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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Hen – 05

「さくらとお花見ひっぱりだこ」 (Sakura to Ohanami Hipparidako)
“Sakura Feels a Pull at the Flower Viewing”

God I hate it when this show tries to play with my emotions.

General Impressions

With the plot still following along our tried and true path of one new card per episode, this week introduced the new gravity card and not much else. However, I say that with the utmost confidence and least amount of snarkyness possible since next week’s episode is looking like it’ll be the spike in adrenaline and action that we so sorely need.

That said, from a holistic perspective, this week’s episode was pretty darn good if you were looking for our side characters to get some well deserved screen time. For me, I’m a sucker whenever Kero-chan or Touya get a chance to say more than just a few lines so I was pretty content after the first ten minutes or so. Luckily though, there was a lot more waiting just ahead with all of Sakura’s friends from school getting a chance to shoot the breeze while sharing lunch under some beautiful sakura trees. And honestly, it’s never boring watching all of them just go about eating lunch while making lame puns or fake but funny stories.

When it comes to the Gravity Card though, boy was it a little disappointing to see just how short the capture moment was. With a face similar to Tomoyo’s, I wish we were given a little bit more when it came to Sakura overcoming the force that was violently pulling her toward that tree. That said, I suppose it’d be pretty bad if things got any more serious than they already were since there were so many people enjoying the scenery. That said, it’s probably a miracle that Sakura’s been able to keep her secret for even this long when the offending cards seem to be getting bolder and bolder with each passing episode.

All-in-all, not too bad of an episode especially if you were looking for some development for as many characters as possible. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any follow up to Syaoran’s sneaky conversation last week which was something I was really hoping for. I’m sure we’ll learn in due time just what the heck is going on, but until then I’m going to constantly be looking at Syaoran with some super suspicious eyes. Especially when the guy starts trying to act all romantic with Sakura!

Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!

 

Preview

February 6, 2018 at 2:10 am
15 comments »
  • February 6, 2018 at 2:33 amAngelus

    So OK, this is probably a case of “to the pure, all things are pure”, but I can’t help seeing something deeply symbolic in Sakura bringing wieners to the hanami and Syaoran bringing those chikubi-man momo-man.
    http://randomc.net/image/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

  • February 6, 2018 at 7:18 amExukvera

    Overall, the episode was so so. The curious part is that even nowadays, Sakura’s worst episodes are far better than tons of other series out there.

    • February 7, 2018 at 2:01 amHalfDemonInuyasha

      Probably because CCS’ fillers are actually believable in being part of the overall story; maintaining the tone, atmosphere, events, etc. whereas a lot of other filler is done just to…well…fill up space, extend the series, etc. and have no impact on the main story (or forcing out an anime original ending) and can sometimes even (inadvertently) contradict the main story in one or more ways if not done properly.

      It’s especially notorious when an anime is adapting a manga/game/etc. that is/was not yet/far from finished initially like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Detective Conan, Elfen Lied, Claymore, Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, etc.

  • February 6, 2018 at 8:35 amzztop

    Cardcaptor will be 2-cour (either 23 or 26 eps, based on news sources).
    Rewatching some of the old season’s episodes, I noticed the early eps of an arc could be very SOL interaction focused, sometimes reducing the cardcapturing to a mere footnote in that episode.
    So I think the new season will stick to the old formula of SOL + cardcapturing in the earlier eps, with the serious stuff happening around the middle/end.

  • February 6, 2018 at 1:11 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    http://randomc.net/image/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    Wait a second…isn’t that the school uniform of the girl’s school that Fuu Hououji of Magic Knight Rayearth goes to? Inter-CLAMP connections already?!

    • February 8, 2018 at 8:39 pmNaru

      Of course! I have a feeling we will get some sort of Rayearth and Tsubasa Chronicle cameos at some point. Reborn Clone Sakura is a classmate of Fuu’s I recall. And she has CCS Sakura’s staff….my head is starting to hurt. First FATE and now CLAMP this season…

  • February 6, 2018 at 3:03 pmA. Gui

    http://randomc.net/image/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2027.jpg
    Hey! Hey, you two! Stop being so cute together, dammit!
    http://randomc.net/image/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2030.jpg
    And you! I don’t know what your game is, but stop lulling me into a false sense of security! I know you or your caretaker are probably going to be evil, so don’t think I don’t see through your yuri overtones!

  • February 6, 2018 at 4:08 pmRenaSayers

    Although I am enjoying the extension of my favorite Anime, my concern is for.my favorite character Tomoyo Daidouji. I don’t remember Tomoyo getting this much facial emotion in previous series. Tomoyo was mainly a support character.

    http://randomc.net/image/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen/Cardcaptor%20Sakura%20Clear%20Card%20Hen%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2022.jpg

    • February 6, 2018 at 6:44 pmWanderer

      Tomoyo did all sorts of stuff in the first series. However we rarely saw her really depressed, because the writers didn’t seem so determined to prevent her from fulfilling her one joy in life as they are in this seres.

      • February 7, 2018 at 4:52 pmcvb

        Not enough ohohoes this season. I’m sad.

      • February 8, 2018 at 3:45 pmrenasayers

        So your saying they added more depth to Tomoyo’s character…this is bliss.

      • February 11, 2018 at 3:13 pmcvb

        I started to rewatch the first now after all these years and early on Sakura points out Tomoyo doesn’t speak of her dad at all and I don’t remember this be mentioned again later. Maybe we will see something. I wish.

  • February 6, 2018 at 10:46 pmcesar

    so right now everything is a filler, and that’s way the design of this card and action is not relative to the canon manga (said of the new cards being a reintepretation of the old ones). sooo :/ i stooped seing the new anime after chapter 3 (the rule of 3 chapters)

    • February 7, 2018 at 6:24 pmcvb

      All has been canon until now, it’s in the manga. Read the manga instead of throwing wild guesses. This is old plain Cardcaptor Sakura and Clamp is doing the new arc in such way.

  • February 7, 2018 at 1:41 amSuicuneSol

    Gravitation card is a filler card, btw. (But the flower viewing did happen in the manga, it was just stretched for an entire episode in the anime.)

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