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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Four is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2005. 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.
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chonicle Volume 4
Written by: CLAMP
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: January 25, 2005
Syaoran is a young man who is in love with Princess Sakura, and he is on a quest to journey through different worlds in order to find Sakura’s memories after she loses them through an unexplained event. After meeting with Yuko, the space-time witch, he gains companions to join him on his quest; however, he also had to make a deal with Yuko that involves Sakura never regaining her memories of her time with Syaoran. Syaoran’s traveling companions are Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona.
Volume Four begins the resolution of the story arc that appeared at the end of Volume Three. Sakura regains a memory; however, in a section where Syaoran is supposed to appear, all she can see is an empty chair. When Sakura tells Syaoran what she saw in her memory, it causes him to reminisce about events that were related to what Sakura saw in her memory. After Syaoran and the others arrive in the next world, it turns out to not be beneficial to the group on the journey. It’s in this portion of the story where Syaoran has his flashbacks.
The third world to appear in this volume is the setting for a little over half of the volume; unfortunately, this story arc is not resolved by the end of Volume Four. They arrive in a town where children have been vanishing mysteriously, and the townspeople believe their disappearances are tied in with a local legend. The townspeople have also developed a mistrust of outsiders. Fortunately, the town doctor defends the group and invites them to stay with him.
Syaoran and the others believe that one of the feathers with Sakura’s memories might be in the area, and they think it could be linked to the legend and the disappearance of the children. They try to unravel what’s going on, and end up in the middle of the situation after Sakura sees something and more children disappear while they’re in town.
According to the notes at the end of the volume, it appears there’s another crossover of CLAMP characters in this volume. A group of three people referred to as the Amen’osa are alternate versions of three characters from the CLAMP School Detectives manga series: Nokoru, Suoh, and Akira.
When it comes to this volume, the first storyline basically resolved itself the way I expected it to, although I hadn’t anticipated what kind of memory Sakura would regain after the group got the feather. When it comes to the second storyline, it seems the purpose of visiting the world was for Syaoran to have his flashback sequences in order to provide some more background for himself and Sakura.
The third story arc in this volume was probably the most interesting of the three. By the time I finished reading this volume, I wanted to know what happens next and to hopefully get an explanation as to what’s really going on with the disappearance of the children. Of the two new story arcs introduced in this volume, I thought this one was very compelling and well done.
If you’ve read the previous three volumes of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and enjoyed what you read, then I believe you’ll also like Volume Four.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume Four that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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