Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ vol. 3 to come with OAD

The May issue of Nakayoshi magazine will announce that the 3rd volume of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~ will come out on September 13 and along with the regular edition, a limited edition will be released as well.

The limited edition will come with an exclusive original animation DVD (OAD) featuring an original story entitled Sakura and the two teddy bears. The OAD limited edition will cost 3480 yens.

The OAD staff will be the same as the upcoming TV Anime adaptation of Clear Card arc — CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa will write the script for it, Asaka Morio will be directing it and Madhouse will be animating it — a new staff name has been announced: Kunihiko Hamada will be in charge of the character design, who has previously worked as animation director for the TV Anime adaptations of Chobits, X and Card Captor Sakura, as well as the two movies.

Thanks to that announcement, we might consider it as the key visuals for the upcoming TV Anime of Card Captor Sakura ~Clear Card arc~, as it’s extremely likely that Kunihiko Hamada will be in charge for the character design of the TV series as well.

As several people have pointed out, in the original Card Captor Sakura TV Anime there were only 1 teddy bear (the one Syaoran made to Sakura) while in the manga there were two. This OAD will probably cover that part of the story in which Sakura will make her teddy bear for Syaoran, so that the TV series can be more faithful to the Clear Card arc manga once it begins.

Now, regarding the key visuals for the anime, I think the illustration itself is too glossy, too polished, but I know that anime illustrations tend to be overly produced (which is something personally I never liked). It also looks like her head is a little too big for the rest of her body… at least it looks a lot better than the more recent Card Captor Sakura anime illustrations released previous to this.

This is gonna be fun!

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HiGH&LOW g-sword Chapter 2

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It seems like very occasionally CLAMP will treat us with some nice, non-chibi drawing.

8 pages for this chapter — 18 pages so far for volume 1. Next chapter will be on the next Shonen Magazine issue.

HiGH&LOW g-sword color page, flash anime adaptation

The first chapter of CLAMP’s manga adaptation of HiGH&LOW, officially titled HiGH&LOW g-sword, will begin next week on Weekly Shonen Magazine #16, to be released on March 22.

The chapter will have a color page and we can see a preview of it below:

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© HI-AX/LDH ASIA © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

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From the above picture, we also learn that the manga will get a flash animation adaptation to air on Nippon TV show Sukkiri! from March 27 to March 31.

Considering the two official main visuals for HiGH&LOW g-sword and the fact that it’s getting a flash animation, I think it’s safe to assume that this will be an all-chibi characters manga.

I don’t think what to think of it yet. I am a little disappointed since it looks like we won’t be seeing CLAMP’s gorgeous art at its finest — but I guess it makes sense when you take into account that this will be a weekly series and CLAMP are busy with Card Captor Sakura, it makes sense that they want to take things lightly.

The short-term flash animation also makes me question the length of this series. For now we will be getting five short flash anime episodes and then what? Looks like a weird schedule to me.

XXXHOLiC Rei – Chapter 56 (Updated)

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HiGH&LOW postcard from this week’s Weekly Shonen Magazine

Here’s a picture from the HiGH&LOW postcard from this week’s Weekly Shonen Magazine:

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

Special thanks to cutesherry for letting me know about this 😉

Source: @96wood96

About the visuals, I am a little worried that the manga will be all in chibi characters? We’ve mostly seen chibi characters so far, but I hope that won’t be the case!

HiGH&LOW will begin serialization on March 22 in Weekly Shonen Magazine.