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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, chapitre 190

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Chapitre 190
Those who know the world

-01- (splash: Seishirou and Subaru)

They knew that
the time when they would meet again
was not that far away.

-02-

Sakura: Who~?

Shaoran: I'm
Sha-...

Sakura: Wait...

-03-

Sakura: No!

Sakura: I'm sorry.
Sakura: But
you must not touch me.

-04-

Sakura: I'm sorry.

Sakura: I'm in the middle of cleansing in this water
so no one can touch me.
Shaoran: Cleansing...
Is there some important ceremony coming up?

Shaoran: ... What?

Sakura: Knowing that cleansing is something that comes
before an important ceremony.
Shaoran: It's because there's something I've done many times, too.

Sakura: Ah, that's right!

-05-

Sakura: Those clothes aren't from Clow country, are they?
Sakura: Did you come from another country somewhere?

Shaoran: ... From another world.

Sakura: Another
world...
Shaoran: Yeah.

Shaoran: I came from the country called Japan in a different world than this one.

-06-

Sakura: Japan...

Shaoran: You're not surprised.
Sakura: It's because I heard
Sakura: from the priest...
from my mother

-07-

Sakura: that the world,
to those who know its existence,
Sakura: isn't just one.

Shaoran: ... I was also told that
Shaoran: by my mother.

-08-

Sakura: But it's strange.
Even though Japan and Clow country are in different worlds, we can speak like this.
Shaoran: Such a coincidence...

Shaoran: No.

Shaoran: In this world there are no coincidences.
All there is, is hitsuzen.

Sakura: Was that something your mother...?

-09-

Shaoran: No.
Shaoran: My father.

Sakura: ... Hitsuzen.

Sakura: Could being able to meet you be such a thing too?

-10-

Shaoran: ......

Sakura: Tell me your name.
Shaoran: ... Li Shaoran.

Sakura: I'm Sakura of Clow country.

Shaoran: The same name as my mother...
Sakura: Eh?

-11-

Shaoran: ... Looks like

Shaoran: my mother when she was small.

Nadeshiko: Weren't you in midst of cleansing?

-12-

Sakura: Mother!

Shaoran: This person, too,
Shaoran: looks just like my mother's mother that I saw in a picture.

-13-

Nadeshiko: Looks like you're enjoying yourself, Sakura-hime.

Sakura: I- I'm sorry!
But I'm keeping my oath of purity! (T/N: I couldn't find the word I translated as "purity" in the dictionary, so it could be a bit off.)
I really am!
I just took a little fall in the water,
but... but...!
Nadeshiko: I understand. It's all right.

Nadeshiko: Welcome to Clow country,
Nadeshiko: you who came from another world.

Shaoran: How do you...?

Nadeshiko: A dream.

-14-

Shaoran: Are you a "dreamseer" too?

Sakura: Er, um,
that was...!

-15-

Nadeshiko: It's evening.
The cleansing ritual is over for today, so let's return to the castle.
I've set aside some of your beloved apples, Sakura-hime.

Nadeshiko: Come with us.

Shaoran: But...

Nadeshiko: Of course, I set aside some for you, too.
Nadeshiko: You like fruits, right?

-16-

Shaoran: So this person can also
see the future in dreams after all?

-17-

Sakura: Let's have dinner together!
Right?

Shaoran: O- okay.

Sakura: Ya~y!

-18-

Sakura: This way!

Shaoran: It's really a castle.
Sakura: Is it nothing like Japan?

Shaoran: There's a desert in Japan too, (T/N: This?)
but not where I live, at least.

Fujitaka: Sakura-hime.

-19-

Sakura: Father!

-20-

Fujitaka: Be patient for six days more until the cleansing ritual is over. (T/N: The sentence is a bit weird, I could be off.)
Sakura: Yes,
father.

Fujitaka: Could you introduce us, please?
Sakura: I met him at the cleansing grounds in the ruins.

Shaoran: I am Li Shaoran. (T/N: Rare Shaoran-uses-polite moment.)

-21-

Fujitaka: I am the king of Clow-koku, Fujitaka.

