New CLAMP FESTIVAL posters drawn by CLAMP

CLAMP drew new illustrations for two posters that will be on sale exclusively at the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 Nagoya edition and at the CLAMP Shop:

The one on the right side will be sold at the event that will take place on Dec. 2, the one on the left side will be sold exclusively at the CLAMP Shop.

My first thought was “What is Eagle Vision randomly doing there?” but then I remembered that Megumi Ogata (who voiced Eagle on the MKR anime) will be at the festival, and everything made sense!

Really nice posters!

CLAMP members to attend CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 Nagoya

The Osaka edition of the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 has ended a few hours ago in Japan, at Zepp Namba hall.

Shortly after, CLAMP-NET.COM posted a message from CLAMP saying that they will be attending the Nagoya edition of the festival, which will take place on December 2.

CLAMP’s message says that they weren’t able to attend to the Tokyo and Osaka editions due to the medical treatment that they are going under, but their doctor has given them permission to attend the Nagoya edition.

It will be the last edition of CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 and the first time that CLAMP members make an appearance in the festival.

It’s the first time in a good while since CLAMP made a public appearance. Last time was during a very small signing session for the B2・HOLiC Blythe release, in September 2011, and before that, at the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011, in February of the same year.

In their message, CLAMP remarks the fact that they are still under medical treatment, which would explain all the recent breaks in their publications.

I’m really glad that they will be attending! I always love when CLAMP makes public appearances. I always thought it was the weirdest thing to have a CLAMP FESTIVAL while CLAMP members themselves were not there…

Looking forward to this!

“CLAMP Pia” cover and more

Here is the cover and back cover for the “CLAMP Pia” mook, taken from CLAMP FESTIVAL’s website:

It will be released on September 22. For those interested, you can order a copy on CD Japan.

Here is a 15 second video preview of “Kaze, Sora”, the single by Kinya that will be the theme song for CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012:

I am guessing this is part of the actual PV that is produced by PRODUCTION IG (it looks very cheap, if I may add).

On other news, for those who were worried about the future of our favorite website, CLAMP-NET.COM, I sent an e-mail to the site’s administrators and they replied to me saying that more information will be announced on the website in due course.

So I’d say we can rest assured that something new is coming up for us in 2013 😉

“CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012” theme song

The theme song for the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 is called Sora, Kaze (ソラ、カゼ) by Kotani Kinya, who also performed the theme songs for the Tsubasa anime and movie.

The single will be released on October 3rd and the jacket was illustrated by CLAMP:


See larger size at http://kotanikinya.net/

The single includes a DVD with a special movie produced by PRODUCTION IG (4 minutes length).

The tracklist for the single is as follows:

1. Sora, Kaze
2. Junketsu Paradox (Nana Mizuki cover)
3. Platinum (Maaya Sakamoto cover)
4. Sora, Kaze -Original Karaoke
5. Junketsu Paradox -Original Karaoke
6. Platinum -Original Karaoke

The single also comes with a random (out of 2) Mokona seal.

New mook “CLAMP Pia”! (Updated)

There will be a new mook/fanzine by CLAMP entitled “CLAMP Pia” (CLAMPぴあ) to be released on September 22, in celebration for the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 events.

[Contents]
● CLAMP NEWS
The latest information about XXXHOLiC, Drug & Drop and GATE 7.

● CLAMP WORKS
Introduction to all 23 CLAMP works, and some works outside the comics.

●CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 information
Map access to the venues, tickets information.

[Specifications]
CLAMP will draw a new illustration for the cover.
Price: 1,200 yens.
A4 / full color / 96 pages.
☆: Appendix: 24 postcards featuring illustrations from all 23 CLAMP works + the magazine cover with new illustration.

[Campaign]
Booking through Pia Book you get an exclusive clear file.

Sounds exciting! In this uneventful era that we are currently living. Looking forward to the news that will be published in this fanzine and the cover illustration 😉

UPDATE: Also, there has been some changes in the chapter schedules for both GATE 7 and Drug & Drop: more breaks ahead.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

08/03 – Young Ace #09 – Chapter 10 – 3 color pages (title page + spread). First chapter of tankoubon 2 (on sale).
09/04 – Young Ace #10 – Break.
10/04 – Young Ace #11 – Break.

Drug & Drop will be resumed on Young Ace #12.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

08/03 – Jump SQ #09 – Chapter 18 (on sale).
09/04 – Jump SQ #10 – Break (CLAMP changed that. Chapter 19 was at first scheduled for this issue).
10/04 – Jump SQ #11 – Break.

First break for GATE 7 in a very long time. And a double break, on top of that!

Is CLAMP taking some time off? Nothing new from them before November.

First look at PW-momoko ae

CLAMP-NET.COM has the first look of the CLAMP x momoko original doll, entitled PW-momoko ae :

A sample will be on display at a momoko exhibition to be held on August 11 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center. Visitors will get a postcard with CLAMP’s original design for the doll.

The doll will be available for pre-order starting August 24 for the price of 28,000 yens. Orders can be made only via the PetWORKs Store.

On another news, CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 added a new date in Nagoya. The festival will be held in Chunichi Theatre on December 2!

CLAMP NEWS !!

I’ve been trying to post this since yesterday but LiveJournal was down for updates for some reason.

First of all, HAPPY CLAMP DAY EVERYONE!! It is safe to congratulate CLAMP for their 23rd Anniversary as professional manga artists this year! Long life to our favorite manga artists!

To celebrate this special day, yesterday CLAMP-NET.COM was redecorated with a new look:

Due to timezone differences, the website is back to is usual look.

