2007 Retrospective

I’ve been in this “business” for nearly 5 years now xD, and so far there hasn’t been a year which was not filled with a lot of new releases, events and other important happenings in the CLAMP world. And this year wasn’t different!

On this last day of 2007, let’s take a look at this year’s highlights.


• January:

– The event CLAMP New Year’s Party ~Four citizens of Special New Year’s food fortress~ was held in Tokyo to celebrate the new year. In the event, a lot about the future of Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC was revealed, including Ohkawa’s statement that with the exception of one character, Tsubasa will have a happy ending. A preview of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2 was screened at the event as well.

• February:

– Release of CLAMP Mokona no Okimono Kimono. Produced by Mokona, the book is centered on Kimonos and Mokona’s advices on how to wear them. The book also featured a photo shoot showing Mokona’s own creations, special talks and a short comic drawn by CLAMP.
– To promote and support the release of the book, an exposition featuring different kinds of Kimono combinations and original accessories was held at the LOGOS GALLERY in Tokyo. A segment from the exposition was featured in the japanese TV show Mezamashi TV (Download the video here).
– Also to promote the release of her book, Mokona held a series of sign sessions, two in Tokyo and two in Fukuoka. In addition, Mokona was greatly interviewed by the japanese press, conceiving interviews to several newspapers, websites and magazines.
– CLAMP made their third TV appearance on TBS show Wanna Gonna, with Shouko-tan as one of the show’s MC. She and her MC partner visited CLAMP’s studio and together they worked on an exclusive audio-visual short manga (Download the video here).

• March:

– The collaboration between Youko Tsukumo and CLAMP led to the release of the second volume of The Witch’s Mansion series of novels. CLAMP repeated the role of drawing the illustrations for The Witch’s Mansion and the Secret Channel just as they had done for the first volume.
– A new exposition inspired by CLAMP Mokona no Okimono Kimono was held at the Libro Nagoya Hall, in Nagoya.
Puff magazine published a new interview with CLAMP in which they revealed that, at that time, 2/3 of the Tsubasa story had already been told.
– Release of Tsubasa #18. It stayed among the 5 top-selling mangas at most rankings and it reached the 1st position at Animate’s ranking on its release week.
– The production of Code Geass‘s 2nd Season was announced in Newtype magazine. The new season will begin broadcast on Spring, 2008.
– To celebrate the release and sales of CLAMP in 3-D LAND, the event CLAMP in 3-D LAND DEBUT! was held at the TOKYO FM HALL. The CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2 video-clip was screened for the first time at the event and CLAMP hinted that there were plans to produce new picture adaptations for Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC.
– Release of CLAMP in 3-D LAND 2nd Series, composed by Yasha (RG Veda), Rikuou (Gouhou Drug), Misaki (Angelic Layer), Freya (Chobits) and Syaoran (Tsubasa).

• April:

– CLAMP completed 18 years of professional manga creation. Their official website, CLAMP-NET.COM, completed 10 years of online life.
– Representatives from Newtype USA announced at San Diego’s ComicCon that Kobato. would be published in the American version of the magazine as well. The first chapter debuted in the June issue of the magazine along with a CLAMP interview.
– Release of the first Tsubasa artbook, Tsubasa Art Collection -ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS-. A total of 80 colored illustrations were collected in the artbook, covering volumes 1 to 14 of the series.
– The first screenshots of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2 were displayed at the Tokyo Anime Fair in MADHOUSE’s booth.

• May:

– Release of XXXHOLiC #11. It stayed among the 3 top-selling mangas at most rankings and it reached the 1st position at Animate’s ranking on its release week.
– The 13th novel of the Soryuden series, Soryuden – Volcanic Islands, was re-released in pocket edition. Just like its previous volumes, CLAMP drew the cover and inside illustrations for the edition.
– The animation music video of CLOVER, until then never released in any format since its first exhibition on theaters in 1998, was released in DVD format. Also released on the same day was Card Captor Sakura THE MOVIE COLLECTION, a limited edition DVD set with Card Captor Sakura’s two movies.

