「さくらと秋穂の子守唄」 (Sakura to Akiho no Komoriuta)
“Sakura and Akiho’s Lullaby”
A rather slow episode all things considered.
After week after week of rather high stake episodes, this week’s felt a little dull in comparison. Mind you, that doesn’t mean that the episode itself wasn’t a fun watch! Between the sneaky reveal behind Sakura’s powers growing and an awfully cute story about a fox and his mom, the only thing really missing this week was a new card capture.
That said, let’s take some time to analyze what’s going on right now and see if we can make some educated guesses about the future since there’s not really much to say about this week’s episode. Starting from the top, I think it’s pretty clear why Kaito would be targeting Sakura to help aid Akiho in whatever is ailing her. As a fellow magician who’s apparently really powerful, whatever is going on with Akiho seems to be out of his hands and he needs someone who can do something about it. That someone happens to be Sakura, or rather Sakura and her ability to quickly gain power which seems to directly linked to the amount of Clear Cards that she captures. So, the question is, just what could it be that is plaguing Akiho?
Well, considering all the references to Alice in Wonderland and the appearances of this masked figure only in Sakura’s dreams, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to think that there’s something going on internally with Akiho and that the masked figure we’re seeing might be some kind of magical powers that are trying to make their way out of Akiho. A point that I’d like to think is the big “twist” that is maybe coming since there’s rarely a “bad” character in the Cardcaptor series. And by twist, I mean that maybe whatever power is lurking inside of Akiho should stay inside of her and Kaito needs Sakura’s power to keep the thing at bay.
But honestly, who knows? Maybe Kaito is just a bona fide bad guy and his feelings for Akiho are all a front to trick all of us! In any case, hopefully we’ll get some more answers down the road with the last few episodes quickly approaching. Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week! See you then.