Its the story about four travelers bound by fate and prophesied future. Syaoran, young archaeologist working on the excavation of infamous Clow Ruins has to go on desperate journey, when the one he loves, Sakura is endangered by the plan a certain man has for the future. Accompanied by Fai D.Flourite, a magician, surrounded in mystery, who is escaping from his world, Kurogane, a ninja with sorrowful past, trying to get back to his world and Mokona, a creature capable of traveling through dimensions they have to cross numerous dimensions to gather the princess memories, in form of feathers.. But the ability to save the Princess’ life comes in great cost, as the three loose their most precious things to the Dimensional Witch, also known as Yuuko Ichihara. To be able to save his princess, Syaoran must give up his relationship with her.
But the world is not so simple. The time they made a decision, their destinies were sealed into the tragic course, as everyone in the group has their own secrets…And they thought, that the masks would never fall…
Let me say this first: This manga is absolutely awesome! Both art and story are splendid as one would expect since CLAMP is responsible for this manga. If you don’t know about CLAMP, where the hell have you been in the last few years? CLAMP is a group of girl mangakas who draw really handsome guys and pretty girls with very detailed dresses and everything. Just click here if you want more details about them. Sadly, in the latest chapter of this manga, chapter 217, CLAMP’s hands seem to lost its magic. On one page of this latest chapter entitled: Magic Words, one of the main character’s face, Fai-san’s face to be exact, is unacceptable for me, a CLAMP fan. I know. I know. I probably am being to exaggerated but being used to their really superb art one can argue that maybe they are rushing the series. This is good, coz the confusions and questions will be resolve quickly, but if the art is going to be like that, then I would prefer longer waiting time. Sooner or later the story might also be affected.
Now, back to TRC, the start of this series is good. Each character have contradicting personalities and the mystery is already in just after you flip through the first page. Syaoran and Sakura is in a glass like container. Why are they there? Well, that question is about to be answered actually.
TRC is about Syaoran and Sakura, together with two others from another world, going to the Witch’s shop to grant their wishes. One wishes to collect something important and in return had to give up the relationship he has with that person. The other wants to go back to his master and the last one, wishes to never return again to his own world. Together they began their journey of friendship, love, and lies.
The art from start until page 216 was great. Though there are lot of fight scenes with magic, you can still understand the drawing. The story is full of different twist and involves different and unique cultures that are not rarely known or doesn’t even exist. But one of this series’ weakness is the confusion with characters due to its almost never ending twists. As of now, there are four different Sakuras and three different Syaorans. One Sakura is the real one, the clone, a mother to another Syaoran, and one from Card Captor Sakura. Syaoran also has a clone and his father is named the same thing. But because this series is not yet complete, there can always be explanations.
One of this series’ strong point is the cross-over of different characters from different CLAMP made mangas. Some of them are from CLAMP School Detectives, X, Tokyo Babylon, Chobits, Magic Knights Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura and RG Veda. And it’s over lapping story with one of CLAMP’s famous work aside from TRC itself, xxxholic.
For the characters, each have secrets of their own and reasons why they continue their journey.
Over all: Art- 9(before) 8(now) Story- 9 Very interesting and it makes you want to want more. Very original. Character development- 9 Most of the main characters’ story are developed and also those of the minor characters.
So seriously, read this.
If time does nothing but repeat endlessly… even if we are able to live endlessly within that time, if we can never move forward… that is no different from death.
That dream… will not be their future; I won’t allow it. Until we can meet again… I will be waiting.