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I know it’s almost the end of the month and Chapter 39 is almost among us, but it’s getting harder and harder to review these chapters with the lack of English translations available. Terribly sorry for the delay but here we go!
The title page shows the two “Alices” in a direct link to Akiho’s mother’s last words to Nadeshiko in Chapter 36.
It was rather amusing, to say the last, to see Mirror-san struggling to put up with a convincing image of Sakura.
Very attentive readers were able to notice the mistake on the Sakura cards Syaoran is holding on page 5, which look transparent. It will likely get fixed on the tankoubon version.
I love the fact that even in that situation Sakura just so happened to have an outfit made by Tomoyo (that she was planning to bring back to Tomoyo per her own request). This is CLAMP giving Sakura a battle costume for every occasion. Literally.
Did I mention that Mirror was making an extra effort to put up a convincing image of Sakura? As usual it failed epically with Touya. Attentive readers as my friend Cinzia/Sakura84-chan may have noticed how Mirror isn’t blushing when Touya approaches her up close on page 12, while it would probably have been drawn that way if this was published in the 90s. Could CLAMP be toning down Mirror-san’s crush on an adult while its shaped as Sakura?
Sakura is fully aware now that she’s creating the cards, she asks herself if she’s the one who created the strange flying creature, which is good, but it’s still not clear to me whether this changed anything in the whole process.
Kaito then confirms that it was her who created the creature/card and he also clarifies that it was him to turned her into small, not a card as I first thought.
What a clever thing to use The Shadow card to follow Sakura’s shadow (I could never think of that xD) — way to go, Syaoran! This also triggers Sakura to secure the card in a similar fashion as she captured The Shadow (in the manga version, lol).
Kaito believes that Sakura created the card because she was unconsciously reminded of the Jabberwocky from “Through the Looking Glass” book as she got tiny. Yet another Alice in Wonderland reference. Kaito originally intended her to create “that card” by turning Sakura small but alas, she created another one instead (SHADE).
I love that Sakura realizes a little too late that she could have used REPAIR to fix her uniform xD The battle costume has had its purpose, it’s okay to realize that now, Sakura-chan.
I love how Momo saw right through Mirror-san and realised it was a card. It will be fun to see how it will go with Mirror-san at Sakura’s school. I believe Tomoyo will probably help a lot.
So the chapter ends with Sakura flying away AGAIN, for the second time in a row. Let’s see how she will get off of this, considering that The Big is an anime-only card ˆˆ”
We are up to 18 Clear cards. There are theories that there would be 19 Clear cards to match the total of Clow/Sakura cards. If that’s the case, it means there is only one Clear card left. We’ll see.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
29 pages for this chapter, again. 115 pages for volume 8 so far. Next chapter will be the last one for volume 8.