The story continues with Sakura expanding her magical abilities as she captures the new cards in her daily adventures. Her recurrent dreams of the mysterious hooded being are becoming more vivid and realistic, and will eventually reveal her new opponent. Meanwhile, Akiho (Sakura’s new friend) is having the same dreams but she doesn’t seem to connect them to reality. Akiho just thinks of them as part of her favourite book ‘Alice in Clock World’ that she reads every day while she explains her dreams to her butler, Kaito.
The slice-of-life is very fun to watch in this second part of the series as all the characters have matured but they’re still definitely the same characters. There are a couple of particularly great episodes when Meiling returns from Hong Kong to visit Sakura and Syaoran with powerful cards, terrorising Tomoeda, and there’s also some beautiful girl bonding.
‘Clear Card’ continues to be funny and lighthearted with Kero’s segment at the end of every episode and some super deformed segments. It’s also intriguing, as some characters from the past are shown trying to explain Sakura’s extensive power. As the story progresses, it turns darker as the mysterious villain searching for Sakura’s cards is revealed.
As we mentioned in our review of the first part, the beautiful visuals are a signature of CLAMP. MadHouse studios translated the gorgeous designs from the manga into excellent animation with bright colours and nice backgrounds. Some CG and 2D animation is used too, making the clock dream scenes particularly stunning and adding a dark tone and depth to the story.