‘GIFT’ picture book (Yuzuru Hanyu x CLAMP collaboration): first pictures

A press release was sent to several Japanese media outlets today sharing more information about the GIFT picture book, along with its key visual:

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Source: PRTIMES, Fashion Press, Famitsu

Some Famitsu article reports that a translated version of the book is being considered for a future release, although it’s not mentioned which language.

The other information has already been shared elsewhere and you can check my previous post for them, but this key visual is brand new.

Yesterday, the GIFT performance was held at the Tokyo Dome and two other illustrations were published on the special newspaper that was being distributed at the venue:

The color palette in the key visual is different than the one from the newspaper, so I wonder if it’s related to the story or if the ones shared at the newspaper were only proof of concept ones.

I prefer the key visual one. It looks gorgeous and more polished.

CLAMP trended once again on twitter in Japan today after this news piece was published:

The GIFT picture book will be released on September 1st.


‘GIFT’ picture book (Yuzuru Hanyu x CLAMP collaboration): more details announced

Yuzuru Hanyu during the victory ceremony at the 2017 World Championships. The costume is designed by Satomi Ito. Photo by Phantom Kabocha.

Kodansha has announced more details about the upcoming Yuzuru Hanyu x CLAMP collaboration picture book GIFT.

It will be released on September 1st, costing 3,300 yens. The book will have 64 pages, a hardcover. Its format will be AB — 210 × 257 mm, which is slightly similar to A4 format.

Moreover, the limited first print will come with 2 postcards.

You can preorder the book at CD Japan and Amazon Japan.

Hardcover is nice! I think this will be quite fancy looking =) and if I have to guess, I would say one postcard will have a Yuzuru Hanyu picture and the other one a CLAMP illustration.

Yuzuru Hanyu x CLAMP collaboration: ‘GIFT’ picture book announced

Yuzuru Hanyu at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung. Photo by David W. Carmichael.

CLAMP announced their first collaboration with figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu: a picture book based on Yuzuru Hanyu’s solo performance “GIFT”. which will take place on February 26 at the Tokyo Dome.

The picture book is going to be released by Kodansha.

Yuzuru Hanyu’s comment (taken from the official website of GIFT)

In creating the story “GIFT”, I had many different images in mind. I was hoping that CLAMP would be able to realize this image of GIFT as a picture book. I hoped that CLAMP would embody this image in his work, which offers a different worldview from that of the performance at the Tokyo Dome. I hope that through this work, many people will feel a different perspective and enjoy it.

CLAMP’s comment (taken from the official website of GIFT)

We were really surprised when we received this offer. I hope that we can help deliver to you another “GIFT” called “picture book” envisioned by Hanyu-san, which is different from the unprecedented performance called “GIFT,” without any discrepancies.

More details to be announced soon! The official website of GIFT says that more information will be given on the official social networks and the special newspaper sold at Tokyo Dome, which makes me think that the book will not be released in time for the performance.

It’s always exciting to see collaborations like this. This is what makes CLAMP a “creative group” instead of ‘simply a “mangaka group”. It’s also worth mentioning that they specifically mentioned that this is their “first” collaboration, implying that there could be more in the future.

CLAMP x Onmyoji collaboration details announced!

This collaboration was originally announced in May of 2021 but only now, more than a year later, we finally have more details about it.

CLAMP have drawn this gorgeous piece of illustration for the multi-platform RPG game:

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The game developers have produced character skins based on the above illustration, as seen below:

Other CLAMP extras will also be available such as stamps based off CLAMP characters from Kodansha.

CLAMP draw cover for ‘Uma Musume’ vol. 2 Anthology Comic

CLAMP were in charge of drawing the cover illustration for volume 2 of the Uma Musume Anthology Comic, its full title being Uma Musume Pretty Derby Anthology Comic STAR 2.

CLAMP’s cover will be used for both normal and limited editions. The limited edition comes with an oversized poster and a mini clear file featuring the same illustration.

Here’s the cover:

And here’s the poster and mini clear file:

It will be on sale on September 29.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby is a multimedia franchise created by Cygames which includes mobile games, TV Anime and manga adaptations. CLAMP have expressed their enthusiasm for the franchise several times through their social media channels and twitter spaces.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Sai-Zen-Sen.jp

I had to look twice to fully grasp the fact that this was drawn by CLAMP. It certainly looks like their current style, but with a little extra adjustment to make it look more Uma Musume-like. The bright, neon CG coloring is a big departure from what CLAMP usually deliver when they are using CG, although it looks like the cover looks slightly brighter than the poster (which I would guess has the original colors painted by CLAMP).

This is yet another collaboration that came into fruition out of a hobby of CLAMP’s, like many others.

In other news, CLAMP’s leader Nanase Ohkawa-sensei has launched a new twitter account. So far it seems very CLAMP-centric with interesting pictures and “inside” information. She is planning on doing weekly twitter spaces by the morning. Make sure you follow her at @7bunno7.

CLAMP x Netflix: “Grimm” anime series project announced

Almost a year and a half after the CLAMP x Netflix collaboration announcement, we finally have more information about it!

