Tsubasa: RESERvoir CHRoNiCLE
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Demographic: Shōnen
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Tragedy
Author: CLAMP
Illustrator: CLAMP
Publication date: May 21st, 2003– October 5th, 2009
Published by: Kodansha (Japanese)
Del Rey (English, former)
Kodansha USA (English, currently)
Volumes: 28 (first edition)
10 (second edition)
TV Anime
Director: Kōichi Mashimo, Hiroshi Morioka
Producer: Noboru Swata, Hisako Matsumoto, Shinichi Tominaga, So Ichitani
Writer: Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music: Yuki Kajiura
Studio: Bee Train
Network: NHK, Animax
Original Run: April 9, 2005 – November 4, 2006
Episodes: 52

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (ツバサ-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, Tsubasa -Rezaboa Kuronikuru), also known as Chronicle of the Wings, is a Shōnen manga series by the mangaka team artists CLAMP. It was serialized in Shōnen Magazine, from May 2003 until October 2009.

It was adapted into an anime series, Tsubasa Chronicle (ツバサ・クロニクル, Tsubasa Kuronikuru), animated by Bee Train, which aired 52 episodes over two seasons during 2005 and 2006.

Its main characters are two of CLAMP's most popular creations, Sakura and Syaoran, from the series Card Captor Sakura. It is worth mentioning that even though Sakura and Syaoran are recurring characters from a previous CLAMP series, Tsubasa is not a sequel of Card Captor Sakura. The characters may intrinsically be the same, with the same personality and characteristics from their previous incarnations but only placed in an alternate universe setting.

Yet another distinguishing feature of Tsubasa is the sheer number of crossover characters who appear in various parts of the series. CLAMP has drawn upon their most popular series, including Chobits, X, Magic Knight Rayearth, and RG Veda, and selected several of their popular characters to grace the pages of Tsubasa as well.

On July 16, 2014, it was announced that Tsubasa would have a sequel, through Kodansha's Magazine Special, which will start serialization on August 20, 2014. The sequel was given the title: Tsubasa World Chronicle: Nirai Kanai-hen (ツバサ Tsubasa WoRLD CHRoNiCLE ニライカナイ編). [1]


See also: List of Characters

The famous CLAMP bring the characters from all their creations into an ultimate showdown in this multidimensional tale.

It's the story about four travelers bound by fate and prophesied future. Sakura is the princess of Clow Kingdom, which is ruled by her older brother, King Tōya. Her childhood friend Syaoran is a young archaeologist. Sakura is revealed to have strange powers when she has a vision of a mysterious symbol and places she has never seen. Meanwhile, Syaoran discovers the same symbol at the ruins he is excavating. He sees Sakura standing on the symbol on the ground. Ghostly wings appear on her back and a mysterious force begins to pull her into the walls of the ruins. Syaoran rescues her in time, but her wings disintegrate into feathers, which are scattered across dimensions. The High Priest of Clow Kingdom, Yukito, immediately realizes that Sakura's "feathers" were the manifestation of her soul and memories; without them, she will die. In order to save Sakura, Syaoran must journey to retrieve her wing's feathers, the fragments of her memories.

Yukito sends Syaoran and the unconscious Sakura to the Dimensional Witch, Yuuko, who is one of the main characters in xxxHolic. There he meets Kurogane, a rough-mannered ninja banished from his world by Princess Tomoyo, and Fye, a magician who fled his world to avoid King Ashura. Each of them must pay with what he values most in order to gain the power to cross dimensions. For Kurogane, it is his sword Ginryū, and for Fye, it is the tattoo on his back which regulates his control of his magic. Syaoran, on the other hand, must pay with his relationship with Sakura: even if he is able to retrieve all of her memories, she will never remember anything about him or their relationship. (This sacrifice also pays Sakura's "toll" to Yuuko, because what Sakura values most are her memories of and with Syaoran.) Only when the three agree to her terms does Yūko present them with the power to cross dimensions; a white creature named Mokona Modoki.

While traversing through worlds to find Sakura's feathers, the four travellers and Mokona are forced to overcome many dangers and opponents, some of whom are figures from Syaoran's past who wish to collect Sakura's feathers for their own reasons as they are seen to be objects that hold great power.

But the world is not so simple. The time they made a decision, their destinies were sealed into the tragic course, as everyone in the group has their own secrets...And they thought, that the masks would never fall...

The manga adopts darker and more complex tones in the latter half of the story. Because of the crossover characters with xxxHolic, the two manga occasionally intertwine with each other.



