Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 55

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The main story is finally back after 3-months break.

The color spread is a perfect mirrored illustration of Sakura and Akiho. They are in synch. Where there are six-pointed stars on one, there are crystals on the other, in their surroundings down to the details in their dresses and accessories. The tagline says that the two Alices’ destinies finally begins to move. Finally. Do I smell climax?

So indeed Sakura used one of her cards, SIEGE, as suggested by her holding the Dream Wand at the last page of Chapter 54. She is strong but not yet strong enough to be able to resist Kaito’s magic without the help of one of her cards. Makes sense. She was only able to secure herself inside SIEGE, otherwise she would definitely have secured Syaoran and Akiho as well.

Kaito makes sure to highlight the fact that Sakura was the first person to resist his magic. Sasuga Sakura-chan. Kaito’s facial expression here tells me that he knew this moment would come.

There is a moment where Kaito and Sakura exchange looks, right after Kaito tells Sakura what he knows about Syaoran. I think Sakura is seeing sincerity in his words. She is worried about Syaoran and if Kaito could be somewhat of a threat to him.

I did wonder in Chapter 54 what would happen to Momo and CLAMP, or should I say Kaito, conveniently removed her from the scene. I understand that from a storytelling point of view, and for Kaito’s own benefit, it’s better if she is not around. I think Sakura does not know who Momo is at this point, given that time was rewound the last and only time they spoke to each other.

Momo is surprised that Sakura was able to use a card in such short amount of time and reveals that not even Akiho’s mother predicted that Sakura would become this strong, in a moment very similar to Clow also not being able to predict that Sakura would fall in love for Syaoran and not Yukito. Stronger characters make their own destiny, in CLAMP.

Nice shot of Akiho’s mother. I want to see more of her….. =(

I like to think that Kaito just pretends he was going to attack Syaoran just so Sakura would do something. I don’t think Kaito would go as far as hurting him. We’ll never know because sure enough, Sakura casts TRANSFER for the first time (I believe?).

Sakura and Kaito’s positions are exchanged (transferred); Kaito ends up inside SIEGE while Sakura stays outside. She runs towards Syaoran and Akiho but of course, Kaito’s spell eventually affects her given that she is no longer protected by SIEGE. It is worth mentioning that she was able to take a few steps before Kaito’s magic kicked in (that’s how powerful our girl is at this stage).

Kaito’s expression in page 15 is so tender and sweet. He is remembering how happy Akiho was feeling when talking about her friends. Which goes to show that a) Kaito really cares about her; and b) he wouldn’t do anything to damage the source of Akiho’s happiness (her friends).

Due to the size of SIEGE’s field, the top part of Kaito’s staff actually stayed outside it, allowing him to perform magic (I see what you did here, CLAMP. Very clever).

If you thought Kaito would be too tired or on the verge of death to turn back time again, well… think again. He went and did exactly that, despite being all sweaty and tired. I do think/hope this is the very last time he does it because Sakura is on to his sh*t like never before.

I wanna point out that Kaito appeared to me very young in this chapter. I don’t know if I am getting more and more used to the idea that he was always meant to be a couple of years younger than Touya and Yukito or if it’s CLAMP’s currently art style where everyone looks 3 years younger, but the truth is that he definitely does not look like an adult, particularly in this chapter.

So, time is rewound but not before Kaito making a final plead: he asks for Sakura to create the card he wants (will she remember that later?). This pretty much confirms that neither TIME nor The Mirror are the cards Kaito is after (although they can both be of a difference importance).

So time is rewound but Sakura is aware of it now. She is not completely aware of things, but she knows Kaito can use magic. She cleverly casts SIEGE to protect herself, Syaoran, Kero and Suppi from any outside magic and reveals that fact to the other three.

I understand how turning back time has happened way too many times, but we have been seeing how Sakura comes back stronger and more resistant to it, and this time she actually remembers things and was nearly able to fully block/resist the spell. Let’s put it this way: Kaito is too weak now (or so I think) to turn back time while Sakura is too strong against it.

But more importantly, we know that the showdown couldn’t possibly happen at the Botanical Garden. We know it’s gonna be at the play so the turning back time was somehow expected, though rightfully unwanted.

THINGS WILL BE DISCUSSED (I hope) between Sakura, Syaoran and her guardians. Syaoran is technically still under Kaito’s spell, because time was rewound, but I wonder if his spell will loose effect inside SIEGE or if Sakura will simply lift it again.

This is it, no time to waste anymore. Our girl knows something is up and things will be different from now on.

