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Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP

Release Date: April 27, 2004
Publisher: Del Rey
Series: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle #1
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 208
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Manga, Shōnen, Shojo
Format: Paperback
Source: Borders
Buy This At: Amazon

But they’re not the people you know. Sakura is the princess of Clow—and possessor of a mysterious, misunderstood power that promises to change the world. Syaoran is her childhood friend and leader of the archaeological dig that took his father’s life. They reside in an alternate reality . . . where whatever you least expect can happen—and does. When Sakura ventures to the dig site to declare her love for Syaoran, a puzzling symbol is uncovered—which triggers a remarkable quest. Now Syaoran embarks upon a desperate journey through other worlds—all in the name of saving Sakura.

For all CLAMP fans, this manga is a treat. Really, it's a sweet treat that brings back many CLAMP memories, kind of like watching the CLAMP in Wornderland videos on Youtube. Fans of Cardcaptor Sakura and XXXHolic are surly going to enjoy this. But don't fret those who've never read either or are new to CLAMP, it is totally fine to read Tsubasa without knowledge of any CLAMP works because that's how they roll :)

The one thing that you can always expect from the CLAMP mangaka is the artwork. You can always pick out a CLAMP manga if it was shoved into a giant mess of manga because CLAMP's characters always have the same eye designs, the long appendages, that's how I can spot out their work. Those who have dealt with reading CLAMP's manga know what I'm talking about.

Yes, Tsubasa brings back Sakura and Syaoran but in a different universe as different people. If you have read Cardcaptor you'd recognize the name Clow from the summary above. If you don't that's mighty fine, Clow is but a place in this story and doesn't refer to anything like Cardcaptor. Back to the characters, in this manga you follow Syaoran and two other travelers, one who was banished from his home and the other who is journeying of his own accord, in his search for Princess Sakura. On every journey you watch the characters fight, grow, and change, and with each journey you, the reader, takes a piece of them into your heart and that is really what I did. The characters of Tsubasa really clutch at your hearts at different spots. 

With CLAMP you can always expect quality and that is truly what get out of every story told.

Story: X

Artwork: XS