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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 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. 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.


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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 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. 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.

30 review for Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    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. ^_^

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lois Bujold

    OK, I plowed through all 28 volumes of this initially in an effort to make sense of xxxHolic. Which, eventually, it sort of did. What I am to use to make sense of Tsubasa, 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 xxxHolic. Which, eventually, it sort of did. What I am to use to make sense of Tsubasa, 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nərmin

    First volume review 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 First volume review 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. Review of whole series 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, 3.92 stars overall.

  4. 4 out of 5

    lily ☁️

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    This first volume sets the stage for what looks to be an exciting story. The artwork was fabulous, and the dialogue read well. However, I hope it gets better after this point, because this start was a bit lackluster. Also, some profanity thrown into the mix was unnecessary.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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).

  8. 5 out of 5

    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...

  9. 4 out of 5

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Star Lord 777 LLIUJU

    The story is very entertaining and the characters are well-developed and it has a good beginning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    JM

    This review is for volumes 1-7. YA fantasy manga. This is a companion/crossover series with xxxHolic. 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 This review is for volumes 1-7. YA fantasy manga. This is a companion/crossover series with xxxHolic. 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 never 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 xxxHolic 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 xxxHolic does, whereas Tsubasa is a parade of funky new worlds. That's fun, but none of the worlds can be as well developed as xxxHolic's Tokyo, by definition. ETA: Now that I've finished the series, this review badly needs updating, mostly with flailing love and hilarifying angst.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hikaoru

    I've been meaning to read this for a while but never got the time to. Took my history test few hours ago and I deserve this break. Lol. Binge reading is a thing. Reading this, nostalgia hits like a truck. All the characters are familiar where all it take is a little recall. I don't think I mind alternate dimensions though most reviewers are disgruntled over the fact that the characters are not the same as before. I think they are at the very core the same but the situations make them different. W I've been meaning to read this for a while but never got the time to. Took my history test few hours ago and I deserve this break. Lol. Binge reading is a thing. Reading this, nostalgia hits like a truck. All the characters are familiar where all it take is a little recall. I don't think I mind alternate dimensions though most reviewers are disgruntled over the fact that the characters are not the same as before. I think they are at the very core the same but the situations make them different. We are after all the product of our environment.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Loewen

    I can't even say how much I love these books. For some reason I always thought that the first book was boring when I was younger; after reading it again I can't believe that I ever thought that. It's a beautiful start to a beautiful series. I can't even say how much I love these books. For some reason I always thought that the first book was boring when I was younger; after reading it again I can't believe that I ever thought that. It's a beautiful start to a beautiful series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    LADIES KICKING ASS AND MOKONA TOO

