XXXHOLiC Live Action movie: limited illustration card and comment by CLAMP

With the opening date for the XXXHOLiC live action moving drawing near, it’s been announced today that a limited amount of cards illustrated by CLAMP will be distributed to those to come to watch the movie at the theaters. They don’t specify how many postcards will be available.

In the new illustration, the cast of XXXHOLiC can be seen wearing the same costumes as seen in the movie. The setting is also akin to the movie.

© X.M.F.P © C・ST/K

Moreover, CLAMP released a formal comment for the first time since the movie announcement:

Which can be roughly translated as:

The work called “XXXHOLiC”, for which director Mika Ninagawa loves it deeply,
the wish for wanting to see the “picture” and “story” that she envisions has come true.

As original authors,
we are very happy as a movie fan.

In return, director Mika Ninagawa tweeted:

Which can be roughly translated as:

What a great message!!!

Moreover, everyone’s in their movie outfits in the new drawn illustration!
What should I do,
I’m so happy I could die…

Despite this, CLAMP and Mika Ninagawa are still not following each other on twitter, as they once did.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, XXXHOLiC live action movie twitter, Mika Ninagawa twitter

I’m really happy about this because for the first time in months (and about time, really), we have an official statement from CLAMP.

They have spoken informally about the movie in some of their twitter spaces, but always very briefly. The postcard is a nice gift to the fans, too. I’m glad they did it.

I did notice, however, that CLAMP’s comments were not included in the movie official website along with everyone else’s. They can be seen only in the News section that talks about the postcard.

There are many ways to interpret CLAMP’s comment. They were, of course, very polite. But the impression I had reading the comment is that the movie is Mika Ninagawa’s vision entirely, which makes perfect sense given that she’s the director. I do wonder if there were any disagreements between her and CLAMP, which led to this “distant” approach from CLAMP.

Could this be an olive branch? I hope so.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #1 cover

The cover of Tokyo Babylon #1 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced in a press release published today by Kadokawa!

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / KADOKAWA

The first and second volumes will be released on June 3, with two volumes coming out every month.

Those who purchase all 7 volumes can apply to receive an acrylic stand based on the cover illustration of the classic version of Tokyo Babylon volume 1 (published by Shinshokan in 1991).

Here’s the full release schedule for Tokyo Babylon in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

June 3rd, 2022: volumes 1 & 2
July 4th, 2022: volumes 3 & 4
August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

The official Twitter account of Young Ace magazine (Kadokawa’s current official magazine for all things CLAMP) has made a short promotional video about it:


Waaaaaahh so cool! *_* So the color does match the original version! Let’s hope it stays this way for the next volumes!

I love Subaru’s outfit! The style looks good too! Very contemporary but still true to Tokyo Babylon‘s spirit.

I love the fact that we already have the cover of volume 1 even before we got the cover of XXXHOLiC #19! Also, we have the full schedule already. Thank you Kadokawa for such efficiency!! Also, good to know it will keep being 2 volumes per month.

Now, the bonus is indeed different than XXXHOLiC, which has a postcard for each volume and a postcard binder for those who purchase all volumes and apply for it. But I thought each volume would come with an extra, but apparently it will be a bonus only if you buy all 7 (and if you live in Japan).