Tsubasa Vol. #15 (Mania.com)

By:Sakura Eries
Review Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Creative Talent
Translated by:William Flanagan
Adapted by:William Flanagan

What They Say
Kurogane, Syaoran, Fai, Mokona, and Princess Sakura have come upon a desert of shifting sands and ruined skyscrapers. This postapocalyptic nightmare is all that remains of the booming metropolis that was Tokyo, and the survivors are battling for the few life-giving resources left in the world. As the five dimension travelers search for another piece of the princess's lost memories, they will all be tested to their limits in ways they never expected!

The Review
Our time-space travelers arrive at their next world -- a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. Fifteen years of acid rain have poisoned the earth, and monsters, sudden genetic mutations, roam the landscape. What remains of the human population are clustered within the few structures that have withstood the acid rain and house this world's most precious resource -- uncontaminated water. Given their dire situation, each band of survivors guards its water jealously and fights neighboring bands for their supplies.

Kurogane, Syaoran, Fai, Mokona, and Sakura fall in with the survivors at the Tocho building, which is guarded by six guardians and their leader Kamui. However, Kamui isn't an ordinary person; there's a strange connection between him and the reservoir beneath Tocho. Power lies beneath those waters, waters that are somehow drawing Sakura's soul into their depths.

X/1999 fans will get a chance to see the Dragons of Heaven and Dragons of Earth in this volume. For those familiar with that CLAMP series, there’s a bit of a twist with the teams. Kamui leads Dragons of Earth characters while the Dragons of Heaven characters are assigned to Fuma, and there are interesting swap-outs for the Tokyo Babylon boys. X/1999 Kamui fans hoping to revisit their favorite angst-ridden hero may be disappointed. At least in Volume 15, Kamui's emotive capacity is approximately that of a zombie's. In regards to the plot, the worst has already happened (i.e. the destruction of Tokyo) so their conflict but has less to do with the fate of the world than raw survival. They very much seem like rival gangs in the midst of a turf war.

This volume also includes more developments with Syaoran's mysterious twin, who is finally initiating action with the potential to result in a confrontation with Syaoran in the very near future. However, CLAMP has dragged the suspense of Syaoran's doppelgänger for so long that that particular part of the plot has almost become tiresome, and quite frankly, I don't expect much in terms of resolution or revelations regarding Syaoran's double in the next volume.

Translation notes and a five-page mini-manga are included as extras in this volume. In regards to production quality, white speckles continue to show up at random intervals throughout the entire volume.

Mania Grade: B
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B-
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.95
Pages: 186
ISBN: 978-0-345-49831-1
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Tsubasa