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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 186
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-48532-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Tsubasa Vol. #12

By Sakura Eries     March 07, 2007
Release Date: January 31, 2007

Tsubasa Vol.#12
© Del Rey

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

What They Say
All is not well on Piffle World. The magical land's most popular sporting event - a race for lightweight aircraft called dragonflies - seems to have been rigged by one of the contestants. But winning the competition is the only way Princess Sakura and her friends can recover one of her precious and powerful memory feathers.

The five friends are determined to cross the finish line first, but the cheating is taking its toll: even Fai is out of the running! Can the travelers still win the race and discover who's behind the booby traps before it's too late?

The Review
The Piffle World arc concludes in Volume 12 with the surprising results of the Dragonfly Race and the explanation behind all the "irregularities" in the competition. There's plenty of action; Chapters 83 through 86 are entirely dedicated to the final half of the Dragonfly Race, plus there's the post-race struggle for Sakura's feather in Chapter 88. CLAMP does an effective job of depicting the race and fight scenes, but it does seem odd that Sakura is drawn with her goggles on the top of her head instead of on her face considering all the crashing and splashing the final portion of the race.

As for the plot, the outcome of the race is less than satisfying. If the Dragonfly Race is meant to be a contest of speed and skill, the ultimate determining factor of the race should have more to do with flying ability than Sakura's sixth sense. Also, when Kurogane (rather gallantly!) takes a hit in order to protect Sakura, everyone reacts as if he should be dead. However, he comes out of the accident with a hurt (but not even broken!) left hand, which just seems like a ridiculous injury for such a serious accident. (Did he channel the force of the impact to his left hand or something?) In addition, the complicated explanation behind the race interference seems more convoluted than convincing.

Extras in this volume include translation notes and a five-page mini manga about the different versions of the Maganyan manga that the Tsubasa travelers encounter in the worlds they visit. (I found it pretty entertaining!)


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