Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #27 & 28 (Manga Monday)

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Synopsis:

The series wraps up and to be honest, while I am satisfied with the ending, I am not wild about it. Nor do I understand much more than I did several books ago.

 

My Thoughts:

Well, things do wrap up and while I don’t like the fact that Li must keep on journeying and Sakura must stay in Clowland, at least they are themselves and not clones, images or their own parents.

Yeah, you heard me right. Time travel and re-incarnation are only the beginning of the weirdness.

And while I don’t understand what in the world Fei-Wang was all about [yep, another thing I don’t understand, surprise!], there were enough hints to answer the questions I might have had.

The fact that part of the plot was dealing with Yuko the Time Witch and Watanuku suddenly made xxxHolic, or what I’ve read of it so far, make a lot more sense. I’m glad I’m reading it next as well.

 

Series Thoughts:

Overall, while I enjoyed this, the artwork at many times was so busy, so full of activity, that I couldn’t figure out what was going on.

That was my only complaint however and for a 28 volume series, I guess that is pretty good.

 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Series Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Artist & Author: CLAMP

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #27 & 28

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Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #22, 23 & 24 (Manga Monday)

 

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Synopsis

Li and Company end up in the Japan of Kurogane’s origin. Yuko reveals more of what is happening, we find out about Watanuki [from xxxHolic] and then, most shockingly of all, we find out that

Sakura is also an image clone.

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And if that wasn’t enough, we find out that

Li is the son of Sakura.

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Yeah, I’m not sure what is going on or what tangled skein CLAMP is snarling for us.

 

My Thoughts

With the above spoilers, I am totally confused as to what is going on. I thought I had a handle on what Fei-Wang wanted, but now I have NO idea what is going on.

This just got really complex. With only 4 volumes left, I hope that CLAMP can wrap things up without rushing it. However, I am loving this and am looking forward to the rest of this series.

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Artist & Author: CLAMP

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #22, 23 & 24

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #20 & 21 (Manga Monday)

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Synopsis

After the fallout from the previous volumes,  the remains of the group end up in Fai’s [pronounced F-eye] homeworld, where Fai must face up to what he has done, in the present and in the past. Fai’s past is also revealed, pure tragedy.

We find out how Wei-Fang has been manipulating things from the very beginning and how Yuko the Time Witch has been opposing him.

 

My Thoughts

Volumes like this are why I love CLAMP’s stuff. Pure, unadulterated drama and pathos.

Twins sacrificing themselves, rulers going insane & destroying entire countries, memories returning, friends making horrific sacrifices for each other.

Kurogane cuts his own arm off to return Fai’s magic so they can all escape.

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How cool is that?!?

This story arc is more about the big picture, so it obviously isn’t resolved. I am actually getting excited about how this will all turn out.

 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Artist & Author: CLAMP

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #20 & 21

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #17, 18 & 19 (Manga Monday)

 

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Synopsis

Volume 17 concludes the adventure on the Acid Rain world, where Sakura comes into her own, Fai becomes a semi-vampire dependent on Kuragane, the Clone Lee rampages across the multi-verse in search of feathers and the original Lee must come to grips that Sakura doesn’t view him as “Lee” at all.

Volume 18 and 19 deal with the crew on yet another world, where they are playing human fight chess and Sakura must be the Master. They think they are playing ot repay a village that the clone Lee destroyed, but Sakura is playing for deeper, darker and more important stakes.

 

My Thoughts

Where I’ve been complaining about Sakura being a non-character, in these volumes she almost becomes another person. She goes on adventures, becomes a wiser, but sadder, young woman.

Things get complex at the end as Sakura plays things so that she can travel on her own to prevent 2 futures, both of which are repugnant to her. Thus a 3rd universe is born and Wei-Fang’s plans to control everything is put in jeopardy.

I added a 1/2 star because Sakura really takes charge and becomes a lot more like the Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura. This series needed this, because Lee was quickly becoming the main character and Sakura just a side-character.

 

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Artist & Author: CLAMP

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #17, 18 & 19

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #15 & 16 (Manga Monday)

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Synopsis

Sakura is asleep from the last Feather and the group ends up on a world that is on its last legs due to acid rain and no fresh water.

2 buildings in Tokyo still have reservoirs, both protected by some sort of magic.

The group battles the remnants of humanity, Fei-Wang is involved, Lee’s twin is involved, only we find out the Lee who has been part of the group is a clone and the original has made sacrifices to Yuko the time witch for some reason.

 

My Thoughts

This was a confusing storyline. We had the world specific, Feather recovery story. We had the overarching story that deals with the evil Wei-Fang, Yuko and the group overall. We have revelations abounding about individuals. And then we get a new sidestory about some of the side characters.

It was just so busy!

Art wise, I slowed my reading to actually Look. CLAMP does great work, even if their characters look like taffy pull. Of course, I like that look.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Artist & Author: CLAMP

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #15 & 16

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #13 & 14 (Manga Monday)


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Synopsis

Sakura, Syaoran and Co go to a world that has a giant library full of books of magic. And one of them has Sakura’s feather/memory.

Volume 13 deals with a little side story about Kurogane and Volume 14 sees the feather recovered and the group onto the next world.

 

My Thoughts

Contrary to my expectations [I stopped reading the series back in October ’12], I actually enjoyed reading these volumes.

Part of that was that these 2 volumes were a single story with an intro into the next story.

Volume 13 is about Lee seeing Kurogane’s past and seeing the events that have turned him into the warrior and killer that he is. It cements the whole Sensei/Grasshopper thing that Lee and Kurogane have.

In the next volume we see the team actually getting Sakura’s feather and fighting off the guardians set in place to protect it. There are several interludes where we see Syaoran’s double [with the eyepatch], Wei-Fang Reed and Yuko the Timewitch.

Wei-Fang obviously has some big plan that involves Clow Reed’s legacy and Sakura and her memories are somehow tied into it as well.  We’ll see how CLAMP does with small stories for each volume or 3 and the larger story over a longer range. Honestly, I feel like I’ve missed nothing by not remembering much from volumes 2-12. Not exactly a stellar endorsement is it?

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Artist & Author: CLAMP

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE #13 & 14