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Yay, my bet for the color page came true! Momo is looking fabulous in full color. Her hair has a slight shade of blue, just like her simplified form. As a bonus, the Japanese version shows the cover of Clear Card volume 10! Make sure to check it out.
As we all guessed, nobody from that alternative Tomoeda seems to know who Sakura is: Touya, Tomoyo, her school friends and also Syaoran. It hit her hard for every person Sakura met and who didn’t recognize her, but it hit the hardest when Syaoran didn’t recognize her.
I was surprised how quick this was. I was sure we would spend several chapters exploring this alternative Tomoeda, but no. I had guessed that Akiho would be taking Sakura’s place in this reality, but that doesn’t seem to be the case as Akiho wasn’t shown at all.
The brooch in Sakura’s dress — also, Sakura’s dress itself — didn’t play any role at all… It makes me wonder if we will see more of this book world (or scenes that weren’t shown in this chapter). Specially considering that once again Kaito turned back time — just when we all thought he couldn’t do that anymore…
Kaito comes out of nowhere (wasn’t he, lol, gardening?) and has a very interesting, plot-revealing chat with Momo. She reveals that she knows Kaito’s “true name” since he firmed a contract with Momo and because of that, it’s almost like Momo has Kaito’s “heart” at her hands — we know how important names are in CLAMP universe. I now feel a little stupid for not thinking it before that Kaito uses an alias. You have to, when you’re that powerful. Makes me think of: 1) Is Clow’s name really Clow Reed or is that an alias too? I guess it doesn’t matter anymore since he’s dead; 2) Will Sakura ever make an alias to protect herself?
Side note regarding Kaito’s true name: if you’re reading the Kodansha USA English translation, they translated Kaito’s true name as “Mana”. That is, however, a mistake. His true name was not revealed by Momo and that was a translation mistake. Kaito’s true name is not Mana.
Momo is clearly struggling to make Kaito realize that the plan he is trying to put in action is too dangerous for his life, however Kaito doesn’t seem to care. Momo’s show sorrowful eyes when she asks him if he plans to risk his own life in order to achieve his goal. She’s really trying to put some sense into him without interfering too much beyond her own limits.
The page with shattered glass gave me so much X vibes!
So time was rewound, but not as much as Kaito wanted — probably because he is not as strong as before. I think Momo could definitely have prevented this from happening, as she is clearly stronger than Kaito is now, but I think that would be “interfering” too much.
Momo is giving me SO MUCH YUUKO ENERGY. Yuuko is gone and the role of sassy, wise, sexy one million years old hag powerful motherly figure has been successfully replaced by “Momo”.
Sakura is back at her house and a feeling of dread took over her — meaning she is still somehow feeling what she saw in the Book World, despite the fact that time was turned (another strong indication that her powers are getting stronger).
In the midst of all this, Sakura created a new card: TIME. This is the 24th card of this new deck (in the manga) and along with MIRROR, this is the only other card that shares a name with a Clow Card, The Time. However, The Time was an anime-only card and did not exist in the manga version.
Now, the big question is: IS THIS THE CARD THAT KAITO HAS BEEN WAITING SAKURA TO CREATE? I think yes. He has indicated in the past when she created REWIND that the card he wanted had a similar power but it was not quite the one he wanted. We know Momo’s book is related to time magic and we are at volume 11 so it’s about time (pun intended) Sakura creates the card Kaito needs.
Sakura does not remember when she created it, though. Are we getting some flashback or “unseen footage” of what happened just before time was rewound that made her create the card? Is that be even relevant for the story?
Speaking of the card’s design now, did you notice how the 3 clock pointers are all scattered?
This was a really good chapter with some key development (considering TIME is that card). I expect no less from Chapter 52 onwards!
The updated list of cards secured so far:
27 pages for this chapter. 56 pages so far for volume 11. The next chapter will come out on March 31st!