Posted by psgels on 20 March 2008 with categories: Tsubasa Chronicle, Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations


Well, I think that with the way this has turned out, I think that there’s a good chance for more OVAs of Tsubasa Chronicle to appear. I’m not going to write a full fledged review about this series, because I feel that my own bias is just too big, especially with the second episode. In any case, this episode was pretty good, even though it was much quieter than the last one.

In the end, my big gripe with Tokyo Revelation is that a lot of the character-development really came from nowhere. In this episode, it was Sakura’s turn to change dramatically, though I feel that the creators would so have profited from another episode, to get all of the developments right. Right now, I can understand how Sakura feels that she’s been incredibly irresponsible, and that she wants to change, but this doesn’t automatically make you able to be a fearless killing-machine, like she demonstrated in this episode.

One character whose character-development did get handled perfectly was Kurogane, though, and Fye too made very interesting progressions in this episode. I was also glad to see that finally the huge plot-twists of the previous episode made sense, and how the different characters of Kamui and his brother tied in with the overall story. The background art was also as lovely as usual, so there are no complaints there either.

15 Responses

  1. Avatar frog212 says:

    I dont read the manga but I have been following the anime and OVA of Tsubasa. The thing that threw me off was the vampire twins. Seemed like that came out of nowhere. I’m glad that this OVA did explain somethings about Syaoran and the background to why this all happened.

  2. Avatar Lika says:

    As much as I love my X and TB, Subaru and Kamui was there for pure fanservice. And the twin vampires wouldn’t have come as much of a shock if one was familiar with X or Tokyo Babylon and knew that Seishirou was an emotional twirp who’s obsessed with Subaru (he did mention in Outo that he’s chasing after twin vampires which caused the X and TB fans to assume right away that the vampire twins would be Subaru and Hokuto), or that if most of the X characters are present in the tower, then it’s safe to say that Subaru would be there too (and no Seishirou because that would only makes things too easy).

    The development for Sakura isn’t as extreme as it is if you keep in mind that manga wise, they just came from the world with the books and Piffle and Sakura actually did something useful in Piffle. Either way, I was quite shocked that they kept in all that violence with her in it even if they did cut out some. I guess that’s one of the perps of doing an OVA instead of showing it on TV?

  3. Avatar Windspirit says:

    I lol’d at Fuuma saying “Seishirô-nii-san”.
    And I’m loling at fangirls comparing Kamui with Lelouch, saying that they friggin’ COPIED Code Geass. Um… Kamui exists since 1992 (I wasn’t even born, I think) and Lelouch is from a shitty anime for fangirls… Why is such a simple idea so hard to understand ?

    Sakura, fearless killing machine ? She was scared like hell, she just manages to find the courage to erase this fear and act for her own instead of always relying on her protectors. And I thought her development was kind of correct since I rewatched the Library arc between the two OVAs…

  4. Avatar Brad says:

    I LOVED this OAV! Am surprised you didn’t mention Card Captor Sakura though as that’s what everyone else is talking about.

  5. Avatar Windspirit says:

    Well, the Kinimoto cameo was for pure fanservice ; what else is there to say about it ? é__è

  6. Avatar FlareKnight says:

    I can understand Sakura. She just lost the most important person out there. That really does shake you down to the core. She probably feels that she can’t just rely on others as much. If she wants to get the clone back she has to stand on her own two feet.

    The original is in a pretty tough situation. You know everyone and half your heart was out there, but it’s not the same. An interesting talk with Mokona and Kurogane in this one.

    Anyways after this OVA things just feel so much more serious. Nothing can be the same again. They arrived as a solid group. In the process they lost the clone who gouged out Fye’s eye, Fye gets vampired, the original shows up, and Sakura continues to grow from an innocent princess into someone that will do what she has to.

    Really hope to see more OVA’s or a third season.

  7. Avatar anime fan says:

    As someone who only watched the anime Tsubasa Chronicles (I know, everyone says the manga is better) I was really surprised to see such a strong Sakura. Her wielding a gun was my favorite part ^^ I’ve come to think about her as powerless princess who everyone protects, so that was unexpected.

  8. Avatar D47 says:

    oh dear lawd, talk about the card capter thing! i don’t get it at all.

  9. Avatar ida15 says:

    I thought that the cardcaptor reference shows that the cardcaptor sakura world exists in the Tsubasa universe. Though, I agree, it’s still kind of random

  10. Avatar Kia Ixari says:

    Actually, I think the only reason why the character development seems disconnected for some viewers is that this OVA does not follow the anime ending. In the manga, the arc where the anime ends was different, and that difference leads into this arc. And I think there were several insert things too that were not on the anime or on this OVA. I think that’s why some readers are a bit confused.

