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completeoveranalysis:

samelyember said: I was eager for you to get to this part!! :B oh boy, your reactions are absolutely the best.

alskaichou said: man this is gonna be wild to watch~

guruoftime said: JUST READING THIS AGAIN MAKES ME CRY ;-;

fieldofclover

Okay wait let me word that better answers only give you so many letters.

Tsubasa is the type of series where you feel the characters deeply. Because you feel their pain on a deep level you feel closer to them than other characters. But you also feel a lot of happy moments and different feelings throughout that the characters have.

Perhaps that is why seeing others experience the same thing (even if it is surprise or pain or laughter or anything really) it can be in a strange way very enjoyable because you can then relate to their experience as well because you also have felt the same pain and happiness. Because the more people on the journey the better! epically the emotional ones. ;D

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Sep 8

namikala:

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Sep 8

you need to surround yourself with others. as you get to know them, of course you take the chance that you’ll end up hurting them, or they’ll end up hurting you. one of those things might very well happen. that’s the only way we learn about others, and about ourselves…someday, you’re going to meet someone who truly wants to be your friend, and you theirs…

(Source: rajkumaris)

Sep 8
completeoveranalysis:

eragon1001:

completeoveranalysis:

eragon1001:

completeoveranalysis:

WELL THAT’S NOT MILDLY TERRIFYING AT ALL. 
Dat threat though. 
He looks so sincerely happy, but he’s literally say “Hi, I just ran up your best attack and am now in from of you before you could finish saying “EH?!”. I am going to cause you serious bodily harm now. This does not bother me at all. You have three seconds to give up.”
In which Fai is suddenly more terrifying than Kurogane. 

Fai has ALWAYS been more terriyfing than Kurogane.Kurogane is honest, it’s a “you get what you see” kind of guy. Fai, on the other hand, is a mistery, and when we finally discover the full extent of his power and personality, it hits like a brick on the head.

At this point there’s no way to even this. Fai is just terrifying. HIDDEN LAYERS OF TERROR.
I mean you could see the patterns in his behavior before this and expect this kind of twist from him. I had a few theories about the sides of Fai we hadn’t encountered in the story yet, and his very first on screen appearance set up these expectations right from the off. But it’s one thing to think about it, and quite another to have it confirmed over a double page spread in gorgeous creepy detail. 
I think Brick on the head is completely accurate. 

Yep, the character development for Fai is very well-executed. And if we think that this was still a early stage of the story, and there are many more clues to come…it’s really good seeing these little gems of foreshadowing!
and the TB guy you talk about in the tags…do you mean Seishirou? I personally find him more terrifying than Fai. Seishirou is cruel, and almost heartless, a real and complex Villain. On the other hand, Fai can still be considered some sort of “anti-hero who acts the way he does because of a tragic backstory and then learns and changes”, instead of the “backstabbing bastard, my feels are all over the place” Seishirou xD
But I may be biased xD

The character development has been so strong in Tsubasa so far. They’ve established characters like Fai and Kurogane so quickly and with so much detail that I can already see all these layers to their personality and I’m still at the very beginning of the storyline. The foreshadowing is killing me too, because I can see it there, but I have no idea where it’s going to go. 
SEISHIROU! Yes, that’s the bastard. I should clarify; I completely agree that he’s more terrifying that Fai in every way. If you saw Seishirou in the streets you would want to run in the other direction. But if you met Fai you can be fairly confident that he’d be happy-go-lucky and genuinely friendly (if trolling). But I do think that Fai has him beat in terms of power (which is what I originally meant) and that if it came to a fight Fai would murder that evil prick. 
Because someone really needs to. 

So then how do you think a fight with Fai vs. Seishirou would play out? Fai is definitely more powerful, but Seishirou can be a wild card. They both have different types of fighting styles as well; would one over power the other, or would they counter each other.

completeoveranalysis:

eragon1001:

completeoveranalysis:

eragon1001:

completeoveranalysis:

WELL THAT’S NOT MILDLY TERRIFYING AT ALL. 

Dat threat though. 

He looks so sincerely happy, but he’s literally say “Hi, I just ran up your best attack and am now in from of you before you could finish saying “EH?!”. I am going to cause you serious bodily harm now. This does not bother me at all. You have three seconds to give up.”

In which Fai is suddenly more terrifying than Kurogane. 

