Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc #11 cover and release information

Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc volume 11 will be released on October 13, 2021. This time, the special edition will come with a costume torso jewelry stand and a miniature picture frame, both based on the cover illustration. The jewelry stand is about 12cm of height and the picture frame is about 5cm.

The extras will come in a special package used to store them.

Here are pictures of the volume cover and the special edition extras:

The price for the special edition is 2,970 yens and it is available for pre-order at Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: new versions of CLAMP works with new cover art

CLAMP works published by Kodansha and Kadokawa will get new versions and released under a series entitled CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. All books will feature a new cover illustration by CLAMP.

The first work to be re-released in this new series is XXXHOLiC, in August.

Kodansha‘s website already has details for XXXHOLiC #1 and #2. They will both come out on August 5.

The details for XXXHOLiC #1 and #2 indicate that the books will have B6 format (same as the regular XXXHOLiC volumes) for the price of 880 yens each. The website indicates that these will be monthly releases. Perhaps we can expect at least two new volumes every month.

As for number of pages, the original XXXHOLiC volumes 1 and 2 have 182 pages each, while their CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION editions are listed as having 184 and 192 pages, respectively. The additional 2 pages for volume 1 could be for advertisements, but the 10 additional pages for volume 2 is a little strange.

The listings say that the books will have the same design and binding, only the cover art will be different with a new illustration drawn by CLAMP. This is so that the collection will look good on a bookshelf.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Kodansha.

Beginning with XXXHOLiC is most likely a strategy in order to tie in with the musical stage play, which will be opening in September.

With that logic, I would say that the Tokyo Babylon version will most likely come out at the same time as the new TV Anime is airing. Speaking of Tokyo Babylon, I would say that the new versions that have been previously announced by Kadokawa are the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION ones. In other words, I don’t think we will have two new versions for Tokyo Babylon.

Bear in mind that Kadokawa has the rights to RG Veda as well. The only works that have never been republished by a different publisher are Shin Shunkaden (Hakusensha) and GATE 7 (Shueisha). Unless Kadokawa or Kodansha acquired the rights to those two and we don’t know yet, these might be the only two works left out of this collection. All the other works are either originally or acquired by Kodansha or Kadokawa.

This is really great news because not only it means we will have a new illustration for every cover, but also a chance to give a bigger format (B6) for works which were originally published in a smaller format (X, for example).

In terms of release schedule, roughly speaking there are about 162 volumes for all CLAMP works published by Kadokawa and Kodansha. If we are looking at a 2-volumes per month pacing, this could take around 80 months to get them all released (approximately 7 years).

I can’t help but think how they will deal with the works that remain incomplete. I guess they can always go back years from now and release the remaining volumes that will eventually be published in order to complete the collection.

Either way, this is super exciting!

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Special Short Story 3

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This month we have a short story instead of a regular chapter. It’s 5 pages long and it’s focused on Touya and Yukito.

The next issue of Nakayoshi (August 1st on will have another short story. Then on the following issue (September 1st on we will have the continuation of the main story with Chapter 55.

CLAMPSpace – June 15, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This CLAMP Space session happened live on their official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.

Netflix’s Grimm project

Only Ohkawa-sensei attended the press conference back in February 2020.

Mokona-sensei mentioned that Michiko Yokote will be writing the scripts for it.

The three characters we see in the teaser are the main characters, but each episode will be different and introduce different characters.

The coloring for the teaser was done by Nekoi-sensei. They did a total of three illustrations but this was the one ended up being chosen by Netflix.

At first, Nekoi-sensei proposed a teaser where the characters were in the woods. They went to the Kyoto botanical garden to collect materials, but it ended up not being chosen.

The title “Grimm” is a tentative one.

The one thing that was decided from the beginning was to have a character with red hair and green eyes.

They have already read all the scripts and they are not really the same as the Grimm Brothers tales.

Talk with Miki Iida (BL Novelist)

The way novels become popular have changed. From weekly magazines to monthly magazines and spread out apart from that as well.
Ohkawa-sensei: “There is this one called “Ou-sama( King’s) ranking” that was on “witto” (*Wit”?) and it grew from there.”
-Mic off-

Talk with Tetsu Inada (Kurogane/Ioryogi voice actor)

He was playing Monster Hunter when CLAMP called him to join them. He began playing Nintendo Switch because Mika Kikuchi invited him. But he says is not good at it.
I got help from my friends so Y have some stock
He plays Super Robot Wars as well. Mostly the ones that you don’t play in real time.
He’s dubbing a game that is about collecting ships (war ships, historic navy).

