Gouhou Drug #3 [new version] cover

Kadokawa has the cover of the new version of Gouhou Drug #3:

It’s the same image released in the next issue preview of Young Ace #11. And it kinda makes sense since this is the volume where they go to the boys’ school and they are wearing the school uniforms on the cover.

I don’t know about you all but I still prefer the 3 original covers.

This will be released on November 4.

Also, dimichan has some pictures of the Kobato. artbook up here in her Picasa. Pics include the full epilogue and a few colored illustrations.

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Covers

Here is the cover of Young Ace #12 featuring the comeback of Gouhou Drug’s new series, Drug & Drop:

Source: @manganewsjapon

I think the cover looks a bit plain.. but maybe it’s the white background, all past Young Ace covers have white backgrounds, I guess it’s a rule.

The magazine will be out November 4!

And here is the cover of BLOOD-C Official Complete Book, which was drawn by CLAMP.

Source: Amazon.jp (check for larger cover image).

The book also has CLAMP’s original character concepts for the series. It will be out October 27.

There are still 3 covers that shall appear on the next few days, the covers of GATE 7 #2, Jump SQ #12 (featuring GATE 7) and Gouhou Drug #3 [new version].

B2・HOLiC final proof

The official website of Blythe has the final proof for their B2・HOLiC doll designed in collaboration with CLAMP.

There is also a Swallowtail butterfly on the back of the belt, brilliant patterns are printed on the wings and on the inside is a rose with the letter C, an insignia for CLAMP!

For more pictures, details and specifications, check Blythe’s official website.

The B2・HOLiC doll will be released this month limited to 1000 units. An autograph session with CLAMP members will be held on October 23 to promote the release.

On another note, the official website of Young Ace magazine has the preview for its next issue with the debut of Gouhou Drug’s new series Drug & Drop. Check them here and here.

Gouhou Drug gets new title “Drug & Drop” (Updated)

The new series of Gouhou Drug will be getting a new title and it’s called “Drug & Drop” (ドラッグ&ドロップ). The information comes from the next issue line up of Young Ace #11.

ドラッグ&ドロップ could also mean “drag and drop”, as used in computer language, but given the context, I am assuming it stands for “Drug & Drop”.

I’m not sure why the change in the title, will it be restarted from the beginning? Maybe the former title Legal Drug was too daring? I remember CLAMP said they had some troubles with the marijuana in the logo.

We’ll have to wait and see.

I like “Drug & Drop” as well, but “Gouhou Drug” ❤

The new series of Gouhou Drug, now called "Drug & Drop", begins on November 4!

Update: The title change is confirmed by website Comic Natalie.

According to the website, the first chapter will come with color page(s) and Drug & Drop will feature the magazine cover.

A textless version of the new promotional illustration can be also found in the article:

With this, CLAMP will be on the cover of two manga magazines on the same day! Young Ace #12 with Drug & Drop and Jump SQ #12 with GATE 7 =)

CLAMP NEWS !!

Sorry I’m a bit late, I’ve been traveling around for the past weeks (see location at the end of the post =P) and I have had very little online time. But here are the most important news that have appeared in the past few weeks.

• Artbook:

Here is the cover of the Kobato. Illustrations & Memories artbook:

So pretty, I loved it! The artbook will have a short story drawn by CLAMP and an interview with them. It’ll be released on September 26.

• Blu-Ray:

The Kobato. TV Anime series will be released in Blu-Ray format sometime soon. The information comes from the series’ official website (http://www.kobato.tv). More details will be announced soon.

• Ranking:

After its first week of sales, the final volume of Kobato. debuted in the 16th position in Oricon’s ranking. That’s a very good position considering that it’s only covering 2 days of sales (since it was released on the 26th and the ranking covers up to the 28th).

08/22~08/28

1st – Ao Haru Ride #2
2nd – GANTZ #32
3rd FAIRY TAIL #28
16th – Kobato. #6

This is the first time that a Kobato. volume appears in Oricon’s ranking after volume 2. It is also the highest position reached by a Kobato. volume.

Also according to Oricon, Kobato. #6 sold 43.331 copies in its first week. In comparison, Kobato. #2 sold 32.351 copies in its first week.

Hopefully we will see Kobato. again in next week’s ranking, specially since there is a campaign related to that volume.

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

08/04 – Jump SQ #09 – Chapter 6 (on sale).
09/04 – Jump SQ #10 – Chapter 7 – Last chapter of tankoubon 2.
10/04 – Jump SQ #11 – Chapter 8 – Beginning of tankoubon 3.

No new additions for GATE 7.

• Gouhou Drug:

The covers for the new editions of Gouhou Drug #1 and #2 were announced!

