Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 30

DARE DA

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).

Cute is not strange!

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.

All CCS girls are adorably innocent

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.

Duuuuuuude it still looks like Eifie to me

Just use Wish.

Yeah, she's basically cheating without knowing it

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

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.

Well now

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…

EIFIE WAS CAUGHT

…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.

Poor Rei

“Peewee!”

Aw no

…!

Poor Sakura! ;_;

Sakura ;_;

You know what to do, Syaoran

Hm, it looks like Syaoran has an idea.

Athletic short-haired tomboys = cuuuute

Don’t give up hope just yet.

It still looks like a Pokemon to me

You just need some motivation. Here’s a rare Pokemon.

wow cool

Look at Syaoran

I'm Bruce Lee, BITCHES!

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.

Chiharu pls

AND REI WINS!

(Look at Naoko’s face. Look at it.)

hnnnnng always love it when my otp is in the same shot

So, did Syaoran help Rei cheat with The Dash card? Of course not.

See my swag, Sakura. You know ya love me

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.

Earn your happy ending

You just hafta earn your happy ending, man. Earn it, dammit.

Double Yayness

Yayness!

i will fight you

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.

Oh yeah, I hear summer’s a good season for baseball.

2 thoughts on “Cardcaptor Sakura 【HD Rewatch】 30”

  1. How is the rewatch going so far? I’d love to watch it again but is it ever the same as when you first watch the show? 🙂

  2. @Rei: It’s going great so far, watching the actual Blu-rays on my HD TV is certainly a gorgeous experience. 😀
    It’s hard to describe, but yeah, it’s never the same as when you first watch it. You start remembering the feelings you had when you first gave it a go, but it’s never really the same feeling. For me, this is probably my favorite anime/manga series, hands down, so naturally I already gave it multiple rounds in the past – while it’s never as magical as it was when I first watched it, there’s always a familiar, uplifting feeling (again, it’s hard to describe) that makes me know for certain that I’ll definitely come back to it again in the future. Some might call it nostalgia, but I think it’s more than that, at least for me. I don’t feel the same way with other series I watched as a child.
    That being said, I always try to spot things I never really picked up the first time around (this goes the same for any series, really). Considering that I’ve watched CCS dozen of times in the past – and honestly – it’s definitely not the kind of show where you would be spotting new details constantly every time (though, last episode gave me an idea to add to my headcanon about Eriol), but for me, it’s still a very fun thing to do regardless. At the very least, the memories are very fun to relive, even if it isn’t the exact same extremely magical experience I had the first time. 😛 And since it’s a genuinely fun and endearing show regardless, I find myself just kicking back and enjoying the timeless ride again either way. (Oh my, sorry for the rambles. I end up getting really chatty when talking about my feelings about CCS. lol)

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