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Code Geass R2 new Ending:

The new Ending sequence of Code Geass R2 was shown for the first time today, and as it was previously announced, CLAMP drew the illustrations for it.

Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge them (sorry for some of them having the credits, I’m sure that clean versions of these will appear later in Newtype or something):

So pretty! *-* I guess this is what kept Nekoi so busy these days, she must have been coloring these on the computer xD And that last picture, so very much like X (that Fuuma illustration)! xD

You can download the new Ending sequence in high quality (1280×720 px) here, or watch it on YouTube.

XXXHOLiC #13 Sales Report:

A few weeks after the release of XXXHOLiC #13, let’s check its performance on the biggest japanese charts.

•e-hon Daily Ranking:

06/26:

1st – XXXHOLiC #13
2nd – Soul Eater #12
3rd – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai – Tsumihoroboshi hen #4

06/28:

1st – Hana Yori Dango #37
2nd – XXXHOLiC #13
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17

06/29:

1st – Hana Yori Dango #37
2nd – XXXHOLiC #13
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17

06/30:

1st – Hana Yori Dango #37
2nd – XXXHOLiC #13
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17

07/01:

1st – Hana Yori Dango #37
2nd – XXXHOLiC #13
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17

•Yahoo Books Weekly Ranking:

06/24~06/30:

1st – Hana Yori Dango #37
2nd – Rosen Maiden – New Version #3
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17
9th – XXXHOLiC #13

•Taiyosha Weekly Ranking:

06/23~06/29:

1st – XXXHOLiC #13
2nd – Hana Yori Dango #37
3rd – Saki #4

•Tohan Weekly Ranking:

06/26~07/02:

1st – XXXHOLiC #13
2nd – Hana Yori Dango #37
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17

•Animate Weekly Ranking:

06/16~06/23:

1st – Togainu No Chi Official Fanbook True Blood/First Edition
2nd – 故郷へ(マ)のつく舵をとれ!(再入荷分)
3rd – Junjou Romantica Illustration Collection
10th – XXXHOLiC #13 Limited Edition (pre-sale)

•Oricon Weekly Ranking:

07/01~07/07:

1st – Hana Yori Dango #37
2nd – XXXHOLiC #13
3rd – Gundam THE ORIGIN #17

Very good positions, it would have done even better without the pre-orders from Kodansha’s official website.

Additionally, Oricon reports that XXXHOLiC #13 sold 276.096 copies on its first week. With 13 volumes, the overall sales of XXXHOLiC currently is 9 million copies. I was waiting for Animate’s ranking to be updated, I’m sure XXXHOLiC would be at 1st, but they haven’t updated it yet…

Also, the first DVD has peaked the 4th position on Oricon’s DVD chart.

•Oricon DVD Daily Ranking:

06/28:

1st – Kara no Kyoukai The Movie – Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen)
2nd – Gundam 00 #6
3rd – ARIA The ORIGINATION Navigation.3
4th – XXXHOLiC◆Kei #1

From Ohkawa’s Private Board:

Here’s one of the latest entries posted by Ohkawa on her Private Board, in which she once again says to be working on an anime script (last time we heard she was plotting the anime and now she has moved on to the actual writing process).

Popularity

Of course, anime is wonderful as it is.
Just because of that, I think it should be seen as a single story.
[parallel story]

To correspond the anime’s story to the original work,
To take parts from the original work to the anime,
To judge the anime content as being equal to the original work,

Lately I’ve been thinking that’s quite troublesome.

Fun          Nanase

It’s fun to fantasize it,
It’s fun to have delusions,

I’m really happy for being able to do it,
but unofficial information becomes official before you’re aware of it,
and that’s quite troublesome.

That’s what I was thinking right now as I write the anime script.

