Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 01

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 01

SAKURA AND SYAORAN RETURN!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. Wh...

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Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 01 Reviews

  • Erin

    Sometimes authors/creators will take the characters they use in one story and then place them in a totally diff. one with a alternate universe storyline going on. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Tsubasa is one that works. Very well.

    With a pretty original plot driving the series and familiar characters being developed in an alternate but convincing way, the CLAMP writers have made a manga I immediately loved.

    Can't really explain why but it hit all the right parts for me: interesting

    Sometimes authors/creators will take the characters they use in one story and then place them in a totally diff. one with a alternate universe storyline going on. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Tsubasa is one that works. Very well.

    With a pretty original plot driving the series and familiar characters being developed in an alternate but convincing way, the CLAMP writers have made a manga I immediately loved.

    Can't really explain why but it hit all the right parts for me: interesting characters and development, good and original take on plot, the drawing is somewhat simplistic and detailed all at the same time but classicly CLAMP (which means you can expect quality), and it left me wanting more.

  • JM

    YA fantasy manga. This is a companion/crossover series with

    . Syaoran and Sakura have been the closest of friends since they were children. Now Sakura has been attacked, and her memories scattered as feathers across the multiverse. Without her memories, she'll die. Syaoran goes to Yuuko, the Dimension Witch, for a way to save her, and is given a creature who will act as a guide through the dimensions: but Yuuko grants wishes only for a price that matches th

    YA fantasy manga. This is a companion/crossover series with

    . Syaoran and Sakura have been the closest of friends since they were children. Now Sakura has been attacked, and her memories scattered as feathers across the multiverse. Without her memories, she'll die. Syaoran goes to Yuuko, the Dimension Witch, for a way to save her, and is given a creature who will act as a guide through the dimensions: but Yuuko grants wishes only for a price that matches the wish, and Syaoran's price is his relationship with Sakura. Yuuko takes Sakura's memories of Syaoran, memories that no matter how many feathers Syaoran collects Sakura can

    get back. The wish is still too powerful for the price, though, so Yuuko splits the price between two other travellers - strangers to each other - who also need to travel through dimensions. These are Fai, a young mage with a sweet smile and a charming sense of humour, whose motives and secrets are an apparently dark mystery, and Kurogane, a violent assassin banished from his own world.

    On paper, this seris hits my narrative kinks with such pinpoint accuracy that I ought to be unconscious. The need to save a friend and amnesia that destroys or twists the relationship between two characters are tropes I love. Memory tropes in general are utterly fascinating to me, and the idea of gathering up bits of memory in discrete pieces, and reforming your worldview a bit at a time, offers absolutely fantastic opportunities for meta about the inter-relation of memory and identity, which I'm excited about watching unfold.

    Despite that, this isn't nearly as good as

    so far, mostly because the characters and their interactions are not nearly as cool. Syaoran is plucky and determined and devoted and has an underprivileged background. Sakura is wide-eyed and warm and uncertain and impulsive. Their dynamic so far mostly consists of Sakura being sleepily sweet and oblivious and Syaoran being angsty and determined, which is not everything that I want from an amnesia premise. Fai and Kurogane have a wonderful dynamic, but I haven't read far enough to really see how it will develop yet. I don't love the world/s as much either. I love to see fantasy interweave with the real world, and that's what

    does, whereas

    is a parade of funky new worlds. That's fun, but none of the worlds can be as well developed as

    's Tokyo, by definition.

    ETA: Now that I've finished the series, this review badly needs updating, mostly with flailing love and hilarifying angst.

  • Nərmin

    So I started to Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. The main reason was that it is well known, classic manga and loved by almost everyone. So I decided to turn to it.

    I liked the first chapter but to be honest, it was a bit confusing. This dimension-hopping thing is new to me, also the characters were introduced quickly. But at the end of the volume I got interested in the story.

    Syaoran and Sakura friendship was cute at the beginning. I already liked Syaoran, he seems calm and ma

    So I started to Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. The main reason was that it is well known, classic manga and loved by almost everyone. So I decided to turn to it.

    I liked the first chapter but to be honest, it was a bit confusing. This dimension-hopping thing is new to me, also the characters were introduced quickly. But at the end of the volume I got interested in the story.

    Syaoran and Sakura friendship was cute at the beginning. I already liked Syaoran, he seems calm and mature character, also determined. Other characters also seem unique. The humor was pleasant too. The art was satisfactory. Let's see what happens next.

    I have mixed feelings about this manga. Beginning was powerful, some story arcs were interesting. But after a while, it got repetitive. I waited for good explanations and decent ending. But it didn't get decent explanations and the ending was horrible.

    I liked main characters : Shaoran, Sakura, Kurogane, Fai, Dimension witch Yuka However, some were medicore and forgettable. I didn't like the main evil character, he was one dimensional and uninteresting.

