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So because I was curious about the peacock theme I did some research on the symbolism surrounding them. Apparently it is very similar to the symbolism of the phoenix. They, like the phoenix, are linked to immortality, beauty, benevolence, wisdom, and most commonly rebirth. (People thought of peacocks to be kind of like a descendant or relative of the phoenix)
Although apparently the type of symbolism surrounding them depends on the place, for Japan specifically it represents not only what it has in common with the phoenix, but love, nurturing, watchfulness, good will, compassion, and kindheartedness. People around it are also thought to blessed with good health, and depending on interpretation their feathers can be either good or bad luck to others.
Other countries also thought the peacock was associated with integrity, royalty, guidance, and protection. It was thought that when they show their true colors, it helps give others more color in their own lives.
I can’t help but think that the majority, if not all of these things, can be applied both to Sakura and to Fai. They are always watching out for the others (kind of like the eyes on the peacocks feathers). They both are very nurturing to the group, and they both are compassionate and kindhearted to everyone around them. They both have that gentle spirit that portrays wisdom and beauty, and they both provide protection for their group.
Also the text from the translation says “Behind the gentle smile. Therein lies kindness and strength” this says a lot about their characters and also shows the types of strength they both possess. But it also makes me think about the bit about showing their true colors. I am unsure if this also can be said of Sakura, but with Fai his smile was something that he hid behind, so when he finally showed his true self and truly smiled for everyone it was very gentle and kind. It definitely took strength to finally be able to get to that point.
Now referring to the colors, both of their color schemes blend in nicely with the picture, as well as allowing them to contrast, and have the pattern of the peacock feathers without it being too noticeable. Fai in particular works really well color wise because the blues match the body of the peacock, and the eyes of the feathers.
I can see why CLAMP decided to use peacock imagery with these two, it fits them and who they are very well and provides a beautiful vibrant chapter cover.

So because I was curious about the peacock theme I did some research on the symbolism surrounding them. Apparently it is very similar to the symbolism of the phoenix. They, like the phoenix, are linked to immortality, beauty, benevolence, wisdom, and most commonly rebirth. (People thought of peacocks to be kind of like a descendant or relative of the phoenix)

Although apparently the type of symbolism surrounding them depends on the place, for Japan specifically it represents not only what it has in common with the phoenix, but love, nurturing, watchfulness, good will, compassion, and kindheartedness. People around it are also thought to blessed with good health, and depending on interpretation their feathers can be either good or bad luck to others.

Other countries also thought the peacock was associated with integrity, royalty, guidance, and protection. It was thought that when they show their true colors, it helps give others more color in their own lives.

I can’t help but think that the majority, if not all of these things, can be applied both to Sakura and to Fai. They are always watching out for the others (kind of like the eyes on the peacocks feathers). They both are very nurturing to the group, and they both are compassionate and kindhearted to everyone around them. They both have that gentle spirit that portrays wisdom and beauty, and they both provide protection for their group.

Also the text from the translation says “Behind the gentle smile. Therein lies kindness and strength” this says a lot about their characters and also shows the types of strength they both possess. But it also makes me think about the bit about showing their true colors. I am unsure if this also can be said of Sakura, but with Fai his smile was something that he hid behind, so when he finally showed his true self and truly smiled for everyone it was very gentle and kind. It definitely took strength to finally be able to get to that point.

Now referring to the colors, both of their color schemes blend in nicely with the picture, as well as allowing them to contrast, and have the pattern of the peacock feathers without it being too noticeable. Fai in particular works really well color wise because the blues match the body of the peacock, and the eyes of the feathers.

I can see why CLAMP decided to use peacock imagery with these two, it fits them and who they are very well and provides a beautiful vibrant chapter cover.

