Card Captor Sakura
Episode 35: “Sakura’s Wonderful Christmas”
The Christmas Story
As Christmas nears, Sakura is worried about what to get Yukito for Christmas. It’s not only Christmas for her crush – it’s also Yukito’s birthday. Sakura gets advice on a gift from Meilin and decides to ask Yukito on a date to an amusement park, where the couple bump into Syaoran and Meilin. Here, Sakura and Syaoran fight the Fiery Card.
I don’t know…this episode is good (as pretty much all CCS episodes are) and has a nice ending. It’s a fairly typical Card Captor Sakura episode. And that’s kind of why it’s lacking – I wanted something particularly special for Christmas. But I’m sure this criticism has to do with a Eurocentric way of thinking – after all, Christmas is much more important in the U.S. than in Japan, and thus I expect more than the show’s intended audience might.
Nonetheless, the talk and sights of Christmas in this episode are more than enough to put one in the spirit – and there’s some time spent on the idea of putting one’s heart into a present, which I think is a nice lesson on a holiday which celebrates the birth of one who gave his all to give us a new heart.
Christmas Spirit Score
If This Episode Was a Christmas Song, It Would Be…
“All I Want for Christmas is You” – Ah, the romance of Christmas – an idea not entirely strange in the west, but with not nearly so strong an association as in Japan:
I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There’s just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
The freezing temperatures continue…it could be a problem for those working part-time on Christmas Eve, especially if you’re on crutches (how’s that for a specific forecast!).