Time to talk about CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2, in details. After so much waiting (more than a year), we can finally watch it over and over again and pay attention to little details.
I took 66 screenshots, and I wanted to take more but I thought that, for a review, 66 was more than enough.
It’s behind the cut!
Before I start it, everybody should go and read ozaka_tomoe-san’s review of the 248-pages
Bible Booklet that came with PRECIOUS EDITION. The booklet is too big to be scanned (I think nobody will scan that thing, ever xD), but she described how the original storyboards of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 1 and 2 look like and, therefore, how the videos were supposed to be according to CLAMP. I suggest everybody to take a look, in particular those who weren’t happy with this part of that part.
The title screen. I liked the big impact, and the surroundings look so pretty!
Once again, such a pretty scene! The fact that it’s Spring makes it even prettier (of course it’s Spring xD) Right after this moment Maru (or Moro, can’t remember right now XD), gets a little bit of Sakura petals from the floor and throws them in the air X3 Small and nice detail.
Yuuko is reading here
her favorite manga Magic Knight Rayearth. The cover is not quite the same, but xD
I just loved that the pages actually exist in the real manga, just loved it! In fact, I loved the concept of the video (the Mokonas traveling across the different CLAMP’s mangas), it just suits very well, and it works like a storyline behind the video.
But let’s return to the screenshot. You can see the original pages taken from MKR Volume 1. The right page is upside-down, though, how come nobody noticed that? XD And by the way, Mokona pointing the book, as if saying “We want to go here X3”, was totally adorable xDDDDDDD
What’s with the gray eyes? O.o And the little back-packs were completely useless since they stay when the Mokonas leave. Cute, but useless xD
This is the “kind look” the Japaneses kept talking about canon_4_life-san. Kind enough for you? xD
PRETTY! *-* Her magical movements were also pretty and they were synchronized with the song ^^
XXXHOLiC overall: It works great as the first CLAMP work to appear. The character designs look good, but I think it lasted too long (50 seconds just for XXXHOLiC, in a 4-minutes long video, is too much IMO xD)
UMI LOOKS PREEEETTY! I wanna marry her xDD
HIKARU LOOKS PREEEETTY! I wanna marry her too xDDDD
FUU LOOKS PREEEETTY! I wanna marry the three of them xDDDDDDDDDD
I don’t want to marry Rayearth, but it looks AWESOME in CG *-* I have to say, though, that I think it spun about for too long xD Just one spin was good enough xD
Magic Knight Rayearth overall: God, Madhouse did such fantastic versions of Umi, Hikaru and Fuu! They look gorgeous! But unfortunately, I think the MKR segment was way too short. Blink and you miss it! Apparently, CLAMP’s original version was longer.
I just love that they drew Kobato and her many funny faces xD They are part of her character and they look great here.
I want Kobato’s anime by Madhouse.
Kobato. overall: Loved the fact that she’s falling with her umbrella, loved the SDs, but it was too short and a little confusing. The part with Kero and Suppi, you have to watch it twice to understand what happens. All you can see it’s an explosion but you can’t really tell it comes from Ioryogi at first, or why they are fighting. Also loved that her umbrella gets burned and she falls xD
This part is probably the one I hated the most XDDDD It’s completely random and without any purpose. The characters are just… there, and they are so far away! We’ve seen Mokona’s close-ups already, they could put the Mokonas on the background and the characters on the foreground.
I was very disappointed with this scene and I couldn’t believe Mokona had done it, but then I find out that that wasn’t her original idea, and blimey, her original idea is sooo much better! *-* Chunyan catches Kobato when she’s falling, that’s so perfect! Instead of two separated scenes, we have a continuity between scenes. The reason why Madhouse chose to not do what Mokona drew is unknown to me.
MKR Mokona! And Mokona goes Mekyo! xD Once again, I prefer Mokona’s original idea (yes, I used the word “Mokona” three times to talk about three different beings XDDDDD)
20 Mensho ni Onegai!!, Shirahime Syo and Shin Shunkaden overall: Lame xD We can barely see their faces and their scene is completely useless xD
This is all that we got from Wish u.u It’s adorably cute but too short compared to what Mokona had planned.
Wish overall: … Well? Do I have to say anything at all? xD
I love the opposite faces of Sumomo and Kotoko here xD
The Mokonas wearing Chii’s ears was a cute detail xD
CD? xD Cute xD
Whether you like Chobits or not, you have to admit this shot is pretty *-*
Another “Blink and miss it!” moment xD It was a good idea to use CLAMP characters for the scene transitions, though.
Chobits overall: Great character designs, but the sequence was too big (almost 30 secs!).
Ashura looks so pretty here! And he dances according to the music, it’s great xD
The transformation! xD This is another “Blink and miss it!” moment, they should have shown adult!Ashura’s pretty-ness for a second more.
Another one of Ashura, because he’s very pretty and his screen time was too short xD
The RG Veda gang X3 They also show up according to the song beat xD I thought this scene had such an early 90’s feeling xD I think it was on purpose.
