X is the 4th series of CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION (Updated)

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The 4th series of CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION has been announced and it’s going to be X!

Following the Kodansha/Kadokawa pattern, after Magic Knight Rayearth (Kodansha), fans already anticipated the next title would be one from Kadokawa.

The news comes from Amazon Japan, which lists X volume 1 of CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION for a February 3rd release date.

The description informs that all color pages that were originally printed in black and white on the original tankoubon version of X will be in color in the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION! Moreover, the 5 chapters released for X 18.5 will also be included in this edition!

The bonus for those who purchase all volumes will be a set of 19 clear tarot cards! Gentle reminder that it must include The Fool, which was only published in the X ZERO artbook, which brings the total to 19 cards. Another gentle reminder that you must live in Japan or have a Japanese address in order to apply.

Kadokawa is coming with a bang! Bringing their longest CLAMP series next (albeit still unfinished) and including (some) original color pages!

This solves one of the major questions that fans had: whether incomplete series would be included in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION and X confirms that they will!

I’m already looking forward to the new covers, CLAMP’s commentary YouTube videos (hopefully), Kadokawa promotional efforts and enjoying new re-releases of X for the next 9 months!

UPDATE: Kadokawa already has all 19 (18 + 18.5) volumes listed on their website!

Here’s the full schedule:

February 3: vol 1
March 3: vols 2 & 3
April 3: vols 4 & 5
May 2: vols 6 & 7
June 2: vols 8 & 9
July 4: vols 10 & 11
August 4: vols 12 & 13
September 4: vols 14 & 15
October 4: vols 16 & 17
November 4: vols 18 & 18.5

It’s confirmed now that volume 18.5 will have its own volume and not have its chapters included with volume 18.

UPDATE 2: The cover illustration has been announced!

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This is just the illustration that will be used for the cover, it is not the actual cover. It’s still missing the typography of CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION.

It looks a bit similar to the tarot card from that volume, so I wonder if all covers will follow the same pattern… I also wonder if they will all be black (how cool would that be?)

The art style is simple, which is expected from this series.

Waaaah I’m excited!! =D

UPDATE 3: The final cover has been announced:

It’s been announced that a box to hold all 19 volumes (18 + 18.5) will be released. Details to follow.

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)

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.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #7 cover

The cover of Tokyo Babylon #7 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced!

Technically, it’s still one person on the cover, or is it three? Hmmm it’s quite unclear.

The cover is very reminiscent of the classic edition, with Subaru looking like a priest. The new additions being obviously Seishirou and Hokuto (which seems to be attending her own funeral?). I have mixed feelings about this cover. Not sure if I find it so ingenious…

Oh, and this time around we got a full view of Seishirou’s shoulders, no cheating 😉

The seventh volume will be released on September 2.

This is it, ladies and gentlemen, this finishes Tokyo Babylon‘s ride with CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. It was a fun one, and definitely shorter compared to XXXHOLiC. Kadokawa surely made things more fun than Kodansha with announcing the covers in advance and spoiling us with heavy promo.

The next CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION has not yet been announced.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #5 & #6 covers

The covers of Tokyo Babylon #5 and #6 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

Loved these also! So in the end indeed we ended up with three covers featuring Hokuto and two covers with Seishirou (and we have seen again how Mokona-sensei got away with drawing Seishirou’s big shoulders, haha!)

The cover colors keep following the same pattern as the classic edition, as CLAMP have planned.

These covers also confirm the “rule” that we won’t be getting more than two chararcters on the same cover for the CPC editions.

Volume 7 will probably feature Subaru alone and it will be likely white, as the original.

The fifth and sixth volumes will be released on August 4.

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for Tokyo Babylon in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

In other news, a box to store all 7 volumes will be sold by Kadokawa. It will feature illustrations from the original series.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #3 & #4 covers

The covers of Tokyo Babylon #3 and #4 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

As promised, we have finally Seishirou debuting CPC on the cover of volume 3, along with Subaru, looking like gangsters. Hokuto is back on the cover of volume 4 with Mokona fulfilling her promise that she would draw Subaru in clothes that could be worn by all genders.

As for the hot topic of Seishirou’s shoulders length, you can’t really tell how wide they look due to the furry accessory he’s wearing over them, but Seishirou looks cool af and that’s all that matters.

The cover colors keep following the same pattern as the classic edition.

Volume 7 will probably feature Subaru alone, so is it going to be for volumes 5 and 6? Again Seishirou and Hokuto, respectively? Or are we getting one (or two) cover with the trio?

I loved them!

The third and fourth volumes will be released on July 4, with two volumes coming out every month.

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for Tokyo Babylon in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

July 4th, 2022: volumes 3 & 4
August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

In addition, Character PVs for Subaru, Hokuto and Seishirou have been added to Kadokawa‘s Anime Channel on YouTube as “Shorts:

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #2 cover

The cover of Tokyo Babylon #2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced!

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As it was previously shared by CLAMP in one of their twitter spaces, we have Hokuto and Subaru on the cover and the color this time is yellow, just like the classic series. We can also see some of the more contemporary, hip-hop fashion elements on this cover that Mokona-sensei said that she wanted to include.

It looks super great!

The first and second volumes will be released on June 3, with two volumes coming out every month.

Here’s the full release schedule for Tokyo Babylon in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

June 3rd, 2022: volumes 1 & 2
July 4th, 2022: volumes 3 & 4
August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

The official Twitter account of Young Ace magazine (Kadokawa’s current official magazine for all things CLAMP) has made a short promotional video about it, just like they did for volume 1:

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #19 cover

The cover of XXXHOLiC #19 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced!

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It will be released on May 6 and it’s the final XXXHOLiC volume for CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. It can be ordered via Amazon Japan.

So indeed we had Watanuki all by himself and what’s more, doing the exact same pose as Yuuko in volume 1 cover, except it’s mirrored:

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It’s been a fun ride waiting for these new covers every month! Now it’s Tokyo Babylon‘s time!

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Tokyo Babylon #1 cover

The cover of Tokyo Babylon #1 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition has been announced in a press release published today by Kadokawa!

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The first and second volumes will be released on June 3, with two volumes coming out every month.

Those who purchase all 7 volumes can apply to receive an acrylic stand based on the cover illustration of the classic version of Tokyo Babylon volume 1 (published by Shinshokan in 1991).

Here’s the full release schedule for Tokyo Babylon in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

June 3rd, 2022: volumes 1 & 2
July 4th, 2022: volumes 3 & 4
August 4th, 2022: volumes 5 & 6
September 2nd: volume 7

The official Twitter account of Young Ace magazine (Kadokawa’s current official magazine for all things CLAMP) has made a short promotional video about it:

Source: animebox.jp

Waaaaaahh so cool! *_* So the color does match the original version! Let’s hope it stays this way for the next volumes!

I love Subaru’s outfit! The style looks good too! Very contemporary but still true to Tokyo Babylon‘s spirit.

I love the fact that we already have the cover of volume 1 even before we got the cover of XXXHOLiC #19! Also, we have the full schedule already. Thank you Kadokawa for such efficiency!! Also, good to know it will keep being 2 volumes per month.

Now, the bonus is indeed different than XXXHOLiC, which has a postcard for each volume and a postcard binder for those who purchase all volumes and apply for it. But I thought each volume would come with an extra, but apparently it will be a bonus only if you buy all 7 (and if you live in Japan).

HAPPY CLAMP DAY, EVERYONE! ♡