Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum

(C)CLAMP・ST/講談社 (C)CLAMP・ST/CCSE

(C)CLAMP・ST/講談社 (C)CLAMP・ST/CCSE

The Card Captor Sakura Exhibition – the Enchanted Museum officially opens tomorrow (Oct. 26) in Japan at the Mori Arts Center Gallery, in Tokyo.

It’s a fully immersive exhibition centered on the work, art and world of Card Captor Sakura as a whole. Although I haven’t been there myself, judging by the pictures, the exhibition was done with excellence.

Visitors can explore the exhibition through its many thematic rooms:

Beginning Archives – The first room of the exhibition which tells the history of Card Captor Sakura using huge book props. Comments from celebrities about Card Captor Sakura are also recorded here. There is also four “Tomoyo Finder” spots in which visitors can peek into peep holes to an original story drawn by CLAMP of what it appears to be a date between Sakura and Syaoran.

Flower Room – A collection of flower illustrations that appear in Card Captor Sakura manga. The walls of this room are covered with flower stickers and visitors can interact with it by sticking it themselves using the stickers specially available on the exhibit.

Tomoyo’s Atelier – This room mimics Tomoyo’s atelier and it’s made so as to look like it’s within the SIEGE card. The room is fully decorated with fabrics and tools for creating Sakura’s battle costumes. Four real size of very famous battle costumes worn by Sakura in the manga are on display on this room. In addition, there are three mini-dresses designed by CLAMP member Mokona herself on display for the first time.

Gallery Zone – Features originals of over 200 illustrations drawn by CLAMP on display.

Record Room – This room shows a timeline of Card Captor Sakura in Nakayoshi magazine since its original serialization in 1996. It shows all the issues in which Card Captor Sakura appeared on the front cover of Nakayoshi magazine and some of the original and exclusive goods (furoku) that came with Nakayoshi. Moreover, on this room visitors can take pictures with a 3 meters size Kero-chan, props and at a nice spot featuring a huge panel of the key visual illustration and a life-size display of Sakura drawn by CLAMP specifically for this exhibition.

Card Chamber – On this room all Clow Cards, Sakura Cards and Clear Cards are displayed. There is a huge Clear Card on the middle of the room showing a new Card drawn by CLAMP named “THANKS”. This same Clear Card will be given to all visitors who attend the exhibition. The designs for the first and second half of the exhibition will be different.

A goods shop and thematic cafe with a special menu are also available at the exhibition. It’s a very comprehensive and well made exhibition which I hope will be successful enough to travel the world. The first half of the exhibition will run from October 26 to November 30 and the second half will run from December 1st to January 3. Some contents and atractions are expected to change on the second half.

Really top quality and incredibly done exhibition!

I’ve selected some pictures that were taken by the Japanese press, who had early access to the exhibition:

Source: FASHION PRESS, MANTAN WEB, Comic Natalie, Animate Times.

“Card Captor Sakura” art exhibitions to be held in Japan

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

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

The Japanese cities Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka will host Card Captor Sakura original art exhibitions at the end of this year and beginning of the next year.

The exhibitions will be held to celebrate CLAMP’s 25th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of Nakayoshi, Kodansha’s magazine in which the manga originally ran from 1996 to 2000.

In Tokyo, the exhibition will run from December 27th until January 4th; In Nagoya, from February 26th until March 3rd; and in Osaka, from March 21st until the 29th.

Tickets will go on sale on November 1st. Limited goods will be available when purchasing advanced tickets. An official twitter account has been launched to promote the events.

Source: comic natalie, CLAMP-NET.COM, Card Captor Sakura Gengaten.

On related news, a Card Captor Sakura official online shop has been launched, along with its twitter account, as an attempt to gather in a single website some of the goods that were released during the past few months.

And did you know? CLAMP have a new cat!

Follow up: XXXHOLiC Rei #3 sales report

XXXHOLiC Rei #3

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

On its third week of release, XXXHOLiC Rei #3 fell to position 21 in Oricon’s weekly comic ranking, with 29.633 copies sold, making the overall sales up to 260.550 copies.

These numbers stay behind the sales of both volumes 1 and 2 during the same period of time.

Always worth mentioning that these numbers are only for the regular edition. Numbers for the PLAYBUTTON limited edition are unknown.

In case XXXHOLiC Rei #3 shows up again next week in Oricon’s ranking, I’ll post here about its performance.

