchronize the anime with the manga serialization? CLAMP did it again.
The first half of the season was definitely better. Oh well =/