Having just been told that the real Syaoran is wearing the crest of the person who murdered his mother, Kurogane’s anger flares up, but a message from Yuuko via Mokona stops him. Yuuko explains that the person who actually killed Kurogane’s mother also captured the real Syaoran and that this Syaoran doesn’t know where that person is. Kurogane wants to hear more, but for now, attending to his wounded friends is more important. The most injured is Fay due to the loss of his left eye, however when Mokona pleas for Yuuko’s help, Fay himself claims not to want to be saved because he knows that staying alive means that the magic Syaoran got from him will continue to exist. Hearing Fay say this pisses Kurogane off, and after Fay loses consciousness, he asks Yuuko if there’s a way to keep Fay from dying. Yuuko confirms that there is, but she feels that the cost is too high, and before she can go into it, the others come into the room to report that the underground water has nearly all disappeared.
Syaoran blames this on his own appearance, but Subaru explains that it’s actually his fault. Back when he and Kamui first arrived in this world, Subaru had been pulled into the water, and he now blames himself for the fact that everything that happened earlier was in the basement. To make up for it, he asks Yuuko to fill the underground reservoir with water. The deal that Yuuko comes up with involves Kurogane requesting the water, and in exchange for this wish being asked by someone else, Subaru will save Fay with his vampire blood. However, since it’s Kurogane who doesn’t want Fay to die, Yuuko stipulates that Kurogane has to allow Fay to drink his blood at the same time that Fay drinks Subaru’s blood. This has the double effect of making it so that Fay doesn’t drink anyone’s blood other than Kurogane’s and so that Kurogane is now responsible for both their lives. Fay tries to speak up against this idea, but Kurogane shuts him up by saying that he’ll kill Fay if Fay wants to die so much. Until then, he urges Fay to live.
In the end, it is Kamui who gives Fay the vampire blood instead of Subaru, and the subsequent transformation is visibly painful. While this is going on, Kamui and Yuuko discuss how Fay’s stolen eye won’t be regenerated because it happened before he became a vampire. Once the transformation is complete and Fay loses consciousness again, they decide to let him rest and head downstairs towards the basement so that they can fill it with water. However, before they can do that, they get alerted to the fact that Fuuma and his group are approaching the building. Fuuma is carrying with him one of Sakura’s feathers, and he’s interested in making a deal: he’ll hand over the feather to replace the one that Sakura absorbed, but in exchange, all of the Tower people will migrate to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Fuuma thinks this will work out because the people of the Tower are in need of water, and the people here need a feather to protect the building. The main problem, as Mokona points out, is that Sakura needs the feathers since they’re what she’s been journeying for, but this is resolved when Sakura decides to leave the feather here for now.
Everyone then goes to the basement where they refill the reservoir using some magic water containers sent by Yuuko. Afterwards, she warns them that they have to correct the structure of their world before this water runs out again. Their attention then turns to the feather container that Fuuma is holding, and Kamui observes that it’s not from this country. Fuuma reveals that it’s actually something he brought from another dimension four years ago, and he also admits to being a hunter like his brother Seishirou, though he claims that they’re searching for different things. In any case, Fuuma just wants to finish their business here in Tokyo before his brother arrives here, so Yuuko changes the subject to the price for the water. Sakura insists on doing it, and after Yuuko tells her what it involves, she sets out alone. While Sakura is gone, Subaru speaks with Fuuma about Seishirou, and Fuuma claims that Seishirou had wanted to see Subaru again. Kamui, however, refuses to let Seishirou catch up to them.
Nearby, Mokona is talking to Syaoran about being lonely while imprisoned, and Syaoran explains that he watched everything that has happened so far. Mokona feels that Syaoran missed out on experiencing all the fun that they had and thinks that this Syaoran wanted to travel with the rest of them. Fay also wakes up during this time, and to Kurogane’s surprise, he uses Kurogane’s full name to greet him. Talking with Yuuko a little later via Mokona, Fay explains that he can’t forgive how Kurogane chose to have him live. Yuuko takes this chance to warn Fay that his pain is Syaoran and Sakura’s pain as well. Sakura meanwhile maneuvers her hover-bike through a sea of giant worms until a huge four-legged creature rises from the ground and throws her into a building. Her foot gets caught under the wreckage of her hover-bike, and so when the creature corners her, she has no choice but to pull out her gun and shoot it. Though shocked and saddened, she’s nevertheless continues forward on foot. Her next obstacle is a steep mountain she has to climb, and she slips and falls several times in her attempts. At one point, her leg even gets punctured by a piece of wood sticking out from a rock.