ふきゅう

アニメはアニメで勿論素晴らしいし。
それだけでひとつの物語だと思うんだけど。

アニメの物語を原作に対応されたり、
アニメの事を原作に持ち込まれたり、
アニメで知った情報を原作も同じだと断じられると、

ちょっと困ったなぁと思う今日この頃。

楽しく           ななせ

楽しく想像してくださったり、
楽しく妄想してくださったり、

していただけるのはとても嬉しいんですが、
公式情報でない事が、いつの間にか公式になっているのは
ちょっと困ったなぁと、

今、アニメ脚本を書きながら
考えていたのでした。


She seems to be complaining about something, but I don’t have absolutely sure of what, in fact, if someone with japanese skills could give us some light I would appreciate it ^__^ Looking at a certain angle I get the feeling she’s writing about the hardships of writing an anime script based on a manga, and also that we shouldn’t consider the anime as “canon”? Because of its popularity people tend to think what’s in the anime is the same as what’s in the manga… I think that once the big project is released (whatever that project is), this post will become clearer.

The most important sentence of that post right now is the fact that Nanase Ohkawa is writing an anime script ^_~

By the way, about the big project, the notification that came in the latest Shonen Magazine was あの大好評企画が再び始動!, which means That very popular project starts again!.

Make up your own guesses now xD

On a last completely RANDOM note, I noticed one thing in Kobato. #2 today. The chapters that were published in Sunday GX had no furigana in the kanjis, but in the tankoubon they all have, which means CLAMP had to re-apply all the speeches again (some fonts look different for that reason). Ouch xD

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79 thoughts on “Random news

  1. It’s a really good series, specially if you’re into robots =)

    >Also Ohkawa’s ramblings have definitely caught my attention. Hope its good news XD!

    I’m intrigued with it, as you can imagine xD

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    • She really is!
      The first ED iillustrations will come with the first DVD of Code Geass in 8 cards, so I think they will include the 2nd ED ones in a later DVD ^^

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    • >The second image reminds me a lot of CLOVER. *saves*

      Really? I hadn’t realized that. You have a point, the birds and the cage, her position reminds Suu in one of the CLOVER illustrations, indeed ^^

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  2. Code Geass art *_________* Beautiful.
    awsekl;m;cmld Shirley ;A;

    Additionally, Oricon reports that XXXHOLiC #13 sold 276.096 copies on its first week.
    ♥!

    & I can’t wait to fully understand what Ohkawa meant there XD

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    • CLAMP should draw the ED of their own animes too xD

      >I can’t wait to fully understand what Ohkawa meant there XD

      I got that we might see a lot of changes compared to the manga, but that’s just my opinion of course ^^

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  3. So prettyyy!!!!
    though I don’t like the tone color here very much :/ like the 3rd screen cap the color look so messy, i dunno if this the new color style of nekoi but i like their usual coloring more.

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    • The 3rd one is my least favorite, but it still looks pretty to me ^^

      I prefer their natural coloring too, but Nekoi has gotten so good with CG, I’m speechless.

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    • Porcelain Sayako

      That’s funny, I thought it was really well done, especially Sayako’s tone.

      Anyway, did anyone realise that Ougi and Diethard got 20x more manly than usual? XD

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      • Re: Porcelain Sayako

        >Anyway, did anyone realise that Ougi and Diethard got 20x more manly than usual? XD

        Who are those? XD *only watched CG up to episode 13, season 1*

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        • Re: Porcelain Sayako

          Oh, in the third screencap, Diethard is the blonde guy, while Ougi is the one with the red bandanna.

          There should be a glimpse of them in CG S1, Episode 1 and 2. 🙂

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  4. Lelouch is Kamui’s son!!!1!1!1!11!!111!

    Hey there, Chibi Yuuto!

    I haven’t watched Code Geass yet, ’cause I think I should read the manga first, and I won’t read until school’s over, and winter break starts next week. BUT~ those drawings are absolutely wonderful!

    I noticed that “Hana Yori Dango #37” was most of the times in first place on the rankings, so I suppose it’s a pretty cool manga, huh? Too bad I decided I’d only read mangas by CLAMP. If I were to read some other mangaka’s work, I’d feel…unfaithful. Silly, I know.