When looking for Kurogane’s voice actor, there weren’t so much voice with low voices.
Tetsu Inada: “There were a lot of my senpai in there.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “My idea of Kurogane was that he would have a really low voice. I didn’t thought that Fye would have such a high voice though (laughs). But for Kurogane, it was clear for me.”
CLAMP: “Does Inada-san remember the first lines?”
Tetsu Inada: “There were some lines where Kurogane is behaving, but after that it becomes rough.”
CLAMP: “Weren’t you surprised to be called to dub a such a thin character? It may be weird that a thin character has such a low voice. For us Kurogane is such a ‘flat’ character. He doesn’t doubt/hesitate when he is surprised or shocked. Kurogane is steady even though the other characters would be shocked.”
Tetsu Inada: “We saw that in Tokyo Revelations.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “That’s what I thought Inada-san was the perfect match. I thought this person wouldn’t be shocked that easily. As it was said, in Tokyo Revelations, a lot of things happen but even then Kurogane stays calm.”
Mokona-sensei: “Well by that time he had also grown up.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “So the reason we picked Inada-san is because his way of talking was the calmest. And of course the voice itself was good. As for the voice alone, there were other people with suitable voices.”
Tetsu Inada: “You had the image of the One Piece character, right?”
Ohkawa-sensei: Yes, Brogy from One Piece.”
Tetsu Inada: “Although it’s pretty different.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “There’s a lot of people that are aiming to become dubbing actors but I don’t think that is only about having a good voice. Your voice has to be easy to differentiate. Of course you can be differentiated because of your acting as well (laughs).”
Tetsu Inada: “At auditions, I don’t only think about the lines that are given at that instance. I try to show the possibilities of expressing other feeling.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yeah, but as the part who chooses, we need to have something that differentiates the voice from others.”
Mokona-sensei: “The one who decides is the director anyways.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “So for you it’s something that you decide each time you go to an audition.”
“For us we are choosing for a little project so it may be different. I think there’s a small chance (to work together?) in the future but we don’t really know.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “What are you guys talking about?”
Tetsu Inada: “About general stuff, the works we are dubbing, we also get love-consults.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “What’s Inada-san’s tokui?”
Tetsu Inada: “Suta-don (Sutamina Don)”
Ohkawa-sensei: “What’s on it?”
Tetsu Inada: “The main thing is pork, then there’s tama negi, and there’s soup.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Lately we can’t go to Tokyo, neither you can come to Kyoto. But I think it will be alright next year so we would like you to come to make Suta-don for us.”

Tetsu Inada: “The last time that we met was during the Sengoku Basara‘s Takarazuka play, right?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Oh yes, that was it. We’ll be inviting you to join us in future spaces as well.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “But anyways, about picking Inada-san for Kurogane, the main reason was that we thought Inada-san was the one that we thought that would be able to survive the hell that would be coming in the story. Thank you so much for participating today.”
Tetsu Inada: “I’ll go back to Monster Hunter.”

Mokona-sensei: “The impressive thing about Inada-san’s voice is that you can easily recognize it. Even if you listen on advertisements outside”.

Ohkawa-sensei: “Since we’re near the end, we’d like to call some listeners to join us. But please don’t say mean things. Somebody that talks about kind things. Maybe two of them. But please be nice. Don’t say something harsh please. We’ll pick Sakamata-san because with that whale icon he/she seems to be a kind person.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “If it’s ok, tell us which was the first CLAMP work you saw/read?”
Sakamata: “I watched Card Captor Sakura on NHK and after that friends at school introduced me to the Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC mangas.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “When reading Tsubasa, how old were you?”
Sakamata: “I was on the 3rd year of elementary school”.
Ohkawa-sensei: “So you may have watched the OAD Tokyo Revelations, right?”
Sakamata: “Yes.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “How cute! What would you say is your favourite CLAMP work?”
Sakamata: “I love RG Veda.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “But at that time you weren’t even born yet, right? What was your impression reading it?”
Sakamata: “When I read the first chapter I didn’t quite understand it.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Mokona apologizes for it!”
Sakamata: “But after reading the first 10 chapters I got a better idea of it.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Who is your favorite character?”
Sakamata: “Ashura.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Child or adult?”
Sakamata: “Adult.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “So good that Mokona put her efforts to it! (laughs)”
Sakamata: “I like Taishakuten as well”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Is that so?”