The full performance of the XXXHOLiC Rei series in Oricon’s weekly comic ranking can be seen below:

Volume 1
Week Oricon Ranking Sales Accumulated Sales
1 – 10/21/2013~10/27/2013 6 183.837 183,837
2 – 10/28/2013~11/03/2013 8 85.158 268.995
Volume 2
Week Oricon Ranking Sales Accumulated Sales
1 – 04/21/2014~04/27/2014 3 155,848 155,848
2 – 04/28/2014~05/04/2014 12 73,911 229,759
3 – 05/05/2014~05/11/2014 22 35,090 264,849
Volume 3
Week Oricon Ranking Sales Accumulated Sales
1 – 08/18/2014~08/24/2014 4 154,586 154,586
2 – 08/25/2014~08/31/2014 10 76,331 230,917
3 – 09/01/2014~09/08/2014 21 29,633 260,550

Source: Oricon.

In other news, the hotsite of CLAMP’s exbihition in this year’s Kyomaf has updated with the exhibition’s plan:

CLAMP Art Exhibition Map in Kyomaf 2014

CLAMP Art Exhibition Map in Kyomaf 2014

Looks like Tsubasa got the biggest area.

CLAMP’s Art Exhibition in Kyoto’s International Manga and Anime Fair will take place on September 20 and 21.

Source: Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2014

“CLAMP × Kyoto Mayumaro” collaboration

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

CLAMP have collaborated with Kyoto’s official mascot, Mayumaro, in designing an original set of goods that will be sold at this year’s Kyomafu (Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair).

Inspired by Kyoto’s traditional textile techniques Nishijin (西陣織) and dyeing (染め), the goods include hand towels, small purses, pouches and business card holders.

This collaboration is part of CLAMP’s participation in this year’s Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair, which will take place on September 20 and 21.

Check out the full list of goods:

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Mayumaro.jp

CLAMP art exhibition to be held in Kyoto

As part of the “Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013”, a CLAMP art exhibition to be held in Kyoto has been decided. The exhibition will run from September 6 to 8 at the Kyoto Computer Gakuin, in Kyoto.

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Original illustrations from Magic Knight Rayearth, Card Captor Sakura, Tsubasa, GATE 7 and XXXHOLiC Rei will be on display, as well as the illustrations that CLAMP did for the Card Captor Sakura mobile game and the serialized novel, Haken Anime!.

There will also be screenings of the anime adaptations of Magic Knight Rayearth and Card Captor Sakura with special guests such as Naomi Tamura, Sakura Tange, Kumai Motoko and Junko Iwao.

Admission fees: 900 yens for advanced purchases; 1000 yens on the days of the event.

Below is a very decent version of the new illustration that CLAMP did for the “Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013”:

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Click to enlarge it.

Source: comic natalie.

Very nice tip if you’re in Kyoto around that time 😉 I hope there will be pictures of this.

CLAMP members to attend CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 Nagoya

The Osaka edition of the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 has ended a few hours ago in Japan, at Zepp Namba hall.

Shortly after, CLAMP-NET.COM posted a message from CLAMP saying that they will be attending the Nagoya edition of the festival, which will take place on December 2.

CLAMP’s message says that they weren’t able to attend to the Tokyo and Osaka editions due to the medical treatment that they are going under, but their doctor has given them permission to attend the Nagoya edition.

It will be the last edition of CLAMP FESTIVAL 2012 and the first time that CLAMP members make an appearance in the festival.

It’s the first time in a good while since CLAMP made a public appearance. Last time was during a very small signing session for the B2・HOLiC Blythe release, in September 2011, and before that, at the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011, in February of the same year.

In their message, CLAMP remarks the fact that they are still under medical treatment, which would explain all the recent breaks in their publications.

I’m really glad that they will be attending! I always love when CLAMP makes public appearances. I always thought it was the weirdest thing to have a CLAMP FESTIVAL while CLAMP members themselves were not there…

Looking forward to this!

CLAMP-designed wedding dress on exhibit

A wedding-dress designed by CLAMP and inspired in Card Captor Sakura will be on display at the Tokyo Bridal Festa. The event will take place on December 23 and 24 in Tokyo. The “collection” (not sure if it’s correct to call it this way since it’s only one piece so far) is called CLAMP BRIDAL.

In addition, illustrations of Card Captor Sakura and Chobits will be displayed at the event.

