Syaoran, Sakura, Kurogane, Fai and Mokona's journey through to different world's continue as they search for Sakura's feathers. The fated journey slowly becomes more complicated for our travelers, as they find themselves diving deeper into more dangerous worlds. Takes place immediately after the first season. Based on the manga by CLAMP.
Compared to the first season in which I did really like, the 2nd season was less climatic and actually more 'peaceful', yet I kept watching it till the end, probably just to see a resolution to the story or maybe just due to liking the main characters.
Animation: This is what I shall always be critical about, I have never liked BeeTrain's style which tends to drag the story and make everything slower paced than they are supposed to be. Noir and Madlax have been a snore fest for me, Tsubasa Chronicles although having a manga to backup, had almost the same pacing with characters wearing
static expressions throughout the episodes with the exceptions of a few gasps and shouts... I mean... they are even lazy to make livelier expressions! And due to NHK restrictions, everything has been toned down. A little more blood and gore like the anime X or as projected in the manga would have propelled this anime to a higher rating, how they tried to make everything bloodless just seemed awkward. Don't misunderstand, CLAMPs art is still really good, its just the animation that did not live up to standards
Sound: No one has complaints here, Yuki Kajiura's music continues to excel with some great tracks like Crying Alone, Aikoi and Broken Sword of Justice, in fact, almost everyone would agree that the music is the main factor that still keeps viewers interested. For this season I preferred the ending to the opening, an uplifting, lively song full of hope and happiness, perfectly suited for Syaoran and Sakura's feelings. The seiyuus gave the same pleasing performances as before.
Story: there were some arcs that were very good, like the Ashura arc, Kurogane's past and the Piffle arc. Some fillers were quite interesting too while some others like back to ChunHyang's world were just too repetitive. It was very apparant that they were trying to save the 2nd Syaoran bit as a climax for the next season by dragging out the plot to the extent of turning it into 'finding one feather an episode'. Therefore as an intermediate bit for the Tsubasa series, this season didn't leave too strong of an impression, yet it did succeed in leaving some questions and desire for the next season, thanks to the excellent Kurogane arc and the mysterious 'Syaoran in the tube' which gave hints to the other side of Tsubasa, a darker and unpredictable plot which was to be unfolded in the future.
Character: The good point of Tsubasa is that the group of main characters are basically lovable, with different personalities and from different backgrounds, yet giving off a feel like they are one big happy family who care for each other very much. Mainly 2 obvious character developments were done in this season, including the background story of Kurogane and most importantly, Sakura does have a bit more development compared to the walking shell in the 1st season. Syaoran, Mokona and Fai were still their usual selves but I never minded that because seeing this group interacting is basically one of the fun moments of Tsubasa. Although thanks to the rigid animation, the characters still gave off a rather stony, lifeless feel. It may just be me but yes, compared to the other animated Clamp works, this seemed too obvious.
I did still enjoy this series, thanks to the excellent music and my love for the Sakura+Syaoran pairing but still I can't help thinking this could have been handled a lot better with such a strong manga to back it up. In other words, it had potential, but it just didn't live up to most expectations.
If you are fond of the first season though you might like the second season. However it would be advisable not to read the manga first or you'd get very disappointed with how this anime turned out to be
Since this is basically a continuation from the first season, I copied most of my review from Tsubasa Chronicle and put it here with a few changes:
Tsubasa RESERVoir Chronicle (TRC) - the anime - showed a lot of promise from its very first episode. However, because of the fact that TRC is aired during the children's hour in Japan, which limits exactly the kind of content they are allowed to put into this anime, and as a result, have disappointed many viewers thinking they would be witnessing a story that was close to what was written in the manga by CLAMP. However, despite all of
that, Tsubasa Chronicle still shapes up to be a relatively enjoying series, if you can get through a couple of the more slower arcs and horrendous fillers. The second season is full of more of the same as with the first season, but with more fillers in my mind.
The animation, is pretty much the same as it was with the first season. CLAMP does an excellent job in that department.
Yuki Kaijura has once again put together a very beautiful soundtrack to go along with the second season. He has presented us with more emotional and beautiful scores to go along with the anime and you will find yourself humming a lot of the tunes.
The second season is pretty much a slow continuation from the first season. However, I feel it goes even slower than the first and you just feel like your being cheated out of the potential of a very good anime. However, because it is shown during the children's hour, that may be a plausible reason that the potential is not being reached. Again, if you have the patience to put up with slow progress and fillers, the relationship between Sakura and Syaoran is what makes this anime worth it.
“The instant one gives up, that is when it all ends. Keep wishing. Wish strongly! Wish hard! Do not let it matter what kind of being you are! Do not let it matter what pressures others put on you! Continue to wish for that which your heart truly desires!!”
Recently I watched Season 1 of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicals (will be shortened to Tsubasa for the sake of the review) and I enjoyed it a lot actually. If you had read my review on Season 1, you might remember that I had very few problems with the series, mainly on the story, but either way I liked
it enough to watch Season 2. Let me say that I found Season 2 to be more enjoyable for quite a few reasons actually, one being that there was more action in this season than in the previous, another being more of a plot starting to unfold (eventually leading up to Tokyo Revelations if my sources are correct), and more back stories to our heroes. So, without further ado, let's get this review started, shall we?