Sakamata: “I wanted to go to the Japan Expo in 2009 but I had the entry exam for school at that time.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “That’s perfectly understandable.”
Sakamata: “I have the logo mark of that time as my cellphone screen.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Thank you.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Last question: Is it better if we let you know before doing the spaces? How much anticipation is good?”
Sakamata: “It’s definitely better if you let us know.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “One hour maybe? Or a day before?”
Sakamata: “That way I can make space on my night schedule and can write down the space report as well.”

Fan talk: Natsumi

Natsumi: “I’m so happy!”
Ohkawa-sensei: “We’re sorry we called you this late. Is there something you would like to ask to CLAMP?”
Natsumi: “I have so many favorites works but I was wondering what makes CLAMP-sensei happy, if there’s a way to show appreciation…?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Oh don’t worry about that. If you’re happy, we are happy. Which was your first CLAMP work?”
Natsumi: “I watched the second session of the Card Captor Sakura anime. I didn’t have my dad and in Card Captor Sakura, Sakura has lost her mom so I felt very related to that.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “So your favorite one is Card Captor Sakura?”
Natsumi: “It’s Tsubasa. I like Syaoran and everyone as well but I like Subaru.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “So you like Subaru. But if you have to choose between the Subaru from Tokyo Babylon, X and Tsubasa, which one would you pick?”
Natsumi: “X‘s Subaru. I wonder about his happiness. How it is going to be developed.”
Igarashi-sensei: “If you like that much a character, you want them to live happily ever after, right!” (in a strong voice)
Nekoi-sensei: “I just want to see how the story develops.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “But if you say so, some characters won’t become happy. Nekoi is not the one who goes nice with villains, right? You are hard on Seishirou.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Regarding Subaru, he changes between Tokyo Babylon and X. And in Tsubasa, he becomes like an one-san. (as in being like a “protective” sister) For me Subaru and Kamui In Tsubasa‘s world end up being happy.”
Mokona-sensei: “They are escaping now, so it must be troublesome but…”
Ohkawa-sensei: “There’s also Yuuko, maybe they can ask Watanuki for help. As for the happiness of characters….”
Mokona-sensei: “But it is impossible as it was left…. Even X, if there’s a continuation we have to do somehing about that.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I want to make it clear that the relationship between Kamui and Fuuma is different from the Subaru and Seishiro one, so you bear that in mind.”
Natsumi: “Is there any new information on the vampire twins?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Vampire Kamui hates Seishiro a lot. That’s clear. Altought Subaru doesn’t hate Fuuma. Everyone must be thinking that Fuuma won’t achieve his goal. More new information? Wait 3 seconds (laughs).”
Mokona-sensei: “So for Tsubasa, you want Subaru to be happy.”
Nekoi-sensei: “But the Subaru from X, that is connected to Tokyo Babylon, is not for sure he will end up happy.”
Natsumi: “I’d like to think that if everything ends well. Then it will be alright.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “By ending you mean when they die?”

Ohkawa-sensei: “If Subaru can become happy, it must be some form of happiness that it doesn’t include Seishirou. I don’t think people should put their happiness on other people.”

Mokona-sensei: “If you only think about Seishirou, you may think that wasn’t happiness. But those eyeglasses were cool and he was witty.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “You come up with that?! Oh well the fans will always want characters to end in a happy way. But as for Tokyo Babylon…. I think is hard that it could end on a happy ending.”

“How would it be possible for Tsubasa‘s Seishirou and Subaru to become happy?”
Mokona-sensei: “To not get together. Not saying goodbye either.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Is that so….”

Fan talk: Misa

Ohkawa-sensei: “You have such a cute Twitter icon.”
Misa: “A friend drew that.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Do you have a question for us?”
Misa: “Will Sakura become happy?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “She is giving her best now. Sakura will end up happy because of her own efforts.”
Misa: “Now I rest assured.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “But if you say that, we may be making her unhappy (joking). Nah, she will become happy whatever happens.”
Misa: “I am remembering of the Card Captor Sakura anime episode in which sakura says “zettai daijobu dayo” (everything will be alright), the one with the cards The Light and The Dark, that episode helped me through stuff while going to school.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Which is your favorite battle costume from the Clow Card arc?”
Misa: “The 1st one is the Platina one. The 2nd one is the one from the second opening.”
Mokona-sensei: “There were some figures of that as well.”

