CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth #1

Following the publication of the 7th and last volume of Tokyo Babylon for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION series, the next title to be published will be Magic Knight Rayearth! This was indeed the guess of a lot of people (including myself).

The first volume will be released on October 13 and its cover has been announced!

You may order it via CD Japan.

As a bonus, each volume will come with a postcard featuring the same illustration used as the cover of the classic edition. The bonus is the same as XXXHOLiC (a bit of a bummer, I expected something different for each series).

Just a reminder that Kodansha and Kadokawa will alternate their titles for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION releases. We have had XXXHOLiC (Kodansha), Tokyo Babylon (Kadokawa) and now Magic Knight Rayearth (Kodansha). The next title, which still hasn’t been announced, will be a Kadokawa one.

What did we learn from this cover?

We learned that they will probably be using the same colors from the classic edition, so likely volume 2 will be blue and volume 3, green.

We also learned that we have 3 characters right from the start. It could not have been different, right? I thought maybe each volume would feature just one girl (like the Kodansha new issue), but this is of course, much better.

Hikaru is on the foreground while Umi and Fuu are in the background (again, just like the classic edition), which means that volume 2 will have Umi on the foreground and volume 3, Fuu on the foreground.

It’s a refreshing cover. It’s nice to see the girls in a new art but at the same time, a bit shocking to see them with with much less detail. The original Rayearth art is so polished, after all!

At this moment, only volume 1 has been announced. It’s unclear if volume 2 will come out on the same day and we will have 2 volumes as usual, or if it’s going to be one per month, meaning a 6 months run for all 6 volumes. I personally think that they will keep the 2 volumes pace.

Kodansha is marketing this as a celebratory release for Magic Knight Rayearth‘s 30th Anniversary, which will be in 2023, and in alignment to that, they will be reprinting the two Magic Knight Rayearth artbooks, that will also be released on October 13. This will be just a reprint, there’s no new content to be added on it (it’s just a reprint, not a new edition).

You may order them via CD Japan: Artbook 1, Artbook 2.

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #13 cover and release information

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc volume 13 will be released on October 13, 2022. This time, the special edition will come with a set of three big acrylic stands featuring three previously released illustrations of Sakura and Kero, Sakura and Spinel and Sakura and Momo. Each acrylic stand is approximately 9 cm (width) x 13-15 cm (height) x 8.5 cm (depth).

Here are pictures of the volume cover and the special edition:

Kodansha lists volume 13 as having 195 pages, which is way more than the typical 160 pages. If this is not a mistake, it probably means that Chapter 65 will be included in volume 13.

The cover illustration is so gorgeous! Worthy of final volume, even. But I guess CLAMP will go even higher on the cover of volume 14 (which seems to be the last one). Anyway, worthy of second-to-last volume!

The prices for the regular and special editions are 550 and 3,080 yens, respectively, and they are both available for pre-order at CD Japan with worldwide shipping: [Regular Edition], [Special Limited Edition]

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 65

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CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #7 cover

The cover of Tokyo Babylon #7 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced!

Technically, it’s still one person on the cover, or is it three? Hmmm it’s quite unclear.

The cover is very reminiscent of the classic edition, with Subaru looking like a priest. The new additions being obviously Seishirou and Hokuto (which seems to be attending her own funeral?). I have mixed feelings about this cover. Not sure if I find it so ingenious…

Oh, and this time around we got a full view of Seishirou’s shoulders, no cheating 😉

The seventh volume will be released on September 2.

This is it, ladies and gentlemen, this finishes Tokyo Babylon‘s ride with CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. It was a fun one, and definitely shorter compared to XXXHOLiC. Kadokawa surely made things more fun than Kodansha with announcing the covers in advance and spoiling us with heavy promo.

The next CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION has not yet been announced.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #5 & #6 covers

The covers of Tokyo Babylon #5 and #6 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

Loved these also! So in the end indeed we ended up with three covers featuring Hokuto and two covers with Seishirou (and we have seen again how Mokona-sensei got away with drawing Seishirou’s big shoulders, haha!)

The cover colors keep following the same pattern as the classic edition, as CLAMP have planned.

These covers also confirm the “rule” that we won’t be getting more than two chararcters on the same cover for the CPC editions.

Volume 7 will probably feature Subaru alone and it will be likely white, as the original.

The fifth and sixth volumes will be released on August 4.

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

August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

In other news, a box to store all 7 volumes will be sold by Kadokawa. It will feature illustrations from the original series.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 64

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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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CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #3 & #4 covers

The covers of Tokyo Babylon #3 and #4 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

As promised, we have finally Seishirou debuting CPC on the cover of volume 3, along with Subaru, looking like gangsters. Hokuto is back on the cover of volume 4 with Mokona fulfilling her promise that she would draw Subaru in clothes that could be worn by all genders.

As for the hot topic of Seishirou’s shoulders length, you can’t really tell how wide they look due to the furry accessory he’s wearing over them, but Seishirou looks cool af and that’s all that matters.

