undini-san sent me some preview shots from this month’s Newtype magazine, it includes the complete Kobato. anime article, the colored splash page of Drop. 11 and Satsuki’s column.
The Kobato. anime article has a few more character sketches. Check them out at this album.
He was also kind enough to translate a few important remarks from character designer Hiromi Kato’s comment:
Hiromi Kato (Character Designer) said that Kobato. itself it’s kind of different from past CLAMP works, specially the way the eyes are drawn. They are trying to make it the most closer and similar way to the original one.
Also said that the costumes will change in each episode. And she’s drawing Ioryogi the most stuff animal-ish as possible, and actually wants a big sized version of it. Since the majority of the characters are wearing very frilly clothes maybe it’ll be difficult to animate them. It’s going to be really hard when Kobato, Chitose and her two children (Chise and Chiho) appear together in scene. They made Fujimoto’s shoulder width wider than before back in the first arrangements because he was turning way too shounen-ish. They are taking care when drawing Sayaka. Since she also has a feeling of unhappiness around her.
The cast (as in the Seiyuus) is not decided yet.
With 24 episodes and clothes changing in each episode, I wonder if Mokona will be involved as costume designer like in CCS (I hope so).
It’s funny to see her speaking how hard it’ll be to animate all the hair xD Good luck to MADHOUSE, but I’m sure they’ll do just fine.
The spread is even prettier in bigger size! We can see Fujimoto’s eyes are green (I wasn’t 100% sure from the one color page we have of him), while Sayaka’s are blue. We can also see the little “drops” inside Kobato’s bottle have different colors!
Other than that, why CLAMP-NET.COM is no longer notifying when there are new color pages coming out? XD I’m not complaining but it would be nice to know xD I guess it’s natural since it’s the beginning of tankoubon 4. Beautiful image, by the way!
The illustration from Satsuki’s column is very much lovely as well X3
From Kobato. to XXXHOLiC and Tsubasa OADs…
Onsen will be broadcasting a new web radio show about the XXXHOLiC and Tsubasa OADs.
Sponsored by Kodansha, the show will be called Don’t wait until the Spring for Tsubasa & XXXHOLiC! (『×××HOLiC』＆『ツバサ』の春まで待てないっ！) and be hosted by seiyuus Sayaka Ohara (Yuuko), Jun Fukuyama (Watanuki) and Daisuke Namikawa (Fye).
It’ll be transmitted online on a biweekly basis starting December 24 via this link.