Is Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle A Sequel

Has enough time passed that CLAMP can make some sense of it once more, or is it just more of the same? TSUBASA WoRLD CHRoNiCLE:NIRAAKANAI, by CLAMP. Syaoran and company continue their quest across the multiverse. This time, he, Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona end up in the pleasant paradise of Niraikanai. It's a tropical island overseen by a young girl who serves as a divine vessel (as well as a vessel for noodles). To help them in their quest, she urges them to the entrance to the underworld. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle's ending was no more well-received than xxxHolic's was back in the day. While its story fit the sort of "and the adventure continues!" ending it got, it went through a lot of convoluted nonsense to get there and most CLAMP fans wanted some actual closure after nearly 30 volumes. So when they announced a sequel, there was a tiny bit of hope that maybe this time they might wrap things up in a way that didn't require a flowchart to make the tiniest bit of sense. The joke was on us, though. World Chronicle is just more of the same, with all the same charms and many of the same flaws. To their credit, reading this you'd never guess that CLAMP stopped writing Tsubasa for the better part of a decade. They pick up right where they left off and our team of adventurers are just the same as we left them. Syaoran is still his blandly heroic self, Kurogane is still a grump, and Fai and Mokona still team up on the regular to tease the hell out of Kurogane.

The interepersonal dynamic between the group was always the most charming (if predictable) part of Tsubasa, so for me that's not a bad thing. Alas, the plot demands that Sakura be left home during all of this, so all she can do is pray from the sidelines and be just as bland as Syaoran. I guess that's better than being an often literal load like she was for most of Tsubasa, but it's little consolation. When I say that it picks up right where it left off, that means all the little plot-related details too. That means that if you dropped this series at some point, you might not understand why Syaoran is so concerned about Kurogane's arm or why Syaoran and Watanuki are having a nice long chat at the very beginning. This intro actually pissed me off, although for reasons not related to this manga. The worlds of Tsubasa and xxxHolic are still as intertwined as ever, you see, and the same is true for their sequels. So Watanuki has to go right ahead and explain what he's been up to in the meanwhile. In doing so, he spoils the big twist about xxxHolic Rei. Good job spoiling your own manga before you finish it, CLAMP! Maybe I wanted to watch that unfold as it was released instead of you ham-handedly explaining it all here! After that, the gang mostly dithers around this new universe for a while taking in the sights and enjoying the food.

It kind of makes it obvious how much the latter rip off the former in both looks and concept.

Quickly enough, though, the CLAMP multiverse cameos begin, and this time it's Gate 7's turn. Sadly, I lost interest in Gate 7 once it entered hiatus and Hana and her associates got less compelling over time so this inclusion didn't exactly thrill me. Also, it's probably not a good idea for them to so blatantly compare Fai and Kurogane to the expies of Sakura and Tachibane. It kind of makes it obvious how much the latter rip off the former in both looks and concept. Still, they're the ones that start pushing the plot forward, so I can deal with it. It doesn't go very far, though, and it's not entirely clear what's going on. CLAMP has gotten into a bad habit lately of keeping their plots so mysterious and cryptic that it becomes nonsense. Tsubasa always suffered the worst from this and it seems that this has not changed where the sequel is concerned. That doesn't give me much confidence that CLAMP is going to make this manga any more focused or comprehensive than its predecessor.

It's still got some of its old, pre-Acid Tokyo charms, but it's also got the same dawdling pace and the same refusal to explain the necessary details versus all the ancillary stuff. CLAMP's art here hasn't changed either, and that mostly is a good thing. We've got the same clean confident linework, the same noodle-like character designs, and the same sorts of action scenes full of beautifully chaotic swirls and tendrils of magic. While this series is still technically shonen, there's a lot more shoujo-esque visual excess here, almost an artifact of their art style of old. They do a lot of layering of panels and staggering long, narrow panels and there's a lot more flowers and sparkles than we've seen in a lot of their modern works. It gets kind of confusing at times, even outside of the action, and it drowns out what beauty is there. I didn't really expect them to shake things up too radically at this point, but I did hope that the new start would let them simplify things a little. As per usual, we've got a translation notes section. Apparently in addition to the Gate 7 & RG Veda cameos, there's a lot of references to Okinawan culture here, so that's kind of novel. Tsubasa World Chronicle is everything you would expect from a Tsubasa sequel. It's got all the charms and beauty it held before, but it also comes with all the nonsensical plot threads and excess that came before. Unless you were really invested in Tsubasa, this can be easily missed. This series is published by Kodansha Comics. This series is ongoing with 4 volumes available.

100% Island: It is governed by Minister of Juice Smoothie.

New World. It constitutes the main territory of one of the Four Emperors, Big Mom, and her crew, the Big Mom Pirates, which extends around Whole Cake Island. It is navigable with a New World Log Pose. According to Pekoms, it is considered one large, powerful nation, and Big Mom as its queen wants it to become a utopia that unifies all races of the world. Totto Land is the general setting for the Whole Cake Island Arc. Totto Land is a massive archipelago with Whole Cake Island, Big Mom's base of operation, in its center, and 34 subsidiary islands, arranged roughly in concentric circles. Each subsidiary island is ruled by a member of the Charlotte Family as its minister. Most islands are themed after food. The territory's border is lined by a weather phenomenon known as "Cotton Candy Snow" ((), Wata ame Yuki?) (known as Cotton Candy Flurry in the English dub) in which small bits of cotton candy gently descends from the sky. Whole Cake Island: The central and main island, themed after cake. It is the base of operations of the Big Mom Pirates. 100% Island: It is governed by Minister of Juice Smoothie. Biscuits Island: An island themed after biscuits. It is located northwestern to Whole Cake Island. It is the fifth island of the Charlotte Family siblings' secret route to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by Minister of Biscuits Cracker.

