Tsubasa Chronicle – 49
-In Sakura’s memories, she had returned to her castle under the guard of Chaos. He had been visiting from a neighboring country and asked Sakura if she had gone to another country before. She told him that she hadn’t, though she really wanted to go somewhere far. Chaos had thought that she would surely be able to once she grew up. She then suggested that he go help her convince her brother to let her travel. He had agreed, but he also thought that doing just that would be irresponsible, so he promised to accompany her on her travels to protect her. She had caught him off-guard with a hug, but he returned the feelings with a smile.
-Sakura wakes up from her dream and Mokona fills her in on what’s going on.
-Syaoran, Kurogane, and Fye are fighting against the creatures that have them surrounded. However, suddenly a fog develops and the creatures disappear. The group becomes separated and each faces a different opponent. Syaoran finds himself up against Seishirou, Fye is against Ashura-ou, and Kurogane faces his own father. Though initially surprised, they all instinctively know that their opponents are not the real things.
-Chaos takes Sakura to a miniature replica of Clow Country, which Chaos claims to have made in commemoration of his visit there. Sakura realizes that this confirms that he is the same Chaos from her memories. Chaos tells her that she’s grown up and become beautiful.
-Kurogane and Syaoran continue to fight fake Kurogane’s father and fake Seishirou, but Ashura-out suddenly disappears and Fye finds himself fighting…himself.
-Chaos asks if Sakura remembers his promise. She does, so he suggests that he’ll go with her now on her travels to find feathers in place of Syaoran and the others. When Mokona objects for Syaoran, Fye, and Kurogane, Chaos says that those three are originally people who had no connections with Sakura and they have their own paths to live. He wants to start a journey with her, but after thinking about it, Sakura turns him down. Realizing that this way won’t work, Chaos recalls the three puppets he has fighting Syaoran and company. Mokona tries to get Sakura to run away, but it’s too late – she gets trapped by him.
-Syaoran, Fye, and Kurogane chase the returning puppets back to Chaos, who explains the promise he made with Sakura. But since Sakura wouldn’t go with him, he’s decided to show her how powerless Syaoran and company are through fighting.
-Chaos spawns more of his monsters, which the three guys fight. Kurogane goes up against Chaos himself, but Chaos is able to handle all of his swings. When Kurogane decides to use his special Hama Ryuu-ou Jin attack, Chaos emerges unscathed. With his own special move, Chaos defeats Kurogane and then faces Fye, who is able to dodge that same move. He detects that Fye has a strong magic, but he also says that an unused power is the same as not having a power at all. Chaos stops Fye in place by simply raising his hand, and then knocks out Fye with an explosion.
-With his allies down, Syaoran is left to face Chaos alone.
-I have to wonder if this anime arc is taking story liberties or if they’re actually consulting with CLAMP here. In particular I’m referring to Fye’s fight against Ashura-ou. I didn’t expect them do anything that might effect the manga storyline, so I was surprised to see Ashura-ou there. But then what was really confusing was that he turned into Fye. Perhaps this is a clue to why Fye is running away from him or maybe it’s just an easy way to keep Ashura-ou from impacting the overall story at this anime original point by showing his real character.
-I guess I was wrong about this arc not being the final one. It now appears that Chaos will be around until the end of this second season.