Place & Date of Birth: May 2, 1967. Osaka, Japan.
Writing scripts, designing graphic novel covers, planning and sales
Place & Date of Birth:January 21, 1969. Kyoto, Japan
Drawing super deformed characters, assists in character design, applying screentones, correcting manga illustrations
Place & Date of Birth: February 8, 1969. Kyoto, Japan
In charge of the design of the tankōbon, assistant to Mokona and Tsubaki Nekoi, production coordination, line artist, character designer
Place & Date of Birth: June 16, 1968. Kyoto, Japan
In charge of character design, illustrator, colorist, composition designer
CLAMP was began in the 1980s as a dōujinshi circle named Clamp Cluster. When the group entered the year 1987, CLAMP started producing original work and debuted with RG Veda in 1989. As of 1993, four members remain in this formidable team with years with over 100 volumes of manga has been sold worldwide
Legend of Chun Hyang (新·春香伝 Shin Shunkaden)
Legal Drug (合法 ドラッグ Gōhō Drug)
X/1999 (X Ekkusu)
Mangettes: Gate 7
1989 – 1996 RG Veda (聖伝 Sei-den RG Veda)
1990 – 1991 Man of Many Faces (20面相におねがい!! 20 Mensō ni Onegai!!)
1990 – 1993 Tokyo Babylon (東京BABYLON Tōkyō BABYLON)
1992 – 1993 Clamp School Detectives (CLAMP学園探偵団 Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan)
1992 – 1993 Duklyon:Clamp School Defenders (学園特警デュカリオン Gakuen Tokkei Dyukarion)
1992 – 1992 Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales (白姫抄 Shirahime-Shō)
1993 – 1995 Magic Knight Rayearth (魔法騎士レイアース Majikku Naito (Mahō Kishi) Reiāsu)
1993 – 1995 Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (不思議の国の美幸ちゃん Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan)
1995 – 1995 The One I Love (わたしのすきなひと Watashi no Suki na Hito)
1996 – 2000 Cardcaptor Sakura (カードキャプター さくら Kādokyaputā Sakura)
1999 – 2001 Angelic Layer (エンジェリック レイヤー Enjerikku Reiyā)
1999 – 2000 Suki (「すき.だからすき」 “Suki; Dakara Suki”)
2001 – 2002 Chobits (ちょびっツ Chobittsu)
2004 – 2004 Clamp no Kiseki (CLAMPノキセキ Clamp no Kiseki)
2003 – 2009 Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (ツバサ−RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE− Tsubasa Rezaboa Kuronikuru)
2003 – 2011 xxxHolic (×××ホリック Horikku)
Tenshi no Bodyguard (天使のボディガード Tenshi no Bodīgādo)
Shiawase ni Naritai (しあわせ に なりたい Shiawase ni Naritai)
Tenku Senki Shurato Original Memory: Dreamer (天空 戦記 シュラト (オリジナル メモリー)「夢魔 (ドリーマー)」 Tenkū Senki Shurato Orijinaru Memorī: Dorīmā)
Koi wa Tenka no Mawarimono (恋は天下のまわりもの Koi wa Tenka no Mawarimono)
Left Hand (左手 Hidarite)
Sohryuden: Legend of the Dragon Kings (水都の四兄弟 創竜伝·外伝 Suito no Yonkyōdai Sōryūden Gaiden)
Yumegari (夢狩り Yumegari)
Ano Hi o Shiru Mono wa Saiwai Dearu (あの日を知るものは幸いである Ano Hi o Shiru Mono wa Saiwai Dearu)
Murikuri (むりくり Murikuri)
Clamp School Paranormal Investigators (Clamp 学園 怪奇現象 研究会 事件 ファイル Clamp Gakuen Kaiki Genshō Kenkyūkai Jiken Fairu)
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ KōdoGiasu: Hangyaku no Rurūshu)
Mouryou no Hako (魍魎の匣 Mōryō no Hako)
Oshiroi Chouchou (おしろい蝶々 Oshiroi Chōchō)
Rex: A Dinosaur Story (REX 恐竜 物語 Rekkusu: Kyōryū Monogatari)
Sohryuden: Legend of the Dragon Kings (創竜伝 Sōryūden)
Shu no Ketsumyaku (呪の血脈 Shu no Ketsumyaku)
Sweet Valerian (スウィート·ヴァレリアン Suwīto Varerian) Majokan series (魔女館シリーズ Majokan shiriizu)
I chose CLAMP as our Mangaka group of the month particularly because they’ve recently just started serialisaing their new work Gate 7, which was released as a one-shot in december last year. I think it’s also important to mention out how Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles ended 2 years ago, it’s one of CLAMP’s most famous work among the youngsters in our generation and I’m sure the story will be missed. If you’ve been scratching your head and wondering who are the CLAMP team then you must have been living under the manga rock of shame. If Code Geass rings a bell then this group of ladies are the ones who receive credit for the character designs. They are defined by their beautiful artwork and the parallel universe they make between their the rest of the work in their portfolio. I can’t tell you how happy I was when I discovered that Syaoran and Sakura were once again going to live again in Tsubasa after Card-Captor Sakura ended.
I really liked arawr’s addition of sharing a couple of interview questions in last month’s post so I’ll drag the idea along with me in this post. I selected a two Q&As that I liked from this 2006(yes I know it’s late but its the only one I can find at the moment!) interview with Ageha Ohkawa and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa with Anime News Network:
CLAMP is composed with four members. How do you divide up the workload and how do you communicate with each other?
Ohkawa: Basically, CLAMP works like a small animation studio: I write all scripts; other three draw drafts and originals. They take turns for different jobs each time.
The stories of your creations are very diversified. Where did you get those ideas? Furthermore, why do you shy away from media?
Ohkawa: When I find something very interesting the inspiration keeps flowing out naturally like hot spring water.
There are two reasons for shying away from media: 1) as a group of four, we were not sure how to present ourselves in front of media. 2) Hiding from media creates a “legendary” aura around the circle. There are many “urban legends”, like there are 20+ members in CLAMP, or there are eight “clones” of Nanase Ohkawa. Being afraid of too many baseless rumors and willing to interact with fans, we started to appear in front of media.
… Will X be finished? …
Ohkawa: Speaking of X… I’ve been asked oh-so-many times (laugh). However, there are many social problems happening right now, in Japan and around the globe. Many people have died because of major earthquakes, plus there were several horrible murders committed by juveniles in Japan (note: Sakakibara Seito) – both are related to the story of X. Those reasons made it difficult to continue serializing in a shoujo manga magazine. Basically, we want to finish the work, but serializing it is difficult, so we are still looking for a suitable magazine to serialize it till the end.
Well, that’s all for me! Ter-rah!