- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Vol. 19 edition (November 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345505794
- ISBN-13: 978-0345505798
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 19 Paperback – November 18, 2008
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As it begins, Fai reacts to the news he received at the end of the last volume by mothering and fussing over Sakura for as long as he still can until Ashura catches up to him while keeping mum about his impending predicament. It turns out, however, that Fai isn't the only one who can keep secrets. The last feather the gang received has put a trump card in Sakura's hand - and to Fai's horror she uses it in a risky, complicated play to save her beloved "Mom" once and for all...
The volume answers the question of how Sakura got to where Kimihiro Watanuki found her in xxxHOLiC 12, but not at all in the way any of us reasonably would have expected. Without giving away exactly what she does, Sakura proves herself a tactician almost on Yuko and Fei Wang's level - albeit with a mobility not allowed the former and good intentions alien to the latter; and it's both thrilling and almost unbearable to watch, both for her own sake and because it involves her having to hurt Fai in the worst way possible considering what we know of his psyche to get the necessary result.
It's a breathtaking volume, and it's going to be an agonizing wait to see how it's events play out.
But, this is exactly what we can expect from CLAMP, who are, after all, creators of such a drama as X/1999!
Volume 19 continues story about the chess tournament and is, in fact, wholly dedicated to that subject. As the tournament progresses we learn more about the prize waiting for the winner. As we could expect it wasn't all about money ... there is something else, something potent and extremely desirable for our Small Kitty, who gets her foresight ability again together with another pack of memories. In volume 19 Sakura's profile especially gains complexity, and also more human face. This transformation really started earlier when she decided to undertake a quest of her own to pay the price, but here in vol. 19 it comes to a climax, when Sakura really makes her own decision, which will shape the future.
Again, one of the most potent subject, frequently and deeply exploited by CLAMP appears: destiny and changeable/unchangeable future...
I heartily recommend this volume to all fans of CLAMP!