CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #21 – 2016/02/18 (Updated)

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Episode 21 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

In this episode they mention that they all caught a cold (except maybe for Nekoi? I’m not sure…). You can hear them sounding nasal and sniffing about throughout the entire episode =(

After that, they talked a little bit about some of their seiyuu acquaintances such as Miyu Irino and Mika Kikuchi — sorry I couldn’t understand what they were talking about exactly.

Then, they moved the topic to sweets and they spent a few good minutes talking about it.

About halfway through the episode they started talking about Card Captor Sakura and the fact that the TV Anime Series will be rebroadcast in April on the Japanese channel NHK BS Premium. I think they also talked briefly about the new artbook coming out in March. The Card Captor Sakura talk went on until the rest of the episode.

Update: Here’s a great summary of this episode made by Claudio from Argentina.

Small talk
– First Mokona got a cold, then Ohkawa, and Satsuki. Nekoi was the last to fall.
– They talked about the theatrical play they went to see. They mentioned some actors names I don’t know, sorry. They also taked about future plays they are going to see (one with Kikuchi Mika acting on it).
– They spoke about internet ordering/delivering. Ohkawa said that they don’t like to go to places with a lot of people to buy stuff so they even order medicine online. Nekoi also speaks they order food. Mokona comments she orders ramen (it is called taku-men宅面 you can search for it online).
Satsuki also orders food.
– Ohkawa talked about sending valentine presents this year. She says this year’s was Cacao (They could be referring to one of the chocolate brand names, Origins Cacao, or Cacao Sampaka I think). This ended up being an eternal talk about sweets xD
– They talked about a sweet Yokan-like made of chestnut (栗ようかん). Nekoi said it was expensive but it was a total sucess as present. So Ohkawa continues saying that even if she eats roasted chestnut she doesn’t really eat chestnut sweets. Mokona said that is a pity since they are yummy so
Ohkawa replies that maybe she just got a bad idea of ot when she was a child. Nekoi comments that maybe she doesn’t like the dried/fibery texture of it.
-Nekoi says that even she eats banana or drinks banana flavoured stuff but she doesn’t eat banana tart because is too troublesome. Mokona agrees on it. They say the same of salmon roe. That it gets dry inside the mouth so it’s too much trouble to just eat it.
– Ohkawa comments that salmon roe es pricy in Kyoto. She also comments that she was  surprised that people in Kyoto don’t think of blowfish like an expensive food/ingredient as most people do in Tokyo. In Kyoto is common to see blowfish at supermarkets as well. They comment that Mokona is used to order that online.
– They also order alcohol of course hahaha