    About that Kobato. glitch…poor girls!

    Thank you very much, again!

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  5. Your English version looks pretty good to me. What the hell else could she be talking about but TRC

    I wondered about whether or not there was originally furigana in the old chapters…

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    • >Your English version looks pretty good to me.

      Really? That’s great coming from you!

      >What the hell else could she be talking about but TRC

      Totally xD

      >I wondered about whether or not there was originally furigana in the old chapters…

      I can assure to you there wasn’t ^^

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  6. As has already been said repeatedly, beautiful artwork by CLAMP- more importantly, that post that Ohkawa wrote seems so deep… I wonder what has her so troubled? It seems as though she’s trying to say that anime and manga are different for a reason or something, or maybe she was referring to XXXHolic Kei or something, since the anime didn’t exactly stick to the manga… rather than keeping in the Tsubasa parts, they clipped them out because it was its own anime, or something- I guess I’ll wait for a more fluent Japanese speaker and reader to shed some light on the post… it has me feeling a tad odd- nervous, maybe… or concerned for Ohkawa-sensei… it must be troublesom knowing that you’ve helped with certain anime that fans will complain about if it’s not exactly the same as the original manga…

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    • So you felt it too, huh? And you know japanese a lot. She was troubled about something, and I do think that she was saying that anime is a different “entity” that shouldn’t be compared to the manga, at least that’s what she thinks.

      I wonder if that means we’ll be seeing a lot of changes in the upcoming project (I think so…)

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      • I think so, too. You know, a lot of people do get extremely ticked when the anime strays from the manga- personally, I feel that if it’s different, (and especially if it’s done with the consent of the creator, or if the creator helps out with the project as much as CLAMP does), then it’s just more interesting variety. I’m the type who loves to see as much of what i’m obsessed with as possible, so even though the Anime bombed, I liked it, just a little, since I got to see my favorite characters going on some various new adventures. It was at least a little exciting… anyway, I’m sure whatever happens, or whatever changes are made, so long as Ohkawa-sensei is part of making it all happen, I for one will love and appreciate it!

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        • I agree with almost everything that you said. I agree heartfully with you that anime is anime and manga is manga. Of course I prefer if the anime follows the manga until before the end, but I don’t think the end should be the same for both the anime and manga, I think that could be boring.

          I like differences, specially when they are approved by the original author (in this case, Ohkawa). But if they are not, and even so the changes turn out to be good to make the anime more interesting, then I’m all for changes.

          The biggest problem with Tsubasa Chronicle, for me at least, wasn’t the story (which was very faithful to the manga at least in season 1). The biggest problem was the very bad animation.

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  7. Thanks for Code Geass images!. For me the last ones were the X resemble ones XDDDD Also is good to see that xxxHOLiC is popular even with all that breaks. In addition the fact of eight months to get a new tankoubon. But seriously!, that anime script sounds really interesting (Ohkawa must start to say something clear or I’ll die of speculation)

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    • You’re welcome =)

      That last one SCREAMS XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX xD

      >Also is good to see that xxxHOLiC is popular even with all that breaks.

      It’s surprisingly very popular ^__^

      >But seriously!, that anime script sounds really interesting (Ohkawa must start to say something clear or I’ll die of speculation)

      Wait till the 17th (or earlier) and everything will ve clearer ^_~

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  8. By the way, about the big project, the notification that came in the latest Shonen Magazine was あの大好評企画が再び始動!, which means That very popular project starts again!.

    Aaaaahhh~
    It’s already time to save money, again, since I guess if those are OVA, they will come with the books like the three previous ones…
    I’m really starting to become quite a good client of Amazon.co.jp ^^;;
    But I really was planning and buying other stuffs lately ;__; I’m happy about the new anime but I hope it won’t start before october (like last year…).
    That said, my dream of a Holitsuba anime just disappeared in thin air~
    I knew such a project wouldn’t have been as popular as a TRC one but still…

    Thanks for all the info!

