Happy birthday Mokona!

Today is the birthday of CLAMP member Mokona! She’s turning 44 today.

Here’s wishing all the best to her! ♥

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CLAMP designs Yui Sakai’s helmet, more

Japanese short track athlete Yui Sakai has posted over at her official blog pictures of a helmet with stickers designed by CLAMP (Tsubaki Nekoi).

In her blog entry, Sakai says she’s a huge CLAMP fan.

CLAMP has previously expressed their support for Sakai in last year’s Winter Olympic games in which she as competing by making a drawing of her.

In her Private Board, CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa wrote that she hopes the helmet will bring luck to Yui Sakai.

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On a different note, slightly trivial, Satsuki Igarashi posted a picture in her Private Board of a t-shirt with a lotus flower designed by Mokona. Nanase Ohkawa asked if the t-shirt could be washed, for which Satsuki replied that yes, it can be washed because a special painting was used to draw it. Satsuki plans to wear the shirt during this winter. Here’s the picture of the t-shirt:

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On yet a different note, the Tokyo Bridal Festa official website launched a special hot site to promote the wedding dress designed by CLAMP that will be shown at the two days’ event on the 23rd and 24th of December.

http://www.bridal-festa.com/clamp/index.html

There are no pictures yet, the wedding dress will be official revealed only during the event.

Who else thinks they are making a big deal over this? Hopefully this is only the beginning of the CLAMP BRIDAL project?

CLAMP NEWS !! + Happy Birthday Mokona!

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

06/04 – Jump SQ #07 – Chapter 4 – Color page.
07/04 – Jump SQ #08 – Chapter 5.
08/04 – Jump SQ #09 – Chapter 6.

• Ranking:

GATE 7 #1 rose 3 positions and landed at the 5th position in Oricon’s ranking on its second week of sales:

1st – Naruto #56
2nd – Bakuman #13
3rd – D. Gray-man #22
5th – GATE 7 #1

According to Oricon, GATE 7 #1 sold 80.472 copies on its second week, with a total of 173.682 copies sold so far. These numbers are very similar to Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC numbers. Good start!

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

06/10 – Newtype #07 – Drop. 23-F (on sale).
07/10 – Newtype #08 – Drop. 24 – Final chapter.

• Birthday Girl:

Today is the birthday of CLAMP member Mokona! She’s turning 43 today.

Here’s wishing all the best to her! ♥

As usual, Nekoi made a drawing for the occasion:

All CLAMP members wishes her a happy birthday and that she keeps working hard from here on.

What’s in CLAMP’s bags?

As some of you might know, March 3rd is celebrated the Girl’s Day in Japan. CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa wrote a very curious describing what each CLAMP member carry inside their own bags. Some say that you can tell about a girl by knowing what’s inside her bag, right? So let’s find out!

I don’t know if some of you are interested in that sort of trivia info about our favorite mangaka group, but here it is:

Girl’s Day

Today is March 3, the Doll Festival.

Speaking of which, it’s said that if you look inside a girl’s bags, you’ll know how her room looks. From what’s inside the bag, you can know what things she has in her room.

I don’t know whether that’s quite true or not, at least for us.

Igarashi-san…inside her bag, which has a lot of patterns, there’s definitely a book and a box for “useful things.” It seems she always has them arranged, but though they’re necessary when they’re needed, it doesn’t seem like she brings them out that often.

Ohkawa-san…her bag is small. Fundamentally, there aren’t many things in it. But there are several books, and always her PC and such, so it’s not light.

Nekoi-san…it’s consistently arranged prettily, but the size of the bag changes from its original to bigger, depending on whether she has band-aids or medicine and such in it, and it’s pretty heavy.

Mokona-san…the bag itself is cute, but inside are various tools and devices, so it’s fundamentally chaotic. When she can’t bring out the things she needs, it’s because they’re missing in action inside it.

That’s it (laughs).

Translation heartily provided by starlady38 =)

It pretty much reflects each CLAMP member, I think. Satsuki, the group’s designer, has a bag full of patterns; Ohkawa, the writer, has a PC and books; Nekoi, the neat one (her booth is the most organized), has the most organized bag; Mokona, the cutest and messiest (her booth is the most cramped one xD), has the more chaotic one.

I found it pretty interesting 😄 Hope you liked it =)

CLAMP Travel Reports

As I reported previously, CLAMP members are on a trip to collect data for the upcoming work, Gate 7. Their first stop was the city of Ise (read report here), then they went to Kyoto. They are making real-time reports on their private boards and here are some of them, translation provided by Mia Lewis.

六盛茶庭

京都に到着しました。
早速、六盛茶庭に。メインのスフレは撮影NGなんで(すぐに萎んじゃうからだと思います)先に頼んだシャンパン。
ただ今、スフレをうずうず待ってます(笑)。

Rokusei Satei (http://www.rokusei.co.jp/rokuseisatei/index.html) [A souffle restaurant in Kyoto]

We’ve arrived in Kyoto.
We’re heading straight to Rokusei Satei. The souffle from the main course is no good for filming (I think it’s because it deflates too quickly), so we’ll be having the champagne we preordered.
I’m just itching with anticipation for that souffle (laughs).