CCS
– They talked about CCS being re-broadcasted. Even though CCS was re-broadcasted before this time is on BS which belongs to NHK so Mokona says is happy accomplishment (For your information NHK is the government channel, and is paid by the taxes of all Japanese citizens, so yes it is a big deal to have a series based on their work being broadcasted there).
– For CCS anniversary as well they started speaking about the new artbook to be out for sale on March 24th. Mokona addresses this artbook as a  Director’s cut version. It will contain the favorites illustration picked up by CLAMP members. Ohkawa said Mokona had the comments about the illustrations to be published as well recorded the day before they recorded this episode. It seems it was pretty long because she had to talk about 100 illustrations approx. (So we can assume she did it in nasal voice because of her cold, poor Mokona!). Mokona says that while she was commenting she started to remember a lot of episodes that happened around the illustrations. She also mentions that she commented how much her thought had changed after all this time and how her view of the illustrations changed as well. Ohkawa clarifies it is going to be a little bit more of 100 illustrations and confirms once more the cover will have a new illustration. Also since they had the manga re-edited recently the design of the artbook will be lined up with the same atmosphere that the manga re-edition has. Mokona says that if you put it together it will feel like is a set (Oh CLAMP you are going to make us buy it anyways there’s no doubt about it hahaha).
– Ohkawa said she was kind of embarrassed* about the script she wrote at that time. Specially the one for the movie “The sealed card”. She feels like wanting to run away when looking at it. In the first movie the characters go to Hong Kong so it is a common pattern, like they are going to a location on a foreign country at summer like is commonly done in TV. Like Pretty Cure movies.
Nekoi says that the first part of the second film is just Sakura over-thinking about her liking Shaoran so it is a bit a little embarrassing. So Ohkawa continues saying well yes it was a script to make her say “Suki” (make that scene happen). So -she concludes- it may be cheerful/heartwarming to adults who watch it. Also she mentions that in the anime the characters school grades change within the story  (Can anyone confirm this? I checked the summary of both versions and in both versions Sakura starts being a primary school 4th year student I don’t remember if that changes actually in the anime…).
– Ohkawa continue saying that she doesn’t commonly set all that kind of details but she tried this in CCS saying Sakura was a 4th year student. As a consequence of that,  through all the school year you have a lot of events (festivals, etc) going on. So, she comments she also thought about including a trip to a seaside school (on summer vacacion) but it will resemble too much to ultra-famous anime Sazae-san (Her child Katsuo indeed went to a seaside school at summer within its story) so she didn’t go for that setting after all. But in the anime if you pay attention you can see that the height of the characters changes.
Mokona comments this makes storyboards easy (why would be that? I can’t understand that reason…)
– Ohkawa asks the height difference between Sakura and Shaoran. Mokona attempts to say Shaoran’s is higher but Ohkawa corrects her saying she had set that at first they would have the same height, and in the middle of the story she worried over make them higher or not so she decided to leave it to nature decide on this (hahahaha!!)
– Mokona says that in primary school girls gets taller faster but if she did indeed made Sakura taller than Shaoran she wasn’t sure if it will be easy to look at it. So Ohkawa says that is why she decided them to have the same height and got Shaoran a little bit taller in the middle of the story. Satsuki continues saying that the hat of the school uniform was pretty high, but Ohkawa comments that Sakura used the same hat so it won’t change that much because of the hat. Ohkawa continues saying that it wasn’t really that much difference in their heights. Mokona comments that the tallest one is Yamazaki-kun and Ohkawa agrees. Nekoi adds that since Yamazaki was already tall (and gets taller as the story passes) it was hard to draw the school uniforms. Nekoi says that short pants weren’t so difficult to draw but they did have a middle length pants (bermuda shorts) and those were hard to draw.
– Mokona says that Eriol was specially difficult and Ohkawa agrees saying that is because the inside is an old man! (HAHAHAHAHA!!!). Ohkawa says that they had Eriol wearing summer clothes and Mokona says that she tried avoiding to draw him full-body arranging the frames inside the page. He isn’t tall indeed but the feeling when drawing him is completely different since he isn’t really the age he looks like.
– Ohkawa says that they don’t really watch that much the CCS anime and since it is pretty long if they watch something, they watch the movies, but still she gets a little embarrassed. But oh well since in the anime you get to hear the work of seiyuus as well, it isn’t that embarrassing as the manga. She says it may feel like the pulled out/forced the pure and clean, girly aspect of CLAMP out of somewhere. Specially since (at that time) the last animation they had was MKR. But -she concludes- we did our best -Mokona adds “we are giving our best”- so we should like everyone to watch it humming “Catch you catch me” as they do.

*Here’s a note about the words Ohkawa uses. She says terekusai, hazukashii, and indeed it changes to embarrassing in english but I personally don’t think she is using those words with the strong meaning the englisgh word embarrasing has.

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #20 – 2016/02/11

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Episode 20 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

They started the show reading a message from a listener talking about the “Syaomatsu-san” drawing that they did for Episode #17.