Fujitaka: You two must be hungry,
so we'll talk later.
Sakura: Let's go.

Fujitaka: ... It's him, isn't it?

-22-

Nadeshiko: Yes.

Nadeshiko: Sakura-hime's destined person.

Teaser: Their destiny
can even cross worlds
and, now, it speeds up!


Page 1: "Meet" there is read まみえる. Looking up that in a dictionary brought in a few laughs.

Page 6: When the spoilers came out, I thought there would be someone other than Nadeshiko as the priest, but that's not the case -- Sakura corrected herself. What a rigid education she must have, for her first reference to Nadeshiko be as "the priest" and not as "mother".

Page 7: What Sakura is saying here is almost an exact quote of that line from the beginning of Holic (chapter 4, I think) that got horribly abused by BWYS and JBC. I'd really like to keep the positional "before" in the translation, but the fact that two different translators just didn't get it back then makes me skeptical.

Page 8: As I already said in the spoiler post, here we have confirmation that the Clow-koku language is actually Japanese (which I had suspected when Sakura-replica guessed the spelling of Watanuki's name outta nowhere in Holic). And the fact that Shaoran calls hitsuzen on it makes the whole thing fishier. What is Clow-koku?

Page 13: Shaoran, where's your well-known tendency to be suspicious now? I know I'd be more than a little freaked out if I got teleported into obviously off-limits holy grounds and not only no one gave it a second thought but also the priest responsible for said holy grounds were all smiles and greetings.

Page 19: What, Fujitaka gets no "he looks like grandpa" comment? (笑)

Page 22: First 189 with the whole Holic-rehash thing, and now we get another rehash scene, this time from chapter 1 of Tsubasa. What the hell is going on here? Did the events in either chapter 1 even actually happen in the first place?

So... Where the hell are Touya and Yukito?

Someone already commented on this, and I forgot to mention it in my 189 post. How exactly did Clow make plans for TRC Shaoran (and other Shaoran by extension) if he didn't foresee Sakura/Shaoran in CCS? Did he cheat even Eriol's memories so that Eriol wouldn't know it? (And why the hell would he need to hide things from Eriol?) Is TRC Shaoran some kind of "invariant" that would have to come into existence by any means available, regardless of who his parents are and even what dimension he would be born in? Actually, I'm kinda wishing Tsubasa had been told like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, so that we'd get to see all averted futures since everyone keeps meddling with the course of events.

Random silly comment: すれ違った in the first OP of the anime makes me laugh because it's sounding so much like this arc.

Comments

From what I understand, Eriol was as powerful as Clow, though, so I'm not sure he could have cast a spell on Eriol without Eriol knowing. And I'm not sure why he'd want to hide Sakura/Syaoran from him anyway (he figures it out toward the end of CCS anyway). But, I'm sure CLAMP will explain most of the major plotholes eventually.

Thanks for the translation! :D
Well, casting a spell on Eriol would be a bit difficult since they kinda can't exist at the same time, but he could cast a spell on himself so that he forgot certain things before the final spell. Only that, like you, I see no reason why he'd possibly want to do that.
Wait, I'm a bit confused. Wasn't Clow Reed the father of the Sakura from Clow Country? O___o And Fujitaka took Shaoran in?
We had no confirmation about the "Reed" part, but yes, the big WTF in this chapter -is- Fujitaka. I knew most royalty in fiction hate their status, but there's a little difference between being bummed at being royalty and freaking going off to play Indiana Jones. Furthermore, where did they get a replacement Clow-ou?

... Better stop here, lest the crack shall overrun my thoughts.
Clow Reed was the father of Sakura from Clow Country and Fujitaka did take Syaoran in all the way back in Chapter 1....now with the time space thing did the events get mixed....
Thanks!!!!

"How exactly did Clow make plans for TRC Shaoran (and other Shaoran by extension) if he didn't foresee Sakura/Shaoran in CCS?"
That is an easy one
when Sakura travel with the return card to meet Clow Reed, she feel sleep for a moment this was no a moment and was intentional, Clow Reed read all he can could about the future in Sakura's mind, and sure some premonition either her know yet or she misjugde by a dream...
When i read and watch this part in the manga and in the anime i was sure here and there Clow decide to split his reencarnation and be Fujitaka and the father of Sakura and Then he start to know about the all problem...

