Original Tokyo Babylon manga gets new version by Kadokawa; CLAMP to draw new covers

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The official Young Ace magazine is reporting that the original Tokyo Babylon manga series will be getting a new version to be published by Kadokawa.

The new version will have new covers drawn by CLAMP. More details, including release a date, will be announced soon.

The news comes at the same day as the announcement of the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime getting cancelled. The article mentions that CLAMP wanted to give something nice for the fans who were looking forward to the anime.

This will be the second Tokyo Babylon version published by Kadokawa. The first one was released as a 3-volumes series in 2012 as part of the CLAMP CLASSIC COLLECTION edition. Other than that, the series was also released as a 5-volumes pocket edition series and the original classic 7-volumes series, both published by Shinshokan.

Source: Young Ace.

Great news! I think releasing new versions was already in the plans and that they simply kept the original plan instead of waiting for the new anime to come out.

I’m very much looking forward to the new covers, of course! I wonder if they will keep it as 7 volumes… I hope so, since that would mean 7 new illustrations, haha!

And Kadokawa is still involved in this, huh? Interesting, very interesting…

BREAKING: Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime gets cancelled

The official website for the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime released a statement today reporting that its production has been cancelled.

After investigations of unauthorized use of materials in characters’ costumes that surfaced late last year, followed by a postponement, the production committee has decided to cancel production altogether with the justification of lack of trust with the current production company.

The statement confirms that there is still a desire to turn Tokyo Babylon into an anime series, with a different production company. CLAMP and the production committee are currently searching for a different production company to take the project on. This tweet from Young Ace magazine says that details will be announced in CLAMP-NET.COM and Kadokawa‘s website in due course.

They apologized to CLAMP and all the Tokyo Babylon readers who were looking forward to this project.

Source: https://tokyobabylon2021.jp

As hard as this may hit some of you who were looking forward to this, I think this was the wisest decision to make. I can completely understand that their trust has been compromised, plus I never thought GoHands was fit for this project to begin with, I am sure many of you agree with me. There is also the fact that CLAMP themselves were not involved on the production and seemingly not very excited for it — at least that’s how it looked like since they acted on their social media as though nothing was happening, which was always really strange to me, considering how Tokyo Babylon is important to them.

Tokyo Babylon has a huge, solid community of devoted fans and it’s a very important work in CLAMP’s catalog. It should be treated with all the respect and decency it deserves.

I hope this will represent an opportunity to deliver a Tokyo Babylon anime series that will do justice to this brilliant CLAMP masterpiece.

Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum goes to Taipei, main visual revealed

After a successful season in Tokyo, Osaka and Shanghai, the Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum is coming to Taipei.

The first half will run from April 30th to May 27th, and the second half from May 28th to June 28th.

As usual, CLAMP have drawn an exclusive new illustration as the main visual for this new season, which was revealed today:

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For more information, please check the exhibition’s official website.

Source: GNN.

Love all the gradient and the Alphonse Mucha referentes in this new illustration. I daresay it’s my favorite one along with the Tokyo one.

Really happy to see this exhibition going to its 4th leg. I really hope after Taipei it could travel somewhere outside Asia. But then again, the world needs to be a better, safer place before that can happen.

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 cover

The cover of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 has been announced by Kodansha.

As previously announced, the special version will come with a Character Song CD and a minibook drawn by CLAMP. The cover of the minibook was also announced:

The character song is entitled “A Letter to the Stars” and is a duet between Sakura (Sakura Tange) and Syaoran (Motoko Kumai).

The minibook drawn by CLAMP is entitled “Until we meet again” and will cover the period of time where Syaoran was in Hong Kong, before the beginning of Clear Card arc.

Unfortunately, the song lyrics were not written by Nanase Ohkawa-sensei, which was sort of expected considering they didn’t announce anything in that Animate advertisement. Let’s still hope the lyrics will capture the essence of the characters.

Below is the full staff list for the song and CD.

[Song] “A Letter to the stars”

Lyrics: Kohmi Project
Composition: Kohmi Hirose
Arrangement: Yasushi Munemoto
Song: Sakura Kinomoto (Sakura Tange), Syaoran Li (Motoko Kumai)

[Staff]

Producers: Kohmi Hirose, Mitsuyoshi Tamura, Shiro Sasaki
Produced by: Flying Dog, Muse Endeavor, Tamura Music Factory
Engineer: Takahiro Okubo / Recording Studio: Victor Studio
arrange & programming: Yasushi Munemoto / guitar: Yuta Watanabe / bass: Morita “Johnny” Takahiro

Both versions of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 will be released on April 1st.

