CLAMP’s character design concepts for “Kabukibu!” revealed

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©CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD. ©榎田ユウリ/KADOKAWA/カブキブ推進委員会

The official website of the Kabukibu! TV Anime updated to reveal the original character design concepts made by CLAMP.

You can check them in this gallery. Make sure to do check it, because they are great!

Kabukibu! TV Anime will premiere on April 6 on TBS.

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HiGH&LOW manga adaptation by CLAMP to begin serialization in Japanese Spring

news_header_highlow_clampThis week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine (released today in Japan) will officially announce the manga adaptation of the HiGH&LOW franchise by CLAMP.

The manga will begin serialization in the Japanese Spring in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha).

Source: Comic Natalie, HiGH&LOW official website.

In case you missed, check this post for more background info about CLAMP’s new project, a manga adaptation of HiGH&LOW.

I didn’t think CLAMP would ever draw weekly again after Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC — this latter is being published in a monthly basis despite being running in a weekly magazine.

Am I excited about this? Yes I am. Am I happy to have weekly or semi-weekly CLAMP fix? Hell yeah!

BREAKING: CLAMP to draw “HiGH&LOW” manga adaptation

c1drraxxeaapqmz-jpg-largeIt’s been announced that CLAMP will draw a manga adaptation for EXILE TRIBE’s franchise HiGH&LOW.

HiGH&LOW is a comprehensive entertainment project that encompasses various forms of content media. Produced by EXILE HIRO, the project started in 2014 and since then the franchise originated a 2-seasons TV Drama, three movies, live concerts and a manga adaptation. Two more movies are planned for 2017.

The long cast is majorly composed by members of Japanese band EXILE TRIBE as well as other well-known actors and actresses.

According to Oricon, HiGH&LOW was the 15th top-selling franchise in Japan on 2016.

The first manga adaptation was drawn by Masami Hosokawa and it ran in Bessatsu Shonen Champion (Akita Shoten) from November 2015 until October 2016, with a total of 3 volumes released.

Story

The legend begins at a certain town that used to be under the rule of a legendary organization called Mugen. And within the ranks of that domineering organization were two legendary brothers – the Amamiya Brothers, who were proved to be both brutal and unbeaten during that time.

Yet somehow the Mugen was suddenly dispersed during a fierce battle… And in the aftermath of the chaos are five organizations that aim to take control of that area. As a result, this area came to be known as SWORD, an acronym attribute to the names of the five organizations. And in that area dwells a gang that goes by the name “G-SWORD”. These 5 organizations include: Sanno Association and its second-generation Sanno Shouten brawlers, the alluring white demons known as the White Rascals, the dark and brutal Onija High School, the ghosts on the ruthless street aka the RUDE BOYS and the family of vengeful destroyers of Daruma Hooligans”.

These 5 gangs will put their pride on the line as they engage in a fierce battle for dominance! However, the plot thickens… a mysterious group called MIGHTY WARRIORS appears. And the question that everyone is asking now is, are they enemies or allies? What fate awaits this town… (Arama! Japan)

CLAMP have been enthusiastically tweeting their appreciation for the franchise since the beginning of it, often making doodles and sharing them on their twitter account, and in September/2016, Nanase Ohkawa wrote a review for the first movie that was published in Asahi newspaper.

I think it’s safe to assume that Mokona will be in charge of the drawings, judging by the doodles they posted on twitter. These doodles might give us an idea of what to expect from the aesthetics of this project.

I’m looking forward to this!

More info as they come. Stay tuned!

Special thanks to Marco06 for kindly letting me know about this piece of info. Merci beaucoup !

CLAMP to do character design concept for “Kabukibu!” TV Anime adaptation

©CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD. ©榎田ユウリ/KADOKAWA/カブキブ推進委員会

©CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD. ©榎田ユウリ/KADOKAWA/カブキブ推進委員会

CLAMP will be in charge of the character design concept for the TV Anime adaptation of Yuuri Eda’s light novel series Kabukibu!

The series revolves around Kurogo Kurusu, a high school student who loves kabuki so much that it’s annoying. Kurogo yearns to perform kabuki as part of a club at his school, but currently his school doesn’t have a kabuki club. So Kurogo sets out to create a kabuki club, and his first order of business is to gather members. (ANN)

The series is published by Kadokawa and the 5th volume will be released on November 25.

The TV Anime series will be animated by Studio Deen and is scheduled to start broadcast on TBS in April 2017.

A clean, text-less version of the key visual by CLAMP can be seen here.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Kabukibu! TBS Official Website, Comic Natalie.

It looks so nice! I hope the anime will follow the color scheme of that promotional image — althought that looks more manga-ish than anime.

Looking forward to new CLAMP art for this!

CLAMP x Suga Shikao “Anata hitori dake shiawase ni naru koto wa yurusa renai no yo” Music Video

The music video for Suga Shikao’s song Anata hitori dake shiawase ni naru koto wa yurusa renai no yo has been released. The video is a continuation of the CLAMP(XXXHOLiC) x Suga Shikao collaboration and features scenes from the special comic that was drawn by CLAMP:

Special XXXHOLiC short comic for Suga Shikao’s new song (Updated)

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

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

It’s been announced that this week’s issue of Young Magazine will have a special chapter of XXXHOLiC in collaboration with Suga Shikao’s new song Anata hitori dake shiawase ni naru koto wa yurusa renai no yo (あなたひとりだけ 幸せになることは 許されないのよ).

The song is part of Suga Shikao’s new album, THE LAST, which will be released on January 20, 2016.

Entitled “‘XXXHOLiC’ Special Edition inspired by Suga Shikao’s ‘Anata hitori dake shiawase ni naru koto wa yurusa renai no yo'”, the special short comic is Suga Shikao’s desire to represent the song in an illustrated format and the invitation to CLAMP came from Suga Shikao himself, and he describes it as a “dream collaboration”.

Check out the CM for this collaboration below:

This week’s issue of Young Magazine is also supposed to carry a new XXXHOLiC Rei chapter, it is unclear whether the chapter is still scheduled (as according to CLAMP-NET.COM) or not.

Source: natalie.

Update: RAW Japanese scans available here. Also, it turns out that this was the only XXXHOLiC appearance in this week’s Young Magazine. The next chapter of XXXHOLiC Rei has been postponed to January 18. The magazine also points out that the collaboration is not limited to this short comic and will be extended to the song’s PV that is coming soon.

Update 2: English translations now available.

Update 3: Chinese scanlations.

“CLAMP × Yamamoto Bag Shop” collaboration goods

Last week CLAMP showed via Twitcast the new set of leather goods they did in collaboration with Chikahito Yamamoto, illustrator and owner of chik@ bag shop. They now have posted better pictures of such goods.

The goods feature characters from Card Captor Sakura, Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC and will be sold exclusively at the CLAMP Art Exhibition in Kyomafu.

For more information and price details, please check CLAMP-NET.COM.