Mokona wanted to introduce them all and even asked Syaoran if she could all to tease Kurogane, this is great. Mokona is bouncing between them all so happily and when she gets to Kurogane she mentions how much of a drunkard he is. Mokona planned this! 
Haha and look Kurogane was already mad even before Mokona said the comment, because he is already expecting something to be said whenever someone else introduces him. Also wow that actually looks quite painful for Mokona this time.
(Also it seems Sakura already had the alcohol ready, he must have had it hidden under the table somewhere)

Mokona wanted to introduce them all and even asked Syaoran if she could all to tease Kurogane, this is great. Mokona is bouncing between them all so happily and when she gets to Kurogane she mentions how much of a drunkard he is. Mokona planned this!

Haha and look Kurogane was already mad even before Mokona said the comment, because he is already expecting something to be said whenever someone else introduces him. Also wow that actually looks quite painful for Mokona this time.

(Also it seems Sakura already had the alcohol ready, he must have had it hidden under the table somewhere)

Tachibana is implying that even if they told them their names it wouldn’t be their real names (which is true seeing as everyone there has a true name besides the ones they have). But I love how Fai can easily turn the focus back on them, because he points out they already did the exact same thing as he was implying they would do. Sakura and Tachibana can’t deny it because they know its true, so they just stay silent. 
Also it seems when Fai is inquiring about something the angle is tilted like we say in an earlier page. A clever affect and one that easily shows the distrust and observation from both groups.

Tachibana is implying that even if they told them their names it wouldn’t be their real names (which is true seeing as everyone there has a true name besides the ones they have). But I love how Fai can easily turn the focus back on them, because he points out they already did the exact same thing as he was implying they would do. Sakura and Tachibana can’t deny it because they know its true, so they just stay silent.

Also it seems when Fai is inquiring about something the angle is tilted like we say in an earlier page. A clever affect and one that easily shows the distrust and observation from both groups.




After Hana didn’t reveal her own name and they insisted on knowing it, Hana turns it around and says that Syaoran’s name isn’t his true name either. Syaoran and the rest realize she must have gotten this knowledge from somewhere, perhaps even have checked up on them before.
As I skimmed the raws earlier, I saw Sakura and Hana together, so I can only assume that is how she knows this information.
Which if Sakura was willing to reveal what his name was or at least that Syaoran had another name, the situation for everyone is going to get a lot worse because that implies Sakura knows something that is going to happen and is trying to do what she can for them.
As we know peoples name are very important and by keeping ones name a secret it is usually in protection of someone (Which must be why Tachibana and G7!Sakura are keeping Hana’s name a secret). So if Sakura gave Hana this information it means that she trusted her enough that she would help them, or perhaps have Syaoran and the others help Hana.

After Hana didn’t reveal her own name and they insisted on knowing it, Hana turns it around and says that Syaoran’s name isn’t his true name either. Syaoran and the rest realize she must have gotten this knowledge from somewhere, perhaps even have checked up on them before.

As I skimmed the raws earlier, I saw Sakura and Hana together, so I can only assume that is how she knows this information.

Which if Sakura was willing to reveal what his name was or at least that Syaoran had another name, the situation for everyone is going to get a lot worse because that implies Sakura knows something that is going to happen and is trying to do what she can for them.

As we know peoples name are very important and by keeping ones name a secret it is usually in protection of someone (Which must be why Tachibana and G7!Sakura are keeping Hana’s name a secret). So if Sakura gave Hana this information it means that she trusted her enough that she would help them, or perhaps have Syaoran and the others help Hana.

"Why are they special?" "They’re my favorite"  

"Why are they special?" "They’re my favorite"  

Hana is just eating her noodles normally not worried at all as she is just so happy to be having more noodles with everyone. No doubt she must have dragged everyone over and had Sakura make some more just so they could all try them together.
Meanwhile Kurogane is starring into the bowl not sure whether they would have poisoned them or not, still heeding cation around them. Tachibana seems somewhat annoyed at Kurogane that he would think they would do something like poisoning them at a meal.
Also just a side note but I believe this is the first time Kurogane has seen a reflection of himself before in the manga. Syaoran has seen his a few times and Fai saw his in the water in Nihon (Which I thought vampires can’t see their own reflections? as he had no magic at the time you think the blood would be most prominent too. Perhaps because he wasn’t originally a vampire.). But this is Kurogane’s first time, and he gets to see his reflection from a bowl of noodles.

