Review: Card Captor Sakura the Movie 2: The Sealed Card [2000]

Japanese Title: Gekijōban Kādokyaputā Sakura Fūin Sareta Kādo
Running time: 79 minutes
Vintage: 2000
Directors: Morio Asaka
Screenplay: Nanase Ohkawa
Music: Takayuki Negishi
Original Manga: CLAMP

Maaya Sakamoto as Nothing Card
Motoko Kumai as Shaoran Li
Sakura Tange as Sakura Kinomoto
Aya Hisakawa as Kerberos
Junko Iwao as Tomoyo Daidouji
Masaya Onosaka as Kerberos (big)
Megumi Ogata as Yukito Tsukishiro/Yue
Tomokazu Seki as Touya Kinomoto
Yukana Nogami as Meilin Li

Plot summary: [from animenewsnetwork]

All of the Clow Cards have been captured, and Sakura Kinomoto, the new Master of the Cards, is preparing to play the lead in the play for the town festival. However, a new evil force is causing mysterious events all over Tomoeda, including the disappearance of Sakura’s cards. With Syaoran’s help, Sakura must figure out the cause of these events, and save her town.

All the Clow Cards have been successfully changed to Sakura Cards and Sakura Kinomoto, the Mistress of the Cards, is now in 6th grade. While she prepares for her upcoming lead role as a princess in the town’s Nadeshiko festival, she begins sensing the evil presence of a Clow Card. With her surroundings disappearing and her cards being taken away, Sakura must figure out a way to capture this card and save her town and its people from sinking into this void. She must also confess her feelings to Syaoran, who is visiting with Meilin. However, the capture of this card might cost her the feelings she has towards Syaoran…

I Say…

I have seen this movie for the nth time, since 2001 I think? I can still remember the first time I saw it. I cried in the end, because I also thought Syaoran won’t remember it at all. But his feelings remained. Well, I think the feeling of ’emptiness’ was the one that was taken from Sakura. Since she already has confessed or answered Syaoran’s feelings, she’s alone no longer. I actually like this movie better than the first one. After seeing it again after so long still maintained the liking.

The personal choice of the feeling that will be taken upon sealing the final unsealed card was quite confusing to me the first time I’ve seen the movie. For me ’emptiness’ is not Sakura-chan’s most important feeling… but to my interpretation it was the one that was taken away. Or it could also be that there was never a price paid at all for sealing the card? CLAMP is so good at this, right? I’m sure CLAMP fans would agree.

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