「さくらのドキドキ水族館」 (Sakura no Dokidoki Suizokukan)
“Sakura’s Thrilling Aquarium Visit”
Even though I may complain about the pacing, I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s episode.
Unlike most weeks where I’ll dive straight into a little mini-rant about the pacing of the series, I must say that the writers managed to pack a lot of content into this week’s episode. Between seeing Tomoyo bust out her secret agents to Syaoran showing off his mastery of magic, you could really feel things ramping up as the story started to inch toward some sort of expositional payout.
Backtracking just a little bit to this week’s card capture, boy was I surprised to see such a fleshed out capture. With Sakura on the ropes at certain points and Syaoran even hopping into the fray, this week’s “battle” felt pretty darn cool. Sure, Sakura may have unleashed various cards in previous captures, but I think this week may have marked the first time she went into full out badass Cardcaptor Mode. Honestly, it felt pretty good to see her bust out card after card as she tried to deal with the tricky Spiral card.
That said, what might have felt even better than seeing a fully costumed Sakura (and Syaoran) fight together might have been the huge bout of nostalgia that this week’s episode his us with. While it’s been quite some time since I’ve watched the original Cardcaptor Sakura, there was no denying that I could definitely remember some key moments that this week’s episode drew inspiration from. And while I’ll leave the surprise of what actually happened during the original series a secret (you should go rewatch the original series, it’ll be fun), I can’t help but feel you’ll enjoy this new series a wee bit more once you’ve refreshed your Cardcaptor knowledge.
Overall, a pretty fun episode that I think delivered on all fronts. With the story quickly moving along and the number of total possible cards steadily decreasing, I can’t wait to see what’ll happen once the person in Sakura’s dreams steps into the limelight. That said, I would be blown away (in a good way) if it ends up having absolutely nothing to do with Akiho. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where it looks like we’ll hopefully get a glimpse at who’s pulling the strings. See you then!