    So, the story was like a repetitive fairy tale gone dark and confusing after a while. I really want to like this, but searching for my emotions, I don't feel any. It is like an okay-didn't-like-much-but-okay kinda story.

    So,

    overall.

  • Alena

    (This review applies to the whole manga series, rather than the first volume.)

    Don't be fooled by the cute, light-adventure facade the first volume of this series projects. There is plot coming, and it will hit like a truck.

    Many readers find it hard to connect with Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE at first look, because the actual story starts out a bit slower than the dramatic teaser at the opening of the first chapter. It feels a bit like a bait-and-switch; for the first half-dozen volumes or so, T

    (This review applies to the whole manga series, rather than the first volume.)

    Don't be fooled by the cute, light-adventure facade the first volume of this series projects. There is plot coming, and it will hit like a truck.

    Many readers find it hard to connect with Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE at first look, because the actual story starts out a bit slower than the dramatic teaser at the opening of the first chapter. It feels a bit like a bait-and-switch; for the first half-dozen volumes or so, Tsubasa is merely the episodic crossover adventures of CLAMP's fan-favorite characters Syaoran and Sakura and friends as they hop through worlds populated by other familiar CLAMP faces. Those who continue reading beyond that point begin seeing character revelations and tiny hints of things to come scattered throughout the next half-dozen volumes, which makes the series a bit more intriguing -- but it's still easy to mistake the series for your standard villain-of-the-week adventure story.

    And then, around volume 13 or 14, the plot suddenly kicks into high gear. All of the innocuous hints that have been planted throughout the first dozen volumes begin to come into play. From that point it becomes fast, intense, and utterly addictive, and as the series continues I find myself gnawing on things in anticipation of the next chapter's release.

    This is by far the best CLAMP series of the dozen or so I've read. It's a must for fans of CLAMP's other work, nearly all of which is represented here, but even for non-CLAMP devotees, the story is worth reading for the creative plot twists and deliciously angst-drizzled character development.

    ...and Fay D. Flourite. Read the series, if only for Fay. ^_^

  • Pearl

    You want to have your brain fried? then I suggest you read Tsubasa.

    CLAMP is super clever in taking the two main protagonist from their other work: Cardcaptor Sakura, a favourite of mine. So, duh, I was pretty much sucked in like *that*. But, I didn't read Tsubasa straight after it was released in Thailand, I was too busy obsessing over something else at that time but one of my friends was hooked on it (but never got to the end because it became too much of a mindfuck for her)

    But hey, a few yea

    You want to have your brain fried? then I suggest you read Tsubasa.

    CLAMP is super clever in taking the two main protagonist from their other work: Cardcaptor Sakura, a favourite of mine. So, duh, I was pretty much sucked in like *that*. But, I didn't read Tsubasa straight after it was released in Thailand, I was too busy obsessing over something else at that time but one of my friends was hooked on it (but never got to the end because it became too much of a mindfuck for her)

    But hey, a few years later is better than never starting at all!

    The plot is good with the twist and turns in it can make anyone suffer a brain freeze and want to abandon ship. I was not one of those people. Though I almost threw in the towel by around chapter 150 or so, I was so damn curious to find out what would happen in the end. Plus, help from the internet was great as well for clearing things up. All the characters back stories were a favourite for me and how they all were linked by Fei Wong (Wang?) Reed. And everyone of them were damaged in their own way. At the beginning of the journey it was more funny and fluffy towards the middle till end it went full blown angst on me after finding out the characters back stories (murdered!parents, dead!twin, clone!parents and so on so fourth...)and holy crap, violent. But hey its a "shonen" manga for boys in their teens.

    It is also first and foremost a love story, what guy would go on a journey crossing dimensions to save your memories while kicking ass at the same time? oh, and also, you have no idea who this guy is, but he does it for you any ways? no, not so many guys would do that. Just Syaoran. Which now leads me to say the infamous Thai saying "Only the good men are in novels" or in his case; manga.

  • Lois Bujold

    OK, I plowed through all 28 volumes of this initially in an effort to make sense of

    . Which, eventually, it sort of did. What I am to use to make sense of

    , I don't know. Well, Wikipedia, I suppose, but even it only becomes comprehensible after one has read the thing maybe twice.

    I had actually, as usual, started with the anime, but it does not go all the way to the end of the tale, and it skipped some parts I'd been especially curious about. The anime is quite well done and recomm

    OK, I plowed through all 28 volumes of this initially in an effort to make sense of

    . Which, eventually, it sort of did. What I am to use to make sense of

    , I don't know. Well, Wikipedia, I suppose, but even it only becomes comprehensible after one has read the thing maybe twice.

    I had actually, as usual, started with the anime, but it does not go all the way to the end of the tale, and it skipped some parts I'd been especially curious about. The anime is quite well done and recommended, if incomplete even with the OVAs added.

    Attractions include a couple of very beguiling side characters, and a good bit of sartorial and art value. Also, it never descends into smarminess. De-tractions include the utterly tedious fight scenes that seem to be a requirement of the form, and without which one could get through things in half the time and page count with no loss of information.

