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What a lovely color spread! I like the book motif, it’s great that CLAMP are trying different settings. I love that Sakura’s crown is made from a flower. I also love how the book pages seem to be golden?
There seems to be a message on the spread, something along the lines of “may the happiness return soon”. Whether this was CLAMP’s or Nakayoshi Editor’s idea, I think it refers to the situation the world is currently living in.
We’re thrown right into Momo’s backstory and boy, were we waiting for it.
So, much as we all expected (honestly at this point I don’t remember anymore if this or that has been officially said in the story or not), Momo is the book’s guardian, the Alice in Clockland book. The book has time magic that no one managed to properly handle it. Other people have tried before…
Momo decided to sort of retire (that’s what the Portuguese translation says) until Kaito arrived asking for her help (in favour of chocolate, a matching drink, a couch, a comfortable bed and more chocolate).
The book protected by Momo is the forbidden magic that the Magician Society was keeping safe. Kaito steals it. Kaito is looking much older than he was when he first decided to take the “job” of traveling with Akiho. Also, Momo doesn’t have the ring that Akiho’s mother gave to her, even though this flashback scene with Kaito and Momo definitely took place after Akiho’s mother gave Momo her ring. Therefore I wonder what’s up here that Momo is not wearing the ring…
I would like to talk briefly about how CLAMP are giving us characters’ backstories at regular doses. They’ve done that with the new trio (Akiho, Kaito and now Momo). A very similar approach was used in Tsubasa, except we always got the whole story instead of small fragments, as it seems to be the case in Clear Card. Also, in Clear Card, all backstories are told in a way that it resembles a narrated story from a book, and that is of course intentional.
That’s all. Just wanted to talk about this pattern of character backstory that is being explored in Clear Card.
So Akiho wants to make little costumes for the mascots. I love how Tomoyo is all supportive instead of being jealous or seeing Akiho as a competition of some sort. Sorority.
My dear friend Cinzia/Sakura84-chan pointed out that the fact that Syaoran’s birthday is mentioned it means that the story is taking place somewhere in July (see their summer uniforms), which means that only about 3 months have elapsed since the arc began. I like how CLAMP are keeping the time consistent instead of having season after season and time not actually going by (this happened with XXXHOLiC, in which we had many seasons and yet Watanuki never seemed to move forward with the same pace in his school years).
Tomoyo points out that not only Sakura and Akiho have the same heights, but similar overall measures too. Hummm.
No, CLAMP did not forget about Naoko’s play, it is still happening — before or after the climax? That’s the question. So sad that Syaoran won’t get to play the princess this time, but I guess it would be way too much playing with the same set of cards.
Such sweet moment between Sakura and Syaoran there, as they reminisce the past. It’s one of those look where we are at now moments. There is certainty in the air that only a solid couple can provide. They are wise beyond their years here. They just know that everything will be alright. We are reminded again that they still cannot touch each other, for reasons unknown. It’s amusing how this scene was drawn during the pandemic scenario we are living at the moment…
There is something about Sakura and Syaoran not being able to touch each other that CLAMP love to explore.
Now at Yukito’s place, Sakura senses something. Her gaze is very determined and wise and the gaze of someone who knows her shit. It’s not often we see CLAMP drawing her like that in CCS. Don’t know if you all remember but Yukito and Nakuru went to Tsukimine Shrine a few chapters ago to do something that we ended up not knowing about. Pretty much this has something to do with this and why the afternoon has suddenly became night. Unless it’s another card? But the way the moon seems to be the focus, I’d say that it’s something to do with the Moon, Yukito, Nakuru and Tsukimine Shrine.
Very happy to see Sakura picking up and sensing things.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
27 pages for this chapter. 112 pages for volume 9 so far. Next chapter will be published on April 30th (earlier probably because of Golden Week).
Before going, two last points:
- if you’ve been reading the English translation by Kodansha USA, I highly recommend you check this analysis that Cinzia/Sakura84-chan did comparing the English and Japanese versions. You will notice that there are many inconsistencies in the English version, unfortunately. Really worth checking for detailed analysis. Good job, big sis!
- Happy CLAMP Day!!! I was hoping for some cool update over at CLAMP-FANS.com but alas, nothing so far =/ Let’s all celebrate it, regardless, however we can! I will be doing some celebration myself at twitter, likely (mostly hyping about it).