Tsubasa Vol. #26 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, July 19, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A somewhat confusing revelation and an epic battle await readers of this latest volume.
Translation: William Flanagan
Adaptation: William Flanagan
What They Say
Seconds before Sakura's imminent death, Syaoran made a wish and managed to turn back time. But now time has returned to that exact moment, and the obsessed Fei-Wang will not allow Syaoran to undo his twisted plots and evil plans again. If Fei-Wang wins, Sakura will die. The final battle begins!
The revelations to Syaoran’s past from last volume continue as this volume opens. Through his wish to stop time in order to save Sakura’s life, Watanuki was created to fill in the “holes” left in Syaoran’s relationships, as the original Syaoran was forced to pay the “price” for his wish and become imprisoned by Fei-Wang Reed. When the rewound time reached Syaoran’s previous time, he was released, but the distorted time, leaving him with the guilt of the effects he had on the timeline. Though he tells this to his companions out of guilt, it soon becomes clear that none of that matters to them.
When the group finally reaches the room where the frozen Sakura lies in wait, the “image” Syaoran appears before the group, Fei-Wang Reed looming behind him. Fei-Wang summons his minions to occupy Kurogane and Fai, and Syaoran and the “image” engage in one final showdown. After a massive display of power on each side, it would appear that the “image” has come out on top. However, the “image” isn’t as emotionless as he once seemed, and instead helps Syaoran land a blow on Fei-Wang before sacrificing himself to protect the original. The “image” has faded away, and Fei-Wang has taken center stage, marking the beginning of the final showdown.
The conclusion of the last volume’s flashback is a bit confusing, and the “big revelation” contained within honestly pertains more to xxxHolic than to this series. However, things certainly heat up in the second half, as the story of the “image” comes to an end in a flashy and satisfying way. Hopefully, the next volume will continue the action of that second half, and continue to wrap up the loose ends still present in the story.
Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B+
Text/Translation Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Del Rey
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