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lara Mi

    Review for complete series Tsubasa is in a way a love letter to all of CLAMP's other works. I went into this having read almost all - definitely all relevant - series by CLAMP, so I can't say for sure, but I think this series is only half as fun if you haven't read the other works (preferably all). If you enjoy Easter Eggs and cameos, Tsubasa is an absolute treat. For the longest time, Tsubasa was the longest manga series I owned; anything beyond 10 volumes makes me think twice as I find that most Review for complete series Tsubasa is in a way a love letter to all of CLAMP's other works. I went into this having read almost all - definitely all relevant - series by CLAMP, so I can't say for sure, but I think this series is only half as fun if you haven't read the other works (preferably all). If you enjoy Easter Eggs and cameos, Tsubasa is an absolute treat. For the longest time, Tsubasa was the longest manga series I owned; anything beyond 10 volumes makes me think twice as I find that most lengthy series just drag unnecessarily. However, it was impossible for me to say no to Tsubasa, Sakura and Syaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura have been long-time favourite manga characters of mine, not to mention that I am generally very fond of CLAMP and all their big and small crossovers. Reading a story that combines almost their entire bibliography and with Sakura and Syaoran as the main characters was too good to say no to. It should also be mentioned that this series is heavily interwoven with xxxHolic's plot and should best be read alongside each other. This Syaoran and Sakura are not the same from Cardcaptor Sakura (although the original Sakura makes a cameo). In essence, this is a story about travelling between dimensions - the same person can exist in different versions of themselves in different universes. Sakura and Syaoran travel between the different worlds - all very different - and meet characters and elements from all across CLAMP's other works. In fact, some characters appear more than once to highlight how the same being can exist and lead a different life in different worlds. It's really fun to see the characters from other stories living different lives, some are funny and some are bittersweet. CLAMP has killed off a fair amount of its characters in other works so it's nice to see some of them leading happier and peaceful lives. In addition to meeting a whole lot of known characters, there are also a couple of Tsubasa original characters such as Fay and Kurogane who accompany Sakura and Syaoran on their travels. I've grown to love Fay and Kurogane almost as much as I love the other two - so while Tsubasa is very much a homage to other CLAMP works, it's also a very character-driven story with both Fay and Kurogane having intricate and deep personalities. I also have to express my apologies to Kurogane - I always expected not to like him because I'm not very fond of brawns-over-brains type of characters, but I was very wrong about him; great character, smart as well a strong and just a really great guy. Being a work of CLAMP, it's almost needless to say that the art is beautiful. That being said, this is more of a shounen-esque series which also shows in the art with the somewhat oddly length limbs and a greater focus on action, weapons and muscles. I prefer shoujo art, but the facial art is much the same as other CLAMP works so I can absolutely live with that. A downside of Tsubasa is plain and simple that it gets confusing. There are time skips, world switching, doubles across different series (xxxHolic) and rather vague motivations from the villain's side. At some point, I just decided to go with the flow rather than trying to make sense of every detail. There's a bit of a loose end, though I wouldn't exactly call it a band ending either. Now that they are working on a sequel, it'll be interesting to see where things will lead to next. Either way, an absolute gem if you like CLAMP and crossovers, and Sakura, Syaoran, Fay and Kurogane are just a great team of characters - to be fair, Mokona is as much part of the team and deserves a mention too. Finally, I just love these characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    This starts with a bit of a bang, and picks up pace quickly. The art is traditional Clamp style, very easy to follow for the most part, and the story is interesting. I like the way Clamp is bringing in characters from their past works. I would suggest looking into the series these characters come from, and their is a convenient list in the back that says where they came from. That being said, you can enjoy it without having read those series, as the characters are completely different. I would r This starts with a bit of a bang, and picks up pace quickly. The art is traditional Clamp style, very easy to follow for the most part, and the story is interesting. I like the way Clamp is bringing in characters from their past works. I would suggest looking into the series these characters come from, and their is a convenient list in the back that says where they came from. That being said, you can enjoy it without having read those series, as the characters are completely different. I would recommend reading XXXhOliC as well. I vaguely remember the first 6 volumes of that, from when the library believed in having the whole series. Again, this is not necessary, but highly recommended, since that is a direct tie in to this series. Also, make sure you have at least two or three of these on hand before starting, or you will be in agonies of suspense!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    A well written, and fun story. I've seen this around before, but never heard anything about it. I love the art style though, and had to give it a try! Inside and out, the artwork is amazing, and the story is just as entertaining! I love the characters, Syaoran and Sakura are both likeable, and Fei and Kurogane are great together! I also enjoyed the side characters, and the setting is easy to imagine, yet unique enough to hold my attention. I will definitely continue this series, and try to find A well written, and fun story. I've seen this around before, but never heard anything about it. I love the art style though, and had to give it a try! Inside and out, the artwork is amazing, and the story is just as entertaining! I love the characters, Syaoran and Sakura are both likeable, and Fei and Kurogane are great together! I also enjoyed the side characters, and the setting is easy to imagine, yet unique enough to hold my attention. I will definitely continue this series, and try to find the original series as well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yume

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really like characters in this manga. Shaoran and Sakura’s character is most exciting for me! When she got sleep deeply, he made so sad face. I felt his love for her....I want to know what will happen at last!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Asuka Nishino