Fai has ALWAYS been more terriyfing than Kurogane.
Kurogane is honest, it’s a “you get what you see” kind of guy.
Fai, on the other hand, is a mistery, and when we finally discover the full extent of his power and personality, it hits like a brick on the head.

At this point there’s no way to even this. Fai is just terrifying. HIDDEN LAYERS OF TERROR.

I mean you could see the patterns in his behavior before this and expect this kind of twist from him. I had a few theories about the sides of Fai we hadn’t encountered in the story yet, and his very first on screen appearance set up these expectations right from the off. But it’s one thing to think about it, and quite another to have it confirmed over a double page spread in gorgeous creepy detail. 

I think Brick on the head is completely accurate. 

Yep, the character development for Fai is very well-executed. And if we think that this was still a early stage of the story, and there are many more clues to come…it’s really good seeing these little gems of foreshadowing!

and the TB guy you talk about in the tags…do you mean Seishirou? I personally find him more terrifying than Fai. Seishirou is cruel, and almost heartless, a real and complex Villain. On the other hand, Fai can still be considered some sort of “anti-hero who acts the way he does because of a tragic backstory and then learns and changes”, instead of the “backstabbing bastard, my feels are all over the place” Seishirou xD

But I may be biased xD

The character development has been so strong in Tsubasa so far. They’ve established characters like Fai and Kurogane so quickly and with so much detail that I can already see all these layers to their personality and I’m still at the very beginning of the storyline. The foreshadowing is killing me too, because I can see it there, but I have no idea where it’s going to go. 

SEISHIROU! Yes, that’s the bastard. I should clarify; I completely agree that he’s more terrifying that Fai in every way. If you saw Seishirou in the streets you would want to run in the other direction. But if you met Fai you can be fairly confident that he’d be happy-go-lucky and genuinely friendly (if trolling). But I do think that Fai has him beat in terms of power (which is what I originally meant) and that if it came to a fight Fai would murder that evil prick

Because someone really needs to. 

So then how do you think a fight with Fai vs. Seishirou would play out? Fai is definitely more powerful, but Seishirou can be a wild card. They both have different types of fighting styles as well; would one over power the other, or would they counter each other.

Sep 5
completeoveranalysis:

farfigneutroblaster:

completeoveranalysis:

valerianwizard:

completeoveranalysis:

IT’S TOMOYO. 
Oh Clamp, you love me after all. It’s okay, I forgive you. You can stop now. (But really don’t stop.)
Like with Yukito and Toya, she’s not (currently?) involved with the main storyline directly, so there’s not a lot of plot stuff to be read out of this, but it’s still gorgeous in every single way and I could fangirl over it forever. It’s another one of those cover pages that I need to put on my wall. Because I just do. 
Of course they do work some imagery in there, and you hardly need me to point out the moon at this point. But I will do it anyway. There’s a moon. Do you see it? It’s right up there. All moon-ish in it’s moon-y ways. Come to think of it, it’s always a crescent moon isn’t it? But I’m not going to nitpick that because how else are you going to be able to tell it’s a moon? If Sailor Moon can have eternal crescent moons in the sky, then so can Tsubasa. 
INTERESTINGLY though, the moon is in roughly the same position as it was in Kurogane’s cover - and by that I mean it’s in the top centre of the image (contrasting with the Yuki/Toya cover, where it’s off to the side). Obviously for Tomoyo the moon is a lot bigger, because this time it’s the ACTUAL moon and not just a symbol that Kurogane wears on his head. The moon is Tomoyo’s actual source of power (I mean, I presume. I’m extrapolating. I could be wrong) and through it she wields massive power. The way the image is set up it’s almost like she wears the moon in her hair adornment, especially in the way the little tendril bits curve up to reach it, but it is Tomoyo herself who dominates the frame. The moon is behind glass; it is Tomoyo who is actually the force to be reckoned with. And to further the image of her “wearing” the moon she is actually wearing the moon on her robes as well - so, you know, you can’t miss it. TOMOYO MIGHT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOON, YOU GUYS. IT’S JUST A HUNCH I HAVE. 
What’s even better is that in Kurogane’s image the central moon is reversed. They both have multiple moons facing in different directions, yes, but both images have the MAIN moon in the very centre that draws your eye, effectively making it the first moon you should see. But they are flipped. The characters are matching, but as opposite sides - Tomoyo has all the grace and serenity and compassion (etc etc etc. I mean it’s TOMOYO. Name a good quality and she probably has it) while Kurogane is the polar opposite with blood lust and disrespect and murder and an almost maniac desire to fight things. Contrast also the fact that Tomoyo’s moon was the real deal while Kurogane’s was only an image - because they seem to use this contrast a lot when it comes to the moon. I’m not sure if this is restricted to ONLY the moon, but it’s there. You probably know more about what this might mean by sheer default. 
It does not escape me for a second that Tomoyo has a dragon by her side, and this connects the cycle of imagery that began with Kurogane. Kurogane wears the moon because of Tomoyo - Tomoyo has a dragon because it relates to Kurogane, both as his original sword as well as the Kudan he inherited. Dragons are big with Kurogane (oh, there’s a dirty pun in there somewhere) but AGAIN Tomoyo gets the real dragon, and Kurogane only gets a fake one in his image. Everything about Tomoyo speaks of real power and the fact that SHE controls it. Even with the dragon she’s petting it absent mindedly, and it croons to her touch. The dragon could almost represent Kurogane himself, only we have not seen him act this way towards her. Perhaps, inwardly, he wants to? But that’s stretching it a bit. 
The smoky clouds in the background are really interesting too because they seem to evoke the artistic style of xxxholic. This would totally make sense, since the manga were both running side by side with crossovers somewhere along the lines, and it gives a further parallel to Yuko - another Moon associated magic user who is depicted in complete control. What interests me about Tomoyo’s moon imagery is that it is solely the moon. Yukito had wings and also a complimentary star. Yuko has a whole gamut of imagery. I don’t know enough to tell whether this is significant, BUT I LOVE IT ANYWAY. 
I really want the circle in the middle of her dress to be a mirror. I just really do, because then we just need to find a magatama (like the thing in her hair) and a sword (like Kurogane’s?) and we have all three of Japan’s imperial regalia. But that’s probably just wishful thinking on my part. They did name her princess though. Would this become Empress later? As she is in Japan?
EMPRESS TOMOYO YOU GUYS. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE. 

