Manga Review: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Volume 17

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.

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Volume 17
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: May 13, 2008

At the beginning of Volume 17, Subaru wishes to restore the water that was lost from the reservoir. The witch Yuko says it can be done, but that there is a price. Yuko tells Kurogane that he has to make the wish to fill the underground cistern with water and in exchange, Kurogane must ask something of Subaru for taking Subaru’s wish onto himself. She tells Kurogane to ask for his vampire blood and give it to Fai in order to keep Fai alive. Kamui says he will offer his blood. When Kurogane gives it to Fai, he also has to include some of his own blood. Unfortunately, this means that Kurogane has to become “game” for Fai because Fai will only be able to drink Kurogane’s blood.

Fuma then appears with a feather, and negotiates to let his people stay in City Hall in exchange for using the feather to protect the building. Sakura says she doesn’t need the feather and requests to make the payment for Subaru’s wish.

Yuko gives Sakura the task of searching for an egg that’s located in Tokyo. While she’s on her quest, Sakura has several encounters with giant worms. Fortunately, she’s able to make it past the worms and find the egg. Sakura returns to City Hall, but she’s injured.

After reading this volume, I can say that Volume 17 was nowhere near as weird as Volume 16 was. Maybe it was due to the fact that I’m now used to the various weird elements that were introduced in Volume 16 so it didn’t feel nearly as strange. Also, I’m not quite as disappointed in the new tone of the series as I was at the end of Volume 16.

Quite a bit of this volume focused on Fai and his transformation into a vampire. Because of what happens here, it’s going to force Fai and Kurogane to be a bit closer than they had been before, since Kurogane’s blood is the only thing that will sustain Fai.

Outside of Fai’s transformation, the deal being made with the feather and Sakura’s quest for the egg, there’s not a lot of progression for the story in Volume 17. There’s a bit in the way of action sequences, especially after Sakura goes on her quest, so these action-heavy sections help to make Volume 17 a bit of a quick read.

Readers of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE may or may not enjoy the new tone and direction that the series begins taking in Volume 16. If you didn’t mind the tonal change in Volume 16, then you’ll probably be able to appreciate Volume 17.

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