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Kaho Mizuki
観月 歌帆
Illustration 01 38
Kaho in the manga
Series Cardcaptor Sakura
Profile
Also Known As Layla McKenzie (Cardcaptors)
Age 35
Birthday February 11
Relations Clow Reed (ancestor)
Eriol (associate/lover)
Residence Tomoeda, Japan
England (former residence)
Powers Supernatural detection
Spiritual awareness
Spiritual affinity
Danger sense
Intuitive aptitude
Extended longevity
Slowed aging
Supernatural knowledge
Spiritual affinity
Magical affinity
Overpower the Maze Card (via magic bell)
Knowledge of the Lock Card
Characteristics
Gender Female
Hair Reddish brown
Eyes brown
Blood Type A
Appearances
First Appearance
(Manga)
Chapter 37
First Appearance
(Anime)
Sakura and One More Sakura (dream; no lines)
Sakura and the Wonderful Teacher
Last Appearance
(Manga)
Chapter 50
Last Appearance
(Anime)
Sakura and The Sealed Card
Voices
Seiyuu Emi Shinohara
English Linda Rae Jurgens (Cardcaptors)
Philece Sampler (2nd movie)
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Kaho Mizuki (観月 歌帆 Mizuki Kaho) is a fictional character in Clamp's anime and manga series Cardcaptor Sakura. She is known as Layla McKenzie in the English adaptation Cardcaptors. She is a shrine maiden and the daughter of the priest at the Tsukimine Shrine where she lives.

She first appears as the protagonist Sakura Kinomoto’s math teacher. For a time she takes over as the regular teacher of Sakura’s class, temporarily replacing Yoshiyuki Terada. She later becomes a significant character in the second season of the anime and latter chapters of the first half of the manga.

Initially she was introduced as mysterious and enigmatic who appeared to know more than what she was letting on and with an uncertain agenda. It later turns out that she plays an important role in the "Final Judgment" concerning Sakura. Kaho is in possession of the Moon Bell: a mystical artifact, until it serves its purpose in the Final Judgement. The bell gives Sakura a second chance to beat the guardian Yue during the Judgement.

Appearance

Kaho has long red hair, parted down the center, with the left side having a slight lift. She has milky white skin, and cinnamon colored eyes. Many characters often comment admiringly on her beauty.[1]

She is usually seen in the garb of a shrine maiden (Miko), wearing a white (kimono), red hakama (long, divided trousers), white socks and a pair of wooden sandals. She sweeps her back in to a pony tail using a white ribbon that runs down her back.

She is more commonly seen in a formal pink dress.

Personality

"There are coincidences in this world, only inevitability."
— Kaho during the Final Judgement

Kind, warm, serene and mature, Kaho is patient, polite, calm and level headed and effortlessly elegant. In her earlier appearances she came across as mysterious and enigmatic – although genuinely cheerful and kind, and seemingly harbouring some unknown motivation – fuelling Syaoran Li’s initial skepticism and mistrust of her.

She is keenly perceptive and extraordinarily wise - seeing through the group’s antics and providing necessary, although usually subtle, help with a particular situation. Normally she is content to act as an observer and leave Sakura and Syaoran to own their means. However, when they come up against a particular tricky Clow Card they are unable to overcome she will – subtly – intervene. Whether it’s the Maze or Lock cards her interventions have been extraordinarily helpful.

Her kindness and generosity are demonstrated when she hands over a bag of chestnuts to Sakura and Yukito Tsukishiro as a token of her apperception when they volunteered to help her to clean up the shrine grounds.[2] After Meiling and Sakura unfairly lost their chance to get some charms they’d had their hearts set on, she retrieved some and personally gave them one each, much to the two girls delight.[1]

She strongly believes in the workings of Fate and Destiny, remarking that there is no such thing as mere chance in the world, but only inevitability and predestines.

Kaho is excellent at archery, once entering a competition against Yukito. She narrowly lost to him only after losing her concentration due to sensing Kero’s presence nearby.[3]

Kaho’s hobby is antique collecting[4] and her favorite thing to do is going for walks.[4] Her favourite food is anything alcoholic[4] and her least favorite is marshmallow.[4] She has difficulty remembering street names.[4]

Relationships

Sakura

Sakura dazed

A typical reaction by Sakura around Kaho's presence.

