“Saikoku33 x CLAMP Nōkyō-chō” design revealed

Almost a year ago, back in July 2017, it was revealed that CLAMP would collaborate with Saikoku Sanjusansho pilgrimage circuit to create a Goshuinchō book designed by CLAMP.

After several delays and postponements, the book finally has a release date and designs revealed.

There will be two versions:

Design A:

Design B:

With these, one can do the pilgrimage and collect the stamps from each shrine.

Each version will be sold for 2,300 yens starting on June 30 and will be available for purchase in all of the Saikoku Sanjusansho pilgrimage circuit shrines. The shrines are located in Nara, Kyoto, Shiga and Gifu. For a complete list of shrines, please check here. There is no way to buy them online, only at the participating shrines.

Copies shall be extremely limited. Each shrine will sold only 70 copies for each design; two shrines will sold 100 copies for each design. There won’t be a re-stock after the copies sold out.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Saikoku33-1300 Years.

I am glad this is really happening, I was afraid it had been dropped since it’s been nearly one year since the announcement. It looks as gorgeous as I had expected. I prefer Design A, but Design B is cute as well with all the Chinese Zodiac animals.

I am surprised with the limited production, but I guess it makes sense? If my calculations are correct, there will be only 1940 copies for sale, which means that it’ll become a rare item afterwards, which means I want.

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“Last Lost Juvenile” cover

The cover of Aki Nakamura’s mystery novel 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 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 Trick Trip Vacation.

Amazon.co.jp lists this book as having hard cover, as opposed to Trick Trip Vacation that was listed as soft cover.

The book will be released on December 15.

Card Captor Sakura Copic Set ~ CLAMP Selection

In celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Copic marker is collaborating with CLAMP in releasing a special Card Captor Sakura set.

The set includes 24 Copic markers selected by CLAMP based on the colors they frequently use to draw Card Captor Sakura.

The set also includes:

  • outlines for coloring (1 sheet);
  • a postcard;
  • coloring instructions from CLAMP (1 sheet).

The set will be on sale on December 28 costing 9,800 yens.

Source: Copic.jp

CLAMP use Copic markers to color the illustrations of various works in their catalog and it’s widely popular among manga artists since its creation 30 years ago.

This is an interesting collaboration and long-time overdue, I’d say! And what a gorgeous illustration they have done for the occasion.

“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.

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: Saikoku33-1300 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!