Syaoran and Kurogane purchase two swords: “Souhi” for Kurogane and “Hien” for Syaoran. They start Syaoran’s training with some dodging exercises. After some observing his movements, Kurogane concludes that Syaoran’s timing is messed up because of his eyes, but Syaoran is determined as ever to correct it. At the cafe, Fye has a piano put in for decoration purposes. Sakura is working her hardest to find out anything she can from the cafe patrons. In the afternoon, Fye leaves to go to city hall, leaving Sakura and Mokona alone. After Mokona falls asleep, a mysterious woman appears at the door. She asks Sakura to sing her song, prompting her with questions about why she’s there and where she came from. Sakura gets a glazed look in her eyes, but starts to sing. She remembers many images of Syaoran, but falls asleep crying after she finishes singing. Syaoran returns in the evening covered in bruises. Sakura goes into his room with the first aid box, but finds him passed out. Fye and Kurogane walk in later to find both of them asleep. Somewhere far away, another mysterious woman checks her computer and recites some information about Sakura with a cloaked figure suspended in a capsule in front of her.
This episode was ok, but I think it have been better. It felt like they were unnecessarily drawing out the storyline, especially with Oruha’s visit to the cafe and Sakura’s song, a scene which wasn’t in the manga. I would have been more pleased if they had used some memories of Sakura’s that we haven’t seen before instead of redoing the scenes that we have. I will give them credit for reanimating most of those scenes though, and I did rather enjoy Makino Yui’s soft singing voice.
We covered chapter 40 and the first part of 41. That leaves 6 more eps to cover some 8 and a half chapters to close the Outo arc. Not a great ratio, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that any plot that they add will only enhance the manga storyline. This week’s episode allowed us to see several people from other countries that also weren’t in the manga, including Touya and Yukito and the short mohawk guy from the first country (whose name escapes me). The preview for next episode shows more of Syaoran’s training, plus the meeting of Fye and Kurogane with Oruha.
Closing Thought: I wish they hadn’t made Chitose seem so creepy, though I guess it does add to the mystery of it all.