Sakura eventually reaches the top and finds an egg nestled in a special structure. Before she can get to it though, a two-headed giant snake appears and uses its tail to slap her into the nearby wall. Fortunately, she lands next to her gun and uses all the bullets she has left to kill the snake. In the aftermath, Sakura walks through some acidic waters and is finally able to retrieve the egg. As she holds it, she acknowledges that she’ll be punished for selfishly hurting others and taking things, but even so, she wants to recover the heart that Syaoran lost. However, her compass is now broken, and with all her injuries, she struggles to get back. She tries to retrace her path by following the footprints and bloodstains she left, but when she reaches the site where her hover-bike crashed, she loses that trail. To her surprise, a young girl suddenly appears and motions for her to follow. Back at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Fay has learned of where Sakura went and wants to go after her. Syaoran, however, makes Fay realize that going to save her and getting hurt in the process will hurt Sakura more. This causes Fay to comment on how Syaoran and his clone really are similar.
Fortunately, Mokona then spots Sakura approaching in the distance, and the first thing she does when she reaches them is to apologize to Fay because she thinks he’s suffering more than she is. She’s also glad that he’s alive, and hearing this causes Fay to hug her and cry. Sakura eventually gives the egg to Yuuko via Mokona, and Yuuko decides to reveal that Fei Wong Reed was the one who took Sakura’s memories. Fei Wong’s true objective was to scatter those memories because, in order for him to get his own wish, he needs two things: one is the ruins in Clow Country and the other is for Sakura to visit a lot of different worlds to look for those memories. This way, Sakura would accumulate the memories of various dimensions and worlds in her body that acts like a vessel. To accomplish all this, Fei Wong scattered the feathers and did things such as create another Syaoran and kill Kurogane’s mother in order to bring the group together so that they could protect Sakura on her journey.
Although all of them meeting and journeying together was planned by Fei Wong Reed, Yuuko explains that everything after that was chosen by their own free will. Everything from now on is thus also up to them. Sakura insists on continuing the journey because she wants to look for Syaoran, even after Yuuko warns that she would be doing what Fei Wong expects. Fay decides to go with her because he thinks that Syaoran having his left eye will be useful in their search – they now share the same source of magic and would be drawn to each other. When Sakura questions if these are his true feelings, Fay claims that they are and kisses her hand. With Mokona and Kurogane willing to continue on the journey too, Syaoran agrees to go as well because there’s something he wants to take back. The group doesn’t leave until Sakura’s injuries have healed though, and before they go, Sakura drops the feather that Fuuma had into the water under the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. As Mokona starts the dimension crossing process, Sakura remembers the young girl she saw earlier and wonders who that was.
I touched on this in my write-up for the second episode, but I’m really glad that this Tokyo arc was done in OVA format because a lot of the bloodier aspects of all this, particularly the stuff in this episode, wouldn’t have made it into a normal television broadcast on NHK. This episode didn’t even show some of the worst stuff (like Sakura’s head sliding bloodily down the side of a wall), but they had all of Sakura’s gun usage and blowing the brains out of the various monsters, so I really can’t complain.
I’m also impressed again by how much material they stuck in this because they covered the majority of eleven chapters in just short of thirty minutes. From what I saw, there were only two major changes made from the manga. The first was that Yuuko never told Kurogane about how if Fay’s eye was returned, then Fay wouldn’t need the vampire blood anymore. I assume that’s just an edit they made for the sake of time. The other change was a much more curious one: they replaced the shadowy spirits that Sakura saw on her journey back after getting the egg with CCS Sakura. That was definitely an eyebrow-raising kind of moment for me. In the manga, those spirits were supposed to represent the people who had passed away, but in this OVA, I’m not entirely sure what the symbolism was or if it was just a form of fanservice. It makes sense most in the context of the episode title (“The Dream that the Princess Saw”) because Sakura questions at the end of the episode if it was a dream or illusion, and perhaps we’re supposed to infer that it was something the feather did to save her.
In any case, I still really enjoyed watching this, and all the great work that Production I.G has done on this series makes me also want to see the new xxxHolic series that is coming in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the production team that worked on these OVAs will work on that too, and it doesn’t help either that xxxHolic will be airing on Thursdays, a day when there are going to be a lot of new shows. More importantly than that, I’m just hoping that Production I.G will make some more Tsubasa OVAs.