Cybozu interviews CLAMP and Nanase Ohkawa

clampCLAMP served as a case study for Cybozu on how the Cybozu Live tool can be used for team management. CLAMP use Cybozu Live in their daily work to communicate between themselves and their editors.

Cybozu is a Tokyo-based software company that provides a web-based groupware known as Cybozu Office, popular in Japan (Wikipedia). Early in 2013, CLAMP tweeted their appreciation for Cybozu:

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“We don’t use e-mail, we use ‘Cybozu Live’ to communicate with our editors and partners. It’s really useful. Thank you very much, Cybozu-san!”

Apart from the interview with CLAMP, there is also a talk with Nanase Ohkawa and a Cybozu staff member. To fit the company’s case study purposes, the interview with CLAMP is very Cybozu-centered and how the tool helps their daily routine. The talk with Nanase Ohkawa, on the other hand, touches various social aspects, including her view on minorities.

CLAMP Interview
Nanase Ohkawa talk

Although it isn’t very CLAMP-centered, this is the first CLAMP interview in years and we get to see a few pictures of their studio in Kyoto for the very first time.

I urge all the kind people who translate XXXHOLiC and Card Captor Sakura monthly to contribute with a translation to this interview. The CLAMP community would highly appreciate it.

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CLAMP’s New Year

First of all, Happy New Year to all CLAMP followers out there! This is coming a little late since I was out during holidays — apologies for that!

Thank you for following this site and its social network channels. I am committed to continue bringing you all the latest and freshest CLAMP news throughout 2015.

As it has became usual for the past few years, CLAMP drew an illustration to celebrate the arrival of 2015.

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD.

The image was posted on CLAMP’s official website and twitter account and features sheeps in the background because 2015 is the year of the sheep in the Chinese zodiac horoscope.

Along with the illustration, each CLAMP member described the year of 2014 with one word and chose a word to describe their hopes and ambitions for 2015.

Satsuki Igarashi

2014: (a little bit of) progress
2015: forward

Nanase Ohkawa

2014: arrangement
2015: victory

Tsubaki Nekoi

2014: surf
2015: quick

Mokona

2014: change
2015: travel

It is interesting to see their one-word impressions of 2014 and hopes for 2015.

For sure, 2014 was yet another calm year for CLAMP — like 2013 and 2012. XXXHOLiC and Drug & Drop had very slow publishing schedules, filled with breaks until they both eventually went on definitive breaks when Tsubasa returned, in August. Not to mention GATE 7 that originally went on hiatus in 2013. In the midst of travels for both business and pleasure purposes, CLAMP moved to Kyoto after living in Tokyo since their professional debut in 1989.

After working for nearly 25 years non-stop and having their health compromised for overwork, CLAMP are definitely taking things slow. They are not as young as their used to be and they need to be careful if they want to keep working for many more years. That being said, even though GATE 7 is officially on hiatus, they still keep making location hunts trips within Kyoto to gather enough material to resume the series in the near future (that might also be the reason as of why they decided to move to Kyoto permanently).

Also during the end of the year holidays, CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa created an account on instagram: 7se_ohkawa. Make sure to follow her as she posts some nice photos such as this neat illustration of Hana.

Here’s to a CLAMP-filled 2015!

Misc. news

• BLOOD-C:

There will be a BLOOD-C x CLAMP exhibition at the PARCO art gallery in Tokyo, Japan, from June 8 to 18.

The exhibition will cover the history of the BLOOD franchise, the world of BLOOD-C, CLAMP’s art for BLOOD-C and the other media adaptations (manga, novels etc).

Also, goods will be on sale at the BLOOD-C x CLAMP shop.

For more information, please check: http://www.parco-art.com/web/museum/exhibition.php?id=490

• CLAMP Summer Fair:

To promote the release of Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito and BLOOC-C The Last Dark on theaters, Animate stores will be holding a CLAMP Summer Fair from June until August where DVDs and Blu-rays from CLAMP’s works will be on sale.

An original postcard drawn by CLAMP will be given to those who purchase an item, a total of 3 postcards will be available:

• Featuring CLAMP:

A comment by CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa has been published in this month’s issue of Ure Pia magazine in the feature What is your last movie?.

