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

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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.

STAFF

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

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

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

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

XXXHOLiC Acrylic keychains – 2,000 yens.

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

XXXHOLiC Blanket – 2,000 yens

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

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!