CLAMP 30th Anniversary x BE・LOVE 40th Anniversary Special Collaboration Project

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As part of a joint collaboration project to celebrate CLAMP’s 30th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of Kodansha‘s josei manga magazine BE・LOVE, a new celebratory illustration drawn by CLAMP is going to be published in the magazine’s February 2021 issue, which is scheduled to be released on December 28.

The same illustration will be used as a present service that readers will be able to apply to earn it.

BE・LOVE is a monthly manga magazine targeting women (josei) published by Kodansha.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM

Choosing BE・LOVE is an… interesting choice, considering that CLAMP never drew a series for that magazine. One would expect this to take place in Nakayoshi, Young Magazine or even Shonen Magazine.

BE・LOVE is targeted at adult women so that’s what they might be going for — after all, if you grew up reading CLAMP, you are probably an adult by now.

Unless there’s more to it and this could be foreshadowing into something bigger…? I’m probably reading too much into this… but just to give an example, I remember that before Kobato (Temporary)’s serialization was officially announced in Sunday GX magazine, they published a single illustration of Kobato in the issue before. I won’t keep my hopes up but I’m just saying that bigger projects might be born from these seemingly “harmless” projects.

I’m looking forward to this illustration and how the readers of BE・LOVE will react to it =)

Also, it seems like the 30th Anniversary celebrations are finally kicking in? Please don’t stop! =)

Tokyo BABYLON TV Anime announced for 2021

A week ago a mysterious countdown began on King Amusement Creative‘s YouTube channel and shared on CLAMP-FANS twitter and instagram accounts, which fans quickly deciphered to be related to Tokyo BABYLON. King Amusement Creative is a music label and anime distributor that is associated to Kodansha.

After much speculation, the countdown reached its end today to announce a brand new TV Anime adaptation for one of CLAMP’s earliest and most beloved works, Tokyo BABYLON.

Tokyo BABYLON 2021 TV Anime key visual
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Here is the first PV that premiered after the countdown:

There is already an official website as well as twitter and instagram accounts.

Tokyo BABYLON 2021 seems to be the official title of this adaptation. The story will be updated to be set in modern 2021 Tokyo and according to the official website, a total of 11 episodes are planned.

The animation production will be in charge of GoHands, which are known for working on the Mardock Scramble series.

Nothing else is known at this point regarding the staff and cast, as well as air date. I’m particularly interested in whether CLAMP will be more involved in this project in providing scripts or something else.

I’m very thrilled for the Tokyo BABYLON readers right now, who have waited a really long time for a complete anime adaptation. I don’t know if this is exactly what they expected, but I hope this project will treat the original work with all the respect it deserves.

I am very fond of Tokyo BABYLON‘s aesthetics, which I think it’s one of its strongest qualities and what makes Tokyo BABYLON so special. I am a little concerned to know that this adaptation will not follow those aesthetics in favor of a contemporary, 2021 anime aesthetics (which I am personally not very fond of).

As usual, I’m hoping for the best and that this adaptation will bring a new generation of readers to this fabulous work by CLAMP!

Stay tuned for more news as they come!

CLAMP 30th Anniversary special site launched (Updated)

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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.

Magic Knight Rayearth & Card Captor Sakura sticker for “with” magazine (Updated)

The February 2020 issue of with magazine (Kodansha) will come with a Magic Knight Rayearth & Card Captor Sakura sticker in celebration of CLAMP’s 30th Anniversary.

It is unclear whether this will be a new illustration or not, but I would guess so.

The magazine will be released on December 26 and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon Japan.

I wonder if it’s going to be a crossover illustration? I hope so!

Update: the magazine cover can be seen below. You can see a glimpse of the Rayearth and CCS sticker and unlike what I expected, it is not a new illustration. Too bad.