Speaking of Kurogane being represented by the dragon, did you know that Dragons and Phoenixes have a symbolic history? In Chinese history the Phoenix and the Dragon are commonly symbolic of an Emperor and Empress.
The Dragon representing things like power, ambition, nobility, and boldness (Much like Kurogane). The Phoenix representing rebirth, beauty, benevolence, grace, and wisdom (Much like Fai). They often also represented Yin and Yang, which is very apparent with Kurogane and Fai who have all types of opposites going for them. The dragon being yang for its masculinity (Like Kurogane) and the Phoenix being yin for its femininity (I’ll admit this would also fit Fai in some respects).
Also as far as Celes is concerned apparently Dragons were worshiped because they were thought to be the ones who brought water to the earth and ruled over seas (Which I didn’t know before!) which is why it was paired with the element of water, and why Kurogane had Celes as his Kudon.
Darn I wanted to Anon this, but it was too long to, I’m not a KuroFai shipper, But I am aware of the symbolism between them, but this post still sounds like it is a shipping thing, But when you mentioned the word empress and talked about Kurogane being represented by the dragon, my mind went back to this symbolism, There actually is more to this symbolism and them, but I can’t discuss that yet before reasons regarding the storyline, Someone needs to draw Tomoyo as an Empress, *disappears back to homework*,

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS. 
I didn’t know about the symbolism between dragons and phoenixes but this works on so many levels and I JUST LOVE IT. 
I think we can all agree that regardless of whether you like the ship or not (because neither mentality is mandatory, and every interpretation is correct for each person) their imagery matches this perfectly. They are polar opposites and all of their symbolism, actions and dialogue is bending itself around to emphasise this as much as possible. It makes such an interesting dynamic, and it adds so many things to the narrative no matter which way you want to view it. I’m definitely noting down the Dragon/Phoenix thing though. That is too perfect to forget. 
Tomoyo for Empress 2015

