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Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories (a J!-ENT Anime Blu-ray Disc Review)

May 23, 2010 by  



CLAMP’s “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories” features all 52 TV episodes and the Tsubasa film in one set for a great price!  But If you previously purchased season 1 on Blu-ray, I recommend purchasing the second season individually and also the Clamp Double feature.  Overall, if you enjoy fantasy/adventure/action-based anime, definitely give “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” a try!

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TITLE: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories

DURATION: 52 episodes and 1 film (1375 Minutes)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition 16×9, Dolby True HD English 5.1 and Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (for movie), Subtitles: English

RATED: TV PG

COMPANY: FUNimation Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2010

Originally Created by CLAMP

Directed by Koichi Moshimo

Screenplay by Hiroyuki Kawasaki

Music by Yuki Kajiura

Character Design by Minako Shiba

Art Director: Shin Watanabe

Sound Director: Toru Nakano

Executive Producer: Hisako Matsumoto

Anime Production by Bee Train

Featuring the voices of:

Daisuke Namikawa/Vic Mignona as Fay D. Flourite

Mika Kikuchi/Carrie Savage as Mokona

Miyu Irino/Jason Liebrecht as Syaoran

Tetsu Inada/Chris Sabat as Kurogane

Yui Makino/Monica Rial as Sakura

Kouki Miyata as Yukito

Maaya Sakamoto/Amber Cotton as Tomoyo

Shinichiro Miki as Touya

Colleen Clinkenbeard as Yuko Ichihara

J. Michael Tatum as Seishiro Sakurazaka

A true and noble heart holds much power, stronger than the hardest fist and mightier than the most potent magic. Four disparate travelers begin an epic journey; their goals different, their destiny the same. Along the way, the past will meet the future in the present. Of all the paths of every life, mingling in the dimension between dimensions where a foe has the face of an ally, and an ally the face of a monster.

At the center of this heroic undertaking is Syaoran, a young man called upon to save his fated, the princess Sakura. Her memory has been shattered, the very essence of her soul sent adrift across the universe. Feathers float down on strange lands, torn asunder if only to prove the power of love.

With fellow travelers Kurogane and Fai, a warrior and a wizard, an epic quest begins. One of danger and mystery… The possibilities are endless.

The fantasy shonen manga known as “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” by the well-known mangaka group CLAMP (“X”, “xxxHolic”, “Cardcaptor Sakura”, “Angelic Layer”, “Chobits”) was created in 2003 and has been featured on Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen through October 2009. In 2005, a 52-episode anime series aired through 2006 and included five OVA’s released between 2007-2009.

The series was featured on FUNimation Entertainment’s “Funimation Channel” in 2008 and had been released on DVD previously in the US back in 2007. And the popular CLAMP series received its High Definition treatment in the Nov. 2009 with the first season (26 episodes) released on Blu-ray and the second season of “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” (featuring the final 26-episodes) and the  Tsubasa/xxxHolic double-feature on Blu-ray released on May 11, 2010.  But released on this date is “Tsubasa – Collected Memories” which includes all 52 episodes of both seasons and the Tsubasa-only film collected together on seven Blu-ray discs in one box set.

The series is directed by Koichi Mashimo (“Sorcerer Hunters”, “.Hack” series, “”Dirty Pair: Project Eden”, “Noir”) and features a screenplay by Hiroyuki Kawasaki (“Irresponsible Captain Tylor”, “Martian Successor Nadesico”, “Sorcerer Hunters”, “Sakura Wars”, “Tekkaman Blade”). Music for the series is courtesy of Yuki Kajiura (“Mobile Suit Gundam Seed”, “.Hack” series”, “My-HIME”, “Madlax”), character designs by Minako Shiba (“.Hack” series, “Noir”, “Kuroshitsuji”, “Darker than Black”) and art direction by Shin Watanabe (“Arc the Lad”, “Batman: Gotham Knight”, “Diamond Daydreams”).

“Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” is about a young man named Syaoran who returns home and meets up with his friend Sakura (who really likes him). She has wanted to confess her love to him but due to circumstances, she has to go back to the castle. While Syaoran goes back to the ruins, he sees Sakura who seems to be levitated in light. As he goes to rescue her, small feathers of light disappear and Sakura is left unconscious.