Random moment, and apparently this scene was originally planned for CIW1. We can read there “mount of potato”, a reference to the meaning of CLAMP’s name. But who is “Asahi”? O.o Nobody at the staff has that name… unless they mean Asahi Hinata? xD
RG Veda overall: Pretty and short sequence, goes according to the music xD
Waaaah, look at this colorful scenery! *-* The Green Drugstore looks completely amazing!
I want Gouhou Drug’s anime by Madhouse.
Hinata and Asou-sensei! They weren’t supposed to appear here according to Mokona’s original storyboard, but for the first time I liked the change here ^^ It fits very well.
The frog is in the detail because I liked it XD
I want Gouhou Drug’s anime by Madhouse.
Again, look at this scenery!!! It’s so detailed and gorgeous! X3 Look at the graffiti! Loved it.
In the detail, Green Drugstore’s mascot xD
At first I confess that I didn’t like this “stop motion” animation in this sequence, but later I got used to it, and now I like it and even think it suits well here ^^
I want Gouhou Drug’s anime by Madhouse.
Gouhou Drug and ‘Suki. Dakara Suki’ overall: Loved it! One of my favorite moments. Pretty scenery, small details and pretty people in funny moments xD
This looks gorgeous! Pay attention to Subaru’s green gloves X3
Hokuto is having a great time while Subaru is actually scared, perfect! xD And I love the black smoke coming out of Seishirou xD
Another pretty shot. I love that Seishirou looks disappointed xD
Tokyo Babylon overall: Funny, pretty but extremely short (8 seconds!).
Icchan! The same thing I said about Kobato applies to Misaki. She has 98455 different kinds of SDs, so I’m glad they drew her like that xD
Oh, I loved the fight, soo fast! Hikaru’s movements are great.
Angelic Layer overall: Great speed, great animation, but I wish they could have shown more characters and less Angels xD
Now, I thought this part was very confusing… like the continuity has been compromised. One frame we see Mokona with a tiny gadget in it’s hand and the other frame the tiny gadget suddenly grows into a huge one!
Not to mention Lan and Gingetsu who seem to appear out of nowhere xD (Again, in Mokona’s original storyboard, we could see their front). Such a shame, I wanted to see Lan and Gingetsu u.u
They barely came and they’re already leaving xD
CLOVER overall: Pretty, but it looked a little out of place.
Kamui looks so good! Look at the hair X3
Kamui gets teary xDDDDDD Aw look at Yuzuriha and Arashi *wants* And the CCD boys only made it to an advertise u.u And to think that in the Original Storyboard by Mokona® we could see the whole table with all the Dragons u.u
Fuuma is one of the few characters that look completely off.
The Okonomiyaki restaurant XDDDD I thought it would be interesting to take a screenshot since we can barely see it before it gets blown away XDDD Looks pretty, doesn’t it?
Kotori!!! *is surprised* She didn’t make it to the first one but CLAMP added her in the second one xD Yuzuriha has cat ears and Sorata looks like nothing happened xD
Kakyou looks random and Miyuki-chan dyed her hair xD
Why do the X characters must ALWAYS be blown away in CLAMP IN WONDERLAND? xD It even looks like they got used to it by now xD
X, CCD and Duklyon overall: The timing was good (20 seconds), but there should be more Dragons. Pity CCD and Duklyon only made it to advertisings ^^”
Why is Sakura’s magic circle appearing if the staff is Clow’s? O.o The card is also Sakura’s. Well, CLAMP drew the storyboard, they knew what they were doing, I think xD
The picture says it all xD
Card Captor Sakura overall: Great sequence! The characters look very cute (just like the TV anime!). And the fact that it shares the same sequence with TRC makes it even juicier.
I like this view.
And this one too. I liked the clouds.
Using that calendar picture as a model was a very good idea.
Is that… Fei Wang’s hiding spot? xD Or maybe Shurano’s castle (hence Shurano is in the next screenshot)?
Tsubasa overall: Loved it! I repeat that choosing that calendar illustration as a basis was a very good idea.
Since the last CLAMP work they visited was Tsubasa, they come out of a Tsubasa manga (with accurate pages! X3).
Best way to end CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2, absolutely fantastic! X3
And Yuuko has her own manga in her storage room XDD
The little monkey points to Ioryogi, I loved it xD Does anyone know the name of that monkey?
Who’s Pochi? O.o The monkey? xD
The picture says it all xDDD May CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 3 come! xD
Overall overall (XD): Well, I liked it really much, I loved it, actually! There were a few negative points, yeah, as I have pointed out, and it would have been even better if they were faithful to Mokona’s Original Storyboard®, but I think that it was mostly very well-produced.
Top-quality animation, the kind of animation that makes me want all CLAMP mangas to be animated by Madhouse. This video only reassures the fact that they are the best animation studio for CLAMP. It’s a beautiful homage to CLAMP and their works, very well-done!
I can’t wait for CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 3, maybe some 10 years from now xDDDDD I only ask it to be at least 10-minutes long, just for the OP XD
Please feel free to share your thoughts about it! I’m curious to know them ^^