This magazine asked from various personalities what is the last movie they would like to watch before they die, Nanase Ohkawa is one of the personalities to which this question was asked.

I’m curious to learn what she answered 😉

The magazine is already on sale.

Happy Birthday Nanase Ohkawa!

Today is the birthday of CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa (my favorite CLAMP member ♥)! She’s turning 44 today.

Here’s wishing all the best to her! ♥

Unfortunately, Nekoi didn’t draw anything for her this year… I wonder what’s keeping her so busy… Hope all is well.

Today is also the release of GATE #3 and RG Veda #3, from CLAMP CLASSIC COLLECTION (check the cover here).

Nanase Ohkawa interview about BLOOD-C movie

The official website of BLOOD-C: The Last Dark movie has updated with the first part of an interview with CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

In the interview, she explains the differences between the “BLOOD” series and mentions the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder.

Nanase Ohkawa is one of the screenwriters for BLOOD-C: The Last Dark along with Junichi Fujisaku. The movie opens on June 6 in Japan.

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Moving on to MOON SAGA now, its official website updated with a video interview with actor Saotome Taichi, who is part of the cast in the play version of the project.

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Lastly, CLAMP members recently made blog posts about being in Kyoto. They did another location hunt there, most likely for GATE 7.

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 !!

So many news!!

– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):

07/04 – Jump SQ #08 – Chapter 5.
08/04 – Jump SQ #09 – Chapter 6.
09/04 – Jump SQ #10 – Chapter 7 – Color page(s).

• Comic:

Here is the cover of Kobato. #6:

I love it! I think it’s my favorite cover! It screams HAPPINESS =D

It will be released on August 26.

• Feature:

To celebrate the series’ conclusion, there is going to be a large feature in the upcoming Newtype issue (out 08/10). Also, information about a new CLAMP series will be announced in the same issue! A campaign will be followed as well (but I don’t know if the campaign will be related to Kobato. or the new series).

So excited about this new series! Could be the revival of an old series as well (it’s alright to hope!). I don’t think it’ll be running in Newtype, though. They will most likely make the announcement to hook all Kobato. readers into this new series. I think it’ll run in a different Kadokawa magazine. Anyway, it was about time for CLAMP to work on another manga apart from GATE 7!

Looking very much forward to thissss!

• Book:

Here is the cover of the XXXHOLiC POST CARD BOOK:

I REALLY liked it! Even though there is little CLAMP illustration on it, I loved the design! I wonder if it was designed by CLAMP…

This postcard book will have illustrations from the covers and title pages of all 19 volumes of XXXHOLiC. It will be released on September 6.

BLOOD-C DVD & Blu-ray:

The official BLOOD-C website has updated with the cover of the limited edition of the 1st DVD/Blu-ray. The jacket features a new illustration drawn by CLAMP!

It will be released on September 28.

The limited first editions of all 6 DVDs/Blu-rays will have jackets illustrated by CLAMP. Check out the release calendar for them at the CLAMP Widget at the top of my livejournal.

BLOOD-C Manga:

Here is a drawing + message by CLAMP that came with the 1st volume of the manga adaptation of BLOOD-C:


Click to enlarge it.

So nice! CLAMP could draw the entire BLOOD-C anime and I wouldn’t mind =)

Thanks syaoranmew for letting me know about this!

BLOOD-C in Newtype:

The upcoming Newtype issue (out 08/10) will be a BLOOD-C special issue.

The magazine will have:

– Cover illustration drawn by CLAMP;
– Special talk between director Tsutomu Mizushima and Nanase Ohkawa about the birth and future of BLOOD-C;
– Inside stories;
– Interview with Nana Mizuki (Saya’s seiyuu);
– After recording reports.

• Featuring CLAMP:

CLAMP drew an illustration and wrote comments for the current Young Magazine that is celebrating the 500th chapter of Fukumoto Nobuyuki’s gambling manga Kaiji:

• CLAMP FESTIVAL 2011 TOKYO:

Idol Nakagawa Shouko (aka Shouko-tan) has been added to the festival’s line up as a special guest.