    This is a fantasy manga of CLAMP that main characters trips to parallel world. So setting of place changes frequently. There are 2 main characters are Syaoran and Sakura, Syaoran is courage and kind person, and Sakura is a caricature princess. But everyone has each attractive point, so readers don’t get bored with these characters and story. And the most attractive point of this manga is the art. Each frames were drowned with delicate touching of drowning. We must be fascinated with these arts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Tsubasa is just wonderful. It's a cleverly written manga with likable characters and a fun journey for readers to travel. This manga is one of CLAMP's finest work yet. This is a manga where you need to read most (if not all) of CLAMP's previous works in order to get some of the references placed in this manga. As a whole, this series is fantastic. As a first volume, it is just wonderful and endearing. Syaoran and Sakura are the main characters (from Cardcaptor Sakura) and they live in this fanta Tsubasa is just wonderful. It's a cleverly written manga with likable characters and a fun journey for readers to travel. This manga is one of CLAMP's finest work yet. This is a manga where you need to read most (if not all) of CLAMP's previous works in order to get some of the references placed in this manga. As a whole, this series is fantastic. As a first volume, it is just wonderful and endearing. Syaoran and Sakura are the main characters (from Cardcaptor Sakura) and they live in this fantasy world where Sakura is the princess of Clow Kingdom and Syaoran is an archaeologist. They both come across these ruins (not at the same time) and Sakura ends up loosing her feathers which are her memories of her life. With her feathers scattered across different worlds, Syaoran goes on a quest to find Sakura's feathers to save her life. There are also a couple of colorful characters that tag along with him. First, you have the grouch swordsman Kurogane who was the guard of a princess and was sent on a journey to find a way to be strong without taking the lives of others. Then there's Fai. A powerful sorcerer who seems to be running away from his world for some unknown reason. He's positive, cheerful, mischievous, quick-witted, and kind of a goof. The comedy between him and Kurogane is pretty funny. It's the typical opposite personalities who hate each other but are really close friends. It's funny at times but it's also something we've seen before. Of course, this series is tied to CLAMP's other series XXXHolic and these characters go see the Dimensional Witch Yuko Ichihara and she sends them on a quest while each of them is paying a price for going on this journey. If I had to give one complaint, it would be that Sakura is kind of weak in this series. She's unconscious for most of the volume (not to mention some of the earlier volumes as well) and her true love has to rescue her all the time. (view spoiler)[But I will say that she does get better, maybe not stronger but at least she's more active. (hide spoiler)] I absolutely love this manga. It's fun, it's clever, it's creative, and the characters are just enjoyable to follow. It's just a wonderful adventure with fantastic magical moments.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP is a companion series to xxxHolic. As I'm reading xxxHolic I feel obligated to try Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE. Volume 1 sets up the story. Syaoran and Sakura (who are alternates from the ones in Card Captor Sakura) have grown up together. Syaoran is an archeologist's son and Sakura is a princess, the younger sister of the king. A freak accident at the archeological dig results in Sakura losing her memories and having them scattered across the dimensions. Th Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP is a companion series to xxxHolic. As I'm reading xxxHolic I feel obligated to try Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE. Volume 1 sets up the story. Syaoran and Sakura (who are alternates from the ones in Card Captor Sakura) have grown up together. Syaoran is an archeologist's son and Sakura is a princess, the younger sister of the king. A freak accident at the archeological dig results in Sakura losing her memories and having them scattered across the dimensions. The manga recounts how Syaoran helps her recover them at the price of her never being able to remember their friendship. To be able to chase after her memories, they need the help of the Dimensional Witch and are sent there with the aid of the king's magician (and best friend). When they arrive in Yuko's yard they do so with two other men whom they've never met but will now be forced to travel with them. Now as this is a story about alternate worlds and doppelgängers, I see alternates even where they aren't explicitly pointed out. For example Sakura's brother looks like Domeki and the magician looks like a blond Watanuki. But I might be seeing things that aren't there. Anyway, reading this first volume was a bit of a chore. The problem is that a few years ago my husband got into the anime series. And we rented the first disc a bunch of times. Then recently as we were getting into xxxHolic he decided to re-watch the series especially since he now knew who Yuko and everyone else were from the companion series. By the time I got to reading volume 1 I felt like I had already read it and I was to the point of being sick of the set up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I'd been putting off picking this series up for a while, what with it being a kind of cross-over with a number of CLAMP's other series, and in general I'm opposed to cross-overs because to some level I find there to be a certain laziness about them. But, I picked this up, and while reading was happy to discover that these aren't simple carbon copies of the character's alternative selves. Instead, CLAMP took the basic idea of each character from the original source and made them into unique chara I'd been putting off picking this series up for a while, what with it being a kind of cross-over with a number of CLAMP's other series, and in general I'm opposed to cross-overs because to some level I find there to be a certain laziness about them. But, I picked this up, and while reading was happy to discover that these aren't simple carbon copies of the character's alternative selves. Instead, CLAMP took the basic idea of each character from the original source and made them into unique characters. There are some characters that wind up being almost the same as their source (Chi from Chobits and Sora from X/1999, for examples), but overall this hasn't felt as lazy as I was thinking it would be. As for the actual story, so far I'm enjoying the set-up and the idea of the cast of heroes journeying between different dimensions in order to find Sakura's lost memories. I'm hoping that the series holds an overall coherent story, and less of an episodic story like this kind of quest manga series can suffer from, but for now it definitely seems solid enough. The art, as always with CLAMP, is impressive and really a joy to look at. This is drawn more in the simplistic style of Chobits or Angelic Layer, but it's still quite beautiful and has some very intricate panels. Also, I was very happy with the usual ornate CLAMP costume design!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yuu Sasih

