「さくらとねむりのラビリンス」 (Sakura to Nemuri no Rabirinsu)
“Sakura and the Labyrinth of Sleep”
TWO CARDS IN ONE EPISODE?
Man, is it Christmas already? Because at the rate things are going, we’re going to have some bonkers episodes soon. Lame attempts at comedy aside, this week’s episode was actually really fun even when you take out the obvious ploy at nostalgia with Sakura in those freaking awesome rollerblades.
Starting with the obvious point, I thought it was pretty nice of the story to once again throw Akiho back into the midst of things. Especially after she abruptly disappeared as the story tried to push things forward when it came to the whole Sakura x Syaoran side of things. However, after this week’s episode and a rather ominous angle of a certain butler, I don’t think it’s all that crazy to think that Akiho may have absolutely nothing to do with the masked figure appearing in Sakura’s dreams. Besides being way too easy and/or obvious, it’s tough to think someone like Akiho would be able to attack Sakura without even feeling a tiny bit of guilt. That said, I don’t think it’d be too far out there if there was someone near her that might be pulling the strings behind all of this. I wonder who it could be though.
Moving on from conspiracy theories about who’s out to get Sakura, this week’s card captures were definitely on point when it comes to upping the ante. With a blast of nostalgia mixed in with some impressive card slinging, it actually felt like Sakura was in a bit of danger while trying to capture the Snooze and Labyrinth cards. If I had one minor gripe though, it would have to be just how often she uses the gravitation card. As cool as it is, it’d be nice if she busted out the Flight card a little more often since it just looks so damn good when it’s in use.
All-in-all, a pretty damn good episode that I think played to all of its strengths. With just the right mix of plot moving exposition and fun card capturing, it truly feels like the show has finally hit a good point where each episode should be just a good, if not better from the previous one. And the cherry on top? It looks like things are about to really kick into gear with all the major players finally (hopefully based on the preview sequence) appearing in one episode. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where I hopefully won’t be late with my post due to so much darn traveling. See you then!