Uh, just adding to that.
For the Chinese, the dragon and the phoenix are the two most powerful celestial animals, which is why they were chosen to balance each other out.
The dragon represents all those things that ValerianWizard mentioned, but the belief goes a bit deeper than that. The dragon is supposed to actually bring down the essence of life from the heavens, literally breathing out pure energy or chi — which is why they’re used as a symbol of the emperor. They’re heavily associated with water because they’re said to be able to draw in and release it; which is why dragon gods were prayed to during times of flood and draught.
Dragons supposedly yield and generate so much power that it manifests in the change of the seasons. However, it’s said that they hide themselves (perhaps deep in the mountains or beneath the ocean) and keep themselves out of reach, sometimes actually making themselves invisible.
[Yes, this means Kurogane will bloom into a bootyful beautiful butterfly. Dragon. Eventually.]
The phoenix, on the other hand, is supposedly able to turn bad luck into good luck, and it harvests all the benefits of opportunity, success, and prosperity — much like Fai is asking all of the right questions to the right people and is just having the time of his life on this journey, as you’ve said before. It’s also associated with fame and popularity, which could explain how CLAMP chose to write his personality at the beginning,
Oh, and invoking the phoenix is supposedly good for removing bad energy from a kindling relationship and turning it into good energy. Again, we can see this in the way Fai manages to piss off Kurogane, a proven mass murderer, but somehow retains all of his limbs at the end of the day and even helps develop such an awesome dynamic.
But on another note, the dragon and the phoenix are often used together to depict harmony. These days, some people try to invoke it to “harvest successful matrimonial bliss.”
JUST SAYING.

AAASDHOAIDHASDH
I am actually just so excited about all this mythology coming in that I am unable to put it into words. Like. I can’t even say. I am just so excited. I may have bounced.
I can’t even add anything either, I’m just fully appreciating how perfect your addition and explanation was. Every single part of this imagery just makes it THAT MUCH better and builds it up so much more than I could ever have hoped for. To think that I would have missed out on this! I owe you guys big time.
I need to print out both of these and keep them on file. Mythology is my one true love. 

I am so glad FarFigNeutroBlaster expanded on this (and explained it really well). I wasn’t sure how to write it out or how to bring up some of the subjects they did without mentioning story elements. For instance the thing about Phoenix’s turning bad luck into good luck; I’ll just say CLAMP took an interesting approach on that.
It seems I and a lot of people are loving just how much you are enjoying Tsubasa. It is great to see your reactions and eagerness to continue with it and it is fun to tag along in your experience with it. So thank you for going through all this trouble and sharing your great thoughts with us, hopefully it isn’t too much of a hassle for you. 
(You interpret things really greatly and things that would otherwise go over my head. Like how on the chapter covers the posistion of where the characters are, or how clear the background is, expresses something about each of the characters personalities or motives. You’re so great!)

completeoveranalysis:

farfigneutroblaster:

completeoveranalysis:

valerianwizard:

completeoveranalysis:

IT’S TOMOYO. 

Oh Clamp, you love me after all. It’s okay, I forgive you. You can stop now. (But really don’t stop.)

Like with Yukito and Toya, she’s not (currently?) involved with the main storyline directly, so there’s not a lot of plot stuff to be read out of this, but it’s still gorgeous in every single way and I could fangirl over it forever. It’s another one of those cover pages that I need to put on my wall. Because I just do. 

Of course they do work some imagery in there, and you hardly need me to point out the moon at this point. But I will do it anyway. There’s a moon. Do you see it? It’s right up there. All moon-ish in it’s moon-y ways. Come to think of it, it’s always a crescent moon isn’t it? But I’m not going to nitpick that because how else are you going to be able to tell it’s a moon? If Sailor Moon can have eternal crescent moons in the sky, then so can Tsubasa. 

INTERESTINGLY though, the moon is in roughly the same position as it was in Kurogane’s cover - and by that I mean it’s in the top centre of the image (contrasting with the Yuki/Toya cover, where it’s off to the side). Obviously for Tomoyo the moon is a lot bigger, because this time it’s the ACTUAL moon and not just a symbol that Kurogane wears on his head. The moon is Tomoyo’s actual source of power (I mean, I presume. I’m extrapolating. I could be wrong) and through it she wields massive power. The way the image is set up it’s almost like she wears the moon in her hair adornment, especially in the way the little tendril bits curve up to reach it, but it is Tomoyo herself who dominates the frame. The moon is behind glass; it is Tomoyo who is actually the force to be reckoned with. And to further the image of her “wearing” the moon she is actually wearing the moon on her robes as well - so, you know, you can’t miss it. TOMOYO MIGHT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOON, YOU GUYS. IT’S JUST A HUNCH I HAVE. 

