“Card Captor Sakura” Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary Edition

"Card Captor Sakura"  Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary Edition - Volume 1 cover art. © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

“Card Captor Sakura” Nakayoshi 60th Anniversary Edition – Volume 1 cover art. © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

As part of the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Nakayoshi, Kodansha’s magazine in which Card Captor Sakura was published from 1996 to 2000, a special edition of the manga has been announced.

Instead of the usual 12 volumes, this commemorative version was reorganized to fit in 9 volumes. All covers will have new illustrations drawn by CLAMP.

Volumes 1 and 2 will have a simultaneous release on March 27.

This commemorative version will also have 3 exclusive benefits:

1) Digital version for those who purchase the printed version.
2) Latest and unreleased illustrations featured on the Card Captor Sakura Art Exhibition, available on the digital version.
3) Illustration card featuring the most popular designs used for telephone cards in the past. Each volume will come with a different illustration card.

Nice to know that the unreleased illustrations will get a proper release, even if it’s only a digital release. And that cover illustration is beyond gorgeous! If the others will follow the same style, I am already looking forward to see the other 8 illustrations.


CLAMP’s New Year

First of all, Happy New Year to all CLAMP followers out there! This is coming a little late since I was out during holidays — apologies for that!

Thank you for following this site and its social network channels. I am committed to continue bringing you all the latest and freshest CLAMP news throughout 2015.

As it has became usual for the past few years, CLAMP drew an illustration to celebrate the arrival of 2015.

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

The image was posted on CLAMP’s official website and twitter account and features sheeps in the background because 2015 is the year of the sheep in the Chinese zodiac horoscope.

Along with the illustration, each CLAMP member described the year of 2014 with one word and chose a word to describe their hopes and ambitions for 2015.

Satsuki Igarashi

2014: (a little bit of) progress
2015: forward

Nanase Ohkawa

2014: arrangement
2015: victory

Tsubaki Nekoi

2014: surf
2015: quick


2014: change
2015: travel

It is interesting to see their one-word impressions of 2014 and hopes for 2015.

For sure, 2014 was yet another calm year for CLAMP — like 2013 and 2012. XXXHOLiC and Drug & Drop had very slow publishing schedules, filled with breaks until they both eventually went on definitive breaks when Tsubasa returned, in August. Not to mention GATE 7 that originally went on hiatus in 2013. In the midst of travels for both business and pleasure purposes, CLAMP moved to Kyoto after living in Tokyo since their professional debut in 1989.

After working for nearly 25 years non-stop and having their health compromised for overwork, CLAMP are definitely taking things slow. They are not as young as their used to be and they need to be careful if they want to keep working for many more years. That being said, even though GATE 7 is officially on hiatus, they still keep making location hunts trips within Kyoto to gather enough material to resume the series in the near future (that might also be the reason as of why they decided to move to Kyoto permanently).

Also during the end of the year holidays, CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa created an account on instagram: 7se_ohkawa. Make sure to follow her as she posts some nice photos such as this neat illustration of Hana.

Here’s to a CLAMP-filled 2015!