CLAMP doing wedding dresses? That’s so cool! We always wanted CLAMP’s costumes to come alive. I hope this is only the beginning of CLAMP’s dive into the fashion world.

And here is the sticker that will be given as a bonus to those who purchase the Tsubasa 2012 Calendar through CLAMP’s Official Shop:

So cute Hana and Kazahaya, CLAMP’s two current works =)

Several News

• Rio Comicon:

The convention Rio Comicon starts today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the exhibition CLAMP – As Rainhas do Mangá (CLAMP – The Queens of Manga) will take place until Sunday. This is the same exhibition that was originally held in Paris in 2009.

Tickets cost R$ 20,00 for each day at the event’s entrance (students pay half price). Check their official website for more info.

I will be there on Saturday, hope to meet some of you there! 😉

• Kobato. licensed in Brazil:

The Kobato. manga has been licensed in Brazil by JBC. The manga will be published every 3 months starting in October. The price will be R$ 10,90 for a full tankoubon format (unlike Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC), but no color pages.

This is the 10th CLAMP title to be published in Brazil, and they remain being the only manga authors with that many titles licensed in the country.

Here’s the cover for the Brazilian edition:

Also, the Card Captor Sakura manga, which was the first CLAMP title published in Brazil, will be re-released by JBC in a special edition still this year. The new release will be in full tankoubon format (unlike the original edition) and will have color pages. Release date and price are still undecided.

• Code Geass GAIDEN: Boukoku no Akito:

It was announced in this year’s New York Anime Fest that the new Code Geass project, Code Geass GAIDEN: Boukoku no Akito, will be released next year. CLAMP is in charge of the original character concept for this project as well.

The Code Geass and R2 seasons will be re-released in a new DVD Box early next year and an exclusive promotional video of Code Geass GAIDEN: Boukoku no Akito will come with it.

• BLOOD-C:

The official website of BLOOD-C has the 2nd DVD and Blu-Ray cover, which was drawn by CLAMP.

It will be released on October 26.

CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO round-up

A nice report in English of the 2nd presentation is available here by uzumaki-kairi, you can find the full set list there. The short anime was showed only on the first presentation, most likely because Miyu Irino (Syaoran) and Daisuke Namikawa (Fye) weren’t there for the second presentation and therefore, they couldn’t make the live dubbing.

Sayaka Ohara was wearing a kimono designed by Mokona =)

uzumaki_kairi also took pictures of the original comic drawn by CLAMP, you can download it here (password: festival). Such a nice comic!! xD

The festival will be released on DVD on December.

Running time:
180 min, with footage from both daytime and evening performances.

Bonus:
– Live dubbing of the Holitsuba short animation.
– Short animation full version.
– CLAMP Gakuen Festival footage.
– Original opening movie, background animation (for the festival).
– Rehearsal footage.

Bonus CD:
Card Captor Sakura 5 songs medley, performed by Sakura Tange (Sakura) and Junko Iwao (Tomoyo).

Bonus Goods:
– Replica of director Saitou Keiichi’s script for Holitsuba short animation.
– Post card with the festival’s original characters drawn by CLAMP.

Set list:

Hikari to Kage o Dakishimeta mama / Naomi Tamura (Magic Knight Rayearth)
Raison d’etre / Rie Tanaka (Chobits)
BLAZE / Kotani Kinya (Tsubasa Chronicle)
Yume no tsubasa / Yui Makino (Tsubasa Chronicle)
Synchronicity / Yui Makino (Tsubasa Chronicle)
IT’S / Kotani Kinya (Tsubasa Chronicle)
Let Me Be With You / Rie Tanaka (Chobits)
Platinum / Sakura Tange (Card Captor Sakura)
Anata to Ireba / Tange Sakura and Iwao Junko (Card Captor Sakura)
Junketsu Paradox / Nana Mizuki (BLOOD-C)
Yuzurenai Negai / Naomi Tamura (Magic Knight Rayearth)

Performances by Shouko-tan, Suga Shikao and DUSTZ will not be included on the DVD version.

To pre-order the DVD, go here (deadline is October 31).

CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO – LIVE! coverage

Real time coverage of the festival over at my LJ twitter channel @chibiyuutoLJ!

Live streaming of the CLAMP Gakuen stage currently ON AIR here: http://live.nicovideo.jp/gate/lv64099200

(you must register first in order to see it, you can do that in the english version of NicoNico http://www.niconico.com/ You can log in the Japanese NicoNico website using the same registration).