And i had the idea that Sakura form trc chap 1 was the clone and for her Clow Reed fake his death go to clow country and forge a life for the clone for some reason we can understand yet, and that's why he miss someone he can't speak of he lost(infinity) and there is no mother and Clow Died when Sakura was young, Clow read actually did not die in japan he died inClow country!!!

May be i'm crazy but so far i know about real Xio must be the son of Li or Li himself so....
The Return card didn't exist in the manga. (Which's a pity because episode 28 is made of win.)

Clow's "death" in the CCS world can't be have been faked because he left "evidence" behind (unless the space-time collapse goes that far back). If Clow Reed is Clow-ou, maybe he faked his death as Clow-ou and then returned to the CCS world and split himself. Or maybe Clow-ou faked his death anyway, to be reunited with whoever it was he was longing for. Now that we know he wasn't the original Clow-ou, it's possible that he had a life he left behind so that he could take Fujitaka's place, and wanted to go back to that life.
Thank you so much for the translation!
To the question "What is Clow-koku?" in holic Yuuko said once that Clow created a country in another dimention (well I'm not sure she got that far but that's the way I understanded it ^^)

That could explain why they speak Japanese if the whole country was created by him... But how could he create the inhabitants? O_o Did Fujitaka eat the forbiden fruit (instead of making pa'hyu with it XD) and had a little Sakura with Nadeshiko ^^
Did he even rest on the seventh day?! XD

The Fujitaka thing is also kinda confusing, did he changed the memories of Sakura himself or was it Clow? Well, Shaoran must know the answer because he still remembers Fujitaka was the king.

Anyway, sasuga CLAMP! Such a headacke juste trying to understand!

^^
To the question "What is Clow-koku?" in holic Yuuko said once that Clow created a country in another dimention (well I'm not sure she got that far but that's the way I understanded it ^^)
Actually, she was talking about the original Mokona. Though morgif_kun below might be on to something.

I think neither Clow-ou nor Fujitaka directly rewrote Sakura's memories. Maybe it's related to the bad thing that happened to Sakura (when Shaoran first talked about Sakura's cleansing ritual, I thought the "bad thing" had happened seven days before her seventh birthday, but the day seems to have gone by all right).
Ok,, thanks to you for the translation!!, so Nadeshiko, isn't it?, i must say i forgot this character, not expected for me...mmm, i really liked your "invariant" TrC-Syaoran, sounds relativistic, hahaha.
All this is confusing, i need more information, i need more chapters!!
Thanks again!

Yuuko, FWR & Clow are the pieces that aren't where they must, i mean: respect first chapters of TrC, where's Clow??, and where FWR & Yuuko fits in all this?? (Without forget Watanuki).
I don't remember very well CCS, but in that story, was Clow the element that caused all the confussion and made possible the argument, maybe this time too?
Thank you for the translations!
I'm not even going to try and understand what is going on (my brain has suffered enough XD) and just enjoy the cute for now =D
Thank you!

I can't even formulate a sane theory, but-- what about THE Mokona? Creator of worlds, deliberately playing with languages in Cephiro, maybe (s)he's got something to do with Clow-koku too!
We know Clow and Yuuko met the Mokona, for sure. Not a bad theory...maybe they asked for the Mokona's help?
Thank you !!

Well... the fact is that every chapter improves my mental WTF level. I can't really understand nothing... U___U
Thanks for all the work.
Wait can someone PLEASE explain why it seems for all intents and purposes, Shaoran and Sakura are now incestous?

because if the girl you're going to save is your mother's incarnation/soul in another dimension, that's a bit freaky.

How do they think this is a good idea?!?!
Well, I think it may all be part of "the age-old planning" between Clow Reed and Yuuko... and what Clow Reed did in CCS maybe even part of the planning to interfere with FWR.