• June:

– After a year and nine months, the design and content of CLAMP-NET.COM were renewed. The new website was built using HTML and JavaScript languages and partially, for the first time in its history, Flash.
– Release of Tsubasa #19. It stayed among the 3 top-selling mangas at most rankings and it reached the 1st position at Animate’s ranking on its release week.
– Announcement of the Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations project. Produced by Kodansha, animated by PRODUCTION I.G. and written by CLAMP’s Ageha Ohkawa, the project’s scope was to produce an animated version of the “Tokyo” arc of chapters and release them in 3 separate DVDs, each one of them attached to limited editions of Tsubasa #21, #22 and #23 respectively.
– Release of CLAMP in 3-D LAND 3rd Series, composed by Subaru (Tokyo Babylon), Watanuki (XXXHOLiC), Sumomo & Kotoko (Chobits), Ashura (RG Veda) and Hinata (‘Suki. Dakara Suki’).

• July:

– The production of CLAMP in CARDLAND was announced, a Trading Card Game with CLAMP as theme, produced and distributed by UpperDeck. CLAMP would draw new illustrations for special cards.
– CLAMP signs deal with American publisher Dark Horse to produce a shoujo manga due to 2009. The manga will be serialized monthly and simultaneously published on the United States, Japan and Korea. This new and revolutionary method of manga distribution was called by CLAMP and Dark Horse as Mangettes.

• August:

– Release of Tsubasa #20. It stayed among the 3 top-selling mangas at most rankings and it reached the 2nd position at Animate’s ranking on its release week.
– Release of INTERNET RADIO MAGAZINE Komugikotoride no Yonshimin. Published by Kodansha, the book featured transcripts from the first 18 episodes of CLAMP’s Internet radio show. Among other contents, a Holitsuba short comic and an illustration gallery. A CD with a special episode came with the book as a bonus (Download these and other episodes here).
– Marvelous Entertainment releases XXXHOLiC ~Watanuki no Izayoi Souwa~, a game for PlayStation 2 based on XXXHOLiC’s anime.
2nd Season of XXXHOLiC anime production was announced at TBS Anime Festa 2007. Staff and cast remain the same, beginning of broadcast scheduled for April, 2008.

• September:

– Promotional videos of Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations – The Magician’s Message and CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2 hit the web.
– Newtype magazine announced that the stories of Kobato. and Kobato (Temporary) would be connected to one single story.
– Release of CLAMP in 3-D LAND 4th Series, composed by Tomoyo (Card Captor Sakura), Doumeki (XXXHOLiC), Seishirou (Tokyo Babylon), Akira (20 Mensho ni Onegai!!) and Kouhaku (Wish).

• October:

– Release of XXXHOLiC #12. It stayed among the 3 top-selling mangas at most rankings and it reached the 1st position at Animate’s ranking on its release week. More than 8.000.000 tankoubon copies of XXXHOLiC have been sold until then.
Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations – The Magician’s Message was screened for the first time in two preview sessions at the Kodansha Hall in Tokyo. CLAMP members and some staff and cast members attended to the event. The producers hinted that a continuation post-Tokyo arc might happen.
– Release of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 1 & 2 . The CD collected the complete soundtrack of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 1 and 2, plus two karaoke tracks. The limited first edition carried a case with new illustration drawn by CLAMP, a special pamphlet and other bonuses.
– Release of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 1 & 2 . The DVD carried the first CLAMP IN WONDERLAND video, until then never released in DVD format, and the newest and second installment, CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2 1995~2006, directed and produced by CLAMP. Among other bonuses, the limited first edition came with an exclusive 248-pages long pamphlet featuring interviews and the storyboards used for both videos (Download the video here).

• November:

– Release of CLAMP in CARDLAND 1st Series, with a total of 131 cards. The 3 special cards featured new illustrations of Sakura & Sakura, Kamui & Subaru and one featuring various characters, which was also used as the package illustration. The 2nd and 3rd series are scheduled for a February and May release.
– The 3rd Holitsuba Drama CD was released. Written by Ageha Ohkawa, the limited CD was available only for those who applied for it.
– Release of the Tsubasa & XXXHOLiC 2008 calendar.
– Release of Tsubasa #21 and Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations – The Magician’s Message. The DVD limited edition stayed among the 3 top-selling mangas at most rankings and it reached the 1st position at Animate’s ranking on its release week.

