CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #7 & #8 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #7 and #8 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on November 5. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 7, volume 8).

This time we got pretty vibrant colors as backgrounds.

My predictions were right! But then again, it wasn’t hard to guess at all…

I think Yuuko is looking more like her classic self on the cover of volume 7. On the cover of volume 8, she is looking a bit younger again ^^” Also, isn’t it the first time we see the Spider Lady colored by CLAMP?

My predictions for volumes 9 and 10 are Haruka and Kohane, although I would love to see Neko Musume in color for the first time (but I don’t know if she is popular/important enough for that).

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

December 2021: volumes 9 & 10
January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 56

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CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #5 & #6 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #5 and #6 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on October 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 5, volume 6).

Both very pretty! I am loving that Yuuko is looking more and more like her usual self.

This time, we got Mokona with Yuuko on the cover of volume 5 and Zashiki Warashi on the cover of volume 6. It seems like the pattern for these covers will be Yuuko with another character (until it becomes Watanuki with another character, later down the story). My bet for volume 7 is Spider Lady and volume 8 Ame Warashi, but it could be the other way around as well.

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

November 2021: volumes 7 & 8
December 2021: volumes 9 & 10
January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 55

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CLAMP draw cover for ‘Uma Musume’ vol. 2 Anthology Comic

CLAMP were in charge of drawing the cover illustration for volume 2 of the Uma Musume Anthology Comic, its full title being Uma Musume Pretty Derby Anthology Comic STAR 2.

CLAMP’s cover will be used for both normal and limited editions. The limited edition comes with an oversized poster and a mini clear file featuring the same illustration.

Here’s the cover:

And here’s the poster and mini clear file:

It will be on sale on September 29.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby is a multimedia franchise created by Cygames which includes mobile games, TV Anime and manga adaptations. CLAMP have expressed their enthusiasm for the franchise several times through their social media channels and twitter spaces.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Sai-Zen-Sen.jp

I had to look twice to fully grasp the fact that this was drawn by CLAMP. It certainly looks like their current style, but with a little extra adjustment to make it look more Uma Musume-like. The bright, neon CG coloring is a big departure from what CLAMP usually deliver when they are using CG, although it looks like the cover looks slightly brighter than the poster (which I would guess has the original colors painted by CLAMP).

This is yet another collaboration that came into fruition out of a hobby of CLAMP’s, like many others.

In other news, CLAMP’s leader Nanase Ohkawa-sensei has launched a new twitter account. So far it seems very CLAMP-centric with interesting pictures and “inside” information. She is planning on doing weekly twitter spaces by the morning. Make sure you follow her at @7bunno7.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #3 & #4 covers (Updated)

The covers of XXXHOLiC #3 and #4 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on September 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 3, volume 4).

I don’t know if I should say “improvement”, but Yuuko is definitely looking more like herself in these two covers.

Good to know that this is a departure from the traditional Yuuko & Watanuki covers to allow room for other characters.

I love the detail in volume 3 where the smoke seems to come out of Yuuko’s kimono’s belt and turns into Doumeki’s bow.

UPDATE: The belts attached to volumes 3 and 4 reveal that volumes 5 and 6 will be released simultaneously on October 6.

Tokyo Babylon CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION scheduled for summer 2022 in Japan; CLAMP release official statement

The official twitter account of Kadokawa‘s Young Ace magazine announced today that the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION version of Tokyo Babylon is scheduled to be released on the Japanese summer in 2022.

This likely means that the next work to be released after XXXHOLiC‘s 19 volumes run should be Tokyo Babylon. The 19th volume of XXXHOLiC is expected to be released in May/June of 2022. We could have Tokyo Babylon starting on May or a little later, in case we have a shorter series in between.

This release may or may not tie-in with the new Tokyo Babylon TV Anime project, which is hopefully still in the works.

On a related note, in light of yesterday’s news that GoHands animation studio is suing Kodansha-affiliated entertainment company King Records, CLAMP posted an official statement on their twitter account:

The statement can be translated as follows:

Regarding Tokyo Babylon

It’s still a bit away, but the special edition with the newly drawn covers we promised previously will be included in the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION that is being currently published.

If we’ll get approval/permission, CLAMP will be happy to take part not only to the development of the new edition, but also to all the related media mix from now on.

Above all, we hope you can still enjoy Tokyo Babylon from the bottom of our hearts

CLAMP
2021.08.06

In Japan, “media mix” is used to describe any media adaptation in any form of audio or video format. What CLAMP mean here is that they hope they can participate in any upcoming media adaptation (audio or video) of Tokyo Babylon if they have the permission to.

