The art of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is stunning. The second half of the series, which this art book covers, is especially poignant at times. Tsuba...moreThe art of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is stunning. The second half of the series, which this art book covers, is especially poignant at times. Tsubasa ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS 2 isn't released domestically as of yet in the United States, so I imported my book from Japan. But, because the book is comprised almost entirely of artwork from the series, lack of translation is not an issue except for the illustration comments and two omake chapters at the back of the book. Highly recommended for anyone who loves this series.(less)
One of the reasons behind my love for manga is because, at its best, manga truly is a work of art. The drawings become the story just as much as the w...moreOne of the reasons behind my love for manga is because, at its best, manga truly is a work of art. The drawings become the story just as much as the words do, if not more.
There were drawings in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle that truly took my breath away - heart-wrenching depictions of amazing story-telling that pull me into the story and into the characters lives, gorgeous illustrations of both characters and setting, quiet drawings that say more than words ever could - so there wasn't ever any question that I would love the collection of art from the series. This first art book covers the first 14 volumes of the series.(less)
Another CLAMP title, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE was next on my list of series to read as it has some significant cross-over to xXxHolic's storyline....moreAnother CLAMP title, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE was next on my list of series to read as it has some significant cross-over to xXxHolic's storyline. The publisher says that you don't need to read one to enjoy the other, but that's not entirely true. In order to fully understand both stories, you should read both. So, I did.
Despite both stories merging at various points, Tsubasa has an entirely different feel from its sister-story xXxHolic. The target demographic is not the same (it's geared toward a younger age group), but as the story progressed, I quickly understood that it did not necessarily follow that the story would be simpler. In fact, for as elaborate and intricate the artwork is in xXxHolic, the story in Tsubasa is just as elaborate and intricate. Some of the concepts and plot twist elements will probably not appeal as much to a Western audience, but the translator/editor's notes are extremely well done by Del Rey and help to explain much (but not all) of the cultural nuances. Of course this issue with cultural nuances (even such a 'simple' thing as the way people address each other by name) holds true in most manga, but I think it's pivotal in Tsubasa.
The first half of the series could easily be discounted as lightweight and of not much significance, but as volume 15 and volume 16 shift the story to a more serious darker tone, those early chapters show their importance by providing a solid foundation for characters and relationships as events suddenly throw everything upside down. Nothing is predictable in this story, and after reading many a cookie-cutter story (both in manga and in traditional literature), this aspect of true unpredictability was welcome.