CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 covers

The covers of all 3 volumes of Magic Knight Rayearth 2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

CLAMP decided to switch the order of appearance: in the classic version, Hikaru was at the forefront of volume 1 and Fuu was at the forefront of volume 3. It was the other way around for CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION. The color tone for the covers is the same as the classic series.

There had been some speculation among fans that the covers for the second series would feature additional characters. Some speculated that it would feature the characters from the foreigner countries (as they are in the back covers of the classic series), but the concept that CLAMP chose was: the magic knight and their loved ones.

Here’s the complete release schedule for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

November 11, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth volumes 2 & 3
December 13, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volume 1
January 13, 2023: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volumes 2 & 3

So this is it for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION =) Looking very much forward for the next title which should be published by Kadokawa (fans are guessing it’s gonna be RG Veda)

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth #2 & #3 covers (Updated)

The covers of Magic Knight Rayearth #2 and #3 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

Pre-orders are available at CD Japan: Volume 2 | Volume 3

As expected, they follow the same logic as the original series’ covers, with one of the girls being in the foreground, with the other two girls at the background. The circle ornamental piece is the fixed element for all covers, with the jewel color changing its position to follow each girl’s main color.

Umi looks so sassy in her cover, as she should xD And Fuu has her glasses only on the cover of volume 3.

Both volumes are coming out on November 11.

UPDATE: Here’s the complete release schedule for Magic Knight Rayearth in CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION:

December 13, 2022: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volume 1
January 13, 2023: Magic Knight Rayearth 2 volumes 2 & 3

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: Magic Knight Rayearth #1

Following the publication of the 7th and last volume of Tokyo Babylon for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION series, the next title to be published will be Magic Knight Rayearth! This was indeed the guess of a lot of people (including myself).

The first volume will be released on October 13 and its cover has been announced!

You may order it via CD Japan.

As a bonus, each volume will come with a postcard featuring the same illustration used as the cover of the classic edition. The bonus is the same as XXXHOLiC (a bit of a bummer, I expected something different for each series).

Just a reminder that Kodansha and Kadokawa will alternate their titles for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION releases. We have had XXXHOLiC (Kodansha), Tokyo Babylon (Kadokawa) and now Magic Knight Rayearth (Kodansha). The next title, which still hasn’t been announced, will be a Kadokawa one.

What did we learn from this cover?

We learned that they will probably be using the same colors from the classic edition, so likely volume 2 will be blue and volume 3, green.

We also learned that we have 3 characters right from the start. It could not have been different, right? I thought maybe each volume would feature just one girl (like the Kodansha new issue), but this is of course, much better.

Hikaru is on the foreground while Umi and Fuu are in the background (again, just like the classic edition), which means that volume 2 will have Umi on the foreground and volume 3, Fuu on the foreground.

It’s a refreshing cover. It’s nice to see the girls in a new art but at the same time, a bit shocking to see them with with much less detail. The original Rayearth art is so polished, after all!

At this moment, only volume 1 has been announced. It’s unclear if volume 2 will come out on the same day and we will have 2 volumes as usual, or if it’s going to be one per month, meaning a 6 months run for all 6 volumes. I personally think that they will keep the 2 volumes pace.

Kodansha is marketing this as a celebratory release for Magic Knight Rayearth‘s 30th Anniversary, which will be in 2023, and in alignment to that, they will be reprinting the two Magic Knight Rayearth artbooks, that will also be released on October 13. This will be just a reprint, there’s no new content to be added on it (it’s just a reprint, not a new edition).

You may order them via CD Japan: Artbook 1, Artbook 2.

Magic Knight Rayearth & Card Captor Sakura sticker for “with” magazine (Updated)

The February 2020 issue of with magazine (Kodansha) will come with a Magic Knight Rayearth & Card Captor Sakura sticker in celebration of CLAMP’s 30th Anniversary.

