Manga Review: “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle” Volume 15

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 15 is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2007. 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.

At the end of Volume 14, Syaoran and the others are transported to a world that looks ruined and desolate, and they have a run-in with a group of people. The leader of the group is Kamui, and he fights against both Syaoran and Kurogane. The fight is interrupted by a group of people from another tower.

It’s revealed that the world looks as it does due to acid rain falling for 15 years. None of the water above ground is safe for drinking anymore, and the only usable water left is underneath the two towers that the two groups we met protect.

Meanwhile, Sakura has been asleep since the time the group arrived in this land, and we discover during the volume that something’s wrong. In addition, Syaoran has been having dreams of another him, and has had this other Syaoran take him over for the second time during the series; however, both times it appears Syaoran is unaware that this is going on.

Kurogane also has a conversation with Fai, which causes Fai to face some things and make him think about where exactly he stands.

At this point in the series, you can tell that the story is starting to move into both a darker territory as well as starting to go up to “the next level.” Mokona senses something about the underground water, and I have a suspicion what it is. If I’m right, it could cause the people of this particular land to become rather upset with Syaoran and the others. They’re already not entirely trusted by Kamui’s group, so even one small slip could jeopardize their relations.

There’s references to CLAMP’s series, X, included in this volume of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. Kamui is one, and the two groups that appear in this volume are also from X. One group is the Dragons of Heaven, while the other group is the Dragons of Earth. However, it should be noted that the teams that Kamui and Fuma lead are reversed.

Overall, I have to say that so far, this particular story arc isn’t grabbing me like the previous arc in Recort did. However, I will admit that the elements concerning Syaoran and Sakura, and even the confusion that Fai is going through, are helping to keep me interested in the story. I’m hoping to get a bit more in the way of payoff when I get around to reading Volume 16 of the series.

If you’ve read the previous volumes of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and have enjoyed them, then I think you will enjoy reading Volume 15.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 15 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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One thought on “Manga Review: “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle” Volume 15

  1. I always have the same problem with CLAMP manga: they go on for a very long time, descending into difficult-to-follow Japanese/pop philosophy. Because there’s so much time between the series, I forget what I’ve already read and eventually lose interest. I did like Tsubasa, and their art is always stunning, but unfortunately, I don’t think I ever finished it.

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