Happy Birthday Mokona!

Yesterday was the birthday of Mokona, the woman whose hands were blessed by the gods. Congratulations Mokona-sensei!

I’m sure she must be a huge source of inspiration for many artists out there, and I’m also sure she must be responsible for bringing a good part of their readers into reading CLAMP for the first time. The visual appeal was the first contact with CLAMP for most people, I believe, including myself.

That being said, I can only wish this talented and multitasking woman to keep progressing as an artist and keep surprising us with different and beautiful drawing styles. Mangas, Kimonos, cocktails, jewelery, what’s next? You rock, Mokona xD

All members wished her a happy birthday but this time Nekoi hasn’t drawn anything for the occasion (pity). She apologized for that.


Answers to the ABC meme:

Thanks to everybody who sent their questions, it was very fun! XD Sorry if your input is not here, that probably means someone else has picked the same letter before you, but thanks anyway!! ^__^

Be careful on the “Ohkawa” thread, long session of ass-licking and fanboylism. I warned you all XD

a.Alanis Morissette
My all-time favorite singer. Her music works like therapy for me, whenever I’m feeling happy or sad, angry or joyful, confident or scared, hopeful or hopeless, for every emotion there’s a song I can relate to. I really admire her songwriting skills, her performance on stage and her voice, anything she sings is welcomed by my ears. Advertisement: Her new album is out and you can get the download link in my other journal! I highly recommend it! XD

b.Bunnies
Ettou xD I think they’re cute? I would never have one as a pet, though.

c.Christmas
I absolutely love Christmas, it’s my favorite part of the year. That whole Christmas atmosphere is unique. And it’s always holiday and the weather is always so hot here in Brazil, it’s awesome.

d.Decaf soda
Never tried it, must be good though, must be healthy, I presume? XD

e.Eyeballs
Eyeballs! That’s random. Hum… I never thought there could be so much PLOT around that organ xD

f.Friends
I have very few friends. Friends to me are people to have a good time with, help each other out, laugh with, play video-games, watch movies and cook together! Yeah, I love to cook with my friends =)

g.Gundam
Indeed Mokona loves it so much! That’s an anime that never caught my attention. I watched one series, one of the million series out there (I don’t remember which one, the one with the golden-haired lady and the spiky-haired boy?), but I didn’t like it. I’m not really into robots.

h.Hitsuzen
I don’t believe it. Chaos theory is more my thing.

i.Internet
As essential as water! XD Honestly, is basically everything. A way for meeting my friends and meeting new people, a way of learning and entertaining myself. I want to be connected 24/7 XD

j.Jokers in a deck of cards
Another very random one, I love the randomness of it xD You know what, I always loved the Jokers! I liked to see the different drawings of different decks. The Joker figure amused me and it still does.

k.Kurogane X Fay D. Flowright
LOL! At first I was skeptical about it, I knew something very tiny was going on there but I didn’t think CLAMP would develop their relationship since Tsubasa was a shonen manga and all that. But it wouldn’t be CLAMP if they didn’t surprise me. I’m not a die-hard fan, I’m okay with it, it’s a fun ship, and their relationship is very healthy. I mean, one is always watching the other’s back (and I mean both literally and figuratively XD) as opposed to Seishirou and Subaru where one is always trying to get killed by the other.

l.Love
Something every human being needs in order to survive. You need to love someone/something to find a reason to live. Being that something your partner, your family, your career, your studies or even yourself.

m.Miracle
I am skeptical about it. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe it, I just don’t know what I think about it. I have to see it with my own eyes to believe it.

n.Nostalgia
I love feeling nostalgic, but not for too much otherwise it’s a one-way ticket with you drowning and drowning into your memories and never coming back up again. It’s a weird feeling one can’t really explain. Something I feel more nostalgic about is music.

o.Ohkawa
The woman of my life! XD Well, what can I say about her… she’s just so brilliant! I mean, I get “jaw-dropped” with how much she’s committed with her work. Most mangakas don’t get involved in the adaptations of their works, but she does! She would write scripts, song lyrics, she would produce and plan it – she would get involved. I admire her as a creator and as a professional. I admire her creativity, her writing skills and her leadership talent. Her behavior in interviews and the way she conducts events and radio shows. She’s a woman in Japan (who is known for its women repression society) who started at late 80’s and has built a successful career along with her other 3 female fellows working in an industry ruled mostly by men. This can be applied to the other CLAMP members too in their own scale, by no means I am saying the others don’t contribute and aren’t just as talented, on the contrary. But this is about Ohkawa and the reasons I admire her so. If I were to be a professional as talented and as multitasking as she is, I’ll be a happy man.

