Videos of XXXHOLiC TV Drama press conference

Here are 3 videos from the XXXHOLiC TV Drama press conference that was held a few days ago:

Also, XXXHOLiC Rei starts next week in Young Magazine!!


Follow-up: GATE 7 #4 sales report, XXXHOLiC news

GATE 7 #4 dropped to the 18th position on Oricon's Weekly Charts on its second week of sales, the position that was occupied by Drug & Drop last week:


1st – FAIRY TAIL #36
2nd – Kuroko no Basket #21
3rd – WORST #31
18th – GATE 7 #4

Unfortunately, Drug & Drop didn't show up in the top 30.

According to Oricon, GATE 7 #4 sold additional 33.923 copies on its second week of sales, which means an accumulated of 173.686 copies sold so far.

It is unlikely that GATE 7 #4 will show up on next week's ranking, but I'll make a post if that happens.

On other news, there was a press conference held at the XXXHOLiC theme cafe yesterday to release the TV Drama adaptation to the press. Director Keisuke Toyoshima and main cast Anne (Yuuko) and Sometani Shota (Watanuki) attended the event.


There are several reports from that press conference on the web, here are a few of them:
Cinema Today has a page with XXXHOLiC products on sale, there is a video with comments from the TV Drama director Keisuke Toyoshima.

Interview with actress Anne with new XXXHOLiC Drama footage

Here's an interview with the actress Anne, who will be playing Yuuko in the upcoming TV Drama adaptation of XXXHOLiC.

The video contains some new footage of the series as well:

The XXXHOLiC TV Drama adaptation starts on February 24.

WOWOW channel subscribers will enter a chance to win these 3 exclusive XXXHOLiC goods (mouse pad, clearfile and a postcard) featuring a new illustration drawn by CLAMP.


Drug & Drop #1, GATE 7 #4 sales report (Updated)

It's been 10 days since the joint release of Drug & Drop #1 and GATE 7 #4, the former landed on the 18th position of Weekly Oricon charts while the latter appeared on the 5th spot.


1st – Kuroko no Basket #21
2nd – Toriko #23
3rd – Gintama #48
5th – GATE 7 #4
18th – Drug & Drop #1

Moreover, GATE 7 #4 sold 139.763 copies in its first week of sales, which represents a growth of 6,4% in comparison to the previous volume. This is the highest-selling first week for a GATE 7 volume so far.

Drug & Drop #1 sold 42.474 copies on its first second week of sales, which is around the same amount of copies that Kobato. #6 (final volume) sold in its first week of sales.

GATE 7 seems to be growing steadily on sales, while Drug & Drop started shy, but not a bad start. It is worth mentioning that Oricon lists Drug & Drop #1 as previously appearing on the 15th postion, that's probably taking into account pre-sales and stores that sold it shortly before the original release date.

Update: One correction in Drug & Drop #1 sales, the actual number of accumulated sales is 70.500 copies so far. That is because this is the second week of sales, having sold 28.026 copies in its first week. That's definitely good news!

I'll keep an eye open for next week's ranking, hopefully GATE 7 will make another appearance.

• XXXHOLiC TV Drama:

The official website of the XXXHOLiC TV Drama has launched its Characters and Episodes sections. Check them out.

• XXXHOLiC Artbook:

For those interested in buying the XXXHOLiC Artbook, it is already available for pre-order at CD Japan for US$ 70.30. They ship worldwide.

• Valentine's Day Greetings from CLAMP:

Happy Valentine's, from CLAMP!

Several news

• Code Geass Boukoku no Akito

The release date of the 2nd episode of Code Geass Boukoku no Akito has been postponed for Summer (it was originally expected for this Spring). ANN has more info:

The official website for the Code Geass: Akito the Exiled video series announced on Tuesday that the second volume has been delayed from this spring to this summer. The website also presented a new piece of key visual art. The anime's production committee apologized for the delay and said that the release date and other details will be announced on the home page and Twitter account as soon as they are decided.

The first episode opened in theaters in August. The series is planned for four episodes.

The 1st episode of Code Geass Boukoku no Akito was released in DVD and Blu-ray today in Japan.


The titles of the first 6 episodes of the XXXHOLiC TV Drama were revealed:

Episode 1 – 縁 (Connection)
Episode 2  – 対価 (Compensation)
Episode 3  – 百物語 (100 Stories)
Episode 4  – エンジェルさん (Angel-san)
Episode 5  – 紫陽花 (Hydrangea)
Episode 6  – 女郎蜘蛛 (Jorougumo)

Judging by these titles, we can tell which arcs have been confirmed to appear on the series. Looks like they decided to cut the arcs with creatures in it, which makes sense from a live action adaptation point of view.


For those who were worried about CLAMP's official site shutting down since the beginning of this month, rest assured, the site will be back… eventually!

On summary of the March issue of JUMP SQ (out Feb. 4), CLAMP left a comment saying that the website is currently closed but they are working on its relaunch and ask people to check their twitter account in the meantime.

There you go, our prayers have been heard! haha

So they are working a new version that will be relauched soon. I suspected that, but they shouldn't have left us in the dark like this =P They should have said something when they closed it down (they should add something in the main page right now, in fact).

It would be great to have the relaunch in April, but that's just my assumption.

Already looking forward to this!

11 new XXXHOLiC TV Drama stills

A month away from its premiere, Comic Natalie published 11 new stills from the upcoming live action adaptation of XXXHOLiC. You can check them all here.

According to the article, Naoto Takenaka will play the role of Ayakashi in the form of a doctor (and not Haruka Doumeki as I suggested).

New subscribers of the WOWOW channel will enter a chance to win original goods featuring an illustration drawn by CLAMP such as clearfiles, mousepads and postcards.