    The most complicated end-game I have ever seen finally clears the decks for the happy ending, which is: all the male characters go off into the sunset together, and they finally dump the girl who stays home. Granted, she's spent half the tale comatose, taking passive heroine-ing to whole new levels just short of necrophilia. So they're all probably better off without each other.

    All the markers of the genre cranked up to eleven; angsty backstories, wildly melodramatic set pieces, dark secrets, a peculiarly Japanese idfic.

    I kinda liked it, actually.

    Ta, L.

  • Ana Encinas

    Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, primer tomo escrito por CLAMP. Una historia muy interesante, en el que encontraremos personajes de otras de las historias más famosas de las autoras, con una trama muy novedosa e intensa, en el que Syaoran deberá encontrar partes del alma de la princesa Sakura antes de que sea demasiado tarde, pero no estará solo en esta aventura, por lo que será más llevadera toda la presión y la carga. Este primer tomo me ha fascinado por completo, por lo que si eres fan de alguna

    Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, primer tomo escrito por CLAMP. Una historia muy interesante, en el que encontraremos personajes de otras de las historias más famosas de las autoras, con una trama muy novedosa e intensa, en el que Syaoran deberá encontrar partes del alma de la princesa Sakura antes de que sea demasiado tarde, pero no estará solo en esta aventura, por lo que será más llevadera toda la presión y la carga. Este primer tomo me ha fascinado por completo, por lo que si eres fan de alguna de las historias de CLAMP, esta historia es muy recomendable. 4,5/5 estrellas

  • Stephanie

    This is a fantasy quest journey and most of all a love story. Childhood friends, Princess Sakura and Syaoran, the son of a famous archeologist, meet up again after seven years apart. The royal family offered Syaoran a place in their home after his father died, but he felt that, as a commoner, he couldn’t. Now Syaoran has established a name for himself in the archeological field and returns to the land of Sakura’s kingdom. When Sakura visits the archeological dig she touches the Tsubasa (the wing

    This is a fantasy quest journey and most of all a love story. Childhood friends, Princess Sakura and Syaoran, the son of a famous archeologist, meet up again after seven years apart. The royal family offered Syaoran a place in their home after his father died, but he felt that, as a commoner, he couldn’t. Now Syaoran has established a name for himself in the archeological field and returns to the land of Sakura’s kingdom. When Sakura visits the archeological dig she touches the Tsubasa (the wings) of an ancient artifact, she loses all of her memories from the moment of her birth. Now Syaoran must travel through space and time to gather her memories back and save Sakura!

    Two other space/time travelers meet Syaoran; one of his own accord, the other banished. Now the fates of the three are intertwined as they navigate alternate dimensions.

    For as corny and melodramatic as the plot is, I’m enjoying this one. I love the swoop-ey illustrations that lend a feeling a weightlessness to the time travel, although I have a little bit of a problem with a helpless girl character. My manga friend who has read the series assures my that as the series progresses Sakura changes and kicks butt. Alas, I usually only read the first book in a manga series...

  • Karaoke OK

    [Series Length: 19 volumes / Read: volumes 1-6]

    World-renowned mangaka circle CLAMP has basically phoned it in with "Tsubasa". Basically just a lame excuse to re-visit old characters from previous CLAMP titles in new settings, the story revolves around an alternate version of Syaoran (originally of "Card Captor Sakura" fame) going dimension-hopping with a magician and warrior from one random world to the next, all to recover the memories of Sakura (also an alternate version, of course). Along the

    [Series Length: 19 volumes / Read: volumes 1-6]

    World-renowned mangaka circle CLAMP has basically phoned it in with "Tsubasa". Basically just a lame excuse to re-visit old characters from previous CLAMP titles in new settings, the story revolves around an alternate version of Syaoran (originally of "Card Captor Sakura" fame) going dimension-hopping with a magician and warrior from one random world to the next, all to recover the memories of Sakura (also an alternate version, of course). Along the way, they meet--you guessed it--alternate versions of previously-existing CLAMP characters who either hinder or help the heroes.

    Really, it's this kind of aimless wandering around that bores me to death (much like Rumiko Takahashi's "Inu Yasha" series). And because of the constant dimension-hopping, it's hard to get to know any of the characters, much less care about them. And given that they're NOT REALLY the characters that long-time CLAMP fans associate them with, do they even matter very much?

    What would have been much more interesting was a series in which established CLAMP characters truly get to meet and interact with each other. CLAMP has actually done a fairly good job of this in the past, intermingling characters across different series ("Tokyo Babylon" with "X"; "20 Mensou ni Onegai" with "CLAMP Gakuen Tanteidan"; "Angelic Layer" with "Chobits") but has never really thrown entire casts into a soup, with the exception of the "CLAMP In Wonderland" music videos (which I personally enjoyed).

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