• December:

CLAMP’s Silver Powder was featured at the JAPAN EXPO 2007, in Los Angeles.
– The organizers of Bande Dessinée International Festival announced that CLAMP’s art would be part of the event’s 35th edition, set to January 2008, in France. The art of CLAMP is expected to appear in another exposition, Shoujo Manga Power! Tsuyoku, Yashashiku, Utsukushiku, taking place at Japan’s Kawasaki City Museum. The exposition opens in February, 2008 .
– CLAMP drew a short Holitsuba manga for Kodansha’s special magazine, Magazine Dragon.
– The collaboration between Youko Tsukumo and CLAMP led to yet another volume of The Witch’s Mansion series. CLAMP once again drew the cover and inside illustrations for The Witch’s Mansion and the Moon Fortuneteller, the 3rd volume of the series.
– Release of CLAMP in 3-D LAND 5th Series, composed by Takeshi (Gakuen Tokkei Duklyon), Fye (Tsubasa), Utako (20 Mensho ni Onegai!!), Miyuki-chan (Miyuki-chan in Wonderland) and Chunyan (Shin Shunkaden). Series 6, 7 and 8 will be released until September, 2008.
– Release of Kobato. #1. The tankoubon carried the first 9 chapters published in Newtype plus Kobato’s debut chapter in Sunday GX.

And there are several great things we should be looking forward in 2008:

– Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations #2 and #3, in January and March.
– XXXHOLiC’s 2nd anime season, in April.
– New information about CLAMP’s project for 2009, Mangettes (hopefully).
– Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC’s serializations will be HOT, we’ll either see their ends in 2008, or get really close to them (I bet on the latter).
– Kobato.’s serialization, the story has finally moved on.
– And lastly, and this is me seeing a little too forward, CLAMP’s 20th Anniversary is coming in 2009, and if the same pattern of their 15th one repeats itself, we might get to know some of the celebration projects by the end of the year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !! ^__^

I wish a peaceful year to anyone reading this!

70 thoughts on “2007 Retrospective

    • Happy New Year, Mayezinha ^^
      You’re welcome, it makes me extremely glad ^^

      HAHAHA adoro quando escrevem em português xD
      Eu também te desejo um ano de muitas felicidades de conquistas, (e amor, também, haha) tudo de bom pra você!! ^__^

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  1. Yo, Chibi-Yuuto!! *glomps* Wow, such an amazing report!! ^___^

    I hope that the new year will be a year full of happiness to you.
    I wish you all the best in everything and thank you for all that you have done for this year.

    Keep up the excellent work, ne! Omigoto!! ^o^ *glomps*
    See ya in the year 2008!! ^.~

    Happy New Year!!
    Feliz Ano Novo!!
    Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!!

    Ki o tsukete, Chibi-Yuuto!!
    Nyanko-san ^__^

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  2. Happy new year to you too, Chibiyuuto-san!
    I really want to say thank you for all the effort you make to keep us up-to-date as regards the Clamp universe. I really look forward to reading you next year! ^-^
    Again, thanks for averything and Feliz Año Nuevo!

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    • Oh, Kobato-san, thank you so much for such kind words, they mean the world to me ^____^
      I wish you a great year too! Happy 2008 to you and your familly! We’ll definitely see each other next year ^^

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  3. Wow that was a lot of stuff this year. And I am really looking forward to whatever CLAMP has planned for “Mangettes.” That would be so seriously awesome to have manga released simaltanously (and smart for the publishing companies because it is less likely to be scanned and posted online I would think).

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    • >Wow that was a lot of stuff this year.

      Wasn’t it? Only when that time of the year comes that I realize how much we’ve been through xD

      >And I am really looking forward to whatever CLAMP has planned for “Mangettes.”