Black Island: It is located northwest to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Tea Dosmarche. Cacao Island: One of the outermost southwestern islands, themed after chocolate. It is the first island of the Charlotte Family siblings' secret route to Whole Cake Island. It was originally governed by the former Minister of Chocolate Lola before she ran away. Candy Island: One of the innermost islands, themed after candy. It is located southwestern to Whole Cake Island. It is the sixth island of the Charlotte Family siblings' secret route to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Candy Perospero. Cheese Island: An island themed after cheese. It is located west to Whole Cake Island. It is the fourth island of the Charlotte Family siblings' secret route to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Cheese Mont-d'Or. Cutlery Island: An island themed after cutlery. It is governed by Minister of Cutlery Mascarpone. In the anime, it was shown located north to Cheese Island, making it northwestern to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Essence Saint-Marc. Fruits Island: It is located east to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Fruits Compote. Funwari Island: It is located southwestern to Whole Cake Island.

It is governed by Minister of Tasting Mobile.

Totto Land with her husband, son, and crew. Futoru Island: It is located north to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by Minister of Tasting Mobile. Ice Island: It is located southeastern to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Gelato Moscato. Jam Island: An island themed after jam. It is located west to Whole Cake Island. According to Pedro, it has rivers of juice running through it that pours into the sea. It is the second island of the Charlotte Family siblings' secret route to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Jam Dacquoise. Jelly Island: It is located south to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Agar Kanten. Kibo Island: It is governed by the Minister of Yeast Marnier. Kimi Island: It is governed by Minister of Eggs Citron. Kinko Island: It is governed by the Minister of Finance Noisette. Komugi Island: It is governed by Minister of Flour Katakuri. Liqueur Island: An island themed after liqueur. It is located in the southwestern to Whole Cake Island.

Package Island: It is located northwest to Whole Cake Island.

In the anime, it was shown located north to Cheese Island, making it northwestern to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Alcohol Zuccotto. Loving Island: It is governed by the Minister of Love Cornstarch. Margarine Island: It is governed by the Minister of Butter Galette. Milenge Island: It is located south to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Meringue Broyé. Noko Island: It is governed by the Minister of Whipped Cream Opera. Nuts Island: An island themed after nuts. It is located west to Whole Cake Island. It is the third island of the Charlotte Family siblings' secret route to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Nuts Amande. Package Island: It is located northwest to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Transport Nusstorte. Piepie Island: It is located northeast to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Pie Compo. Poripori Island: It is governed by Minister of Beans Daifuku. Potato Island: An island themed after potatoes. It is governed by Minister of Fries Snack. Rokumitsu Island: It is located south to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Honey Flampe. Sanshoku Island: It is governed by the Minister of Mix Chiboust. Tanega Island: It is governed by Minister of Seeds Kato.

39;s genie when it attempted to kill Carrot.

Topping Island: It is located northwest to Whole Cake Island. It is governed by the Minister of Toppings Tablet. Unique Island: It was governed by the Minister of Design Praline. Yakigashi Island: It is governed by the Minister of Browned Food Oven. These outposts called "Tartes" are located at or near the coasts of Totto Land's islands. They are battleships in the shape of confectionery tarts, hence their names, and they compose the majority of Big Mom's fleet. Any unauthorized ships sighted by them are immediately shot down. Territorial sea slugs are scattered across the immediate sea, and send out warning signals to Den Den Mushi to warn visitors and alert whatever Tarteship is within reach. When called upon, Tartes can leave their designated posts and join battles at the best of the Big Mom Pirates. Several of them were destroyed by Daifuku's genie when it attempted to kill Carrot. Totto Land is most notable for being home to members of almost every race and tribe in the world, as Big Mom claims to desire a utopia where all races and species can live in harmony.

The known races that inhabit Totto Land are humans, fish-men, merfolk, minks, snakenecks, longarms, longlegs, dwarves, three-eyes, along with several hybrids of different races. Strangely, living objects (such as furniture, ships, food, etc.) as well as talking animals that are not clearly minks or Zoan fruit users also live in Totto Land. These living objects and talking animals are referred to as "homies", and were essentially brought to life and given human-like traits by Big Mom's Soru Soru no Mi. Big Mom also has a liking for collecting rare and unique animals for her own amusement. By law, all the citizens of Totto Land must donate one month of their lifespan every six months as a fee for Big Mom's protection or else they must leave. However, Brûlée and Praline claimed that Linlin would never allow anyone to leave Totto Land alive, meaning a death penalty may be imposed to anyone who attempts to leave. Despite the diversity of the races within the archipelago, there are no giants living there; this is because every giant in the world despises Big Mom after she wreaked havoc on Elbaf due to her eating disorder, and after a failed attempt to reconcile with them, which only further deepened their animosity for her, she effectively gave up on trying to bring them over to her side, deciding instead to use scientists like Caesar Clown to create her own giants. Aside from giants, lesser known races such as Sky People, Kinokobito, and the Three-Eye Tribe are never seen living in Totto Land in abundance either, with the only known Kinokobito being a prisoner of Big Mom's and the only known Three-Eye ( Charlotte Pudding) being reviled and discriminated by the population until she was forced to hide her third eye.


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