"I’m all dazed when I see Ms Mizuki!"
— Sakura

Upon meeting Kaho for the first time, Sakura was struck by how “beautiful” she is and later reverently remarks how kind she is. Sakura comments how happy she is just watching her.[1] She views her as utterly positive and once remarked that she wanted to grow up to be just like her.[1] Unlike Syaoran’s apprehension, Sakura does not feel anything suspicious about her, and always feels ‘happy’ and ‘dazed’ whenever she sees Kaho.

During the latter trials capturing the Clow Cards, Kaho aids Sakura, albeit indirectly, giving her cryptic messages and advice on how to deal with a particular card. Kaho has total faith in Sakura and her abilities and believes she can succeed when the time comes for her to take her part in the Final Judgment.

She also shows deep concern for Sakura’s wellbeing and worries about her after she falls ill in episode 39.[5]

During the third season after Kaho leaves Tomoeda there is a constant exchange of letters between Kaho and Sakura.

Li Shaoran

Initially, Shaoran was suspicious and distrustful of the new teacher. He sensed her exceptionally powerful abilities immediately and warned Sakura to be wary of her. He appears openly tense and cautious around Kaho’s presence, usually narrowing his eyes and keeping silent.

In return Kaho is bemused by his behavior, favoring him with bright smiles and appeared to goad him on and try and make small talk with him.[6]

Toya Kinomoto

Toya and Kaho were a couple back when Touya was in Junior High.She was his teacher.[2] She first met him at the Tsukimine Shrine, under a Cheery blossom Tree. Toya eventually confessed his love to her, and she returned it.

KT ep 27

Kaho breaks the news she is leaving.

Kaho genuinely loved Toya. She comments it was fun to spend time together. Eventually however, Kaho had to break it off to go overseas to study.[2]

When Toya insists why, she merely smiles and replies cryptically the next time they’d meet he would have someone else to love - and so would she. She confidently predicted they would be good friends.[2]

After returning, she treats him warmly and affectionately, but more as an older brother than a lover.

Eriol

"I met him when I was in college. When I learned he was the reincarnation of Clow Reed, I thought of helping him out."
— {{{2}}}

In the manga, Kaho remarked how kind Eriol Hiiragizawa is, but she explained he had grown to care more about one person than anyone else. Kaho then asks if he already knew she loved him and he did and replies "if your feelings are the same as mine, we'll have a happy ending." She is last seen holding hands with Eriol discussing their future together.

In the anime, she had met him when she lived in England and sensed that he was the reincarnation of Clow Reed himself. Since then, Kaho was secretly doing all she could to assist Eriol in his mission to have the new Master of the Clow Cards grow stronger and more powerful by transforming all fifty-two Cards' into Sakura (Star Cards in the English version) Cards under her own strength. She had received several letters from Sakura

Keroberos

Episode 44

Kero and Kaho's very first encounter.

Kaho and Kero initially met in episode 32; albeit under unusual circumstances. Due to a prior mishap sealing the Change card Kero was temporarily in Syaoran’s body. Because Kero was not in his original body at the time he did not sense anything unusual about her. They meet again properly in episode 44 when Kero in his original small body confronts her alone.

Kero was at first skeptical of her and weary of her powerful moon-based magic, believing her to be Yue. Kaho however was polite throughout, greeting him affably and speaking to the little guardian courteously. She did however, when pressed, not reveal what her role would be in the Final Judgment, but reassured him that she believed in Sakura. She had said "Hello" to him when she was invited at Eriol's home for tea.

Yukito

In the few times they’ve met Kaho and Yukito have got along well and spoken amiably to one another. She gives him a bag of chestnuts when he and Sakura volunteered to help her to clean up the shrine grounds as a token of her appreciation.[2]

During their archery contest, she wished him good luck – which he courteously returned. After she narrowly lost due to a fluke, she graciously congratulated him and commendably shook his hand.[3]

Li Meiling

she teaching her with the ice skating.[7]

Storyline

Clow Cards Arc

Kaho first appears in the series as a mysterious substitute teacher at Tomoeda Elementary School, where she teaches math to the class that includes Sakura Kinomoto and Syaoran Li. The two students have opposite reactions to her: Sakura takes an instant liking, while Syaoran responds with coldness and mistrust.

