Tsubasa guide books and mini-artbook announced (Updated)

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© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

This week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine is announcing the upcoming release of two Official Guides and a mini artbook for Tsubasa.

Official Guide Book Tsubasa CARACTere CHRoNiCLE

Release date: December 2


  • Character profiles
  • Character surveys
  • CLAMP interview
  • Nirai Kanai-hen storyboards
  • Holitsuba short comic never published in book format
  • Cover and poster featuring new illustration drawn by CLAMP

Official Guide Book Tsubasa SToRy CHRoNiCLE

Release date: Late December 2016


  • Story digest from “Tokyo” to “Nirai Kanai” arcs
  • CLAMP interview revealing secrets behind the creation of Tsubasa
  • Tsubasa illustrations made by other mangaka and artists
  • Kinugawa Onsen short story (previously published in Weekly Shonen Magazine, only)
  • Cover and poster featuring new illustration drawn by CLAMP

Tsubasa Mini Artbook – Tsubasa ILLuSTRaTION CHRoNiCLE

Release date: December 2

  • All 23 color illustrations from Nirai Kanai hen
  • Selection of the best colored scenes from RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE

This are sure good news!

I’m glad we won’t have to wait too long to have the color illustrations of Nirai Kanai hen. It would have taken many more years to fill another artbook with the same length as the previous two ALBuM De REProDUCTioNS. I am curious about which illustrations from RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE will be selected. Instead of reprints, it be would be much better if it were the colored comic pages that were in neither of the artbooks. I counted 20 color illustrations for WoRLD CHRoNiCLE and 3 for each special limited edition cover, but maybe I miscounted… I’m not sure if the covers of the special editions of volumes 1 and 2 would be counted as WoRLD CHRoNiCLE or RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE ^^” Either way, I hope they all get included in this mini artbook.

And two guide books? That actually took me by surprise. The contents were divided in a way that makes  it hard to pick only one. I mean, I could live without the character surveys, but the storyboards and interviews are always so interesting! I hope they’ll include character sketches and unreleased materials.

Definitely looking forward to all 3 of them!

Special thanks to Manga Mag Japon for kindly letting me know about this.

Update: The release dates for all 3 books have been postponed. Source: CLAMP-NET.COM.


13 thoughts on “Tsubasa guide books and mini-artbook announced (Updated)

  1. Wow, those Guide Books look like must-buys to me. (Maybe I can finally revise the CCS/TRC/HOLiC timeline and get it down for good!) I wonder what the prices will be like?


  2. As sudden and strange as it seemed at first, everything was confirmed in the end! 😀

    The good thing is that since these are just regular books, the prices should be ok, I won’t be ruining myself for once ahaha~
    Chances are that all 3 together will cost as much or less than the newly released CCS Memorial Box ^^;


    • This was so out of the blue but I’m not complaining =D I’m looking forward to the two CLAMP interviews plus storyboards plus concept materials and I hope we get a timeline !

      Agreed on pricing. The guidebooks should be the same format as the previous two (regular Shonen Magazine books) and the artbook must be cheaper than the previous two considering its length. I’m actually really excited about this!


  3. When I heard about ‘mini artbook’, what came to my mind was Wish artbook (memorial illustrations collection), do you own it? I personally have it: the dimensions are 15×21.5cm, it got a thick hard cover + dust cover and a total of 90 pages (49 illustrations + 16 pages epilogue chapter).

    Not too sure how the TWC one will be, maybe a thin A4 book…?


    • Yes I also own a copy. I also thought about it… but I wonder if they meant mini due to its measures or simply due to the amount of pages.

      Having it the same as the Wish artbook would make it quite different from the previous two artbooks.

      I personally hope it’ll be A4. I love Wish’s artbook but it’s too tiny… =/


  4. These books sound really good! Pretty damn Neat for a surprise release. Ok, so IF there is a timeline in one of the books, I hope someone posts it online! I’m beyond confused and having a break from thinking at all where timelines are concerned. @@


    • I just saw it! Now we have CoNFiRMeD TiTLeS! (I wonder what’s the criteria for picking which letters will go in caps)


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