Fan talk: Mitsubachi Ageha

Ohkawa-sensei: “As we said earlier if you have a question do it now since we’re gonna to ask you after that.”
Mitsubachi Ageha: “In the past, when Ohkawa-sensei was using twitter, you mentioned Fye and Kurogane’s birthdays but we never got to know those…” (speaking rather shyly).
Ohkawa-sensei: “You really wanna know? Say it on a loud voice!”.
Mitsubachi Ageha: “Please share with us the birthdays of Fye and Kurogane on twitter later!”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Ok we’ll publish it on twitter. Altough Fye’s one it was decided by Ashura-ou so it may not be the definitive one… Ok, we’ll publish it on twitter in nowadays calendar.”
Mitsubachi Ageha: “It wasn’t on the guidebooks either.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “What’s your favourite character outside CLAMP works?”
Mitsubachi Ageha: “I only read CLAMP’s work, so…”
Ohkawa-sensei: “So who you like the most?”
Mitsubachi Ageha: “I like them all, but if I have to mention I would say Fye.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “The Fye you met in the manga, right? At that time there was no anime yet.”
Mitsubachi Ageha: “I also could mention Primera. But from Fye I like that he’s kind of a cool guy.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Aren’t you fond of cool guys (in a bad way)? (laughs)”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I didn’t know that people would give that much importance to the birthdays. Of course we decide all that data in all works, but for Tsubasa, specially about Kurogane and Fye, we didn’t go that far. Also if we make it public, people would know them better. But since Ageha (the listener) is asking for it we will announce it on Twitter later.”

Final talk

Ohkawa-sensei: “We talked 3 hours today. Next time we’ll inlcude the Netflix producer. There’s the Grimm’s project as well so we will be publishing futher information about it as well. We also had Inada-san with us today, we’d like it to have him again. We also talked to 4 fans, they were really cute! And as we promised earlier, we will announce the birthday of ‘those two’ on twitter later.”

A huge thank you to Claudio for providing skillful real-time translations.

Let’s keep this a collaborative effort! If you found mistakes or if you think you can contribute with more information, please contact me.

CLAMP x Netflix: “Grimm” anime series project announced

Almost a year and a half after the CLAMP x Netflix collaboration announcement, we finally have more information about it!

CLAMP and Netflix have teamed up to launch the anime series “Grimm” project. CLAMP will be handling the character design, WIT STUDIO will be producing the animation, and Michiko Yokote will be writing the script.

A teaser art has been revealed:

Teaser art for the anime series “Grimm” project.

The project was announced at the Netflix Animation Studio Focus Panel, an online event during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2021 in France. The “Grimm” project is based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, with a story that boldly mixes elements of horror and suspense.

The title of the anime is yet to be decided.


Character design: CLAMP
Script: Michiko Yokote
Animation studio: WIT STUDIO

Michiko Yokote is a long time CLAMP collaborator. She has worked with CLAMP on the TV Anime of XXXHOLiC, Kobato. and BLOOD-C. WIT STUDIO is a PRODUCTION I.G subsidiary. They are known for animating Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan).

More info as they come!

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Comic Natalie.

This is looking really promising! We waited so long for this but it paid off. The Grimm brothers look really cool. I am looking forward to see all other classic fairy tail characters by the hands of CLAMP! It’ll be interesting to see CLAMP designs in a suspense/horror story. That doesn’t happen very often!

I think this has a bigger international appeal than if this was a completely original anime. After all, the Grimm brothers stories are known internationally.

I love the fact that they used CLAMP’s art for the teaser. They are the big star of this project, after all!

I wonder if WIT will do justice with CLAMP’s style.

Tsubaki Nekoi Twitter Space – June 04, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This Twitter Space session happened live on Tsubaki Nekoi’s official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.

  • Ohkawa-sensei said that they deeply love even the worst villain character of their stories. So even if they may say things about Seishirou, for example, is just blabbering while drinking and should not be taken that seriously. Because if it’s gonna be taken that seriously, they won’t be able to continue with the spaces. It’s true they may have addressed Seishirou’s topic a little too much on the spaces though. But they don’t intend to talk bad things about him.
  • They asked fans for their favourites movies. The first one mentioned was Dune. And Mokona-sensei said she watched the movie first and then read the book
  • They also talked about an anime movie made in China, in which Tsubasa‘s Kamui’s voice actor worked (in the japanese dubbed version).
  • They said they’re going to address this kind of topics in the future (asking for favorites movies and recommendations)
  • Ohkawa-sensei said she likes John Wick and the latest movie rocks (literally said “yabai”)
  • Ohkawa-sensei added: Even if the author talks like this, we want to be judged about our works. Characters are born for those stories and when doing the spaces is just “CLAMP saying weird stuff” (implying to fans to please don’t matter that much about what they say at spaces since they’re just fooling).

A huge thank you to Claudio for providing skillful real-time translations.

