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Beautiful color title page featuring Touya. It reminded me of the early CLAMP style somehow, if it weren’t for the gradient in his robes. He even looks slightly younger? But I think it’s because of the angle he is drawn. I love that its pattern is made of peaches (Touya’s name means peach flower, of course you all remember that).
The Japanese version of the color page has a small glimpse of the cover of volume 9 (theme color is green!). It looks amazing as we knew it would. Make sure to check out the YouTube video for the Japanese version to see it 😉
SO IT WAS A CARD AFTER ALL! I was reluctant to think so because that would only drag things more, but oh well…
That card originally appeared in the TV Anime in a completely different context. That makes the list of clear cards up to 22 and 5 anime exclusive cards (so far at least).
I have a teapot that is transparent JUST LIKE THAT and it makes me want to try so badly with a flower tea now.
Sakura is all impressed by it (like me) and Syaoran is all cut the bullshit, let’s get things straight.
Okay, so the next few pages went by really fast with all the dream recollection. The fact that RECORD can do that is REALLY HANDY for the storytelling. CLAMP are revisiting the dreams, from the very early ones until the most recent ones and that is good. These two have some catching up to do.
Syaoran genuinely doesn’t seem to know who the Mysterious Cloaked Figure is (he even thought it could be Kaito, so cute) but he is familiar with the robes being from a well known magician family from Europe. Syaoran is also impressed by the dragon and mentions that it would take someone with great power to make one. You mean someone as powerful as… Sakura?
Sakura was about to stop the dream sequence when the dreaded dream of Syaoran as the Mysterious Cloaked Figure was about to appear and SO GLAD Syaoran could see it I mean C’MONNNN.
So it turns out it was ANOTHER card? I was like what the hell just happened….? Basically nothing is safe, everything can be a card at this point. Trust no one, seriously. Also how f*cked up is the fact that she was able to secure a card from a recording? Okay…
So DREAMING is the 23rd card and it features the Mysterious Cloaked Figure. I wonder if it will change its appearance once we do know who is it?
But that got me thinking, maybe it was the card all along and nobody is under those robes? I guess it could be the Akiho, the most obvious answer, and we did see her wearing the robes in that color title page, but we know she doesn’t have any powers.
We’ll see if the Mysterious Cloaked Figure will keep appearing in Sakura’s dreams.
Sakura seems relieved that it was just a bad dream and nothing more but oh girl, oh sweetie. Glad Syaoran is there to remind her that THIS COULD BE A PREMONITION, GURL!
It’s not that it was Syaoran all along, but more like something will happen that will make Syaoran become that. That something will ultimately be related to protecting Sakura, of course. Unless Sakura is able to do something that would change that and thus avoid that future, of course.
In that last page, Syaoran looks ominous and Sakura looks like oh shit.
There is just no way this is ending with 10 volumes
unfortunately. 12 volumes, here we go.
The updated list of cards secured so far:
28 pages for this chapter (did I get the page number right?), 54 pages for volume 10 so far. Next chapter will be published on September 30th.