Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 58

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BREAKING: XXXHOLiC Live Action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa in the works

It’s been announced today that a live action movie adaptation of XXXHOLiC directed by renowned director Mika Ninagawa is in production.

The movie, entitled ホリック xxxHOLiC, will open in theaters across Japan on April 29, 2022.

Actress Kou Shibasaki was cast to play Yuuko Ichihara, while Kimihiro Watanuki will be played by actor Kamiki Ryunosuke.

Here are the three promotional pictures released so far:

STAFF

Direction: Mika Ninagawa
Original work: CLAMP
Script: Erika Yoshida

CAST

Yuuko Ichihara: Kou Shibasaki
Kimihiro Watanuki: Kamiki Ryunosuke

Official website: https://xxxholic-movie.asmik-ace.co.jp
Official Twitter: @xxxHOLiC_movie
Official instagram: @holic_movie.official

Mika Ninagawa is a famous award winning Japanese photographer and director. She is known for her brightly colored photographs of flowers, goldfish, and the city of Tokyo. She made her debut as movie director in 2007 with Sakuran, followed by Helter Skelter in 2012, both of which were also originally manga series. In 2019, she released two movies based on Japanese novels, Diner and Ningen Shikkaku. In 2020, she directed her first TV series, Netflix’s FOLLOWERS. XXXHOLiC will be her fifth theatrical movie.

Here’s a comment from director Mika Ninagawa:

10 years have passed since the very first meeting that I’ve said “I wanna make a XXXHOLiC movie!”. It is finally finished after getting over a variation of things.

Now that is finished, the fact it will be released now, it sort of feel like “hitsuzen” (inevitable).

We have experiecied a moment in which the world changed. Because of that, is that what’s inside “XXXHOLiC” soaks in more inside us now. “In this world everyone is connected to someone, and shares something. You are the one making the choice, and the future is given in each one of those decissions.”

I think I’ve reached a new expression, guided by the force that the original work has. It’s finished.
Go watch it in the cinemas.

(thank you Claudio-san for the translation!)

With this, XXXHOLiC becomes the first CLAMP work to have a live action movie opening on theaters (the Tokyo Babylon live action was released straight to VHS). XXXHOLiC also maintains its title of CLAMP work with the most variety of media adaptations, having had an animation movie, two TV Anime seasons, four OADs, a live action TV Drama, a live stage reading drama, a musical stage play, several audio dramas (CDs and PLAYBUTTON), a novel, a game and now a live action theatrical movie.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Fashion Press.

I was super excited when I saw this news! I’ve been a huge fan of Mika Ninagawa for years and for years I have been dreaming about her directing a live action of a CLAMP manga. I always thought that XXXHOLiC was a strong candidate but after the TV Drama, my hopes were down a little. I still kept hoping that she would somehow collaborate with CLAMP on something else or something original. Fast forward to 10 years later and here we are!

It’s interesting that Mika said it’s been around 10 years since she had the first meeting about wanting to work with XXXHOLiC. This goes back around the time the TV Drama was released. Coincidence? I think not.

I was of course hoping that Ohkawa-sensei would have written the script, but at least the scriptwriter is a woman. Both director and scriptwriters are women and that is a very good thing.

Still, I am very curious to know about what was CLAMP’s involvement in all this. The movie is finished (it’s probably in post-production stage now) so now it’s not a matter of hoping that CLAMP will be more involved, but rather just how much were CLAMP involved. So far, they haven’t been very vocal about the announcement on social media and I find that a little concerning (it strangely reminds me of their behavior during the Tokyo Babylon 2021 days). I hope they will be more vocal about this in the coming days, after all, they have always admired Ninagawa’s work.

Speaking of Ninagawa, she is one of the biggest names in Japanese pop culture at the moment. She is very mainstream and yet highly artistic and has a massive fanbase who is very supportive of her work. This will definitely attract both existing and new audiences.

I am really happy with this collaboration that I believe is nothing but worthy of CLAMP and XXXHOLiC. I cannot think of a better person to translate the XXXHOLiC atmosphere than Mika Ninagawa. I am not very familiar with the actress, but she is gorgeous and apparently extremely popular as well.

This is looking very promising!

PS: Isn’t now a great timing to resume XXXHOLiC Rei?

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #9 & #10 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #9 and #10 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on December 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 9, volume 10).

