CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #11 & #12 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #11 and #12 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on January 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 11, volume 12).

I was right about Kohane (finally!), and so happy to see Neko Musume! I thought her timing was over but yay! I do think this is the first time we see Neko Musume colored by CLAMP.

Really nice covers, both of them.

It’s getting harder and harder to predict the next covers, but I’m gonna go with TRC!Sakura and… TRC!Syaoran? Or Clow…?

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

XXXHOLiC Live Action movie trailer

The first trailer of ホリック xxxHOLiC has been announced:

Moreover, new cast and staff additions have been announced.

The role of Maru is played by DAOKO and the role of Moro by Serena Motola. Keiichiro Shibuya is in charge of the soundtrack. Previously, it was announced that Hokuto Matsumara (from the idol band SixTONES) will be playing Shizuka Doumeki and Tina Tamashiro will be playing Himawari Kunogi.

STAFF

Direction: Mika Ninagawa
Original work: CLAMP
Script: Erika Yoshida
Music: Keiichiro Shibuya

CAST

Yuuko Ichihara: Kou Shibasaki
Kimihiro Watanuki: Kamiki Ryunosuke
Shizuka Doumeki: Hokuto Matsumara
Himawari Kunogi: Tina Tamashiro
Marudashi: DAOKO
Morodashi: Serena Motola

Official website: https://xxxholic-movie.asmik-ace.co.jp
Official Twitter: @xxxHOLiC_movie
Official instagram: @holic_movie.official

Source: XXXHOLiC_Movie twitter.

The trailer is very short (expected for a first trailer), but I like what I see. It’s difficult to judge, but it didn’t leave me a bad impression. Quite the opposite, it made me want to see more. I think the atmosphere is on point.

For the music, I was really hoping to have Shinichi Osawa, whom I think it’s a genius of a producer and has produced for many Japanese artists (including my favorite singer, Namie Amuro) and who has worked with Mika Ninagawa in Diner, one of her previous movies. But we have Keiichiro Shibuya instead, to whom I am not familiar with. Apparently he is known for working with electronic music. I can’t judge enough based on that 30 seconds trailer alone, but I hope I will like his work.

I really enjoyed Maru and Moro’s characterization. It’s a departure from the previous live action characterizations, in which they have always been played by children. Mika Ninagawa’s take of Maru and Moro look extremely fashionable.

The cast is made of very popular names. We have names from the fashion and music industries. This is very characteristic of Ninagawa, who often casts for her movies people that she has photographed before. Some of them are making their debut in an acting role (DAOKO and maybe Hokuto?). Can they deliver a performance as good as someone more experienced?

Still hoping for the best for this movie, even though I am still not sure how CLAMP feel about it, given that they haven’t shown a whole lot of enthusiasm towards it on twitter yet.

BREAKING: XXXHOLiC Live Action movie directed by Mika Ninagawa in the works

It’s been announced today that a live action movie adaptation of XXXHOLiC directed by renowned director Mika Ninagawa is in production.

The movie, entitled ホリック xxxHOLiC, will open in theaters across Japan on April 29, 2022.

Actress Kou Shibasaki was cast to play Yuuko Ichihara, while Kimihiro Watanuki will be played by actor Kamiki Ryunosuke.

Here are the three promotional pictures released so far:

STAFF

Direction: Mika Ninagawa
Original work: CLAMP
Script: Erika Yoshida

CAST

Yuuko Ichihara: Kou Shibasaki
Kimihiro Watanuki: Kamiki Ryunosuke

Official website: https://xxxholic-movie.asmik-ace.co.jp
Official Twitter: @xxxHOLiC_movie
Official instagram: @holic_movie.official

Mika Ninagawa is a famous award winning Japanese photographer and director. She is known for her brightly colored photographs of flowers, goldfish, and the city of Tokyo. She made her debut as movie director in 2007 with Sakuran, followed by Helter Skelter in 2012, both of which were also originally manga series. In 2019, she released two movies based on Japanese novels, Diner and Ningen Shikkaku. In 2020, she directed her first TV series, Netflix’s FOLLOWERS. XXXHOLiC will be her fifth theatrical movie.

Here’s a comment from director Mika Ninagawa:

10 years have passed since the very first meeting that I’ve said “I wanna make a XXXHOLiC movie!”. It is finally finished after getting over a variation of things.

Now that is finished, the fact it will be released now, it sort of feel like “hitsuzen” (inevitable).

We have experiecied a moment in which the world changed. Because of that, is that what’s inside “XXXHOLiC” soaks in more inside us now. “In this world everyone is connected to someone, and shares something. You are the one making the choice, and the future is given in each one of those decissions.”

I think I’ve reached a new expression, guided by the force that the original work has. It’s finished.
Go watch it in the cinemas.

(thank you Claudio-san for the translation!)

