The plot of the Tsubasa Chronicle in a nutshell: the princess Sakura is lured into ancient ruins and loses all her memories as a result, which are scattered across different worlds and dimensions. As with any Tsubasa storyline, the heroes inevitably sign on for the mission to restore happiness to the people of the land. You won’t get a lot of background in this one, so if you’re not already familiar with Tsubasa, you should get familiar with the basic story line before you watch. Think of this one as a separate, bonus story arc in the series and you’ll do just fine. While The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom looks great, the plot has a few holes. Those familiar with the story should know the villians in this short flick are awfully weak.
Those of you familiar with Tsubasa and have an idea of the outlandish fantasy elements is given an epic attribute that often seemed missing from the show. But Tsubasa fans will agree that it’s a good… episode. Sadly no matter how pretty the film looks, it is just too short for full price. However, I will admit that the loss of Sakura’s entire memory is a great driving point, with Syaoran’s sacrifice of her memories of him creating fun issues and conflict between the two would-be lovers. I guess in summary, I was entertained slightly as it was thought out well enough but it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.
The dialogue can also be quite annoying, because at times the show seems slow and dragging, but you have to be paying attention during crucial scenes. There is a lot of information thrown out that a lot of the time is useful in later scenes to fully grasp what is going on. The Blu-ray set has nice video and great audio, but sparse extras. This adventure can be inserted anywhere in the story-line without making any difference to the overall story. So what have you got to lose? For a 40 minute film, this get a thumbs up.