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    • >I’m really starting to become quite a good client of Amazon.co.jp ^^;;

      LOL! XDD

      But if it’s more OADs and you’re interested in them, then yeah, it is time to start saving money ^^”

      >But I really was planning and buying other stuffs lately ;__; I’m happy about the new anime but I hope it won’t start before october (like last year…).

      Ohkawa is still writing the script, it won’t be out for at least a couple of months from now =)

      You’re welcome, for all the info ^^

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  9. wow, I love the illustrations! *O* especially the first one! :O

    By the way, about the big project, the notification that came in the latest Shonen Magazine was あの大好評企画が再び始動!, which means That very popular project starts again!.
    is it X?! 8D oh, please continue X! DX or maybe more TRC stuffs… :3

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  10. fortunately, we have to wait only 10 days until we get fresh news^^

    about what Okawa wrote – I think she’s disappointed about the anime and the horrible ending and how the new OAD’s don’t correspond well with them, that why she wrote that she prefers to see the anime as a diffrent story (paraller one, and finished one)..
    and I think she’s also hinting an original ending

    CG ending – nice, sometimes I can see x/1999 motives in it, ne?

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    • That’s right, 10 days of less for official news, can’t wait ^^

      >I think she’s disappointed about the anime and the horrible ending and how the new OAD’s don’t correspond well with them, that why she wrote that she prefers to see the anime as a diffrent story (paraller one, and finished one)..

      I think she’s saying that writing an anime script based on a manga is a very difficult task. What to leave out, what to include in…

      >and I think she’s also hinting an original ending

      I think so too! ^^

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  11. I’m not a fluent japanese speaker, but I think she’s complaining about matching the anime plot to manga plot, with anime being sort of a separate story. If she’s talking about TRC then, I think she is puzzled about how to write the anime script, that would conlclude the story without making it a giant spoiler for manga or the other way around, depending on what is released first (the unofficial info vs. official), because she still has to match them somehow. I think it’s similar to CC Sakura appearing in TR before we found what her relationship to the story was in manga. That’s what I’m thinking…

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    • >I’m not a fluent japanese speaker, but I think she’s complaining about matching the anime plot to manga plot, with anime being sort of a separate story.

      I see, thank you so much for your input! I agree that that’s what she’s complaining about, about how hard it is to write an anime plot based on a manga (specially when this is supposedly the last one and there’s so much left to tell!).

      Well, at least she’s happy doing it, and I hope she does it well =)

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  12. Oh my… these illustrations are so…so gorgeous! And we should say “thanks!!!” to CLAMP for great fanservice ^___^ The last picture with their faces and with the sword is so similar to “X”-art… (why do I like cruel CLAMP so much? T__T )

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    • It’s so similar I think they did it on purpose xD Even the sword is similar! I’m not complaining, I like when they do that ^^

      They always create amazing illustrations, they have the write to repeat the same motifs for a few of them X3

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  13. The most important sentence of that post right now is the fact that Nanase Ohkawa is writing an anime script ^_~

    TSUBASA’S INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC, INFINITY ARC O.V.A!!!!

    …please?

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    • But if it’s a single story, let’s hope it’s Horitsuba!!!! *_* Remember how we spazzed about the idea on the way to Segovia? xD Although I wouldn’t mind seeing Infinity animated too…(translation: WANT TO see it!! xD)

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      • I wouldn’t mind it if it was Horitsuba, I’d love to see it animated ♥
        But if Ohkawa is talking about linking the original to the anime or making the anime an independant story from the original, I don’t think it’s going to be Horitsuba, but rather a continuation of Tsubasa without its links to xxxHolic.

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        • >But if Ohkawa is talking about linking the original to the anime or making the anime an independant story from the original, I don’t think it’s going to be Horitsuba, but rather a continuation of Tsubasa without its links to xxxHolic.