CLAMP and Netflix have teamed up to launch the anime series “Grimm” project. CLAMP will be handling the character design, WIT STUDIO will be producing the animation, and Michiko Yokote will be writing the script.

A teaser art has been revealed:

Teaser art for the anime series “Grimm” project.

The project was announced at the Netflix Animation Studio Focus Panel, an online event during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2021 in France. The “Grimm” project is based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, with a story that boldly mixes elements of horror and suspense.

The title of the anime is yet to be decided.


Character design: CLAMP
Script: Michiko Yokote
Animation studio: WIT STUDIO

Michiko Yokote is a long time CLAMP collaborator. She has worked with CLAMP on the TV Anime of XXXHOLiC, Kobato. and BLOOD-C. WIT STUDIO is a PRODUCTION I.G subsidiary. They are known for animating Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan).

More info as they come!

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Comic Natalie.

This is looking really promising! We waited so long for this but it paid off. The Grimm brothers look really cool. I am looking forward to see all other classic fairy tail characters by the hands of CLAMP! It’ll be interesting to see CLAMP designs in a suspense/horror story. That doesn’t happen very often!

I think this has a bigger international appeal than if this was a completely original anime. After all, the Grimm brothers stories are known internationally.

I love the fact that they used CLAMP’s art for the teaser. They are the big star of this project, after all!

I wonder if WIT will do justice with CLAMP’s style.

Onmyoji x CLAMP collaboration announced

It been announced today during NetEase Connect 2021 event that the RPG game Onmyoji will have a collaboration event with CLAMP.

At this moment, only this teaser image was shared, where we can get a hint of the collor pallete:

Judging from the copyright information having Kodansha in it, we can assume this could be related to Kodansha works. It’s also interesting to notice the font choice for CLAMP’s name. Where have I seen it before?

More information to be announced!

CLAMP x Kyoto City: Kyoto Yell! Project halted temporarily

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The official website of the CLAMP x Kyoto City: Kyoto Yell! Project is announcing that due to the current situation in Kyoto city and surrounding areas regarding the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, the event will be halted temporarily. They expect to be able to hold the event once it’s safer to do so.

The event was originally scheduled to run from May 8 to June 30.

The organizing committee apologized for everyone who had anticipated participating in the event.

Official statement posted at the event’s website.

This is definitely the best decision to make. Let’s hope things will get better and everyone will be able to enjoy this in much safer conditions.

CLAMP x Kyoto City: Kyoto Yell! Project

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“Shop, eat and make Kyoto healthy!”

As an effort to restore the economy of Kyoto city, deeply affected by the new coronavirus as many other cities across the globe, and due to their connection to Kyoto, CLAMP are joining a new collaboration project with the city in order to support it.

The project will last from May 8 to June 30 and it will involve:

Kyoto Pilgrimage

The CLAMP 30th Anniversary chibi charactes will be spread around the city of Kyoto and you are invited to find them all and collect their stamp in a stamp rally.

Kyoto Industry Events

From tradicional food, souvenirs and cultural experiences, CLAMP will collaborate with two major city events:

Kyomono Gyosan Ichi (May 8 and 9) – https://kyomono-gyosanichi.com/

  • Character Stamp Rally
  • Original Traditional Craft Experience Atelier
  • CLAMP x Kyoto City Art Exhibition Panel
  • CLAMP Official Fanshop popup store

Takumi Expo 2021 (May 8 and 9) – https://densan.kyoto/

  • Announcement of a collaboration work between CLAMP and Wakaba-kai, a traditional craft of Kyoto
  • Sales of goods related to Kyoto

More information should come by the end of April.

The website states that all events will be strictly following the regulations as recommended by health authorities.

Official Website: https://clamp-kyotocity.jp/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/clamp_kyotocity

I have a little bit of mixed feelings about this. It’s really good to see CLAMP using their popularity as a means to support the city in which they have strong bonds to — 3/4 of them were born there and currently all 4 of them are living there. At the same time, I am not there to judge how safe these events can be, but it’s still valid that they are doing something supportive for their city in these trying times we are all going through.

I wonder if we will be getting new chibi illustrations with the characters in Kyoto traditional clothes or if it’s going to be the same ones already released… hmm.

CLAMP to draw for new “Haken Anime!” spinoff novel series

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Cover of the Haken Anime! novel (2014)
© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

This week’s issue of anan magazine (issue 2230) is announcing that CLAMP will be in charge of the illustrations for a new Haken Anime! spinoff novel series.

The spinoff is entitled Oto to Koe no Bouken (Adventure of Sound and Voice) and will begin serialization two weeks from now, on issue 2232 of anan. The series will be written by the same author as Haken Anime!, Mizuki Tsujimura.

The announcement came in this week’s issue of anan magazine, which also contains a 4-pages recap of CLAMP’s creative trajectory with highlights by Mizuki Tsujimura.

The original Haken Anime! novel was serialized in anan magazine from 2012 to 2014, each chapter featuring a colored illustration drawn by CLAMP. The chapters were compiled and released in book format in 2014. A paperback edition was later released in 2017. In 2019, it received a stage play adaptation.

Source: anan magazine issue 2230.

This is great news! I love the fact that they seem to be getting more active in 2021 ^-^