    I would rate and review this book for all of the volumes--all 28 of them. At first, what intrigued me was the fact that Sakura and Syaoran from CCS were back in somehow different adventure. But when I was read it, I was totally wrong. This story told about the whole new adventure that have no--or just slight--connection from CCS. In this story CLAMP managed to gathered all of the character they've been made and put them into different role--parallel universe, they say, so the soul is the same yet I would rate and review this book for all of the volumes--all 28 of them. At first, what intrigued me was the fact that Sakura and Syaoran from CCS were back in somehow different adventure. But when I was read it, I was totally wrong. This story told about the whole new adventure that have no--or just slight--connection from CCS. In this story CLAMP managed to gathered all of the character they've been made and put them into different role--parallel universe, they say, so the soul is the same yet they act in different roles in different worlds. In the first few volumes, I found the story constant and not-so-very-CLAMP. I was about to stop collecting this story when Tokyo Arc begin in volume 15. From then the story spiralling and twisting in a amazing and intriguing plot--peeling the darkness of the characters, their sins, their masks--and all in all, it ended with an, actually not too satisfied but there're no other way to end this better, open ending that made us dragged back to the beginning of the (new) dimension journey.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    One of my favorite manga series to date. It spans 28 volumes, and is one of the most mindbending, brain torturing series ever. Just when you think you know what's happening, CLAMP reveals another piece of the puzzle. The series finished serializing a year ago, and this week I reread the whole thing. Even now, I'm still trying to put the pieces together. Definitely recommended! TRC takes the characters from CardCaptor Sakura and pulls them through multiple worlds, searching for the scattered fragm One of my favorite manga series to date. It spans 28 volumes, and is one of the most mindbending, brain torturing series ever. Just when you think you know what's happening, CLAMP reveals another piece of the puzzle. The series finished serializing a year ago, and this week I reread the whole thing. Even now, I'm still trying to put the pieces together. Definitely recommended! TRC takes the characters from CardCaptor Sakura and pulls them through multiple worlds, searching for the scattered fragments of Sakura's memories. Murder, magic, love, hate, and hitsuzen (destiny): this series has something for everyone. The series relies heavily on cameos from beloved characters out of CLAMP's other works, and it's fun for fans of their other series to see them popping up all over the place in TRC. If your brain can handle the plot twists, you should read it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I'm rereading this series, because I never finished it and when I went to the bookstore the other day, I saw it was complete. I got about halfway through and then got so busy with school that I lost track. Which is a shame because this series is amazing and Syaoran is my favorite character ever. If you've ever read any of CLAMP's other manga (which you should), you have to read this one, too. It's a great story, plus it's intertwined with so many other series. I'm excited to reread and find out I'm rereading this series, because I never finished it and when I went to the bookstore the other day, I saw it was complete. I got about halfway through and then got so busy with school that I lost track. Which is a shame because this series is amazing and Syaoran is my favorite character ever. If you've ever read any of CLAMP's other manga (which you should), you have to read this one, too. It's a great story, plus it's intertwined with so many other series. I'm excited to reread and find out what actually happens.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    This series is like skipping through the "Life and Times of CLAMP." Which is a good thing. And the translators notes? Excellent. Read them. It will help. This series and its crossover, xxxHolic, use many Japanese cultural details foreigners might not know about, and the notes help. The notes also help explain things with the crossover readers might not realize if they don't follow both series at the same time. It's fun. The series gets confusing at times, but overall it's a very good series. This series is like skipping through the "Life and Times of CLAMP." Which is a good thing. And the translators notes? Excellent. Read them. It will help. This series and its crossover, xxxHolic, use many Japanese cultural details foreigners might not know about, and the notes help. The notes also help explain things with the crossover readers might not realize if they don't follow both series at the same time. It's fun. The series gets confusing at times, but overall it's a very good series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Savannah

