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Happy New Year from CLAMP

CLAMP tweets their greetings...




CLAMP also used their instagram account to spread the Happy New Year message, but LJ doesn't like the embedded image. Click below to see their post.





ETA:
A tweet from the CCS twitter account. And the CCS Newspaper Volume 2 is up at the website.

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2016 CLAMP Year in Review

Highlights from 2016, the year of Cardcaptor Sakura products (again). Which 2016 releases were your favorite?



Manga stats:
xxxHOLiC Rei reaches chapter 54.
Tsubasa World Chronicle: Nirai-Kanai Arc finishes up.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc debuts and reaches chapter 8.

Anime stats:
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled finishes its release on blu-ray.



Other:
Many, many Cardcaptor Sakura-related products were released or available for preorder plus a few Rayearth and xxxHOLiC goods.

Coming up in 2017:
Cardcaptor Sakura's movie back in theaters.
Code Geass re-released in a compilation film trilogy.
Non-Sakura figures like Syaoran, Yue, MKR's Umi and Fuu.
CLAMP's involvement with the Kabukibu anime.

Coming up later in 2018:
Cardcaptor Sakura's new season of anime.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Resurrection anime project.

Please follow @clampnews for the most up-to-date CLAMP news tweets. Follow @code_geass_me for Code Geass news.

Nakayoshi February 2017 issue


Nakayoshi February 2017 issue (release date: december 29th) in which is published the 8th chapter of the new Clear Cards arc of CCS, included as an appendix something that many of you must know about since it's been very popular lately: colouring for adults. Well, not sure about the 'adults' part since this is a manga drawing gifted in a teenager magazine hahaha~
They also included 7 pens.

The illustration is actually the full version of the cover of the January 2017 issue of Nakayoshi:





It's really nice to see the full version of the artwork, even in black and white, since the Nakayoshi's covers are always full of texts and pics, so appreciating CLAMP's artworks underneath it all is complicated to say the least ^^;

Young Ace cover

On the February 2017 issue of Young Ace (release date: december 31st), the magazine in which Drug And Drop is published (allow me to laugh here...), we got a cover in which all the mangakas participated (for the 100th anniversary of the magazine), CLAMP included: so you can see a new little illustration of D&D on the very top (Kazahaya alone).
It also seems like there is a QUO card, but it's unclear to me whether it is a gift included in the magazine, or if it something you must apply for.

source: twitter

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[Goods] xxxHOLiC and CCS

xxxHOLiC fans from Kyoto Shiki...looks like they are sold out already.


CCS hairpins and bracelets from Aerl....


..and Sakura book for preorder.

Tsubasa SToRy CHRoNiCLE cover



Well, this is unexpected: I honestly didn't think we would get Fye and Kurogane ^_^
Ultimately, the covers of caracter and story chronicle complement each other: it would be nice to have the full group illustration inside, as a mini poster!

I remind you that Tsubasa SToRy CHRoNiCLE will be released on December 31st in Japan~

[REVieW] Tsubasa ILLuSTRaTION CHRoNiCLE


Tsubasa Illustration Chronicle was released a few days ago in Japan, on December 2d.
It was presented as a 'mini artbook', with exact the same dimensions as the manga volumes and 68 pages.
It doesn't have a dust cover and the only new artwork is the cover of the book.

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Well, my opinion is simple and clear: I do not consider this as an artbook per se, but more like as a complement to the manga volumes > as you know,the tankubons do not have any color pages inside, so I think of this book as an extra volume with all the illustrations we would have liked to see inside the manga.
And as such, it's pretty nice to own, I'm really happy to own it :)

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The TWC illustrations inside are:
-3 covers of the manga volumes
-2 covers of the bluray included in the special edition of vol 1 & 2
-1 cover of the case of the PlayButton included in the special edition of vol 3
-4 covers of the Shounen Magazine Special issues in which TWC was published
-1 illustration of a clearfile given as a gift with an issue of shounen magazine special
-12 color splashes for the chapters themselves.
For a total of 23 illustrations of the Tsubasa World Chronicle series, as announced.

Now, what is to say about the illustrations from TRC?
Pretty much nothing, to be honest... They chose random artworks from the TRC series: some are covers from the Deluxe edition, some are covers from the regular edition, some are color pages from the chapters etc... all in all, those are all known pictures that were already all compiled in the 2 artbooks released years ago.

What actually pleased me, surprisingly, were the black and white chibis we got in the very last pages: chibis of the characters as waiters, original drawings of chibis used to make keychains/photo frame which were sold last year, and the little chibis that are actually the cover of a tumbler that could be won if you participated to a game included in one of the shounen magazine special.