    Also, if you would read the manga after this arc (the Infinity arc, the Ashura-Fai arc, and then the Nihon world arc — as in Kurogane’s world), the character changes will make sense. Especially Fai and Kurogane’s relationship shift. It’s a heavy thing, especially when Kurogane sacrifices for Fai and Fai wakes up.

  11. Avatar syaoran says:

    any info when the next episode, ova or whatever will come out after ova 3 tokyo revelations?

  12. Avatar Mouse says:

    I must say, TR got a standing ovation from me. I’ve only been watching the anime personally, and was starting to get a little bored. It’s all been pretty easy to follow (tsk to those who didn’t pick up on the twins; they were talked about in the series a few episodes prior) and I really hope to see something come after this, whether it’s supposed to or not. Sakura certainly made a nice step from ‘I think I should do something for myself sometimes’ to ‘I’m gonna do something’. Scared or no, she actually finally did something (thank you thank you).

  13. Avatar Jone A. says:

    This is all very insightful and all. I had only read up to volume 9 in the book series when I started watching the anime. I agree that they were moving very slow and it never seemed to end. World after world gathering feathers. . . . They never got into the story of Syaoran’s past with fei wong reed, or what fye was hiding…they only explained kurogane close to the end and when i finally though it was getting good, they go right back where they started. . . it was very frustrating!!!

    Tokyo Revelations was awesome!! It did come to me as a surprise, however, how dark and grusome everyone became. I did have to pay a little closer attention to what was going on to prevent confusion. . . but overall it was a refreshing change from the fillers of Bee Train to actually getting to the point of the story.

    But although i love watching tsubasa. . .I’d like to see Kurogane go home, Sakura and Syaoran regain their relationship, and don’t even know what is going on with Fye. . .

  14. Avatar cho says:

    well the two vampires came in from tsubasa resvor chronicles… i dnt remember his name but sharron knows him from when he was little… he taught sharron how to fight… and that guy has been looking for the two vamps for a long time… and he also has one of sakuras feather that he uses to travel through worlds, but the thing thats still gets me is that… fai is suppose to have really strong magic, but he couldnt do anything to the other sharron (the hearless one)… but i still love tsubasa tho

  15. Avatar Juno says:

    Okay. I know I’m late, but I only discovered this blog a few hours ago. XD
    The reason the manga is said to be better is because it’s the original, drawn by my all-time favorite artists in the manga scene, CLAMP. However, I did enjoy the anime up until that last arc. The last arc had potential to be bigger (non-canon, but still good), but its problem lied within the creators’ decision to end it right there. And because of that, CLAMP backed out. I have the whole conversation on CLAMP’s blog saved.
    The Cardcaptor reference, as stated by Ohkawa-sensei (and proved by recent chapters), is there as a foreshadowing for the future. Cardcaptor Sakura plays a role in the series, but fans get misleaded about that role for a long time. XD Such was Ohkawa’s plan.
    But I absolutely love Production I.G. and so, I absolutely love their character designing in the animation department. They made the characters MOVE~

Leave a Reply

Star Crossed Anime Blog

13 User(s) Online Join Server

Featured Posts

Dr.STONE – 19/20 [To Modernity/The Age of Energy]

Hello all, to this double feature of Dr.STONE, as this lazy bones plays catch up. Apologies for missing last week, but a combination of factors made getting the post up in time… difficult. Enough excuses though, onto the episodes! Starting off, since I missed two episodes, let’s talk about the production for a second. As […]

Hoshiai no Sora – 06

I’ll say this for Hoshiai no Sora – the tennis scenes look good. Characters are shown positioning themselves, swinging, and following through with remarkable consistency. The shortcuts that once plagued Baby Steps and Prince of Tennis rarely appear during this series, and that’s worth celebrating. There were even a few serves in this episode that […]

State of the Season – Fall 2019

Welcome to the second official State of the Season! I’m your host, Amun, and joining us are the esteemed Wooper, Mario, and Lenlo! For Fall of 2019, the anime community awaited more sequels than Star Wars – surprisingly, some first-season hidden gems lurk among these established franchises. In this State of the Season, we’ll take […]

Neon Genesis Evangelion – 2 [An Unfamiliar Ceiling/The Beast] – Throwback Thursday

