CLAMP x Kyoto City: Kyoto Yell! Project

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“Shop, eat and make Kyoto healthy!”

As an effort to restore the economy of Kyoto city, deeply affected by the new coronavirus as many other cities across the globe, and due to their connection to Kyoto, CLAMP are joining a new collaboration project with the city in order to support it.

The project will last from May 8 to June 30 and it will involve:

Kyoto Pilgrimage

The CLAMP 30th Anniversary chibi charactes will be spread around the city of Kyoto and you are invited to find them all and collect their stamp in a stamp rally.

Kyoto Industry Events

From tradicional food, souvenirs and cultural experiences, CLAMP will collaborate with two major city events:

Kyomono Gyosan Ichi (May 8 and 9) – https://kyomono-gyosanichi.com/

  • Character Stamp Rally
  • Original Traditional Craft Experience Atelier
  • CLAMP x Kyoto City Art Exhibition Panel
  • CLAMP Official Fanshop popup store

Takumi Expo 2021 (May 8 and 9) – https://densan.kyoto/

  • Announcement of a collaboration work between CLAMP and Wakaba-kai, a traditional craft of Kyoto
  • Sales of goods related to Kyoto

More information should come by the end of April.

The website states that all events will be strictly following the regulations as recommended by health authorities.

Official Website: https://clamp-kyotocity.jp/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/clamp_kyotocity

I have a little bit of mixed feelings about this. It’s really good to see CLAMP using their popularity as a means to support the city in which they have strong bonds to — 3/4 of them were born there and currently all 4 of them are living there. At the same time, I am not there to judge how safe these events can be, but it’s still valid that they are doing something supportive for their city in these trying times we are all going through.

I wonder if we will be getting new chibi illustrations with the characters in Kyoto traditional clothes or if it’s going to be the same ones already released… hmm.

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #10 first week sales report

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The tenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 9th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 54,943 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Character Song CD) debuted at the 46th position, with an estimate of 20,315 copies sold. Combining the numbers of the regular and special editions together, it sold an estimate of 75,258 copies in its release week.

This is the second lowest first week sales for a Clear Card volume, only behind volume 2. This also happened last time, with volume 9, but unfortunately the numbers for volume 10 were even lower. It is also the lowest debut position along with volume 6, which also ranked 9 at Oricon in its first week.

Special edition numbers aside and looking at regular edition numbers alone, volume 10 had the worst performance in a first week for all volumes released so far, but combined with the special edition, volume 10 only looses to the first week sales of volume two.

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):

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 10.

“Tokyo Babylon reboot” fashion photoshoot for SPUR magazine

The April issue of SPUR magazine featured a fashion photoshoot inspired by Tokyo Babylon.

Up until now, the pictures were available only in the magazine’s print version, but yesterday, on April 1st, the magazine’s official website shared what seems to be the article in its full length, including the pictures.

For archiving purposes, I will be sharing it here as well this really cool photoshoot.

SOURCE:SPUR 2021年4月号「ネオンきらめくこの街で、彼らは今も 東京BABYLON、リブート」 photography: ISAC〈SIGNO〉 styling: Fusae Hamada hair: Mr.Tomik make-up: YUKA HIRAC〈VOW-VOW〉 model: TSUGUMI, YUKI KAWAHARA, URA cooperation:(C)CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD., TOKYO TOWER

Knit ¥ 144,000, Coat ¥ 228,000 / Prada Client Service (Prada)
Hat ¥ 27,500 / Dover Street Market Ginza (Stephen Jones)
Gloves / Stylist’s own

SOURCE:SPUR 2021年4月号「ネオンきらめくこの街で、彼らは今も 東京BABYLON、リブート」 photography: ISAC〈SIGNO〉 styling: Fusae Hamada hair: Mr.Tomik make-up: YUKA HIRAC〈VOW-VOW〉 model: TSUGUMI, YUKI KAWAHARA, URA cooperation:(C)CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD., TOKYO TOWER

Coat ¥ 433,000, Shirt (Reference), Necktie ¥ 45,000, Pants ¥ 118,000, Shoes ¥ 148,000, Bag ¥ 170,000 / Louis Vuitton Client Service (Louis Vuitton)

SOURCE:SPUR 2021年4月号「ネオンきらめくこの街で、彼らは今も 東京BABYLON、リブート」 photography: ISAC〈SIGNO〉 styling: Fusae Hamada hair: Mr.Tomik make-up: YUKA HIRAC〈VOW-VOW〉 model: TSUGUMI, YUKI KAWAHARA, URA cooperation:(C)CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD., TOKYO TOWER

[Right / Hokuto] Top ¥ 28,000, Camisole ¥ 50,000, Gloves ¥ 38,200, Skirt ¥ 87,000, Leggings ¥ 43,000, Shoes ¥ 150,000, Hat ¥ 60,000
[Left, Subaru] Jacket ¥ 121,400 Top ¥ 42,600, Skirt ¥ 101,500, Leggings ¥ 43,000, Hat (with PVC Face Cover) ¥ 55,000, Shoes ¥ 150,000 / Matt. (Marine Serre)

SOURCE:SPUR 2021年4月号「ネオンきらめくこの街で、彼らは今も 東京BABYLON、リブート」 photography: ISAC〈SIGNO〉 styling: Fusae Hamada hair: Mr.Tomik make-up: YUKA HIRAC〈VOW-VOW〉 model: TSUGUMI, YUKI KAWAHARA, URA cooperation:(C)CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD., TOKYO TOWER

Top ¥ 455,000, Skirt ¥ 610,000, Bloomer ¥ 61,000, Sandals ¥ 139,000, Earrings (one ear only) ¥ 34,000 / Miu Miu client service (Miu Miu) Socks ¥ 1,000 / Poko, A, Poko (MUSIC LEGS) Garter belt / Stylist’s own

SOURCE:SPUR 2021年4月号「ネオンきらめくこの街で、彼らは今も 東京BABYLON、リブート」 photography: ISAC〈SIGNO〉 styling: Fusae Hamada hair: Mr.Tomik make-up: YUKA HIRAC〈VOW-VOW〉 model: TSUGUMI, YUKI KAWAHARA, URA cooperation:(C)CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD., TOKYO TOWER

[Right / Seishirou] Coat ¥ 266,000, Shirt ¥ 125,000, Tie ¥ 23,000, Bag ¥ 113,000 / Eastland (off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh) Glasses ¥ 35,000 / GLOBE SPECS Store (OLIVER GOLDSMITH)

[Left / Subaru ] Coat ¥ 220,000, Sleeve Brooch (each) ¥ 29,000, Little Collar ¥ 29,000, Collar Brooch ¥ 49,000, Blouse ¥ 99,000, Hat ¥ 45,000 / Iza (Patou) Gloves / Stylist’s own

SOURCE:SPUR 2021年4月号「ネオンきらめくこの街で、彼らは今も 東京BABYLON、リブート」 photography: ISAC〈SIGNO〉 styling: Fusae Hamada hair: Mr.Tomik make-up: YUKA HIRAC〈VOW-VOW〉 model: TSUGUMI, YUKI KAWAHARA, URA cooperation:(C)CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD., TOKYO TOWER

[From the top / Seishirou] Suit ¥ 285,000, Shirt ¥ 78,000, Tie ¥ 24,000, Glasses / GUCCI JAPAN (GUCCI)

[Subaru] Top ¥ 230,000, Pants ¥ 115,000, Necklace ¥ 87,000, Gloves ¥ 120,000, Hat ¥ 39,000, Socks ¥ 12,000, Shoes ¥ 65,000 / GUCCI JAPAN (GUCCI)

[Hokuto] Top ¥ 110,000, Shirt ¥ 120,000, Skirt ¥ 130,000, Hat ¥ 48,000, Scarf ¥ 185,000, Boots ¥ 192,000 / GUCCI JAPAN (GUCCI)

Source: SPUR.jp

This is amazing. I really wish they could do something like this for all CLAMP works.

XXXHOLiC gets musical theatre adaptation

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It’s been announced that XXXHOLiC will be getting a musical theatre adaptation.

The title is Engekichouitan XXXHOLiC (XXXHOLiC Theatrical Style) and it’s scheduled to open in this Fall in Japan.

The planning is by CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa and theatre producer Matsuda Makoto, known as the pioneer of 2.5D musicals.

Direction will be by Fumiya Matsuzaki and the script will be written by Masafumi Hata, the same duo in charge of the two-part Banana Fish stage play in June.

The only two cast members announced so far are Motohiro Ota, who will be playing Yuuko Ichihara, and Shougo Sakamoto, who will be playing Watanuki Kimihiro. One interesting detail is that the actor who will be playing Yuuko is a man.

Engekichouitan XXXHOLiC

Opening

Fall 2021 (Japan)

Planning
Nanase Ohkawa
Matsuda Makoto

Original Work
CLAMP『XXXHOLiC』(Kodansha)

Director
Fumiya Matsuzaki

Script
Masafumi Hata

Cast
Yuuko Ichihara: Motohiro Ota
Watanuki Kimihiro: Shougo Sakamoto
Others

Cooperation
Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association

Organizer
Nelke Planning

Official website: https://engeki-xxxholic.com
Official twitter: https://twitter.com/engeki_xxxHOLiC (@engeki_xxxHOLiC)

Good news! This project seems to be in really good hands. The staff is involved in several good quality stage play adaptations, and it’s really good to know that Nanase Ohkawa is in the planning committee. That first key visual looks absolutely amazing.

I was surprised to learn that the actor playing Yuuko is a man. I am not sure yet how I feel about a man taking a powerful female role, but I can also see this working really well.

XXXHOLiC continues to be the most versatile CLAMP work, having been adapted to multiple media formats: movie, TV anime, OAD, video-game, stage reading drama and now stage play.

This also indicates that CLAMP might be planning to resume XXXHOLiC Rei in the near future. Mutual promotion between the original work and the adaptation always works well.

Last but not least: HAPPY CLAMP DAY, everyone!

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 52

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Original Tokyo Babylon manga gets new version by Kadokawa; CLAMP to draw new covers

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The official Young Ace magazine is reporting that the original Tokyo Babylon manga series will be getting a new version to be published by Kadokawa.

The new version will have new covers drawn by CLAMP. More details, including release a date, will be announced soon.

The news comes at the same day as the announcement of the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime getting cancelled. The article mentions that CLAMP wanted to give something nice for the fans who were looking forward to the anime.

This will be the second Tokyo Babylon version published by Kadokawa. The first one was released as a 3-volumes series in 2012 as part of the CLAMP CLASSIC COLLECTION edition. Other than that, the series was also released as a 5-volumes pocket edition series and the original classic 7-volumes series, both published by Shinshokan.

Source: Young Ace.

Great news! I think releasing new versions was already in the plans and that they simply kept the original plan instead of waiting for the new anime to come out.

I’m very much looking forward to the new covers, of course! I wonder if they will keep it as 7 volumes… I hope so, since that would mean 7 new illustrations, haha!

And Kadokawa is still involved in this, huh? Interesting, very interesting…

BREAKING: Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime gets cancelled

The official website for the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime released a statement today reporting that its production has been cancelled.

After investigations of unauthorized use of materials in characters’ costumes that surfaced late last year, followed by a postponement, the production committee has decided to cancel production altogether with the justification of lack of trust with the current production company.

The statement confirms that there is still a desire to turn Tokyo Babylon into an anime series, with a different production company. CLAMP and the production committee are currently searching for a different production company to take the project on. This tweet from Young Ace magazine says that details will be announced in CLAMP-NET.COM and Kadokawa‘s website in due course.

They apologized to CLAMP and all the Tokyo Babylon readers who were looking forward to this project.

Source: https://tokyobabylon2021.jp

As hard as this may hit some of you who were looking forward to this, I think this was the wisest decision to make. I can completely understand that their trust has been compromised, plus I never thought GoHands was fit for this project to begin with, I am sure many of you agree with me. There is also the fact that CLAMP themselves were not involved on the production and seemingly not very excited for it — at least that’s how it looked like since they acted on their social media as though nothing was happening, which was always really strange to me, considering how Tokyo Babylon is important to them.

Tokyo Babylon has a huge, solid community of devoted fans and it’s a very important work in CLAMP’s catalog. It should be treated with all the respect and decency it deserves.

I hope this will represent an opportunity to deliver a Tokyo Babylon anime series that will do justice to this brilliant CLAMP masterpiece.

Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum goes to Taipei, main visual revealed

After a successful season in Tokyo, Osaka and Shanghai, the Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum is coming to Taipei.

The first half will run from April 30th to May 27th, and the second half from May 28th to June 28th.

As usual, CLAMP have drawn an exclusive new illustration as the main visual for this new season, which was revealed today:

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For more information, please check the exhibition’s official website.

Source: GNN.

Love all the gradient and the Alphonse Mucha referentes in this new illustration. I daresay it’s my favorite one along with the Tokyo one.

Really happy to see this exhibition going to its 4th leg. I really hope after Taipei it could travel somewhere outside Asia. But then again, the world needs to be a better, safer place before that can happen.

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 cover

The cover of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 has been announced by Kodansha.

As previously announced, the special version will come with a Character Song CD and a minibook drawn by CLAMP. The cover of the minibook was also announced:

The character song is entitled “A Letter to the Stars” and is a duet between Sakura (Sakura Tange) and Syaoran (Motoko Kumai).

The minibook drawn by CLAMP is entitled “Until we meet again” and will cover the period of time where Syaoran was in Hong Kong, before the beginning of Clear Card arc.

Unfortunately, the song lyrics were not written by Nanase Ohkawa-sensei, which was sort of expected considering they didn’t announce anything in that Animate advertisement. Let’s still hope the lyrics will capture the essence of the characters.

Below is the full staff list for the song and CD.

[Song] “A Letter to the stars”

Lyrics: Kohmi Project
Composition: Kohmi Hirose
Arrangement: Yasushi Munemoto
Song: Sakura Kinomoto (Sakura Tange), Syaoran Li (Motoko Kumai)

[Staff]

Producers: Kohmi Hirose, Mitsuyoshi Tamura, Shiro Sasaki
Produced by: Flying Dog, Muse Endeavor, Tamura Music Factory
Engineer: Takahiro Okubo / Recording Studio: Victor Studio
arrange & programming: Yasushi Munemoto / guitar: Yuta Watanabe / bass: Morita “Johnny” Takahiro

Both versions of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 will be released on April 1st.

That cover is giving me strong original series energy. I don’t know why but it feels like it could have been one of the covers for the original series. The minibook cover is absolutely adorable, and it’s fine that they look slightly younger this time around. They are supposed to, after all the minibook takes place before Clear Card arc. It’s exciting for me to know that the minibook will cover some actual plot instead of a slice of life situation between Sakura and Syaoran. Not that there isn’t value in that!!! But don’t people always wanted to know what was Syaoran was doing in Hong Kong? We might finally learn more about it.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 51

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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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