Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 68

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We got ourselves a color title page that takes us back several chapters ago when Sakura and Syaoran were on a date. It’s unusual for Card Captor Sakura to show events or scenes from the past to be featured again in the title pages. This was more common in Tsubasa, but not in Card Captor Sakura. But I guess CLAMP decided to go for this scene because it has FLIGHT and MIRROR, both of them are playing big roles in recent chapters. As a side note, this scene was included in the TV anime and one cannot not notice how the color of their outfits are different. They look way better here, in my opinion. The color palette for this illustration is beautiful.

I am gonna say this straight up: this chapter was disappointing to me. We’re only a few chapters away from the conclusion, but it feels like not much happened in this chapter. I know some will disagree with me, but that’s how it felt to me. To be completely honest, the story has been dragging itself for a while. I know that’s the way CLAMP intend the story to be told, and I know the experience of reading the tankoubons at one go is better, but I can’t help feeling uninterested and by this point I really cannot wait for Clear Card to be over.

There really isn’t much I would highlight in this chapter, so I am going to summarize my impressions using bullet points:

  • That library looks amazing! So surreal.
  • Sakura seems to remember Momo’s voice (although technically they never met due to all the time rewindings).
  • The book that Akiho takes from the shelf has her family’s magic symbol, hmmmmm…
  • There are some bits and pieces where both “Sakura” and “Akiho” go “off the script” and speak as though it’s themselves speaking, not their characters. You can only notice that if you check the Japanese version and pay attention to the font used for each speech bubble. The part where Akiho talks about Sakura’s name, for example, doesn’t seem to be part of the play’s script and seems to have came out of Akiho herself.
  • Syaoran comes to save the day (or at least he thinks!)
  • The MIRROR spell in Kaito is broken because Syaoran has The Mirror card (this part is a bit confusing to me).
  • Syaoran attempts to scape with Sakura but, did Kaito do something there with his watch…? hmmmm
  • …we just know they are not going to scape so easily, but everyone is “awake” now (not so sure about Akiho although she said that thing about Sakura’s name).

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 (based on Rika)
  13. BLAZE
  14. MIRROR
  15. BLADE
  16. REPAIR (based on Tomoyo)
  17. REWIND (based on Syaoran)
  18. SHADE
  19. BREAK
  20. TRANSFER
  21. PROMISE (based on Yukito)
  22. MIRAGE
  23. DREAMING (based on the Mysterious Cloaked Figure)
  24. TIME
  25. TRUE OR FALSE (based on Naoko)
  26. CHOICE (based on Touya)
  27. KINDNESS (based on Fujitaka)
  28. SYNCHRONIZE (based on Yamazaki & Chiharu)

Anime-only cards:

  1. GRAVITATION (appeared in the manga)
  2. HAIL (appeared in the manga)
  3. REVERSAL (appeared in the manga)
  4. SWING
  5. STRUGGLE

29 pages for the third chapter of volume 14! 86 pages for volume 14 so far! A little less than half of what we should expect for this final volume.

Chapter 69 will come out a little earlier due to the holidays, December 26th!

4 thoughts on “Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 68

  1. Yeah, I desagree with you. I don’t think this chapter was boring, it was beautiful and thrilling, at last we see a little action for Syaoran, he, along with flight and mirror are trying to save Akiho and Sakura (flight and the mirrored flight latch on to the girl’s backs), and then Syaoran makes new wings for himself…
    Is he powerful enough to create his own cards now?
    A mystery for next chapter
    And yes, we are so close to the end that it seems to me that they just don’t have enough pages left to wrap it up in a truly satisfying way, which makes me dread that this series is going to end with a cliffhanger. But let’s just hope that they make an extra long last tome, with a big epilogue.
    Thanks for always keeping us informed, keep up the good work =)

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    • I forgot to mention in my review about Syaoran’s wings. They look really cool (kinda like CLOVER, right?) and I also wonder where did that come from. To be seen! 🙂

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  2. The shape of the boat reminds me of the memory-feather of Sakura chan from Tsubasa. And although the library looked different from the one appeared in Tsubasa, I still can’t help but think of it when it appeared. The scenes are drawn beautifully. 🙂

    Btw, the story now reminds me of “Sofies Verden”, in the end, the main characters trying to get out of the world of the book.

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