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Akiho Shinomoto
詩之本秋穂

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Akiho Anime


Akiho Shinomoto
Series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc
Profile
Also Known As Akiho-chan
Birthday September 18th (Virgo)
Relations Unnamed Parents
Residence Tomoeda, Japan
Characteristics
Gender Female
Hair Blonde
Eyes Blue
Blood Type O
Appearances
First Appearance
(Manga)
Chapter 7
First Appearance
(Anime)
Episode 4: "Sakura and the Lovely Transfer Student"
Last Appearance
(Anime)
Episode 22: "Sakura's Clear Cards"
Voices
Seiyuu Minori Suzuki
English Amanda Lee
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Akiho Shinomoto (詩之本 秋穂, Shinomoto Akiho) is a new character of Clear Card Arc. She lives with her caretaker Yuna D. Kaito in Eriol's old house.

Name

Akiho's given name 秋穂 means "Autumn blade of a plant" in Japanese. Her family name uses the Kanji characters 詩之本, 詩 means poem/poetry, while 之本 means "the origin of". So her surname could mean "the origin of poem".

Appearance

Akiho has long light blonde hair that's parted into two large curls and blue eyes.

Personality

She is shy, at first she showed no friends, but when Sakura became a friend, she became more outgoing. Like Sakura, she is shown to be very cheerful and friendly as well, as seen during her lunch with Sakura's friends, but eventually opened up after their comforting and welcoming nature. Eventually, she becomes quick friends with Sakura in the very same day.

In addition, she can also be quite gullible, as she believed Takashi's lies, much to Chiharu's irritation, pointing out on how is lies were no longer making sense.

Background

She was born into the oldest magician cloaked tribe and is the only descendant who is born with no magical abilities. Due to that fact, Akiho was neglected by her parents and the Magician tribe. Akiho suffered loneliness throughout her childhood, she then turned to books which the only way to keep her company and cheer her up.

Plot

Clear Card Arc

After Sakura's cards have been made blank, she continues to have dreams about the mysterious figure who appears to be behind it all; the only thing she can discern about them, though, is that they are the same height as her. The next day, Akiho is introduced as a new student at Sakura's high school and the two automatically bond.

Akiho reveals that she has lived in multiple countries/regions (including Hong Kong and England - the same as Syaoran and Eriol, respectively) and has moved a lot due to her parents jobs; but is generally kept in the care of Yuna D. Kaito, of whom it is obvious she harbors romantic feelings for. When the group is out viewing cherry blossoms in the spring, Akiho and Tomoyo perform a duet for everybody and at the encouragement of the group, Akiho decided to join Tomoyo in the school choir.

Akiho is very similar to Sakura personality wise and their similar appearance was even noted by Sakura herself. The two mesh well together and Akiho went to Sakura to learn how to cook so that she could surprise Yuna with a meal she made especially for him.

It turns out that Akiho and Sakura "share" dreams - with Akiho (in the anime) as the figure in the robe (in which she herself does not know that that is her) and Sakura as herself, both parties not knowing who each other are. As Sakura and Akiho continue to enter the same dream, Akiho later develops a knowledge of why she is present in those dreams: the mysterious person she is watching has something she wants. The two's resonance grows stronger within the dreams as they continue to meet, and in Chapter 21 of Clear Card Arc, Akiho remembers that the robe in her dreams is the formal robe of her clan: meaning that she too is part of the "D" magician clan.

However, near the very end of Chapter 24 of Clear Card Arc, and unlike the anime's ending, the one under the hood is seemingly "revealed" to be none other than Syaoran himself - though the reason for this event had yet to be explained. Some events would also occur differently between the manga and anime versions, including the anime's ending (involving Akiho's role) being different from the manga's similar point of the story.

In Chapter 25 of Clear Card Arc, continued from around where the anime left off, more of her backstory is revealed; with a younger Akiho appearing, as she reflects on her childhood with the clan. Though she grew up from birth in a clan of magicians, known as the "Most Ancient Sorcerers in Europe" whose bloodline endowed all of its members with magic, Akiho herself did not contain any magic, and the clan soon became disappointed with her. The clan is implied to have a rivalry with the Li family clan, as Syaoran is specifically brought up in comparison to Akiho:

(spoken on page 5 of Chapter 25):

Magician 1:  The elder sisters of the Li Clan in Hong Kong don’t have magical talents, but I’ve heard that the youngest son possesses fantastic ability.

Magician 2:  How is that?

Magician 3:  What does it mean?

Magician 1:  It seems the current Head of the Li Clan intends to have that youngest son as their successor.

Magician 4:  (Such is) Clow Reed’s family lineage…

Magician 5:  To fall behind to the Li Clan is…

Magician 5: …(unthinkable). [Lit:  …unforgivable.]

Magician 2:  Our clan’s pride is on the line.

After the "dream" of her memories is over, Akiho wakes up, crying and having remembered her past. She comments, "... (I'm) lonely", "It (was) a dream. Of the past". She picks up Momo, and says, "Now I have Momo with me. And Kaito-san." After saying this, she then looked over to her book and smiled, continuing, "And… everyone I’ve met (since) coming here too". Momo, in turn, thinks, "That's right, Akiho. Don’t forget that there are people who will (stay) by your side now.  And at “that time” too..."

Relationships

Sakura Kinomoto

Sakura is Akiho's classmate and first friend made at Tomoeda, as she was the joined who invited her to have lunch with her friends, in which she becomes friends with as well. Throughout the day, the two become really close, with Tomoyo remarking on how watching the very two gives a very warm feeling. Eriol even remarks similarly, stating the two were made to become friends.

Trivia

  • Her birthday was eventually confirmed (in the Clear Card Anime starter book)  to be September 18th. Because Akiho's birthday occurs not long after the start of the Japanese school year (April 1st, or Sakura's birthday), by the coming autumn she would already have had another birthday.
  • Though her age is currently unconfirmed, since she is in the same school grade as Sakura, and her birthday is September 18th, while Sakura (with her aforementioned birthday April 1st) is confirmed 13 at the start of the series; Akiho would, not long after the start of the series, soon turn, or be, 14 if she was around a similar age. This is despite timeline inconsistencies with a real-world based Japanese school system setting.
    • During Chapter 25's backstory, a magician comments, "[Akiho's] the only child (we have) who is the same age of the Li Clan’s next leader" implying her to be the same age as Syaoran, which also lines up with her given birthday (Syaoran's birthday is July 13th, occuring not too long before Akiho's September 18th.)
      • This also re-confirms Akiho being older than Sakura, due to Sakura's birthday being April 1st.
  • She used to live in France, Germany, Italy, England, and Hong Kong before coming to Japan.
  • In Chapter 13 of Clear Card Arc, it is revealed that she dislikes konnyaku and likes onions.
  • Her most important person is Yuna D. Kaito.
  • At everyone's encouragement she joins the choir club with Tomoyo.
  • She becomes another victim of Yamazaki's lies.
  • Akiho's voice actress, Minori Suzuki, is the voice behind Rewind, the second ending song of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc.

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