XXXHOLiC to be moved to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine

The latest issue of Young Magazine announced that the serialization of XXXHOLiC will be moved to Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.

Bessatsu Shonen Magazine is a monthly publication that started in September, 2009. The first chapter of XXXHOLiC in its new home will be published in the July issue, which is out on June 9. The chapter will have color pages (beginning of tankoubon 18) and XXXHOLiC will feature the magazine’s front cover (first time that ever happens with XXXHOLiC since the covers of Young Magazine always feature a female model xD).

Here is a scan of the announcement taken from the latest Young Magazine issue:


This means, of course, that XXXHOLiC chapters will be now published monthly.

I remember reading that the only reason CLAMP went for weekly publication with Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC was due to the links between the two series, so now that Tsubasa is over and XXXHOLiC is walking on its own, I can understand why they decided to go monthly (but I must admit I didn’t expect that!). It could also be an attempt to help boost the sales of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Looking at the other series that are serialized in the magazine, XXXHOLiC is by far the most popular one.

Now CLAMP is back to the monthly publications. Personally I like that, I’ve missed it =) I think monthly publications are juicer.

Special thanks to cutesherry for posting this news over at the clamp_now community!

And one small news, CLAMP-NET.COM updated with news that Mokona’s recommendations will be published in the 4 novels Rean no Tsubasa (The Wings of Rean). The original conpcet of Rean no Tsubasa was made by the creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino. The books will be out on March 24.


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49 thoughts on “XXXHOLiC to be moved to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine

  1. After the first shock on this news passed by and I started thinking, it might indeed not be *that* bad since it means we will get more pages.
    The monthly chapters should be around 35-40 pages more or less I believe, and it would allow Clamp to make it into something richer and more coherent better then always cutting it off at the 14-16 pages count, and give us the feeling an event is going on forever while it’s really not…

    The real question now is about the transfer from seinen to shounen…will that changes anything to Holic, or Clamp won’t care about the magazine or did they actually already negociate with the new mag. to do whatever they want with Holic? Because I don’t want them to leave Holic on hiatus in the future for reasons like ‘we couldn’t do what we wanted’ and such =___=

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    • The monthly chapters should be around 35-40 pages more or less I believe, and it would allow Clamp to make it into something richer and more coherent better then always cutting it off at the 14-16 pages count, and give us the feeling an event is going on forever while it’s really not…

      Exactly. I always lost the grip when the arcs are cut in pieces like that.

      And I don’t think the genre or story or anything will change at all (other than page numbers xD). XXXHOLiC was never really appropriate for Young Magazine in the first place, it was already quite “unusual” for the magazine’s target, and I think CLAMP has enough power to control that. I don’t think they would change magazines if they had to alter significantly the genre or the way the story is told.

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    • I think you’re so right about the impact of the increased page lengths. I’m excited because of that. Though the new length might kill me to translate.

      I’d agree with chibiyuuto, though, that the series won’t change; it only took buying Young Magazine once to see that HOLiC is completely unlike everything else in it. And I’d agree too that the move is at least partly to boost sales of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Hopefully it will work.

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  2. Cutesherry on clamp_now said that the first chapter in the new magazine would be chapter 205… But wasn’it announced three days ago (Clamp news) that chapter 205 would be published in Young Magazine ?
    Well, at least I think a monthly Holic can be good… Small weekly chapters can be frustrating.

    And well, let’s hope it gives Clamp some time for X…

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    • But wasn’it announced three days ago (Clamp news) that chapter 205 would be published in Young Magazine ?

      Yes, but I think it’s a mistake, or maybe they didn’t want to spoil the announcement from Young Magazine.

      XXXHOLiC’s schedule should be fixed in CLAMP-NET.COM within the next days or so.

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  3. At first I didn’t like this, but now with some thought into it I guess it does mean better things for the story in the aspect of how much care goes into making each chapter and how long it is. Though like others said, my only worry is what it’ll do for the genera. Holic isn’t exactly Shounen, is it?

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    • I’m looking forward to longer chapters as well. As far as changing the genre, I don’t think it’ll happen. XXXHOLiC was never a typical Young Magazine manga and it was still published in it for 7 years.

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      • True, but i don’t want to hear that the publishers start putting buts in front of clamp for what they’re asked to print.

        And this is totally possibly running over me shipping Doumeki and Watanuki. Cuz, that’s not Shounen…but again, that leads back up to clamp probably getting to say whatever they want on the matter…no matter in what direction they send it. if Watanuki ends up with a girlfriend though I might shoot something

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    • Re: XXXHOLiC to be moved to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine

      I think I’ll be fine with it. I’m having a busy life that makes it hard to keep up with the weekly chapters XDDD

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  4. Oh Chibi Yuuto, so much yes (with sparkles and all) for the cover thing. The Kino branch over here refused to carry Young Magazine because it meant it had to be displayed with Shounen Jump and kid’s weekly magazines, and that one cover with Random Girl #45 in A Bikini just… didn’t fit. On the other hand, it is a new magazine, so I don’t know about places carrying it outside of Japan, comparing to Young.

