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Hey hey hey! It’s been such a long time, hasn’t it? But here we are talking about some actual new development for a CLAMP work.
The color spread is quite simple in terms of composition. A big contrast with last chapter’s, which was one of my favorites. It still somewhat resembles the “musical” motif of Chapter 44’s color page, or maybe it is just me…
It’s such a shame CLAMP deliberately decided to hide Yamazaki’s father’s face. I guess he just looks like a taller Yamazaki…
Naoko’s play is brought up again. It’s most certainly happening and there’s way too much anticipation being built to it so it’s definitely going to be important — I’m still thinking it’s going to be the climax, specially because of the whole “Two Alices” concept. On a side note, I could have sworn Naoko already had a very clear idea of what she would write about. For some reason I thought she had already written it, lol.
This play is going to be so meta-meta. A play about Alice in Wonder/Mirrorland in a manga inspired by Alice in Wonder/Mirrorland.
Fujitaka mentioning that Sakura and Akiho are even more similar to each other…! Red flags everywhere!
So Yamazaki will be composing the music for the play’s song? I did not see that coming. We know he’s very imaginative, we’ll give him that, but apparently he’s very talented in other areas too, CLAMP are pushing him HARD as big CLAMP husband material. Naoko will provide the song lyrics (this just like how Ohkawa as scriptwriter would sometimes write song lyrics for CLAMP works, as well, but she is usually not in charge of the music composition itself).
While talking to Chiharu, Sakura sees the Mysterious Cloaked Figure appear randomly standing at the top of the school’s fence. She rushes in and uses a combo of 3 cards (SIEGE, LUCID and FLIGHT) to get straight to them and the chapter end as she reaches out to the figure. I want to point out that Sakura acted really fast here and used 3 cards without much thinking. We didn’t see that happening very often before and it is of course a result of her powers growing stronger and the fact that these cards were created by her and therefore she is more familiar with them.
I believe the climax will take place at the play so we’ll see what CLAMP will come up by the next chapter with this scene in particular.
And what is Sakura feeling sad about when she thinks about her and Akiho being similar? Is she questioning her individuality?
Last but not least, this wasn’t given the attention it really deserved in this chapter but let’s all praise CLAMP and Tomoeda School for being so progressive by having boys as part of the cheerleading team. Hope it will get more attention in the coming chapters.
It’s still hard to tell at this point if we will be having 50 chapters or more… CLAMP are making this really difficult.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
26 pages for this chapter (did I get the page number right?), opening volume 10. Next chapter will be published in September 1st.