Posted by psgels on 10 March 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews



What we have here, is the Tsubasa Chronicle movie. Like I said before: the characters seem to have gotten a total restyling for this. Syaoran is more confident and less hestitant. Kurogane’s become more energetic. Fye lost a bit of his sarcasm. Sakura’s more outspoken and less shy. Mokona has become less energetic and more calmly, which is totally different from his black counterpart. But the thing that’s really different from the series is the character art. It takes a bit to get used to, but once you do, it looks awesome.

The main reason you should watch this is because of the incredible graphics. Both traditional art as the CG look absolutely astonishing and the choreography is some of the best ever. Especially the flooding scene was beautiful to watch. The battles themselves shine like none other.

The story is also a masterpiece. As the movie took just half an hour, in comparison with xxxHolic, which took more than whole an hour, the scenes followed each other in a fast pace. Nevertheless, the movie didn’t really feel rushed. The setting is just perfect for a show like Tsubasa Chronicle. After all, what’s better for a story which revolves around wings and feathers to play in a bird-country? In this bird country, everything has been locked up in a gigantic bird cage. The bad guy wants to use this cage to make him uberpowerful. It may seem dull, but it were the actions surrounding this story which saved it.

For example, the character development between Syaoran and Sakura was just great (but then again, they were put together in a perfect situation *wink wink*). The royal guards performed a nice twist in the beginning, and it was just awesome that the wound from Fye’s boot was still clearly visible in the aftermath, while nobody seemed to notice.

Okay so what if the bad guy is bad because he’s bad? I had a very enjoyable time watching this. This movie never leaves a boring moment. You’re either gaping at the awesome graphics, or you’re trying not to miss any of the plot elements thrown in. Oh, and if you plan to watch both this movie and xxxHolic, then I recommend to watch xxxHolic before seeing Tsubasa Chronicle. This way, you’ll enjoy the easter egg the creators put in even more.

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 02:46 AM)
    I only ever had one issue of Neo (I think that was the magazines name) and one or two issues of the American version of newtype. And that was a long time ago.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 02:34 AM)
    I think the number of that fanbase who would actually buy magazines is slim. You would need to provide something the fans can’t get from the internet. Which seems pretty impossible.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:56 AM)
    Anime itself has quite a big international fan base.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:56 AM)
    @Casey: that depends on where you’re from, your background in web-design/blogging/printing and your targeted audience and market.
  • casey
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:51 AM)
    hey there am casey and am wondring if anime magizinse can be mad for someone how is a big fan off anime
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:44 AM)
    @Bam: Trying to think of actors I’d like to see show up in season three.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:41 AM)
    @Bam: I definitely enjoyed parts of hannibal yes, but yes, particularly the new season, style over substance.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:40 AM)
    I also ditto Farrell’s bold yet humanizing performance. The whole show has become a vehicle for actors/actresses to reinven themselves and take on a more prestigious pedigree of works.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:39 AM)
    @Emma: it is as much as a procedural as it is noir psychothriller like Hannibal, the latter while gorgeous has descended into symbolic surreàl scenes, which just too prohibited and drownin in it’s own atmosphere and style.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 7. 2015 12:35 AM)
    @Bam: And for a tv procedural it avoids being overly boring.

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