In their continuing journey to find the feathers that are the fragments of Sakura's lost memory, Syaoran, Kurogane, Fai, and Sakura move through time and space with Mokona. Here, they visit the "Land of the Birdcage," a seemingly peaceful country where people and birds live together, each person having a bird companion. After a boy named Koruri confuses Syaoran and Sakura for "bodyguards" and attacks them, they learn that the king of the country possesses a mysterious power. Princess Tomoyo, Koruri, and the other oppressed citizens, having had their birds taken from them, live in hiding within the forest. In order to take back Sakura's feather, Syaoran and the others stand up against the scheming king.
I'll get right to the point and try to make this review simple. Please do note that I will occasionally refer to the anime series, hence there will be some bias present in my review.
Despite being called a movie, its duration is rather short (personally I feel as though it was an OVA or extended episode). The movie has a rather plain and unsurprising plot, not exactly superb but its not horrible either. Still better than most of the fillers from the Tsubasa anime.
As expected of Production I.G, the animation is simply superb and detailed, with a wonderful use of colours. The
movements of both the characters and inanimate objects are fluid, and the character designs are also pleasing. There were hardly any moments where I felt the characters look like they were drawn rather odd. While I originally intended to give the art a 9, thinking of how disappointing the animation of the anime series done by BeeTrain was, I decided to give it a 10. You can clearly see the difference in animation quality between the two studios.
Music has always been the strongest point of the Tsubasa anime series to me. The music used were all familiar tracks from the anime series, all composed by Yuki Kajiura, so theres no problem where music is concerned, though I did feel that some of the tracks used didn't quite suit the scene. The opening song and ending songs by Kinya and Yui Makino respectively were also very good and fit the movie well.
Being a 30 minute movie, there isn't exactly anything special about the character development, as the audience is expected to know them by now. They are all the same as you see them in the anime/manga.
Although some will find this movie rather boring or too short, I really did enjoy it. Especially when compared to all those filler episodes from the anime.
Overall, I find the Tsubasa Chronicle movie rather entertaining despite being only 30 minutes long. Is this movie really worth your time to watch? While I wouldn't recommend this movie as a must watch, it certainly wont hurt to give it a try either.The plot is simple but the animation really makes up for it (Once more the Tsubasa anime comes to mind when I say this). You are not obligated to fully agree with my ratings and opinions nor does this review truly reflect what this movie is like. Hope you enjoyed this review by a first-timer like me.
Continuing their journey to collect Sakura's feathers our heroes find themselves in a new world, the "Land of the Birdcage" a world in which the people are close companions with birds.
After just arriving Syaoran, Sakura and Mokona (after being seperated from Fai and Kurogane) meet young Princess Tomoyo, a girl who uses touch to communicate through the help of the ring that she possesses. Syaoran and the others soon learn of The King of Birds and his sour plans to wipe Eternal Darkness over the land.
Whilst he keeps on his search for finding another of Sakura's feathers, Syaoran is determined to put a
stop to the scheming King!
Before watching this movie you should already be familar with the story of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle as you will not get any background from this movie alone. So don't go straight into watching this movie if you haven't got any knowlegde of the main story.
With this movie only being just over the length of an average episode, we are not given any new character development and the movie itself feels like a short arc from the series as there isn't anything inparticularly special about this world from the worlds that the group had visited in the previous Anime.
Whilst saying that, there are some noticable improvements such as the art and animation. It was newly assigned to Production IG to handle it and I think they did a rather incredible job with it. With this alone it gave the movie suddenly more visual interest being more sharp and more beautiful animation than what we've seen in the main Anime adaptation.
Memorable soundtracks from the Anime reappears in this movie along with some new giving it that definite same feel.
Regardless of the few bad points I have made, with more wonderful scenes from the great main TRC cast; I find this a short but nice treat for huge TRC fans. It's a movie I've enjoyed watching time, and time again.
I recently watched the first season of Tsubasa Chronicle, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It isn't one of my favorite shows, but it was pretty good and I look forward to the second season. However, this short film was quite terrible.
Story (3/10): I rarely have ever been so lost as to what the hell was going on in an anime. This movie has absolutely nothing to offer. It isn't canon and adds nothing to the story. This "movie" (if you even want to call it that considering how short it is) doesn't even feel anything like the Tsubasa TV series does. It's just
a mindless short story about... hell, I don't even know what it WAS about!