When Sakura, Syaoran, Meiling, and Tomoyo Daidōji go to Tsukimine Shrine and are trapped by The Maze, they are rescued by Kaho, who is the daughter of the priest. She also possesses an artifact called the Moon Bell, which can affect Clow Cards. At the same time, it is revealed that not only did Sakura's older brother Toya know Kaho, but also that they had an intimate relationship while she was his junior high school student teacher. Toya reveals that Kaho had broken up with him so she could go to England to study; she also told him that, in their next meeting, they'd be in love with other people, their own relationship sealed as a deep friendship.

In the Final Judgement, it is revealed the Kaho's Moon Bell was created by Clow Reed, and left in the care of the Tsukimine shrine to be given to Sakura to help her to defeat Yue without having to injure him. The bell combines with Sakura's staff to create a new staff of Sakura's own power, and even allows her to use even a card under Yue's jurisdiction (Windy) against him and winning the battle.

This is changed in the anime version of the series, however, where Kaho uses the Moon Bell to give the seemingly defeated Sakura a second chance, enabling her to win the Final Judgement and become the new master of the Clow Cards. After this, the Moon Bell disappears. After fulfilling her duty and delivering the Moon Bell to Sakura, Kaho returns to England, after enigmatically telling Yukito to "take care of" Toya.

Sakura Cards Arc

Kaho maintains a steady but guarded exchange of letters with Sakura that are full of enigmatic but helpful advice. When she finally reappears, to everyone's surprise, it is at the home of Eriol Hiiragizawa (the reincarnation of Clow Reed himself) to help arrange for his return to England in her company. She had met Eriol previously, when she first left Tomoeda to continue her studies in England, three years before Sakura discovered the Clow Book.

In the The Sealed Card movie, Kaho is last seen alongside Ruby Moon and Spinner Sun as Eriol is informing Sakura about the existence and great destructive powers of the Nothing Card. She warned Eriol of a great power about to cut the phone line. She asked her associate whether he was aware of the outcome, which he explained that he was not.

Powers and Abilities

It is hinted her magical potential is exceptionally strong: Cerberus remarks upon meeting her that he feels “magic of tremendous power” coming from her.[3] Because her magic is moon based, Kero originally believed her to be Yue, due to the fact that she was sending out moon-oriented signals to hide Yue's form as Yukito.[3]

Throughout the series glimpses of her exceptional power are shown. She was completely unfazed in the slightest by the powers of the Sleep card and remained awake and standing, even as everyone else around her fell asleep. This is significant as Toya, who possesses some latent magic himself, immediately fell asleep upon being exposed to the Sleep's spell.[8]

She was able to pierce through the Return card's protections, which would normally render any detection impossible[2]; something neither Cerberus nor Yue were able to do, and only Clow Reed himself was capable of.[9]

She was also the only one (beside Sakura and Syaoran) to avoid being frozen by the Freeze card in episode 33.

She was able to sneak up behind Sakura and Syaoran undetected with neither noticing until she made herself known: indicating she excelled at suppressing her magical presence.[1]

Numerous times throughout the series she demonstrates a strong sense of clairvoyance: correctly stating future phenomenon yet remaining enigmatic about the precise details.

She also appears to be knowledgeable – or at least have some degree of knowledge – concerning the Clow Cards and their abilities: successfully guessing the Lock card’s weakness and subtly directing Sakura how to overcome it.[10]

Layla; Bell

Clow Reed's Bell.

Clow Reed's Bell: This mystical bell has been passed down through Kaho’s family for generations and was originally left by Clow Reed. Its purpose was to enable Sakura another chance should she fail in in the Final Judgment.

With it Kaho gave Sakura another go to defeat Yue during the Final Judgment and claim rightful ownership over the Clow Cards. After it had allowed Sakura another attempt, it faded into nothingness, its purpose served.

Its possessor own great magical abilities are required to effectively use it. With it Kaho was able to effortlessly break down the walls of the Maze card, and fend off the attacks of the Firey card (only in the manga).[1]

Gallery

Trivia

  • During Sakura's Final Judgement, she said that the fact that Yukito, being Yue, had moved to Tomoeda, was not a coincidence because "There is no coincidence in this world - there is only inevitability". This phrase is Yuuko Ichihara's signature.
  • She does not appear in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, but her magical Moon Bell does, under the ownership of Tomoyo Daidouji.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 44
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 CardCaptor Sakura Manga: Chapter 18
  5. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 39
  6. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 41
  7. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 34
  8. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 45
  9. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 68
  10. CardCaptor Sakura Anime: Episode 38

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