This is a historical day for CLAMP fans. Specially those who have been waiting for this moment for 8 years now.
I’ve been hoping to be able to post about “the return of Gouhou Drug” since the series went on hiatus in 2003. We’ve had many hints that the manga would resume, and we had some false alarms too, but the timing was perfect: CLAMP had only 1 series, their Kadokawa series (Kobato.) came to an end and Nekoi didn’t have any series in which she worked as a primary artist.
I wasn’t at home when I saw the news, and I didn’t have any computer near me, I posted the news with my mobile so I had to be short, but I couldn’t wait to post it.
So first, let me give some more details about Gouhou Drug’s return.
It will be resumed on November 4, in the December issue of Young Ace magazine.
To promote the new series, Kadokawa is launching a campaign along with Kobato. Details are on this month’s Newtype magazine (but it’s not possible to read all the details from the leaked scan).
As part of the promotion, the previous 3 volumes of Gouhou Drug will be re-released with new covers starting on October 3.
New covers? Will volume 4 and on use the same cover design as these new covers? But I liked so much the design of the “old” cover =(
Young Ace is a shounen magazine, but we know that the magazine has never been such an issue for CLAMP (XXXHOLiC and Tsubasa were not exactly the typical shounen series and yet they both ran in Shounen magazines). CLAMP works cross genders so I’m expecting CLAMP will not change Gouhou Drug’s essence just because of its magazine.
Also, although Newtype is advertising the comeback as a “new series”, I don’t think it will be a new story from scratch. I think it will continue from where it left off, which is why they are throwing this campaign and re-releasing the previous volumes. They probably chose to use this term “new series” because it’s been a real long time since the last chapter was published and the resume will happen in a different magazine. I could be wrong, of course, but that’s what I think.
I am so happy with this news, so so happy I can’t put into words! I hope people who were losing faith in CLAMP will be happy about this and will join us to read the continuation of Gouhou Drug. This has raised my hopes for X and CLOVER, too.
I dedicate this and my previous post to starsdust, for being the one Gouhou Drug fan in my mind (I TOLD YOU I WAS GONNA GIVE YOU THIS NEWS!!!!!).
PS: I think Nekoi has lost a little her touch to draw Rikou. I’ve been noticing this for some time now looking at the doodles she posts in CLAMP’s official website, and now looking this new promotional drawing, Rikuou looks younger somehow, he looks like Doumeki. Nekoi has 3 months to sharp his design xD