Tsubasa Chronicle – 44
The group arrives in a new world, but Mokona once again seems to be feeling down even though Mokona says that Mokona is energetic. Mokona senses that there is indeed a feather in this world, but for now the groups decide to set up camp by a pillar depicting what Syaoran thinks is this country’s guardian deity. When it comes time for dinner, Mokona surprisingly doesn’t want to eat. Then at bedtime, Mokona is unable to choose who to sleep with that night. Mokona eventually settles on Syaoran, but still ends up being unable to fall asleep. Mokona contacts Yuuko even though Mokona has nothing really to say – Mokona just wanted to see Yuuko for a bit. Although Yuuko avoids directly answering when Mokona asks if Yuuko ever becomes lonely for no apparent reason, she does suggest that Mokona is homesick. Upon hearing what homesick means, Mokona doesn’t think that that’s it. Mokona tells Yuuko about the figure on the pillar, and Yuuko sets Mokona’s mind at ease because she thinks that this guardian deity will be able to figure out Mokona’s pain.
That night, as the group is sleeping, a bright light starts to emanate from the top of a nearby mountain peak. When they wake up the next morning, Kurogane, Fye, Sakura, and Syaoran are all tiny whereas Mokona retained normal size. Since they are so small, Syaoran and company almost get stepped on by Mokona, but are fortunately saved when Kero-chan arrives and stops Mokona. Kero-chan had earlier sensed that the long-awaited savior had arrived and had come out to find this person. The group returns to Kero-chan’s home inside a tree where Kero-chan introduces himself as Keroberos, the guardian deity of this Kerobe country. Fye remembers that they saw something very similar to Kero-chan back in Piffle World. As for what happened with Syaoran and company, Kero-chan explains that a feather fell down onto the nearby mountain, turning it into a magical mountain that makes humans tiny. He knew Mokona was coming through a dream and considers Mokona to be the savior. Mokona and Kero-chan are the only ones big enough to go up the mountain, and so they leave Syaoran and company behind.
The two have to brave cliffs and blizzard conditions in their quest to get to the feather. At one point, Mokona has to even use one of his 108 Secret Skills – Super Suction Power – to protect them from a rockslide caused by a bolt of lightning. Back at Kero-chan’s home, Syaoran decides that he should go up after all, and Sakura volunteers to go with him, but Kurogane stops them both. Fye makes them realize what it means to be small, and says that what they can do for now is to believe in Mokona and wait for Mokona’s return. Syaoran now knows that waiting is painful, and so he apologizes to Sakura (since she’s always waiting). Mokona and Kero-chan eventually do reach the feather, which seems to have a protective barrier around it. Kero-chan blasts open a hole for Mokona, and Mokona sees that there’s actually a butterfly inside the barrier with the feather. Mokona figures out that the butterfly must have wanted everyone to be the same size as it, which is what caused all the people to turn small. But with time running out before the hole closes, Mokona apologizes to the butterfly and takes the feather. Mokona barely squeezes out before the hole closes.
Mokona and Kero-chan return back to Kero-chan’s home, but Syaoran and company are still kind of small. Kero-chan thinks that it’ll take some time for the magic mountain’s curse to go away, and Mokona gets an idea for the meantime. That night, Mokona sleeps with Syaoran, Sakura, Fye, and Kurogane in Mokona’s arms. Sakura wakes up the next morning after having a dream of a memory where she fell out of bed. She’s actually grown back to normal size and quickly realizes that she’s sitting on top of Mokona. Since it is now time for the group to leave, Mokona and Kero-chan have to say their good-byes to each other. Although having to separate from Kero-chan is sad, Mokona is at least not feeling down anymore. They then notice that there’s a rabble of butterflies floating above them, and Sakura suggests that they’re all here to say goodbye to Mokona. As Mokona and the others are disappearing to the next world, Kero-chan hopes to see Mokona again.
I’m quite happy that for once they actually brought in the original voice actress to do a part – in other words, Hisakawa Aya voiced Kero-chan, just like she did for all of Cardcaptor Sakura. Although, this ended up being more of a Mokona episode than a Kero-chan episode, the two of them together was fun to watch. And I only managed to say the word “Mokona” a mere 41 times in the summary. Such is the problem with being unable to use gender-specific pronouns because of Mokona’s lack of gender. :)
So like I said, I was fairly pleased with this episode since it met my basic expectations of Kero-chan and Mokona getting an episode to themselves. Next week, however, I’m not so eagerly anticipating – it seems that the group is returning to Nayutayu/Koryo, aka. Chun Hyang’s land. It feels like they can’t embark on new material, so they decided to just revisit the old worlds (like in episode 30). Oh well, I’m hoping for fillers that are akin to episode 32 or episode 37 quality.