Following off on one of the most action oriented episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura ever, we come to a much quieter episode. Well quiet except for my laughter, as honestly this episode was a laugh riot at times. Focusing more on the slice of life aspects of the series then the mysterious magical elements.
Even the Card this week “Action” was not all that threatening. Despite being thematically similar to other Cards like The Power, Action seems much more light hearted. Moving trees could have been a very dangerous challenge, instead Action seemed to just want to have fun. In fact the animation almost reminded me of the Disney classic Fantasia.
All in all the actual Cardcaptoring was secondary to the episode as the main thrust of the episode was given to introducing Akiho Shihomoto, the titular transfer student. Very similar to Sakura in many way - they even mention how their names are similar - she will clearly be a main character moving forward.
Of course we do not know what purpose in the grand scheme of things she plays. Unlike previous transfer students Sayoran and Eriol, it was clear they were magic right from the start. It is unknown if Akiho has any magic what so ever, even Eriol who knows more then he is letting on seems flumoxed by her. Could she be a red herring? Honestly, at the moment I am not sure...
Beyond that however, the episode was quite light hearted with a bunch of scenes emphasizing the cuteness of the series. Most notably Tomoyo’s always welcome interventions in the series, honestly she is quickly becoming my favorite character in the series.
Yue and Kero-chan’s odd couple routine near the end of the episode honestly never gets old. Yue’s straight guy routine plays nicely off the more flamboyant Kero-chan’s improving both characters by playing off each other. Going forward, I hope to see more of them.
All around I continue to adore Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, the animation remains top notch and the writing sharp and clear. I would actually make the argument that the anime is improving on the manga in some subtle but clear ways, which needless to say is difficult to do.
The only issue I foresee is how fast the anime of pushing the plot alone with another episode adapting two chapters of the manga. We’ve already seen half the manga adapted as is, going forward the series much slow down. The only question is when does that happen. Or is the anime the premier method CLAMP will be telling this story sort of like Dragon Ball Super?
I enjoyed this when I was writing my Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans impression pieces and CLAMP has such a great back catalog of music I though why not bring it back? For the first song, why not go with the obvious Catch You Catch Me, the original Opening for Cardcaptor Sakura.