It is unclear whether this will be a new illustration or not, but I would guess so.

The magazine will be released on December 26 and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon Japan.

I wonder if it’s going to be a crossover illustration? I hope so!

Update: the magazine cover can be seen below. You can see a glimpse of the Rayearth and CCS sticker and unlike what I expected, it is not a new illustration. Too bad.

Card Captor Sakura and Magic Knight Rayearth original art in Nakayoshi 65th Anniversary Exhibit

Nakayoshi 65th Anniversary logo

Nakayoshi 65th Anniversary logo

Nakayoshi magazine is celebrating its 65th anniversary with an exhibit to be held at the Yayoi Museum in Tokyo, from October 4 to December 25.

Original art by CLAMP for the Card Captor Sakura Clear Card arc and Magic Knight Rayearth series, which both ran in Nakayoshi magazine, will be on display at the exhibition.

Nakayoshi is one of the oldest shoujo manga magazines and was home to several classic mangas such as Osamu Tezuka’s Ribon no Kishi (Princess Kight) and Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon.

Source: Comic Natalie.

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #23 – 2016/03/03

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Episode 23 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

It seems like they heard my complains of last week’s episode. This episode had a lot of interesting and foreshadowing info.

For the opening talk, they read a message from a listener who wrote saying that their favorite work was Tsubasa and GATE 7 (I think?), or maybe they liked seeing GATE 7‘s characters in Tsubasa. They asked CLAMP a question and each member replied and I believe it had something to do with people with important historic roles because Nekoi mentioned Iemitsu and Ohkawa mentioned Marie Antoinette — I’m actually curious to find out what she said about her.

Next, Mokona read a message from a listener who had bought this month’s Shonen Magazine SPECIAL and they wrote about the Nirai Kanai hen reaching its end, so they asked CLAMP about what would come next and suggested that it could well be a “Kinugawa Onsen hen” — this is because CLAMP went there in the beginning of this year to do some location hunt.

After that, the CLAMP members went crazy wondering about the funny things it could happen with the Tsubasa characters in the hot springs of Kinugawa Onsen (the place is famous for its hot springs).

Then, around 8:00 minutes I *think* Ohkawa says that their trip to Kinugawa Onsen was not for the sake of Tsubasa but for the sake of (another) work. But I’m not 100% sure about this. They add that they really enjoyed going there.

I’ve seen people tweeting about the final Nirai Kanai hen volume having a few announcements but again, I’m not 100% sure about this.

After that, they talked about X for a few minutes! Of course, nothing that we *really* want to hear, but they talked about their characters for a but.

Ohkawa joked that Watanuki had been dreaming for 2 months — because that’s how long the manga was on hiatus before the last chapter came out.

Then, Ohkawa asked each member to talk something about Tsubasa, something that they missed or they will miss. Mokona said something about action scenes.

Ohkawa later asked the other members what other world they would like to see the gang go to next. Mokona said something about angelic world? Not sure here, but after that they all starting playing with the idea of the gang landing in Rayearth‘s world, the real one and not an alternate version of it. They played with the idea of Mokona meeting the real creator Mokona from Rayearth.

Mokona said (I think) she would like the gang to land on the otherworld where Ioryogi lives. Ohkawa then says that they already visited the Kobato. world in the TV Anime series (she wrote the script for that episode).

Ohkawa said something about CLOVER‘s world (YES!) and then GATE 7‘s world, like, the real one in Kyoto. But that would be our very own Japan and our very own Earth, right…? She said something about all the lamens they would get so she was probably just joking…

They went back to the supposed “Kinugawa Onsen hen” talk and Ohkawa then said “If Kodansha is OK with it, let’s do it”.

By the way, their radio show was originally scheduled up to March, but according to CLAMP-NET.COM’s calendar, it’s been renewed for one more month (for now). So it’ll run at least until the end of April (yay!). After that, we’ll see.