However, as for now.. I still don't get why everyone is still so caught up with this "incest" issue o___O
Yes, we fans and he is very much aware that the person he NEED TO meet and will be spending his time with IS the same look and even the same name as his own mother. Maybe initially, just as he has "those thoughts" of "she has the same look as his own mother". However, despise that similarity, Sakura-hime's personality and behavior is still different than CCS|Sakura [and I can even extend to CCS|Sakura interaction with "Syaoran" is mother-son but Sakura-hime interaction with him is as childhood friend]. Even though "Syaoran" can "see" his own mother within Sakura-hime, BUT if we consider his saying of "We have always been together till the age I am"... that would mean, he spent AT LEAST 7 years with Sakura-hime. By then, I am sure he will recognize and distinguish the differences in feelings between THIS Sakura and his own mother. There really nothing "son/mother complex" about it!?
Thanks for the translation!! The story is getting more and more "interesting/insane"~~ Just when I thought "this chapter" will give me some hint or leeway for me to think about "Syaoran" situation ~~~ Now this sudden hit of "a completely new faces and change" of Clow Country really is just too much!! WTH happen before "Syaoran" is captured and cloned up. How can there such dramatic change?? Is the Clow Country that we know since the beginning of the series, is that Sakura-hime even the SAME PERSON as this Clow Country??? How can those people closest to her changed without her aware of it o__O

Sakura-hime's father changed from Fujitaka -> Clow
Sakura-hime's Priest changed from Nadeshiko [her own mother] -> Yukito
This is totally going to get shot down in 191, but what if pre-rewind Sakura were set to lose her memories -now-?
thanks for the translation, really interesting
How much do we know for fact and how much could have been people lying? I for one think Yuuko has lying when she said Yuuko Ichihara wasn't her real name.
Thanks for the translation as always ^__^

>What, Fujitaka gets no "he looks like grandpa" comment? (笑)

Good point, maybe he'll say that next chapter xD
Thank you very much for the translations! Now I just need to find ice for my headache...

But I'm keeping my oath of purity!

When I read that, my mind keeps on thinking it's "oath of chastity" instead... >.>
まみえる LOL.

I guess there's no reason not to think that Touya and Yukito are chowing down in the next room, but it does seem slightly odd that they're not in the castle scenes. And there's no mistaking that Fujitaka and Nadeshiko do not look happy when she confirms that "Shaoran" is Sakura's destined person.

Your comment about everyone messing with the course of events got me to thinking that the power to manipulate time and space doesn't actually seem to be so unusual; spacetime seems to get messed with a lot, right? So what is it about Sakura's power that makes it so freaking unusual and desirable that FWR would set this whole damn chain of events (well, I say chain, but it's more like a ball of yarn after a cat's been messing with it) in motion?

It seems clear that both chapters 1 were rehashes of things that had already happened. Clamp dropped us in medias res and didn't let us in on that fact until much later.

I also very much would like to keep 前 in that line about those who know the world. It's freaking important, Clamp even put it on the backpages of one of the Holic volumes. "The world, before those who know its existence, isn't just one." "The world, in front of those who know its existence, isn't just one." I'd like to get rid of the position/time ambiguity, but I suppose it exists in the original as well.

I'm not even going to start to think about the Clow Reed/Eriol/CCS Shaoran/TRC Shaoran ramifications, beyond the fact that TRC Shaoran's existence does seem to be "hitsuzen." Can the same be said for Clow-koku? Or was Clow-koku created? The fact that people there speak Japanese, and that that's hitsuzen, really makes me think it's not an organic world.
And there's no mistaking that Fujitaka and Nadeshiko do not look happy when she confirms that "Shaoran" is Sakura's destined person.
Indeed. I wonder, though, whether this means that Sakura was already doomed and it would be painful for her "destined person", or it means that Sakura, while not doomed herself, will cause her "destined person" a lot of pain, a la RGV junior Ashura.

I'd like to get rid of the position/time ambiguity, but I suppose it exists in the original as well.
The way I see it, that 前 wasn't supposed to be ambiguous, unless you completely ignore what's between 知る and it, but still! "Before" kinda feels to me like it makes the sentence heavier on the "perception" issue, and I feel that's important, since the theme comes up often in Holic (and the opening monologue was related to perception, too).

