Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Eight is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2006. The series is rated “T” for teens 13 and up; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.
A young man named Syaoran is in love with Princess Sakura from the country of Clow. After Sakura loses her memories through an unexplained event, Syaoran goes on a journey to different worlds to try to find and regain Sakura’s lost memories. Unfortunately, as part of his journey, he had to make a deal with the space-time witch Yukito in order to receive her help; Syaoran had to agree that Sakura would never regain her memories of the time she had spent with him. Syaoran is accompanied by Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona on his quest.
Volume Eight begins with Syaoran and the others ending up in a world where large rabbit-like creatures are being terrorized by a monster. The creatures make Fai stay with them as a sacrifice if Syaoran and the others can’t take care of the monster. The others find the “monster” and are quite surprised by what it turns out to be.
Fortunately, this particular story is the short side, which is a welcome change of pace after how long the story took place in the county of Oto. Also, the story that’s being told with the rabbit-like creatures would not have worked very well if it had been any longer than what it was.
Syaoran and the others move on to a new world, and the remainder of Volume Eight is set in this world. The story being told in that world does not finish in Volume Eight, so you have to read Volume Nine in order to find out how it continues.
The world they have come to is the Country of Shara; according to the translation notes, this world is based on the opposition between the pleasure quarters of Edo period Japan and the religious culture of the temples and shrines. Fai and Kurogane are separated from the others when Mokona transports them to Shara; they end up at a jinja, which belongs to the religious faction on the land. The others have ended up in Yuka-ku, which provides entertainment. Each side has a statue; the jinja has a statue of Yasha, while Yuka-ku has a statue of Ashura. The jinja blame the Yuka-ku and their Ashura state for misfortunes that have happened, and the two sides don’t like each other.
Having the travelers split between the two factions is an interesting idea, because it allows the reader to get a feel for both sides of the conflict. Also, it should potentially provide for interesting material when the traveling companions find each other with the other faction and needing to get back together. I can’t wait to read Volume Nine to find out where this story ends up going.
For those keeping score, this volume of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle features crossover characters from X and RG Veda.
Overall, I was satisfied by what I read in Volume Eight of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. If you’ve read the previous seven volumes of the series and enjoyed them, I think you’ll also enjoy Volume Eight.