In order to save Sakura, Syaoran along with a unconscious Sakura, a magician named Fay D. Flourite and a ninja named Kurogane are transported to present day Japan in which they come in contact with a dimension witch (Yuuko Ichihara of the CLAMP anime series “xxxHOLIC”). Yuuko explains that they were brought together for a reason and that in order to get home, they would need to travel to various alternate universes to find their way back home. And in each universe, Syaoran must find these feathers which represents Sakura’s memories and are now scattered in various alternate universes, he along with his two compatriots must travel these alternate universes but must find these feathers and return them back to Sakura. After finding each feather(s) for that universe, they will then go to another universe where things are different than the last.

But in order to begin their adventure for Syaoran to revive Sakura and for each of them to return back home, Yuuko must collect payment and that is for each of them to give up something precious. Syaoran makes the biggest sacrifice in which if he is able to revive Sakura, she will no longer have any memory of Syaoran. So, the four embark on their trip to various worlds where familiar faces from their own world are different people from different backgrounds and occupations.

Meanwhile, as Syaoran and the others try to find the feathers, an enemy rival named Fei Wang Reed has interest in obtaining the feathers. He will kill anyone and anybody to obtain Sakura’s feathers.

Both seasons of “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” features a race for Syaoran with Sakura, Fay and Kurogane to get the feather of Sakura’s memories before anyone else is able to and taking on various evils and encountering alternate versions of people they know in these different worlds. Will Syaoran, Sakura, Fay and Kurogane survive their adventure?

The main characters of “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” are:

  • Syaoran – The main protagonist from the Kingdom of Clow who likes a girl named Sakura. But when Sakura’s memories are lost, he has made it his mission to find each feather of her memory and bring her back to life, even if she will no longer remember him. Syaoran is an aspiring archaeologist and in each universe, seems to have developed certain supernatural or fighting skills.
  • Sakura – The princess of Kingdom Clow who has always loved Syaoran. On the day she was to tell him that she loves him, she loses all her memories and magical powers and left unconscious. Only when Syaoran brings back a feather of memories and returns it back to her does she start to get better little at a time.
  • Fay D. Flourite – A magician from the country of Selece. He has sealed King Ashura and has run away from Selece, never wanting to return back home. He gladly accepts traveling with Syaoran and Kurogane but unlike them, he has no intention of going back home. He gives up his treasured item, a tattoo as payment to Yuuko.
  • Kurogane – A ninja who is always fighting and shows no mercy. And because of this, Tomoyo sends Kurogane (without his approval) to where Syaoran and Fay. But also cursing him and that if he kills anyone, his strength will decrease. Tomoyo’s goal is for Kurogane to learn what true strength is and let him know that it is not about his sword or killing people that brings strength.
  • Mokona Modoki – Two bunny-like creatures that are given to the three by Yuuko Ichihara. The white creature allows for teleportation to the alternate universes, while the black creature allows the three to keep in direct contact with Yuuko. But both can also sense Sakura’s feathers of memories.

“Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” features the following 52-episodes on 1 Blu-ray disc with disc 7 focused on the film “Tsubasa the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom”:

Disc 1:

  • EPISODE 1: Destinies Converge – Something has gone wrong in the Kingdom of Clow, leaving Sakura unconscious.
  • EPISODE 2: The Power to Fight – Syaoran (with Sakura), Fay and Kurogane are whisked to a new world.  What will be their mission?
  • EPISODE 3: Sword of Demon Destruction – The first alternative universe places Syaoran and the group in the Hansin Republic where people have their own powers.
  • EPISODE 4: Innocent Wandering – Sakura has gone missing.  Will Syaoran be able to find her?
  • EPISODE 5: The Battle of the Mage – The gang leader Shogo challenges Syaoran in a Kudan battle.
  • EPISODE 6: Unshed Tears – The fight between Syaoran and Shogo begins.
  • EPISODE 7: The Broken Memento – The group travel to their next world, the Koryo Country and learn from Chun Hyang of an evil group known as Ryanban.
  • EPISODE 8: God’s Beloved Daughter – Sakura is drawn to the local castle for some reason.
  • EPISODE 9: Princess of Shadows – The gang encounter the Ryanban and learn about their famous weapon.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 10: Mirror of Separation – Syaoran vs. the Ryanban leader’s son.
  • EPISODE 11: The Chosen Tomorrow – The Ryanban takes control of the villagers.
  • EPISODE 12: A Warm Smile – The group are whisked into another world that consists only of a large lake.
  • EPISODE 13: Advocate of Illusions – The group visit a new world, the Jade Country in which the princess is supposedly has a magical feather.
  • EPISODE 14: Truth in History – A ghost princess visits Sakura.
  • EPISODE 15: A Heart That Believes – Sakura tries to rescue children from the castle with the help from the ghost princess.
  • EPISODE 16: Strength in Kindness – The group now goes to the Storm Country in which a fight tournament is taking place.
  • EPISODE 17: Demon Hunters – The group reach Oto Country in which they are attacked by oni.
  • EPISODE 18: Cats and Dogs – Fay and Kurogane learn a secret of Syaoran.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 19: Resolution to Live – Syaoran wants to learn how to use a sword and asks Kurogane to teach him.
  • EPISODE 20: The Afternoon Piano – Kurogane trains Syaoran on how to use a sword.
  • EPISODE 21: The Demon’s True Face – The gang encounters the oni Seishiro (from the CLAMP anime/manga series “Tokyo Babylon”).
  • EPISODE 22: Indelible Memory – Syaoran and the group try to protect Seishiro from the town hall.
  • EPISODE 23: The Fading Life – Seishiro starts to attack Syaoran and the others.
  • EPISODE 24: Blade of a Desperate Fight – The group learn that they are in a virtual reality world leading to a battle between Kurogane and Seishiro.
  • EPISODE 25: The Ultimate Game – The battle between the Oni heats up, meanwhile Syaoran tries to get the feather from Seishiro.
  • EPISODE 26: The Last Wish – The group end up in a new world, Tsarastora County where the group learns that if they can reach to the top of a blessed temple, the would be granted a wish.

Disc 4:

  • EPISODE 27: Dangerous Race – The group lands in a futuristic world in which a feather is part of a 1st place price during a race.
  • EPISODE 28: The Three Badges – Tomoyo of the Piffle Princess Company warns the group that someone is tampering with the Dragonfly race.
  • EPISODE 29: Goal of Glory – The person responsible for tampering with the race is revealed.
  • EPISODE 30: Sorrowful Miracle – Another feather is found but it’s on a dragon.
  • EPISODE 31: A Young Man’s Resolve – The group land in Portoria Country in the middle of an ocean.
  • EPISODE 32: A Date With a Wizard – The group land in Fort City Brit, a city that uses magic.
  • EPISODE 33: The Origins of Ashura – The group arrives in Shara County but this time, the group is separated from each other.
  • EPISODE 34: Endless War – An earthquake hits Shara County.
  • EPISODE 35: Two Memories – The group visit Shura County and learn the story of Ashura and Yasha.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 36: Love That Transcends Time – The story of Ashura and Yasha is continues.
  • EPISODE 37: Mokona the Artist – The group land in a super-deformed world and only Mokona can help the group.
  • EPISODE 38: Dangerous Road – The group lands in the Principality of Dargoa but gangsters terrorize a group of passengers on a bus.
  • EPISODE 39: Parting of Beginnings – The fight against the gangsters.
  • EPISODE 40: Black Steel – The group lands in Rekord County and discover a book with Kurogane’s past.
  • EPISODE 41: Secret of the Library – The group finds out that Syaoran has read the original Book of Memories.
  • EPISODE 42: Faraway Homesickness – The group are now in the Country of Clow and look for anything living.
  • EPISODE 43: The Fifth Oath – Kurogane wants to learn more about his past and Kurogane starts learning more than he should about his travel partner.
  • EPISODE 44: Kero and Mokona – The group take a break and go to sleep and when they woke up, everyone shrunk to an inch tall.