I’m very proud of my summary this time! Yay me xD

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #11 – 2015/12/10 (Updated)

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Episode 11 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

Here’s a brief summary:

  • They spent the first 5 minutes talking about X because of an e-mail sent by a listener asking them about Kamui’s settei blood type.
  • Then, they read another e-mail which asked CLAMP to talk about their latest collaboration with Suga Shikao and XXXHOLiC. Basically they talked about the experience of drawing a comic based on a song. Mokona said she had a lot of fun drawing the storyboard and I think she said something about being similar to CLOVER.
  • Ohkawa mentions that the main drawing and inking in XXXHOLiC are done in analog format while finishing is done digitally using Photoshop (I would like to hear more about this…).
  • Then, they go into a long talk about glasses (reading glasses, round glasses, sunglasses, Suga Shikao’s sunglasses).
  • The show has a new Ending Theme song performed by Iwao Junko called “going, which will be included in her upcoming new album “Return to Myself.
  • At the end of the episode they mentioned having drawn a shikishi to Misaki Tomoko, the lady from KBS who narrates the show, featuring Hikaru and Mokona from Magic Knight Rayearth. She tweeted about it:

Update: Here’s a brief summary by the always so helpful Claudio, from Argentina:

-They first speak about how Kyoto is warm even though they are entering winter nowadays.

-Nekoi reads listener’s message: The listener has a fetish with characters blood type, and he/she says that is always having fun trying to guess the blood types of the characters when reading and trying to verify the actual blood types later to see if he/she was correct. So he/she asks about X’s Kamui character. He/she thinks Kamui is pretty much a typical B type, but is that really so? He/she also ask CLAMP to tell the blood types of other X’s characters.

-Ohkawa immediatly surprises that Kamui could be think of as a B-type person. Mokona says that she relates B-blood type to Oka Hiromi (famous old manga “Ace wo Nerae!”main character). Being this character the kind of person that has a clear goal to achieve and all her efforts are aimed to achieve that goal, so she doesn’t really think of Kamui as a character with such profile.

-Nekoi says that is not because of the blood type, and that is because she is a girl (a girl fighting her best I assume she means).

-They also mention Kitajima Maaya, a character of the famous manga “Garasu no Kamen” being a B type kind of character.

-So Ohkawa clears that Kamui is not B-type. So the rest of them starts to guess and finally Satsuki says it was A-type, and Ohkawa confirms this.

-Ohkawa says that it may appear like a O-type character though. And Satsuki says that the image she has about A-type -including herself- is sort of an irresponsible type of person. She says that she hasn’t seen any A-type steady/firm/sure of himself.

-Ohkawa says that she thinks of O-types as kind of annoying, and lovers of cleaning and order. But of course this may be just based on their own prejudice, since 3 of them are A-type and just 1 is O-type. With this kind of combination The O-type one is surely having a hard time.

-Ohkawa continues telling that even though they could say somebody is strict/methodical, but that doesn’t really means it is that way. Commonly you could think of a A-type with a bold/strong appearance/outer face, but when it comes to reality to comrades/people of the same group, it can be annoying (they say “guda guda”, this means mainly annoying people reppeating over and over the same thing)

-Satsuki says she shouldn’t be saying that and Ohkawa replies that she thinks this way pretty much about the group as well. So they start talking about the the usual exchange they have every day, somebody is being asked to wait when visiting the home of the other, or when someone asks Mokona if it’s ok to take the day off, she replies telling to take off the day after tomorrow better, and that sort of things. Ohkawa says once Satsuki said to her not to come (to her house I suppose). So Satsuki said they can meet in other places it doesn’t have to be necessarily on people’s home. And Ohkawa clears up that in those days there were so much books inside Satsuki’s home that you couldn’t physically enter. Pilled up on like towers. So this is the kind of things O-types do. You can go to Nekoi’s house anytime and she won’t be mad about it (says Okhawa). Nekoi may tell you is not really ordered but it isn’t that much of a mess – and Nekoi comments that the little garbage is on purpose, so the cat can play with it.

