Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 10

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 10 is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2006. 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 Chronicle Volume 10
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: July 25, 2006

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.

The first half of Volume 10 concludes the story arc that takes place in the Country of Shara and the Country of Shara. It ends with the group successfully acquiring another one of Sakura’s feathers.

The second half of the volume sees the group in Piffle World. Sakura enters a race in order to try to win the prize, which ends up being one of Sakura’s feathers. A new character named Tomoyo Daitoji, the president of the Piffle Princess Corporation, is introduced. She looks very much like the princess of Kurogane’s home, which causes him some problems. The race gets underway, and the volume ends during the middle of the preliminaries.

I was rather pleased with how the first story arc in Volume 10 ended. Yes, Syaoran and the others did end up changing the future, but that truly was the only way to bring an end to a fighting that was taking place in the Country of Shara.

Piffle World relies on references from two of CLAMP’s other manga series: Angelic Layer and Cardcaptor Sakura. Tomoyo in Piffle World is exactly like the Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura; she says she’s Sakura’s biggest fan and likes to record what Sakura is doing. Unfortunately, since she’s so similar to the original Tomoyo, I found this be a bit distracting as I read this volume of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

The Piffle Princess Corporation is a reference from Angelic Layer. As to the actual storyline in this arc, it just feels kind of weak when it’s compared to the first story arc in Volume 10. I’m hoping that this story arc will improve when it continues in Volume 11.

This volume also includes a short mystery story that features the main characters from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. Personally, I didn’t think this short story was very good, nor was it terribly funny or amusing. I didn’t think it truly added much of anything to this volume.

Overall, I was more impressed with the first half of Volume 10 than I was with the second half. While I know the Piffle World arc will continue in Volume 11, I really hope it concludes in that volume and doesn’t progress into Volume 12. Perhaps the Piffle World arc isn’t as weak as I think it is, and it just feels that way since it was preceded in this volume by a story arc that I enjoyed quite a bit. However, I’ll only know for sure after I read Volume 11.

Even though I may not entirely be enjoying the Piffle World arc, I think Volume 10 will still appeal to fans of the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle manga series.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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