CLAMP BOOK #22 *FINAL* (CLAMP doujinshi) – Video Review

At long last here it is! The FINAL video review of all 22 CLAMP doujinshis!
This doujinshi is about Devilman, a popular and influential series by Go Nagai.
This concludes our journey through CLAMP’s early doujinshi works.
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Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime postponed

Today the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime production team has released an official statement announcing that the beginning of broadcast, which was originally scheduled for April 2021, has been postponed.

Here’s a rough translation of the statement:

Important report

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued patronage.

The [Tokyo BABYLON 2021] committee takes the issue of imitation very seriously.
A compliance team was set up within the committee to reflect deeply and take strict measures.
We will continue to work on further legal compliance.

Therefore, we will postpone the broadcast of this work, which is currently scheduled to be broadcast in April 2021.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to CLAMP, everyone who loves the original “Tokyo BABYLON” work, everyone who is looking forward to and supporting the TV anime “Tokyo BABYLON 2021”, and everyone involved.

We pledge to deliver entertainment that fans can enjoy with peace of mind, and the production committee will work together to produce it.

We will seriously and sincerely make works that everyone truly loves, so thank you for your cooperation.

All of TOKYO BABYLON 2021 PROJECT

The decision comes after incident of using unauthorized materials for Subaru Sumeragi’s ceremonial robes and Hokuto Sumeragi’s pink outfit. Back then, the two previously released PVs were removed from YouTube, as well as all visuals have been removed from the official website and all Tokyo Babylon 2021 social networks. Since then, the team has been reworking on these.

The production team did not announce the new air date at this moment.

Source: Tokyo Babylon 2021.

However unfortunate, I feel this is the right decision to make in order to have an adaptation that feels right at least in that regard. It is somewhat expected that this would happen, considering that a lot of the work had been done already (the voice actors were already dubbing the scenes). It makes me wonder if there were other cases, other than the two ones reported, that they identified.

CLAMP to draw for new “Haken Anime!” spinoff novel series

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Cover of the Haken Anime! novel (2014)
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This week’s issue of anan magazine (issue 2230) is announcing that CLAMP will be in charge of the illustrations for a new Haken Anime! spinoff novel series.

The spinoff is entitled Oto to Koe no Bouken (Adventure of Sound and Voice) and will begin serialization two weeks from now, on issue 2232 of anan. The series will be written by the same author as Haken Anime!, Mizuki Tsujimura.

The announcement came in this week’s issue of anan magazine, which also contains a 4-pages recap of CLAMP’s creative trajectory with highlights by Mizuki Tsujimura.

The original Haken Anime! novel was serialized in anan magazine from 2012 to 2014, each chapter featuring a colored illustration drawn by CLAMP. The chapters were compiled and released in book format in 2014. A paperback edition was later released in 2017. In 2019, it received a stage play adaptation.

Source: anan magazine issue 2230.

This is great news! I love the fact that they seem to be getting more active in 2021 ^-^

New CLAMP x Goodsmile Company Collaboration

Goodsmile Company announced today plans to release a new Sakura Kinomoto scale figure and Nendoroid doll based on a new illustration drawn by CLAMP exclusively for this purpose.

The products are a joint collaboration between CLAMP’s 30th Anniversary, Goodsmile Company’s 20th Anniversary and Card Captor Sakura‘s 25th Anniversary.

Here’s the new illustration that CLAMP drew for which the products will be based from:

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The scale figure is currently in production and more details will be announced soon.

The Nendoroid doll, also based on the same illustration, is entitled Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto Always Together ~ Pinky Promise ~ and will be up for pre-order on Goodsmile Company and CLAMP-FANS.COM websites starting from December 15.

More pictures of the Nendoroid doll are available at Kahotan’s blog.

CLAMP to provide character design concepts for two new Code Geass projects

(c)SUNRISE/PROJECT G-GEASS Character Design (c)2006-2021 CLAMP・ST
(c)SUNRISE/PROJECT Z-GEASS Character Design (c)2006-2021 CLAMP・ST

A press conference was held today to announce two new Code Geass projects: a smartphone game and a new anime series. CLAMP will provide new character design concepts for both projects.

The press conference was streamed live on YouTube on December 5th, Lelouch’s birthday.

The new anime series will be called Code Geass Dakkan no Zetto (Code Geass Z of the Recaptured) and its main visual was revealed:

(c)SUNRISE/PROJECT Z-GEASS Character Design (c)2006-2021 CLAMP・ST

Like previous Code Geass anime series, Takahiro Kimura will once again adapt CLAMP’s original concept designs for the anime. No information regarding beginning of broadcast was given.