-So Okhawa says, if you think of Kamui’s home, it may be in part well ordered and clean, and in parts wildly untied. And Fuuma’s place would be clean. And since A-types like to decorate with the stuff the like/hobbies stuff they show it, but O-types tend to hide it.

-Ohkawa mentions Sorata was B-type but she really doesn’t remember  having published this data of each character, so Satsuki reminds her that it was published on the Materials Book of the anime series.

-Around minute 6 they started talking about Suga Shikao’s new song and the special one shot.

-On this one shot there are not much dialogue globes. Which is pretty different to how XXXHOLiC is normally. So at drawing stage it gave them the feeling of drawing shojo manga because this is a typical narration technique on Shojo manga (not having that much dialogue globes).

-Ohkawa says that at the storyboard stage it looked a little bit like CLOVER since the premise was that the art will be used as some sort of illustration. So when they passed it to the editors, they passed a plain line only version, a version without the places (textually “frames”) to put the lyrics, and a final version with the lyrics and all. So it was a lot of work for Nekoi to save all the data (image files in this case you may think) by separate.

– Ohkawa continues saying in the case of XXXHOLiC, is basically analog drawing until pen-inking stage only. And the finishing is digital.

-They actually name the software as Photoshop (they say the company name at min 9:49 but I could really connect it to a known software name, they say something-something-MAX Photoshop). They do say clear not to be using Studio Comic though and also mention Clip Studio.

-Ohkawa explains that in the old days was all manual processes, but that now, even though they draw the lines manually they input on the computer once and used within the software. So this makes the tasks easier and quick. In the old days they had a lot of trouble with having no time to do the final lining.

-But on the other hand, now they sent the chapters digitally (by e-mail or uploading to storage cloud) so they can not excuse themselves saying the bike guy was slow.

-So this time they sent 3 versions. They have watched the YouTube preview but they still didn’t know at that time how it was going to end up so they were eager to know.

-Mokona says that from now on they should draw XXXHOLiC always listening to that song, and Ohkawa added that felt like a persevering kind of feeling. Mokona said she liked it.

-Ohkawa also mentions that it has been a long time since they didn’t draw actual-Yukko (meaning not Memmories-Yuuko). At firsts starts with Yuuko going to the shop and then the story focuses on Watanuki. So the first part is not like a dream or a memory, it appears the Student-Watanuki and all.

-It appears that every time Watanuki appears on scene Nekoi asks which glasses should draw (hahaha). The glasses broke once, and also when he takes in charge of the shop the glasses become more circle-shaped (rounded). Those are the ones Clow left on a box.

CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru #2 – 2015/10/08

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© CLAMP・ShigatsuTsuitachi CO.,LTD.

Episode 2 is up for download at CLAMP no Kyoto Agaru Sagaru‘s official website.

This episode’s topic was Magic Knight Rayearth!

  • memories from the time it was serialized in Nakayoshi.
  • the time Ohkawa and Nekoi were guests at a radio show where Shouko Nakagawa was one of the MCs (hostess) and she was a fan of Rayearth, particularly of Umi.
  • apparently at one point a live action CM for Rayearth was filmed? The Sega Saturn game live action CM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxN37elPpP0)
  • The Rayearth trump.
  • Mokona talks about making the storyboard for the TV Anime Series opening.

As usual, if anyone would like to share their thoughts about what they talked about, that would be highly appreciated, even a brief summary would help!

It seems like each week they will pick one of their works to talk about — which is great! They asked listeners to send their suggestions for the upcoming weeks. I can’t wait for they to talk about X ^^”

They were right, so far I am enjoying these more than their 2007-2008 internet radio, Komugikotoride no Yonshimin (from CLAMP-PLA.NET), in which they rarely talked about their works.

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.