With this, XXXHOLiC becomes the first CLAMP work to have a live action movie opening on theaters (the Tokyo Babylon live action was released straight to VHS). XXXHOLiC also maintains its title of CLAMP work with the most variety of media adaptations, having had an animation movie, two TV Anime seasons, four OADs, a live action TV Drama, a live stage reading drama, a musical stage play, several audio dramas (CDs and PLAYBUTTON), a novel, a game and now a live action theatrical movie.

Source: CLAMP-NET.COM, Fashion Press.

I was super excited when I saw this news! I’ve been a huge fan of Mika Ninagawa for years and for years I have been dreaming about her directing a live action of a CLAMP manga. I always thought that XXXHOLiC was a strong candidate but after the TV Drama, my hopes were down a little. I still kept hoping that she would somehow collaborate with CLAMP on something else or something original. Fast forward to 10 years later and here we are!

It’s interesting that Mika said it’s been around 10 years since she had the first meeting about wanting to work with XXXHOLiC. This goes back around the time the TV Drama was released. Coincidence? I think not.

I was of course hoping that Ohkawa-sensei would have written the script, but at least the scriptwriter is a woman. Both director and scriptwriters are women and that is a very good thing.

Still, I am very curious to know about what was CLAMP’s involvement in all this. The movie is finished (it’s probably in post-production stage now) so now it’s not a matter of hoping that CLAMP will be more involved, but rather just how much were CLAMP involved. So far, they haven’t been very vocal about the announcement on social media and I find that a little concerning (it strangely reminds me of their behavior during the Tokyo Babylon 2021 days). I hope they will be more vocal about this in the coming days, after all, they have always admired Ninagawa’s work.

Speaking of Ninagawa, she is one of the biggest names in Japanese pop culture at the moment. She is very mainstream and yet highly artistic and has a massive fanbase who is very supportive of her work. This will definitely attract both existing and new audiences.

I am really happy with this collaboration that I believe is nothing but worthy of CLAMP and XXXHOLiC. I cannot think of a better person to translate the XXXHOLiC atmosphere than Mika Ninagawa. I am not very familiar with the actress, but she is gorgeous and apparently extremely popular as well.

This is looking very promising!

PS: Isn’t now a great timing to resume XXXHOLiC Rei?

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #9 & #10 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #9 and #10 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on December 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 9, volume 10).

At least one of my predictions were right (Haruka)! Seeing Kuda Kitsune in its real form was a surprise, but I should have seen it coming.

I keep thinking Yuuko is looking more like her classic self, which is great.

My predictions for volumes 11 and 12 are Kohane and…. TRC!Sakura? I wonder if we will be seeing some of the Tsubasa cast on the covers at all. But Kohane should definitely be in one of them.

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #7 & #8 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #7 and #8 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on November 5. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 7, volume 8).

This time we got pretty vibrant colors as backgrounds.

My predictions were right! But then again, it wasn’t hard to guess at all…

I think Yuuko is looking more like her classic self on the cover of volume 7. On the cover of volume 8, she is looking a bit younger again ^^” Also, isn’t it the first time we see the Spider Lady colored by CLAMP?

My predictions for volumes 9 and 10 are Haruka and Kohane, although I would love to see Neko Musume in color for the first time (but I don’t know if she is popular/important enough for that).

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

December 2021: volumes 9 & 10
January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #5 & #6 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #5 and #6 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on October 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 5, volume 6).

Both very pretty! I am loving that Yuuko is looking more and more like her usual self.

This time, we got Mokona with Yuuko on the cover of volume 5 and Zashiki Warashi on the cover of volume 6. It seems like the pattern for these covers will be Yuuko with another character (until it becomes Watanuki with another character, later down the story). My bet for volume 7 is Spider Lady and volume 8 Ame Warashi, but it could be the other way around as well.

Here’s the upcoming release schedule for XXXHOLiC:

November 2021: volumes 7 & 8
December 2021: volumes 9 & 10
January 2022: volumes 11 & 12
February 2022: volumes 13 & 14
March 2022: volumes 15 & 16
April 2022: volumes 17 & 18
May 2022: volume 19 & ?

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #3 & #4 covers (Updated)

The covers of XXXHOLiC #3 and #4 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on September 6. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 3, volume 4).

I don’t know if I should say “improvement”, but Yuuko is definitely looking more like herself in these two covers.

Good to know that this is a departure from the traditional Yuuko & Watanuki covers to allow room for other characters.

I love the detail in volume 3 where the smoke seems to come out of Yuuko’s kimono’s belt and turns into Doumeki’s bow.

UPDATE: The belts attached to volumes 3 and 4 reveal that volumes 5 and 6 will be released simultaneously on October 6.

CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION: XXXHOLiC #1 & #2 covers

The covers of XXXHOLiC #1 and #2 for the CLAMP PREMIUM COLLECTION edition have been announced!