Then, they celebrated Satsuki Igarashi’s birthday (Feb. 8). (That’s not very fair since they didn’t mention anything for Nekoi’s birthday in January =P)

Some more seiyuu talk… some more “Syaomatsu” talk…

Then, they moved the conversation to detective stories (they played the CLAMP Gakuen Tanteidan TV anime opening theme song, Peony Pink by ALI PROJECT, but that is not included in the podcast, as usual). Ohkawa is a big fan of detective stories as you may know, so she asks the others what and theirs. Mokona answers that she likes the “Mitarai” series, by Soji Shimada. I couldn’t understand the other members’ favorites because it’s all Japanese works.

They spent the rest of the episode talking about detective novels and their movie/drama adaptations.

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #19 – 2016/02/05

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Episode 19 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

This episode’s main topic was Code Geass.

They spent the first 6:30 min of the show answering a message sent by a listener. It had to do with XXXHOLiC but I have no idea what was about…

Then, they started talking about Code Geass — the DVD & Blu-Ray of the final episode of Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito is coming out in April (CLAMP drew its box illustration) — and all sort of things related to it, including Maaya Sakamoto and Miyu Irino, both voice the two main characters.

They published this (really amusing) drawing of Akito and Rayearth’s Hikaru as a joke since both of these characters have braids:

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I really miss the episodes in which they talk about their own works…

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #18 – 2016/01/28

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Episode 18 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

I have the feeling that this was a very nostalgic episode. They started talking about Iwao Junko and the CD CLAMP Gakuen Youtoubu Official Album, released in 1994, in which Iwao Junko is among the artists.

This 10-tracks album had all of its song lyrics written by CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa and it also features two songs based off CLAMP’s children book, Mokona Oujo no Ehon, also released in 1994.

I have the impression that they all talked about their childhood days including some info about CLAMP’s early days.

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #17 – 2016/01/21 (Updated)

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Episode 17 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

  • They started the show reading a message from a listener that said their first CLAMP work was BLOOD-C (I think?). They seemed surprised about it.
  • Another listener asked them to talk about the upcoming Card Captor Sakura artbook. I think they mentioned that it’s a lot of illustrations to be in a single artbook. Ohkawa said that it’ll have the top favorite illustrations chosen by the 4 of them. It will also have a new illustration for the cover. I’m not sure if they mentioned anything about the “new” illustrations (if someone could check that for us, that would be great).
  • Then, Ohkawa talked about how she and Nekoi are the only ones with official twitter accounts — Mokona and Satsuki use CLAMP’s official twitter account. Then, something about Seishirou and convenience stores (I have no idea what) and Syaoran too. Lots of talking around Syaoran. They even drew a Syaoran x Osomatsu doodle (see below).
  • In the very end they talked briefly about Tsubasa and Nirai Kanai but I couldn’t really get if it’s related to its ending.
  • I thought it was weird that they didn’t mention anything about Nekoi’s birthday considering this was aired on her birthday. I know this is pre-recorded but still…

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Update: Here’s a brief summary of this episode’s highlights by Claudio from Argentina.

  • About the CCS artbook -Mokona read a message from a fan. The message was pretty picky asking if the illustrations are going to be repeated with the old artbooks or not, and he/she named every new illustration made (trading cars, DVD covers, etc) saying she/he would like those to be included. While Mokona was reading Ohkawa said something like “Oh yeah there are those too”. After Mokna finished reading Ohkawa clarifies that the new artbook will be a re-edition, meaning that CLAMP is going to select from the illustrations published on Nakayoshi, the ones they like the most, but since it is a re-compiled book it is not like they are going to include new illustrations (literally illustration published after the series ended). But -Ohkawa continued- the cover will be a new illustration (which is soon to be announced) and will also include comments by Mokona (some sort of essay maybe) as well. So Mokona commented that it may be good to compare the comments they do now about the old illustration with the comments included on the old artbooks. Mokona also says that maybe at the time the old artbooks were published many of the readers couldn’t buy it because of the expensive price of an artbook so this maybe some sort of second chance. Ohkawa was surprised at how detailed the comment from the listeners was even mentioning the illustration of the ticket with no price (lottery game ticket I think?). And she asked Mokona if she remembered each illustration she had drawn and Mokona said “I don’t remember”, they all laughed. Okhawa continued commenting that they are going to talk about the new illustration with Kodansha, Mokona asked “that means to do a new one?” and Ohkawa said “yes” (So we might have something to look forward in the future ha ha)
  • About Tsubasa Nirai Kanai They were talking about night dream and seeing characters (from their works an other people’s works) on their dreams. At the end of the show they had (pre-recorded) one of the staff of Young Magazine reading the show contact information. So they said it would be nice to have the editor Mr. Sugara to read the info or even come to the show, since he has experience working with them apart from Nirai Kanai. They also mentioned that there is another person in charge of TWC now (I couldn’t hear the name really well so I wont risk to tell something wrong, but they did mention the name). So they ended saying it would be nice to have him on the show.