Let’s keep this a collaborative effort! If you found mistakes or if you think you can contribute with more information, please contact me.

XXXHOLiC musical theatre: new main visual, all male cast announced

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A new main visual and the full cast list for the XXXHOLiC musical theatre adaptation have been announced today.

The newly announced all-male cast is the following:

Doumeki Shizuka: Yuunosuke Matsushima
Himawari Kunogi: Ryoutarou Akazawa
Maru: Juki Suetsugu / Musashi Maeda
Moro: Rento Nishiyama / Masutani Ten
Zashiki Warashi: Keito Sakurai
Karasu Tengu: Yusuke Umezawa / Makoto Endo / Yuya Igarashi
Ame Warashi: Shunya Ohira
Jorougumo (Spider Lady): Shun Mikami

Official pictures from the full cast:

So it really was a conscious decision to have an all-male cast. Even the kids. Regardless of gender, the characterizations look good and the fact that Zashiki Warashi, Ame Warashi and the Spider Lady have been cast gives us an indication of what’s the story is going to be like.


The complete staff list was also announced and it’s available at the Engeki XXXHOLiC official website. Nanase Ohkawa is the only CLAMP member listed on the list, in charge of the play’s planning.


The Tokyo leg of the show will run from September 17-26. The Kyoto leg will run from October 1-3. For details and tickets, please check the official website.

Personally, I thought the play would have a longer run, but hopefully these are only the initial dates.

Card Captor Sakura – Clear Card arc – Chapter 54

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

This chapter is available for free at

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.


Tsubaki Nekoi Twitter Space – May 31, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This Twitter Space session happened live on Tsubaki Nekoi’s official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.

  • They had a textile designer joining them, Riku Hozumi (Twitter/Instagram).
  • CLAMP asked about where her “CLAMP experience” started. She answered watching the Magic Knight Rayearth anime and then reading the manga and watching the anime of Card Captor Sakura. She said she likes the many sides (lit. many colours) it can be seen on CLAMP works. The many sides of people.
  • Ohkawa-sensei asked her favourite CLAMP work laughing that it must a question hard to answer when talking directly with the creators. Her favourite CLAMP work is XXXHOLiC. Because she thinks is a story filled with a lot of knowledge.
  • They asked the designer about her work, how she became a designer (whats advices would she give to people starting out), she even got to say/promote her designs online store.
  • Ohkawa-sensei: “When we were drawig HiGH & LOW, Exile Hiro [the producer] was supervising every piece of it so it was really hard. (…) In order to keep the world image of the series they were really exigent.”
  • Mokona-sensei: “Because we usually draw cats and cute little stuff.”
  • Ohkawa-sensei: “But they were asking why we draw this or that. We didn’t understand why some stuff were okay and other weren’t.”
  • Talk about Gouhou Drug/Drug & Drop and its many jewelry and accessories.
  • Ohkawa-sensei: “We like jewelry and such, so it is not an influence of HiGH & LOW that we included in Drug & Drop“.

A huge thank you to Claudio for providing skillful real-time translations.

Let’s keep this a collaborative effort! If you found mistakes or if you think you can contribute with more information, please contact me.

CLAMPSpace – May 29, 2021

DISCLAIMER: This CLAMP Space session happened live on their official Twitter account and recordings were not made available anywhere after the transmission was over. The information available here was gathered in a collaborative effort from multiple reports and impressions from fans from all over the world who took notes as the session was happening live. Please be aware that this report may contain inaccuracies and is subject to corrections.


(Preparations by Ohkawa-sensei and Mokona-sensei)
Ohkawa-sensei writes the title and the hashtags: Title “CLAMP Saturday’s space”

Ohkawa-sensei: “I went to eat shabu shabu, I was searching for a sweet but couldn’t find it. I love Happitaan (ハッピーターン), as you know, so I bought it for today. You may hear the sound of it during today’s space. You may prepare some drinks because it’s really hot.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “We used to do a radio show every week I think for around a year, and in those shows when we make a toast, we usually like to bring some guests. Since Mokona is better now, we think we are gonna be able to make a toast.”
Toast phrase: “ware ware no hanei ni” (may prosperity ome to us)

Ohkawa-sensei: “We will do a free talk, but today the new figure of Sakura was announced. Mokona, what do you think of it?”

Mokona-sensei: “It was really nice from the very first time. Last time I did an illustration for a figure I was thinking about it becoming the figure but this time I really wanted to draw the little pearls, and the detailed flower so badly, and I didn’t really know if that would be possible to reproduce or people could get upset at me, but I think it ended up being a fabulous quality figure if you ask me.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Before it was colored (painted), GoodSmile showed a video from the upside and that looked really impressive, it felt like as something that is alive.

