Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Vol: 28; Ch: 233
2003 - 2009
4.337 out of 5 from 3,401 votes
Rank #1,393
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

The power to cross over dimensions is one that is deeply coveted -- a lesson that childhood friends Sakura and Syaoran learn the hard way when an unknown enemy attacks an archaeological dig in their country.  As a result, Sakura's memories are scattered to different dimensions, causing her to fall into a deep sleep.  In order to save Sakura's life, she and Syaoran must journey to various worlds in search of her memories, with the help of fellow travelers, Fai and Kurogane.  But finding Sakura's memories won't be easy, and the price for traveling through time and space is high...

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This by far is probably one of the best mangas out there that I have ever read. I have never been hooked on a manga for so long and still kept buying the next volume as soon as it came out without taking stopping ever 5 volumes. If you have ever read any of CLAMP's other works you'll sure to be able to enjoy this one. Story: I have to give it a ten. It's original and fresh. This is the very first manga I have ever read that the story takes place in many different places. The plot seems to be never ending because they have to find Sakura's feathers. But that is what I like about it because I really would hate to see the end of such a great manga. Art: I give the art a 9. Clamp just has a way with their drawings that I find very unique. It reminds me a little of a duo tema of an amateur and an expert workinbg together. But that's what gives Tsubasa it's charm. Character: Another 9. I love how we meet new and old characters that are originally from other Clamp works. The main characters fits right in to this story. I would have not chosen any of the other of Clamp characters to play the main roles. Enjoyment: I give this a 10. It has plenty of humor. There is no end to just how funny this manga can be. I just get the biggest kick out of Fai-san and Mokona. And the cliffhangers leave you wondering about the next chapter or volume which leaves much for you to think about what would happen in the next volume. Overall: Overall, it is a 10. Everything ties in just perfectly. The never ending supply of cliffhangers and humor. Also plenty of characters to meet and see. You can not but help to pick up this manga and read it over and over again


This was one of the first manga I read all the way through. The art is gorgeous! I find myself often picking up the manga again and again to marvel at CLAMP's beautiful fashion, backgrounds, and flawless depictions of character emotions. They occasionally go into cliches of artistic depictions/artistic licensing though (such as characters seeming to lose 100s of gallons of blood). However, I'll give them a pass for distorting reality, since every battle and/or fantasy manga does this to some degree.  All the main characters have deep and complex motivations and backstories. Even though each of them has very unique situations which would be seemingly hard to relate to, they somehow all remain very endearing and you sympathize and empathize with nearly all of them. CLAMP pays painstaking detail with character interactions and every main character experiences significant growth, which continues to make them interesting throughout the story. I do wish they did more work on the motivations and backstories of side characters though.  The story really starts strong. It's unique and layered in many ways. The world-building also is immersive and detailed, and I always wanted more. I never got the feeling of filler or pointlessness during any parts of the plot and can't say there were any stories or arcs where I wish the story would just move along. There were also none of those moments which made you want to scream wondering why the hell the mangaka would want to "ruin everything." So the sad moments all hit appropriate notes and the jokes never came at the cost of a great moment.  Here's where it gets some points off; the latter half is very dark and almost jarring with the change of tone. While the darkness makes sense in the storyline, I felt slightly unprepared for how deeply the story would remain dark. Making it dark wasn't a bad thing, necessarily, but it made me miss some of the more cheerful moments and I felt the emotional depths the went into almost made the world-building suffer, or at least stand out less than it did. The final few chapters become very complicated and a little convoluted. Honestly, I had to reread the entire finale section because I became pretty confused with why certain events happened and why they happened that way.  Overall, I really enjoyed it! It was a great way to spend my time. I have to say that it works great as a standalone story but is an extra treat if you have read more of CLAMP! (Lots of lovely Easter eggs, cameos, and references!) 


Story:  I would have given Tsubasa a ten had it made complete sense. However, there were parts that were downright illogical. I know that it wasn’t supposed to be logical but I still don’t accept. Although Mokona from Clamp is probably the only person who fully understands Tsubasa, I loved the story. The beginning was funny and cute with dark undertones. During and after the Tokyo arc, the dark undertones took center stage. Goodbye to the cute days and hello dark and edgy. I think Tsubasa is the very definition of plot twists with things I wouldn’t expect things from a mile away. There is nothing predictable about Tsubasa. There is a little something for everyone from drama, comedy, action and romance. However, the themes are heavy and if you plan on finishing prepare for some heart-wrenching intensity and to have your mind blown. I did stare at the computer screen with my jaw dropped to the ground plenty of times. It is one thrilling ride that I would definitely be willing to take over and over again. Art:  I am a big lover of Clamp’s work and Tsubasa completely lives up to expectations art wise. The character designs are amazing. They are completely memorable and display emotions so real that you can feel them. I love all the character’s design. The backgrounds are fantastic and so are the movements. Each scene fulfills its purpose. The comedic scenes are funny and the emotional scenes leave you in awe. The cover art and chapter cover are great as well. The characters have incredibly long limbs and the action scenes can be hard to follow but I have little problem with either. ( I always have a hard time with action scenes.) To make this a short story: absolutely beautiful. Characters:  Tsubasa contains some of the best character development that I have read. Each character contains so much heart and their feelings and pasts are fully fleshed out. They have life and are so memorable that I’ll be thinking about them for a while. All the major characters and even secondary characters have personality and are unique. They don’t blend together and I have no problem telling them apart (however, they do work well together). They are also not cliché characters. I haven’t seen characters like this before. The decisions they make may not always be the best but they are understandable. It’s hard to not fall in love with this cast because I definitely did. Overall: This was an almost ten if it didn’t confuse me so much. Everything else stops nothing short of fantastic. It’s definitely a more mature read but still completely worth it. It will definitely be another one of Clamp’s work that will be joining my manga collection. 

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