Mangaka of the Month ~ CLAMP

CLAMP

Current members:

Nanase Ohkawa

Place & Date of Birth: May 2, 1967. Osaka, Japan.

Writing scripts, designing graphic novel covers, planning and sales

Tsubaki Nekoi

Place & Date of Birth:January 21, 1969. Kyoto, Japan

Drawing super deformed characters, assists in character design, applying screentones, correcting manga illustrations

Satsuki Igarashi

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

Mokona

Place & Date of Birth: June 16, 1968. Kyoto, Japan

In charge of character design, illustrator, colorist, composition designer

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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

Former Members:

O-Kyon
Sei Nanao
Tamayo Akiyama
Leeza Sei
Sōshi Hishika
Kazue Nakamori
Shinya Ōmi

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Unfinished/Current Works

Clover

Kobato (こばと.)

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

Completed Works

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)

1996 – 1998 Wish

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)

Short Works

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)

Washizu

Collaborations

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)

Koi (恋 Koi)

Mouryou no Hako (魍魎の匣 Mōryō no Hako)

Night Head

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)

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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.

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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!

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23 responses to “Mangaka of the Month ~ CLAMP

  1. CLAMP is usually a hit or miss with me ^^; But everyone’s got their own tastes :3
    If I do read CLAMP, I prefer their cuter stuff liker Kobato, CCS, and Wish :3

    • same here! my faves are prolly angelic layer and ccs =D the more mainstream stuff like tsubasa and xxxholic are all nice and all but the story tends to get little too complicated or my head somwhere in the middle @_@

      and if it counts, CODE GEASS is like. one of my all time favourites
      (and just a random note – if u click on the code geass pic of lelouch and suzaku to its actual size it’s prolly the most huchamungous, gargantuan, ginourmous pic ur pc screen ever had to accomodate)

      • I liked Angelic Layer the anime 😀 ❤

        Spoiler

        I liked how the anime gives a more believable reason for Misaki's mom not wanting Misaki to see her. I can see myself recovering from that.
        I only flipped through the manga but is it true the manga really had Misaki's mom avoiding Misaki because she's urber shy? D: If so, I'd be one PO'd drunken penguin. Like, MOM!? YOU MISSED ME GROWING UP BECAUSE YOU'RE SHY??? I CAME OUT OF YOUR VA-JJ. THERE'S NOTHING MUCH TO BE SHY ABOUT! D: MOODY ANGST! (╬ ಠ益ಠ)
        But maybe that's just me ^^;
        Plus I liked the idea of Misaki x Ohjiro (and the two childhood friends getting together) x3 *girly moment*

        Random: I clicked on that picture and oh shiz that thing is huge! I could see their nose hairs xD

      • I never actually watched the anime before – I only read the manga, and lol ya i completely agree that th reason behind her mom not wanting to see her was stupid and all… truth is though I kinda forgot it ended like that until you told me since it’s been aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages since i’ve picked it up =P and so basically most of what I remember are the cool fighting in the arena lol

        and i have absolutely no idea how u made it but ur emotican is like. pure genius. ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ╬ ಠ益ಠ nyaaaaaaaahahahahahahahaha XDXDXD

  2. CLAMP, I’ll become your BIG fan if you finished X.
    But you didn’t, so I’ll just become your regular fan :p

    Didn’t they already finished xxxHolic? It ended in chapter 213 right?

    • OOOPPSSS!! MY BAD!!
      chungky and i basically delegated the jobs so i was the one in charge of getting the list of their works (i’m also responsible for spamming the post with pics. sorry they were all just too prettttyyy i had to shareeeeeee XDXD )
      i honestly didn’t realise that xxxholic ended!! when i read chp 213 i’m like, ok, here’s some progress and no i know that that progress was the end =_=
      sorry for the mistake!! thanks for the heads up! XDXD

    • I havent looked into clamp’s much older works…are they mindblowing?? :O

      • Me only know X from Clamp older works, but X was good! Not your typical shoujo manga! xD
        I think it’s better than Tsubasa RC or xxxHolic ^^

    • oh, also as an extra thank you i’ve updated the post with a question about the status of X from the intrview with Nanase Ohkawa. Hope that would suffice for the moment! =D

      • Wow, thank you!
        So, they DO want to finish it huh.
        Well, I just hope the can find a suitable magazine as soon as possible.

