This Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card review contains spoilers.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Episode 10
OR Mom Life, Akiho’s Crush and Sakura Flings Herself Into The Abyss
Let’s deep dive into a line from the very end of this episode from Akiho about Sakura.
“She always shows her concern for others.”
Sakura is very caring, isn’t she? She’s downright selfless. Her biggest concern at the top of this episode is Syaoran’s happiness, making some delicious food for him. She makes food for her father and of course saves everyone in the city from powerful magic.
Sakura’s a deeply caring person and much of that comes from the lack of a mother in her life. Sakura’s mom passed away from before she could really remember her and while this might lead others down a darker path? Sakura feels the need to fill that gap of warmth and care in not only her family but the world.
It’s an essential part of her character and one of the reasons why she’s so loveable. She just wants everyone to be happy. Thankfully her friends also care about her just as much. Life Coach Meiling (I love her) tells Sakura, “if you get hurt people will cry.”
While other series run off characters in constant conflict, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card instead tells stories about people loving each other. As I’ve discussed previously this is revolutionary in television. Stories without major character conflict are usually pretty bad so the fact Clear Card does it so effortlessly and beautifully? That deserves celebration.
Speaking of love, can we talk about how not straight Akiho is? Girl finds literally any excuse to compliment Sakura.
“Your food is so good!” Okay, that’s a thing someone might say.
“Your room is so clean!” Uh, yeah sure okay people notice clean rooms right?
“Your outfits are so cute, CAN I SEE A VIDEO OF YOU IN THEM.” Whoa there girl, you trying to step on Tomoyo’s supreme lesbian status in this show? Jeez, Sakura keeps befriending women who like other women. (Akiho is totally bi in my headcanon.)
Before now I was kinda iffy on her but this episode won me over. Look at that scene where they both get emotional over konjac. Clear Card has had a lot of over the top adorable moments but this was one of the best.
“The people we love will eat it for us!”
No other show can have that kind of line and have it make total sense, be super cute, and reveal something about the characters.
As we’ve come to expect, the new Clear Cards in this episode are just knockoffs of the Clow Cards. Snooze and Labyrinth? Really? Oh well, at least the sequence was really dynamic and featured some amazing action. Sakura just slapping on her rollerblades and diving into the abyss? No wonder this girl has been my hero forever. Let’s just not get into the timeline issues of having the second movie be canon. It causes… problems.
Still, this was another solid outing for Clear Card and the cuteness never gets old. In fact, I think its just getting MORE CUTE as the show goes on. Bless it.
Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Kero still referring to Syaoran as “that kid” all these years later is a work of art. Follow him on Twitter!