Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 68

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Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 67

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Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #13 second week sales report

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The thirteenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ dropped to the 14th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 26,542 copies sold in its second week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Big Acrylic Stands) did not appear on the weekly top 30.

Last week I reported that the Special Edition sales numbers were unknown, but it turns out that I was able to find from a different source that the Special Edition (Big Acrylic Stands) debuted on the 40th position in its first week, with an estimate of 15,042 copies sold in its first week.

This changes things a bit and it means that combining the first and second week sales, volume 13 sold an overall estimate of 94,869 copies, outselling the overall sales of volume 12 in its second week!

It’s good to see this uptake for Clear Card in its final stage.

It is always 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):

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 covers

The covers of all 3 volumes of Magic Knight Rayearth 2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

CLAMP decided to switch the order of appearance: in the classic version, Hikaru was at the forefront of volume 1 and Fuu was at the forefront of volume 3. It was the other way around for CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. The color tone for the covers is the same as the classic series.

There had been some speculation among fans that the covers for the second series would feature additional characters. Some speculated that it would feature the characters from the foreigner countries (as they are in the back covers of the classic series), but the concept that CLAMP chose was: the magic knight and their loved ones.

Here’s the complete release schedule for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

November 11, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth volumes 2 & 3
December 13, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volume 1
January 13, 2023: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volumes 2 & 3

So this is it for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION =) Looking very much forward for the next title which should be published by Kadokawa (fans are guessing it’s gonna be RG Veda)

Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ #13 first week sales report

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The thirteenth volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ debuted at the 4th position in Oricon’s weekly ranking, with an estimate of 53,303 copies sold in its first week of sales for the regular edition.  The Special Edition (Big Acrylic Stands) did not appear on the weekly top 30.

Volume 13 outsold the sales of both normal and special editions of volume 12 combined in its first week, but volume 12 had the lowest first week sales of Clear Card, therefore volume 13 is behind all the other volumes released before volume 12. In other words, volume 13 had the second worst first week sales, only behind volume 12.

The announcement that the series will be over on volume 14 might have caused an impact on this slight increase of sales.

It’s worth mentioning that while the regular edition landed in the 4th position, the first 3 titles are not published by Kodansha. Meaning Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ volume 13 was this week’s most sold title published by Kodansha.

Finally, it is always 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):

XXXHOLiC live-action movie: Blu-ray & DVD first week sales report

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The XXXHOLiC live-action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa had its Blu-ray and DVD released on October 5th with two versions: regular and special.

The Blu-ray Special Edition debuted on the 3rd place on Oricon’s weekly Blu-ray ranking, with an estimate of 3,999 copies sold. The Regular Edition, on the other hand, did not make it to the weekly ranking.

The DVD Special Edition debuted on the 5th place, with an estimate of 1,492 copies sold. The Regular Edition debuted on the 12th place with an estimate of 669 copies sold.

Together, the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the XXXHOLiC live-action movie sold an estimate of 6,160 copies on its first week.

Source: Oricon.

It is always 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.

The Blu-ray and DVD versions of XXXHOLiC live-action movie can be purchased on CD Japan:

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – to end on volume 14

The belt (obi) that will come with Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – vol. 13 (on sale October 13) is revealing that volume 14 (to be released in 2023) will be the series’ last volume:

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Source: Amazon Japan.

This is in alignment with a number of indications that the series was coming to its end:

  • CLAMP revealing in a twitter space in the beginning of the year that the story was heading towards its climax stage;
  • XXXHOLiC Rei serialization to be resumed in early 2023;
  • CLAMP revealing in a twitter space in the middle of the year that after this last 2-months break (August-September), they would no more be taking breaks until the end of the story;
  • The overall current development of the story.

So this is it! Buckle up, we’re finally reaching the end. Exciting!!!

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 66

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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.

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CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth #2 & #3 covers (Updated)

The covers of Magic Knight Rayearth #2 and #3 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

Pre-orders are available at CD Japan: Volume 2 | Volume 3

As expected, they follow the same logic as the original series’ covers, with one of the girls being in the foreground, with the other two girls at the background. The circle ornamental piece is the fixed element for all covers, with the jewel color changing its position to follow each girl’s main color.

Umi looks so sassy in her cover, as she should xD And Fuu has her glasses only on the cover of volume 3.

Both volumes are coming out on November 11.

UPDATE: Here’s the complete release schedule for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

December 13, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volume 1
January 13, 2023: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volumes 2 & 3

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth #1

Following the publication of the 7th and last volume of Tokyo Babylon for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION series, the next title to be published will be Magic Knight Rayearth! This was indeed the guess of a lot of people (including myself).

The first volume will be released on October 13 and its cover has been announced!

You may order it via CD Japan.

As a bonus, each volume will come with a postcard featuring the same illustration used as the cover of the classic edition. The bonus is the same as XXXHOLiC (a bit of a bummer, I expected something different for each series).

Just a reminder that Kodansha and Kadokawa will alternate their titles for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION releases. We have had XXXHOLiC (Kodansha), Tokyo Babylon (Kadokawa) and now Magic Knight Rayearth (Kodansha). The next title, which still hasn’t been announced, will be a Kadokawa one.

What did we learn from this cover?

We learned that they will probably be using the same colors from the classic edition, so likely volume 2 will be blue and volume 3, green.

We also learned that we have 3 characters right from the start. It could not have been different, right? I thought maybe each volume would feature just one girl (like the Kodansha new issue), but this is of course, much better.

Hikaru is on the foreground while Umi and Fuu are in the background (again, just like the classic edition), which means that volume 2 will have Umi on the foreground and volume 3, Fuu on the foreground.

It’s a refreshing cover. It’s nice to see the girls in a new art but at the same time, a bit shocking to see them with with much less detail. The original Rayearth art is so polished, after all!

At this moment, only volume 1 has been announced. It’s unclear if volume 2 will come out on the same day and we will have 2 volumes as usual, or if it’s going to be one per month, meaning a 6 months run for all 6 volumes. I personally think that they will keep the 2 volumes pace.

Kodansha is marketing this as a celebratory release for Magic Knight Rayearth‘s 30th Anniversary, which will be in 2023, and in alignment to that, they will be reprinting the two Magic Knight Rayearth artbooks, that will also be released on October 13. This will be just a reprint, there’s no new content to be added on it (it’s just a reprint, not a new edition).

You may order them via CD Japan: Artbook 1, Artbook 2.