    This book is about a pricess go to www.google.com/syaoran to get tones of pics. of syarorna and meny of them are with Sakura!!XD This book is about a pricess go to www.google.com/syaoran to get tones of pics. of syarorna and meny of them are with Sakura!!XD

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    THe ONLY manga I can continue with as this is just simply ASTOUNDING!!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nimaat Safdar

    i really loved this book but the ending of it is very said....So thats why i like ccs(cardcaptor sakura) better!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Luna

    Review of the whole series Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle is one of my absolute favorite manga-series. I have probably read the whole series 3-4 times and it wouldn't surprise me if I end up reading it once again in the future. If you want to read a manga-series with beautiful art, interesting characters and a complex plot; then I really recommend picking this up. If you are here after watching the anime, let me tell you that the manga FAR exceeds it in SO MANY WAYS. I remember enjoying the anime, b Review of the whole series Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle is one of my absolute favorite manga-series. I have probably read the whole series 3-4 times and it wouldn't surprise me if I end up reading it once again in the future. If you want to read a manga-series with beautiful art, interesting characters and a complex plot; then I really recommend picking this up. If you are here after watching the anime, let me tell you that the manga FAR exceeds it in SO MANY WAYS. I remember enjoying the anime, but it left out SO MUCH. It is a big plus if you're interested in other CLAMP-works as well. It's not required in order to enjoy this series, but if you want to understand the bigger picture, who some of the side-characters are and why they are important, then you should read xxxHolic. Anyway, here is my review on different aspects of TRC; Art 10/10: The art is beautiful. CLAMP is a very talented group and I honestly can't think of anything to complain about regarding the art. They're really good at drawing sweet and romantic scenes as well as intense battle-scenes. Characters 9/10: Fai D Flourite is my favorite-character, but I really like the other main-characters as well and their group-chemistry is great. They all get their moments to shine and their moments to have their backstories revealed. The character-development is great and you can see how they all change as the story progresses. I really like many of the side-characters they meet throughout the series too. The -1 is for the fact that if you don't read xxxHolic, then you probably won't really understand who one of the more important side-characters is. Plot 9/10: If you are looking for a simple plot, then this won't be your cup of tea. It starts off pretty simple, but the plot thickens and becomes very complex. I actually didn't quite understand everything regarding the ending the first time I read this series. Which is also why I don't recommend going too long between reading each volume during the second half of the series or you might forget some important details. Still, I love that the story gets more complicated the further the story progresses. The -1 is because me and many other readers found that certain plotpoints in the finale could've been better explained. Genre-balance 10/10: Romance, Adventure, Young Adult, Fantasy, ... The story contains those genres and there is a really good balance between cute, silly, tragic, sad, romantic, intense, magical and badass. Overall, I didn't think twice about giving this series 5/5 stars because it really is amazing.

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