|Sakura's Farewell to Meiling|
|Season 2, Episode 43|
|Air date||June 1, 1999|
|Cards Captured||The Twin|
Sakura and the Blacked Out School Arts Festival
Sakura, Kero, and the Mysterious Teacher
Sakura's Farewell to Meiling (さくらのさよなら苺鈴, Sakura no Sayonara Meirin) is the 43rd episode of Cardcaptor Sakura. The Cardcaptors title for this episode is "Meiling's Story".
Meiling’s mother calls and wants her to return to Hong Kong. Meiling is sad about leaving Syaoran, but he acts like he doesn’t care and she leaves the house. Sakura invites her to a sleepover and she accepts. The two of them talk about how she feels about Syaoran, how they met, and even about Sakura and Yukito. That night Sakura senses a Clow Card and she and Meiling head out to find the Card. Syaoran also sensed it and the Twin Card reveals itself. The card has cloned everything in town. Sakura tries to seal it, but both bodies of the card need to be sealed at the same time. Sakura and Syaoran try to use signals to attack at the same time, but it doesn’t work and the Twin Card escapes. Sakura convinces Syaoran to work with Meiling, since their years of martial arts training together has given them the ability to instantly synchronize each other's movements, allowing them to battle the card. The two work flawlessly together and Sakura seals the card. Syaoran reveals that he does believe in Meiling’s power and enjoys her being around. The next week, Sakura, Tomoyo, and Syaoran say goodbye to Meiling.
Featured Clothes and Costumes
- Syaoran: This is a cake..?
- Wei: It is filled with Meiling's feelings.
- Syaoran: But still...
- Wei: I perceive that you have a big heart, Syaoran. Are you worried about such a little thing?
- Syaoran: But this isn't it. She always suddenly grab onto me...
(Meiling appears and tackles Syaoran)
- Meiling: Syaoran!!
- Syaoran: You know, how many times do I have to tell you not to grab me like that... What's wrong?
- Meiling: I don't want to go home!
- Meiling: Hey, why did you start to like that guy?
- Sakura: U-Um... He's in my big brother's class... and he came over to visit, and...
- Meiling: Love at first sight?
- Sakura: ...Yeah. W-W-What about you, Meiling?
- Meiling: For me... it's not love at first sight...
- While Syaoran is training in the living room of his apartment, a fireplace is shown with two vases and a box placed upon its mantle. After this is shown, it redirected to Meiling who is in the kitchen baking a cake. While she is in the kitchen, upset over another cake failure, the phone rings, and she rushes in the living room to pick it up. Somehow the phone is placed where the box used to be, and it is sitting next to a notepad that has also magically appeared.
Differences between Cardcaptor Sakura and Cardcaptors
- How Syaoran responded to Meilin asking him if he thought she just gets in the way completely contrasts between the two versions. He bluntly outright confirms this in Nelvana's dub, whereas in the original Japanese, he denies this, but Meilin doesn't believe him.
- Plus, whereas Syaoran tells Meilin that she needs to return to Hong Kong because her mother needs her to, his Nelvana counterpart callously tells her that having her go back home was "no big deal," and that the Clow Cards could be handles "without her."
- Meilin's reasons for returning differed between versions as well: in the original, it's because she received a phone-call from her mom, telling her to go back, but in the Nelvana dub, it's because her grandmother got sick. In addition, the scene where Meiling receives her phone call was deleted.
- The scene with Meiling getting so excited about the large amount of cupcakes available to her at Sakura's house was removed from the Nelvana version, as well as the scene with Kero watching videotapes of Tomoyo's recording of Sakura's adventures at Tomoyo's house, though Nelvana still let Sakura briefly mention that.
- When it was bedtime, Sakura and Meilin have a talk that had different subjects depending on the version. In the original, they talked about Sakura's crush on Yukito, but in Nelvana's dub, they talked about being good at things and Sakura's on clumsiness.
- Flashbacks to the Fight Card and the Cloud Card were added.