XXXHOLiC gets musical theatre adaptation

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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!

CLAMP join Young Magazine 40th Anniversary celebrations

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Young Magazine (Kodansha) is celebrating its 40th anniversary and a series of celebratory events are planned.

A special website was launched today.

From August 29th to September 6th, an event will be held at Laforet Harajuku (Tokyo) as part of those celebrations. CLAMP have drawn a XXXHOLiC illustration (right), featuring Watanuki, with a message congratulating the magazine for its 40th anniversary. This illustration will be on display at the event, among other artists. A full version of the illustration can be seen at the special website’s gallery.

In addition, several manga artists that have been part of Young Magazine‘s history, including CLAMP, have collaborated on an over 10-meter long pannel illustration that shall be also on display at the event. This time, instead of Watanuki, CLAMP drew Yuuko for it:

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XXXHOLiC goods are also expected to be on sale at the event.

There is also going to be a special series of one shots, but CLAMP are not listed among the artists that will participate.

Young Magazine is the magazine that hosted the serializations of Chobits and XXXHOLiC.

CLAMP featured in French publisher Pika Édition’s 20th Anniversary Book

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French publisher Pika Édition is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and they are kicking off the festivities with the release of an exclusive object book entitled La Passion du Manga.

A selection of 20 mangakas published by Pika Édition for the past 20 years will be featured in this accordion book, including CLAMP.

CLAMP have contributed to the book with a new illustration featuring Watanuki and the Mokonas. For each author, the book will also include information about the works published by Pika Édition as well as a personal message for its 20th Anniversary.

The book will go on sale on February 12 for the price of 29,50€ and will be limited to 4000 copies.

Source: Pika.fr

XXXHOLiC Rei – Chapter 56 (Updated)

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Japanese RAWs.
English translations.

DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed reading this story, please support CLAMP by purchasing the original or licensed material available in your country.

XXXHOLiC Rei is available for purchase at CD Japan and Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

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XXXHOLiC Rei – Chapter 55 (Updated)

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Japanese RAWs.
English translations.

DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed reading this story, please support CLAMP by purchasing the original or licensed material available in your country.

XXXHOLiC Rei is available for purchase at CD Japan and Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

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CLAMP x SOUND THEATRE XXXHOLiC exclusive goods announced

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The list of exclusive goods to be sold at the CLAMP x SOUND THEATRE XXXHOLiC live stage performance is up at the event’s official website.

As expected, the majority of them are based off the main visual drawn by CLAMP specially for the occasion. The highlights are listed below:

Official Pamphlet (CD included) – 2,500 yens.

32-pages pamphlet with performers’ profiles, comments, talk between Sayaka Ohara (Yuuko) and music director Yusaku Tsuchiya.

Comes with a CD with 3 previously recorded songs used in the live performance.

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PLAYBUTTON – 3,700 yens.

Contains the recording of the first day’s performance (January 27th).

To be sold only on the January 28th performance.

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XXXHOLiC Clearfile set (2 types) – 800 yens.

A set with two clearfiles with different front sides.

The back side has the same design for both.

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XXXHOLiC Acrylic keychains – 2,000 yens.

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XXXHOLiC Blanket – 2,000 yens

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I think it’s nice that they are gonna record the first performance and release it in PLAYBUTTON. Hopefully we’ll be able to listen to it one day. And that blanket looks nice! That booklet package looks beautiful as well, and the keychains, and the clearfile. Oh dear, I want it all!

CLAMP x SOUND THEATRE XXXHOLiC official website renewed

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The official website of CLAMP x SOUND THEATRE XXXHOLiC has been renewed to include story, staff, cast information and more.

The website also informs that tickets for both presentations on January 28 and 29 have completely sold out.

CLAMP also drew a special illustration for the event, which might be used for some of the exclusive goods expected to be sold at the venue. The list of goods hasn’t been announced yet.

CLAMP x SOUND THEATRE XXXHOLiC is a stage performance that mixes drama and live music.

CLAMP member Nanase Ohkawa is in charge of writing the script and the story is centered on a lady who goes to Yuuko’s shop seeking help “to find important things”. The two hints that might lead to find those things are “women” and “favorite songs”.

No word yet whether this will be later released in DVD or Blu-Ray.

XXXHOLiC Rei – Chapter 54 (Updated)

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Japanese RAWs.
English translations.

(Special thanks to Syaoran-sama from clampPROJECT for providing the raws faster than anyone else on Christmas holiday!)

DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed reading this story, please support CLAMP by purchasing the original or licensed material available in your country.

XXXHOLiC Rei is available for purchase at CD Japan and Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

The title page is so beautiful with the mermaid!

32 pages so far for volume 5. Next chapter will be out on February 6.

I don’t have much time to write a proper review right now. I might do it later (or not) once the english translations are out.

I hope you are all having great holidays!

XXXHOLiC Rei – Chapter 53 (Updated)

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Japanese RAWs.
English translations.

DISCLAIMER: If you enjoyed reading this story, please support CLAMP by purchasing the original or licensed material available in your country.

XXXHOLiC Rei is available for purchase at CD Japan and Amazon Japan with worldwide shipping.

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Follow up: XXXHOLiC Rei #4 sales report – Fourth week

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XXXHOLiC Rei #4 fell to the 40th position in Oricon’s weekly comic ranking, with 17,674 copies sold on its fourth week of sales and an estimate of 224,257 copies sold overall.

While the number of copies sold fell less than 50% in comparison to last week, the overall sales up to the 4th week are the lowest for a XXXHOLiC volume, even lower than the overall 3rd week sales for the previous 3 volumes of XXXHOLiC Rei.

These numbers are only for the regular edition. Numbers for the Blu-Ray limited edition are unknown.

Source: Anime News Network.

Here is a chart of the previous XXXHOLiC Rei ranking performances, for comparision’s sake. You can see that the 4th volume had the weakest performance of all.

Volume 1

Week

Oricon Ranking

Sales

Accumulated Sales

1 – 10/21/2013~10/27/2013

6

183.837

183,837

2 – 10/28/2013~11/03/2013

8

85.158

268.995

Volume 2

Week

Oricon Ranking

Sales

Accumulated Sales

1 – 04/21/2014~04/27/2014

3

155,848

155,848

2 – 04/28/2014~05/04/2014

12

73,911

229,759

3 – 05/05/2014~05/11/2014

22

35,090

264,849

Volume 3

Week

Oricon Ranking

Sales

Accumulated Sales

1 – 08/18/2014~08/24/2014

4

154,586

154,586

2 – 08/25/2014~08/31/2014

10

76,331

230,917

3 – 09/01/2014~09/08/2014

21

29,633

260,550

Volume 4

Week

Oricon Ranking

Sales

Accumulated Sales

1 – 10/03/2016~10/09/2016

7

103,919

103,919

2 – 10/10/2016~10/16/2016

5

72,656

176,575

3 – 10/17/2016~10/23/2016

28

30,008

206,583

4 – 10/24/2016~10/30/2016

40

17,674

224,257

These numbers are still good. There are many titles out there selling way less than this, but there is no denial that XXXHOLiC is slowly losing its popularity and the numbers are there to prove it.

It is likely that XXXHOLiC Rei #4 will not show up again next week on Oricon, but if that turns out to be the case, I’ll post here about its performance.