Tsubasa Chronicle – 26 (END of 1st Series)
Our heroes arrive on a desolate planet where a local woman tells of a temple in the sky. Their god spoke and said that he would grant one wish to whoever could reach inside the shrine, but all attempts so far have been thwarted by black foot soldiers who are apparently defending the place. Mokona senses a feather, so Syaoran and company set out, fighting the black guards, which Syaoran identifies as the same ones who attacked Clow Country before their journey began. Syaoran and Sakura are eventually separated from Fye and Kurogane, who volunteer to be left behind to fight their opponents. The two enter the main chamber, where Syaoran lets Sakura have the wish while he battles one last enemy. Sakura wishes for the lives of all the people who died trying to get to the shrine. They are all revived, and Sakura still gets her feather back. Having accomplished their mission, the four (plus Mokona) depart again to the next step on their long journey.
This episode has its ups and downs, but ends on a fairly good note. The plot isn’t terribly original, but it’s executed well and that’s what really counts. The quality of the fight scenes went up a notch, though the animation towards the end is a bit iffy. This is a completely unique story to the anime, since the producers probably didn’t want to start the next arc and then leave it hanging for half a year. The only thing that carries over from the manga is the letter that Yuuko sends.
Halfway through the episode, as soon as they got separated, I thought that they were going to end it on a small cliffhanger. Instead of Syaoran and Sakura being reunited with Fye and Kurogane before they leave, I thought that they would keep them separate and just let Mokona transport them all to the next world. Then they could skip the bunny world and arrive straight at Sharano country, where the group is separated anyway. But alas, that’s not now it happened (for better or worse).
But like I said, I’m pretty happy with the ending as it is. We have hints of darker things to come with the Syaoran-like figure in the tube inside of Fei Wong Reed’s lair. There are plenty of unanswered questions, and our heroes continue on their journey to find Sakura’s feathers. I found the Mokona preview spot to be a nice touch – a good way to close it all out.
Final Thoughts: Like its last episode, Tsubasa Chronicle is a series with plenty of ups and downs. It was highly anticipated when it debuted in April, but the first few episodes disappointed a lot of people. However, it starts to hit the right notes once it gets to the Outo arc late in the teens and that continues fairly strongly through the end of the first 26 episodes. And the saga isn’t done yet: from Sharano to Piffle, there’s many more countries to explore and lots of characters to meet. Look forward to the return of Tsubasa Chronicle next April!