Rayearth Mashins

Igarashi-sensei: “I was impressed that even though it has passed so many years since Rayearth, such a detailed robot figure is being sold is so impressive.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “We really liked the little nendo ones, which were so cute, but this ones are really impressive.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “We didn’t decide the name for the Sakura figure. We are not able to come up with such cute names, so it was decided by the maker. We really haven’t decided any of the names of any figure before. And the last Sakura one actually we haven’t seen it directly yet.”

Keita Mori (Bushiroad producer)

Ohkawa-sensei: “Every time we try to invite him but we weren’t able to catch it yet. He was on the train and he sent us a message. If you’re listening right now please request access. Oh there he is.”

(Mori does really detailed self presentation. Ohkawa-sensei was impressed by his long resumé).

Ohkawa-sensei: “The Vanguard YouTube channel always puts up a lot of information, and also they respond to the comments and such.”
Mori: “I feel so honored to receive those compliments from CLAMP-sensei that I respect so much. That time we had a drink and that place were beautiful. At that time we weren’t even talking about the anime possibility. Thank you for the drawing for [Atsuko] Enomoto, she was so happy about it. Everyone on the team was very happy.”

Mori: (Something about Vanguard characters in the past and nowadays.)

Mori: “We are having now reactions from foreign fans, they are so happy. Thank you so much. Getting CLAMP to draw the characters became a big news therefore we’re so grateful. We published material on two girls (Megumi and Tomari) fighting today. The characters designs were so good for some of them that we couldn’t help to give those characters more importance. We’ll be announcing about them soon.

Ohkawa-sensei: “You mean the pretty lady, right?” (Ohkawa-sensei talked about deciding the clothes for her).

Mori: “Megumi and Tomari characters are becoming so famous on foreign countries thank to your designs.
The Vanguard project has been around for 10 years, Kitani-san was the one who connected CLAMP-sensei to the project, right?”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, actually the producer of the XXXHOLiC anime introduced him to us. At that time we talked about someday working together on something. After that, we received a proposal but our schedule didn’t allow us to participate, but later on we received the call for Vanguard and at first we didn’t believe it. It has nothing connected to us so at first we thought that it was going to end up being a joke.”

Mori: “Vanguard revisits the story of the two main characters. With this new phase, we were thinking about how can we give lives to new characters, and at that time we thought about CLAMP-sensei. It was a time for a renewal, so it became such a great thing.”

At one point, CLAMP asked fans to submit questions to Keita Mori via Tsubaki Nekoi’s twitter account.

Ohkawa-sensei: “Why did you change job?”

Mori: “I get called and, well, at that time we weren’t talking about working with you, but being in Bushiroad there were more probabilities to work near famous people. The first card game I played was Magic: The Gathering. I was like 13-14″.

Question from a fan: “What is Mori producer’s favorite dish?”
Mori: “I like almost everything, and drink anything as well. If there’s a drink that matches a plate, I’d like to try it. I’m sure sensei can relate to that.”

Question from a fan: “What is your favorite Vanguard character?”
Mori: “I like Tomari from before when the story wasn’t developed that much. This is the first time I work on anime. Until now I worked only on card games, so you can say it’s the first time a card game I work on gets animated.”

Question from a fan: “Why is it called overDress? Is there a story behind this?”
Mori: “Naming is thought together but the final decision is made by Ito Akira-sensei”.

Question from a fan: “From the Vanguard until now, there’s something new (novelty)”
Mori: “We started everything from scratch. For Bushiroad, this kind of project was a first. The cards were drawn originally. We wished to make a version of Vanguard that was never seen before.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “When we received the proposal, it was written that the mermaids were idols, so at first we were surprised.”

Mori: “There are a lot of mermaids, some of them even got their own game.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “We tried to draw really normal mermaids because we didn’t wanted people to think ‘Oh they are doing weird things again'” (laughs).

Question from a fan: “Like M&G does, are you thinking on invite CLAMP to draw card illustrations?”

Mori: “We announced Shaman King & Nirvana lately, and would like to do the same with CLAMP but I think there’s copyright stuff to bear in mind in that case. I do love Rayearth. As manufacturers, we are always thinking how the payers are going to enjoy the best of the game. My sister used to read shoujo manga, Rayearth.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “If we could participate we will be really happy to do so. We haven’t done it in the past.”

Mori: “We are talking dreams here but I would love to have you participating more.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “And we would love to collaborate.”

