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5.0 out of 5 stars Her Soul. His Sacrifice, 13 Sep 2009
J. Snook "Ichigo_2020 - Anime Buff" (Wales) - See all my reviews
From the acclaimed creators of Chobits and Angelic Layer comes a romantic action adventure of epic proportions - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. The story focuses on Sakura and Syaoran who embark on a mystical adventure to retrieve Sakura's lost memories. In doing so, Syaoran is faced with the hardest decision of his life. If Syaoran collects all of her spirit feathers then Sakura's memories will be restored, however, she will not remember Syoran or the relationship they once shared. The star crossed lovers are joined on their journey by the Swordsman Kurogane, the magician Fai and the Ryo-ohki lookalike creature called Mokona. Although they have different goals their destinies are the same. Together, this ragtag group of heroes jump from world to world searching for the mystical an powerful feathers that will help Sakura return to normal.

As you watch the first frames of this show, it becomes instantly evident that this is a well created, big budget anime. The first things that stood out to me were the superb and beautiful animation, and the fantastic musical score which is both powerful and downright catchy. The opening theme song has to be one of the catchiest opening songs of recent animes. Furthermore, as soon as the opening credits are finished you are treated to a brilliant and intense setting with some truly emotional and atmospheric music. There is not a single musical piece on this anime that I did not like. The music varies from epic operatic orchestra to upbeat J-pop and techno. So straight away, this series wows the audience with a superb and excellently realised musical score.

This release contains the entire first series of Tsubasa which consists of 26 episodes. Each episode is incredibly well created and contains an entertaining mix of action, comedy and heartfelt romance. The relationship and the bonds between all of the characters is so beautifully realised that it makes it very difficult for the viewer not to feel attached to them and the journey that they are undertaking. The romantic side to this anime is handled well and is kept in good balance, so much so that it does not seem cheesy or unrealistic, but more heartfelt and moving. The characters of Kurogane, Fai and Mokona are welcome additions to the cast as they are truly brilliant characters who bounce off one another quite well which results in some fun comic relief (like Mokona and Fai constantly nicknaming Kurogane cute names such as Kuro-poo and Kuro-cutie, much to the annoyance of the grouchy swordsman). To top it off, this anime has an excellent cast of english voice actors making Tsubasa a series that you need to watch in English AND Japanese. The voice actor for Kurogane is Christopher Sabat who played Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha and loads more of the cast on DBZ, as well as Roronoa Zoro on the funimation dub of one piece and Alex Louis Armstrong off Fullmetal Alchemist. Sabat's portrayal of Kurogane is truly superb, especially in the comic scenes. Other good actors on show in Tsubasa are Vic Mignoga (who plays Edward Elric on Fullmetal Alchemist and Tamaki on Ouran) and Monica Rial (who voices Hyatt on Excel Saga and Jo on Burst Angel)

The discs in this set contain some fair special features including Image galleries, Textless opening and closings, trailers and a commentary from ADR Director Colleen Clinkenbeard and Monica Rial.

Overall, Tsubasa is a series that can be enjoyed by anyone. There's plenty of well animated action scenes for the guys and some heartwarming romance for the ladies. Along with it's impressive score and loveable characters, Tsubasa is a well rounded show that is very addictive and instantly memorable. And with a sequel series as well as a movie and OVA, Tsuabasa is a show that is going to keep you entertained for a good while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle - Season 1" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With This 'US' Disc, 18 Mar 2014
Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
If you're a British fan of "Tsubasa..." - please note that the 'American' Funimation BLU RAY for Season One is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Check your player's Region Coding for 'BLU RAY' before making an expensive mistake...(needs to read ABC)
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