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Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Six by CLAMP

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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Six is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2005. 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.

Syaoran is a young man who is in love with Sakura, the princess of Clow. After Sakura loses her memories through an unexplained event, Syaoran goes on a journey through different worlds to try to regain Sakura’s lost memories. Unfortunately, he had to make a deal with a space-time witch named Yukito; in order to get her help, Syaoran had to agree that Sakura would never regain her memories of the time she had spent with him. Syaoran is joined in his journey by Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona.

Volume Six continues where Volume Five left off. Syaoran and the others are still in the country of Oto, which is based on the Taisho era of Japan (which lasted from 1912 through 1926). Syaoran and Kurogane have become oni hunters, while Fai and Sakura open up a café that ends up being named Cat’s Eye. The group meets two more oni hunters: Ryuo and Soma. Both of these characters are crossovers from CLAMP’s RG Veda manga series.

Strange happenings are going on in Oto in regards to the oni, and it turns out someone that Syaoran knows from his past is connected to the situation. The reader also learns a little more about the country of Oto and how things operate there.

So far, this is one of the longest storylines I’ve encountered in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. It started back in Volume Five, takes up all of Volume Six, and will continue on into Volume Seven. While I do like this storyline, I hope it will be resolved before the end of Volume Seven. At the point where Volume Six ends, I think it could be possible to bring this particular storyline to an end in Volume Seven.

In addition to the two characters who cross over from RG Veda, characters and concepts in this volume also cross over from Clover, Magic Knight Rayearth, and X. For readers who are familiar with these other CLAMP series, these crossovers will probably be rather amusing.

One of the things I really appreciated about this volume was the focus that was being placed on Kurogane. Through what happens in this volume, the reader comes to understand that there’s more to Kurogane than just being anxious to fight and being a foil for the laid-back Fai.

I have to admit that while I did enjoy reading Volume Six of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, this particular volume just didn’t grab my interest as much as the previous five volumes have. Hopefully, Volume Seven will be able to grab my interest and attention a bit more than Volume Six did. Even though I may not have quite enjoyed Volume Six as much as I had the previous volumes, I still want to read the series to find out what happens to Syaoran and the others next.

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About Lesley Aeschliman

Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.