I'm pretty convinced that Clow-koku was created. The fact that we keep seeing Sakura's CCS family repeated in Clow-koku is also weird in my opinion, especially since what I consider to be the strongest family bond in CLAMP got cut in Tsubasa. It's almost like Clow-koku is centered around her existence -- Fei Wang needs her power to attempt to use the ruins, she has a family that has been proven to work in another dimension, she "just" happens to be a princess...
How exactly did Clow make plans for TRC Shaoran (and other Shaoran by extension) if he didn't foresee Sakura/Shaoran in CCS?

My thoughts exactly!
Ooh, I just thought of something! There's been some speculation that CCS Sakura might have died and that TRC Syaoran has been raised mostly by his father. If CCS Sakura had died however, wouldn't CCS Syaoran be likely to take his son with him back to Hong Kong? The fact that the family is still in Japan could be a sign that CCS Sakura ISN'T dead and that there is some other reason why she hasn't been the one to give instructions to TRC Syaoran directly.
While I don't think CCS Sakura is dead, if she did die, CCS Shaoran could think it a better idea to stay in Japan depending on how he (and possibly Shaoran) deal with the loss.

Shaoran mentioned his parents when Watanuki asked about their connection, so I don't think he was raised by CCS Shaoran alone.
Page 19: What, Fujitaka gets no "he looks like grandpa" comment? (笑)
XD;;; I think it's because TRC Shaoran didn't get to see CCS Fujitaka's photos when he's young. In the other hand, TRC Shaoran can only know Nadeshiko through photos since she died young in CCS

All the new chapters made me gave up on figuring out how the story will end, it's too much for my brain >___>;

Thank you for translating! ^____^

(Anonymous)

Thanks for translating!

Am I the only one who thinks Fujitaka in page 19 looks weird, kinda like he's hiding his right arm? We can his right hand and it doesn't look like he's hurt, though (but it's still weird that it's facing backwards, like he's holding something back...).

Reading too much into things again? You bet.
Thank you very much~
Again, very confusing, but I hope CLAMP can clear this all out WITHOUT MESSING UP XXXHOLIC. Please.

(Anonymous)

So... Where the hell are Touya and Yukito?

when you see the pics for this chapter you will that Nadeshiko

is holding Yukito staff ....


so it kind of makes you wonder if Yukito was even in the picture at the time there talking about & when did he show up ...


tschuss osuwari anime
Thanks as always for your translations!

Now that that's out of the way, I have to say that the direction Tsubasa's heading in just makes me feel really irritated with the entire story. Meddling with the CLAMPverse and everything we know is not what I expected from the story and it's continuing to be nothing but a hindrance. Retroactively affecting continuity in other series is never a good thing. I don't see why we ought to consider whether some event in CCS was a precursor to an event in Tsubasa because, hey, CLAMP didn't even think about the ramifications of such an event way back when they originally wrote it. And yet we are. That irks me so.

I'm going to be so disappointed if this all somehow ends up affecting xxxHOLiC because xxxHOLiC has at least managed to keep it interesting without resorting to complete brain-melting plot twists like Tsubasa. Collapse of the space-time continuum, okay, that I can buy in relation to xxxHOLiC and its quirky way of dealing with time (just how many times have they alternated school uniforms already?). However, it gets way too complex once you put it into Tsubasa's realm.

While I admit that I'm intrigued by the parallels CLAMP is drawing between events that we've previously seen (Watanuki coming to Yuuko's shop/Syaoran coming to Yuuko's shop and the "destined person" comment), it just feels too much like CLAMP is digging themselves into a hole that either can't be dug out of or it's going to take an even more complex explanation to try to alleviate matters, which could potentially just make things worse.

LOST isn't even as bad as this, and I had complete faith in LOST while others were accusing it of jumping the shark. I honestly don't know what the hell CLAMP is doing.

Sorry if any of this doesn't make sense. It's 3 AM and I'm sleepy.
^^ Thank you!!
Lol, maybe Shao learned to be suspicious only afterwards?