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 45: The Second Hardship – The group arrive in Koryo County, to discover things have changed in their homeland.
  • EPISODE 46: The Secret of Hijutsu – Kishim tells the group about a hidden country known as Kiishimu that runs parallel to Koryo County.
  • EPISODE 47: Sakura Works – The group land in Ragtime World and the group must get the feather but end up getting in a fight with a gang.
  • EPISODE 48: Feather-King Chaos – The group land in Tao Country which is ruled by King Chaos.
  • EPISODE 49: A Warped Wish – Sakura has a dream of her childhood in Clow Kingdom and is attacked by a worm, but who is the mysterious person that saved her?
  • EPISODE 50: Determined Friends – Chaos tries to kidnap Sakura but is miffed that she cares so much about Syaoran. So, Chaos challenges Syaoran to a duel.
  • EPISODE 51: A Frozen Spirit – Kurogane trains Syaoran before his fight against Chaos.
  • EPISODE 52: Wings Toward Tomorrow – Final episode. The final conclusion between Syaoran vs. Chaos and Sakura makes a revelation of who Chaos really is.

Disc 7:

  • Tsubasa the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom

For “Tsubasa the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom”, the 30-minute animated film features the four main protagonist and Mokona in another land and takes place between season 1 and 2.  Syaoran and Sakura are separated away from Fay and Kurogane.  As for Fay and Kurogane, they are encountered by the king’s soldiers who are wondering how they were able to enter their land (which is protected by a magical birdcage, no one can get in or out).  Immediately, a fight ensues and both men are imprisoned in bird cages.

Meanwhile, Syaoran and Sakura meet Princess Tomoyo who lost her voice when her uncle, the current king took it away from her.  He is now after her ring which will give him the full power to enclose their land permanently and will be in complete control of the kingdom with his magical power.  With the King having so much power, can Syaoran and friends defeat the king and find the feather for Sakura’s memories?

VIDEO:

“Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One” is presented in 1080p High Definition (16×9).  So, far with some of the upconverted anime series from FUNimation Entertainment really looking gorgeous on Blu-ray, “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One” has its moments of vibrancy and sharpness with beautiful, colorful backgrounds and the noticeable CLAMP character designs but on Blu-ray, you also see compression artifacting.  There are times where you can see the artifacts quite clearly on a larger television set (I have a 52″, so it really stood out and I would imagine those with larger screens will also see it become more prevalent).  It’s not too distracting as it doesn’t happen throughout the whole episode but you do notice it from time to time.  And in terms of animation, when it comes to CLAMP animated series, there is always less emphasis on the actual look (in fact, one thing you’ll notice with certain characters in “Tsubasa” are similar to “xxxHolic” with characters sporting the long arms, long bodies, long legs, etc.) but more emphasis on the storyline and how the character design and artistic background compliments it.   So, PQ wise, “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One” is not going to be the greatest look anime series on Blu-ray but it compliments CLAMP’s storytelling quite nicely.  (NOTE: I did do a video test to see if season 1 was re-encoded for the “Collected Memories” version but the season 1 on this set is the same as the season 1 individual Blu-ray release).

With “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season Two”, things are much more different. Presented in 1080p High Definition (16×9), one will see that this season looks much better than the first. The artistic backgrounds and characters have a good amount of shading but in some way, it’s not the best looking anime series though. CLAMP series are typically known for their character designs and storytelling but in terms of PQ, don’t expect a tremendous leap in quality from the first to the second season.

First, because this is a TV series, let alone a series released back in 2005-2006, you’re not going to get a superb HD release of an anime series released in late 2008-present. The series does feature plenty of colors and at time is quite vibrant. In fact, the video is much, much better than the first season. I didn’t notice any discoloration problems and I didn’t see many artifacts or aliasing (they are there) compared to the first season.

Overall, I’m glad to see that FUNimation fixed the video problems they had with the first season release as this release is much, much better.

“Tsubasa the Movie” is presented in 1080p High Definition.  It’s important to note that this film was released in 2005 and with that being said, I know there are other reviewers who have said these films were both upscaled.  Truthfully, if they were upscaled, then similar to “Fullmetal Panic: The Second Raid” (from FUNimation which looks great despite being an upscale), I’m inclined to say that this film looks great.

