published in Empire No.75, Sydney
In the soap-opera mould of popular fan-servicing anime, Tsubasa Chronicles’ success depends on your willingness to engage with the character types crucial to its purpose and function. Princess Sakura and the lowly Syaoran have been close since children. After running off to be alone one night, Sakura is caught in a fantastic warp wherein her life is threatened. Syaoran joins forces with the exiled warrior Kurogane and the mystic conjuror Fye and embark on a heroic quest to save her. Love and tragedy abound – as well as humour and action – in this formula-friendly fantasy.