The updated list of cards secured so far:

  1. GALE
  2. SIEGE
  3. AQUA
  4. ACTION
  5. REFLECT
  6. RECORD
  7. FLIGHT
  8. LUCID
  9. SPIRAL
  10. SNOOZE
  11. LABYRINTH
  12. APPEAR
  13. BLAZE
  14. MIRROR
  15. BLADE
  16. REPAIR
  17. REWIND
  18. SHADE
  19. BREAK
  20. TRANSFER
  21. PROMISE
  22. MIRAGE
  23. DREAMING
  24. TIME

Anime-only cards:

  1. GRAVITATION
  2. HAIL
  3. REVERSAL
  4. SWING
  5. STRUGGLE

25 pages for the first chapter of volume 12 — a relatively short chapter for the beginning of a volume. This could mean that they are making room for 6 chapters (and not 5) for volume 12 and thus ending volume 12 with Chapter 60. Yes, a perfectly round number. Could Chapter 60 be the final chapter of the arc?

Next chapter will be released on September 29!

2 thoughts on “Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 55

  1. Broooooo ^__^
    Finally back here after so long, lol!
    What a chapter, what a chapter. I know we talk also in private so I’m gonna keep my comments short and specific, to delve deeper into things later with you XD

    She was only able to secure herself inside SIEGE, otherwise she would definitely have secured Syaoran and Akiho as well.
    OOH, interesting. I thought she wanted to trap Kaito as well to prevent him from using magic any further, but it also makes sense that she’d want to summon Siege to protect (and allow to move) Syaoran and Akiho as well. It can go both ways I guess.

    Kaito’s facial expression here tells me that he knew this moment would come
    Yeaaah, he did. He also knew that a day would come when his time magic wouldn’t be effective against her anymore.

    There is a moment where Kaito and Sakura exchange looks, right after Kaito tells Sakura what he knows about Syaoran. I think Sakura is seeing sincerity in his words.
    UUUHH that staring game… I was really intrigued by it. I wonder if she was really searching in his eyes if he could be a threat to all of them, particularly Syaoran. Anyways this deal of the Li family sure means something, because it keeps being pulled out. “Li family here, Li family there”….yeah. I’m waiting for some kind of bomb.

    I understand that from a storytelling point of view, and for Kaito’s own benefit, it’s better if she is not around
    YEAH cause she would end up disrupting the balance of things, as she seems to have her own ideas about how to go about this 🙂 (kicks everyone into a fabricated world until they realize what they need to realize, LOL)

    Nice shot of Akiho’s mother. I want to see more of her….. =(
    MEEEE TOOOOOO!! ^___^ Powerful mama!

    Kaito ends up inside SIEGE while Sakura stays outside.
    LOL he was so friggin’ hilarious inside that “box”. Expect black kitties in a box memes for the whole month XD

    Which goes to show that a) Kaito really cares about her; and b) he wouldn’t do anything to damage the source of Akiho’s happiness (her friends).
    While I fear for the latter one, since he seems quite desperate to save her and her life gets priority over everything else, I’ve always been confident in the first one, and this chapter was just another proof added to that belief ^__^ I loved that scene so much. That kind of face….so typical of CLAMP characters when they’re talked about someone important…

    the top part of Kaito’s staff actually stayed outside it, allowing him to perform magic
    Absolutely clever idea, yes!! Kudos to them!

    I wanna point out that Kaito appeared to me very young in this chapter.
    You’re definitely not the only one I’ve seen saying that and yes, he does. He does!! Add to that that he seemed also quite helpless, between Sakura owning him and his heartstrokes striking again….
    And then, cherry on top, he used “ore” again, which kinda seals the idea that he isn’t the mature, refined butler we’ve known until now.

    This pretty much confirms that neither TIME nor The Mirror are the cards Kaito is after
    I was kinda shocked to realize this and….okay CLAMP, good game, good game. Let’s see what he’s after, then…..

    This is it, no time to waste anymore. Our girl knows something is up and things will be different from now on.
    YEEEE, this is it! I definitely think the pace will be quicker now, Sakura knows all she needs to know to take the first contermeasures. I hope she talks to Kaito. I really do.

    Suuuuuuuper excited for chapter 56, luckily we’ll have to wait less than usual!! XD

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    • Helloooooo! Welcome back! ❤

      It can go both ways I guess.
      Yes. What makes me think that is Kaito’s line saying that she could only protect herself.

      I’m waiting for some kind of bomb.
      Yeah, it was a bit random, or… as you said, it keeps being mentioned. Maybe she was thinking about the “dream” in which Syaoran is all evil and soul-less.

      That kind of face….so typical of CLAMP characters when they’re talked about someone important…
      Yes. It only took him 12 volumes to show that face.

      And then, cherry on top, he used “ore” again, which kinda seals the idea that he isn’t the mature, refined butler we’ve known until now.
      Nice detail that only the Japanese version can offer.

      Let’s see what he’s after, then…..
      I think it might be triggered by Syaoran and his dead-eyes version. The way Kaito was coming for him (maybe he expected Sakura to create the card at that point), the way he told Syaoran that he wouldn’t be happy if Kaito told him what he wanted. I think the card is triggered by Syaoran. Maybe the strong bond/relationship she has with him would produce a powerful card Kaito is after (wow I just come up with this and I wish I had written in my post).

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