CLAMPSpace – May 22, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This CLAMP Space session happened live on their official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.

Games

  • Games played by Satsuki-sensei:
    • Animal Crossing (since its DS version)
    • Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
    • Megami Tensei d2
    • AFK Arena
    • Uma Musume
  • Games played by Ohkawa-sensei:
    • sky (she was happy to know that a version for Nintendo Switch will be released soon)
    • Silent Hill 1
    • Resident Evil 1
    • Megami Tensei
    • Danganronpa
  • Mokona-sensei likes puzzle games.
  • They all said to be occasional gamers and not hardcore gamers.
  • They talked about Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
  • They asked for game suggestions via Nekoi-sensei’s Twitter. They mentioned musical games, Super Mario Bros, Gardenscapes as some of the suggestions.
  • They also mentioned the collaboration Granblue had with Code Geass, which made them mention Jun Fukuyama.
  • While CLAMP were talking about various games, they talked about the mobile game Neko Atsume. That led to one of them mentioning that a friend had named a black cat Kurogane and a white cat Fai. and then CLAMP were talking about what if you had a cat named Kurogane and a cat named Fai but they didn’t get along. One of them said that would be sad but another said “who cares about them? Now if it was Sakura and Syaoran (cats) that didn’t get along that would be really sad”.
  • They talked about games adapted from their own works. Mostly about Magic Knight Rayearth games and the X one for Playstation.
  • They talked about how the X game has very similar animation to its TV Anime adaptation.

Maaya Sakamoto

  • They recapped their long relationship with her and asked fans for their favorite Maaya Sakamoto songs outside the ones from their own works.
  • CLAMP attended to Maaya’s wedding. Yoko Kanno played piano at the reception.
  • They’re also talking about how much they love Clear and how they’re so happy with it.

Tsubasa

  • They talked about how sad/hard it was for Syaoran during the Infinity arc because he knew everyone well but they didn’t really know him (and Sakura was distancing herself).
  • The cast of Tokyo Revelations was chosen by Ohkawa-sensei.
  • They were very happy that Kodansha allowed them to attach the OAD to the tankoubon release because they wanted to animate Tokyo arc and it wasn’t possible to do so in NHK.

Card Captor Sakura Movies

  • Although the first movie is set in Hong Kong, Ohkawa-sensei didn’t go there herself to do location research. Instead, this was done by producer Masao Maruyama and director Morio Asaka, from Madhouse. They did it in almost one day.
  • If you try to replicate some scenes where Sakura runs from one place to another, you’ll end up in very odd places (not sure what this means, I think it means the place is not that accurate).
  • Ohkawa-sensei watched over 30 hours video footage about Hong Kong to be able to write the script.
  • In director Morio Asaka’s storyboard for the last scene of the second movie, it was originally supposed to end with Syaoran saying “Stop it!/Don’t do it” to Sakura, who was about to jump over the gap to reach Syaoran, but Ohkawa-sensei wanted to end it in a lighter tone so she requested to add an additional line to Sakura where she says “I love you”.
  • Syaoran’s sisters were not created specifically for the movie, he was always meant to have four sisters since the beginning.
  • A fan asked if they were aware that Syaoran’s four sisters look like CLAMP and they said no.
  • The cast for Maaya Sakamoto as The Nothing card was chosen by Ohkawa-sensei.
  • Naoko’s song sang by Tomoyo in movie 2 was written by Ohkawa-sensei. Naoko is at Ohkawa-sensei’s heart.
  • The pamphlet for the movies cost 600 yens at the time and they thought it was a little expensive. They requested to make it cheaper for elementary students.
  • A fan pointed out that the color of Sakura’s ribbon shoes for the play costume is different in the movie and the art that CLAMP did for the movie. The shoes are red in the movie while they are white in the arts did by CLAMP. They replied that the correct color is red and that either Mokona-sensei got confused and mixed the colors or she intended it to look this way. Mokona-sensei added that she thought it would look better for the illustrations if they were white, therefore it was a conscious decision to make them white for the illustrations.

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc

  • Mokona-sensei’s favorite battle costume is the one with the frog.
  • Now that Sakura is a junior high student, they are showing a little more of skin in Sakura’s battle costumes.
  • The costume Sakura is wearing in volume 2 was made green per Ohkawa-sensei’s request.

