Tsubasa Chronicle: Yuki Kajiura's Finest

Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. Yuki Kajiura composes. I ripped that quote off of Thank You For Smoking. Watch it. Anyway, since Yuki Kajiura happens to be a woman, I'm sure that all you immature bastards are wondering if I'd have sex with her. The answer is yes, if she composed some background music for it.

Canta Per Me

The Tsubasa Chronicle OST is proof that Yuki Kajiura is the greatest musical mind of the 21st century. Choir vocals to a techno beat? Sounds like a terrible idea until you've heard Yuki in action. In Tsubasa Chronicle, even the insert songs can be credited to Yuki and her FictionJunction project. It's rare that you can watch a series for the music alone, but Yuki Kajiura makes it possible.

Finally, I get to check off the "Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura" box:

Well developed minor characters
Simultaneous subplots
Comical victimization
Recurring random character(s)
Badass mid-episode transitions
Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura
Catchy dance sequence
Themes of Hatred/Suffering/Revenge
Hilarious ambiguously gay dude
Stylish visual effects
Tournament Competition
Graphic violence
A character vaguely resembling myself
Pimp in a white suit
List of progressively revealed elements
Disheveled journalist/photographer
Time Travel
Interdimensional Travel

The plot of Tsubasa Chronicle is similar to that of Kingdom Hearts: A teenage boy (whose name is Syaoran instead of Sora) travels to different worlds with a knight and a mage in order to save a princess, meeting several crossover characters along the way.

From left to right: Fai, Syaoran holding Sakura, and Kurogane

The check-star for "hilarious ambiguously gay character" goes to Fai. After watching 45 episodes, I don't think he's gay anymore, but you've got to admit that he fits the role suspiciously well. The character who vaguely resembles me is obviously Kurogane. As for Syaoran and Sakura, at first I was concerned that they'd be useless, but they've ended up making a sufficient number of non-trivial contributions to keep me satisfied.

I have three criticisms of the show:

1. Themes of hatred, suffering, and revenge were replaced by themes of friendship, optimism, and compassion.

2. Some arcs are a bit slow. It's far from unwatchable, especially since there's Yuki Kajiura's BGM. It's just that you'll feel totally ripped off by certain things, for example, the entirety of episode 12.

3. They left out the fight scene between Kurogane and Mokona.

7949 Yuki Kajiura tracks are on my playlist