Name: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Shounen
Original Runtime: May, 2003 – October, 2009
In an excavation in the mysterious ruins of Clow country, Syaoran finds his childhood friend and love interest Sakura with wings. Suddenly the wings disperse and the feather gets scattered while Sakura falls unconscious. As the feathers disappear to different dimension so does Sakura’s memories. She falls into a catatonic, near death state. In a desperate attempt to her life, Syaoran meets the dimemtional witch and decides to travel dimensions to get back those feathers and revive Sakura. Syaoron will be accompanied by Kurogane, A Japanese Ninja and Fai, a mage from Celes country.
CLAMP is a master at executing complicated story line. Anyone familiar with their works will know how mind bending are the stories of CLAMP. Cardcaptor Sakura and XXX Holic are prime examples. While on the hindsight Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle is a magical adventure with tons of comedy and romance involved however as the story gets deeper and we start to know about each person’s motive for the feathers. It starts to get extremely perplexing and around chapter 190 you will almost lose your sanity. If you enjoy complicated story line and something that will make you think for hours Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle definitely fills your criteria. Suspense, thrills and surprises are always around the corner when you are reading Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. There is no pacing issue and the story is enjoying every chapter and keeps you guessing.
If you regularly follow CLAMP, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is an absolute gem. It’s a crossover of various clamp characters. Syaoran, Sakura, Toya, Yuki, Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura, Kurogane from Kobato, Chii from Chobits; Yuuko, Watanuki, Mokona from XXX Holic; Kamui and Subaru from Tokyo Babylon. The surprising thing is they actually have the same personality. All character has shown stark character development throughout the course of the manga. The wide range of character really makes Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle truly a must read manga.
Here are some notable characters form the manga:
The art style reflects the typical drawing style of CLAMP. The characters are thin and stark contrast of colors. Preferring dark colors and unique way of presenting the panels something we have become accustomed to from CLAMP. It is attractive enough to draw any type of reader.
Here are some art samples from the manga:
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle gets extremely complicated after a certain time. If you can’t understand what is going on it becomes an impediment to enjoying the manga. If you don’t like mind benders don’t read this. This is not for you. However those who have a somewhat masochistic tendency like myself and just enjoy mind boggling stories, will love it.
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a masterpiece of a manga. Don’t judge it by what you have seen in the anime. The anime is a poor adaptation and didn’t stay true to the manga from 2nd season. If you really want to know how good Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is, read the manga. It’s regrettable that the poor anime adaptation is diminishing the goodwill of the Tsubasa franchise.