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.
(Preparations by Ohkawa-sensei and Mokona-sensei)
Ohkawa-sensei writes the title and the hashtags: Title “CLAMP Saturday’s space”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I went to eat shabu shabu, I was searching for a sweet but couldn’t find it. I love Happitaan (ハッピーターン), as you know, so I bought it for today. You may hear the sound of it during today’s space. You may prepare some drinks because it’s really hot.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “We used to do a radio show every week I think for around a year, and in those shows when we make a toast, we usually like to bring some guests. Since Mokona is better now, we think we are gonna be able to make a toast.”
Toast phrase: “ware ware no hanei ni” (may prosperity ome to us)
Ohkawa-sensei: “We will do a free talk, but today the new figure of Sakura was announced. Mokona, what do you think of it?”
Mokona-sensei: “It was really nice from the very first time. Last time I did an illustration for a figure I was thinking about it becoming the figure but this time I really wanted to draw the little pearls, and the detailed flower so badly, and I didn’t really know if that would be possible to reproduce or people could get upset at me, but I think it ended up being a fabulous quality figure if you ask me.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Before it was colored (painted), GoodSmile showed a video from the upside and that looked really impressive, it felt like as something that is alive.
Igarashi-sensei: “I was impressed that even though it has passed so many years since Rayearth, such a detailed robot figure is being sold is so impressive.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “We really liked the little nendo ones, which were so cute, but this ones are really impressive.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “We didn’t decide the name for the Sakura figure. We are not able to come up with such cute names, so it was decided by the maker. We really haven’t decided any of the names of any figure before. And the last Sakura one actually we haven’t seen it directly yet.”
Keita Mori (Bushiroad producer)
Ohkawa-sensei: “Every time we try to invite him but we weren’t able to catch it yet. He was on the train and he sent us a message. If you’re listening right now please request access. Oh there he is.”
(Mori does really detailed self presentation. Ohkawa-sensei was impressed by his long resumé).
Ohkawa-sensei: “The Vanguard YouTube channel always puts up a lot of information, and also they respond to the comments and such.”
Mori: “I feel so honored to receive those compliments from CLAMP-sensei that I respect so much. That time we had a drink and that place were beautiful. At that time we weren’t even talking about the anime possibility. Thank you for the drawing for [Atsuko] Enomoto, she was so happy about it. Everyone on the team was very happy.”
Mori: (Something about Vanguard characters in the past and nowadays.)
Mori: “We are having now reactions from foreign fans, they are so happy. Thank you so much. Getting CLAMP to draw the characters became a big news therefore we’re so grateful. We published material on two girls (Megumi and Tomari) fighting today. The characters designs were so good for some of them that we couldn’t help to give those characters more importance. We’ll be announcing about them soon.
Ohkawa-sensei: “You mean the pretty lady, right?” (Ohkawa-sensei talked about deciding the clothes for her).
Mori: “Megumi and Tomari characters are becoming so famous on foreign countries thank to your designs.
The Vanguard project has been around for 10 years, Kitani-san was the one who connected CLAMP-sensei to the project, right?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, actually the producer of the XXXHOLiC anime introduced him to us. At that time we talked about someday working together on something. After that, we received a proposal but our schedule didn’t allow us to participate, but later on we received the call for Vanguard and at first we didn’t believe it. It has nothing connected to us so at first we thought that it was going to end up being a joke.”
Mori: “Vanguard revisits the story of the two main characters. With this new phase, we were thinking about how can we give lives to new characters, and at that time we thought about CLAMP-sensei. It was a time for a renewal, so it became such a great thing.”
At one point, CLAMP asked fans to submit questions to Keita Mori via Tsubaki Nekoi’s twitter account.
Ohkawa-sensei: “Why did you change job?”
Mori: “I get called and, well, at that time we weren’t talking about working with you, but being in Bushiroad there were more probabilities to work near famous people. The first card game I played was Magic: The Gathering. I was like 13-14″.
Question from a fan: “What is Mori producer’s favorite dish?”
Mori: “I like almost everything, and drink anything as well. If there’s a drink that matches a plate, I’d like to try it. I’m sure sensei can relate to that.”
Question from a fan: “What is your favorite Vanguard character?”
Mori: “I like Tomari from before when the story wasn’t developed that much. This is the first time I work on anime. Until now I worked only on card games, so you can say it’s the first time a card game I work on gets animated.”
Question from a fan: “Why is it called overDress? Is there a story behind this?”
Mori: “Naming is thought together but the final decision is made by Ito Akira-sensei”.
Question from a fan: “From the Vanguard until now, there’s something new (novelty)”
Mori: “We started everything from scratch. For Bushiroad, this kind of project was a first. The cards were drawn originally. We wished to make a version of Vanguard that was never seen before.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “When we received the proposal, it was written that the mermaids were idols, so at first we were surprised.”
