Title: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (Vol. 3)
Story by: CLAMP
Translation/Adaptation: Anthony Gerard and William Flanagan
Lettering: Dana Hayward
Publisher: Del Rey
Published: October 26, 2004
Genre: Manga, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Romance, Young Adult
CAN PURE DETERMINATION DEFEAT A MASTER MAGICIAN?
Sakura is awake, but she remembers almost nothing-certainly not Syaoran, who has sacrificed everything to help her. Accompanied by the happy-go-lucky Fai, the intense Kurogane, and the strikingly odd creature Mokona Modoki, Sakura and Syaoran make their way into a new universe where a traveling magician has suddenly become frighteningly powerful and is terrorizing an entire town. Only a few independent-minded stragglers remain to battle for control of their own lives. Fai, the lone magician in the group, traded his magical powers to the dimension witch, xxxHOLiC’s Yuko, before the journey started. Without a weapon with which to fight, can the extraordinary group of friends defeat a master magician who can control the Earth’s elements?
Almost immediately after the volume starts the action begins. I was a little disappointed that our heroes weren’t in this new world long enough to get to know it like the previous world before fighting for the next feather. Sure, you get to understand a brief outline of their government and the importance of magic, but other than that theirs not much else described to the reader. While this might be okay for most people, I do love it when the creators go into more depth with the places their characters visit, it makes it a little more fun to me.
In this volume you also see a little bit of character development in both Fai and Syaoran, but you get a lot more action. I didn’t like the action in this volume as much as I did in the previous one, because this just wrapped up too quickly for me. Our heroes were in, had a few obstacles, and then you’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger. However, I really did enjoy the villains’ character designs in this volume. They were all rather interesting and really stood out amongst the other characters of that world. All in all, this was a good solid volume and it was really short, sweet, and to the point.