Mori: “I recall CLAMP-sensei has drawn a congratulations illustration before…”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, we did a lot of research. We always do a lot of research before drawing. As you may know, Kyoto people is usually detailed-oriented”. (laughs)

Ohkawa-sensei: “Thank you for being with us this, an hour has passed already. I would like to invite everyone to check the Vanguard YouTube channel that has so much information. Thank you. In the future, when we can hold events, let’s gather and drink again.”

Mori: “At that time when director Mori (a director who is also named Mori) joined us was really fun.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “CLAMP will be happy if fans watch the anime and also if you play the card game as well.”

Mori message to fans: “We’d like to do more projects with CLAMP, so stay tunned.”

Ohkawa-sensei’s iPhone was running out of battery so decided to take a break to recharge.

2nd part – Free talk & questions from fans

Ohkawa-sensei: “We’re doing it using the iPhone speaker now. We would like to do some free talk. Today’s main theme is Animal Crossing game, how is that going?”

Igarashi-sensei: “I was looking for hibiscus but couldn’t find it. That character is so cute!”

Ohkawa-sensei: “The one who sells the carpets is cute as well.”

Ohkawa-sensei reminds the listeners that usernames from listeners who submitted questions will be read out loud.

Igarashi-sensei: “I’m thinking on picking up the garbage. I want to.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “One thing I want to make clear, Satsuki’s island is not based on CLAMP, is just Satsuki’s island.
If you want you can come along.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “What sweets are you enjoying lately? I’m buying the ones that I can make at home. Preferably by internet, my choux cream is the best”

Mokona-sensei: “The sweets from konbini (convenience stores) are high level.”

Nekoi-sensei: “I like ice-cream. I like Pino but I also like the ones that I cant eat easily. I want to let it melt and feel the flavor.”

Submitted by a fan: “Seven Eleven‘s pistachio macaron will be released tomorrow.”

Everyone: “We like chocomint.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “I don’t like the mint flavor.”

Mokona-sensei: “I like it in HäagenDazs. It’s impressive when I can get it at konbini.”

Igarashi-sensei: “Lawson has a Hobo cream, who is really creamy with a thin outside layer.”

Ohkawa-sensei: (reading tweet) “Small melon pan are delicious.”

Question from a fan: “Have you eaten Dulce de Leche?”

Everyone: “No.” (they had heard of it but they haven’t tried it. They look it up on Wikipedia and discovered that is a Sweet Caramel from South America. They say they would like to try it.)

Ohkawa-sensei: “Thank you for all the recommendations, we’ll investigate about them.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Satsuki, how about your island?”

Igarashi-sensei: (hesitates)

Ohkawa-sensei: “Just show how you are like naturally, at yourself. If you haven’t tried the game or don’t have the Switch, is getting easy to get it so why not? Oh… Satsuki’s face…”

Ohkawa-sensei (to Satsuki): “The time is coming…”

About the Okinawa setting of Tsubasa – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE –:
Ohkawa-sensei: “Satsuki went and visited a place with a weird bed disposition, so we used it on Tsubasa – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE –. The disposition was so weird. The bathroom was in the middle.”

Ohkawa-sensei: “Questions on Tsubasa – WoRLD CHRoNiCLE –? Please write it on Nekoi’s account.”

Question from a fan: “Did Fye become able to use Japanese chopsticks?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Oh yeah, right, he couldn’t used it at that time…”
Igarashi-sensei: “He has grown to eat sour food.”

Question from a fan: “Will Kujaku eventually appear in XXXHOLiC?”
Mokona-sensei: “Well there’s always the possibility since that place is accessed from many people from other worlds but you never know. Oh! We have a figure as well of Kujaku. That figure base took time. But when I was asked about the muscles I left that responsibility to them (laughs).”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Figure making is really tough. People don’t know, but it’s really hard.”

CLAMP were surprised that Kujaku was chosen instead of Ashura (who is the main character).

Question from a fan: “What’s the origins of Fye and Yui’s names?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Fye is for the greek letter. His name was decided in advance. Yui was taken from an old story if I recall correctly.”

Question from a fan: “I’ve seen a magazine article mentioning who’s the big brother and who’s the younger brother between Subaru and Kamui vampire twins. Has this article been supervised by CLAMP-sensei?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I’ve seen that article but we were not involved in it. Is actually mistaken. We haven’t said anything about that yet, we don’t know why that was written. Of course it’s ok for the fans to think the way they like. I haven’t talked about it to Monona-sensei or Igarashi-sensei either. What do you think?”
Nekoi-sensei: “Subaru is the older and Kamui the younger.”
Mokona-sensei: “I think Kamui is the younger since I’ve seen those same attitudes in my own siblings.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I haven’t talked about this with no one so I was so surprised at that article. We still don’t know where that came from and we didn’t feel like correcting it. So as an answer, we would like to say that is not an official voice.”