Character (3/10): The Tsubasa characters have zero presence. They are just there. The entire time, they seem to be screwing around and at one point flying on some sort of thing (I don't remember what) to try and let some mute girl talk again. (If that's even what was happening. I couldn't follow the mindless story.) The "villain" in this movie is extremely clichéd and boring and could not be more forgettable. Every other character introduced also sucks. The mute girl could be an interesting character if she had development, but she's not gonna get that in 35 minutes.
Art (7.5/10): The animation was pretty good. It looks better than the TV series. My only gripe is the coloring. They made Syaoran's hair much too light...
Sound (7/10): The sound was fine. Nothing sounded bad, but nothing astounded me either.
Enjoyment (2/10): 15 minutes in I found myself almost falling asleep. If this movie was any longer than it was, I don't think I could have finished it. I don't think I have ever been so happy to see the credits roll after an anime movie.
Overall (3.3/10): Overall, this is a crap movie with nothing to offer. It adds nothing to the series and was just a way for them to get some money off of Tsubasa fans. Don't bother watching it unless you are a completionist who wants to see everything Tsubasa, no matter the quality.
Ho boy, this movie is a disaster. It started out promising, but went spiraling down into a boring sloppy mess that could barely be called a movie. This is the worst movie I've ever seen this year!
Story: 3 (Poor)
On paper, the premise of the movie showed some promise, specifically due to the fact that Princess Tomoyo (from a different dimension than the one Kurogane is from) makes an appearance. We haven't seen much of Tomoyo in both the anime and manga when this movie was released, so this is a potentially interesting story where we not only get to see Kurogane interact with this version
of Tomoyo, but also explore a minor character who only appeared in the first chapter of Tsubasa, right? Nope.
Instead, the story goes through the motion of a formulaic plot. Be aware that for a movie, it is very short (lasting only 35 minutes!), so there's not much plot to begin with. Something bad happens to Tomoyo, Syaoran and the gang tries to take down the tyrant king, they acquire the feather, the end. That's it! I wish I'm joking, but aside from the convoluted lore of this country and the convoluted motivation of the villain to bring darkness into the world - neither of which were explained, presumably because they ran out of time in the 35 minutes - there's really nothing interesting here, and you won't miss anything.
Character: 1 (Pathetic)
That's right, pathetic. Character development is none, because there's not enough time to do any of that in the 35 minutes. The dialogue is brief and thin, so you won't learn much about Tomoyo's personality in this world, and the other minor characters are uninteresting plot-devices existing merely to move the plot along. We don't learn anything about that little boy that joins Syaoran's adventure either, Koruri. He merely mistook Syaoran as the bad guy at the beginning and becomes practically invisible throughout the rest of the movie (till the very end in the very last scene). Syaoran and Sakura are just trudging along as they always do, having no special development that's specifically made for the movie. What kind of writing is this? I've seen better character writing in Transformers movies!
Worse of all, Kurogane, the one who's supposed to have the most feelings towards someone who looks like Princess Tomoyo (irregardless of whether if it's the actual person or not) only appears for about TEN MINUTES of the entire movie! Ten minutes! Kurogane and Fai are left behind as side characters! What the hell is going on?!
Art: 6 (Fair)
Being a movie, the art is thankfully much better and more detailed than the TV series. But there are also slight variations and some weird changes that make the familiar characters you know look awkward. For example, Mokona looks thinner for some reason, and all of the main characters have slightly different faces from the TV series. The fight scenes are the highlight because of the improved visuals, but that's about it - a pretty but hollow thing.
Sound: 4 (Decent)
The music is functional. It keeps the movie from being too boring, and certain movies (like GTO) do have very awkward scenes where there's complete silence that makes it a dull experience, so at least this movie has the decency to add workable music. But that's it, workable and functional. Yuki Kajiura's sounds were recycled from the TV series, and if she added any new themes here, they were uninspired and didn't stand out.
Enjoyment: 2 (Dreadful)
Needless to say, I was left in shock when the movie ended. I kept waiting for a more interesting development to happen, something that might add layers or offer us new perspectives of the familiar characters we know, but nope, it just ended. What a slap in the face.
Overall: 2 (Dreadful)
This feels more like an advertisement for the Tsubasa anime and manga than a movie. Stay away from it, do not waste your time. There's nothing to offer for any kind of audience, both new and old fans of Tsubasa. Stick with the TV series, or better yet, the manga.