What’s even better is that in Kurogane’s image the central moon is reversed. They both have multiple moons facing in different directions, yes, but both images have the MAIN moon in the very centre that draws your eye, effectively making it the first moon you should see. But they are flipped. The characters are matching, but as opposite sides - Tomoyo has all the grace and serenity and compassion (etc etc etc. I mean it’s TOMOYO. Name a good quality and she probably has it) while Kurogane is the polar opposite with blood lust and disrespect and murder and an almost maniac desire to fight things. Contrast also the fact that Tomoyo’s moon was the real deal while Kurogane’s was only an image - because they seem to use this contrast a lot when it comes to the moon. I’m not sure if this is restricted to ONLY the moon, but it’s there. You probably know more about what this might mean by sheer default. 

It does not escape me for a second that Tomoyo has a dragon by her side, and this connects the cycle of imagery that began with Kurogane. Kurogane wears the moon because of Tomoyo - Tomoyo has a dragon because it relates to Kurogane, both as his original sword as well as the Kudan he inherited. Dragons are big with Kurogane (oh, there’s a dirty pun in there somewhere) but AGAIN Tomoyo gets the real dragon, and Kurogane only gets a fake one in his image. Everything about Tomoyo speaks of real power and the fact that SHE controls it. Even with the dragon she’s petting it absent mindedly, and it croons to her touch. The dragon could almost represent Kurogane himself, only we have not seen him act this way towards her. Perhaps, inwardly, he wants to? But that’s stretching it a bit. 

The smoky clouds in the background are really interesting too because they seem to evoke the artistic style of xxxholic. This would totally make sense, since the manga were both running side by side with crossovers somewhere along the lines, and it gives a further parallel to Yuko - another Moon associated magic user who is depicted in complete control. What interests me about Tomoyo’s moon imagery is that it is solely the moon. Yukito had wings and also a complimentary star. Yuko has a whole gamut of imagery. I don’t know enough to tell whether this is significant, BUT I LOVE IT ANYWAY. 

I really want the circle in the middle of her dress to be a mirror. I just really do, because then we just need to find a magatama (like the thing in her hair) and a sword (like Kurogane’s?) and we have all three of Japan’s imperial regalia. But that’s probably just wishful thinking on my part. They did name her princess though. Would this become Empress later? As she is in Japan?

EMPRESS TOMOYO YOU GUYS. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE. 

Speaking of Kurogane being represented by the dragon, did you know that Dragons and Phoenixes have a symbolic history? In Chinese history the Phoenix and the Dragon are commonly symbolic of an Emperor and Empress.

The Dragon representing things like power, ambition, nobility, and boldness (Much like Kurogane). The Phoenix representing rebirth, beauty, benevolence, grace, and wisdom (Much like Fai). They often also represented Yin and Yang, which is very apparent with Kurogane and Fai who have all types of opposites going for them. The dragon being yang for its masculinity (Like Kurogane) and the Phoenix being yin for its femininity (I’ll admit this would also fit Fai in some respects).

Also as far as Celes is concerned apparently Dragons were worshiped because they were thought to be the ones who brought water to the earth and ruled over seas (Which I didn’t know before!) which is why it was paired with the element of water, and why Kurogane had Celes as his Kudon.

Darn I wanted to Anon thisbut it was too long toI’m not a KuroFai shipperBut I am aware of the symbolism between thembut this post still sounds like it is a shipping thingBut when you mentioned the word empress and talked about Kurogane being represented by the dragonmy mind went back to this symbolismThere actually is more to this symbolism and thembut I can’t discuss that yet before reasons regarding the storylineSomeone needs to draw Tomoyo as an Empress*disappears back to homework*,

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS. 

I didn’t know about the symbolism between dragons and phoenixes but this works on so many levels and I JUST LOVE IT. 

I think we can all agree that regardless of whether you like the ship or not (because neither mentality is mandatory, and every interpretation is correct for each person) their imagery matches this perfectly. They are polar opposites and all of their symbolism, actions and dialogue is bending itself around to emphasise this as much as possible. It makes such an interesting dynamic, and it adds so many things to the narrative no matter which way you want to view it. I’m definitely noting down the Dragon/Phoenix thing though. That is too perfect to forget. 

Tomoyo for Empress 2015

Uh, just adding to that.

For the Chinese, the dragon and the phoenix are the two most powerful celestial animals, which is why they were chosen to balance each other out.