See also: Manga Volumes Guide, Manga

Written and illustrated by Clamp, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle was published in Japan in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since May 2003 to October 2009. To date, twenty-eigth tankōbon volumes have been published, with the last released on November 17, 2009. The manga series has also been adapted for release within several different regions, including North America in English by Del Rey Manga, Taiwan by Tong Li in Traditional Chinese, Spanish by Grupo Editorial Vid and Norma Editorial.

At the conclusion of Volume 23, Clamp announced the manga was entering its final arc. On October 7th, the last chapter (epilogue) of the series was published, giving the conclusion to the manga.


See also: Episode Guide, Anime

The anime adaptation, Tsubasa Chronicle was animated by Bee Train and directed by Kōichi Mashimo with Hiroshi Morioka joining on as co-director for season two. The first season aired Saturday nights at 18:30 on NHK from April 9, 2005 to October 15, 2005. The second season began on April 29, 2006 and concluded on November 4, 2006. The first and second seasons both contained twenty-six episodes each, making the current episode count fifty-two episodes. The series was also later broadcast by the anime television network, Animax, across its English language networks in Southeast Asia in early 2006 (where the series received its English language premiere). Both seasons and movie are licensed for release in North America by FUNimation.

Animated film

See also: Movie

Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Country of Birdcages
Director: Itsuro Kawasaki
Studio: Production I.G
Released August 20, 2005
Runtime 35 min.

Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Country of Birdcages was released in Japanese theaters on August 20, 2005 in conjunction with xxxHolic the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream. The DVD of the movie was released on February 25, 2006. The movie also crosses over with the xxxHolic movie. The movie was released on February 19 release by FUNimation in the U.S. as a double feature with the xxxHolic movie.

OVA: Tokyo Revelations

See also: OVAS

Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations
Director: Shunsuke Tada
Studio: Production I.G
Episodes: 3
Released November 16, 2007 - March 17, 2008

Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations is a three-part OVA which was released in 2007 and 2008. The OVAs were animated by Production I.G, which is the studio that also animated the Tsubasa movie. Each 25-minute part was included with each manga volume starting from November 16, 2007. TOKYO REVELATIONS covers events from the Tokyo arc of the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle manga. As thus, the events of the anime after Rekord country were disregarded in the OVA.

OVA:Tsubasa Shunraiki

See also: OVAS

Tsubasa Shunraiki
Director: Shunsuke Tada
Studio: Production I.G
Episodes: 2
Released March 17, 2009 - April 17, 2009

The OVA series, entitled Tsubasa Shunraiki (Tsubasa Spring Thunder Chronicle), consists of 2 DVD releases, the first released 03-17-2009 with Volume 26 of the manga, the second was released 05-15-2009 with Volume 27. These OVAs cross over with two announced xxxHOLiC OVAs, entitled xxxHOLiC Shunmuki (xxxHOLiC Spring Dreams Chronicle), released on 02-17-2009 with Volume 14 of the xxxHOLiC manga. Production I.G and director Shunsuke Tada returned for the Tsubasa project with Nanase Ohkawa writing the screenplay. Yuki Kajiura is also returning as composer. This OVAs however, are not a continuation of the "Tokyo" Arc. While omitting both Infinity and Celes Arcs, the story features the "Nihon/Dream World" Arc.

Fanbooks and Artbooks

Special Books:

Title Release date ISBN
Tsubasa CARACTere GuiDE (ツバサ CARACTere GuiDE?) April 15, 2005 4063720012
Tsubasa CARACTere GuiDE 2 (ツバサ CARACTere GuiDE 2?) October 17, 2006 4063722163
Tsubasa Original Illustrations Collection –ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS- (ツバサ原画集-ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS-?) April 17, 2007 4063646866
Soel to Larg: Mokona=Modoki no bouken (ソエルとラーグ―モコナ=モドキの冒険), Soel and Larg, The Adventures of Mokona=Modoki June 17 ,2004 4063645959
TV ANIMATION Tsubasa Chronicle OFFICIAL FANBOOK (TV ANIMATION ツバサ・クロニクル OFFICIAL FANBOOK?) May 17, 2005 406372011X
TV Animation Tsubasa Chronicle BEST SELECTION (TV ANIMATION ツバサ・クロニクル BEST SELECTION?) April 17, 2006 4063721388
TV Animation Tsubasa Chronicle 2nd SEASON OFFICIAL FANBOOK (TV ANIMATION ツバサ・クロニクル 2nd SEASON OFFICIAL FANBOOK?) June 16, 2006 4063721612

Special Books:

Title Release date ISBN
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Character Guide December 26, 2006 978-0345494849
Tsubasa Chronicle Factbook: Mystery, Magic and Mischief May 31, 2008 978-1932897265


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