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Once again, the color illustration reminded me of the 90s CLAMP style.
Sometimes the color pages don’t actually reflect the chapter’s content, but that’s completely not the case here. There couldn’t be a more fitting illustration to open this chapter. SyaSaku fans, clean your plates because you are about to be SERVED.
Syaoran is feeling a little guilty for maybe saying too much to Sakura. I don’t think he did — specially as a reader I am thankful he did! — but it makes sense he would feel a bit guilty. The cards are all consoling him, although some of them seem to be doing the opposite, lol. I don’t quite remember this kind of interaction with Sakura and the cards. It’s kind of amusing since most of the cards have female appearances and Syaoran is this little boy needing some advice.
There’s a cute little senpai/kohai moment with Sakura and two elementary students, and there is even a nice mention of Terada-sensei! Nice touch from CLAMP to remind us that he is still around.
Then CLAMP are showing us what a HEALTHY relationship looks like and bless them for being true role models for healthy relationships. Despite their age, Sakura and Syaoran are very mature — much like the other of CLAMP children. However Tomoyo is still the most mature of them all, of course, no matter how hard the others try, she is above them all in her wisdom beyond her age, as exemplified by her taking her cue and leaving Syaoran alone to ask Sakura out.
Naoko’s play is coming along, even though she hasn’t finished writing the script yet. I thought this whole deal with the play would go by faster, but CLAMP sure are taking their sweet time. I guess I’m saying this having the Sleeping Beauty play in mind, but that one was not written by Naoko and I understand they want to show the whole process this time.
CLAMP have been foreshadowing this play for so long that it’s more than clear now that it will culminate in the series’ climax. Naoko is still in the process of writing the script, as pointed out by the seemingly roadblock she encountered halfway of writing it. By the looks of it, for his own disappointment, Syaoran might hold the solution for her roadblock. Did he really think he would get away?
Another ominous foreshadowing moment at the very end of the chapter with Kaito clearly getting weaker and running out of his own time. Will he survive past this all safe and sound in time to wear something Akiho sews for him?
There are several foreshadowing hints CLAMP are throwing here and there, the stage is being set, the players are gathering and the tension is building up. The pacing could be a bit faster, however. But I know we are not going nowhere before 12 volumes so I am gonna sit tight and wait for the next chapter =)
The updated list of cards secured so far:
27 pages for this chapter, 81 pages for volume 10 so far. We’re a little over halfway through volume 10! Next chapter will be published on October 31st.