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After a brief break, Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc is back and after a bit of a longer break, I’m back too! Whether you’ve been waiting for it or not, I’m back with my reviews. I’m not going to go back and write the reviews for the chapters I’ve missed, though. I’m taking it back from this chapter on.
CLAMP were full on summer mood for this chapter. The cover illustration looks great — I love me some sunflowers, specially when they are drawn by CLAMP. The double coloured title page looks ADORABLE. Let’s take a moment and appreciate how gracious Sakura and Syaoran’s movements look in that illustration. Their bodies are moving in a very organic way. Kudos to Mokona and CLAMP. They nailed it.
Taking from the last chapter, Sakura is sucked into the pages of the “book” that emerged from Akiho (this in itself is a strange sentence). The “book” takes Sakura directly into Akiho’s memories. But she is not just watching them, she is Akiho herself in those memories. We’ve seen CLAMP using this before, having a book as a means to show a character’s past. We’ve seen it in Tsubasa. But in Tsubasa, Syaoran was just watching the memories. This time, Sakura is directly assuming Akiho’s role, she’s even feeling the same feelings felt by Akiho. This is probably to enhance the message that Sakura and Akiho are deeply connected to each other.
The memories seem very similar to those that we had seen a few chapters ago. Again in the memory Akiho’s parents are mentioned as though they are very powerful and important. I think they are gonna be significant to the plot. But who could they be, from the CLAMP universe, from Europe?
Then we are presented to a new set of memories that shows Akiho’s magic Clan and the Magician Association performing a spell on her that would engrave on her body every magic that her body gets in contact to, writing it over just like a blank book. This plot is similar to Tsubasa in which Fei Wang did something akin to Princess Sakura, except her body would be in contact with all the different dimensions. Speaking of Princess Sakura, doesn’t her iconic white dress look very similar to the one Akiho and Sakura are wearing in the memories? I am not trying to imply anything here… for the time being I’m just going to point out all those similarities and hope my dear CLAMP don’t recycle a lot of plot.
Let’s talk about the clan’s magic circle. It looks new to me, but it looks a little like Kaito’s? It seems to be a variation of it. Is it because the spell is being performed by both Akiho’s magic Clan and the Magician Association, so their magic circles are combined? It’s not clear to me…
They’ve used a “forbidden book” to perform the magic on Akiho, and said “forbidden book” has on its cover the dragon-like creature that appears in the dream sequences seen by Sakura. We’d probably never find this out but it would be nice to know more about that book, for instance where it came from, who wrote it etc.
Apparently there is a limit to how much magic Akiho’s body can contain and, if that limit is reached, her soul will be destroyed, but the Clan and the Magian Association don’t seem to be worried about that. In fact they would benefit if that were to happen. Is that why the figure Sakura keeps seeing in her dreams look soulless? Is that Akiho after she consumed enough power that it broke her soul? I am not taking into account the vision that showed Syaoran under those robes, but he looked soulless as well…
Kaito realises Sakura still hasn’t created the card he is waiting for her to create and decides to stop the time from the “book” inside Akiho, in order to contain it from moving forward. That will severely damage his remaining lifespan but he doesn’t care. He is very much determined to stop that “book”‘s time from moving forward as much as possible, regardless of how risky that may be to him. In that sense, Momo being the wise being telling him wise words about Kaito forgetting what really matters (aka his life). I’m not sure Kaito will be able to contain the “book” again from moving forward, next time it does… Not only he contained the “book” but he also turned back time a few seconds. He is so doomed…
Time moves again and Sakura straight up hugs Akiho in an involuntary act. Her mind doesn’t (yet), but her body remembers…
I’m a little wary about the dark tone CCS is taking. The world is definitely two different places when you’re 10 and when you’re 12. I wanna have faith in CLAMP and trust their direction. They are certainly raising the bar for CCS.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
This was likely the last chapter of volume 7. Next chapter will be out next month and it should be the beginning of volume 8.