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Tsubasa: Those with Wings    by Natsuki Takaya order for
by Natsuki Takaya
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TOKYOPOP, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Natsuki Takaya's Tsubasa: Those with Wings is a fantasy unlike any other. While it is set in a bleak future, there is still a lot of hope, and even some happiness, in the world.

The main source of hope comes from the mythical Tsubasa, an unidentified object that is said to grant wishes. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people looking for Tsubasa, including the army. One of those not looking for Tsubasa is ex-thief Kotobuki she is just looking for a real job. At her side is ex-commander Raimon who deserted the army just to be with Kotobuki. No matter how hard Kotobuki tries to stay out of trouble, trouble seems to find her, mainly in the form of others searching for Tsubasa.

Tsubasa: Those with Wings is a fun story. Kotobuki is an engaging protagonist. However, I did not feel the love relationship between Kotobuki and Raimon as easily as in similar relationships in Takaya's other manga. That said, they make a cute couple and their antics are fun to read about. While the volume itself is on the longer side, each chapter can almost stand on its own, making it easy to read at leisure. This helps to make the story lighthearted and an enjoyable escape.

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