Tsubasa is an anime about a princess who looses her memories, and the journey of her and 3 heroes as they set on a journey through other dimensions to find those lost memories that have taken the form of powerful feathers that can grant the holder tremendous powers, often leading to trouble. As our heroes explore these worlds, they usually end up helping the citizens of that dimension with problems involving evil emperors, demons, or other things similar to that. That was the basic plot of season 1, and season 2 is very similar to that. Basically, it's a continuation of their journey for her feathers. As I said before, the plot had started to unfold the further the anime progresses. Mysterious characters start to come into play, character's back stories are told, and it all starts to piece together little by little. Other than those few additions to the story, it is very similar to the first season, but like the first season, the second season fails to end the series on a satisfying note, which is why they ended up making 7 more episodes to conclude the series. Overall, I personally found the story better in this season.
Bee Train was the company who animated Tsubasa, same company who animated Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, Murder Princess, and the .//hack series. I enjoyed the animation as much as I had the first season, so I was satisfied when I realized not much had changed in the art department.
I've watched the English Dub, due to the fact I received both Season 1 and 2 as gifts from a family member. From what I watched, I liked the voice acting in season 2 better. My main problem with the English Dub in season 1 was Monica Rial's singing. While I do love her acting career, I hated hated HATED it when she sang. It was off pitch and frankly... annoying. However, there was no singing coming from her in this season, so that upped my opinion about the dubbed cast for this series. I still love Vic Mignogna as Fai, and Kurogane and Syaoran started becoming more likable the more they talked.
Not much should change from my last review in terms of the characters. For starters, we have Syaoran. He's the male protagonist of the series. He's calm, he's smart, and he has rad kicking abilities, so rad that he might even give Sanji (One Piece) a run for his money. He is also slightly skilled with a sword, thanks to Kurogane. Kurogane (Kuro-Poo, Kuro Kuro, Kuropon, Daddy, nicknames are endless) is the big, buff, rough and tough character that no one should mess with if they don't want their butt kicked. He is scary at times, but he's an overall nice and funny guy. Next is Fai, my personal favorite. He's apparently a mage, but you'd never be able to tell that he is cause he never seems to use his magic. Quite frankly, I don't even know what he does to help anymore... but he's still epic. Sakura is the female protagonist of the series. She's gotten easier to handle the more memories she gets, but until the finally confesses to Syaoran (if she even confesses), I'll be thinking of her as a character that can't really seem to do anything. And last, the most annoying character in the entire series... Mokona. Like most animes, there is always that little animal sidekick that usually ends up annoying the heck out of me. She/He is standable this season, but just barely. Overall, a slight improvement on the characters this season.
I enjoyed this anime a lot. I will eagerly await the Tokyo Revelations/Spring Thunder Chronicals in the mail as it ships all the way from wherever Amazon is keeping it... but until then, I recommend that you watch this. It is also recommended that you watch season 1 before this due to the fact that some characters will be returning from season 1 in season 2, but if you don't mind, you can watch this if you so desire. But overall, I liked Tsubasa a lot.
Choose the title you find more appropriate: Tsubasa Filler Chronicles or Tsubasa Disappointing Chronicles, because either way, I wouldn't exactly call this an actual "season two".
STORY: CLAMP's ever so popular (And probably my favorite CLAMP title) massive cross over manga series, Tsubasa, continues on it's second anime season.
With it's likable main cast: the determined Syaoran, the kind and sweet Sakura, gruff swordsman Kurogane, the goofy but mysterious Fai, and of course the mascot, Mokona all in toll, most fans are expecting another enjoyable (and hopefully with a faster paced story) world(s) traveling adventure as they continue to collect feathers in order to return Sakura's lost
And from what I can tell, that's exactly what the producers were hoping for, that the fans love the characters just enough to watch this season, so they can get away with very pointless episodes, and with little actual story material only follow about three story arcs from the manga that barely cover half of the animes episode span, and the rest of it becoming boring filler episodes (With nine straight filler episodes until its end).
It's not that these episodes are the most absolutely terrible things in the world, it's just that the writers, unfortunately, seem to have taken advantage of the traveling to different worlds concept for the sake of being a cash in, with no effort on expanding the story.
And what's the worse side-effect of a mostly filler season? Little to almost no character development at all.
The cast are simply boring husks of themselves, they don't develop, they don't do anything different, they just stay the same.
Going further into laziness, this anime constantly rehashes all of it's side characters from various other series created by CLAMP, which is another concept that got taken advantage of from the manga, that even fans of other CLAMP titles will tire of these recurring characters. Which was something manga was charming and famous for.
Another noticeable fact is the series main antagonist does little to nothing at all in the story (Less than what what he did in the manga I mean) except a few chats with his female subordinate or a few speeches.
And in the end, hardly any progress is made in the story, that ended up becoming just a waste of time.
ART: Constant low budget animation, that sometimes have obvious quality issues, and Tsubasa deserved better than this, even flipping through pages of the manga looked better than half of the anime, which only adds to the disappointment.
SOUND: But unlike the animation, it appears that they had put effort with a bigger budget for the background music, though there are some techno background music that sounds totally out of place, and the theme music is nothing special compared to season one's.
The english dub in the first season suffered a lot from the voice actors having to get used to their roles in a slow start up feel, but thankfully in season two it's not the main problem anymore.
The english cast itself is quite an impressive line up with big name voice actors Vic Mignogna, Chris Sabat, Monica Rial, and Jason Liebrecht voicing the main cast.
Especially Chris Sabat who is well suited for Kurogane and Monica Rial was an excellent choice for Sakura.
But even with the improvements to the english dub, it is still underwhelming.
+ The Tsubasa crew enters in its "second season."
- Almost no character development at all.
- Very boring filler episodes make up the majority of the season, taking advantage of several concepts the manga has in order to make these episodes.
- Bland theme music and a sub par english dub.
- Disappointing animation.
I feel that by the end of the season many fans will feel that they wasted their time, but not completely hate it, just feel very disappointed that very little of manga's story made it's way to the anime's "second season".