Question from a fan: “How did you decide on the Tsubasa countries and characters for each one?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “There were a lot of parameters. For some cases we defined the world first and then the characters, but we did the opposite on other worlds as well.”
Mokona-sensei: “We also thought on what clothes would fit better to them. Also Primera changed a lot, right?”

Fan comment: “I see Kamui as the younger brother”
Ohkawa-sensei: “The youngest one in X is Yuzuriha.”
Mokona-sensei: “She is like a cute sister.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Yes, but she has her grown up sides as well. But yes, Kamui has those small brother characteristics Maybe if he didn’t have to go through to all that stuff he would have been more easygoing. But there was what happened to his mom, and he also has a lot of weird people around him, so…”

Question from a fan: “Please comment on the past relationship of Clow, Yuuko and Fei Wang Reed”:
Ohkawa-sensei: “I don’t think Clow hates Fei Wang. Clow is not that kind of person that would care that much.”

Fei Wang Reed bears a grudge against Clow and Yuuko because they never paid attention to him and always forgot to send him the obligatory midsummer/year’s-end gifts that most professional adults send to their colleagues each year. (Kero would make a list and send them)

Mokona-sensei: “Clow doesn’t really get angry at no one. But Yuuko gets mad at people if they mess her sake.”

Vampires & Fuuma
Ohkawa-sensei: “At temples, sake is offered to the Gods. So for me, sake is not a strange thing for Fuuma, therefore he is strong at drinking. I think Tsubasa’s Fuuma is also strong at drinking.”
Igarashi-sensei: “Yuzuriha”.
Ohkawa-sensei: “But she hasn’t started drinking yet. She would probably start with sweet stuff first.

Ohkawa is asking for kind questions while Satsuki’s prepares her island.

Question from a fan: “Would Himawari be strong at drinking?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “When she grows up.”

Question from a fan: “I expect Sakura from GATE 7 to be strong at drinking.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “If he is not it would be like half an imposter.” (laughs)

Question from a fan: “Although it’s not safe to travel right now, once you are able to travel again, where do you wanna go?”
All: Okinawa.

Question from a fan: “What do you do to low your tensions on free times?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “I re-read the authors that I love.”
Nekoi-sensei: “I don’t get that much tensioned.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Satsuki is always calm as well right?”

Question from a fan: “What are your views on Ghibli movies?”
Mokona-sensei: “I’d pick Laputa but Nausicaä was the first one I watched so it left a strong impression.”
Nekoi-sensei: “Nausicaä.”
Igarashi-sensei: “Nausicaä. I was also reading the manga. Also Ponyo was really impressive. So many readings possible.”
Ohkawa-sensei: “It is kind of a scary movie as well. From the moment the mom goes outside.”

Question from a fan: “What it would take to forgive Seishirou?”
Ohkawa-sensei: “Humility.” (she answered right away)

Clow’s name correct pronunciation: ku-RO-u.

A fan asked them the story behind a Ioryogi lighter dated from 2014-10-08. They said that they did it as a gift to some of their friends and it was not sold to the public. Takeshi Okazaki tweeted saying he also has one. Inada Tetsu (Ioryogi’s voice actor) interacted with them saying he didn’t have one (despite the fact that he voiced Ioryogi).

Question from a fan: “What kind of world do you think will be a happy ending for Subaru-kun and Seishirou? They couldn’t be happy in Tokyo Babylon, X, or Tsubasa… I like these two people, so I would like to hear your views.”
All: *silence*
Mokona-sensei: “They can have a happy ending in your own mind and heart.”
Ohkawa-sensei: *clapping her hands* “Mokona nailed it! That’s really good”.

Then, they added that it’s hard to make a happy world with the two of them without Hokuto. And even the good memories they had from the past made living the present like hell for Subaru after Hokuto was gone. They mostly agree that Seishirou’s personality stands in the way of any kind of happy ending.

For CLAMP is pretty hard to set an schedule and do the spaces so in the future they’re going lightly announce it 30 minutes in advance so everyone can join. They may also just do spaces after finishing work, and in a pretty relaxed way like the free talk they did today. Nekoi-sensei may continue with her own twitter spaces as well.

A huge thank you to Claudio for providing skillful real-time translations.

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