Hana is just eating her noodles normally not worried at all as she is just so happy to be having more noodles with everyone. No doubt she must have dragged everyone over and had Sakura make some more just so they could all try them together.

Meanwhile Kurogane is starring into the bowl not sure whether they would have poisoned them or not, still heeding cation around them. Tachibana seems somewhat annoyed at Kurogane that he would think they would do something like poisoning them at a meal.

Also just a side note but I believe this is the first time Kurogane has seen a reflection of himself before in the manga. Syaoran has seen his a few times and Fai saw his in the water in Nihon (Which I thought vampires can’t see their own reflections? as he had no magic at the time you think the blood would be most prominent too. Perhaps because he wasn’t originally a vampire.). But this is Kurogane’s first time, and he gets to see his reflection from a bowl of noodles.

Annnnd there goes that uneasiness. Leave it to Hana to lighten the mood.

Hana is just so very excited that not only has Syaoran already tried these noodles but that he thought they were delicious. Now Hana and her love of noodles and food wants Syaoran to eat some more with her. Hana is so great. Syaoran is just so unprepared for this and doesn’t know how to react and is dragged along with it (I am understanding more why they chose that expression for Syaoran on the key chain).

Tachibana’s face palm is also great, Sakura is unfazed as I’m sure he was expecting this from Hana. Meanwhile Kurogane is just so confused along with Syaoran, and Fai just seems happily relieved. (and Mokona is happy of course!)

Hana you make everything so much happier all of a sudden with your antics.

When skimming the chapter before I noticed that Sakura and Tachibana are boxing them in here, basically as a tactic so they can’t run even if they wanted to. I thought it was a subtle thing they were doing, that Fai was picking up on from the looks of it.

But now with the translations I can confirm that is actually what was happening here. Fai actually addresses it too, and tells Syaoran that they don’t trust them (which explains Fai’s serious look in the second page). Fai has already sized up the situation, and can tell who is the most powerful and exactly what they are doing, nothing less than what you would expect of Fai.

However Sakura notices that Fai noticed, and waved at him as kind of a way of telling he knows that Fai knows whats up without having to say anything. Sakura has this way of showing how powerful he is without saying it much like Fai does, which might be why Fai thinks he is the strongest threat were anything to happen. The uneasiness is still there. A lot is expressed here from the characters with only a little dialog.

It seems both groups guards are up here. The Tsubasa family is trying to sense if this is a trap or not and the Gate 7 family is trying to sense if they are a danger or not. They are both on caution, and although it seems like a friendly meeting, neither knows if it is safe around the other group.

It seems both groups guards are up here. The Tsubasa family is trying to sense if this is a trap or not and the Gate 7 family is trying to sense if they are a danger or not. They are both on caution, and although it seems like a friendly meeting, neither knows if it is safe around the other group.

You can already tell that this is a royal palace. It looks like the Clow palace or even a little like the Celes Palace, lots of huge beams and big open spaces. In the last page you can see what almost looked like a garden from afar. Also it is interesting to see the symbol of the sun there unlike the moon which is usually shown. They must get their power from the sun in this world, seeing as it is always nice weather in this world that makes sense.
Also they hadn’t even landed yet and Kurogane jumps down off his (lion?) and lands just like a Ninja would. 

You can already tell that this is a royal palace. It looks like the Clow palace or even a little like the Celes Palace, lots of huge beams and big open spaces. In the last page you can see what almost looked like a garden from afar. Also it is interesting to see the symbol of the sun there unlike the moon which is usually shown. They must get their power from the sun in this world, seeing as it is always nice weather in this world that makes sense.

Also they hadn’t even landed yet and Kurogane jumps down off his (lion?) and lands just like a Ninja would.