        Oh wait, that interview was from 2006 right?
        and they still haven’t found suitable magazine??

      • yep, its from an ’06 interview =)

        i don’t really know much abt X (nvr read it truthfully) and that part of the interview i kind of just stumbled upon when i read the article chungky linked (lol i didn’t go off researching it sry!) =P =P

        although i suppose it could be that they’re too busy (they had TRC and xxxholic before this, now they’ve got kobato and gate 7)
        i’m not sure how true this is but i heard the header pic we used for this post contains the characters/stories that CLAMP plans on working on in 2011. Not sure how true this is seeing as there’s CCS, TRC and all, but if i’m not wrong i think one of the characters are from X? (pls pls don’t quote me on this i’ve nvr read it so i don’t know who that guy is but he looks X-ish and if he isn’t i just looked like an idiot. again. lol)

  3. @ sylphachemist
    i’ve never read kobato or wish but kobato looks real cute. would you strongly recommend it? xD

    • It’s really cute x3
      I’m not sure if I’m the right person to ask – I’ve only got vol #1. I’m waiting for a Yen Press sale with rightstuf so I can get vol #2 and #3 :3
      But everyone seems to have positive words about it (except for the fans that want blood and guts xD)

      • hahaha okay. actually i dnt even know slightly wats it about xD. in terms of clamp’s work i havent even come to terms with tsubasa and i’ve thrown into my reads on hiatus list Lol! i got vol 1-23, drained my piggy bank.

        i can tolerate gore and blood but i’m not a big fan of it xD
        the only gory manga/anime that i really like is HELLSING!

    • okay this is a bit of a SPOILERRRR but..

      if u read kobato u could find out a little about wish since the story concept is kinda integrated together. saying this, i’ve nvr actually read wish but i am following kobato =D

  4. @baka_girl
    just read the sypnosis. pretty complicated stuff xD. it’ll add up into my ongoing CLAMP reads list Lol! too many works! i’ve been collecting the tankoubon of tsubasa, currently hav vol 1-23. i’ll probably need to finish tsubasa before i venture into something else! thank you for the recommends though :)))!

  5. @arawr:
    Ehhh? really? *take a good look at the header*
    You’re right, it’s definitely Kamui (the only one in gakuran), X main character.
    Now I just hope that they REALLY plan to works on X in 2011 ^^

  6. meltedpoo

    I’m not a big fan of CLAMP. I tried reading their mangas but it seemed as if all their characters and the world where the Manga is set in are all connected and I have absolutely no idea where to start!

    • LOL. that was the position i was in when i wanted to read xxxholic & tsubasa. i think the best place to start is to watch/read card-captor sakura xDDD though its aimed at the younger underlings. it doesnt directly connect to tsubasa and xxxholic but it introduces you to the basis sakura & syaoran’s relationship(if you know who they are Lol).
      i’d recommend CCS-Tsubasa-xxxholic to discover the clamp world.
      their other work are more independant so u can read those by themselves :)))

    • what chungky says is right =) technically speaking you can read any work by itself – you won’t have to read the other work to understand it. eg you don’t hv to read XXXHolic to understand tsubasa.
      CLAMP likes to give cameo appearances of their other characters from different works at times but that won’t always mean that the two stories are interlinked (you see a lot of the cameo appearances in kobato and tsubasa)
      card captor would be the best place to start mostly coz it’s arguably they’re most infamous work… and the concept is pretty simple there coz it’s a kids manga =D
      hahahah it’s ok if you still end up not being a huge fan. i like their works, but i still wouldn’t say that i’m completely in love either =3

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