p.Pride and Prejudice
I never read/watched it. Is it good? I know the movie has Keira Knightley in it, I love her =)

q.Quasars
I actually had to look up for that one, what is it? Something to do with galaxies? I’ve no idea of what to think xD

r.Relaxing
Relaxing to me is surfing on the internet, listening to music, watch TV, play video-games, take a good shower and drink a cup full of tea on a cold day or an icy glass of coke if it’s a hot day, all things with no commitment, no pressure.

s.Syaoran
I remember I hated him when I first saw him in CCS XD He came all full of himself trying to steal Sakura’s spot? Eventually his jealousy crush on Sakura turned him a very adorable kid xD I like his Tsubasa counterpart too, but I’m more fond of “Syaoran”. I think because of his maturity and his vulnerability.

t.Turtles
Same answer as “bunnies” xD I don’t find they that cute, though.

u.Utada Hikaru
The CLAMP members were always writing about how much they loved her music, one day (mid 2001’s) I decided to listen to Can You Keep A Secret?. I was a little disappointed with it god-knows-why. Some years passed, I listened to Passion and I really liked it to the point of downloading it and having it on my playlist xD A few years more and my friend sends her entire discography to me, that’s when I fully became a fan. I love Letters, Making Love and Take 5, just to name a few.

v.Vacation spots
A nice restaurant seat, even better if it’s Pizza Hut’s, or a warm and sunny place wearing light clothes xD

w.Watanuki
An extremely likable character. I like him, I like all CLAMP characters, but he’s not among my very favorites. He overreacts a lot and that’s funny xD I hope Icchan and Chitose raised him.

x.X-rays
The last time I take those was when I went to the dentist to put braces (which I no longer use).

y.Yaoi
This answer is similar to the KuroFye one. It’s definitely not something I “look for” in a manga. I don’t really care if there is or if there isn’t any of it. I’m all for the plot, the plot is what matters to me. If in order to make the plot good two guys have to hook up, then let them hook up! xD I see it as a normal relationship.

z.Zither
Wow, I have to look up for this one too xD I can’t tell if I ever heard the sound of this instrument, but it sounds good? Looking at the pictures it reminds me of sitar, and I love sitar =D

Last but not least! SEAMO’s Honey Honey single is out and the torrent (which includes all songs and package scans) can be found here.

For those only interested in CLAMP’s illustration (like me xD) I have uploaded it to my server:


Click to enlarge it.
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40 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Mokona!

  1. Happy Birthday Mokona-sama!

    >I’m kind of shocked you don’t believe in hitsuzen

    I don’t think she believes either, Ohkawa xD I read an interview where she said she didn’t believe in fate, that we all make our own fate, that’s what X is all about. Some of her characters, though, like Yuuko, are moved by Hitsuzen xD

    Well, you had my take on Syaoran which I think would be the word you would pick XDDD Thanks for Nostalgia! I will write something up!

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    • You don’t believe in Hitsuzen? I belive in the concept, because is more cause-consecuence related than fate. For fate you would need to know that that person won’t move on their own. So I prefer the concept of hitsuzen I read that says is the conclusion of factors leading to it, because it means that then I can change it all I want by changing my own decisions. Which is what is portrayed in every Clamp manga ^-^

      And Yuuko is not moved by hitsuzen only. She obeys it for order’s sake. She can see far ahead and knows how dangerous is to meddle with the conexions of the universe, thus creating or destroying with just one movement, because everything is connected in the vast universe. I admire her for trying to change given or led decisions even in her limited way. She is one who, like Clow, can see everything ahead, but can’t change it without destroying it in the process. I really admire her for fighting it off ^^

      And Pride and Prejudice I only said because that’s what I was thinking about at the time, and I saw it was empty so I thought I might as well use it as not. It’s really good English literature, really. Jane Austen is a great English authoress, one of the very few who can write without gloom. Ironic, funny and sensitive.

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    • >It’s majorly because of her art that got me into CLAMP

      Indeed! I think it was the same case for most people =) The first contact usually is the visual contact, and that, most of the cases, is Mokona ^^

      >Reading CLAMP mangas is one of the best things in my life, really. XD

      Sou desu ne!

      >..And I was just complaining in my another (non-LJ) blog that the HONEY HONEY single isn’t out yet ..a few days ago. Thanks for the link. 8D

      Glad to help you out! XD It was released today =)

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  2. how about I give yo a y?
    yaoi *smirk* *cough*subtext*cough* ^_^ they end up going hand in hand ^^u

    Happy birthday to Mokona!

    I read your comment back about Hitsuzen to Cardcaptorkiki.
    It’s interesting what author’s do and don’t believe after they write something. Part of the reason i’m so obsessed with CLAMP is because it reminds me of stuff that happens to me or that i believe in. I think hitsuzen is partially true…some stuff can’t just happen…it’s too perfect for it to just be coincidence…And i don’t think there’s really such a thing as coincidence anyway ^^u

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    • Yaoi? Thanks! Off I go XD

      >I read your comment back about Hitsuzen to Cardcaptorkiki.

