Tsubasa Shunraiki – 01
OP: 「Sonic Boom」 Maaya Sakamoto
The Country of Celes is being swallowed up by Fay’s magic. King Ashura is dead and Fay uses his magic to transport Sakura, Syaoran and Mokona off the world due to a magical barrier closing it off. As he tries to use his magic to get Kurogane and himself to safety Fay painfully discovers his magic isn’t enough because of his power being halved by the Syaoran clone. Outside Celes Country, Mokona instructs Syaoran to take off his earring because the other Mokona told him to do so in a dream. The earring then sends a pathway for Kurogane and Fay to escape however Fay cannot. Kurogane cuts off his left arm sacrificing it and his sword, Sohei, to pull Fay through.
Kurogane awakens back in his country and finds Tomoyo beside him. She tells him that it was her that planted a suggestion into his head about sacrificing something that was just as powerful as Fay to save him. Tomoyo precedes to ask Kurogane whether he learned what true strength was or not, and he replies that he doesn’t know. He continues that because of killing Ashura it has made him weaker, but he doesn’t regret losing his arm. He also realizes that physical strength cannot protect everyone. Tomoyo lets him know that she believes he understands what true strength means. She stands up and apologizes to a guest outside the room for making them wait. The guest is Fay and he calmly walks in and slugs Kurogane in the head. Fay tells him that its, “payback, Kuro-sama.”
Syaoran finds Sakura’s soulless body in a cherry blossom tree that’s supposed to infuse her with vitality. In a flashback, Syaoran recalls of when he told Watanuki to not disappear. Tomoyo, Kurogane, Fay, and Mokona appear and they talk about Sakura’s condition. After Fay had stabbed Sakura in the Infinity Arc her body and soul had split apart. Amaterasu and Sōma greet the travelers and inform them that their journey is far from over. Amaterasu then calls out another person who is revealed to be Fūma. He greets the group announcing that he has something to deliver and proceeds to pull out a cybernetic left arm. He explains that the arm is indeed for Kurogane and he acquired it from Piffle World. Fay reveals that he paid the price to Yūko with his remaining magical power while Kurogane slept. His remaining eye turns hazel and Mokona sends the crystal to Yūko.
Seishirō suddenly appears and says the same greeting Fuma said. It’s then that Mokona realizes that the two are brothers. Seishirō calls Fay out about him having the power of a vampire and grabs him by the throat. He insistently asks where the vampire twins, Kamui and Subaru are. Fay breaks away from his grip and Seishirō asks a bit more politely where the two are. Fay explains that they met them in Tokyo. Seishirō asks if that’s where they still are which Fuma replies that they are not and they would not reveal where they were heading to Seishirō’s little brother. As Seishirō is ready to depart to the next world Syaoran stops him and asks where the feather is. The two are sent into a separate dimension by Tomoyo so the castle would not be destroyed. The two fight for the feather.
Sakura awakens in the dream world and meets a stunned Watanuki. The two talk about the time they had met and Sakura realizes that she’s trapped in a dream.
As the fight between Seishirō and Syaoran continue, Tomoyo approaches Fay and asks him if he wanted to see her. He says that when they met in person when they first arrived to Kurogane’s country that he couldn’t sense her being a dreamseer. Tomoyo says that she is the same as Fay in that she gave up her power to Yūko so that the journeying group could be transported to her country after they had escaped Celes. She explains that because she can see the future there is little of what she can do about it. That’s why King Ashura went down the path that he did. Inside the separate dimension Syaoran is stabbed by Seishirō’s sword and he’s knocked down. Seishirō who seems finished with the fight prepares to leave. Syaoran calls out for him to wait, that he’s not beat yet. Syaoran unleashes Raitou Shourai onto Seishirō and jumps after the feather which Syaoran is able to reclaim however it sends him away.
In the dream world Sakura asks Watanuki his name. She realizes that his name means April 1st which is her and Syaoran’s birthday. A hand suddenly appears which belongs to Syaoran as he pulls himself into the dream world. As he stares at Sakura another being pulls himself into the dream world. It is the clone.
ED: 「Kioku no Mori」 FictionJunction YUUKA
As a first review I don’t think you could pick a better series to start with than Tsubasa Chronicle especially if it’s the follow up to last year’s (fantastic!!!) Tokyo Revelations. The more I continue to write this though I kinda wish it were more like Tokyo Revelations however this is no way intended to be a diss. This first episode out of two begins as the Celes arc comes to an end and for a minute you have to scratch your head and ask, “Did I miss something.” Yes, my friend you did. The OVAs are supposed to be a crossover with the xxxHOLiC Shunmuki OVAs. So for all of this to “magically” happen a few Tsubasa arcs had be skipped over. (Yeah, it sucks.) I will admit that I’m a little bummed out on this decision only because we get to learn about Fay’s past in the Celes arc and it doesn’t help that it’s skimmed over in this episode.
Speaking of this episode I will say it is still an enjoyable watch if you’re caught up in the manga like I am. Its been awhile since I last read this arc in the manga, but it looks like everything made it. The animation is especially well done and crisp. It flows very well during flashbacks and fight scenes however I did notice a few awkward character models here and there. Things got really exciting towards the end with Seishirō and Syaoran’s fight, and it was nice to see Watanuki speak up for one of the first times in this series. I’m certainly looking forward to the next episode of Shunraiki and to see what is in store for our heroes.