Mori: “There are a lot of mermaids, some of them even got their own game.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “We tried to draw really normal mermaids because we didn’t wanted people to think ‘Oh they are doing weird things again'” (laughs).
Question from a fan: “Like M&G does, are you thinking on invite CLAMP to draw card illustrations?”
Mori: “We announced Shaman King & Nirvana lately, and would like to do the same with CLAMP but I think there’s copyright stuff to bear in mind in that case. I do love Rayearth. As manufacturers, we are always thinking how the payers are going to enjoy the best of the game. My sister used to read shoujo manga, Rayearth.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “If we could participate we will be really happy to do so. We haven’t done it in the past.”
Mori: “We are talking dreams here but I would love to have you participating more.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “And we would love to collaborate.”
Mori: “I recall CLAMP-sensei has drawn a congratulations illustration before…”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, we did a lot of research. We always do a lot of research before drawing. As you may know, Kyoto people is usually detailed-oriented”. (laughs)
Ohkawa-sensei: “Thank you for being with us this, an hour has passed already. I would like to invite everyone to check the Vanguard YouTube channel that has so much information. Thank you. In the future, when we can hold events, let’s gather and drink again.”
Mori: “At that time when director Mori (a director who is also named Mori) joined us was really fun.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “CLAMP will be happy if fans watch the anime and also if you play the card game as well.”
Mori message to fans: “We’d like to do more projects with CLAMP, so stay tunned.”
Ohkawa-sensei’s iPhone was running out of battery so decided to take a break to recharge.
2nd part – Free talk & questions from fans
Ohkawa-sensei: “We’re doing it using the iPhone speaker now. We would like to do some free talk. Today’s main theme is Animal Crossing game, how is that going?”
Igarashi-sensei: “I was looking for hibiscus but couldn’t find it. That character is so cute!”
Ohkawa-sensei: “The one who sells the carpets is cute as well.”
Ohkawa-sensei reminds the listeners that usernames from listeners who submitted questions will be read out loud.
Igarashi-sensei: “I’m thinking on picking up the garbage. I want to.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “One thing I want to make clear, Satsuki’s island is not based on CLAMP, is just Satsuki’s island.
If you want you can come along.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “What sweets are you enjoying lately? I’m buying the ones that I can make at home. Preferably by internet, my choux cream is the best”
Mokona-sensei: “The sweets from konbini (convenience stores) are high level.”
Nekoi-sensei: “I like ice-cream. I like Pino but I also like the ones that I cant eat easily. I want to let it melt and feel the flavor.”
Submitted by a fan: “Seven Eleven‘s pistachio macaron will be released tomorrow.”
Everyone: “We like chocomint.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I don’t like the mint flavor.”
Mokona-sensei: “I like it in Häagen–Dazs. It’s impressive when I can get it at konbini.”
Igarashi-sensei: “Lawson has a Hobo cream, who is really creamy with a thin outside layer.”
Ohkawa-sensei: (reading tweet) “Small melon pan are delicious.”
Question from a fan: “Have you eaten Dulce de Leche?”
Everyone: “No.” (they had heard of it but they haven’t tried it. They look it up on Wikipedia and discovered that is a Sweet Caramel from South America. They say they would like to try it.)
Ohkawa-sensei: “Thank you for all the recommendations, we’ll investigate about them.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Satsuki, how about your island?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Just show how you are like naturally, at yourself. If you haven’t tried the game or don’t have the Switch, is getting easy to get it so why not? Oh… Satsuki’s face…”
Ohkawa-sensei (to Satsuki): “The time is coming…”
About the Okinawa setting of Tsubasa – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE –:
Ohkawa-sensei: “Satsuki went and visited a place with a weird bed disposition, so we used it on Tsubasa – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE –. The disposition was so weird. The bathroom was in the middle.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Questions on Tsubasa – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE –? Please write it on Nekoi’s account.”
Question from a fan: “Did Fye become able to use Japanese chopsticks?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Oh yeah, right, he couldn’t used it at that time…”
Igarashi-sensei: “He has grown to eat sour food.”
Question from a fan: “Will Kujaku eventually appear in XXXHOLiC?”
Mokona-sensei: “Well there’s always the possibility since that place is accessed from many people from other worlds but you never know. Oh! We have a figure as well of Kujaku. That figure base took time. But when I was asked about the muscles I left that responsibility to them (laughs).”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Figure making is really tough. People don’t know, but it’s really hard.”
CLAMP were surprised that Kujaku was chosen instead of Ashura (who is the main character).
Question from a fan: “What’s the origins of Fye and Yui’s names?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Fye is for the greek letter. His name was decided in advance. Yui was taken from an old story if I recall correctly.”