At least one of my predictions were right (Haruka)! Seeing Kuda Kitsune in its real form was a surprise, but I should have seen it coming.

I keep thinking Yuuko is looking more like her classic self, which is great.

My predictions for volumes 11 and 12 are Kohane and…. TRC!Sakura? I wonder if we will be seeing some of the Tsubasa cast on the covers at all. But Kohane should definitely be in one of them.

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #11 third week sales report

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The eleventh volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 49th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 12,147 copies sold in its third week of sales for the regular edition. The Special Edition (Mini Sakura Costume) also didn’t make it to the ranking this time, like last week.

Combining the numbers of the regular and special editions together and the three weeks since it’s been on sale, volume 11 sold an estimate of 116,381 copies overall.

The last time a Clear Card volume made it to the 3rd week was with volume 5. There may have been other volumes which also made it, but I couldn’t track those because the free version of Oricon only shows up to the top 30.

It’s very nice that volume 11 is still showing up in the top 50, but unfortunately these figures are the lowest overall sales by the third week for a Clear Card volume (again, based on the data I could find). In other words, all previous 10 volumes which made it to the third week had bigger figures by their third week of sales.

However, it does seem like the sales are showing a shy but growing sign. This is probably a reflection of the way the story is moving towards some sort of climax.

It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon. Special thanks to Sakura84-chan for letting me know about this!

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):

Nanase Ohkawa Twitter Space – November 2, 2021

Today CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa-sensei held a twitter space in her personal account and it Tokyo Babylon.

During the space, she updated the fans about the current status of the future anime adaptation of Tokyo Babylon.

Here is a brief summary about it:

DISCLAIMER: This Twitter Space session happened live on Nanase Ohkawa’s 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.

The first 4 minutes were about Hideaki Matsuoka’s music and memories of those old days. A few of the Tokyo Babylon songs by him ended up in his 35th Anniversary best album.

Ohkawa-sensei: “When we were thinking about making the Tokyo Babylon manga, we thought we would like to have a compilation album that goes with it but there were not much chances about doing that.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Tokyo Babylon is a pretty important work for me and for many people. Indeed it was a story written in compliance of what was going on at that time.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Like we were saying when talking with Matsuoka-san, I’m holding the deal about Tokyo Babylon [new anime] and I would like to have some product in the same line of Tokyo Babylon. I don’t want this to be misunderstood, I think the Tokyo Babylon 2021 staff was thinking the same way. I’m holding the deal right now so I would like to deliver something according to everyone’s expectations. Either way we’re not in a stage that I can announce anything new right now. I would like to deliver a new animation project that fits Tokyo Babylon accordingly. People may have been hurt with the Tokyo Babylon 2021 project, but I think the staff was doing their best, so from now on I would like to continue giving my best efforts to it.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “When I watched Matsuoka-san’s Vision of Boys 2020 I really felt the Tokyo Babylon vibes. I don’t want to be misunderstood about this but it felt like ‘Oh yeah, this is what I was expecting to see’. There’s so many things that remain not yet decided, therefore I can not announce anything now, but as we said to Matsuoka-san, we’re aiming for a CLAMP-ish Tokyo Babylon media-mix.”

Q&A section with fans

Q: If Hokuto lived these times, would she wear Uniqlo GU?
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, she absolutely loves fast fashion so yes.”

Q: Will Seishirou’s original shoulders width be reflected?
Ohkawa-sensei: (Surprised while reading the tweets) “Soulder’s width? Shoulder width is that important? Oh, so I see, Seishirou is Seishirou because of his shoulders width! That’s a surprise! Is it because it looks strong? Thank you. I’ll have that as reference. For me Seishirou wasn’t defined because by his shoulders width. So it was a pitty that Seishirou’s shoulders weren’t wide enough then? I wasn’t giving that aspect that much of importance.
(Note: she keeps comming back to this subject later as well)
But is totally valid. Thank you for having that in mind.
For me shoulder width wasn’t that important, it was just the way it was at that time.”