休憩中

六盛茶庭から平安神宮を廻って、八坂神社、清水坂の方に抜けてきました。
結構歩いたので休憩中。
梅園さんで、みたらし団子&わらび餅とお薄(お抹茶)。
東京では、あまり みたらし団子は見ないので久しぶり。あまからが美味しかったです。

Taking a Break

We went from Rokusei Satei through Heian Jingu Shrine, Yasaka Shrine, and came out at Kiyomizu Temple.
We did a lot of walking so we’re currently taking a break.
We’re having midarashi-dango, warabi-mochi, and weak macha at Baien-san.
You don’t often see midarashi-dango in Tokyo, so its the first time we’ve had them in a while. Its sweet and saltiness was delicious.

京都2日目

京都二日目は、ちょっと雨が降ってます。
それでも頑張って、北野天満宮と金閣寺を廻って来ました。
で、イノダコーヒー本店にやってきました。
目の前で猫井ちゃんが、ジャンボシュークリームを撮影してます。
ちなみに、画像はウィンナコーヒーです(笑)。

Kyoto Day 2

On our second day in Kyoto it rained a bit.
Even so, we strove on and made it Kitano-tenmangu Temple and the Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
We also went to the original Inoda Coffee.
Nekoi-chan is filming the Jumbo Chou a La Creme right in from of me.

ここは京都

京都駅なのに、せんと君が幅きかせています。(笑)巨大せんとくんもいたのですが。握手して撮影すればよかったです。

This it Kyoto

Even though this is Kyoto Station, Sento-kun (http://image.blog.livedoor.jp/nhm_baby/imgs/8/c/8c272001.jpg) [Nara City’s mascot] is everywhere. (laughs) There was even a gigantic Sento-kun. [note: I assume this refers to a person dressed as the mascot.] I should have applauded and gotten it on film.

三十三間堂行ってきた

修学旅行生が多かった。
騒がしかったけど、お寺だから静かにという館内放送で、一発で静かになったよ。
日本の若者、まだまだ捨てたものではないね。
素直さは美点。

We Went to Sanjusan Gendo Temple

There were a lot of students on field trips.
It was noisy, but it went silent the instant the announcement was made to respect the temple and be quiet.
Japan’s youth are still far from being given up on.
Obedience is a virtue.

Today is the final day of the trip, they are coming back to Tokyo later. More reports to come!

Also, today is the 16th and there should be a CLAMP-NET.COM update. But there are no updates today. The website was updated on the 14th instead, launching its new menu. Have you checked it out? The major changes can be noticed in the “News” and “Serial” sections, which are now split.

“Serial” section now has more detailed information about the upcoming manga chapters, such as chapter numbers.

Sad news for those who liked them, but the english news are gone (they weren’t updated on a regular basis in any case).

No breaks scheduled for Kobato. and XXXHOLiC is back with Chapter 205 on June 9 in its new home magazine, Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Please refer to the CLAMP Widget for more upcoming releases.

Lastly, the official website of the XXXHOLiC Rou OAD posted a Mokona pattern that you can print and use on your own tumbler. The pattern is told to be similar to the one used by Kohane in the upcoming OAD.

Go to the website, pick your size and have fun with your drinks =)

XXXHOLiC to be moved to Bessatsu Shonen Magazine

The latest issue of Young Magazine announced that the serialization of XXXHOLiC will be moved to Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.

Bessatsu Shonen Magazine is a monthly publication that started in September, 2009. The first chapter of XXXHOLiC in its new home will be published in the July issue, which is out on June 9. The chapter will have color pages (beginning of tankoubon 18) and XXXHOLiC will feature the magazine’s front cover (first time that ever happens with XXXHOLiC since the covers of Young Magazine always feature a female model xD).

Here is a scan of the announcement taken from the latest Young Magazine issue:


This means, of course, that XXXHOLiC chapters will be now published monthly.

I remember reading that the only reason CLAMP went for weekly publication with Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC was due to the links between the two series, so now that Tsubasa is over and XXXHOLiC is walking on its own, I can understand why they decided to go monthly (but I must admit I didn’t expect that!). It could also be an attempt to help boost the sales of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Looking at the other series that are serialized in the magazine, XXXHOLiC is by far the most popular one.

Now CLAMP is back to the monthly publications. Personally I like that, I’ve missed it =) I think monthly publications are juicer.

Special thanks to cutesherry for posting this news over at the clamp_now community!

And one small news, CLAMP-NET.COM updated with news that Mokona’s recommendations will be published in the 4 novels Rean no Tsubasa (The Wings of Rean). The original conpcet of Rean no Tsubasa was made by the creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino. The books will be out on March 24.