Stephanie's Reviews > Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 1

Tsubasa by CLAMP
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Dec 27, 2008

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bookshelves: manga, fantasy, middle-school, young-adult

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...
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