Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Nine is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2006. The series is rated “T” for teens 13 and up; from what I’ve read of the series so far, I would agree with this rating.
A young man named Syaoran is in love with Princess Sakura from the country of Clow. After Sakura loses her memories through an unexplained event, Syaoran goes on a journey to different worlds to try to find and regain Sakura’s lost memories. Unfortunately, as part of his journey, he mad to make a deal with the space-time witch Yuko in order to receive her help; Syaoran had to agree that Sakura would never regain her memories of the time she had spent with him. Syaoran is accompanied by Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona on his quest.
Volume Nine continues the story arc that takes place in the Country of Shara. When the group arrived there, they were separated: Fai and Kurogane ended up with the religious faction of the land, while Syaoran, Sakura, and Mokona ended up in the area with the pleasure quarters.
At the beginning of this volume, the sky suddenly cracks open, and the religious faction blames the Ashura statue that is located at the pleasure quarters. Suzuran, one of the girls at the pleasure quarters, says it can’t be the Ashura statue’s fault, and says that if it is, she will never be able to see him again. She cries, and when a tear falls on the statue, there’s a sudden explosion.
At that instant, Mokona senses there isn’t a feather in the Country of Shara, but that he sees another world nearby and senses a feather there. Mokona suddenly whisks the entire group away to this new world; unfortunately, Fai and Kurogane are still separated from the others.
Mokona, Syaoran, and Sakura find themselves in the middle of a battle where the real Ashura and Yasha are fighting each other; it turns out that they are now in the Country of Shura. During the battle, Syaoran and Sakura see two people who look like Fai and Kurogane, but they don’t acknowledge Syaoran and Sakura. Syaoran is determined to figure out if these are the Fai and Kurogane they know or not.
During this volume, it’s hinted there’s more to Syaoran than the reader had been led to believe, and it appears that Yuko, the space-time witch, knows Ashura and the two have made some kind of deal. And a very surprising event takes place right at the end of the volume. What a cliffhanger!
Wow, I have to say that how I envisioned the story progressing in this volume is nowhere near what actually happens in Volume Nine. And let me just say that several things that happen in this volume caught me by surprise. But I appreciate that the story isn’t predictable and that CLAMP provides some very interesting twists and turns in the story.
Near the end of Volume Nine, the story is dominated by a lot more action, especially when Syaoran is fighting with the Kurogane that he encounters in the Country of Shura. Since this section of the volume focuses more on the action than it dialogue, it actually ends up becoming a rather quick read.
For those keeping score, this volume of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle features crossovers from CLAMP’s RG Veda manga series.
Overall, I was impressed by what I read in Volume Nine of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and it ended on such a cliffhanger that I really want to be able to read Volume 10 to find out what’s going to happen. If you’ve read the previous eight volumes of the series and enjoyed them, then I think you’ll also enjoy Volume Nine.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Nine that I checked out through the King County Library System.