Sakura finally collects all the Clow Cards, and doing so triggers the awakening of Yue, the Judge and second guardian of the Clow Cards whose power stems from the moon. We also get to find out what Mizuki-sensei’s roll is in all of this. Once Sakura passes the final judgment, she’s ready for some peace and quiet around Tomoeda Elementary. She goes into the 5th grade, and a new transfer student from England joins her class. Li-San was going to go back to Hong Kong, but there’s something off about Eriol, the new kid, so he’s sticking around. There’s also a new student in Tōya’s class, and she is super high energy and a little sweet on Tōya. When it starts raining only over Tomoeda for several days, Sakura sets out with her guardians to figure out what supernatural power is causing it, but she might have uncovered a new enemy in the process.
As we get to the resolution of Sakura's collection of the Clow Cards, we see a lot of Clow Reed's prophecy points come to fruition. This is a nice, tidy way to have a story come together and have a sense of conclusion. But, just like other magical girl stories, like Sailor Moon, the peace is over far too quickly, and nobody can get used to their new lives with their new powers before some other big bad comes in and tries to mess everything up again. In the original publication, this volume was two separate ones and the second half was the beginning of "Master of the Clow" series, but in current publications, there is no distinction and no way of separately collecting the two series. This means the only natural stopping point for library shelves is right before the current "Clear Card" run, so you'll need all four omnibus volumes or all nine Collector's Editions.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 4-8
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4
Publication Date: November 3, 2020
ISBN: 9781632368775 (Hardcover)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Manga, Magical Girl, Action Adventure, Friendship, LGBTQ+, Kodansha
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