Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 28

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Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum

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The Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum officially opens tomorrow (Oct. 26) in Japan at the Mori Arts Center Gallery, in Tokyo.

It’s a fully immersive exhibition centered on the work, art and world of Card Captor Sakura as a whole. Although I haven’t been there myself, judging by the pictures, the exhibition was done with excellence.

Visitors can explore the exhibition through its many thematic rooms:

Beginning Archives – The first room of the exhibition which tells the history of Card Captor Sakura using huge book props. Comments from celebrities about Card Captor Sakura are also recorded here. There is also four “Tomoyo Finder” spots in which visitors can peek into peep holes to an original story drawn by CLAMP of what it appears to be a date between Sakura and Syaoran.

Flower Room – A collection of flower illustrations that appear in Card Captor Sakura manga. The walls of this room are covered with flower stickers and visitors can interact with it by sticking it themselves using the stickers specially available on the exhibit.

Tomoyo’s Atelier – This room mimics Tomoyo’s atelier and it’s made so as to look like it’s within the SIEGE card. The room is fully decorated with fabrics and tools for creating Sakura’s battle costumes. Four real size of very famous battle costumes worn by Sakura in the manga are on display on this room. In addition, there are three mini-dresses designed by CLAMP member Mokona herself on display for the first time.

Gallery Zone – Features originals of over 200 illustrations drawn by CLAMP on display.

Record Room – This room shows a timeline of Card Captor Sakura in Nakayoshi magazine since its original serialization in 1996. It shows all the issues in which Card Captor Sakura appeared on the front cover of Nakayoshi magazine and some of the original and exclusive goods (furoku) that came with Nakayoshi. Moreover, on this room visitors can take pictures with a 3 meters size Kero-chan, props and at a nice spot featuring a huge panel of the key visual illustration and a life-size display of Sakura drawn by CLAMP specifically for this exhibition.

Card Chamber – On this room all Clow Cards, Sakura Cards and Clear Cards are displayed. There is a huge Clear Card on the middle of the room showing a new Card drawn by CLAMP named “THANKS”. This same Clear Card will be given to all visitors who attend the exhibition. The designs for the first and second half of the exhibition will be different.

A goods shop and thematic cafe with a special menu are also available at the exhibition. It’s a very comprehensive and well made exhibition which I hope will be successful enough to travel the world. The first half of the exhibition will run from October 26 to November 30 and the second half will run from December 1st to January 3. Some contents and atractions are expected to change on the second half.

Really top quality and incredibly done exhibition!

I’ve selected some pictures that were taken by the Japanese press, who had early access to the exhibition:

Source: FASHION PRESS, MANTAN WEB, Comic Natalie, Animate Times.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 27

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English translations

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Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #5 third week sales report

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The fifth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 27th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 41,401 copies sold in its third week of sales — which represents around a 50% drop. It has sold an estimate of 217,100 copies after three weeks on sale.

The above numbers are for the regular edition, only. Sale numbers for the Special Edition (Nendoroid Puchi) are unknown.

Once again, these are the lowest third week sales and lowest accumulated sales after two weeks for the entire Clear Card series. Sure enough, these are only for regular edition, but these are the parameters that we are working with.

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: ANN.

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):

We will see if it will make it to the 4th week. Stay tuned!

UPDATED: New artbook “CLAMP Illustration Collection MEMORIES”

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A new artbook entitled CLAMP Illustration Collection MEMORIES is scheduled to be released on October 26 by Kodansha.

It will feature over 100 illustrations from various CLAMP works, including those works which aren’t published by Kodansha (such as RG Veda, X, Shin Shunkaden, Tokyo Babylon).

It is being advertising as an artbook with illustrations that were never before printed in previous artbooks, therefore I am expecting some rare illustrations here. I am already crossing my fingers for some of them which have never been printed elsewhere apart from magazine or special goods.

The cover illustration will feature a new illustration drawn by CLAMP and can be seen on the right and features various CLAMP characters — the characters from Kodansha works are more apparent and I’m sure that is not a coincidence.

The book dimensions will be A4 with a total of 144 pages costing 2770 yens (excluding taxes). I hope an interview will be included.

I love the cover art, but I miss Suu on it, and I hope the colors aren’t precise. It looks like something is off with the colors. Also, I wish CLAMP hadn’t used CG for this illustration.

I’m very much looking forward to this!

Source: Comic Natalie, MANTANWEB

UPDATE: The final cover has been announced.

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

Also, according to CLAMP-NET.COM, the artbook will include artworks from the following works:

  • TSUBASA – RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE –
  • TSUBASA – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE – Nirai Kanai Hen
  • XXXHOLiC
  • Chobits
  • CLOVER
  • Magic Knight Rayearth
  • Tokyo Babylon
  • RG VEDA
  • Shin Shunkaden
  • Card Captor Sakura

That’s a little weird, considering how there isn’t a single character from Rayearth, CLOVER and Shin Shunkaden on the cover and yet there are characters from Wish, Kobato. and X on the cover, even though these series are not listed on the feature works.

Also, I’m not particularly fond of the cover design… but what really matters are the contents, I guess…

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #5 second week sales report

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The fifth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ remained solid at the 6th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 51,121 copies sold in its second week of sales. It has sold an estimate of 192,699 copies after two weeks on sale. That is slightly less than the 199,381 copies sold achieved by volume 4 after two weeks.

The above numbers are for the regular edition, only. Sale numbers for the Special Edition (Nendoroid Puchi) are unknown.

While it’s good news that it remained solid at the 6th place, I can’t help but notice that this are the lowest second week sales and lowest accumulated sales after two weeks for the entire Clear Card series. Sure enough, these are only for regular edition, but these are the parameters that we are working with.

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: ANN.

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):

It will probably reappear in rankings for the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #5 first week sales report

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The fifth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debutted at the 6th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 141,578 copies sold in its first week of sales.

The above numbers are for the regular edition, only. Sale numbers for the Special Edition (Nendoroid Puchi) are unknown.

While the ranking position is rather low (6th place), these numbers are slightly smaller than the first week sales of volume 1, which to this date holds the record of highest first week sales, and volume 3. In other words, this volume started off really good, specially if you take into account that these are only the regular edition sales. It missed the 5th place by a slight. There were really strong titles competing as well (Dragon Ball and the giant One Piece).

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.

I was a little worried since the sales were showing a decreasing trend after volume 1, but this volume might just have what it takes to overcome the sales of the previous volumes.

Source: ANN.

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):

Great first week sales for volume 5! It will probably reappear in rankings for the next few weeks. Stay tuned!