Finally! Episode 8 is when the series really starts to spice things up with the introduction of our token male tsundere, Syaoran Li.
李 小狼, Li Xiaolang. Known as “little puppy” to his fangirls (and Sakura in my head canon), and a pretty cool dude to the male fans. He starts off providing the role of a rival to Sakura, even more so in the anime where he becomes actual competition for the Clow Cards, and eventually becomes one of Sakura’s most dependable friends (and even more than that).
…Of course, this pairing doesn’t start off as beautiful compared to how it ends up.
That’s awesome character development in CCS, for ya! 😛
A new exchange student? He’s so dreamy!
He’s looking right at me? What do I do, what do I do???
*cough cough* Sorry about that, guys.
It’s way too easy to misinterpret this scene.
I find it funny how one of the best anime couples started off their interaction with playground bullying. xD That’s not the way to woo a friendly and passive girl like Sakura!
Touya wants to beat the pulp out of Syaoran because he thought he was picking on his little sister. Later on, Touya wants to beat the pulp out of Syaoran for entirely different reasons. 8D
Yukito has meaty buns No homo.
Oh, CLAMP. For 1/3 of the anime and a bit of the manga (he starts showing signs of interest in Sakura sooner than in the anime), we are lead to believe that Syaoran is into white-haired pretty boys. xD Along with the addition of Meiling, it does provide a good amount of comedy in the first season.
A function that all the Clow Cards share despite their differing powers? The ability to make Sakura go hannnyaannnnn.
Forget all the Kero plush toys that exist out there, where could I get myself one of THOSE Sakura plushies? =D
If this was the second or third season, Syaoran would be enjoying the hell outta this. Of course, Tomoyo enjoys it regardless.
Zapdos/Thunder and Raikou have nothing on The Thunder.
Surely there’s Japanese fanart out there that depicts Thunder (Pokemon) fighting Thunder (Cardcaptor Sakura). Whoever finds it for me will get a cookie!
By the anime’s logic of who gets to keep a Clow Card after it’s been sealed (which we are told in a future episode), shouldn’t The Thunder go to Syaoran since he had a big hand in defeating it? Granted, it’s rather useless to him anyway since he has his lightning spells.
I just HAD to take this screenshot!
ATTACK OF THE YELLOW PLUSH TOYS
Looks like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
First implication that Syaoran’s words can either make or break Sakura’s mood depending if they’re harsh or not. Later on, he’s the source of her courage and happiness because he gains more dere and less tsun.
It should be noted that this was the first episode of Nelvana’s Cardcaptors dub, because apparently “in order make a show aimed at both boys and girls, we must hack and slash one of anime’s most beloved shoujo anime!”
Why not just make your own cartoon?