Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card – 03

The rate of strange magical happenings in Tomoeda increases this week, with Sakura capturing not one but two Clear Cards. The first is a water-element Card called Aqua, which telegraphs its presence to us early on with an unexpected rain that grows heavier and heavier as the day progresses.

School goes on as it pours outside, affording us a look at “indoor lunch”, as well as another demonstration of how Yamazaki and Chiharu’s running bit in which he comes up with bizarre and dubious facts about things, Sakura and Li believe him, and then Chiharu hits and/or scolds him.

Finally, the rain is so heavy Sakura has to respond by releasing her staff, while Tomoyo provides a frog-themed battle suit. Sakura also makes use of her Clear Cards for the first time, using Gale to disperse the rain and Siege to surround and hold its source so she can secure it.

Indeed, it’s as if a Card showed up that specifically required the power of the two Cards she’d already collected to capture. I’m also now versed in Sakura’s trademark lingo, be it “Release”, “Secure”, and her all-purpose exclamation of “HOEHHH!” All good stuff. Also: consistent Battle Music!

When Sakura texts Yuki that she’s gained another Card, her brother Touya is nearby, and lets on that he may know a little about what Sakura and Yuki are up to, and that he himself once gave them power which he doesn’t expect he’ll ever have back.

The next day Sakura and Chiharu get to show the Cheerleading Club what they’re made of, but after stooping down to tie her shoe, Sakura gets up to find every other person at school gone. With nothing attacking her, she releases her staff and goes on the offensive, only to have her Gales either hit nothing or get reflected back.

Eventually, Sakura can see a faint wisp of something racing around, but it’s mostly invisible, so she employs Aqua’s rain to render it visible. Upon securing it, she herself is drenched by the rain she used, but Li races to the rescue and lends her his jacket until she can change.

It’s a cute and heartwarming moment, and it’s nice that every episode has at least one or two such moments (even if Li still seems a bit shady).

Just as Sakura thought she was done with magic for the day, she suddenly loses consciousness and ends up in her recurring dream with Cloaky. This time the figure tries to steal her Key, and when she grabs hold of it she gets pulled along with it, until she’s face to face with them.

Upon waking up, she notes that they’re about the same height, but that’s about all she seems to know. I’m now caught up on CCS:CC, and must now wait until next week like everyone else to see where this goes.

Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card – 03”

  1. Probably the only negative I see with CCS: Clear Card is that Junko Iwao is trying a bit too hard to make Tomoyo sound like the way she was in the original anime. It isn’t that grating but you can somehow hear her straining when compared to Sakura Tange’s more natural portrayal as Sakura. I kinda wish Iwao woul relax a bit since Tomoyo is supposed to be a bit older now and would have had a slight change in voice.

    This kinda reminds me of Kotono Mitsuishi’s strained performance as Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon Crystal, though Iwao’s isn’t as bad as that.

    Overall though, Clear Card looks to be a lot more successful in reigniting interest in the CCS franchise than Crystal was for SM. I would say this is largely due to the fact that Clear Card isn’t just banking on the nostalgia for the original story but is actually offering more to its audience with a new story. It’s like inviting older fans to go check out how much their beloved characters have grown while they were away. Note that this was also the strategy used by Dragon Ball for its Super series.

    Sailor Moon could have actually gone that route by exploring how Usagi would go on to become Queen Serenity, expanding the original story. But alas, Crystal never really offered anything new outside of the ones already given by the original manga and anime.

    1. I never watched original Sailor Moon either, so while I initially was fine with what was essentially a re-telling (rather than a continuation), my interest eventually flagged, partially because the show was so invested in nostalgia and little else.

      It’s a little different with CCS in that I never watched the original either, but this is not a reimagining; time has passed and the people I’m meeting are older than they were. If I hadn’t gone on MAL to check out Syaoran Li, I would never have known he was once Sakura’s rival and nemesis (Kero’s manic crash course provided a glimpse, but only a glimpse).

      Even so, I thought it was so cool how they’ve evolved into a couple! It means the show is trying to do things differently and, as you say, tell a new story. If they’d wanted to go even farther, they could have presented Sakura & Co. as many years later as it’s been since the last series (18?), thus making them adults, thus synching up with the aging of the audience…though that’s perhaps too big a jump.

      There have been so many shows that seek to “subvert” or “Disrupt(TM)” the maho shoujo genre, but there are times when I just want a straight-up execution of the form, and I’m appreciating Clear Card’s earnestness in this regard.

      1. Interestingly, if you have been following Clamp’s Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, there is a mini-arc showing an adult Sakura Kinomoto. TsuRes is essentially Clamp saying that almost all their franchises are part of one multiverse, so there is a possibility that they can incorporate that storyline to connect CCS more properly to TsuRes.

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