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #16 – 2016/01/14

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Episode 16 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

  • This episode’s guests were the two editors of Young Magazine in charge of XXXHOLiC Rei, Takeshi Katsurada and Junichi Tsunakawa.
  • The main talks were about XXXHOLiC Rei, working as editors in Kodansha and Young Magazine, their first impressions on meeting CLAMP — I think they said that the first time they saw CLAMP was when they appeared in FRaU magazine (CLAMP’s first public appearance).
  • Near the end, they read a message sent by a listener saying that it’s been 9 years since they have been the editors in charge of XXXHOLiC and among other things, they (the listener) requested CLAMP to draw a color illustration of Doumeki and Haruka. Tsunakawa (I think) thought that there was already one but Ohkawa said there isn’t, only with Watanuki. I’m not sure if they accepted the request or not (I think so…). They also talked about how XXXHOLiC Rei will reach its 50th chapter soon (it is currently in Chapter 47) and while I’m not 100% sure about it, it seems like there will be some kind of celebration? Not sure at all. Maybe they will draw the Doumeki&Haruka illustration for the occasion.

I am not 100% about any of this so please take that into consideration (sorry!).

 

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #15 – 2016/01/07

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Episode 15 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

  • First episode of 2016!
  • Mokona decorated CLAMP’s studio for Christmas? Not sure about this…
  • They talked about some special collaboration sake called Paradise Sake that the prople from KBS Radio presented to them to celebrate the New Year (?).
  • They spent several minutes talking about (beginning of the year?) festivals in Kyoto.
  • Next week the two editors from Young Magazine in charge of XXXHOLiC will be guests. The topic will be, of course, XXXHOLiC. They asked everyone to send their messages.

A picture of the Paradise Sake taken at the radio studio:

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CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #14 – 2015/12/31

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Episode 14 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

  • Last episode of 2015.
  • They all made a review of the past year.
  • Mokona talked a lot about Shuins, which are seal stamps given at shrines to its visitors. They talked about Goshuin Book, which is a book in which you collect these stamps. These two tweets are saying that CLAMP are planning to release a Goshuin Book of their own? But of course this could be only their wishful thinking and completely wrong. I’m not even sure how that would work…?
  • Perhaps the most important tidbit from this episode was CLAMP hinting that they will go abroad in 2016! At least that’s what this tweet says. It’s not clear whether they will go for vacation or to attend an event or convention — let’s hope it’s the latter!

 

New Year’s Greetings from CLAMP

Happy New Year to all CLAMP followers out there!

Thank you for following this site and its social network channels. 2015 was a lot more CLAMP-filled than the year before and I am committed to continue bringing you all the latest and freshest CLAMP news throughout 2016.

As usual, CLAMP drew an illustration to celebrate the arrival of 2016 and posted on their twitter account along with a message:

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Here’s to a CLAMP-filled 2016!

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #13 – 2015/12/24

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Episode 13 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

This episode’s guest was seiyuu and singer Iwao Junko. They basically interviewed her about her career as voice actress and singer (she has such a soothing voice!).

Here’s a picture taken by CLAMP of Iwao Junko in KBS’s radio studio: