Title: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (Vol. 2)
Story by: CLAMP
Translation/Adaptation: Anthony Gerard and William Flanagan
Lettering: Dana Hayward
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: August 31, 2004
Genre: Manga, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Romance, Young Adult
A WORLD OF MODERN MECHA AND MAGIC
Syaoran, Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona venture to the Hanshin Republic to find one of the missing pieces of Sakura’s memory, transformed into magically powerful feathers. There, Syaoran meets his “Kudan”: a fierce wolf-spirit whose fiery power mirrors Syaoran’s personal strength. But with foes like a pop idol who sings words of pain, Syaoran’s hunt for feathers is no child’s game! And even if he finds the feathers, will Sakura ever wake up from her magical sleep? And since Syaoran bargained away their relationship in a pact with a witch, can their love ever return to the way it was?
This installment was a lot of fun to read and I breezed right through it!! Our odd group of travelers are still stuck on the same world and their battle raged on to find the feather. With the introduction of Kudan the action really took off and was quite fun to see pan out on the pages. The fighting was in some ways unique to the manga, literally words of pain, while in other ways had fun with the more traditional fighting seen from Japan, like the impressive (or silly) names of the attacker’s special moves. It was a lot of fun seeing the characters move around the oddly entertaining world, running into all sorts of interesting characters along the way. This volume is pack full of action and creativity, and has a few underlining messages if you look into it hard enough. Just like with the last volume, this volume had a section on past works by CLAMP and translation notes, explaining some of the references and things that might have confused the reader. I absolutely love reading those sections because they’re so informative!