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Before CLAMP debuted with the RG Veda series, they would put out one final doujinshi about this work, in which they were able to experiment with it a little.
Check out the video review of CLAMP’s 14th doujinshi, their second and last one about RG Veda.
The cover for Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc #8 has been announced:
Blue is the color, just like volume 3. I love the white lilies. Sakura is looking prettier than ever.
It will be released on April 1st, along with the CD Drama (Part 2) Special Edition. The CD Drama script is written by CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa.
As it’s likely known in general by now, CLAMP have partnered with Netflix to collaborate on developing all-new original anime content for the streaming service. I wasn’t able to write properly about this any sooner and after the official announcement a press conference was held so I decided to gather all the information that’s been revealed so far.
This is part of a bigger project in which Netflix will join forces with 6 leading names from Japan’s manga and anime industry who have created works that caused worldwide impact, including CLAMP. The other 5 names that are part of this project are Shin Kibayashi (The Kindaichi Case Files), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Mobile Suit Gundam: Thunderbolt), Otsuichi (Goth), Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble) and Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae).
In an official statement, CLAMP member and leader Nanase Ohkawa said the following about the project:
“We are very pleased to be welcomed into this brand new initiative, we look forward to the day our shows created with Netflix reach fans across 190 countries.”
What else has been revealed at the press conference:
- Ohkawa commented that the current anime industry is moved around DVD, Blu-ray and goods sales and that can be a problem for series that have good quality but not good sales, this system makes it harder to deliver good animations to the world. This system also imposes big challenges and difficulties for young creators. She hopes that this opportunity with Netflix will shift things around and offer different conditions for anime creators and viewers.
- She believes this moment to be a turning point in anime industry, adding that for TV Animes there usually are production committees composed by many people and while this may work, it’s also harder to get general approval due to a larger group of people involved. Sometimes an idea by the director is not taken further due to lack of approval from the production committees. With Netflix, there will be less people to get approval from, allowing a bigger creative freedom.
- CLAMP members were previously subscribers of Netflix so the proposal was welcomed with great enthusiasm by them. Ohkawa mentions that while TV has a great outreach, a global simultaneous distribution is something that can only be done with a distribution like Netflix, therefore CLAMP said they would like to participate by all means.
- CLAMP were asked to work on character designs for 20 characters. Ohkawa said she was surprised considering that most animes nowadays usually have only around 10 characters. They are looking forward to the image that the production will make of them.
- This article seems to indicate that Shin Kibayashi (The Kindaichi Case Files, Psychometrer Eiji) will be in charge of writing the scripts for the anime series that CLAMP are working on the character designs, implying that the 6 names will collaborate with each other, instead of each having their own individual series. He mentions that they are already looking for animation studio and director candidates to be in charge of the series he will allegedly be working with CLAMP. He emphasises that Netflix is coordinating everything and making sure everybody is happy with each decision.
- Ohkawa mentioned the fact that there is a possibility of turning these anime series into live action series, for which she will be looking forward as a viewer.
My thoughts and comments:
This piece of news comes of course with great enthusiasm. I had hoped for a CLAMP x Netflix collaboration since the streaming platform became big worldwide (I’m also particularly happy that it’s from a platform that I actually have a subscription and not one of which I don’t, of course!).
It is great that CLAMP is included on this project and a true recognition of their international appeal and impact. However, when I first heard the announcement, given that there was little information about it, I immediately assumed that CLAMP would be in charge of both character design and story, meaning that Nanase Ohkawa would provide the scripts, too. I was a little disappointed to learn that at least for the time being, CLAMP’s contribution is limited to character design.
Sure, that alone is great news but I was hoping for a 100% CLAMP original anime. In fact, it’s still early to know but considering that the anime series is still being developed, maybe CLAMP will get more involvement along the way (fingers crossed).
This partnership could bring other fruits too, such as bringing more CLAMP anime series to Netflix catalog worldwide and other original anime series with CLAMP’s involvement. It will also bring CLAMP even more visibility and more opportunities for other projects and works. I’ll be looking forward to that.
One of the articles seems to indicate that CLAMP’s series will be written by Shin Kibayashi. He has several pen names so you might know him from a different pen name. He has won a Kodansha award recently and his portfolio includes works centred around mystery and suspense/thrillers, which may indicate that CLAMP’s series will be of a similar genre. Shin Kibayashi (as Yuma Ando) is the writer behind the manga series Psychometrer Eiji, which I read years ago and I remember having liked it a lot! In that sense, even if Ohkawa won’t be providing scripts, at least not initially, he seems like an interesting choice.
I was really happy with Ohkawa’s statement regarding the current business model for anime series. This is something that I have been discussing privately with certain friends and I am happy that Ohkawa on behalf of CLAMP is also worried about it and supporting alternative business models such as this one.
I will update as more information is revealed (hopefully in a faster fashion this time around) but for the time being let’s all celebrate and hope for the best of what this will bring to all of us =)
On this release we say goodbye to 4 former CLAMP members for good. Only 7 members would remain from this point forward.
Let’s revisit the world of Shoten in its 3rd volume, CLAMP’s 4th original doujinshi.
Check out the video review about it.
French publisher Pika Édition is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and they are kicking off the festivities with the release of an exclusive object book entitled La Passion du Manga.
A selection of 20 mangakas published by Pika Édition for the past 20 years will be featured in this accordion book, including CLAMP.
CLAMP have contributed to the book with a new illustration featuring Watanuki and the Mokonas. For each author, the book will also include information about the works published by Pika Édition as well as a personal message for its 20th Anniversary.
The book will go on sale on February 12 for the price of 29,50€ and will be limited to 4000 copies.
With only a few days before the end of 2019, CLAMP and Kodansha surprise us all with the launch of a CLAMP 30th Anniversary special site!
The website is called CLAMP-FANS and its address is https://clamp-fans.com/
The website is maintained by Kodansha and it’s meant to distribute information for CLAMP fans all around the world. Therefore, the website is available in 6 languages: Japanese, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese (so happy about this latter!).
The following news was posted on the website:
CLAMP 30th Anniversary Projects, scheduled to be updated regularly!
CLAMP’s 30th Anniversary Projects and related information will be uploaded on this website.
In addition, the content on this site will increase, including a shopping site, where you can purchase special CLAMP goods, and Kero-chan’s photo diary.
We will make it a site that CLAMP fans all over the world can enjoy, so stay tuned.
To kick things off, the latest chapter of Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc, Chapter 40, is already available to be read in all 6 languages at CLAMP’s official YouTube channel!
I can’t even begin to process just how AMAZING this is. Not only we’re finally getting ourselves a proper 30th Anniversary project (thank you, Kodansha!), but also the international fans are being included! ♡ Being able to legally read a new chapter of a CLAMP manga on the same day — or in this case, even before the release date in Japan — was unthinkable until now! This is truly an amazing Christmas miracle/gift.
I am looking very much forward to the other contents to be added to CLAMP-FANS! ♡
Thank you so much CLAMP and Kodansha for including us, fans that don’t reside in Japan.
Update: The Clear Card chapters will be available on YouTube in all 6 languages every month 2 days prior to the release of Nakayoshi. This is a measure Kodansha is taking to fight against piracy and an acknowledgement of CLAMP’s international readership. More languages expected to be added in the future.