      I was shocked too when I read that interview. I was “how come she doesn’t believe in fate when she WRITES about it?”. There are a lot of characters that strongly believe in hitsuzen, so I was really shocked. But now I understand her better. I think in X, she will end up writing about how it IS possible to change the future, she did that with Tsubasa already, Sakura changed the future and saved Syaoran.

      So I get her, first she must guarantee that everything is Hitsuzen and then she breaks it, because that’s what she ultimately believes.

      >I think hitsuzen is partially true…some stuff can’t just happen…it’s too perfect for it to just be coincidence…

      I can understand that, though. There are some things are just too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence. But why can’t they exist? I believe in coincidences. In a world where we have so many things happening and so much energy going everywhere, it’s only normal that at some point they will eventually collide, while others shall never do it.

      I guess it’s just the way we see things, there’s no right or wrong xD

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      • >I guess it’s just the way we see things, there’s no right or wrong xD
        No as long as you believe something then it’s fine ^_^

        Tis my Yuuko rp journal…>.> but i’m still Herm_nefer

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  3. Mokona and Ohkawa

    Happy birthday Mokona!!!
    I forgot about it. Yesterday I had a busy day, but even thought I wish her a happy birthday party!!!!
    Of course she rocks!!! And she has been my inspiration as well!!!!!

    >> o.Ohkawa
    The woman of my life! XD Well, what can I say about her… she’s just so brilliant! I mean, I get “jaw-dropped” with how much she’s committed with her work. Most mangakas don’t get involved in the adaptations of their works, but she does! She would write scripts, song lyrics, she would produce and plan it – she would get involved. I admire her as a creator and as a professional. I admire her creativity, her writing skills and her leadership talent. Her behavior in interviews and the way she conducts events and radio shows. She’s a woman in Japan (who is known for its women repression society) who started at late 80’s and has built a successful career along with her other 3 female fellows working in an industry ruled mostly by men. This can be applied to the other CLAMP members too in their own scale, by no means I am saying the others don’t contribute and aren’t just as talented, on the contrary. But this is about Ohkawa and the reasons I admire her so. If I were to be a professional as talented and as multitasking as she is, I’ll be a happy man.

    I so agree with it. I admire all clamp, but as a writer, I feel identified with her mostly, for being the creator of the stories! I love this woman also!!!(as a fan. I like guys)
    Marilyn

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  4. >>Mangas, Kimonos, cocktails, jewelery, what’s next? You rock, Mokona xD

    Metalwork! You forgot metal-work! haha ^^

    (Happy Belated Birthday, Mokona-sama!!)

    >>d., v., y., and z.

    decaf soda, vacation spots, Yuuko, and zither

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  5. OTANJOUBI OMEDETOU MOKONA-SENSEI!!! \(^__________^)/ Thnak you for sharing your wonderful art with all your fans!!
    I too stared reading CLAMP because of her beatiful art!!! and I’m so glad I did!

    And Thank you too Chibiyuuto-kun for the illustration… I definitely LOVE it!! *___*

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  6. Mokona’s birthday illustration is adorable. ^_^ I love the outfit she’s wearing. And she has a hat! I remember in an article I read she has tons of those. ^_^

    Nekoi hasn’t drawn anything for the occasion (pity). She apologized for that.
    >She’s secretly working on Legal Drug. XD Now fleeing from disappointed fans XP

    Hehehe… I chose Q, but that was the only word I could think of aside from question and quince and I wanted to give you something as strange as possible. =) In really simple (and probably not entirely accurate) terms, a quasar is a high energy emitting astronomical object that surrounds the massive black holes at the centre of most galaxies and are incredibly far away. Loves astronomy. XP

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  7. I’d thought I should add you to my friend’s list. You have the best CLAMP info 😀

    I like the new holic artwork too

    I just read that Mokona has a silk allergy, I didn’t know that before!

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  8. I love Letters, Making Love and Take 5, just to name a few.

    YESSSS. TAKE 5 IS BRILLIANT. I remember I was listening to her new album, loved it, then all the sudden Take 5 comes on and I nearly died, it’s so absolutely fantastic. ♥ I also really, really love Making Love!
    ..but at the end of the day, I’m still a huge Ayumi Hamasaki fangirl XD Do you like any of Ayumi Hamasaki’s songs?

    AND OF COURSE! Happy birthday Mokona!