The dragon represents all those things that ValerianWizard mentioned, but the belief goes a bit deeper than that. The dragon is supposed to actually bring down the essence of life from the heavens, literally breathing out pure energy or chi — which is why they’re used as a symbol of the emperor. They’re heavily associated with water because they’re said to be able to draw in and release it; which is why dragon gods were prayed to during times of flood and draught.

Dragons supposedly yield and generate so much power that it manifests in the change of the seasons. However, it’s said that they hide themselves (perhaps deep in the mountains or beneath the ocean) and keep themselves out of reach, sometimes actually making themselves invisible.

[Yes, this means Kurogane will bloom into a bootyful beautiful butterfly. Dragon. Eventually.]

The phoenix, on the other hand, is supposedly able to turn bad luck into good luck, and it harvests all the benefits of opportunity, success, and prosperity — much like Fai is asking all of the right questions to the right people and is just having the time of his life on this journey, as you’ve said before. It’s also associated with fame and popularity, which could explain how CLAMP chose to write his personality at the beginning,

Oh, and invoking the phoenix is supposedly good for removing bad energy from a kindling relationship and turning it into good energy. Again, we can see this in the way Fai manages to piss off Kurogane, a proven mass murderer, but somehow retains all of his limbs at the end of the day and even helps develop such an awesome dynamic.

But on another note, the dragon and the phoenix are often used together to depict harmony. These days, some people try to invoke it to “harvest successful matrimonial bliss.”

JUST SAYING.

AAASDHOAIDHASDH

I am actually just so excited about all this mythology coming in that I am unable to put it into words. Like. I can’t even say. I am just so excited. I may have bounced.

I can’t even add anything either, I’m just fully appreciating how perfect your addition and explanation was. Every single part of this imagery just makes it THAT MUCH better and builds it up so much more than I could ever have hoped for. To think that I would have missed out on this! I owe you guys big time.

I need to print out both of these and keep them on file. Mythology is my one true love

I am so glad FarFigNeutroBlaster expanded on this (and explained it really well). I wasn’t sure how to write it out or how to bring up some of the subjects they did without mentioning story elements. For instance the thing about Phoenix’s turning bad luck into good luck; I’ll just say CLAMP took an interesting approach on that.

It seems I and a lot of people are loving just how much you are enjoying Tsubasa. It is great to see your reactions and eagerness to continue with it and it is fun to tag along in your experience with it. So thank you for going through all this trouble and sharing your great thoughts with us, hopefully it isn’t too much of a hassle for you. 

(You interpret things really greatly and things that would otherwise go over my head. Like how on the chapter covers the posistion of where the characters are, or how clear the background is, expresses something about each of the characters personalities or motives. You’re so great!)

Sep 4
completeoveranalysis:

IT’S TOMOYO. 
Oh Clamp, you love me after all. It’s okay, I forgive you. You can stop now. (But really don’t stop.)
Like with Yukito and Toya, she’s not (currently?) involved with the main storyline directly, so there’s not a lot of plot stuff to be read out of this, but it’s still gorgeous in every single way and I could fangirl over it forever. It’s another one of those cover pages that I need to put on my wall. Because I just do. 
Of course they do work some imagery in there, and you hardly need me to point out the moon at this point. But I will do it anyway. There’s a moon. Do you see it? It’s right up there. All moon-ish in it’s moon-y ways. Come to think of it, it’s always a crescent moon isn’t it? But I’m not going to nitpick that because how else are you going to be able to tell it’s a moon? If Sailor Moon can have eternal crescent moons in the sky, then so can Tsubasa. 
INTERESTINGLY though, the moon is in roughly the same position as it was in Kurogane’s cover - and by that I mean it’s in the top centre of the image (contrasting with the Yuki/Toya cover, where it’s off to the side). Obviously for Tomoyo the moon is a lot bigger, because this time it’s the ACTUAL moon and not just a symbol that Kurogane wears on his head. The moon is Tomoyo’s actual source of power (I mean, I presume. I’m extrapolating. I could be wrong) and through it she wields massive power. The way the image is set up it’s almost like she wears the moon in her hair adornment, especially in the way the little tendril bits curve up to reach it, but it is Tomoyo herself who dominates the frame. The moon is behind glass; it is Tomoyo who is actually the force to be reckoned with. And to further the image of her “wearing” the moon she is actually wearing the moon on her robes as well - so, you know, you can’t miss it. TOMOYO MIGHT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOON, YOU GUYS. IT’S JUST A HUNCH I HAVE. 
What’s even better is that in Kurogane’s image the central moon is reversed. They both have multiple moons facing in different directions, yes, but both images have the MAIN moon in the very centre that draws your eye, effectively making it the first moon you should see. But they are flipped. The characters are matching, but as opposite sides - Tomoyo has all the grace and serenity and compassion (etc etc etc. I mean it’s TOMOYO. Name a good quality and she probably has it) while Kurogane is the polar opposite with blood lust and disrespect and murder and an almost maniac desire to fight things. Contrast also the fact that Tomoyo’s moon was the real deal while Kurogane’s was only an image - because they seem to use this contrast a lot when it comes to the moon. I’m not sure if this is restricted to ONLY the moon, but it’s there. You probably know more about what this might mean by sheer default. 
It does not escape me for a second that Tomoyo has a dragon by her side, and this connects the cycle of imagery that began with Kurogane. Kurogane wears the moon because of Tomoyo - Tomoyo has a dragon because it relates to Kurogane, both as his original sword as well as the Kudan he inherited. Dragons are big with Kurogane (oh, there’s a dirty pun in there somewhere) but AGAIN Tomoyo gets the real dragon, and Kurogane only gets a fake one in his image. Everything about Tomoyo speaks of real power and the fact that SHE controls it. Even with the dragon she’s petting it absent mindedly, and it croons to her touch. The dragon could almost represent Kurogane himself, only we have not seen him act this way towards her. Perhaps, inwardly, he wants to? But that’s stretching it a bit. 
The smoky clouds in the background are really interesting too because they seem to evoke the artistic style of xxxholic. This would totally make sense, since the manga were both running side by side with crossovers somewhere along the lines, and it gives a further parallel to Yuko - another Moon associated magic user who is depicted in complete control. What interests me about Tomoyo’s moon imagery is that it is solely the moon. Yukito had wings and also a complimentary star. Yuko has a whole gamut of imagery. I don’t know enough to tell whether this is significant, BUT I LOVE IT ANYWAY. 
I really want the circle in the middle of her dress to be a mirror. I just really do, because then we just need to find a magatama (like the thing in her hair) and a sword (like Kurogane’s?) and we have all three of Japan’s imperial regalia. But that’s probably just wishful thinking on my part. They did name her princess though. Would this become Empress later? As she is in Japan?
EMPRESS TOMOYO YOU GUYS. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE. 



Speaking of Kurogane being represented by the dragon, did you know that Dragons and Phoenixes have a symbolic history? In Chinese history the Phoenix and the Dragon are commonly symbolic of an Emperor and Empress.
The Dragon representing things like power, ambition, nobility, and boldness (Much like Kurogane). The Phoenix representing rebirth, beauty, benevolence, grace, and wisdom (Much like Fai). They often also represented Yin and Yang, which is very apparent with Kurogane and Fai who have all types of opposites going for them. The dragon being yang for its masculinity (Like Kurogane) and the Phoenix being yin for its femininity (I’ll admit this would also fit Fai in some respects).


Also as far as Celes is concerned apparently Dragons were worshiped because they were thought to be the ones who brought water to the earth and ruled over seas (Which I didn’t know before!) which is why it was paired with the element of water, and why Kurogane had Celes as his Kudon.

completeoveranalysis:

IT’S TOMOYO. 

Oh Clamp, you love me after all. It’s okay, I forgive you. You can stop now. (But really don’t stop.)

Like with Yukito and Toya, she’s not (currently?) involved with the main storyline directly, so there’s not a lot of plot stuff to be read out of this, but it’s still gorgeous in every single way and I could fangirl over it forever. It’s another one of those cover pages that I need to put on my wall. Because I just do. 

Of course they do work some imagery in there, and you hardly need me to point out the moon at this point. But I will do it anyway. There’s a moon. Do you see it? It’s right up there. All moon-ish in it’s moon-y ways. Come to think of it, it’s always a crescent moon isn’t it? But I’m not going to nitpick that because how else are you going to be able to tell it’s a moon? If Sailor Moon can have eternal crescent moons in the sky, then so can Tsubasa. 

