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).

CLAMP FESTIVAL original goods!

The official website for the CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO updated its Goods corner with information about the merchandise that will be sold at the event.

The original goods are:

A – Festival’s official guide book. Cover by CLAMP, with introduction to CLAMP’s works and interviews with the artists. 100 pages, it comes with a bag.
B – T-shirt.
C – Towel.
D – Cell phone strap.
E – Fan.
F – Mokona cookies.
G – Wristbands.
H – Keychains.

Other non-original goods will be sold at the event as well. To check the full goods list, go to CLAMP FESTIVAL’s official website.

Needless to say that my favorite is the guidebook with a new crossover art by CLAMP. It has a circus motif, I can’t wait to see a bigger version of it =) Looks like they drew all of their characters according to the festival’s line-up, like having 3 “Chiis” (the Chii from Chobits played by Rie Tanaka and the twins from Kobato. played by Megumi Nakashima, both part of the festival’s line-up). Saya is there too, and Kazahaya and Rikuou even though there is nothing Gouhou Drug in this festival (but it’s their current work, same with GATE 7). I’m pretty sure that is Kamui holding TRC!Sakura but I’m not sure… I hope they didn’t forget him =)

I previously mentioned here that the free event “CLAMP Gakuen Festival” will be held at the back of the CLAMP FESTIVAL main stage with cosplay activities, interviews with guets & more. This backstage event will be streamed live by NicoNico in here. You must be a member so hurry and register to watch it live on Saturday! The main stage of the CLAMP FESTIVAL itself will NOT be streamed by NicoNico, only the back stage known as “CLAMP Gakuen Festival”.

I’m not sure if the live streaming will be limited to Japan residents, if that turns out to be the case, I apologize in advance, I really don’t know and I hope it will be open for all.

The official Blythe website informs that their collaboration doll with CLAMP, B2・HOLiC, will be on display at the CLAMP Gakuen Festival.

B2・HOLiC and CLAMP sign session

The official website of Blythe has news about their upcoming collaboration with CLAMP.

As previously announced, CLAMP is designing a Blythe doll called B2・HOLiC based on Yuuko’s character from XXXHOLiC. It will be a limited production of only 1000 units.

The release date is set to October costing 26.250 yens. The doll will be formally revealed to the public at the Blythe shop Junie Moon Daikanyama on October 15, where it will be sold in advance.

To celebrate the release, there is going to be a sign session with CLAMP on October 23. More details will be announced later this month.

In addition, an exhibition featuring XXXHOLiC illustrations will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo, from October 4th to 30th.

Excited about the sign session! I believe this is the first one since 2009 in Japan Expo.

Several News

• The Witch’s Mansion and the Magic Summit:

This has been out for a while but I forgot to post about it. CLAMP will draw the cover and inside illustrations for the 6th volume of The Witch’s Mansion series. The new volume written by Yoko Tsukumo is entitled The Witch’s Mansion and the Magic Summit and will be released on October 9.

• BLOOD-C:

Amazon.co.jp has a bigger look at the cover of the BLOOD-C novel, which was drawn by CLAMP. You can download the HQ cover over here (special thanks to the clamp_now for extracting the picture out of Amazon.co.jp website).

The novel has 416 pages and will be released on October 4.

Also, Kadokawa is listing a BLOOD‐C OFFICIAL COMPLETE BOOK Taido on October 26. The book will have interviews with staff and cast, rare materials and CLAMP’s original character concepts.

• CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO:

In case you haven’t seen it, the cover of CLAMP’s original manga for the festival is up at the official website. The manga’s title will be “Shiritsu Horitsuba Gakuen Bangaihen: Tenkousei ni Dokidoki”.

• Art Exhibition:

Several Brazilian websites are reporting that a selection of CLAMP’s original art will be exhibited at the RioComicon 2011, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will take place from October 20 to 23.

As a Brazilian, I’m very happy and proud with that news! It’s a huge opportunity to let other people learn about their work. I don’t live in Rio but I will my best to go there! =)

CLAMP FESTIVAL TOKYO 2011

This huge music and visual festival will take place on September 24 at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo. It will gather singers, seiyuus and other artists related to the CLAMP works performing in a concert, talk shows, skits and short plays.

There will be two presentations on the same day.

The line up for the festival so far is:

Nana Mizuki (BLOOD-C)
Naomi Tamura (Magic Knight Rayearth)
Yui Makino (Tsubasa)
Megumi Nakajima (Kobato.)
Rie Tanaka (Chobits)
Mika Kikuchi (Tsubasa/XXXHOLiC)
Jun Fukuyama (XXXHOLiC/Code Geass)
Sakura Tange (Card Captor Sakura)
Junko Iwao (Card Captor Sakura)
Sayaka Ohara (Tsubasa/XXXHOLiC)
Kinya Kotani (Tsubasa)
Kamiya Hiroshi (Kobato.)

The audio and visuals for the festival will be in charge of Yoshihiro Ike, one of the biggest names in Japanese music industry.