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CLAMPSpace – May 20, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This CLAMP Space session happened live on their official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.

Tokyo Babylon

  • Someone asked what character is their favorite and the asker said “mine is Subaru Sumeragi.” CLAMP responded immediately “Subaru.. isn’t that kinda tough?”
  • CLAMP can’t answer about what happened with the Tokyo Babylon 2021 anime so they decided to talk about the manga.
  • CLAMP mentioned how they were so young when they wrote it. Started as a very short story. People who ask about it always bring up the banana and the “Old” story.
  • Satsuki-sensei thinks “Start” is the most impression making chapter.
  • Fan question: with Tokyo Babylon, was the story or characters made first? Answer: Story first. It started with a story about a curse and someone had to get rid of it. So Subaru came to be.
  • A fan asked them to list their favorite places that appear in the manga. CLAMP replied that most of the places that appear in the manga are now gone except for Tokyo Tower and Mister Donut.
  • They chose Tokyo Tower as a setting because it’s kind of uncool.
  • A fan: I like Seishiro a lot. CLAMP: eeeek watch out. “they like Seishiro? Seeeriously?” (Echoes)
  • CLAMP think the OVA cast was excellent. A scene they love is when Miki Ito calls out Subaru’s name.
  • They talked about how Mokona-sensei cried before drawing Hokuto dying. Satsuki-sensei didn’t.
  • A fan asked if Seishirou killed Hokuto because he was lonely, referencing what the girl ghost says about lonely people doing bad things. Ohkawa-sensei replied that it’s up to the reader to judge, but only Seishirou knows if he does these bad things because he is lonely.
  • They don’t blame Seishirou because that’s how he is but if in real life they would not want to get anywhere near him.

Tsubasa

  • Syaoran’s mentor was originally meant to be Subaru. They changed it to Seishirou at the last minute.
  • Fye was supposed to die at the end of the Celes arc.
  • All CLAMP member really like the Piffle World arc.

XXXHOLiC

  • Suga Shikao was chosen by CLAMP to perform the songs of XXXHOLiC because CLAMP already liked his work before.
  • Regarding resuming the XXXHOLiC Rei manga, Ohkawa-sensei said it is a work for which the story gets influenced by current events so she asked the fans to please wait a little more.
  • A fan commented about searching the alcohol drinks that appear on XXXHOLiC. CLAMP said that were chosen by Mokona-sensei since she lived near a Izakaya restaurant at that time. CLAMP said Watanuki doesn’t drink that much, so now is Doumeki who may drink.
  • Doumeki’s voice actor is really serious about how Doumeki has to sound.
  • A fan asked about if the shop in which Watanuki went with Mokona in the Shiritori chapter has any relation to Fei Wang Reed due to the many bat wings motifs that appear in it. CLAMP said it’s not yet the time to talk about that.
  • Question from fan: if CLAMP members were to become their own characters who would they choose?
    Mokona-sensei: first she chose White Mokona (Soel) but since it’s still traveling, she changed it to Black Mokona (Larg)
    Nekoi-sensei: Suppi
    Satsuki-sensei: Seishirou
    Ohkawa-sensei: didn’t pick anyone, but if she had to pick one it’d be Clow.
  • The inspirations for the stories in XXXHOLiC come from real life experiences, stories told by their friends and from classic Japanese literature.
  • The three 10 yens coins story happened to one of their acquaintances.
  • Doumeki is based on someone they know. The name “Ichihara Yuuko” is the name of their nail technician.
  • Ohkawa-sensei gave her set of mahjong tiles to Jun Fukuyama (Watanuki’s voice actor).
  • The sweets that appear in XXXHOLiC are chosen because they go well with sake/alcoholic beverages. Mokona-sensei thinks dorayaki with champagne is delicious.
  • Regarding the XXXHOLiC Musical adaptation. They are extremely happy to have one of their works adapted to a stage play for the first time. Casting was done entirely by the producer Matsuda Makoto and CLAMP have no complains. They loved Yuuko’s characterization. The casting for Himawari and Doumeki will be announced soon.

