Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 13

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 13 is a manga by CLAMP, and it was published in North America by Del Rey Manga in 2007. 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 13
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: June 12, 2007

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.

Volume 13 sees Syaoran and the others in the country of Recort. It’s a country where the people use magic, and that there are schools where people study it. They also find an incredibly huge library. Syaoran discovers that he can understand a bit of what’s written in the books, because it’s similar to an ancient language of a country that he and his father visited.

Kurogane takes out a book that has nothing written on its spine; when he looks inside it, the pages are blank. When Syaoran takes the book from him and opens it, he finds himself transported inside the book. It turns out there’s now writing inside the book.

Things happen around him, but no one seems to notice that he’s there. As the volume progresses, Syaoran realizes that he’s seeing Kurogane’s memories. He feels guilty about seeing Kurogane’s memories without his knowledge or permission. However, through this experience, Syaoran is able to provide a clue for Kurogane as to who killed his mother.

I thought that this was an interesting way to present Kurogane’s backstory to the reader, since he isn’t exactly the kind of character who’s going to open up about his past. This is probably one of the most logical ways for this information to be revealed, especially with the way things are set up in the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle series. I also found myself riveted to what I was reading, because Kurogane’s backstory was a very compelling read. I really didn’t want to put this manga volume down before I finished it.

CLAMP did an interesting job of incorporating two figures from Japanese mythology into Kurogane’s backstory: Amaterasu (one of the sun goddesses) and Tsukuyomi (the representation of the moon). Tsukuyomi turns out to be Princess Tomoyo, and she’s the only real CLAMP crossover character to appear in this volume.

Right at the end of the volume, there’s a side story of Mokona contacting Yuko, the space-time witch. She asks Mokona what he’s learned about his companions’ sleep habits. She then asks who he will sleep with tonight, and Mokona says that Kurogane and Syaoran have wounds that are the same, so he will be with both of them. Mokona’s line here ties in with what happens right at the end of Volume 13. Before reaching that part of the side story, I thought it was going to be just some simple little unrelated vignette; however, I was glad to see that it did have a direct tie-in to the actual story that appeared in this volume.

If you’ve read the previous volumes of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and have enjoyed them, then I think you will enjoy reading Volume 13.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 13 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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