The smartphone game will be called Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE and will be available starting April 2021. The key visual featuring the three main characters was also revealed, along with a PV:

(c)SUNRISE/PROJECT G-GEASS Character Design (c)2006-2021 CLAMP・ST

Code Geass Dakkan no Zetto (Code Geass Z of the Recaptured)

Official website: http://www.geass.jp/Z-recapture/

Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE

Official website: http://geass-gr.jp
Official twitter: https://twitter.com/geass_gr

At least for the game, the character designs looks very much like the current CLAMP style. I am already looking forward to see CLAMP’s original concepts and all the new illustrations they will provide for this! 2021 is already looking better than 2020 so far =)

Tokyo Babylon 2021 team addresses unauthorized use of materials allegations and takes actions

Today the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime production team has released an official statement addressing received allegations of unauthorized use of materials in characters’ costumes

The statement, which was posted on the Tokyo Babylon 2021 official website, chronicles the events since the first allegations were reported by fans, the investigation that was carried out within the production staff, acknowledging the mistake and down to an apology to CLAMP, Tokyo Babylon readers, the cast, staff and everyone who has been supportive of Tokyo Babylon 2021. The statement assures that the production team is committed to prevent this from happening again.

Unauthorized materials had been used for Subaru Sumeragi’s ceremonial robes and Hokuto Sumeragi’s pink outfit.

As immediate actions that were taken, the two previously released PVs have been removed from YouTube, as well as all visuals have been removed from the official website and all Tokyo Babylon 2021 social networks. The team will likely rework these and release them again in the future.

Source: Tokyo Babylon 2021.

This was an unfortunate event but at least the flaw has been humbly acknowledged, they are working on fixing the mistake and committed to prevent it from happening again. I hope this time they will base the designs on CLAMP’s source materials, which we all love so much.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 49

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This chapter is available for free at CLAMP-FANS.com.

DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed reading this story, please support CLAMP by purchasing the original or licensed material available in your country.

Card Captor Sakura is available for purchase at CD Japan and Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

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Tokyo Babylon 2021: Main Cast, Staff, Air Date and new PV announced

New Key Visual
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Earlier today a press conference was held in Japan to introduce the main cast and staff for the upcoming Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime.

MAIN CAST

Subaru Sumeragi: Shouta Aoi
Hokuto Sumerari: Nana Mizuki
Seishirou Sakurazuka: Yuuichirou Umehara

STAFF

Original work: Tokyo Babylon (CLAMP)
Direction: Shingo Suzuki / Susumu Kudo
Series Composition: Jun Kumagai
Character Design: Makoto Furuta
Chief Animation Direction: Makoto Furuta / Keiji Tani
Main Animation: Takayuki Uchida / Hiroshi Okubo
Mecha/Prop Design: Hiroshi Okubo
Edition: Chinami Watanabe
Sound Direction: Fumiyuki Go
Music: Noriyuki Asakura
Music Production: King Records
Animation: GoHands

Opening Theme: Shouta Aoi (Subaru’s voice actor)
Ending Theme: Nana Mizuki (Hokuto’s voice actress)

Dubbing has already started and broadcast will premiere in April 2021.

New character designs for the main trio have been revealed:

Addionally, a new, longer PV has been announced:

More information: tokyobabylon2021.jp

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I really enjoyed the cast choice, specially Subaru and Seishirou. It’s worth noting that none of the staff members have previously worked in a CLAMP anime adaptation. I am also under the impression that all of them are male, but that needs to be confirmed.

Unfortunately, CLAMP themselves are not involved in the staff. I was also surprised by the fact that CLAMP did not leave any comments to the staff and cast, as they usually do. In fact, CLAMP have been really silent regarding this anime adaptation so far, which is a bit odd considering how dear to their heart Tokyo Babylon is.

I liked the new PV better than the first one, even though it seems to be a bit too much action-oriented than what Tokyo Babylon asks for. The music sounds good. I also liked slightly more the new character designs that have been revealed today, however Seishirou remains being the one that I like the least.

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #9 second week sales report

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The ninth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 46th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 29,786 copies sold in its second week of sales. Combining the sales from weeks 1 and 2, the overall sales for volume 9 is an estimate of 107,406 copies. Not only this is the weakest second week sales for a Clear Card volume, but also it is the lowest overall sales by week 2 of the entire Clear Card series so far. 

These numbers are for the regular edition, only. Numbers for the special edition (Stationery set) are unknown as it did not appear on the ranking. Keep in mind that pre-orders and special edition sales might have affected these first week sales numbers.

It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon via iamZEON.

The chart below shows the progress in the sales of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ over the weeks and compares it with previous volumes’ performances (click on it for dynamic version):

I don’t think we will be seeing volume 9 in next week’s ranking. It was a really short run. In fact, the last time a Clear Card volume made it to the third week was in 2018, with volume 5.