          Word on that. Or maybe it will have the links to XXXHOLiC, Syaoran was quite worried about Watanuki falling from the window in Tokyo Revelations.

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  14. Beautiful artwork for Code Geass yet again~ *-*

    As for the anime script: told me she’s guessing it must be a Horitsuba anime, and I gotta agree! Well, we REALLY hope it will be Horitsuba anyway!!! *w*

    Thank you for the news update~

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    • I don’t think it’s Holitsuba (sorry I don’t want to disapppoint you! ^^), since Ohkawa appears to be having a hard time on script-writing it (you would imagine that Holitsuba would be a piece of cake for her xD).

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  15. Hey look!! New X pictures!! I can see Yuuto…and Kotori…And look!! How a beautiful KAmui- and-Fuuma pic right there!! ……What?……Code Geass…?……….Oh….sorry….I though…..XD
    The pictures look great! Although I think even watercolor would have been better for those awesome lines ! 😛 I still like them very much =D …..And I want X back so bad T.T
    Thanks Chibiyuuto-san for the cool info, as always 😀 !

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  16. Thanks for the update.

    CG illustrations look absolutely amazing and so X/1999ish. XD
    But yeah, i can forgive CLAMP for all the breaks and stuff if we get so many CG goodies.

    My money’s still on Infinity. |D

    p.s yeah, that must have been really ouch for CLAMP. ^^

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    • You’re welcome, Giorgia-san! ^__^

      My money is on Infinity too, they hinted that in the ED of Tokyo Revelations. BUT, I think it’ll have an original ending there… Ohkawa is burning her brain out to write one, I think.

      >p.s yeah, that must have been really ouch for CLAMP. ^^

      And I only noticed that thanks to you *hugs*

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  17. That last picture from the ending really looks like an illustration from X, they’re also touching each other (XD!) which is a very Clamp-like detail (remember that X picture with Kamui with an hand on Fuuma’s tight?)

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  18. The CC & Lelouch illustration is beautiful! All the others are nice too ^^

    I never thought that Kei would sell so much… I still need to watch the last three episodes.

    So, here comes Infinity? XD

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    • I love that one too, very symbolic.

      >I never thought that Kei would sell so much…

      Well, that was its peak, 4th on a daily ranking. The other days it charted some quite low positions (lower than 10). Lets hope it’ll do even better for the following volumes ^^

      >So, here comes Infinity? XD

      That’s my bet. Infinity with an original ending. 3 OADs, last one coming with last manga volume. We’ll see! *excited*

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  19. CLAMP really like their works very much XD. They added many characters in another manga, they made X to be Code Geass ending, they even drew Kazahaya & Rikuo in Nakamura Shungiku’s obi strip XP (don’t kill me). Or they love to give much vibes to their fans ~~;

    > My money’s still on Infinity. |D

    Me as well! But I afraid we won’t have it’s original ending because it’s TOO related to Celes arc. But I believe in you Ohkawa-sensei XD

    Or maybe… Celes arc? But it related to Nihon arc. So… Nihon arc? But it related to Clow arc… *hopes*

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  20. I can’t really understand what Ohkawa is saying in her somewhat-rant either… ^_^;; Why doesn’t she ever say things directly?!
    But I’ve always thought it must be difficult for Ohkawa to see her creations go to anime. If she does the script, she usually has to cut parts of her stories out, or change them due to time-keeping (or in HOLiC’s case, the big problem with there being no cross-overs).
    Or, if someone else takes her manga to an anime adaptation, there’s a big possibility that the director will start making changes that Ohkawa wouldn’t have wanted. In Tsubasa’s case, the entire plot, character relationships and personalities ended up being changed beyond recognition!
    It must be really difficult for Ohkawa, who seems to be a huge perfectionist and very protective of her stories and characters, to see her creations having to undergo these sometime drastic changes when she worked so hard on them. If they were my stories, I think it would drive me insane! ^_^;;
    Still excited to find out what this script actually is though!!

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