There was a special campaign going on at the website to celebrate the “CLAMP Day” that, up until now was celebrated amongst fans on April 1st of every year, now it seems CLAMP themselves will adopt that day as their official day. The campaign is no longer reachable, though, since it’s no longer April 1st in Japan.

The campaign consisted in finding the CLAMP-NET.COM banner spread across different websites related to their works. A similar campaign was held for the promotion of CLAMP IN WONDERLAND 2. The prize for finding all keywords was a wallpaper featuring the CLAMP Festival crossover illustration that was used as the background image of CLAMP’s official website yesterday.

I have uploaded the wallpaper for those who might have missed it:


Click to enlarge it.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

03/02 – Young Ace #04 – Chapter 5 (on sale).
04/04 – Young Ace #05 – Chapter 6.
05/02 – Young Ace #06 – Chapter 7.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

03/02 – Jump SQ #04 – Chapter 13 (on sale).
04/04 – Jump SQ #05 – Chapter 14.
05/02 – Jump SQ #06 – Chapter 15 – Color pages, beginning of tankoubon 4.

• Comics:

The 3rd volume of GATE 7 will be released on May 2 (same day as Jump SQ #06 goes on sale). Additionally, messages of support to CLAMP will be published in Jump SQ.19 Vol. 01, which goes on sale April 19. I’m not sure if these messages are related to the release of the 3rd GATE 7 volume or because of the disease that CLAMP is currently under treatment.

• CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012:

There is going to be two new editions of the CLAMP FESTIVAL in 2012. One in Tokyo and another in Osaka. Both will take place on October 7 and 21, respectively.

Early tickets for CLAMP@MOBiLE members will go on sale in May.

• Featuring CLAMP:

The May issue of Da Vinci magazine will be a special edition about Kyoto and CLAMP were invited to talk about their recommendations for hot pot cuisine, which is typical of Kyoto.

• Featuring CLAMP:

CLAMP has joined Ichirou Mihara from ARIKA in his April Fools’ joke. The official website of ARIKA showed a fake cover of a fake manga magazine (see below) entitled Yearly Shounen ARIKA. The cover features a new illustration of Sakura from Card Captor Sakura in what appears to be a reference to the character Sakura of the Street Fighter game.

Ichirou Mihara informed via his Twitter and Facebook accounts that a wallpaper will be later available for download. A back cover of the fake magazine will also be available.


Click to enlarge it.

• Featuring CLAMP:

CLAMP wrote the text and drew an illustration for the foreword of Junichi Fujisaku’s new mystery novel Tsukareruna! (ツカレルナ!) that will be released on April 25. Junichi Fujisaku is one of the scriptwriters of BLOOD-C.

• CLAMP Shop:

Starting today, the official CLAMP Shop is selling a set of can badges featuring the illustrations used in the valentine’s chocolate that was originally sold at the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 event. Do you remember how much success those chocolates made? They were completely sold out at the event.

Make sure to check them out here and here as they have high-resolution previews of the illustrations featuring very cute SD versions of CLAMP characters!

CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO round-up

A nice report in English of the 2nd presentation is available here by uzumaki-kairi, you can find the full set list there. The short anime was showed only on the first presentation, most likely because Miyu Irino (Syaoran) and Daisuke Namikawa (Fye) weren’t there for the second presentation and therefore, they couldn’t make the live dubbing.

Sayaka Ohara was wearing a kimono designed by Mokona =)

uzumaki_kairi also took pictures of the original comic drawn by CLAMP, you can download it here (password: festival). Such a nice comic!! xD

The festival will be released on DVD on December.

Running time:
180 min, with footage from both daytime and evening performances.

Bonus:
– Live dubbing of the Holitsuba short animation.
– Short animation full version.
– CLAMP Gakuen Festival footage.
– Original opening movie, background animation (for the festival).
– Rehearsal footage.

Bonus CD:
Card Captor Sakura 5 songs medley, performed by Sakura Tange (Sakura) and Junko Iwao (Tomoyo).

Bonus Goods:
– Replica of director Saitou Keiichi’s script for Holitsuba short animation.
– Post card with the festival’s original characters drawn by CLAMP.

Set list:

Hikari to Kage o Dakishimeta mama / Naomi Tamura (Magic Knight Rayearth)
Raison d’etre / Rie Tanaka (Chobits)
BLAZE / Kotani Kinya (Tsubasa Chronicle)
Yume no tsubasa / Yui Makino (Tsubasa Chronicle)
Synchronicity / Yui Makino (Tsubasa Chronicle)
IT’S / Kotani Kinya (Tsubasa Chronicle)
Let Me Be With You / Rie Tanaka (Chobits)
Platinum / Sakura Tange (Card Captor Sakura)
Anata to Ireba / Tange Sakura and Iwao Junko (Card Captor Sakura)
Junketsu Paradox / Nana Mizuki (BLOOD-C)
Yuzurenai Negai / Naomi Tamura (Magic Knight Rayearth)

Performances by Shouko-tan, Suga Shikao and DUSTZ will not be included on the DVD version.

To pre-order the DVD, go here (deadline is October 31).

CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO – LIVE! coverage

Real time coverage of the festival over at my LJ twitter channel @chibiyuutoLJ!

Live streaming of the CLAMP Gakuen stage currently ON AIR here: http://live.nicovideo.jp/gate/lv64099200

(you must register first in order to see it, you can do that in the english version of NicoNico http://www.niconico.com/ You can log in the Japanese NicoNico website using the same registration).