「さくらと素敵な転校生」 (Sakura to Sutekina Tenkousei)
“Sakura and the Lovely Transfer Student”
I knew something fishy was going on and boy am I excited for when everything blows up.
So, before I go into full conspiracy theory mode, let’s dive into some actual things from the episode since there was a lot of good things going on here. Starting with the biggest moment, can we talk about those walking trees? Honestly, I’m still a little dumbstruck how Sakura managed to corral all those trees back into place without anyone noticing. Impressive feats of stealth aside, I must say that these new Clear Cards have been a blast to watch. With a fun or exciting battle ensuing prior to their capture, I forgot just how much I used to love shows like this where there was a tried and true formula that you could look forward to each week. Now you might be wondering, “Takaii, didn’t you complain about the pacing of the show last week?” Yes, I did have a small complaint with the pacing since it felt like things were going absolutely nowhere – which is why this week’s episode felt like a breath of fresh air.
Besides the newest card going absolutely insane and causing such an insane amount of chaos that I still can’t believe no one saw it, I think that the end of the episode was truly where things went crazy. Because if I’m being honest, I’ve been very curious why Syaoran hasn’t taken a bigger part in everything that’s going on right now. Seeing how he’s usually the man with the plan (or at least something resembling a plan), it’s been a little strange to see him take a backseat role. That said, I think it’s pretty clear that something else is going on here and if that somewhat ominous talk at the end means anything, something is being kept a secret from Sakura. That said, you have to wonder why Syaoran and others are keeping secrets from a clearly lost Sakura. At this point in the timeline, you’d think that she’d be able to handle whatever that’s being kept from her.
But as if that wasn’t enough, the introduction of Shinomoto Akiho felt so suspicious that I couldn’t help but think that she was going to go and try to off Sakura when we least expected it. Thinking back to last week’s episode, it’s not too hard to assume that she might be that masked figure who’s been attacking Sakura in her dreams. Not only are the two roughly the same height, but her sudden introduction tied in with everything else that’s going on just feels fishy.
Anyways, it looks like we’ll have to wait until next week for some more information to fill all these holes. Hopefully things will keep moving at a steady rate and if this week’s episode was any indication of what’s to come, I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for us when we get to the end of the tunnel.
Catch you guys next week!