For once, the product description of this paricular show isn't blowing it up to something it's not - 'Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles' is very much a masterclass in anime.
It follows the story of Syaoran, a young architect, on a quest to restore his beloved Princess Sakura's memory, which has been scattered across worlds and dimensions. Accompanied by head-strong warrior, Kurogane, and mysterious magician, Fay, the foursome travel far and wide, encountering all manner of threat and foe.
In traditional CLAMP style (the manga, or comic, series' creators, on which this show is based), the story is a long, emotional affair. Nothing is ever as it first appears, and time is spent delving into the feelings of the characters themselves.
That's not to say it doesn't have action - when fight scenes do ensue, they are very stylised and engaging - but, if you are looking for a non-stop adrenaline rush, this show doesn't exactly cater to you.
The animation is near-flawless - the individual characters are beautifully realised, the special effects are a feast for the eyes, and the variety in locations the group visit is breathtaking, each carrying its own style.
And then there's the music - bar one or two mushy sung-numbers (which, thankfully, only appear twice throughout the entirety of season one), the orchestral music is first-class in every way. Absorbing, atmospheric and jam-packed with emoition, the score is very much film worthy.
Repeating what was said earlier, 'Tsubasa' is a masterstroke. A show with humble beginnings, it builds and builds and builds, providing the viewer with a saga that spans worlds, a story that unfolds beautifully, and characters that are unforgettable.
A true gem in the world of Japanimation.