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After last chapter’s big revelation, we got ourselves a more relaxed chapter. But still some important information are revealed.
So we have the much anticipated Akiho’s backstory. There might be more to it but it reveals a lot of things already, such as of why she doesn’t have any magic even though we all expected her to have. It’s not like she was hiding it all this time, it’s really because she was born without any magic powers while still coming from a family composed entirely of magicians. In fact, her parents remain a mystery and it seems like they were already absent when she was still only a child. I wonder if we’ll ever find out who they were/are and if they are important at all.
Akiho’s condition reminded me a lot of the “squibs” in Harry Potter. Probably the rest of you who have read it, too.
This is actually very interesting because again CLAMP are dealing with minorities in CCS. In one of their interviews they mentioned that CCS was, at its core, a story about minorities and how they are treated equally (in Tomoeda at least!) and here we can see that very clearly: Akiho feels isolated and negleted by her blood family but she finds comfort in her Tomoeda friends, and Momo and Kaito too. It is true that for Sakura and her friends, there is nothing Akiho “wrong” with Akiho since they have no clue that she is supposed to have magic powers. But here we have once again Sakura and her friends showing nonjudgmental love and support. I love that. It is what CCS is made of.
Did everybody else also love CLAMP’s representation of the book’s characters? They look so magical ❤ I wish CLAMP would draw my life.
And did everybody else also got a very negative vibe from Akiho’s clan? Not only because they acted like a bunch of assh*les to Akiho, but also because they sound competitive as f*ck (that bit about the Li Clan, I mean?)
I thought it was amusing that this backstory was drawn in a very child-like manner, comical even. Interesting (?) choice for such sad story. I guess CLAMP wanted to mimic a fairytail or children’s book (and also because Akiho was dreaming of it and she often dreams within the context of books).
When Akiho wakes up, it is implied that she remembers all of that, which is new to me. I was under the impression that she had almost no recollection of her younger days or at least her memory had been altered.
Now, just how amazing Fujitaka is? He keeps topping so hard.
Fujitaka: (It’s said that) when you know you’re dreaming, you can change the dream to make it go how you want it to.
Sakura: That’s amazing! Can you do that too, dad?
No, Ohkawa, you’re the only one who can do it because you are an enlighted and evolved human being.
Then we have Sakura being the dear she is inviting Akiho to come over to cook with her. I wonder if the dream had anything to do with this decision consciously or unconsciously.
Nice, subtle mention about Kaito feeling tired (because of all the magic strain he’s being going through).
finally does what he should have done much earlier and decides to have a conversation with Syaoran.
Oh yes, we are getting revelations and oh yes we are reaching the climax here. Series or arc I do not know, though.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
28 pages for this chapter. This is the first chapter of volume 6.