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  9. Yo, Chibi-Yuuto!! *glomps*

    First of all, I just want to wish a very special “Tanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu” to my favorite CLAMP lady… Mokona! *throws confetti* I really love her so much because she is such creative which is one my attributes. She is the one that inspired to create Sakura Li-Kinomoto (Sakura Kinomoto since 1996 until this year) from her niece and other characters like Yukito Tsukishiro. ^o^ Beautiful and very stylish with her bright kimonos and very impressed with the cocktails. Hope that she enjoyed a party full of sake and cocktails!! KAMPAI! /

    In other news such as the meme, I do believe it hitsuzen only through dreams and most of the dreams that I’ve had really became true in many different ways. I so love your topic about Alanis Morissette and especially Ohkawa! You’re such a silly cute fanboy!! XDDD Dude, you should like take her out to Pizza Hut and make her try your Brazilian-style pizza. That would make it worth it to last for a lifetime! *giggles* Demo ne, your topic about “Love”… very impressed because that’s what happened to me three months ago – about love in a friendship way. I’ve found a friend who is worthy and honorable to show my strong feelings of friendship. I’m very grateful for it was the most amazing thing that happened to me this year. My close friendship with this person really is my true happiness that I’ve been searching for this year. Your “Love” topic definitely reminds me of that for it is very optimistic and encouraging. ^___^

    Great meme and I love all of your topic descriptions! ♥ ♥ ♥ Sugoi desu wa!!

    Ja ne, Chibi-Yuuto!
    Nyanko-san ^__^

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  10. Oh! Mokona’s birthday! The manga goddess XD I hope she’ll have a pleasant b-day…

    I’d like to believe in Hitzuken; it gives a bit of sense to reality; but i dunno, carpe diem ^^

    Thanks for the illustration ^^ mokona without the seal? *interesting*

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  11. Happy birthday to mokona..! heheheh

    selamat hari jadi ..
    selamat hari jadi
    selamat hari jadi mokona
    selamat hari jadi ..

    (translate english..)

    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    happy birtday to mokona
    happy birthday to you

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  12. Sorry for the double post.

    I LOVE SYAORAN in Tsubasa. I didn’t obsessed with Syaoran until I read Tsubasa (I didn’t like CCS Syaoran, but after reading Tsubasa and becoming obsessed with Syaoran, then later I was able to read CCS manga, I thought he was cute.) I like “Syaoran” too!!!! I’m glad that I wasn’t the only who likes “Syaoran” (I know from other sites that they like the cloney)

    lol. Watanuki-kun is so FUNNY~~! I like him, too!

    There are (as far as I know), two versions for Pride and Prejudice. It’s true that Keira Knightley was in it but it’s the new version.

    I like some of Alanis Morisette’s songs!! It’s great that there’s her new song!!

    I like some of Utada Hikaru’s songs because her songs were mysterious (Passion and Hikari from Kingdom Hearts Series).

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  13. ♥♥ Joyeux anniversaire, ma très très chère Mokona ♥♥
    Nekoi didn’t draw something for her…what a pity ToT
    Mokona you’re my favourite of CLAMP’s women, because I just love your drawings I can stay long minutes just looking at them, you can express any feelings just in the eyes of your characters. I deeply love you ! You’re my hero ♥
    As an illustrator, I hope I’ll find my own way for drawing as you find yours ! And I hope I could be able to adapt my “style” to the subjects, as you do in your manga >w>You’ll never read that I guess, but nevermind_
    I think you watched Gundam Wing (maybe) (there is a golden-haired lady…and I don’t remember it very well, I don’t like really much Gundam series).
    Sorry…don’t help a lot XD

    I think I’m in love with Okhawa-sensei too >w< She's so awesome *w*

    This meme was very interesting *w* (I note you like cooking with friends *good point I am so hungry right now *ç* *…

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  14. k.Kurogane X Fay D. Flowright
    LOL! At first I was skeptical about it, I knew something very tiny was going on there but I didn’t think CLAMP would develop their relationship since Tsubasa was a shonen manga and all that. But it wouldn’t be CLAMP if they didn’t surprise me. I’m not a die-hard fan, I’m okay with it, it’s a fun ship, and their relationship is very healthy. I mean, one is always watching the other’s back (and I mean both literally and figuratively XD) as opposed to Seishirou and Subaru where one is always trying to get killed by the other.

    l.Love
    Something every human being needs in order to survive. You need to love someone/something to find a reason to live. Being that something your partner, your family, your career, your studies or even yourself.

    Those anwers deserve a prize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Otanjyoubi Omedetto Mokona-sama! I hope she keeps her art as she always has. She’s actually the heart of the entire group I belive. Otherwise why would they have made her a favorite pet and a leading princess as well? She reflects the heart of the group, while Ohkawa is the brain. So happy birthday for her and for many more that will certainly come in cheer and happiness.

    The first manga I ever read was CCS, and with it I fell in love with both manga and Mokona’s art. She’s the face of Clamp.

    I’m sorry for the hard time I gave you with the letter I picked. I thought it was random enough XD

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