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.
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.