This note reaffirms that, as original creators, CLAMP are not always allowed to participate in the adaptations of their own works. This is pretty common as far as adaptations go. In fact, CLAMP are known to be one of the few original creators who get involved in the media adaptations of their works, but it’s a case by case basis and it’s not a given that they will always be part of the production. This could be because they chose to (as it happened in the past), or because they were not given the choice. CLAMP have previously stated that they are first and foremost a group that create manga.

At this point, we don’t know what is happening with the new Tokyo Babylon anime, we don’t even know if it’s still happening. This note from CLAMP indicates that they are not yet involved or they are but it’s too soon to announce that. In case it’s the former, I do hope that the producing committee gets hold of this message and consider involving CLAMP in the production, since they explicitly expressed a desire to do so this time.

With Tokyo Babylon 2021, CLAMP have barely spoke or shown enthusiasm about it and we all saw what happened later…

Tokyo Babylon 2021 studio GoHands sues King Records for 450 million yen over cancelled anime

Japanese media is reporting that animation studio GoHands has filed a lawsuit in the Tokyo District Court on August 3rd against the entertainment company King Records, a Kodansha-affiliated company, for unpaid work related to the production costs for the now cancelled Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV anime.

According to the complaint, GoHands was contracted by King Records to produce a total of 13 episodes by the end of November of 2020. A total of 314.6 million yen (about US$2.87 million) in production costs were scheduled to be paid in installments between December of last year and August of this year. However, the company claimed that the contract was unilaterally cancelled in January after the first payment. In addition to the remaining 281.6 million yen, GoHands is demanding payment of an additional 171.82 million yen (about US$1.57 million) for episodes 14 through 21, which it had agreed to produce with King Records, although no formal contract had been signed.

The Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV anime had its broadcast cancelled in March of 2021 after it was pointed out on the Internet that the character designs drawn by GoHands and released in advance last November resembled the costumes of a Korean idol group and a doll costume from doll company Volks. The production committee, made up of King Records and other companies, announced in December that there had been some plagiarism.

GoHands claims that King Records had asked them to revise the design even after the incident, and that they had agreed to do so and were proceeding with the work for the broadcast, but King Records‘ policy changed and they refused to pay the rest. According to Japanese newspaper Asahi, when contacted, King Records said, “We have not received the complaint, so we will refrain from commenting on it.”

According to Tomonori Sugo, an attorney representing GoHands, it is widely used in the production of anime to use real designs as references, but the company compares the drawings with those used as references to check whether there are any problems under copyright law. This time, however, the person in charge of this task at GoHands was suddenly absent due to an illness, and the confirmation was not done sufficiently.

Mr. Sugo said, “It is true that there was a mistake, and I apologize to the fans. However, we had just received the request and were working on the correction. We are a much smaller company than King Records, and we are suffering a very big financial blow,” he explained.

Source: Asahi.

This has taken much bigger proportions. Let’s watch and see how this goes…

We also learn for the first time that there were plans to produce another set of 8 episodes for a possible season 2.

May justice prevail.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Special Short Story 4

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This month we have yet another short story instead of a regular chapter. It’s 5 pages long and it’s focused on Eriol and Kaho. We find out what Eriol has been up to in England.

The next issue of Nakayoshi (September 1st on CLAMP-FANS.com) will have the continuation of the main story with Chapter 55.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #1 & #2 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #1 and #2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on August 5. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 1, volume 2).

This CLAMP tweet informs that volumes 3 and 4 will be released on September 6. So for now I guess it is safe to assume that these will be released at a 2-volumes pace every month.

You can see the obi strip in Amazon Japan’s pictures and it mentions something about a XXXHOLiC postcard binder for those who purchase all volumes. The deadline is June 30 2022, therefore I assume by then the XXXHOLiC re-releases will be over. It makes sense if you consider 19 volumes for XXXHOLiC and 4 volumes for XXXHOLiC Rei (23 volumes total, 11.5 months to release them all). I need more information about that postcard binder, though. Does this mean each volume contains a postcard?

Now, about the art, I thought it would be something like that. They had to be generic enough in order to give them all a sense of similarity between them. The digital coloring is also something that makes sense, considering the amount of work but it also contributes to that sense of similarity between all covers. Think about CLAMP No Kiseki and how all covers convey the same atmosphere. It’s the same here.

The style is definitely CLAMP’s current style, as seen mostly by Yuuko. But if this is going to run for the next few years (it all indicates to that), we are gonna watch CLAMP’s style changing through these covers. It’ll be interesting.

I like them, they look minimalist. I am curious to see how their other works will translate into this aesthetic.