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i feel like i appreciate sakura’s role in the story a lot more than i did during my last read-through. like, the way she’s set up as a strong-willed but weak-bodied princess who needs the help of three (mostly) male-coded people to save her… i mean, they play it really well, and i think especially in the end, they turn that trope around beautifully, which is the kind of thing i’ve always loved about CLAMP’s work.
but i feel like this read-through, being part of a community of mentally ill queer youth, i appreciate the way she’s written a lot more. because she’s not able to contribute by way of Being Active and Doing Psyically Difficult Things most of the time. but her inability to do that is never ever portrayed as something that is holding the group back, or a burden. the narrative goes out of its way, time and time again, to show that her abilities to provide emotional support or even just be there are just as valuable as everyone else’s contributions. i mean, i think you could read her narrative as, a group of friend supporting each other’s wellbeing and her recovery from a severe illness. and i think, it’s pretty rare to see that kind of situation portrayed in such a way that all four of them are roughly equal, instead of having her as a damsel in distress. i’m really digging it.
sakura & co as a role-model for how friend-groups involving a person with chronic illness should be, is what i’m saying here.
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