The film is quite vibrant in colors and actually look very beautiful in HD.  Unlike the TV series for “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One” on Blu-ray in which I had problems with the aliasing, compression artifacts and discolorization problems but because this not a TV series but a film, I was expecting for much improved video quality over the TV series and sure enough, the movie looks great.  Again, colors are vibrant and the artistic backgrounds for the film look wonderful.

Overall, if this film truly is an upscale (and the fact that these two films were released in 2005 and the fact that both films were not released via Blu-ray in Japan leads me to believe this release is an upscale) and despite it being upscaled, the colors and background art for both films are wonderful.  It’s not a picture perfect release as you can see ghosting near the edges of the characters, if you look very close but by no means is this going to hamper your enjoyment of both films.  Both CLAMP TV series were never known for their detail to begin with and CLAMP releases tend to be story-driven, but nevertheless, both films looked very good on Blu-ray.  Again, not perfect but very good for an upscaled Blu-ray release.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” delivers in lossless audio (English dub) as their is utilization of the surround channels of the series. Good use of special effects in this second season. You hear the vehicles flying through the air, the panning of speed from left to right surround channels and also, the action sequences being utilized through the surround channels including crowd ambiance.  But all is not perfect.In fact, similar to the first season, once again, the center channel seems low that I felt I had to adjust it constantly.

Front channel music and surround sound good…but it’s almost a similar to the “Grease” effect (for those who have the Blu-ray of the movie “Grease”) where the front channels overpower the center channel. The sound effects and music are much louder than the spoken dialogue when your volume is low that the only way to get things to sound right is to increase the volume of your receiver or by increasing your center channel volume.

Otherwise, once fixed…you realize that “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” does sound awesome and it’s great to have an anime series taking advantage of actions sequences involving explosions and various sound effects. And as always, the quality of the English dub courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment is well-done with this series.

For those who were hoping for a lossless Japanese audio soundtrack, “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” is presented in Dolby Digital Japanese 2.0 only. For those who have a modern home theater receiver, this can be easily remedied by selecting stereo on all channels but I can understand for hardcore anime fans who prefer the Japanese dialogue wanting lossless Japanese audio.

I will say that I did prefer the Japanese version a bit more. When it comes to the background music, for the English dub, they opted to go with the instrumental version of the theme music, while the Japanese version features the Japanese vocals. It makes more sense to have it with the vocals because otherwise, the English dub version sounds like it has an electronic instrumental soundtrack and personally, it just didn’t seem right. But this my opinion and others who dislike J-Pop will more than likely be happy the Japanese vocals from the songs were taken out during the action sequence.

“Tsubasa the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom” is presented in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and a Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 soundtrack.  And I have to say the lossless soundtrack was fantastic.  During the action sequences of the film, there is very good use of the surround channels and also a bit of LFE .  For the most part, dialogue is clear and I admit that I was quite pleased to find out that FUNimation did include a lossless Japanese soundtrack with this release.

Subtitles are only in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories” comes with the following special features:

Disc 1:

  • Cast Auditions – The cast auditions (audio only)  for those who provided the English dub for the characters Syaoran, Sakura, Kurogane, Fai, Mokona and Yuko.
  • Faces in the Crowd – A text-based character bio.  Featuring a variety of characters that have appeared in other CLAMP manga/anime series.
  • Character Guide – A text based bio for the main characters of “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One”.
  • World Guide – A text based guide to the various worlds featured in the anime series.
  • Textless Theme Songs – Textless opening theme song “Blaze” and closing theme song “Loop”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment trailers.

Disc 6:

  • Character Guide – A text based bio for the main characters of “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season Two”.
  • World Guide – A text based guide to the various worlds featured in the anime series.
  • Textless Theme Songs – Textless opening theme song “Blaze” and closing theme song “Loop”.
  • Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment trailers.

