Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season 1
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A true and noble heart holds much power, stronger than the hardest fist and mightier than the most potent magic. Four disparate travelers begin an epic journey… their goals different, their destiny the same. Along the way, the past will meet the future in the present. Of all the paths of every life, mingling in the dimension between dimensions where a foe has the face of an ally, and an ally the face of a monster.
At the center of this heroic undertaking, Syaoran: A young man called upon to save his fated, the princess Sakura. Her memory has been shattered, the very essence of her soul sent adrift across the universe. Feather’s float down on strange lands, torn asunder if only to prove the power of love.
With fellow travelers Kurogane and Fai, a warrior and a wizard, an epic quest begins. One of danger and mystery… The possibilities are endless
The shojo (girl's) series Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle offers new adventures for the characters from the Clamp Studio's popular Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura is now the princess of the Kingdom of Clow; Syaoran is the dedicated son of an archaeologist. When a mysterious power seizes Sakura in an ancient temple, her spirit appears as a pair of graceful white wings that shatter, sending the feathers of her memories flying through time and space. Syaoran must recapture them or Sakura will die. Launched on their journey by Yuko the Dimensional Witch, Syaoran and Sakura are joined by three new characters: the rabbitlike Mokona; Kurogane, a hot-tempered warrior who served Princess Tomoyo; and Fay, a wizard who resembles Kaoru in Evangelion. As the travelers move from world to world searching for the Feathers, they help the inhabitants they encounter. After defeating the evil magician Tambal, Syaoran presents Sakura with a Feather of memory. She can't see him in the birthday party she recalls, only his empty chair: he can restore all her memories except the ones of him. The enhanced color and clarity of the Blu-ray process showcases the imaginative visuals in Tsubasa. When Kurogane blindfolds Syaoran to teach him to rely not on his vision but on his inner senses when fighting with a sword, the artists suggest his sightless world with reversed colors and evocative music. In one striking sequence, a character uses a Feather to cause the world of Outo to implode, revealing it's just a virtual reality game. These adventures are entertaining, but the filmmakers suggest that Sakura, Syaoran, and their friends may just be pawns in a greater struggle between Yuko and the mysterious Fei Wang and his assistant Xing Huo. Tsubasa is a picaresque tale that plays more like Fullmetal Alchemist than Cardcaptor Sakura, but Clamp fans will enjoy the mixture of enchantment, romance, adventure, and self-sacrifice. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Destinies Converge, 2. The Power to Fight, 3. Sword of Demon Destruction, 4. Innocent Wandering, 5. The Battle of the Mage, 6. Unshed Tears, 7. The Broken Memento, 8. God's Beloved Daughter, 9. Princess of Shadows, 10. Mirror of Separation, 11. The Chosen Tomorrow, 12. A Warm Smile, 13. Advocate of Illusions, 14. Truth in History, 15. A Heart That Believes, 16. Strength and Kindness, 17. Demon Hunters, 18. Cats and Dogs, 19. Resolution to Live, 20. The Afternoon Piano, 21. The Demon's True Face, 22. Indelible Memory, 23. The Fading Life, 24. Blade of a Desperate Fight, 25. The Ultimate Game, 26. The Last Wish)
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I’d say a show worth watching and Owning.
Overall Rating 3.5/5
A strong group of characters travel between many dimensions to gather the feathers of Sakura’s memories. This show has a 2nd season and an OVA that continue the story.
This a tie-in show for most of studio Clamp’s works. Many of show’s characters are either directly referenced or remade. Watching all the other shows isn’t necessary but adds to the backgrounds a bit. xxxHolic season 1 before Tsubasa would be a plus though.
Anyhow, it’s a good adventure story. The characters all from different dimensions end up traveling together.
Theme Songs 4/5
This season has a solid, good opening and ending. Mostly fast paced, I didn’t skip them.
NO spoilers, the ending is “to be continued”. The 2nd season and OVA bring the end.
It’s still recommended.