INTERESTINGLY though, the moon is in roughly the same position as it was in Kurogane’s cover - and by that I mean it’s in the top centre of the image (contrasting with the Yuki/Toya cover, where it’s off to the side). Obviously for Tomoyo the moon is a lot bigger, because this time it’s the ACTUAL moon and not just a symbol that Kurogane wears on his head. The moon is Tomoyo’s actual source of power (I mean, I presume. I’m extrapolating. I could be wrong) and through it she wields massive power. The way the image is set up it’s almost like she wears the moon in her hair adornment, especially in the way the little tendril bits curve up to reach it, but it is Tomoyo herself who dominates the frame. The moon is behind glass; it is Tomoyo who is actually the force to be reckoned with. And to further the image of her “wearing” the moon she is actually wearing the moon on her robes as well - so, you know, you can’t miss it. TOMOYO MIGHT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOON, YOU GUYS. IT’S JUST A HUNCH I HAVE. 

What’s even better is that in Kurogane’s image the central moon is reversed. They both have multiple moons facing in different directions, yes, but both images have the MAIN moon in the very centre that draws your eye, effectively making it the first moon you should see. But they are flipped. The characters are matching, but as opposite sides - Tomoyo has all the grace and serenity and compassion (etc etc etc. I mean it’s TOMOYO. Name a good quality and she probably has it) while Kurogane is the polar opposite with blood lust and disrespect and murder and an almost maniac desire to fight things. Contrast also the fact that Tomoyo’s moon was the real deal while Kurogane’s was only an image - because they seem to use this contrast a lot when it comes to the moon. I’m not sure if this is restricted to ONLY the moon, but it’s there. You probably know more about what this might mean by sheer default. 

It does not escape me for a second that Tomoyo has a dragon by her side, and this connects the cycle of imagery that began with Kurogane. Kurogane wears the moon because of Tomoyo - Tomoyo has a dragon because it relates to Kurogane, both as his original sword as well as the Kudan he inherited. Dragons are big with Kurogane (oh, there’s a dirty pun in there somewhere) but AGAIN Tomoyo gets the real dragon, and Kurogane only gets a fake one in his image. Everything about Tomoyo speaks of real power and the fact that SHE controls it. Even with the dragon she’s petting it absent mindedly, and it croons to her touch. The dragon could almost represent Kurogane himself, only we have not seen him act this way towards her. Perhaps, inwardly, he wants to? But that’s stretching it a bit. 

The smoky clouds in the background are really interesting too because they seem to evoke the artistic style of xxxholic. This would totally make sense, since the manga were both running side by side with crossovers somewhere along the lines, and it gives a further parallel to Yuko - another Moon associated magic user who is depicted in complete control. What interests me about Tomoyo’s moon imagery is that it is solely the moon. Yukito had wings and also a complimentary star. Yuko has a whole gamut of imagery. I don’t know enough to tell whether this is significant, BUT I LOVE IT ANYWAY. 

I really want the circle in the middle of her dress to be a mirror. I just really do, because then we just need to find a magatama (like the thing in her hair) and a sword (like Kurogane’s?) and we have all three of Japan’s imperial regalia. But that’s probably just wishful thinking on my part. They did name her princess though. Would this become Empress later? As she is in Japan?

EMPRESS TOMOYO YOU GUYS. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE. 

Speaking of Kurogane being represented by the dragon, did you know that Dragons and Phoenixes have a symbolic history? In Chinese history the Phoenix and the Dragon are commonly symbolic of an Emperor and Empress.

The Dragon representing things like power, ambition, nobility, and boldness (Much like Kurogane). The Phoenix representing rebirth, beauty, benevolence, grace, and wisdom (Much like Fai). They often also represented Yin and Yang, which is very apparent with Kurogane and Fai who have all types of opposites going for them. The dragon being yang for its masculinity (Like Kurogane) and the Phoenix being yin for its femininity (I’ll admit this would also fit Fai in some respects).

Also as far as Celes is concerned apparently Dragons were worshiped because they were thought to be the ones who brought water to the earth and ruled over seas (Which I didn’t know before!) which is why it was paired with the element of water, and why Kurogane had Celes as his Kudon.

Sep 4

homuradical:

when someone u really admire likes one of ur posts

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Sep 3

completeoveranalysis:

This isn’t directly Tsubasa related but GUYS I FINALLY GOT AROUND TO READING MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH 2. 

AND WOW. DAT ENDING. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.

But obviously there were some TSR parallels that are a lot more obvious in hindsight, so I’m just going to gush for a little while here. 

Major Magic Knight Rayearth Spoilers under the cut. 

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