Q: Can Subaru ride a bicycle?
Ohkawa-sensei: “I guess so, did he ride any? I think he can but did he ever ride a bicycle?” (She had to ask on the CLAMP line group about it)

Q: Can the Sumeragi twins drink alcohol? (Are they strong or weak at drinking?)
Ohkawa-sensei: “They are too young to drink but actually we had this decided at that time: there’s an omnyoji technique that makes alcohol effects go away so they are able to use that technique. That technique actually exists. I got an actual book that refers to this omnyoji technique.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “I’m so happy to know many people love Tokyo Babylon. I also think the Tokyo Babylon 2021 staff have put love on it. There’s nothing I can announce right now, altough I think there will be many changes comparing form the previous version [Tokyo Babylon 2021]. I will do my best to give my suggestions as a creator and from my place as producer. I don’t know what kind of media-mix is going to end up being, but I will do my best.”

Q: Were the final words Seishirou says to Subaru [in X] previously decided?
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, absolutely, but I’m not revealing those.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “I don’t know how the new Tokyo Babylon anime is going to be but we would like aim for something that satisfies everyone.”

Q: “If Seishirou would invite Subaru to a date now, where that would be?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “If I were at charge of the script, that would be….. (thinks) a Butler Cafe at Ikebukuro. He would like to put Subaru in trouble by doing so. Seishirou would enjoy to have Subaru saying “Okaerinasaimase”. I haven’t been to such a butler cafe, but if it’s Seishirou taking Subaru that would be the place. Or the Shinseido Cafe at Ginza to make Seishirou taste the omuraisu. Altough I don’t think there will be a scene where Seishirou is drinking, even without alcohol I would like to have Subaru watch Seishirou enjoying that omuraisu.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “I am holding the deal about the Tokyo Babylon anime and would like to do my best efforts from now on. Of course, there may be some limits but I’ll do my best. I’d like for everyone to wait for it patiently.

A huge thank you to Claudio for providing this summary.

Let’s keep this a collaborative effort! If you found mistakes or if you think you can contribute with more information, please contact me.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 57

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

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.

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Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #11 second week sales report

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The eleventh volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 18th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 27,044 copies sold in its second week of sales for the regular edition. This time, the Special Edition (Mini Sakura Costume) didn’t make it to the ranking.

So far, combining the numbers of the regular and special editions together and the two weeks since it’s been on sale, volume 11 sold an estimate of 104,234 copies overall.

While it’s nice that volume 11 is still showing up in the top 30, unfortunately these figures are the lowest overall sales by the second week for a Clear Card volume. In other words, all previous 10 volume had bigger figures by their second week of sales.

It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. These numbers are only an estimate and it’s possible that the real figures are higher than these.

Source: Oricon.

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):

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #11 first week sales report

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The eleventh volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 7th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 60,337 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Mini Sakura Costume) debuted at the 33th position, with an estimate of 16,853 copies sold. Combining the numbers of the regular and special editions together, it sold an estimate of 77,190 copies in its release week.

Since volume 5, the first week sales of Clear Card arc have consistently been lower than its previous volume, but the good news is: that was not the case with volume 11.

The overall first week sales of volume 11 were better than volume 10, which sold an estimate of 75,258 copies. It’s not a big difference, but it’s an improvement and something that didn’t happen since volume 5. When looking at the regular and special editions individually, the regular edition numbers for volume 11 (60,337) were better than volume 10 (54,943) but the same can’t be said about the Special Edition — 20,315 for volume 10 vs 16,853 for volume 11.

It’s also worth mentioning that while it landed in the 7th position, the first 6 titles are not published by Kodansha. Meaning Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ volume 11 was this week’s most sold title published by Kodansha.

It is worth mentioning that Oricon only takes into account a certain number of shops and preorders are likely not taken into account. 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):

Really nice to see some shy, but noticeable improvement in sales!

Let’s wait and see how it will perform on next week’s ranking. Hopefully this is not the last we’ve seen of volume 11.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #7 & #8 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #7 and #8 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on November 5. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 7, volume 8).

This time we got pretty vibrant colors as backgrounds.

My predictions were right! But then again, it wasn’t hard to guess at all…

I think Yuuko is looking more like her classic self on the cover of volume 7. On the cover of volume 8, she is looking a bit younger again ^^” Also, isn’t it the first time we see the Spider Lady colored by CLAMP?

My predictions for volumes 9 and 10 are Haruka and Kohane, although I would love to see Neko Musume in color for the first time (but I don’t know if she is popular/important enough for that).

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

December 2021: volumes 9 & 10
January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 56

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

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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