Hello all and welcome to week 2 of Neon Genesis Evangelion! I know a lot has been going on lately, what with the site scare, but don’t worry. A lot of work is going on in the back and we have plans. In the meantime, how about we just jump into this week’s episode of […]

Beastars – 06

This episode marks the beginning of the next chapter after introduction phase in the first five episodes. This week it’s all about expanding its unique settings. Many new players are introduced, most notably Juno, the female underclassmen grey wolf, and Gouhin the Panda, who all make a nice first impression. This week is also the […]

Chihayafuru S3 – 06 [Tatsuta River Ablaze]

Every time I try to take notes on this series, I get sucked into its rhythm and hit the end of the episode before I know it. The show arranges bursts of competition, moments of inner monologue, and diverse crowd reactions for maximum effect. In wondering how it manages to cast that spell so consistently, […]

Fire Force – 16 [We are Family]

This episode of Fire Force…was all over the place.  I can’t decide if the show loses points for being so absurd or gains them back for being self-aware.  At any rate, we have some back stabbing, some donkey riding, and … Shinra, you’re killing me here.

Psycho-Pass 3 – 03 [Herakles and the Sirens]

It’s a slower episode this week for Psycho-Pass 3 but there is so much to unpack when it comes to details of the characters and how it relates to the latest case of the candidates for the governorship of Tokyo. There are family connections, hidden pasts and plot threads that point to something far bigger.

Hoshiai no Sora – 04/05

Let’s have a round of applause for Maki the Genius, everyone. In a tennis club full of clashing personalities, only he was incisive enough to see that hotheads and shy boys shouldn’t be paired together. Imagine everyone’s surprise when he put compatible players on the same doubles teams and they immediately started to work in […]

Latest Reviews

Mononoke Anime Review – 75/100

I have reviewed a lot of odd shows recently. From Paranoia Agent to Serial Experiments Lain, they each had their own… je ne sais quoi, their own unique flavor. Keeping with that trend is Mononoke, a sort of Horror Anthology reminiscent of Tales From the Crypt or a Stephen King short stories collection. Though where […]

Mix: Meisei Story Review – 75/100

Mix is, by my count, the eighth Mitsuru Adachi work to be adapted to animation. I’ve only seen one of the other seven, so it may not be my place to say this, but Mix probably ranks around the middle of those eight. Its main cast is complex, but the non-baseball players among them slip […]

DanMachi2 Anime Review – 40/100

“Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon” burst onto the anime scene as something of a B-tier cult classic.  2015 saw Season 1 massively outperform expectations  – ignoring the occasionally shoddy animation – to bring excitement and mostly fan service (and the cosplayer favorite: the Hestia ribbon).  Now, four years later, the […]

Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Review – 80/100

It’s hard to find a more ubiquitous genre in anime than Shounen. Maybe romance/moe-blobs, but it’s a close race. With series like One Piece and until recently Naruto, being a constant presence each season/year. Often this makes it difficult for newer series to break into the anime market in a meaningful way. With the recent […]

Youjo Senki Movie Review – 85/100

Outside of a very few exceptions, I have come to despise the isekai genre with its predominantly self-inserted overpowered male protagonists, massive harems, fan-service bait and overused fantasy settings. Youjo Senki is none of those things and it has gained a very special place in my heart where it features the combined arms of a […]

Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel – II Lost Butterfly Anime Review – 91/100

Long time no see and strap in cause this is going to be a long one. I will preface this review with the assumption that you have seen the first movie of this trilogy and this movie as well as the assumption that whomever is reading this knows what a command spell is. So basically […]

Serial Experiments Lain Anime Review – 78/100

Serial Experiments Lain is weird. It is a series unlike any other, wholly unique in anime, both modern and historical. Every aspect of it, from presentation to narrative, is best described as an experience. It is because of this that I believe Lain is a must watch, if only to experience a piece of anime […]

Penguin Highway (2018) Movie Review – 89/100

You’re walking along in your neighborhood, going about your daily routine. It’s a fine morning. The sun is shining brightly. But suddenly, you see something strange. You squint your eyes; even rub them, to make sure it isn’t a mirage before exclaiming with excitement, “Oh, look. It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane! No no. […]

One Punch Man Season 2 Anime Review – 34/100

Often at the start of one of these reviews, I will wax philosophical about a series. Attempting to slowly draw you, the reader, in to whatever topic or anime I am discussing in that review. This time, none of that. This time, I have to come out and say from the beginning, that One Punch […]