This Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card recap contains spoilers for Episode 6 “Sakura, the Rabbit and the Song of the Moon”
Uhm, was I the only one who kept making wrong assumptions about where the plot was taking us for this one? As I recap, I’ll tell you what I expected would happen at each turn and how it inevitably didn’t happen because something else did. Also, “Sakura, the Rabbit and the Song of the Moon” felt like an inexplicably slow episode following such a feel-good, social-life-oriented “Sakura Feels a Pull at the Flower Viewing.” My hope is there’s a big storm brewing.
“Sakura, the Rabbit and the Song of the Moon”
Apparently, Sakura has gotten into the whole “self-affirmation” thing, for she started off her morning with the following: “My name is Sakura Kinomoto. I recently started at Tomoeda Middle School. I’m still bad at math.” Don’t worry, Sakura. Being bad at math will never go away. In any case, our girl is using her day off from school to buy some groceries since she’s on dinner duty (a lot of cooking this season). Immediately, I’m dreaming of the possibility of her running into Syaoran or paying him a surprise visit. Instead, she runs into Ahiko, my favorite.
Maybe I should cut the girl some slack. It’s not like she’s done anything (yet). But I don’t know, it’s just too fishy. Conveniently, Sakura finds Ahiko trying to find her way to the grocery store. She says she wants to help out the mysterious person she lives with/takes care of her, so the two go shopping together. While at it, Sakura notices a stuffed bunny hanging out from Ahiko’s bag. After complimenting it, Ahiko tells Sakura she always has “Momo” on her but isn’t sure if things like that would be allowed in school.
Long story short, Sakura encourages Ahiko to show off her bunny the next day. Thanks to Sakura being a blabbermouth, this comes with the added bonus that Sakura must bring Kero-chan to school. Which sounds like fun anyway, but to be fair the girls never talk about Kero or Momo again, and Kero doesn’t make an appearance even when things get #ClearCard at school. My running theory here is Momo is a living thing, just like Kero. Because Ahiko is shady/is hiding something.
Back at home, Sakura gets to spend some time with Fujitaka who’s home to pick up some books. He’s apparently working long hours at the university because many students are presenting their theses for the first time. Now, they rarely mention Fujitaka’s students, and I wouldn’t be paying attention to this fact had Fujitaka not already married his 17-year-old student once. I’m not saying there’s a direct romantic link here, but nothing much happens with Sakura’s old man in the show. Perhaps that’s something the show could explore? (#NadeshikoForever, though).
During the afternoon, Sakura gets a video call from Meiling. Kero and Meiling are immediately at each others’ necks (in a comical and non-life threatening way), and Meiling inquires as to how her cousin is doing. Sakura says Syaoran is liking school but waiting for things to settle down before picking a club.
Meiling offers no insight into Syaoran’s current situation and limits herself to mocking the budding romance that neither party seems comfortable executing 100%. (THIS IS WHY WE NEEDED TO AGE THEM A BIT, BUT OKAY). Meiling announces she’s visiting over the summer before signing off, leaving Sakura excited and ready to make dinner.
For an 11-year-old (?), Sakura’s becoming quite the chef. Even Toya can’t tease her too much over her cooking. As Fujitaka announces he’ll be staying overnight at the school (with a student in particular?), Sakura asks him to not overexert himself and look after his health. Soon after, Sakura stops responding and is transported into a dream-like space. Of course, the cloaked figure is present with a whole bunch of clocks and utter silence. It seems she wasn’t out of it for too long, though. Fujitaka only says “she stopped responding all of a sudden,” but our boy Toya is concerned.
The next day at school, we start out with Japanese I. Sakura is reading some literature out loud and seems to be doing okay (I don’t speak Japanese, but it sounded about right). Up next is Ahiko, and of course, everyone from Chiharu to Tomoyo to Sakura is making a huge deal about encouraging this girl to “do her best,” and she unsurprisingly blows it out of the park.
I’m already not about this school day, and then Syaoran walks by Sakura’s classroom and doesn’t even wave? It’s up to Tomoyo to run out after him. This part got me all excited again because I thought the two might be plotting something for Sakura. Wrong again. Instead, Tomoyo asks Syaoran to join her if he has a second, and she leads him and the girls to the music classroom she’s apparently rented out for recess.
Turns out this whole sequence is about having an Ahiko-Tomoyo duet do-over, but I’m okay with it because Syaoran plays the piano. The song is beautiful and Chiharu and Sakura are super moved. Sakura is almost in tears about how amazing her man is at the piano, and I don’t blame her. In the end, Ahiko decides to join the choir club, and thank Clow Reed a card appears before Syaoran can be roped into joining, too.
Now, at this point I’m getting hella excited because it’s Syaoran who notices Sakura’s attention is elsewhere. He comes up to her, she tells him she senses something in the room, and Syaoran skillfully gets Tomoyo to escort the rest of the girls out of the room. Chiharu and Ahiko leave thinking Syaoran and Sakura are going to use the room to make out, and Tomoyo has a visible look of concern/regret that she won’t be able to film this one either.
Now, “action” was not something Tomoyo was going to miss. The card didn’t even put up a fight. It was just randomly recording Sakura from inside a Beethoven portrait. BEST use of a Beethoven portrait ever. While catching the “Record” card was boring, I was so pumped that Syaoran got to see Sakura in action again. The best episodes from the original run were the ones that involved both of them (and Meiling) trying to catch the cards. Also, our boy needs reminding of how amazing Sakura is. Syaoran might be a 10, but our girl is an Eleven.
I was also super happy to see Syaoran concerned for Sakura and to see him kinda distraught. I thought he was going to come clean about knowing things. Instead, he voices his frustration at not being able to feel the cards. It’s sweet, though. If he can’t sense them, he can’t warn or even help Sakura. Yet, he told Eriol he had come back as soon as he did to be there to aid her “when the moment came.” Still scheming, but at least we’re getting closer to either the truth or the infamous moment.
This picture is really amazing. But I’m going to end with our classic card pic, because I’m not a monster.