Original goods will be sold exclusively at the event. Tickets go on sale August 27 (CLAMP@MOBiLE members have early purchase on July 22). An original comic will be given to those attending.

Check out the official website for the event: http://clampfestival.jp/
A twitter account for the festival was launched, too: http://twitter.com/clampfestival

If you look at the website, there is a LIVE VIEWING section (still unavailable). Hopefully the festival will be broadcast online (hopefully they won’t limit it for Japan residents only).

Also hopefully this festival will be later be released on home video (DVD & Blu-Ray), because this looks very huge. The last time we had a concert featuring several artists was in 2005 with the CLAMP Su event. But this festival is much bigger than that, the Ajinomoto Stadium supports 50.000 people (it IS a stadium after all!).

Wonder if the CLAMP members themselves will make an appearance (or are they too shy for that? =)

This looks very huge! I’m excited for what else they have planned for this!

CLAMP aid for Fukushima, CCS movies BD release

The event Irashai Fukushima was held this weekend in Fukushima to raise funds for the city, affected by the nuclear incident caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

12 mangakas held a sign session and others contributed with sign boards for charity.

CLAMP made a signed board with a Syaoran illustration:

Source: mantan-web.

The event’s official website mentions that CLAMP contributed with a CLAMP Gakuen Tanteidan illustration, I wonder if it’s a mistake or there is a second illustration?

CLAMP members Nanase Ohkawa and Tsubaki Nekoi were seen at the event, although CLAMP did not perform a sign session.

Yay for CLAMP doing charity work \o/

On other news, Bandai Visual will release the two Card Captor Sakura movies in Blu-Ray format on August 26 for 6.300 yens each. The covers will feature new illustrations drawn by CLAMP (source).

Yay for new CCS illustrations \o/

CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 further reports

Here’s one last (?) round up of reports from the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 event I was able to gather from several sources.

– The XXXHOLiC OAD screening was cut after 30 minutes or so and the message “continues on the DVD out March 9” was shown.
– “XXXHOLiC Rou” is over, for the time being.
– Ohkawa asked the other CLAMP members how they felt regarding XXXHOLiC ending. Mokona said she’s “relieved” (as in, after running a huge marathon), Satsuki and Nekoi said they want to reread it because for the moment they are a little confused about it.
– OAD Director Tsutomu Mizushima wanted to come to the event but was unable to.
– CLAMP asked the audience who was the main character in XXXHOLiC: Yuuko or Watanuki. CLAMP thinks it’s Watanuki, Tsutomu Mizushima thinks it’s Yuuko.
– They don’t think Doumeki is “ikemen“, same as they don’t think Watanuki is “bishounen“.
– When the last chapter of “Rou” was finished, they celebrated drinking until morning even though they had to work on the following day.
– They mentioned the episode in France where CLAMP were asked about the lack of kissing scenes in their works. The kiss between Hana and Chikahito was a response to that.
– Hana’s gender was also discussed. The majority of the audience thinks she is a girl, but there were also those who thought her as genderless. CLAMP didn’t said anything, though.
– For GATE 7 color illustrations, first they draw and paint the characters using analog instruments. Then they scan the picture and background and other effects (flowers) are added using CG. You can check this more clearly on the picture of GATE 7’s gallery in CLAMP-NET.COM’s report below.
– CLAMP said that they want to do more events of this nature and art exhibitions in the future.

Sources: http://harano2006.blog60.fc2.com/, http://delta99.blog6.fc2.com/

CLAMP-NET.COM posted their report up here with a few (very small) pics.

CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 Report (Updated)

The two-day event CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 took place in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) this weekend, on the second day, the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD had its first screening and a CLAMP Talk Show was held. There are several reports spread around the internet from the people who managed to go.

Here is a summary of the highlights of both days (mild XXXHOLiC manga and OAD spoilers alert).

– Looks like a Yuuko Blythe doll was announced (not sure if it’ll be released in the future);
– Apart from original color art and manuscript, GATE 7 character settings were exposed;
– GATE 7 color illustrations are a mix of analog and digital drawing techniques. CG is used for final touches (as I thought);
– XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD’s length is 20 minutes (Update: this source says 30 minutes or more).
– Looks like the OAD ends in a cliffhanger…

CLAMP Talk Show:

– The final chapter of XXXHOLiC manga readers will feel either “surprised” or “relieved”;
– XXXHOLiC artbook announcement;
– The editors of Jump SQ joined as guests to talk about GATE 7;
– CLAMP are not used to draw GATE 7 yet (because it’s a new work);
– The most difficult one seems to be Chikahito. Hana is the easiest;
Code Geass talk. CLAMP’s original concepts for Boukoku no Akito were shown.

Source: http://ameblo.jp/kainsevenster/

Here are some pictures taken from various sources around the web and twitter (click to enlarge them):

In the pictures above, you can see flowers sent by Sunrise (Code Geass animation studio) and Bandai Visual (the distributor of the majority of CLAMPs anime works).

Nice to have the XXXHOLiC artbook finally announcement!

CLAMP-NET.COM just announced that an official report of CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 will be posted on the website soon!