「さくらと氷の球技大会」 (Sakura to Koori no Kyuugitaikai)
“Sakura and The Icy Ball Sports Tournament”
I didn’t know I was watching Sakura no Basuke.
Lame basketball anime jokes aside, boy was this week’s episode a fun one. Compared to everything else we’ve seen thus far, it was really nice to see the effects of the “magical” world that Sakura lives in finally mixing in with the real world. And sure, even though the implications of all of this is leading us to a real specific conclusion, it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to watch!
So, rewinding things back to the beginning of the episode, boy was Kaito looking super evil today. As the perfect butler that can do just about anything, I loved how this week’s episode once again played with props, shadows, and colors to show us what may be lurking behind that perfect smile of his. Starting with the coy play at showing us his pocket watch to hiding his eyes as he was talking about Akiho’s dreams, how can you not assume he’s the end-game baddie? That said, the larger question I think revolves around just why and how Akiho plays into all of this. As a normie (at least to the best of our knowledge), she should have nothing connecting her to all of this. We haven’t seen any links to her family and magic (minus Kaito, who isn’t related by blood), but as someone very wise said last week, magic seems to find its way toward Sakura and I’m sure Akiho isn’t an exception.
Moving on from that, I wonder what’s going on with Syaoran right now. Besides being extra dodgy the past few episodes, his strained expression during this week’s card capture leads me to believe that there might be something else going on. Maybe it’s nothing, but his facial expression when he had to bust out his insane fire spell was definitely not the well composed Syaoran we’re used to seeing.
Overall, another decent episode that feels like it’s setting us up for a huge payoff sometime in the future. With Sakura inching closer and closer to discovering who the masked figure is and the story giving us a little bit more each and every episode on Akiho and Kaito, all that’s really left is for the two to collide. In any case, I’ll catch you guys around as we keep on asking more and more questions as we hope for some answer some time in the near future.
See you then!