    I wouldn’t be that optimistic about the number of pages :p They could give us 16 or 45, monthly doesn’t always mean more.

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    • I asked once in my local bookstore if they had Young Magazine, and the old lady replied me a very sharp “no”, barely looking me in the eyes o_o

      I wouldn’t be that optimistic about the number of pages :p They could give us 16 or 45, monthly doesn’t always mean more.

      I will have to agree with you… =/

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  5. Hopefully CLAMP brings out more pages. 30+ or so. Quite frankly the weekly pacing with less than 20 pages doesn’t make for a good story.

    So how’s CLAMP’s track record anyway? Concerning monthly releases that is.

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    • So how’s CLAMP’s track record anyway? Concerning monthly releases that is.

      What do you mean? O.o They have handled in the past 4 monthly publications, if that’s what you mean. 30 pages each average, so around 120 pages monthly.

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  6. Rean no Tsubasa

    If i’m not wrong, Rean no Tsubasa is not related to Gundam, is just an original concept from the same creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino 🙂
    Rean no Tsubasa is more a spin-off of another mech-series, Dunbine.

    Thanks for the news about the change of magazine.

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    • Re: Rean no Tsubasa

      You’re right! I totally misread the text in CLAMP-NET, they were talking about the creator of Gundam, not that the series is related to Gundam.

      Thanks for pointing that out! (indeed I thought it was weird that the covers didn’t look very Gundam-ish).

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  7. But- Kobato is a monthly series and it only has 15 pages. How do we know if XHolic wouldn’t be the same? :O
    But wow, CLAMP isn’t being very active lately in the manga department, could it be they are planning something? 😀

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    • But for Kobato’s case, the limitation in page numbers is set by Newtype. Since it’s an anime magazine, it can only have a few pages dedicated to manga. I think if CLAMP could, they would draw more pages.

      And you’re right about CLAMP not being very active, I’m sure they are planning something, those ladies never rest, not even when they are silent xD

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  8. the change of magazine gives sort of feeling that “well, the story is pretty popular,but we won’t be able to make it last much more if it continues on weekly serialization… so we move on a monthly publication”. Or maybe we can suspect that Clamp are pretty bussy working on other proyects (crossed finger for X, GD and Gate 7)
    Thanks for the news!

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  9. Bawwwwww. Kobato monthly, now Holic monthly. I could understand the ladies wanting some spare time but we’ve been used to a more frenetic rythm of publication xD
    Perhaps they’ll start/pick up another project to fill the time??

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    • CLAMP have always been monthly before Chobits, so I think they must be feeling more comfortable now… hopefully they will start new projects or resume one of their unfinished works in their spare time.

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  10. Lol, well at least with the move, xxxHoLiC can actually get on the cover now (that means more colour illustrations, yay). I really hope it means we’re getting a longer monthly chapter though, instead of the same length chapter once a month.

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  11. For Kobato’s case, the limitation in page numbers is set by Newtype. Since it’s an anime magazine, it can only have a few pages dedicated to manga. I think if CLAMP could, they would draw more pages.

    But since XXXHOLiC is popular enough, they could still draw 16 pages a month and people would still buy it. So yeah, it doesn’t mean more pages for sure, but I am betting on it.

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  12. monthly

    First each volume will be released very slowly, probably twice a year. Now we need to understand why they have moved on a monthly magazine …. This is the most important thing!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. D: I have trouble waiting patiently for new chapters as it is; a monthly serialisation is most displeasing. Still, if these chapters are longer and richer in plot I won’t complain too much. They’d better be, CLAMP… *shakes fist.*

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  14. WTF!?

    Oh my Gosh!!!
    I can’t believe it! This is a huge shock for me! Monthly!? But… but… we’re gonna have ONE chapter per month!? Like Kobato!? God, that sucks!!!
    No offence, but I don’t understand why u like it. I mean… what’s the funny about having 12 pages per month of the only manga u read(that’s my case at least)!? At least are they gonna start publishing a new story or something? I mean… they’re gonna be like… workless.
    Anyway, thanks for always having the lastest news!!! U’re the best!
    Kisses
    PQ

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  15. The only positive thing i can see is that we’ll get longer chapters but the three month break and the fact that they are only working in two monthly titles that’s HELL!They should launch Gate 7 or do something with Madhouse/Sunrise OR finally continue Gohou or X!I want my Clamp dose!

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  16. Although you might make the argument that xxxHolic is much different from anything else in Young Magazine, but it still fits there much better than in Shonen Magazine. I always associate shonen manga with upbeat, action-filled, mainstream storylines. xxxHolic has a much more seinen atmosphere. I hope they don’t change that quality. But i’m certain they are gonna have to use a lot less kanji and traditional cultural references to suit the younger shonen audience.

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