As the group travels on to the next world, one feather under their belt and Sakura mercifully awake, CLAMP takes this opportunity to take on a classic manga tale full of evil overlords, honest and noble magical heroines, and a medieval landscape. Welcome to the town of Ryonfi in the country of Koryo, ruled over by a greedy despot who maintains control through threats and military force. One girl, Chu’nyan the daughter of a murdered local priestess, stands against the corruption. Of course, Syaoran and his fellows plop down right in the middle of a fight and are mistaken for the mysterious Amen’osa, agents of the government rumored to arrive to keep an eye on and if necessary remove corrupt officials. With the help of Mokona and Yuka, the travelers realize they must aid Chu’nyan in her fight in order to retrieve another lost feather. This volume allows a little more time for interaction between all the characters, and as tidbits of their histories come to light each character grows a little bit more intriguing–each has secrets. Since Sakura has awoken, Syaoran is constantly reminded that she does know remember him, and the flashes of his own memories of their time together is enough to make your heart break just a little bit with each unshared memory. The finish of this volume seems to be starting a pattern of cliffhangers and our team may have defeated all the forces against them, but another may be just around the corner.

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, vol. 3
ISBN: 9780345471833
Del Rey Manga, 2004

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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