Ahhh, so the original design was preserved, I’m so glad! They are even wearing the same outfits, it’s like the same “photoshoot”, but with different poses 😄 But maaaan, do they look different! I don’t like this new style at all, their trace looks too simple! =( I really hope Nekoi improves her drawing with time.

The new editions of Gouhou Drug #1 and #2 will be released on October 4

• BLOOD-C – Novel:

CLAMP has drawn the cover illustration for the novel version of BLOOD-C:

So nice!

The novel is written by Junichi Fujusaku, who is also one of the writers for the TV Series along with CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa. It will be released by Kadokawa Shoten on October 4.

• BLOOD-C – Interview:

Website ANN interviewed the director Tsutomu Mizushima and screenwriter Junichi Fujusaku of the BLOOD-C TV Series. It’s a very interesting reading since they talk about CLAMP’s involvement on the project. You can read it here.

• CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO:

Suga Shikao has been added to the festival’s line up as a special guest! He will make a XXXHOLiC special live performance.

So cool! This festival line up was missing a major name and that name has been filled now by Suga Shikao =)

Here’s a detailed schedule for the festival:

Singer Stage:
– Suga Shikao XXXHOLiC special live performance.
– Duet between Sakura Tange and Junko Iwao (Card Captor Sakura).
– Card Captor Sakura medley featuring 5 songs.

Seiyuu Stage:
– Holitsuba skit (script by CLAMP).
– Maaya Sakamoto will be the narrator for the animation based on the original manga drawn by ClAMP.
– Live performances of the seiyuus are scheduled during the Holitsuba skit as well.

A free event named CLAMP Campus Festival will be held at the back of where CLAMP FESTIVAL will be held. In this event, cosplay contests and sales of original goods will take place. There will be a CLAMP Cafe, where visitors can have Mokona-shaped candies while they check a collection of CLAMP’s art reproductions.

An official Guide Book about the Fetsival will be sold at the event and the cover art will be drawn by CLAMP.

The Japanese video streaming website Nico Nico will cover the event from 10 AM until 10 PM (not sure if they will cover just the CLAMP Campus Festival or the entire CLAMP FESTIVAL event).

And more, there will be merchandise booths for Card Captor Sakura, GATE 7, Kobato., Gouhou Drug and BLOOD-C.

Anyway, there is simply a lot of stuff happening in this event, it will be one hell of an event. I may have missed a few things here and there, or maybe I chose not to post about them, but this is pretty much what’s been confirmed so far =)

Essay on Gouhou Drug’s return

This is a historical day for CLAMP fans. Specially those who have been waiting for this moment for 8 years now.

I’ve been hoping to be able to post about “the return of Gouhou Drug” since the series went on hiatus in 2003. We’ve had many hints that the manga would resume, and we had some false alarms too, but the timing was perfect: CLAMP had only 1 series, their Kadokawa series (Kobato.) came to an end and Nekoi didn’t have any series in which she worked as a primary artist.

I wasn’t at home when I saw the news, and I didn’t have any computer near me, I posted the news with my mobile so I had to be short, but I couldn’t wait to post it.

So first, let me give some more details about Gouhou Drug’s return.

It will be resumed on November 4, in the December issue of Young Ace magazine.

To promote the new series, Kadokawa is launching a campaign along with Kobato. Details are on this month’s Newtype magazine (but it’s not possible to read all the details from the leaked scan).

As part of the promotion, the previous 3 volumes of Gouhou Drug will be re-released with new covers starting on October 3.

New covers? Will volume 4 and on use the same cover design as these new covers? But I liked so much the design of the “old” cover =(

Young Ace is a shounen magazine, but we know that the magazine has never been such an issue for CLAMP (XXXHOLiC and Tsubasa were not exactly the typical shounen series and yet they both ran in Shounen magazines). CLAMP works cross genders so I’m expecting CLAMP will not change Gouhou Drug’s essence just because of its magazine.

Also, although Newtype is advertising the comeback as a “new series”, I don’t think it will be a new story from scratch. I think it will continue from where it left off, which is why they are throwing this campaign and re-releasing the previous volumes. They probably chose to use this term “new series” because it’s been a real long time since the last chapter was published and the resume will happen in a different magazine. I could be wrong, of course, but that’s what I think.

I am so happy with this news, so so happy I can’t put into words! I hope people who were losing faith in CLAMP will be happy about this and will join us to read the continuation of Gouhou Drug. This has raised my hopes for X and CLOVER, too.

I dedicate this and my previous post to starsdust, for being the one Gouhou Drug fan in my mind (I TOLD YOU I WAS GONNA GIVE YOU THIS NEWS!!!!!).

PS: I think Nekoi has lost a little her touch to draw Rikou. I’ve been noticing this for some time now looking at the doodles she posts in CLAMP’s official website, and now looking this new promotional drawing, Rikuou looks younger somehow, he looks like Doumeki. Nekoi has 3 months to sharp his design xD