They will be released on August 5. They can be ordered via Amazon Japan (volume 1, volume 2).

This CLAMP tweet informs that volumes 3 and 4 will be released on September 6. So for now I guess it is safe to assume that these will be released at a 2-volumes pace every month.

You can see the obi strip in Amazon Japan’s pictures and it mentions something about a XXXHOLiC postcard binder for those who purchase all volumes. The deadline is June 30 2022, therefore I assume by then the XXXHOLiC re-releases will be over. It makes sense if you consider 19 volumes for XXXHOLiC and 4 volumes for XXXHOLiC Rei (23 volumes total, 11.5 months to release them all). I need more information about that postcard binder, though. Does this mean each volume contains a postcard?

Now, about the art, I thought it would be something like that. They had to be generic enough in order to give them all a sense of similarity between them. The digital coloring is also something that makes sense, considering the amount of work but it also contributes to that sense of similarity between all covers. Think about CLAMP No Kiseki and how all covers convey the same atmosphere. It’s the same here.

The style is definitely CLAMP’s current style, as seen mostly by Yuuko. But if this is going to run for the next few years (it all indicates to that), we are gonna watch CLAMP’s style changing through these covers. It’ll be interesting.

I like them, they look minimalist. I am curious to see how their other works will translate into this aesthetic.

XXXHOLiC musical theatre: new main visual, all male cast announced

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

A new main visual and the full cast list for the XXXHOLiC musical theatre adaptation have been announced today.

The newly announced all-male cast is the following:

Doumeki Shizuka: Yuunosuke Matsushima
Himawari Kunogi: Ryoutarou Akazawa
Maru: Juki Suetsugu / Musashi Maeda
Moro: Rento Nishiyama / Masutani Ten
Zashiki Warashi: Keito Sakurai
Karasu Tengu: Yusuke Umezawa / Makoto Endo / Yuya Igarashi
Ame Warashi: Shunya Ohira
Jorougumo (Spider Lady): Shun Mikami

Official pictures from the full cast:

So it really was a conscious decision to have an all-male cast. Even the kids. Regardless of gender, the characterizations look good and the fact that Zashiki Warashi, Ame Warashi and the Spider Lady have been cast gives us an indication of what’s the story is going to be like.

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The complete staff list was also announced and it’s available at the Engeki XXXHOLiC official website. Nanase Ohkawa is the only CLAMP member listed on the list, in charge of the play’s planning.

SCHEDULE

The Tokyo leg of the show will run from September 17-26. The Kyoto leg will run from October 1-3. For details and tickets, please check the official website.

Personally, I thought the play would have a longer run, but hopefully these are only the initial dates.

XXXHOLiC gets musical theatre adaptation

© CLAMP・Shigatsu Tsuitachi CO.,LTD. / 講談社

It’s been announced that XXXHOLiC will be getting a musical theatre adaptation.

The title is Engekichouitan XXXHOLiC (XXXHOLiC Theatrical Style) and it’s scheduled to open in this Fall in Japan.

The planning is by CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa and theatre producer Matsuda Makoto, known as the pioneer of 2.5D musicals.

Direction will be by Fumiya Matsuzaki and the script will be written by Masafumi Hata, the same duo in charge of the two-part Banana Fish stage play in June.

The only two cast members announced so far are Motohiro Ota, who will be playing Yuuko Ichihara, and Shougo Sakamoto, who will be playing Watanuki Kimihiro. One interesting detail is that the actor who will be playing Yuuko is a man.

Engekichouitan XXXHOLiC

Opening

Fall 2021 (Japan)

Planning
Nanase Ohkawa
Matsuda Makoto

Original Work
CLAMP『XXXHOLiC』(Kodansha)

Director
Fumiya Matsuzaki

Script
Masafumi Hata

Cast
Yuuko Ichihara: Motohiro Ota
Watanuki Kimihiro: Shougo Sakamoto
Others

Cooperation
Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association

Organizer
Nelke Planning

Official website: https://engeki-xxxholic.com
Official twitter: https://twitter.com/engeki_xxxHOLiC (@engeki_xxxHOLiC)

Good news! This project seems to be in really good hands. The staff is involved in several good quality stage play adaptations, and it’s really good to know that Nanase Ohkawa is in the planning committee. That first key visual looks absolutely amazing.

I was surprised to learn that the actor playing Yuuko is a man. I am not sure yet how I feel about a man taking a powerful female role, but I can also see this working really well.

XXXHOLiC continues to be the most versatile CLAMP work, having been adapted to multiple media formats: movie, TV anime, OAD, video-game, stage reading drama and now stage play.

This also indicates that CLAMP might be planning to resume XXXHOLiC Rei in the near future. Mutual promotion between the original work and the adaptation always works well.

Last but not least: HAPPY CLAMP DAY, everyone!