「さくらの大雨注意報」 (Sakura no Ooame Chuuihou)
“Sakura’s Heavy Rain Warning”
With the amount of cards appearing quickly rising, it feels like the story is just about ready to kick things up a notch.
As I hinted at in the excerpt, I’m really hoping the pace begins to pick up sometime soon. As a show based around Sakura and her exploits as she tries to deal with whatever magical situation is thrown at her, new cards randomly appearing can only keep us appeased for so long. The thing is though, I don’t think this would feel as slow as they did if there was some reasoning or meaning behind everything that’s happening. At this point, all we know is that all the cards that Sakura retrieved prior to the start of the series have mysteriously become blank and new cards with similar powers are randomly appearing and turning into new “Clear Cards” that she can utilize in similar ways.
But here’s the thing (and Sakura has been also asking the same question) – why? Or rather, why is all this happening? It’s been three episodes (nearly a month in real life time) and we haven’t gotten any closer to answering that question. Something that, from a viewer’s perspective, feels like a giant slap in the face. Because as much as I love watching Sakura and her friends have fun just enjoying life, it becomes a little bit of a problem when it comes at the expense of the story slowing down to a turtle’s pace.
That said, I suppose this episode wasn’t all that bad since we finally got to see things progress a tiny bit. And while the small reveal that the person who’s been toying with Sakura in her dreams is the same size as her, it may have been too good of a hint of things to come. If I were to guess, it sounds like there might be some kind of Shadow Sakura out there. An alter version that might be trying to light some kind of fire inside of her counterpart for what or whomever is coming soon. Speculation aside, I really hope that this unknown antagonist turns out to be someone who’s worth all of this buildup for.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get something meatier to sink our teeth into. Until then, be sure to keep your eyes for our schedule which should be going out soon and be sure to soak up some sun as spring slowly starts to roll in.
See you later!