Article first published as Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Two by CLAMP on Blogcritics.
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Two 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.
Volume Two of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle ends exactly where Volume One ended. During this volume, Syaoran discovers that he has a “Kudan”; it’s a wolf spirit with fiery power. Over the course of the story of Volume Two, there’s a lot of emphasis put on the “Kudan” concept, and this is explored not only through Syaoran, Fai, and Kurogane, but three additional characters who each have a “Kudan” are also introduced.
Volume Two also has a focus on trying to find the feather with Sakura’s memory. Mokona senses one is in the Hahnshin Republic, but can’t quite figure out where it is. The feather search and the “Kudan” end up coming together by the end of this volume.
At the risk of providing a spoiler, Syaoran is able to find the feather. When he brings it to Sakura, she awakens; unfortunately, she has no memory of Syaoran. Syaoran’s reaction to this was portrayed very effectively by CLAMP, and it helps that they were able to build up his character before hitting this point in the story. With this depiction, I could feel the emotions that Syaoran was feeling at that moment, and it really made me to identify with him. I hope to have more of these moments as I read more of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
In my review of Volume One, I mentioned the crossovers from Cardcaptor Sakura and how I had a hard time reconciling the fact that while these characters may have the same names and look similar, that they’re still different. Now that the concept of dimension hopping has been introduced, and it was hinted that they would see people they know from their worlds, but they would be in different circumstances and may not act the same way. In this volume, Syaoran runs into two waiters in a restaurant who look like Toya and Yukito. Running into these two characters yet again in a different place was kind of mind bending.
Even with the mind bending, I still enjoyed reading the second volume of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. I’m looking forward to reading the third volume of the series to find out where the story will go next.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.