CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 covers

The covers of all 3 volumes of Magic Knight Rayearth 2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

CLAMP decided to switch the order of appearance: in the classic version, Hikaru was at the forefront of volume 1 and Fuu was at the forefront of volume 3. It was the other way around for CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. The color tone for the covers is the same as the classic series.

There had been some speculation among fans that the covers for the second series would feature additional characters. Some speculated that it would feature the characters from the foreigner countries (as they are in the back covers of the classic series), but the concept that CLAMP chose was: the magic knight and their loved ones.

Here’s the complete release schedule for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

November 11, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth volumes 2 & 3
December 13, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volume 1
January 13, 2023: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volumes 2 & 3

So this is it for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION =) Looking very much forward for the next title which should be published by Kadokawa (fans are guessing it’s gonna be RG Veda)

12 thoughts on “CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 covers

  1. Why did they even include Clef on Umi’s cover? It’s anime-exclusive storyline. I laways felt CLAMP did her dirty in relationship department. Do you prefer a child that looks like a teenager or an almost millenia-old elder that looks like a child? Pick your poison.

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    • I think they’re smart and know what the fans want. But you’re right Clef should be only on an anime-exclusive storyline. In the manga, we can’t feel that extra feeling from Umi, it’s more like a teacher and student.

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    • That’s a good point, about the anime-exclusive storyline…. I’m curious to know what other fans think about this…

      Do you prefer a child that looks like a teenager or an almost millenia-old elder that looks like a child? Pick your poison.

      XD all types of love, indeed.

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    • I think CLAMP did not include Clef x Umi and Inouva in the manga and put them in the anime because they might not be appropriate for the readers of Nakayoshi but CLAMP chose to put their more inappropriate relationships in Clover and Card Captor Sakura.
      I suspect that had the anime project of MKR been made early in the serialization we might have Inouva in the manga and there would not have been a sequel to the manga as well.

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      • Inouva is similar to CLAMP’s characters in Shoten and their earlier manga, that is why I am saying that he is likely scrapped from the manga and put in the anime.

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      • *I suspect that had the anime project of MKR been made later in the serialization or after the serialization we might have Inouva in the manga and there would not have been a sequel to the manga as well.

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  2. I love how they surprised us with a random layout from green to red and placed the male characters together who are not leading roles! Though it broke the rule it’s a good surprise! : D

    I’m just not sure about the lower limbs…hum…it looked like it’s disappeared!? The hands of Fuu are strange too. It made me feel like CPC series are only the original sketches designed by Mokona sensei. And the specific lines and colors were done by the other members. It is a bit sad that something delicate, magical and professional is missing.

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    • Oh, but actually, even before Mokona-sensei did not necessarily paint everything. Nekoi-sensei is the official painter of the group. Sure Mokona-sensei can paint too but it’s Nekoi-sensei the art director and the color specialist. She does all the digital coloring too.

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    • What I like about the illustrations is that CLAMP actually used outfits based on one of the original illustrations (the one with white lillies). I feel like since Tsubasa the knights were only ever drawn in Chinese-inspired clothes, completely losing the original inspiration – art nouveau, especially Alphonse Mucha’s art.

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  3. When CLAMP has a flat style, they use Adobe Photoshop like in CNK which is where they don’t even try to look traditional, while when they use Adobe Fresco or CSP their artwork looks a bit like done traditionally but it is still obvious that it was done digitally.

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  4. The paperback edition of MKR from Kodansha USA was announced to be released in Fall 2023, I wonder if they will be based on the Clamp Premium Collection editions of MKR but If Kodansha releases the Clamp Premium Collection, Dark Horse might be pressured to print the Kadokawa Clamp Premium Collection as well.

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