October 30, 2012

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles

What would you sacrifice for the one you love? That is the question that Syaoran is faced with after his childhood friend Sakura loses all her memories. Syaoran is an archeologist and Sakura is the princess of Clow country. One night Sakura’s memories are taken from her in the form of magical feathers. These feathers are then spread throughout different dimensions. Without her memories/feathers she’ll die, so Syaoran gets help from a time witch named Yuko. Yuko agrees to help him but requires something in return. The price to travel dimension is that Sakura can regain her memories with the exception of her memories of Syaoran. She will not be allowed to remember him no matter how many of her feathers they find. While Syaoran is at Yuko’s two other travelers appear both in need of the ability to travel through different dimensions. One is a magician Fye who is running from his home world. The second is a ninja Kurogane trying to get back to his world. Once everyone needs to travel different dimensions Yuko sends them on their quest together using a magical creature called Mokona.

This series was one of the first anime series I ever watched, for that reason it has a place in my heart. I loved that it had romance, action, comedy and sci-fi all wrapped in a nice package. I loved the characters and their development throughout the series and I liked the artwork. It is a Clamp series so if you are familiar with any of their work you’ll recognize the art instantly and will have some cross over with at least two other series of Clamp’s work. The relationships that develop between all the travelers  is fun to watch. If you enjoy any of Clamp’s other series I’m sure you’ll also enjoy this one.

The issues I have with the series after re-watching it are the pacing of the series and the ending of the anime. The pacing of the series is slow, it takes a long time for the story to progress and there isn’t a lot of action compared to other series I enjoy. The anime also deviates from the manga towards the end and the filler episodes are lacking and not as enjoyable as the rest of the series. I also hate animes that end and never explain everything. There are now two OVAs and those help to explain a lot though you need to read the manga because the second OVA jumps ahead in the story from the first OVA so you’d be lost if you don’t read the manga. 

Overall this is still one of my favorites and I even bought it on Blu-ray. I still felt the emotional war Syaoran goes through is heartbreaking. He loves Sakura so much and risks his life for her repeatedly. Poor Sakura wakes up with no memory of who she is and is surrounded by strangers. The characters are what make this show. Fye is easy going and kind, while Kurogane is sulking and angry yet he gets teased a lot and it’s hilarious. I recommend this show for any anime fan; it’s great for kids or even adults. It has action for the guys, the romance for the girls and comedy for everyone. 

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