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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 185
  • ISBN: 0-345-48429-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Tsubasa Vol. #09

By Sakura Eries     August 16, 2006
Release Date: April 15, 2006

Tsubasa Vol.#09
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Translated by:William Flanagan
Adapted by:

What They Say
Five friends continue their desperate search for Princess Sakura's memories, which have been scattered across parallel worlds in the form of magically potent feathers. But this time Syaoran and Sakura are pulled from a tumultuous land where two factions battle over a statue of the God of Calamity - and into the realm of that very god!

Now they find themselves on one side of a long, bloody conflict between two gods and their minions. Unfortunately, the experienced fighters in their band, Fai and Kurogane, seem to be aligned with the opposition. In a war where the only ending is the death of a god, how can Syaoran and Sakura hope to stay alive?

The Review
While in the country of Shara, a strange phenomenon occurs, rending open the skies. Sensing a huge power beyond the torn skies, Mokona initiates transport into the next world. However, Fai and Kurogane are still separated from their companions, and, as Sakura, Syaoran, and Mokona leave Shara, they cannot be certain that their friends are leaving with them.

Sakura, Syaoran, and Mokona literally land in the middle of a battlefield. There, they encounter Ashura-o, who looks exactly like the Ashura statue they saw in the country of Shara! And they see Fai and Kurogane fighting on the battlefield beside Yasha-o! However, before they can approach Fai and Kurogane, the landscape abruptly changes, taking away Fai, Kurogane, and the rest of Yasha-o's army and leaving the three alone with Ashura-o's army.

Ashura-o extends a welcome to them and explains that Ashura-o's clan, the Ashura clan, is battling the Yasha clan over control of moon castle, which, according to legend, has the power to grant wishes to the victor. However, the two armies are only transported onto the moon castle battlefield between moonrise and when the moon reaches its zenith.

Determined to investigate this castle and to see if the two warriors they saw are indeed Fai and Kurogane, Syaoran follows Ashura-o to the battlefield the next evening. Syaoran locates them easily and immediately finds himself locked in combat with them! They're acting like they don't know Syaoran, but why is the Kurogane look-alike bearing Sohi, the sword from the country of Oto?

Plenty of lush artwork in this volume: Ashura-o's extravagant outfits for the shojos and lots of fight scenes (I'd say at least half this volume is comprised of battlefield scenes) for the shonen. Most of the fighting action scenes are communicated well. However, the Shara sky cracking and the moon castle transportation sequences are less clear. These are scenes that would come across effortlessly if animated but are confusing as still panels. I had to look over the drawings a couple of times before I understood what was happening to the landscape. (I mistook the transportation of the armies as a magical offensive move at first.)

Despite the restrictions on Sakura's memory, she is drawing closer and closer to Syaoran. Also we get another glimpse of Syaoran's "twin" with the eye-patch. Personally though, I'm getting tired of all the hints and wish they'd just tell us outright what Syaoran and his look-alike are.


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