Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles – Character Guide 2

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You may remember me telling you guys why you should read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, today I’ll review the second character guide. I don’t have the first one, but one day I will.

When you open the guide you find some gorgeous coloured illustrations:

After that the guide looks back on what the gang has been doing so far, but this doesn’t add much. If you’ve read the manga, it’s nothing you didn’t already know.

Then the real fun begins, with a quiz that determines which character you are and in which country you should live!

I got Kurogane: a strong guy who’s kinder than you think. The people around you always rely on you. On the outside you seem cool and collected (hardly lol), but inside you’re very kind (on the outside too?). Your shyness is one of the charming things about you (good to know haha). I do relate to Kurogane at times, so I guess it’s pretty accurate (I don’t want to fight all the time though).

The country I got was the Country of Recort: a country overflowing with mysterious power. If you like fantasy (YES I DO), how about this mysterious country? It has schools that teach magic (YES PLEASE), and it’s central library has more books than anyone can read in a single lifetime! (*drools*). Okay so I’ve got to pack my bags to move to my new home guys. I don’t know if I’ll have wifi, but at least I’ll have plenty to read.

The character files after that are a bit disappointing. I thought they’d tell us something we didn’t know already, but it’s basically what they have done so far and they just point out the obvious personality traits we’ve already seen in the manga. I did love seeing some of Mokona’s special techniques on one page! (though it’s far from complete haha).

There are more pages than this dedicated to one character

Hey, that stats thing looks familiar…

So basically they are all Pokémon…

Thankfully the world guide that follows is a lot more interesting, with tidbits of information that I didn’t know yet! (of course it could be that I’ve already forgotten haha).

Throughout the guide there are ‘Tsubasa Mini Reports’ which look at the top 5 nicknames Fai most uses for Kurogane, the funniest scenes, romantic scenes etc. I really loved these! My favourite was the ‘angry scenes collection’ where they showed some of the scenes Kurogane lost his temper and his percentage of anger haha (I forgot to take pictures and now it’s already too dark outside. Of course I can take them later since I’ll schedule this post, but I’ll probably forget)

There’s also an interview with CLAMP which was fun to read, plus an interview between Mokona (one of CLAMP’s members) and Takao Yaguchi, who is her favourite mangaka. She gave some pretty good advice to all of us fans out there: ‘I didn’t get a very big allowance, and I couldn’t afford to buy the manga. So what I did was introduce it to my father and get him hooked, so that he would buy the manga.’ So if you don’t have enough money, get your parents interested in the book/manga/show/film/game etc. so they will buy it for you.

She also said that she and the other members fight about things like who ate the last cake haha.

Of course it also includes a bonus manga, which is very short but adorable.

The rest of the book contains a fashion check in which one of the editors of the magazine Vivi talks about the fashion style of the characters, the results of some polls, a Q&A with Syaoran, Sakura and Mokona (Mokona’s answers are adorable and hilarious: ‘Mokona is a genius!’ Where can I order Mokona, thank you (a live one, I have a plush haha)), concept art, a quiz (I’m a die-hard Tsubasa fan) and a few more fun little things.

While some things were a bit disappointing, it’s definitely a fun read for any fan of the manga!

Have you read this character guide yet? Or maybe one of the others? (I need to get my hands on them *grabby hands*

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Why You Should Read Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

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I recently reread Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, one of my favourite manga, so with it fresh in my mind I felt like writing a post on why YOU should read it (and love it).

If you have no idea what Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is about, here’s a short spoiler-free summary:

The story begins with childhood friends princess Sakura and Syaoran. Princess Sakura’s feathers, which are her memories, are shattered throughout multiple worlds and thus Syaoran decides to find them for her. They begin a journey along with Fai and Kurogane, who have their own reasons for traveling. There’s also cute companion called Mokona. 

Why you shouldn't read it

  • If you can’t stand blood and gore. It’s not really that bad, but things can get a bit bloody
  • I’m not sure about the age rating. The anime is PG-13, but is a less mature than the manga. If you’re younger than 13 though, you probably shouldn’t read it

Why you should read it

  • Travel through many different worlds: from fun to incredibly dangerous and corrupt
  • FANTASY. MAGIC.
  • Action hell yes
  • PLOT TWISTS OH MY GOD
  • LIKE SIRIUSLY YOU GUYS OH MY GOD
  • It’s fluffy and cute and hilarious BUT IT WILL ALSO RIP OUT YOUR HEART MULTIPLE TIMES TO A POINT WHERE YOU WONDER IF YOU STILL HAVE A HEART LEFT
  • IT’S JUST SO EXCITING YOU GUYS THE TENSION THE ACTION THE ADVENTURE THE PLOT TWISTS THE FIGHTING DFABSJDF
  • The artwork is beautiful like expected from Clamp
  • Of course the characters. They are so beautiful and complex and their background stories and even all the minor characters (and there are a lot) are 3D and complex and colourful and just amazing
  • MOKONA MODOKI
  • Fai x Kurogane bromance (possibly more than just a bromance)
  • All the relationships to be honest (romance is not the major plot point there is so much more going on)
  • The writing is just so amazing. It’s so complex but it still makes sense (unless you read it very slowly.)
  • It’s just a masterpiece guys
  • I mean that summary sounds pretty simple and fun and innocent right? IT’S NOT. DO NOT LET ME AND MY SPOILER-FREE SUMMARY FOOL YOU. I HAD TO WRITE IT THAT WAY BECAUSE I CAN’T SPOIL ANYTHING OR IT WILL LOSE IT’S BEAUTY WHEN YOU READ IT
  • The major fangirling in this post should convince you to read it
  • God I don’t even know anymore except

If you prefer anime over manga, the anime is amazing too (less mature like I said, less angst, less dark), but do not watch the OV seasons unless you’ve read the manga. I watched the OV seasons before I read the manga and it was incredibly confusing, especially the transition between the first OV season and the second.

Also there is now a sequel to the original manga. 

SQUEE. I want to read it, but the first page made me wonder if I should read xxxHolic first (the original Tsubasa and xxxHolic are intertwined) to understand what’s going on. I’ve read the first 3 volumes but I haven’t really had time (and so far it’s not as good as Tsubasa) to read the rest. I can’t wait to read the sequel though.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. START READING IT.

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