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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 186
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-48534-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Tsubasa

Tsubasa Vol. #14

By Sakura Eries     September 26, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007

Tsubasa Vol.#14
© Del Rey

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

What They Say
The odd group of dimension travelers arrives in a country full of magic. They seek a book that may hold the key to finding one of Princess Sakura's powerful memory feathers, but the volume they need turns out to be a national treasure, off limits to the public. Now Syaoran, Kurogane, and the others must brave traps, ravenous beasts, and some of the universe's strongest magicians in order to steal the book. When it comes down to enchantments versus martial arts skill, can the team pull off the biggest caper of their career so far?

The Review
Our heroes learn the trick behind the "Memory Book" that revealed Kurogane's past to Syaoran and, in doing so, pinpoint another of Sakura's feathers. This feather has manifested itself as the original Memory Book and is considered a national treasure of the country of Recort. As such, it is heavily guarded. Syaoran and company will have to pit their skills against a host of traps, spells, and fierce guardians in order to steal the book and retrieve the feather. As they take on the magical defenses of the Central Library, Syaoran is overcome by a mysterious force. While it grants him immense power, what effect will it ultimately have on Sakura's gentle travel companion?

Most of this volume is dedicated to Team Tsubasa's navigating through the maze of security barriers set up to protect the Memory Book. Because their plan for the heist involves entering the Central Library during daylight hours, Syaoran and Kurogane must leave swords behind so as not to attract suspicion. As such, they are limited to hand-to-hand combat when they take on the library's guardians. Their major confrontations take place against a pair of large magical beasts (think along the lines of Card Captor Sakura's Keroberus' true form), and, at times, the fighting seems more comical than serious the way Syaoran tries to take down creatures 20 times his size by kicking them.

After spilling all of Kurogane's past in Volume 13, CLAMP returns to dropping hints about our characters' secrets. We get a glimpse of Fai's true magical prowess as he navigates the group around magical barriers and pitfalls with seeming ease and even casts a counterspell against the Central Library's formidable magic security system. As Kurogane suspects, there's much more beneath the surface of Fai's happy-go-lucky fa�ade, but for now, CLAMP is keeping us guessing. The same goes for Syaoran's twin in the tank.

Translation notes are included as extras in this volume. In regards to production quality, the materials and binding were satisfactory, but the artwork on almost all the pages of my review copy was noticeably plagued by white speckles, which were especially annoying in the illustrations that were supposedly "pitch black." Also, there were black smudges in the translation notes section. It is possible that these problems were just limited to my particular print batch, and it might be worthwhile if you have the opportunity to flip through a few copies before purchasing.


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