I’ve read juuuust enough of the manga (meaning, like a volume or two out of the dozen or so that we owned), seen a few of the OVAs, and watched a few random other CLAMP series that doing so hurt, rather than helped my understanding of the Tsubasa Chronicle anime. This basically allowed me to see a character, recognize who that was, and then get really confused when nothing those characters did seemed to make sense or matter in any overarching way.
The weirdest thing was probably just having voices be different compared to Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura is just “supposed” to be Sakura Tange in my head, not Yui Makino. Touya is supposed to be Tomokazu Seki, not Shinichiro Miki (which also made him sound extra yaoi-y). The biggest mindfuck like this was actually probably how I not only was thrown a little bit when Shaoran was not voiced by Motoko Kumai, but when she also didn’t voice Sumomo. That all said however, a Maya Sakamoto as Tomoyo is fine, too.
But ultimately, the biggest complaint was simply “Why is any of this here?” The worst offender was, by far, the part in the middle of the series where the show simply ground to halt while the characters spent half a dozen episodes working in a restaurant. It was even perplexing because the show didn’t use any of the stock situations where the characters in an anime will end up needing to get part time jobs (or to constantly show off the female characters in skimpy outfits). They were just like…there.
And for those of you that this matters to, I sadly cannot tag this post with “lolicon hoihoi”, “shotacon hoihoi”, “wincest”, “buttsecks”, or any of those other tags that CLAMP loves.
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? I’m glad I only watched a few random OVAs and didn’t waste any more time prior to having to watch the series proper.