I love time loop episodes, with the exception of the anime version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya‘s Endless Eight in which they decided to troll us with eight episodes of the same crap. Unlike Endless Eight, though, CLAMP’s lovable magical girl and her future boyfriend are immune to the memory-resetting effects of the time loop and therefore adverted certain doom. =P
Interestingly, I’ve always noticed in this episode that not only did it contain signs of Nanase Ohkawa promoting Syaoran’s role as compeition in the anime, but also alludes to other aspects in regards to a certain other CLAMP series (hint: it also contains Syaoran).
“I’m looking at you, CLAMP.”
Syaoran shows an immense interest in Sakura’s father line of work: archaeology. This was imported to his character in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, where strangely enough has Fujitaka as his adoptive father (well, this was initially a fact anyway).
May I also note that the source of the utter confusion and mind screws in TRC was due to a giant time loop? This episode, man. It’s awesome, but it foreshadows a bunch of things that I didn’t like about TRC, whether it was unintentional or not.
Ignorance is bliss.
Yes, Sakura, Yukito-san is in the other room…
Getting down to business with your older brother. xD
I felt so sorry for Kero in this ep. The pain it must be to constantly lose the save file of an SNES RPG you’ve almost finished and trying to get back to that point the same number of times.
I’m just surprised he didn’t try blowing on the cartridge, though!
Sakura and Syaoran both sucking at playing the flute will become the sourc of my own hanyan in later on. <3
This ends up eventually hitting his face in a later time loop.
I dunno if it’s because I’ve seen playing too much Tales games, but this time around Sakura’s fairy outfit reminded me of one of the Sylph from Tales of Symphonia.
And The Time reminded me of Maxwell.
Oh ho ho!
Did I just catch you smiling at Sakura, Syaoran? ;D So you can do that!
Oh… so that’s what he was smiling about.
Yeah, Syaoran didn’t catch any cards in the manga. In terms of the anime, I like this addition/extension to the story, despite the fact that it doesn’t really amount to anything in the Last Judgment. More importanly, it adds a few Syaora/Sakura scenes that I adore, where Syaoran and Sakura offer each other their cards. Hannnnyannn~
Time loops… I guess that’s another unique way for Sakura to fail her subjects. xD
My headcanon tells me Syaoran ran into this problem too.