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Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Three by CLAMP

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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Three is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2004. The series is rated “T” for teens 13 and up; from what I’ve read of this series so far, I would agree with this rating.

The story of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle follows Syaoran, a young man who is in love with Princess Sakura, and his quest to help Sakura regain her memories after she loses them through an unexplained event that takes place at an archaeological site that Syaoran was working at.

Syaoran is joined in his quest by Fai and Kurogane; the three of them and Sakura and transported to different worlds as they search for the feathers that have Sakura’s memories. Unfortunately, as part of a deal that Syaoran made with Yukito, the space-time witch, Sakura will never regain her memories of her time with Syaoran.

Volume Three sees Syaoran, Fai, Kurogane, and Sakura being sent to the next world in search of another of Sakura’s feathers, so they can help her regain her memory. When the group arrives at their next destination, they find themselves in the middle of a battle. When someone tries to take Sakura, Syaoran attacks the kidnapper and saves her.

A girl named Chu’nyan suddenly appears and mocks the kidnapper. Syaoran and the others learn from Chu’nyan that the kidnapper is the son of the leader of the land. Unfortunately, the leader took his power by force and is a ruthless and unjust. Chu’nyan’s mother was killed by him while trying to keep him from taking over.

Chu’nyan is trying to do what she can in order to remove the leader from power and bring peace back to her land. Syaoran and the others find themselves in the middle of this situation, while at the same time, trying to complete their mission of locating Sakura’s missing feather.

Compared to the first two volumes of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, I really wasn’t seeing any obvious crossover characters from CLAMP’s other manga series. I know that there are still some of their series that I have not read, so characters in this new world could be crossover characters from one of those series. In this volume, it was nice to see what effect finding the first feather had on Sakura, since the reader only saw a glimpse of this near the end of Volume Two.

I appreciated the fact that CLAMP gave the new character Chu’nyan a compelling story. While I was reading this volume, I found myself being riveted by her story as well as wanting to see the main storyline progress. Even though the focus of this volume is more of Chu’nyan and her story than on Syaoran, Sakura, and the others, I still found Volume Three to be a good read. I can’t wait to be able to read Volume Four in order to see what happens to Chu’nyan and the others.

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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.