The cover colors keep following the same pattern as the classic edition.

Volume 7 will probably feature Subaru alone, so is it going to be for volumes 5 and 6? Again Seishirou and Hokuto, respectively? Or are we getting one (or two) cover with the trio?

I loved them!

The third and fourth volumes will be released on July 4, with two volumes coming out every month.

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

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

In addition, Character PVs for Subaru, Hokuto and Seishirou have been added to Kadokawa‘s Anime Channel on YouTube as “Shorts:

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 63

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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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XXXHOLiC live-action movie: 2nd week box office performance

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The XXXHOLiC live-action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa dropped to the 8th place in Japan’s box office on it’s second week, grossing a total of $295,141 (-56.5%).

The movie’s total domestic gross is now of US$2,882,403.

May 7th-9th weekend (Gross/Total Gross)

1st – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ($9,337,114 / $9,337,114)
2nd – Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween ($3,040,033 / $53,371,256)
3rd – Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden ($1,093,629 / $11,281,299)
4th – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore ($1,073,066 / $30,891,296)
5th – Radiation House ($551,481 / $4,622,406)
8th – XXXHOLiC ($295,141 / $2,882,403)

The numbers are all in US dollars.

Source: Box Office Mojo.

It’s also worthwhile checking XXXHOLiC‘s performance against the previous movies directed by Mika Ninagawa by their second week:

  • Sakuran (2006) – second week at #7 (Grossing: $670,913 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $1,615,641)
  • Helter Skelter (2012) – second week at #4 (Grossing: $2,152,782 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $10,263,918)
  • Diner (2019) – second week at #5 (Grossing: $1,398,350 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $5,921,261)
  • No Longer Human – second week at #5 (Grossing: $1,147,796 / Total domestic gross by week 2: $6,045,219)

It doesn’t seem like the movie is doing super well. It’s only winning against Sakuran at this point, but then again, maybe Sakuran‘s numbers have not been adjusted to reflect inflation over time.

One potential reason is the lack of a better distribution. So it depends on how many theaters the movie is actually showing.

They recently announced that from May 20th they will start screening sessions with audio commentary by the cast and director, as a strategy to make people go back and watch it again.

Let’s see how it goes in the coming weeks!

XXXHOLiC live-action movie: 1st week box office performance

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The XXXHOLiC live-action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa debuted on the 5th place in Japan’s box office on it’s opening week. It took a while for the numbers to come in, due to the Golden Week holiday in Japan.

The movie grossed US$678,321 in its opening weekend (April 29th-May 1st) and US$1,450,436 after 9 days since its release.

April 29th – May 1st weekend (Gross/Total Gross)

1st – Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween ($5,665,453 / $40,330,183)
2nd – Crayon Shin-chan: Mononoke Ninja Chinpuden ($2,191,837 / $6,726,318)
3rd – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore ($2,166,432 / $26,088,958)
4th – Free! The Final Stroke Part 2 ($987,323 / $3,215,116)
5th – XXXHOLiC ($678,321 / $1,450,436)

The numbers are all in US dollars.

Source: Box Office Mojo.

I honestly expected a much better performance, I don’t know how much the pandemic caused an impact on it — probably not much considering how well the Detective Conan movie is doing. Also, I’ve been informed that the movie is not being screened in a lot of theaters, which could mean that the distribution is not as wide as the other movies in positions 1-4. If there are less screens showing the movie, you will end up having less grossing.

There are many ways to measure if a movie was successful, the most common of them being whether it profited enough to cover its productions costs. Unfortunately, at this point it is unknown how much was the production cost for the XXXHOLiC movie.

It’s also worthwhile checking XXXHOLiC‘s performance against the previous movies directed by Mika Ninagawa:

  • Sakuran (2006) – debuted at #6 (First weekend gross: $370,831 / Total domestic gross: $5,973,534)
  • Helter Skelter (2012) – debuted at #4 (First weekend gross: $2,937,152 / Total domestic gross: $24,231,554)
  • Diner (2019) – debuted at #3 (First weekend gross: $1,756,882 / Total domestic gross: $9,673,094)
  • No Longer Human – debuted at #4 (First weekend gross: $1,566,799 / Total domestic gross: $10,452,114)

Only Sakuran (2012) had a slightly worse performance than XXXHOLiC, but given that the numbers are from 2012, I honestly don’t know if they have been corrected to reflect inflation over the years (I don’t think so). Helter Skelter had a really good opening weekend, the best of all five Ninagawa movies, and the best total grossing as well.

There are two things to keep an eye out from now on: 1) how the XXXHOLiC movie goes in the next weekends (maybe it will have a timid, but long run); 2) Due to CLAMP’s international appeal, there is a possibility of having the XXXHOLiC movie opening in other countries, which would of course contribute to its total grossing. The same happened with Sakuran and Helter Skelter (both also manga adaptations).

Considering that at this point the movie is not getting distributed massively, one could say that it was a good first week performance. Let’s hope that it will open in more screens in the next weeks.