|A Date with the Magician|
|Season 2, Episode 32|
|Air Date||June 3, 2006|
|Location||Fort City Bit|
Ep 31: Resolution of a Boy
Ep 33: Ashura's Reasons
A Date with the Magician is the 32nd episode of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
Fai has a dream where he is running from Ashura. Right as Ashura opens his eyes in the dream, Fai wakes up.
The group enters a new city in this new world, and is greeted by alternate versions Touya and Yukito. It seems that everyone who lives in this world can use magic, as Touya shows by created a meal for Syaoran and company. His specialty is food whereas Yukito is a tailor. Yukito goes on to say that this country chooses a king from its people, and that Touya used to be the king. Touya explains that every year everyone has a dream and the person in that dream becomes the next king. However, the current king isn’t fulfilling the responsibilities and as a result, morning won’t come for this country. In fact, it’s been months since they’ve seen daylight. Without it, they’re beginning to lose their magical powers.
Sumomo and Kotoko then appear and transport the entire group to the castle. Kotoko describes herself and Sumomo as magical spirits who serve the king. They want Fai to use his magic and convince the king to be the king. However, since Fai doesn’t use magic anymore, Sumomo and Kotoko teleport them to a special room: a jail cell. Mokona can’t detect any of Sakura’s feathers in this world, and Kurogane decides to break them out. Syaoran and Kurogane fight the stone guards and tell Fai and Sakura to run away. The two escape to the top of the castle and enter a room there. Inside is the girl king – someone that Fai instantly recognizes – Chi. Fai remembers how he had left Chi and Ashura in his original world.
Kotoko and Sumomo appear to explain that it’s impossible to talk to Chi because her memories have all disappeared. But they are intentionally gone because the king is supposed to have a pure heart. Sumomo says that the memories will be returned when Chi abdicates the throne. Mokona comments that this girl looks lonely, but Kotoko says that it’s not possible – without memories, she can’t be lonely. Mokona believes that Chi’s loneliness comes from being unable to leave the castle and go outside to play. Hearing this, Fai walks up to Chi, kneels down, and offers his hand; he wants to become friends. Chi suddenly lights up with magical power. Fai takes her outstretched hand and the two disappear from the room. Sakura returns to Syaoran and Kurogane, who aren’t fighting anymore because the stone guards around them disappeared. Syaoran thinks that Fai might have taken Chi to the Touya’s store.
Indeed, the two are there and now have new outfits. Fye first takes Chi out to a cafe and the pair enjoy drinks together. Fai starts to teach her some words as they take in the carnival atmosphere around them. Eventually Chi can say enough to ask him where he came from and where he’s going. The answer to the first question is a far away place and the answer to the second question is that he doesn’t know – but he can’t go back to the world he came from. Fai explains that he’s running away so that he doesn’t have to meet that person again. Chii notices that Fai looks lonely, but Fai denies it and smiles. She gets a little closer to him and says that she wants to remain together with him for a long time. Fai is a little surprised to hear her say this. Chi then thanks Fai for today. He puts his arm around her shoulder and says that he should be the one thanking her – it’s been a long time since he had this feeling.
Back at the store, Touya and Yukito are explaining to Syaoran and the others that Chi was created by a powerful magician. Her type can use magic and look just like humans, however they cannot set foot outside of this country because the magic that created them is only effective here. If she does leave, her body will disappear. Touya and Yukito had already informed Fai earlier. Yukito adds that if something happens to Chi, it’ll stay night in their world forever.
Fai and Chi run by outside because they’re now being chased by the stone guards. Kurogane and Syaoran help them out by defeating some guards, but it’s Chi who teleports herself and Fai away. She brings them to the gate leading out of the city and opens it. Knowing what will happen if she leaves, Fai stands between Chii and the gate. Chi wants to go with Fai; she wants to run away with Fai. These words have a profound effect on Fai, and he almost wraps his arms around her, but settles for placing his hands on her shoulders. He won’t let her do it because running away is a very painful thing. Chi thinks that if they do it together, the pain will be cut in half, but Fai thinks that it’ll probably double. Chi starts crying because she doesn’t understand. The pair of birds that she set free earlier fly by and one lands on her hand. Fai suggests that they go back because everyone is waiting. With tears in her eyes, Chi hugs Fai and the sun starts rising.
Sometime later, as Syaoran and company prepare to leave, Sumomo and Kotoko thank Fai for Chi’s safe return. Fai attributes it to Chi’s own decision. As the rainbow colored swirls surround Fai, he says goodbye and thank you to Chii. When she doesn’t understand what farewell means, Fai explains that it’s something you say when you’re parting ways; it means let’s meet again. Chi uses this new word and bids Fai farewell. After he’s gone Chi once again echoes “farewell.”
- This is a filler episode and has no equivalence in the manga.
- Chobits- Chi, Sumomo, and Kotoko
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