Other topics

  • They said they have been watching a lot of YouTube lately. Ohkawa-sensei mentioned that Nekoi-sensei likes to watch videos about ghost stories.
  • Here’s a list of things each of them like to watch on YouTube:
    Nekoi-sensei: Ghost stories, iyashikei no fudousan (癒し系の不動産), horses, cats and goats.
    Igarashi-sensei: Doesn’t watch much, but when she does, she likes to watch Kubota-kun’s channel because she is a fan.
    Mokona-sensei: Masama Uno’s channel (figure skater), Mochimaru (a cat), the channel of a ballet dancer who has a beautiful Russian wife.
  • They talked a little about Nekoi-sensei’s drawing of Mokona of the Pearl Earring that she posted on her social networks and it received a lot of attention.
  • Question from a fan: What is your favorite place to eat in Kyoto?
    Answer: Ladurée on Hanamikoji Street in Gion (Igarashi-sensei)
  • Question from a fan: What kind of chocolate does CLAMP-sensei recommend?
    Answer: La Maison du Chocolat (Mokona-sensei answered immediately). They also recommended chocolates from a store in Sanjo Street. In Osaka, they recommended Rihga Royal Hotel’s Planet Chocolate.
  • Question from a fan: For how long do you want to keep drawing manga?
    Answer: They don’t know, but until they are able to draw. Mokona-sensei added that she will quit only when she no longer can draw a frame.
  • Question from a fan: What do you want to drink today?
    Answer: They didn’t have any drinks for today. Apparently they had sushi before doing the twitter space but Mokona-sensei avoided drinks because she wasn’t feeling very well.
  • Apparently they talked about participating in a party of the radio show All Night Nippon.
  • Question from a fan: What background music do you play while working?
    Ohkawa-sensei: Basically, silence.
    Nekoi-sensei: German techno.
    Mokona-sensei: Classical music, anime songs, and eventually songs and videos that come up on YouTube randomly. She mentioned liking Heavy Metal too, “but not when I’m drawing Sakura-chan! (laughs)”
    The drawing team likes to listen to foreign music that they can’t understand!
  • Question from a fan: Which character was the most important for you to name?
    Answer: Ohkawa-sensei is the one who comes up with the characters’ names.
    Li Syaoran is after Bruce Lee.
    Sakura was heavily based on the title role.
    They mentioned that the first time they had a character in the work title was for Miyuki-chan in Wonderland.
    Igarashi-sensei said that they intentionally tried their best to find surnames with numerical kanjis for the characters in XXXHOLiC. This is true. (Kimihiro) Watanuki and (Yuuko) Ichihara both have the kanjis for “one”, (Shizuka) Doumeki has the kanji for “hundred”, (Himawari) Kunogi has the kanji for “nine”. (Kohane) Tsuyuri has the kanjis for “five” and “seven”.
  • Ohkawa-sensei is the only one of the four that likes horror stories. The other three prefer kaidan(怪談) stories, which are stories about ghost/spirits stories.
  • Mokona-sensei mentioned she thought Kindaichi Kosuke (金田一耕助) to be really scary. It’s a very popular detective series.
  • They mentioned they will try to invite “well intentioned” fans to participate in upcoming twitter spaces. They will also try to warn in advance.
  • They congratulated BL novelist Miki Iida for her 5th debut anniversary.

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CLAMPSpace – May 12, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This CLAMP Space session happened live on their official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.

Other topics

  • Satsuki-sensei was absent.
  • Mika Kikuchi (voice actress for Mokona=Modoki) and her husband, Yuichi Yoshida, participated as guests.
  • This was the first test that they did with twitter spaces and they were still figuring things out.
  • Kahotan from Good Smile Company joined them at one point while she was at the train station coming back home from work.
  • Kahotan said she was a big fan of Card Captor Sakura before working for Good Smile Company.
  • Ohkawa-sensei, Mokona-sensei and Nekoi-sensei all like to look at real state floor plans. Among the three of them, Mokona-sensei and Nekoi-sensei enjoy looking at floor plans and drawing the rooms in three dimensions to make them look more realistic. Upon hearing this, Ohkawa-sensei said “The art team (Mokona-sensei and Nekoi-sensei) is so annoying”.
  • They said they want to use twitter spaces more often and to do special announcements as well.
  • They plan to ask questions from fans.

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