The Summer of Love IV with Cardcaptor Sakura: Episodes 47-55: Sakura and the Sakura Cards!

The Summer of Love IV continues! We have watched the first anime film and now it is time to return to the main series! With the Clow cards captured and Sakura now their new master, what is left to discuss? Are the peaceful days going to continue, or are there more problems ahead of us? Well after the cut let’s take a dive into the next batch of episodes and find out!

It would have been easy for CCS to wrap up it’s story and call it a day once the Last Judgment had finished. With all the cards captured and Sakura being selected, it is understandable to see how the show might have tied a bow on that and moved on. In some ways I can see that, as the major plot point is now finished, but sometimes shows want to go on. Either they have more story to tell, or they just want to keep the good times going. This can lead to mixed results however, and it can feel that things are being stretched our more than they should. CCS, which already has a problem of too many ‘nothing’ episodes, could have easily succumbed to this, but thankfully it hasn’t.

The trial never ends for Sakura and now she must take the Clow Cards and make them truly her own. It’s a good idea for a continuation that the show handles well.

With the new story arc, we follow Sakura as she comes across Eriol Hiiragizawa, a mysterious new transfer student who picks up the ‘stand around and look mysterious’ baton from the now absent Miss Mizuki. With his arrival Sakura soon finds herself confronted more problems, ones that require her to use her powers to transform the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards. Along the way we see that Toya wishes to talk to Yukito about something, Syaoran is torn between his new feelings for Sakura, and Tomoyo’s obsession is ever present.

Eriol serves the story and carries that torch left by Miss Mizuki well. CLAMP just loves mysterious standing villains.

Now at this point in the story, the strength of it does not come from the plot itself. Despite the new story and objective, most of CCS remains the exact same: a monster of the week format where Sakura has to now transform the cards instead of capturing them. The basic formula has not changed, so if you were sick of it, than there is very little here to change that. What makes that more easy to digest however is again, the characters. Despite its basic formula, the characters of CCS do not stay static and there are changes among them. Most notable is Syaoran whose affection for Yukito (explained away as just wanting to be near his moon-like powers), has changed to Sakura. Their childhood crush dominates a lot of their scenes now, especially when the build-a-bear’s show up and he tries to make one for her. This plotline will continue throughout the remaining episodes, and will help move him towards the ‘loyal knight’ he ends up becoming. Sakura too gets a bit of development here, with her realizing she will need to tell Yukito how she feels and trying to square the idea that Yue uses him as a vessel. Again this is something that will be paid off later, and it’s good to see Sakura slowly learning that love from a family and love from a person are two different, but equally important things.

Syaoran’s feelings for Sakura are the main driving point for his character now and it’s a good change from the rival he was.

As for Eriol, he comes to fullfill the ‘villain role’ the series has yet to have. Like with everything in CCS, even the people who are bad aren’t truly evil, and Eriol and his connection to Clow Reed never seem to be truly malicious to Sakura. Instead it feels more like he wants to test Sakura and push her to becoming a better master for the cards. Of course as this is CCS, every bad person needs to be standing around mysteriously and Eriol does this perfectly, now with a sick violin solo that pretty much tells you “I am the bad guy here.” Again, none of it is bad, and I do enjoy that the antagonist is more pronounced in this second part.

It’s good to see Toya doing stuff in the plot as well and this will pay off big in the later episodes.

Episodes 47-55 of Cardcaptor Sakura are another solid batch, moving the story into new directions while keeping everything that is good from before. There are some episodes where there are no cards captured, allowing the characters to have development and no remain static. As always it is the atmosphere of the show that really brings you in, and CCS remains ironclad in its commitment to showing a world of pure innocence and trust. We only have the last fifteen episodes of the series left and I look forward to bringing this show to its conclusion. Before that though, join me next week as we take a character dive into CCS’s leading man. I hope you’ll take a look!

Additional Thoughts

  • Eriol’s two companions don’t get much do here, though I do love Ruby Moon constantly interrupting Toya when he tries to talk to Yukito. She has that Meilin energy and has a sly streak that the show benefits from. Spinel is very much ‘eh’ at this point, but his episode is coming soon.
  • Sakura’s new wand and her inability to instantly transform it gives the show some good drama. She’s not an amazing new master at the start and has to learn, even in small ways like this.
  • The moment between the grandfather and Fujitaka is a great bit of closure to their story of being unable to accept Nadeshiko’s marriage. I’m glad the series took the time to put that to bed.
  • I also really like that CCS directly addresses the idea of “why doesn’t Sakura just transform all the cards at once,” with its very own episode. Stuff that like shows that CLAMP knows what they are doing.
  • Yue slips well into the main cast quite well now, being the more gruff and uncaring member, though he is devoted to Sakura, his feelings towards Clow Reed are still present. This will get resolved later as well.
  • Rika giving her teddy bear to the teacher is again one of those things that make you go “CLAMP will be CLAMP.” I was surprised they kept that in, but I suppose it is harmless.
  • Hoe count: 134
Your Tomoyo moment, and they never stop.

One thought on “The Summer of Love IV with Cardcaptor Sakura: Episodes 47-55: Sakura and the Sakura Cards!

  1. I really enjoyed reading your series of posts on Cardcaptor Sakura, as well as your perspectives on it and the movies (which, I’ll admit, are a far memory in my mind haha). I found myself agreeing with a lot of what you said about the characters, how developed and a hallmark they were especially when compared to popular flicks of that genre, like Sailor Moon or so. I look forward to more reviews like such in the future!

    That being said, congratulations on 4 years! Here’s to many more coming your way! 🥳🎉

    P.S. Are you going to, or have already reviewed the Clear Card Arc?

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