Oh my god, it’s the precursor to Eifie.
Here’s an episode from the first season that I really like and find really memorable. A lot of fans born in the west seem to easily recall The Dash episode from the Cardcaptors dub…. and to my shame, so do I.
And I sometimes want to kill myself for it. I often forget that, yes, there was once a time where I actually enjoyed that piece of trash dub and this episode was what got me into it (and then dropped it and went onto the Cardcaptor Sakura manga translated by Tokyopop + the subbed anime).
Sakura begins the episode fighting The Dash, and when she almost captures it using Windy, it forcefully breaks free from its binding winds and runs away; hurting its leg in the process.
And here comes a one-shot anime-original character: Tachibana Rei (interestingly, she shares her surname with that little girl from episode 7), who finds The Dash in her backyard and tends its wounds, forming a friendly bond with it. The Dash basically becomes her pet and she names it “Peewee”.
I kind of wish Rei became a recurring character for the anime – I love her design since it’s cute and tomboyish, and she makes a pretty good senpai for Sakura. Unfortunately, this is her only episode.
Just use Wish.
Most likely to show its affection, The Dash basically helps Rei (unknowingly) cheat during her races, giving her a boost in speed.
Flustered Sakura is also cute
Sakura’s own conflict in the episode comes when she befriends Rei, who clearly loves “Peewee” very much and considers it her good-luck charm. As the Cardcaptor, she needs to catch the card or catastrophe will befall the world. But, if she captures the card, that would make Rei very sad, and she’ll possibly lose the upcoming race. On the other hand, Kero makes a good point when he says that relying on magic and not succeeding with your own power isn’t very healthy either.
Of course, we’re forgetting another person in Tomoeda whose made it his duty to track down the cards as well: Syaoran! Not having idea any what’s going on right now, he simply strumbles upon the area in which he feels the presence of a Clow Card and, well, Peewee ends up running away…
…and after a moment of hesitation, Sakura uses this chance to capture it. Since Syaoran was the one that lured it towards Sakura with a barrage of Raitei Shorai, the card goes to him.
Don’t give up hope just yet.
You just need some motivation. Here’s a rare Pokemon.
Look at Syaoran…
Trying to act all cool.
It seems like Syaoran summoned The Dash for a split second during Rei’s big tournament. Your automatic assumption would be that he helped Rei to cheat, breaking Kero’s very good point he made earlier about victories being meaningless if it’s by cheating with magic… but let’s wait just a bit.
(Look at Naoko’s face. Look at it.)
So, did Syaoran help Rei cheat with The Dash card? Of course not.
Cardcaptor Sakura doesn’t break do any asspulls. Syaoran just brought the little guy along, so Rei could see it one last time. Her victory during her final race was all due to her own power.
There are certain other stories that have pulled that sort of cheap stunt – where their “good luck cheats” (so to speak) get used one last time as “an exception”, and everyone lives happily ever after through a broken aesop. I absolutely love it how Cardcaptor Sakura never falls into that pile of filth, especially in this episode.
You just hafta earn your happy ending, man. Earn it, dammit.
And we close off the episode with Leave it to Kero-chan, where he talks about today’s cute battle costume. Can you believe that some old lady called it strange earlier in the episode (when Sakura was almost caught prowling when she was trying to find the injured Dash)? She can go shove off. It’s. Cute.