Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 11

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 11 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 11
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: October 31, 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 entirety of Volume 11 focuses on the Dragonfly Race that’s taking place in Piffle World. The volume opens with the qualifying race. There are 20 spaces to fill for the final race, but during the race, an explosion takes place to disrupt the race. While all of the main characters of the series advance to the final race, there are questions raised in regards to the explosion.

Later, when Syaoran and Sakura go into town, they are approached by a group of Dragonfly racers. After Syaoran fights with this group, another group of individuals arrive on the scene, and all of the racers in the scene are taken to be interviewed about the explosion that affected the racers who didn’t qualify. Syaoran and Sakura are found innocent of any wrongdoing.

Roughly the last half of Volume 11 focuses on the final race; unfortunately, the race itself isn’t finished in this volume, so you have to read Volume 12 to find out how the race continues. There’s some sabotage that takes place at this point in the race, but still no clue as to who the guilty culprit is.

I will say that I’m enjoying the Dragonfly Race storyline a lot more in Volume 11 than I did in Volume 10. Like I mused in my review of Volume 10, I think having the conclusion of the story arc that took place in the Country of Shara made the beginning of the Dragonfly Race arc look weaker than it really was. At this point, I’m not very curious as to who is behind sabotaging the race, especially since no real clues seem to have been presented as of yet.

CLAMP, of course, continue including their crossovers from some of their various other series. The Piffle Princess Corporation is a reference from Angelic Layer, while Tomoyo is from Cardcaptor Sakura. The three characters who interview Syaoran and Sakura in regards to the explosion in the preliminary race are Nokoru, Suo, and Akira; while these characters from CLAMP School Detectives made an appearance in Volume Four of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, this marks the first time that any of the protagonists of this series have meet these characters face to face.

I’m glad that the Dragonfly Race story arc seemed to improve in Volume 11, because I’m actually looking forward to reading Volume 12 of this series. However, I am hoping that this particular story arc will be resolved by the end of Volume 12; considering it’s already taken up half of Volume 10 and all of Volume 11, I can’t believe that CLAMP could have stretched it out beyond another full volume of the manga. I’ll find out if I’m right or not at such a point I’m able to read Volume 12.

If you’ve read the previous volumes of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and have enjoyed what you’ve read, then I think you will enjoy reading Volume 11.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 11 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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