Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
|Name:||Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
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Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a 28 volume manga by CLAMP. It's basically a giant alternate universe crossover with cameos by characters from all of their other series. It was made into a very popular anime later on.
The series follows Syaoran, Sakura, Mokona, Kurogane, and Fai as they travel through dimensions collecting Sakura's lost memory feathers in order to help save her soul.
CLAMP took advantage of the premise of the series to play homage to their 19 previous manga series in the form of alternate universe versions of old characters. A large part of the appeal of the series is if you're already familiar with some of CLAMP's older works. The characters Syaoran and Sakura are both originally from CLAMP's popular magical girl series Cardcaptor Sakura. Both characters are aged versions of their original counterparts. Mokona first appeared in Magic Knight Rayearth looking slightly larger and only able to say "Puu."
Other characters from older CLAMP series are included in one world or another throughout the manga. Some characters only show up once and others, like Tomoyo, we meet several times in different worlds. Clow, like in Cardcaptor Sakura, plays a large role in the plot but isn't an important character himself. Cardcaptor Sakura seems to be the series that CLAMP drew from the most. Many original character relationships and personalities are kept in tact.
Adding to Tsubasa's theme of crossover from other CLAMP work, the manga series xxxHolic ran at the same time as Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles with crossover in characters, timelines, events and themes. While both manga can be read on their own, they compliment each other well and may further explain events and characters where reading one alone wouldn't. The two manga have very different stories and atmospheres and were both very popular during their run.