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Before I begin, I want to point out that it’s really nice that the simulpub is still happening free of charge via YouTube. There was some questioning whether it was a one chapter thing and that Kodansha would start charging future chapters but that doesn’t seem to be the case, which is great.
Nothing special about the title page — usually not very fond of mascots illustrations. I do love the fact that Momo is wearing a (Chinese?) slit dress. Queen of Sass. The Nakayoshi cover is nice, although I agree with what I read Panicle said on the discord server that I feel like the “Sakura with animal ears” concept is a bit overused.
Interesting that Nadeshiko can’t see Momo. She can see everyone else, right…? This is a mistake in the Portuguese translation I’ve read. Actually it’s the other way around: Momo can’t see Nadeshiko.
Nadeshiko goes deep into Kaito’s memory to dig to what could have been the first time Kaito interacted with Akiho’s mother. He had around the same age as when he accepted the offer to take on the mission related to Akiho. In fact, this conversation just might have happened shortly before he made his decision.
Akiho’s mother, whose name remains unknown, finally gets her face revealed to the readers and as expected, she is the spitting image of Akiho. Also she can’t help but tell everyone how much she loves chocomint.
Kaito is surprised that Nadeshiko was able to pull up that memory from him even though she is dead. I don’t think we ever had an idea of Nadeshiko’s power. We knew she had yumemi powers that were never fully developed due to her passing, but that’s about it. We’re always somehow crediting Fujitaka and his relationship with Clow to Sakura’s power but her mother appeared to be very powerful as well, to the point where apparently even the house she chose for her family has a deeper reason behind — this is new to us.
Nadeshiko is always portrayed as really clumsy in flashbacks but her spirit is so mature and godly and the ultimate motherly figure. I love that she is always wearing a different and gorgeous dress each time she makes an appearance.
Kaito points out the differences between Sakura and Akiho. They are the exact opposites not only in surname but in regards to family and future, much like yin-yang. But at the same time, they are still very similar to each other in other aspects.
Once again CLAMP hinting us that Kaito is getting nearer and nearer death — the mere fact that he can now see Nadeshiko is proof of that.
Who is Kaito’s special person? Does he even have one? Akiho’s mother seems to have been the only person to have caused him at least some extent of emotion. But that person is now dead. He made it seem to Nadeshiko that he doesn’t have a special person, but is that really the case?
Syaoran confronts Kaito while he was about to cause some more mischief, Syaoran probably saw Kaito was up to no good and came prepared — still, even Momo and Kaito seem surprised that Syaoran managed to break the spell. Now the cat is out of the bag for Kaito. In fact, the cat is now jumping around since Sakura too broke the spell and saw them both fighting.
Last time Sakura’s body indicated that she was starting to resist Kaito’s magic, this time she fully came out of it. No more time freeze and possibly no more time rewind for Kaito, from now on it doesn’t seem like it will work with Sakura and Syaoran.
We got some revelations and some realisations. Things are moving steady. It really looks like we are reaching the end. I can see this ending in 9 chapters, with Chapter 50 being the last. I hope Sakura will make the right questions.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
28 pages for this chapter. 57 pages for volume 9 so far. Next chapter will be published in March.