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:

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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:

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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.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 48

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社
© 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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CLAMP 30th Anniversary x BE・LOVE 40th Anniversary Special Collaboration Project

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As part of a joint collaboration project to celebrate CLAMP’s 30th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of Kodansha‘s josei manga magazine BE・LOVE, a new celebratory illustration drawn by CLAMP is going to be published in the magazine’s February 2021 issue, which is scheduled to be released on December 28.

The same illustration will be used as a present service that readers will be able to apply to earn it.

BE・LOVE is a monthly manga magazine targeting women (josei) published by Kodansha.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM

Choosing BE・LOVE is an… interesting choice, considering that CLAMP never drew a series for that magazine. One would expect this to take place in Nakayoshi, Young Magazine or even Shonen Magazine.

BE・LOVE is targeted at adult women so that’s what they might be going for — after all, if you grew up reading CLAMP, you are probably an adult by now.

Unless there’s more to it and this could be foreshadowing into something bigger…? I’m probably reading too much into this… but just to give an example, I remember that before Kobato (Temporary)’s serialization was officially announced in Sunday GX magazine, they published a single illustration of Kobato in the issue before. I won’t keep my hopes up but I’m just saying that bigger projects might be born from these seemingly “harmless” projects.

I’m looking forward to this illustration and how the readers of BE・LOVE will react to it =)

Also, it seems like the 30th Anniversary celebrations are finally kicking in? Please don’t stop! =)

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

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The ninth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 3rd position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 77,620 copies sold in its first week of sales. This is the second lowest first week sales for a Clear Card volume, only behind volume 2. This also happened last time, with volume 8, but unfortunately the numbers for volume 9 were even lower.

Special edition numbers aside and looking at regular edition numbers alone, volume 9 had a better performance than volume 8 (77,620, against 74,329 for volume 8 in its first week), but combined with the special edition (CD Drama part 2), volume 8 had a better first week.

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.

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 9.

Tokyo BABYLON TV Anime announced for 2021

A week ago a mysterious countdown began on King Amusement Creative‘s YouTube channel and shared on CLAMP-FANS twitter and instagram accounts, which fans quickly deciphered to be related to Tokyo BABYLON. King Amusement Creative is a music label and anime distributor that is associated to Kodansha.

After much speculation, the countdown reached its end today to announce a brand new TV Anime adaptation for one of CLAMP’s earliest and most beloved works, Tokyo BABYLON.

Tokyo BABYLON 2021 TV Anime key visual
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Here is the first PV that premiered after the countdown:

There is already an official website as well as twitter and instagram accounts.

Tokyo BABYLON 2021 seems to be the official title of this adaptation. The story will be updated to be set in modern 2021 Tokyo and according to the official website, a total of 11 episodes are planned.

The animation production will be in charge of GoHands, which are known for working on the Mardock Scramble series.

Nothing else is known at this point regarding the staff and cast, as well as air date. I’m particularly interested in whether CLAMP will be more involved in this project in providing scripts or something else.

I’m very thrilled for the Tokyo BABYLON readers right now, who have waited a really long time for a complete anime adaptation. I don’t know if this is exactly what they expected, but I hope this project will treat the original work with all the respect it deserves.

I am very fond of Tokyo BABYLON‘s aesthetics, which I think it’s one of its strongest qualities and what makes Tokyo BABYLON so special. I am a little concerned to know that this adaptation will not follow those aesthetics in favor of a contemporary, 2021 anime aesthetics (which I am personally not very fond of).

As usual, I’m hoping for the best and that this adaptation will bring a new generation of readers to this fabulous work by CLAMP!

Stay tuned for more news as they come!