New key visual for Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ TV Anime

The Card Captor Sakura official website released a new key visual for the upcoming TV Anime adaptation of Clear Card arc:

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© CLAMP・ST/講談社・NEP・NHK

The dress Sakura is wearing is the one that appears on volume 3 cover (which is my favorite cover art so far). It looks great! There is a possibility that this dress will be the one featured on the OP sequence. I really hope so as I prefer this one over the pink one that was released first.

I would prefer the cards to be all facing backwards instead of having some of them showing a few characters, but it’s alright xD

Also, some more cast members were announced:

Fujitaka Kinomoto: Hideyuki Tanaka
Spinel Sun: Yumi Touma
Akizuki Nakuru/Ruby Moon: Ryouka Yuzuki
Takashi Yamazaki: Issei Miyazaki
Chiharu Mihara: Miwa Matsumoto
Naoko Yanagisawa: Motoi Eimi

Once again, all of the above cast members will be reprising their roles in the original anime. It’s really amazing that they were able to do so even to secondary characters!

Lastly, Maaya Sakamoto’s official website is announcing that the single of CLEAR (TV Anime OP theme song) will be released on January 31. It will come with an accoustic live performance of Platinum.

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Card Captor Sakura Blu-ray & DVD Boxes – Art by CLAMP revealed (Updated)

The Card Captor Sakura official website announced today the new art drawn by CLAMP that will be used for the upcoming new Card Captor Sakura Blu-ray BOX & DVD BOX:

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

This version has been remastered for 4K resolution.

Both boxes will be released on December 22. More info: http://ccsakura-official.com/anime/box.html

The illustration sure is pretty but somehow it isn’t what I expected from a box illustration. I guess I would prefer one that would wrap itself around the entire box. Still, pretty!

Update: High quality versions of the box illustrations can be found here.

“Trick Trip Vacation” cover

With only a week away before its release date, the cover of Aki Nakamura’s mystery novel トリック・トリップ・バケーション ~Trick Trip Vacation~虹の館の殺人パーティー has been announced:

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© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

The cover features the same duo from Logic Lock Festival and the same art style too. I think it’s safe to assume that these books are all from the same series and this young couple of detectives will most likely be the main characters of the book that will be coming out in December, too.

CLAMP to draw illustrations for two upcoming mystery novels by Aki Nakamura

Cover of "Logic Lock Festival" (2013). Aki Nakamura's debut novel illustrated by CLAMP. © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

Cover of “Logic Lock Festival” (2013). Aki Nakamura’s debut novel illustrated by CLAMP. © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

Newcomer writer Aki Nakamura is releasing two new mystery novels in November and December, both with illustrations drawn by CLAMP.

The first novel is entitled トリック・トリップ・バケーション ~Trick Trip Vacation~虹の館の殺人パーティー (Trick Trip Vacation ~ Murder Party of the Rainbow Mansion), or simply Trick Trip Vacation, and it will be released on November 17.

You can pre-order it on Amazon Japan.

The second novel is entitled ラスト・ロスト・ジュブナイル ~Last Lost Juvenile~ 交錯のパラレルワールド (Last Lost Juvenile ~ Crossing Parallel World), or simply Last Lost Juvenile, and it will be released on December 15.

You can pre-order it on Amazon Japan.

Both novels will be published by Seikaisha, under its Seikaisha FICTIONS label.

This is not the first time that CLAMP and author Aki Nakamura collaborated. Back in 2013, CLAMP drew the illustrations for Nakamura’s debut novel, Logic Lock Festival (cover on the right).

Thank you very much to Sakura84-chan for letting me know about this!

I’m excited about this! New CLAMP art is always welcome. I wonder if they will keep the same style used for Logic Lock Festival.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 17

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

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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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Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #3 fifth week sales report

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

In a most likely last move, the third volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 41st position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 13,645 copies sold in its fifth week of sales.

The above numbers are for the regular edition. The Special Edition (OAD) did not appear in this week’s top 50.

Combining the sales for both versions, Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #3 sold an estimate of 317,284 copies overall, closely tying in with the fourth week sales for volume 2.

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.

Kodansha has recently announced that the Clear Card arc series has 1.5 copies in print.

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):This was probably the last week of volume 3 to appear in Oricon’s weekly ranking. The sales are looking consistent so far and it’s very likely that after the TV Anime starts they will go even higher.

Good run!

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #3 fourth week sales report

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

The third volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 27th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 20,362 copies sold in its fourth week of sales.

The above numbers are for the regular edition. The Special Edition (OAD) did not appear in this week’s top 50.

Combining the sales for both versions, Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #3 sold an estimate of 303,639 copies overall. That is still slightly less than the overall fourth week sales for volumes 1 and 2, but volume 3 is holding up really well!

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.

Kodansha has recently announced that the Clear Card arc series has 1.5 copies in print.

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):Like I said, volume 3 is holding up really nicely! It’s only a little less than 14,000 copies behind volume 2 when comparing to the fourth week sales. Also, volume 2 never made it to the fifth week in the top 50 but it looks like volume 3 might be able to do it! We’ll see next week!

Well done so far, Sakura-chan!