Manga Review: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 14

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 14 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 14
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: July 31, 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.

At the beginning of Volume 14, Syaoran and the others found out that the book Syaoran had been in during Volume 13 is called a memory book, which takes and displays the memories of the first person who handles it and allows the next person who reads the book to see them. It’s then pointed out that the mark that appeared on the book looks a lot like the mark that appears on Sakura’s feathers. It turns out the one in the library is a reproduction of the original; the original is located in the central library.

They wonder if the feather is on the original book, so they go to the central library to check it out. Unfortunately, since it’s a printed national treasure and that no one is able to check it out. Syaoran and the others decide to sneak into the library and steal it. The majority of Volume 14 focuses on their attempt to get the book. Right near the end of the volume, the group is transported to what looks like a ruined and desolate world. The volume ends with them having a run-in with a group of people.

A major thing that happens during the attempt to steal the book is the fact that Fai ends up revealing that he knows more about magic and how to perform it than he had previously in the series. The only reason Fai has to reveal this is the fact that he needs to use his powers in order to help the group get out of some of the predicaments they find themselves in. The others in the party really don’t say much about it at this point, but I wonder if this will become an important issue amongst the group later in the series.

This volume of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle makes a couple of references to CLAMP’s X series. A building that appears in the desolate world is designed to look a lot like the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which has served as a setting in X. Also, one of the characters they run into in the desolate world looks like Kamui from X.

This volume also pays homage to something that’s not a CLAMP crossover. This is would be the flying train that the group rides on while they’re in Recort. The flying train is probably best known from Leiji Matsumoto’s Galaxy Express 999. It could also be an homage to Kenji Miyazawa’s Night on the Galactic Railroad.

Overall, I have to say that I really liked the story arc that took place in Recort. Between Syaoran ending up in the memory book with Kurogane’s memories in Volume 13 and the events that take place in Recort in Volume 14, it was a strong story that keeps the reader interested. It also provided some much needed backstory for Kurogane.

There’s not much provided for the desolate world that the group appears at near the end of the volume, but what is presented is just enough to make the reader want to pick up Volume 15 in order to find out how the story will progress.

If you’ve read the previous volumes of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and have enjoyed them, then I think you will enjoy reading Volume 14.

I wrote this review after checking out a copy of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Volume 14 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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