“Trick Trip Vacation” cover

With only a week away before its release date, the cover of Aki Nakamura’s mystery novel トリック・トリップ・バケーション ~Trick Trip Vacation~虹の館の殺人パーティー has been announced:

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

The cover features the same duo from Logic Lock Festival and the same art style too. I think it’s safe to assume that these books are all from the same series and this young couple of detectives will most likely be the main characters of the book that will be coming out in December, too.

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CLAMP to draw illustrations for two upcoming mystery novels by Aki Nakamura

Cover of "Logic Lock Festival" (2013). Aki Nakamura's debut novel illustrated by CLAMP. © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

Cover of “Logic Lock Festival” (2013). Aki Nakamura’s debut novel illustrated by CLAMP. © CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 星海社

Newcomer writer Aki Nakamura is releasing two new mystery novels in November and December, both with illustrations drawn by CLAMP.

The first novel is entitled トリック・トリップ・バケーション ~Trick Trip Vacation~虹の館の殺人パーティー (Trick Trip Vacation ~ Murder Party of the Rainbow Mansion), or simply Trick Trip Vacation, and it will be released on November 17.

You can pre-order it on Amazon Japan.

The second novel is entitled ラスト・ロスト・ジュブナイル ~Last Lost Juvenile~ 交錯のパラレルワールド (Last Lost Juvenile ~ Crossing Parallel World), or simply Last Lost Juvenile, and it will be released on December 15.

You can pre-order it on Amazon Japan.

Both novels will be published by Seikaisha, under its Seikaisha FICTIONS label.

This is not the first time that CLAMP and author Aki Nakamura collaborated. Back in 2013, CLAMP drew the illustrations for Nakamura’s debut novel, Logic Lock Festival (cover on the right).

Thank you very much to Sakura84-chan for letting me know about this!

I’m excited about this! New CLAMP art is always welcome. I wonder if they will keep the same style used for Logic Lock Festival.

Haken Anime! gets paperback edition in September

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

The novel Haken Anime! was written by Mizuki Tsujimura with illustrations by CLAMP. It was serialized in an・an magazine from 2012 to 2014, each chapter featuring an illustration drawn by CLAMP.

The novel was compiled in a book that was released in 2014. Apart from the cover and one inside illustration, none of the other illustrations drawn by CLAMP were included in the book release.

It’s been announced that a paperback version is going to be released on September 6. The cover for this edition can be seen on the right.

If the majority of CLAMP illustrations were not included in the book version, chances that they are going to include them in the paperback version are very slim, if you ask me. That is a shame, since the illustrations were so nice. But who knows?

Source: Haken Anime! Facebook page.

CLAMP to design original “Goshuinchō” book

Sample page of a Goshuinchō book

Sample page of a Goshuinchō book

It’s been announced that a Goshuinchō book designed by CLAMP will be released in October.

From Wikipedia:

A shuin (朱印) is a seal stamp given to worshippers and visitors to Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan. The seal stamps are often collected in books called shuinchō (朱印帳) that are sold at shrines and temples.

More info: Shuin.

The first time CLAMP spoke about their desire of designing their own Goshuinchō book was during the 14th episode of their former radio show, CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru.

Quoting Jougetsu:

Most temples sell their own (go-)shuin books for worshipers to buy. They are covered in cloth and are bound accordion style so that you can open the book and display the temple stamp & calligraphy on the family shrine/altar shelf. In recent years fashion designers and artists have designed their own (go-)shuin book covers and those can be found at various shops (bookstores/stationery stores/lifestyle goods shops).

Source: Saikoku33-1330 Years.

This looks interesting! I have a feeling this is going to be one gorgeous book with traditional Japanese-style design.

More info as they come!

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

©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

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.

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 !