I first saw this anime years ago, when I was still a high school student. And I’m glad that finally I was able to finish it by 2011. I’m always curious about this anime and its relation to Cardcaptor Sakura. I wanted to find out why are there similarities of characters. As a fan of Cardcaptors, Tsubasa Chronicles is like an extension of my fandom.
To tell you honestly, when I first saw this anime, I was dismayed. Maybe because I expected it to be Cardcaptor Sakura but it isn’t and it will never be. It’s a different anime, of course. I thought then it was boring and all. But after years of maturing, focusing more on details, I do appreciate this anime now.
At first, I thought it has nothing to do with CCS until I read a post saying that Li Syaoran of Cardcaptor Sakura will appear in Tsubasa Chronicles at the end of the series. After reading that, I was so eager to watch it. I downloaded my own copy ’cause my classmates don’t have one. It was my first ever downloaded series. I only download movies and some manga but not anime or dramas because they took years to finish. Haha, okay, that’s only a hyperbole. Though I think, it really took me a month to download the whole series – Seasons 1 and 2, 5-episode OVA and a movie.
I was waiting for an appearance, even the briefest one of Li Syaoran but I didn’t saw any. However, there’s Sakura Kinomoto. Watch the series if you want to know how come Sakura’s there. To tell you honestly, I can’t explain myself. Aside from Sakura Kinomoto, there’s Li Syaoran’s sword as well. And I think the Clow Reed in Cardcaptors is the same Clow Reed in Tsubasa Chronicles. I can’t confirm it though.
Yeah, Tsubasa left me so many questions. The OVA has so many revelations but the ending was still left hanging. I’m so confused. That’s why I’m planning to read the manga someday to clear everything. I heard Season 3 was cancelled because the anime is becoming more and more different from the original manga. It’s annoying, ’cause I don’t like reading mangas that much, especially if it’s lengthy. Why can’t they just continue the anime following the original manga? Is it really too late to preserve the original story?
Anyway, I enjoyed the songs in this anime. They’re great. And I also love the animation. The characters as well as the settings are beautiful. All in all, I still like this anime. I just hope that I can finish the manga sooner to find answers to those haunting questions that Tsubasa Chronicles had left me.