That cover is giving me strong original series energy. I don’t know why but it feels like it could have been one of the covers for the original series. The minibook cover is absolutely adorable, and it’s fine that they look slightly younger this time around. They are supposed to, after all the minibook takes place before Clear Card arc. It’s exciting for me to know that the minibook will cover some actual plot instead of a slice of life situation between Sakura and Syaoran. Not that there isn’t value in that!!! But don’t people always wanted to know what was Syaoran was doing in Hong Kong? We might finally learn more about it.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 51

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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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Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #10 release information

Animate reports that the 10th volume of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc is coming out on April 1st.

It also reports that the Special Edition, which will come out on the same day for the price of 2970 yens, will come with a character song CD and a mini-book drawn by CLAMP. The voice actors of Sakura and Syaoran will sing the character song.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 50

© 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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BREAKING: CLAMP provide character design concept for new “Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress” anime

It was announced today that a new anime for the trading card game franchise Cardfight!! Vanguard is in production and CLAMP are providing the original character design concepts for it. The animation production will be done by Kinema Citrus.

The anime is entitled Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress, or simply Vanguard overDress.

The main key visual (illustrated by CLAMP) can be seen bellow, as well as the staff list:

The anime synopsis was also announced:

The first PV has been announced as well:

According to this tweet below, the anime will air on the official Cardfight!! Vanguard YouTube Channel with English subtitles starting on April 3rd!

According to this other tweet below, a new booster pack for the trading card game franchise will go on sale starting on April 17th. A card illustrated by CLAMP can be found in rare occasions.


What a surprise announcement! The character design looks very much like CLAMP’s current art style.

Just a reminder that this anime is NOT the Netflix collaboration. We still need to see more information about that (hopefully this year). If we have the Netflix anime this year, this would mean that there will be three animes airing in 2021 with character designs by CLAMP: 1) Code Geass Dakkan no Zetto; 2) Vanguard overDress; 3) Untitled Netflix original anime. If you count Tokyo Babylon 2021, that’s four animes related to CLAMP in 2021. Wow!

I am also very happy that the anime will be streamed worldwide in the Cardfight!! Vanguard YouTube channel with English subtitles. It really shows how CLAMP are really concerned about their international audiences, which is great.

I am not sure this anime is my cup of tea, but I’ll be looking forward to the new CLAMP art that might come out of it!

Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime postponed

Today the Tokyo Babylon 2021 TV Anime production team has released an official statement announcing that the beginning of broadcast, which was originally scheduled for April 2021, has been postponed.

Here’s a rough translation of the statement:

Important report

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued patronage.

The [Tokyo BABYLON 2021] committee takes the issue of imitation very seriously.
A compliance team was set up within the committee to reflect deeply and take strict measures.
We will continue to work on further legal compliance.

Therefore, we will postpone the broadcast of this work, which is currently scheduled to be broadcast in April 2021.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to CLAMP, everyone who loves the original “Tokyo BABYLON” work, everyone who is looking forward to and supporting the TV anime “Tokyo BABYLON 2021”, and everyone involved.

We pledge to deliver entertainment that fans can enjoy with peace of mind, and the production committee will work together to produce it.

We will seriously and sincerely make works that everyone truly loves, so thank you for your cooperation.

All of TOKYO BABYLON 2021 PROJECT

The decision comes after incident of using unauthorized materials for Subaru Sumeragi’s ceremonial robes and Hokuto Sumeragi’s pink outfit. Back then, the two previously released PVs were removed from YouTube, as well as all visuals have been removed from the official website and all Tokyo Babylon 2021 social networks. Since then, the team has been reworking on these.

The production team did not announce the new air date at this moment.

Source: Tokyo Babylon 2021.

However unfortunate, I feel this is the right decision to make in order to have an adaptation that feels right at least in that regard. It is somewhat expected that this would happen, considering that a lot of the work had been done already (the voice actors were already dubbing the scenes). It makes me wonder if there were other cases, other than the two ones reported, that they identified.