Syaoran and Ryuuoh run from the encounter with Seishirou and make their way back to the cafe. As the Oni slaying group discusses whether or not the I-1 is the same as the new breed, Syaoran watches over Sakura and thinks about his past with Seishirou. The next morning, Sakura asks Syaoran not to hide his feelings from her, which reminds Syaoran of something similar she said to him when they were little. After breakfast, he and Kurogane head to City Hall and obtain information for finding the leader of the Oni. The receptionist sends them to a tower, which turns out to be more of a cave that they have to fight through. At the end, they find Sumomo and Kotoko there to welcome them. Kotoko informs them that the person that Syaoran saw, Seishirou, is actually an interferer and not the I-1 nor the new breed of Oni. At the same time, Seishirou arrives at the cafe, looking for the Oni Slayers.
It’s interesting to watch how the production team takes apart the manga and reassembles it for this show. This episode covers a tiny bit of chapter 42, most of chapter 43, and half of chapter 44. But don’t get me wrong, they’re doing a good job with it. They moved out the flashback part of 42, cut out a couple of pages of the Fye and Seishirou scene in 43, and the rest of the Fye and Seishirou scene in 44. The trend here is that they appear to be letting Seishirou remain a mystery to us, the audience, for a bit longer, while they expound other elements of the story.
I wish they had gotten the original voice actresses from Chobits for Sumomo and Kotoko, but Shimizu Ai and Shitaya Noriko did a pretty good job capturing the feel of the characters.
Next week will most likely cover all of the aforementioned things that they moved/cut from this episode. The shot of Syaoran disappearing in the preview tells me that they have to go up to the end of chapter 45. Also, based on the upcoming episode titles, I can see what they’ll do until episode 25, but episode 26 (the final episode of this year) has me curious about if they’re going to cliffhanger us in any way for next year.