Disc 7:

“Tsubasa the Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom” comes with the following special features:

  • 2005 Premiere in Ikebukuro – (8:15) Featuring the main seiyuu cast for both films as they introduce themselves to the viewers at the premiere in Ikebukuro and also answering questions from the host.
  • 2005 Movie Event in Shibuya – Featuring a special screening at Tower Records in Shibuya.  Featuring a music performance by Kinya singing the theme song “Aerial” and guests Yui Makino (voice actress of Sakura) and Miyu Irino (voice of Syaoran) and a video message from music artist Suga Shikao who did the theme song  for “xxxHolic the movie”.
  • Recording Session Montage – (1:59) A brief music  montage with the seiyuu at work and recording for the film.
  • Japanese Staff and Cast Commentary – (35:47) Featuring picture-in-picture audio commentary by Mika Kikuchi (Mokona), Yui Makino (voice actress of Sakura) and Miyu Irino (voice of Syaoran) plus producer Iwasaki from Shochiku.  The producer talksa bout how they made certain animation for the film and the cast being impressed by the final cut of the film.  A fun, upbeat commentary.
  • Additional Movie Event Coverage – (:40) Featuring music artist Kinya commenting about CLAMP’s work.
  • Production Artwork – (6:14) Featuring a music montage with the character designs and sketches for the film.
  • Background Slides – (1:44) Featuring a music montage of the beautiful concept and background art for the film.
  • Origin of Birdcage Kingdom – (1:46) Featuring a music montage about the origin of Birdcage Kingdom (featuring art and the story in Japanese with English subtitles).
  • Trailers – FUNimation Entertainment trailers.

EXTRAS:

“Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories” comes with a cardboard slipcase.

Let me first say that I have been a big fan of CLAMP-related anime and manga series. When “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” was originally released, I felt that the appearances of characters from various CLAMP series was just awesome.

With that being said, I’ve always felt that CLAMP series although known for their character designs, the overall enjoyment of their work is how well written the stories are and how much they focus on character development. So, with that being said, for those looking for a series that features a well-written storyline that is quite addictive, you’re going to enjoy “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE”.

With that being said, I will say that “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” looks much better than the first season and for audio, once you have your surround system up and center channel configured, the series does sound great. But I will be truthful with you and tell you that this is not the best looking or sounding anime TV series on Blu-ray. But its strength relies on its characters and its adventure storyline.

Personally, I feel that those who want an entertaining anime series will enjoy “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE”. It’s too good of a series to pass up on Blu-ray, especially with its enjoyable and addictive storyline. Especially how the series features many characters (and alternate versions of them) plus, you also will see CLAMP cameos of characters from other anime/manga series. Definite cool!

And for those who do enjoy English dubs, you will enjoy the lossless audio as surround channels are well utilized and overall, a pretty solid soundtrack during its action sequences (despite the front channels slightly overpowering the center channel during a lower volume setting).

For those expecting some closure with this second season of “Tsubasa” are probably going to be disappointed. Similar to the other CLAMP series “xxxHolic”, the anime series was shown on television before the manga was wrapped up. So, if you want to know how things end for the series, you’re not going to find it in the anime series but only in the manga. Also, the five Tsubasa OVA’s have yet to be released on Blu-ray or DVD, so its a shame that we haven’t seen that release just yet.

So, the big question – Should I purchase the seasons and films separately or purchase “Collected Memories”?

Well, first off…if you purchase both seasons and the movies separately, it will cost you over a $100.  Purchase “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories” and you pay around $65-$75.  So, it’s a no-brainer that this set is definitely worth purchasing because of its price.  And I know there are people who purchased season 1, who may be upset that a collected version did come out because they would have saved money purchasing this than having to buy season two and the films later on.  And speaking about the films, “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories” only comes with the “Tsubasa” film, not the “xxxHolic” film.  “xxxHolic the Movie” does tie into the Tsubasa film but is not entirely necessary for viewing but if you are a CLAMP or “xxxHolic” fan, then you can easily purchase this set and the “Tsubasa the Movie/xxxHolic the Movie – Clamp Double Feature” separately.

But overall, because of its price, “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories” is the way to go, if you haven’t purchased season 1 yet.  If you have season 1, then it’s probably best to purchase season 2 and the double feature separately.

Overall, I do feel that among the current offering on Blu-ray in terms of anime television series, “Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE” is definitely one of the better series storyline-wise at this time.  It has all the elements of fantasy, adventure, action, science fiction incorporated to its storyline and the characters which are fun to watch.  Definitely a series worth owning on Blu-ray!

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