Best daughter 2014 and forever
Here’s another great episode from the first season. It was always a treat to see CLAMP delving into Sakura’s family life and bonds as a focal point in an episode/chapter. If I were to rank Cardaptor Sakura‘s first season episodes on a tier list, the episodes about her mother and grandfather would certainly be about the same as this one in terms of heartwarming.
Sakura really does have a loving and caring father, and Fujitaka has a really loving and caring daughter. Squeeze in Touya with his own positive descriptions and maybe even ghost mom and you basically get a really functional and pretty awesome family unit.
I just love how great of a parent Fujitaka is and how tenderly he handles Sakura, even in a situation where he’s overworked and even after his work went down the drain (
plus, that data can probably be retrieved by some tech major at the school, right?). And seeing how much Sakura loves her father by taking the time to trek all the way to his university to bring him coffee and snacks, helping around the house and making him breakfast, etc. made the whole “I accidentally ruined his work” scene all the more heartbreaking.
Plus, there are characters you can’t ever bear to see crying. Sakura is that to me.
Ultimately, it made the rest of the episode all the more heartwarming as well, so I’m fine with Sakura Tears as long as there are A+ Feel Good Smiles to be had in the end (did I ever mention that Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE heavily abused me when it came to Sakura Tears?).
CLAMP never really goes into the nature of Fujitaka’s existence in the anime (manga spoilers), but I think that is part of the reason why he wasn’t flabbergasted by his computer getting smashed and his papers being scattered all over the room to begin with. “What was Sakura even doing in this room?” 😛 I mean, Sakura breaking the computer could be explained as a simple accident knocking down the books, but The Windy made quite the mess beforehand.
“There are some things magic can’t fix.”
Kero’s quote here pretty much sums up why I love CLAMP’s take on magic. As kickass as it can be, it has limitations (my favorite being “the dead cannot come back to life”).
The Sleep card’s attack on Fujitaka’s university hits close to home for me as a college student.
*grumbles* Summer classes are making me sleep-deprived.
This episode’s “Leave it to Kero-chan!” talks about last episode’s PE uniforms, while last episode’s “Leave it to Kero-chan!” talked about Meilin’s battle outfit.
Keroberos, why couldn’t you have done the reverse? 😛