Characters and Plot: (minor spoilers only) The Kingdom of Clow is a desert world filled with sand and wind. There is where we meet Syaoran (pronoced Sa-ow-ron) a young archeologist who is friends with the princess of the kingdom. Princess Sakura is friends with Syaoran. They are on a date per say, falling inlove Sakura said she will tell Syaoran that she loves him but she is interupted and needs to go back to the castle so it would have to wait. Later that night while working at the ruins Syaoran sees princess Sakura who seems to be in a trance. When she goes deeper into the ruins Syaoran tries to stop her the floor lights up and then Sakura's memories fly out from her body in the form of feather. Mystfied at this Syaoran is met by the ruleing king's advisor and priest Yukito tells Syaoran if he really cares for princess Sakura he will travel to another demention. Confused because demention traveling didn't seem possible in this world Syaoran and Sakura are travling to another demention. While that is happen in a completely different world called Japan (yes the whole world is Japan) we meet a warrior called Kurogane who is being forcefully transported to another demention by the ruler Princess Tomoyo because she wishes for him to get stronger and except he wishes not to go and is whisked away agents his will angerly. Mean while in a third demention we meet Fai D. Flowright (pronouced F-I-ed, Flouright) a wizard who is sending him self to another demention because he captured an evil wizard and is running away so he won't be cought. So when all 3 demention travelers get to the demention they are sent to, they end up on Earth outside the shop of Yūko Ichihara. (or as I call her "Yuko the witch") (the same Yūko Ichihara from xxxHolic series because it is a cross over series). Syaoran tells Yuko the story of why he is there, and she finds out his wish is to get Sakura all her memories back. Kurogane wishes to go back to his home land. Fai wishes to keep runining so the evil wizard won't catch him. Yuko sees this an oppertunity to grant them all their wish. For a price. Kurogane's compensation for his wish to return to his homeland is his magical Sword. Fai's compensation is his tattoo's which gives him his powers for the magic he does. Syaoran's compensation is the relationship and any personal memories he had with Sakura so Sakura will never truly know who Syaoran is. When they all agree to travel to different demensions to get their wish granted Yuko gives them the companion of Mokona Modoki. What is a Mokona you ask? Well you count them one Mokona two Mokona but then you stop after that because their is only two Mokona's! Honestly its a tiny bunny like creature that can travel demenions and has other little tricks along the way. They have the White Mokona which can demension jump when they are finnished with collecting the memory feather from each world. Now Sakura, Syaoran, Fai and Kurogane all travel to different worlds and times (like the past, present and future) all to find Sakura's memories feathers so she can regain the memories of which she lost.
Pros: The story is written well at times. The characters are all memorable. The fight scenes are amazing. The comedy is here and there at times. The case holds all 4 dvds which has episodes 1 to 26 which comprise of the whole first season uncut and unedited. Because this series is made from Clamp who made and wrote xxxHolic they have many times crossed over into the Tsubasa series here with Yuko being the most shown from xxxHolic. Yuko's english dub voice is done by Colleen Clinkenbeard who did the voice is xxxHolic which is nice to hear. Mokona's voice is the same from xxxHolic but the white Mokona is shown to be more a girl version then black Mokona. It's nice to see this anime how the characters go to different worlds where sometimes magic excists and some magic can never be done but technology is ruling. Some characters from previous worlds they visit return but may not be as friendly as they were before, or as evil as they was. Some characters are shown in different worlds but only the main 4 characters have seen them in alter worlds and know bits about their personailties. As Fai puts it "different people but they have the same soul".
Cons: What problems I have most with season 1 here is way how villians are written in. Some worlds have one time villians which I don't mind. Sometimes villians from one world appear in another world as friends to the main 4 Characters. But what gets this on the con list is during some scenes it is shown from another world that a man called Fei-Wang Reed and his assissant Xing Huo talk to eachother. Fei-Wang keeps talking about how they are manipulating Mokona to send the group to worlds with feather of his chooseing. Also some other recouring villians keep popping up but it is very (in my oppion) poorly written in and they never say what their big plan is or what they want with Sakura's feathers. Another "Con" I have with season 1 is Fai Flowright, his past is very much a mystery. Sakura's and a bit of Syaoran's past is shown. Kurogane's is told a little but but shown more in season 2 but Fai's is a complete mystery, running from evil wizard okay I get that. Anything else writers want to add? Nope! okay moveing on!
Over all: I liked this series alot! it is amazing! there are some cross overs from other major anime's shown later in the show but you need to watch to find out! Please read my review for season 2 of Tsubasa reservior chronicles comming soon!! and buy this series!!!