Question from a fan: “I’ve seen a magazine article mentioning who’s the big brother and who’s the younger brother between Subaru and Kamui vampire twins. Has this article been supervised by CLAMP-sensei?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I’ve seen that article but we were not involved in it. Is actually mistaken. We haven’t said anything about that yet, we don’t know why that was written. Of course it’s ok for the fans to think the way they like. I haven’t talked about it to Monona-sensei or Igarashi-sensei either. What do you think?”
Nekoi-sensei: “Subaru is the older and Kamui the younger.”
Mokona-sensei: “I think Kamui is the younger since I’ve seen those same attitudes in my own siblings.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I haven’t talked about this with no one so I was so surprised at that article. We still don’t know where that came from and we didn’t feel like correcting it. So as an answer, we would like to say that is not an official voice.”
Question from a fan: “How did you decide on the Tsubasa countries and characters for each one?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “There were a lot of parameters. For some cases we defined the world first and then the characters, but we did the opposite on other worlds as well.”
Mokona-sensei: “We also thought on what clothes would fit better to them. Also Primera changed a lot, right?”
Fan comment: “I see Kamui as the younger brother”
Ohkawa-sensei: “The youngest one in X is Yuzuriha.”
Mokona-sensei: “She is like a cute sister.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, but she has her grown up sides as well. But yes, Kamui has those small brother characteristics Maybe if he didn’t have to go through to all that stuff he would have been more easygoing. But there was what happened to his mom, and he also has a lot of weird people around him, so…”
Question from a fan: “Please comment on the past relationship of Clow, Yuuko and Fei Wang Reed”:
Ohkawa-sensei: “I don’t think Clow hates Fei Wang. Clow is not that kind of person that would care that much.”
Fei Wang Reed bears a grudge against Clow and Yuuko because they never paid attention to him and always forgot to send him the obligatory midsummer/year’s-end gifts that most professional adults send to their colleagues each year. (Kero would make a list and send them)
Mokona-sensei: “Clow doesn’t really get angry at no one. But Yuuko gets mad at people if they mess her sake.”
Vampires & Fuuma
Ohkawa-sensei: “At temples, sake is offered to the Gods. So for me, sake is not a strange thing for Fuuma, therefore he is strong at drinking. I think Tsubasa’s Fuuma is also strong at drinking.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “But she hasn’t started drinking yet. She would probably start with sweet stuff first.
Ohkawa is asking for kind questions while Satsuki’s prepares her island.
Question from a fan: “Would Himawari be strong at drinking?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “When she grows up.”
Question from a fan: “I expect Sakura from GATE 7 to be strong at drinking.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “If he is not it would be like half an imposter.” (laughs)
Question from a fan: “Although it’s not safe to travel right now, once you are able to travel again, where do you wanna go?”
Question from a fan: “What do you do to low your tensions on free times?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I re-read the authors that I love.”
Nekoi-sensei: “I don’t get that much tensioned.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Satsuki is always calm as well right?”
Question from a fan: “What are your views on Ghibli movies?”
Mokona-sensei: “I’d pick Laputa but Nausicaä was the first one I watched so it left a strong impression.”
Igarashi-sensei: “Nausicaä. I was also reading the manga. Also Ponyo was really impressive. So many readings possible.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “It is kind of a scary movie as well. From the moment the mom goes outside.”
Question from a fan: “What it would take to forgive Seishirou?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Humility.” (she answered right away)
Clow’s name correct pronunciation: ku-RO-u.
A fan asked them the story behind a Ioryogi lighter dated from 2014-10-08. They said that they did it as a gift to some of their friends and it was not sold to the public. Takeshi Okazaki tweeted saying he also has one. Inada Tetsu (Ioryogi’s voice actor) interacted with them saying he didn’t have one (despite the fact that he voiced Ioryogi).
Question from a fan: “What kind of world do you think will be a happy ending for Subaru-kun and Seishirou? They couldn’t be happy in Tokyo Babylon, X, or Tsubasa… I like these two people, so I would like to hear your views.”
Mokona-sensei: “They can have a happy ending in your own mind and heart.”
Ohkawa-sensei: *clapping her hands* “Mokona nailed it! That’s really good”.
Then, they added that it’s hard to make a happy world with the two of them without Hokuto. And even the good memories they had from the past made living the present like hell for Subaru after Hokuto was gone. They mostly agree that Seishirou’s personality stands in the way of any kind of happy ending.
For CLAMP is pretty hard to set an schedule and do the spaces so in the future they’re going lightly announce it 30 minutes in advance so everyone can join. They may also just do spaces after finishing work, and in a pretty relaxed way like the free talk they did today. Nekoi-sensei may continue with her own twitter spaces as well.
A huge thank you to Claudio for providing skillful real-time translations.
Let’s keep this a collaborative effort! If you found mistakes or if you think you can contribute with more information, please contact me.