      Me too! I’m greatly looking forward to that! I’m so excited about it ^^

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  4. Thanks 4 all this info, it looks great together, was a big CLAMP year full of news *o*,
    Im really excited for the manga project in 2009 i feel like we’re gonna have CLAMP more closer
    if the manga is being serialized in the US as the main target
    HAPPY NEW YEAR CHIBIYUUTO.CHAN!!!
    FELIZ AÑO NUEVO DESDE MEXICO n_n

    *hugs to everyone again lol*

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  5. Happy new year!

    (Wow, thats alot… I have so much to catch up on…

    >In the event, a lot about the future of Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC was revealed, including Ohkawa’s statement that with the exception of one character, Tsubasa will have a happy ending.

    Was there more to this?)

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  6. Happy New Year, Chibi Yuuto! Thanks for keeping us up to date! 😀

    And if you’re coming to the San Diego Comic Con, please let me know! I’d love to get you a coffee and pick your brain re: all things CLAMP.

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    • Happy new year to you too, lovely Retsuko ^__^

      >And if you’re coming to the San Diego Comic Con, please let me know!

      I will! I’ve never been there, though. That info I got from the internet XD

      >I’d love to get you a coffee and pick your brain re: all things CLAMP.

      HAHAHAHA I would love to drink coffee with you ^___^

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  7. It certainly has been a year full of CLAMP, hopefully next will be better 😀
    I have just started to read you this year, I’m grateful for the time and effort you put into this LJ, and i hope you can have enough time to continue it 😀

    Also, i want to wish you a new year full of happiness, accomplishments in life and work/studies..

    Thank you for your time and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  8. Happy new year! Feliz ano novo! E que o ano que vem seja cheio de novidades no que concerne Clamp para que possamos ver mais posts seus! (sorry about using Portuguese here ^_____^!)

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    • Please don’t worry, use portuguese as you like ^__^

      Feliz ano novo, tudo de bom pra vc também~~! Espero q 2008 tenha muitas novidades CLAMP (em especial eu rezo pra q um dos mangas parados sejam retomados de novo)

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  9. Whoa! So many things happened this year?! Feels like yesterday~!!

    Anyway… feliz ano novo Alex!!! ♥ I hope next year is also full of events for you to cover ;D And also, I wish you the best in your last year at university, and of course, much success at work!!!

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    • Did you see? All of that XD Such busy women ^^”

      Feliz Año Nuevo, Sha-chan XDDD

      >I hope next year is also full of events for you to cover ;D

      HAHAHA me too! XD I hope I can get to personally attend one xDDDD

      >And also, I wish you the best in your last year at university, and of course, much success at work!!!

      Boy, are you kind…. I’m so moved, argh. Thank you so much for your wishes, I wish you the very same. You’re such a good girl, may you succeed in all your studies and I hope your dreams come true ^^

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  10. Happy New Year, Chibi Yuuto-san ^^ !!

    Thank you so much for all you’ve done last year. They’re really wonderful.
    I wish that many good things will come to you this year too ♥♥♥

    Thanks again ^^

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    • Happy New Year, hashuka_shinya-san!

      >Thank you so much for all you’ve done last year. They’re really wonderful.
      I wish that many good things will come to you this year too ♥♥♥

      Oh, it’s my pleasure, really! Thank you for the kind words ^^

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  11. This is an awesome review and I hope you keep covering everything CLAMP-related like for FOREVER ^^. Also, Happy New Year ! and best of luck for you ~

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    • >This is an awesome review and I hope you keep covering everything CLAMP-related like for FOREVER ^^.

      THANK YOU! I’ll do my best ^____^

      Happy new year to you too, dear! ^^

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  12. Happy new year, and thanks thanks thanks for the news, the wonderful comments and everything!
    May this new year bring you happiness, and bring us all good news in our favourite fandoms!XD

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    • >Happy new year, and thanks thanks thanks for the news, the wonderful comments and everything!

      Omg! Each “thanks” hit me like a bullet, I’m now on the floor! xD
      Thank you for your reading my LJ and leaving your comments, it’s what makes me want to keep doing it *bows*

      >May this new year bring you happiness, and bring us all good news in our favourite fandoms!XD

      I hope the same XDDD Happy new year to you and your family ^___^

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