It seems that Akiho feel down, but it becomes obvious why.
After waking up, Akiho and Sakura saw the same dream. This time, they heard a voice that “you will never return.” Throughout the day, Sakura and Akiho couldn’t stop thinking about the dream. Akiho also talks to Tomoyo about those dreams and asks whether or not she is being a bother for Sakura. Sakura spaces out during cheerleading practice for a bit but manages to regain control.
At night, Sakura saw the dream and she wants to see the masked figure. After Kero snap her out of it, Sakura decides to confront the masked being. However, Kero couldn’t confront it. Sakura starts battling it, but the masked being reflects every attack Sakura made. The masked figure eventually decides to try to take the key and the cards. However, when Sakura fell, she falls on top of the masked being, revealing its identity. The masked being was Akiho. However, Kaito can’t have Sakura knowing the masked being’s identity. He decides to turn back time to make it appear that this never happened.
While this episode doesn’t feel like a finale, we finally learn the connection between Akiho and Sakura. This is not surprising to see this since Akiho have many similarities to Nadeshiko and Sakura in appearance and personality. This finally brings home the point as Akiho finally acknowledges that she is seeing the same dream as Sakura. When she says that Alice looks like Sakura, this connection makes sense.
When Sakura confronts the masked being, it seems that Sakura couldn’t defeat it. The masked figure reflects her attack. Eventually, it proceeds to take Sakura’s key and Clear Cards. However, we see the big reveal that the masked being is actually Akiho. It doesn’t really come at a surprise since they are both experience the same dreams. With this, we finally know who the true identity behind the masked figure.
Of course, for Sakura, she can never see Akiho, who is one of her best friends in the same way ever again. That is unless Kaito reverts time. Either way, it seems that he is not ready execute his plans since he doesn’t have enough clear cards. Given that the series is ongoing, it’s going to be a while until the story progresses far enough. Either way, there will most certainly be a sequel of some sort in the future.
With that, the Clear Card arc so far is enjoyable and definitely brought a lot of nostalgia. Until then, I should probably watch the previous seasons and catch up with the previous seasons. ¶