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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 27, 2004

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In the mythical land of Clow, the brilliant but romantically clueless teenager Syaoran is working on an archeological dig, while his friend Princess Sakura works up the courage to tell him she loves him. Unfortunately, just as she's about to, a mysterious symbol robs her of her memories and scatters them across countless parallel worlds. What follows next is no surprise: Syaoran vows to restore her memories and embarks on a quest, joined by a wizard, a ninja and a Pokémon-like creature. In this first volume, the motley group finds itself negotiating with an interdimensional witch and visiting the Hanshin Republic, a parallel world obsessed with Japan's perennially second-place baseball team. While Clamp (the Japanese collective of women manga creators) has pitched this workas a more sophisticated take on its source material (the Cardcaptor Sakura series), the art is stereotypical manga: lithe figures, occasionally confusing layouts and lots of cutesy chibi figures. Alas, the writing is equally confusing. Characters appear and disappear with great fanfare but little foundation, and if the dramatis personae "scorecard" in the back of the book is any indication, half of the central ragtag fellowship aren't even characters in the series. Still, Clamp taps into some story lines that are likely to pay off. Fans of Cardcaptor Sakura will enjoy this; everyone else will be left scratching their heads.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345470575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345470577
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clamp, stylized as CLAMP, is an all-female Japanese manga artist group that formed in the mid 1980s. Many of the group's manga series are often adapted into anime after release. It consists of their leader Nanase Ohkawa, who provides much of the storyline and screenplay for all their works and adaptations of those works respectively, and three artists whose roles shift for each series: Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi. Almost 100 million Clamp tankōbon copies have been sold worldwide as of October 2007.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Lit Chick on May 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I wasn't exactly excited when this manga first came out, since I'm leery of crossovers of any kind. They usually mean that the people producing the crossover have run out of ideas and are just sticking their older, better characters into the story for lack of original material. Not to mention that I've become rather tired of CLAMP lately, having not been a fan of their newer series to date! Fortunately, TSUBASA turned out to be much better than I expected, crossovers and all. The artwork is different from older CLAMP works - it's more sketchy, and somehow slightly less detailed, but in a way that really appeals to me. It looks unique and adds to the feeling of the story itself. The book moved quickly and effortlessly, and the mood is mostly serious, but sometimes there are little touches of humor to lighten the mood (and it actually makes me laugh, something most jokes in manga seem unable to do). The crossover aspect is actually quite smooth and the crossovers don't seem "just tossed in", for the most part; they don't interrupt the story's flow.
If there's one nitpick I need to make about this manga, it's all in how Del Ray handled the release. It's a gorgeous book, but the paper quality is a little rough, which means that the quality of the images isn't so great. Large areas of black ink are especially problematic (some areas are darker than others or flecked with white where the ink doesn't seem to have stuck). Also, TSUBASA will set you back $10.95 instead of the seemingly universal $9.99 most people have grown used to. But these are small complaints, and really, the manga is worth the price and worth getting despite those issues.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ramapajama on August 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had heard about Tsubasa from a friend of mine, so I decided to pick up the first two volumes. I was immediately drawn to the artwork, which is of much higher quality than some manga I've read. Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is essentially a fun story. It isn't ground breaking or anything. But it's a nice little story about three mismatched people in search of disparate goals. If you know anything about CLAMP's other works, I think you might get some of the references others might miss (seeing as to how it is a cross-over). Even without this knowledge, it's still entertaining.

DEL REY I think has done a good job. I liked the little section on Japanese honorifics in the beginning. I also liked how they "subtitled" the sound effects, rather than blanking out the Japanese and substituting them with English. I haven't read the Japanese version, but it seems like a good translation. At least, it isn't atrocious.

In sum: if you're looking for a manga that is visually pleasing and fun to read, pick this up. Especially if you like CLAMP's other works.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "chris011190" on May 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
wonderful story..its nice how CLAMP relates their work together somehow with other books. If you haven't read any of their previous works, I'd reccomend reading Card Captor Sakura, since Sakura is in this book, Magic Knight Rayearth may help a bit as well. It's not necessary to understand the storyline, but its a nice when you can compare how they changed some of the characters...the paper quality could be just a LITTLE better, but nevertheless its a great start off for Del Ray. The publishing price; 10.95 is a BIT expensive, since normal manga sells for 9.99 ea. But they do add on Japanese previews, and other notes at the end...so I guess that compensates in a way...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. F. on October 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sakura is the princess of Clow Country, which is ruled by her older brother, King Touya. Her childhood friend Syaoran is a young archeologist. Sakura is revealed to have strange powers when she has a vision of a mysterious symbol and places she has never seen. Meanwhile, Syaoran discovers the same symbol at the ruins he is excavating. When Sakura goes to the ruins to confess her love for Syaoran, she spots the symbol and recognises it. Ghostly wings appear on her back and a mysterious force begins to pull her into the walls of the ruins. Syaoran rescues her in time, but her wings are scattered across dimensions. The High Priest of Clow Country, Yukito, immediately realizes that Sakura's "wings" were the manifestation of her soul and memories; without her wings, she will die. In order to save Sakura, Syaoran must journey to retrieve Sakura's lost memories.

Yukito sends Syaoran and the unconscious Sakura to the Witch of Dimensions, Yuuko, who is one of the main characters in XXXHolic. There he meets Kurogane, a rough-mannered ninja banished from his world by Princess Tomoyo, and Fai (or Faye) D. Flowright, a magician who fled his world to avoid King Ashura, a mysterious figure frozen in crystal. Each of them must pay with what he values most in order to gain the power to cross dimensions. For Kurogane, it is his sword Ginryuu, and for Fai, it is the tattoo on his back which allows him to use his magic. (Fai later reveals that he still possesses magic, but has taken an oath that prevents him from using it without the tattoo on his back.) Syaoran, on the other hand, must pay with his relationship with Sakura: even if he is able to retrieve all the rest of her memories, she will never remember anything about him or their relationship. (This sacrifice also pays Sakura's "toll" to Yuuko.
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