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The Thing About Blood-C

I have to admit. When I saw the Summer Anime Line-up I just thought it was ok. Most of it didn’t really catch my interest, and ironically it those that I wasn’t so pumped up about that ended up being the ones I loved the most; Mawaru Penguindrum, Kamisama Dolls and – oddly enough – The iDOLM@STER. On the other hand, one of the more anticipated ones turned out to be a huge letdown – namely, Blood-C.

There are a few spoilers in this post, but nothing much contributes to the story since nothing much happens so you probably won’t have to worry.

I was really excited. Blood + was among the first non-childish anime I watched, and it made a pretty big impact on me. There’s also the whole CLAMP production that got my attention – I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of theirs, but I do like their works. That was the driving force behind me grinding my teeth and watching the first few episodes of Blood-C until I finally gave up.

                                Nothing

                                                                                             Happens

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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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One-Shot for the Weekend – Gate 7

Title: Gate 7

Author: CLAMP

Artist: CLAMP

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

Takamoto Chikahito had always wanted to travel to Kyoto. On the day of his first long-awaited visit however, he somehow ends up stumbling into a hidden realm. There, he comes across a girl and her two companions who battle the creatures that reside within.

Published as a one-shot in Jump SQ December 2010, and is currently serialised

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I’ll pay tribute to CLAMP since Chungky chose Syaoran and Sakura as our Valentine’s Day mascots. That, and CLAMP should be given tribute anyway since they’re CLAMP. In any case it’s good to keep up with times, and so now this week’s one-shot is their latest work that started its serialisation this month – Gate 7!

I wouldn’t say I’m in love with it yet. There’s just too much in it that reminds me of a mesh up between XXXHolic and Tsubasa. It can’t really be called unoriginal (since they are the creators for those manga) but it’s just very – well, CLAMP-ish. The characters, the setting – even the plot. What I see lacking so far is the unique streak that differs one CLAMP work from the other. Then again, Gate 7 just started so I’ll give it time.

Gate 7 is a simple read – it’s not the type of manga where there’s all these made-up concepts you have to grasp right from the start. It’s been planned out for a serialisation from the start though, so it doesn’t have the usual conclusiveness that one-shots carry.

Also, if you’ve been missing the fancy magic art from Tsubasa and are a fan of  XXXHolic’s character designs, here’s a chance to just sit back and feast your eyes. As always, CLAMP never dissapoints with the magic they work with their pens and ink.

If you love the story and art that CLAMP always brings to the table, you definitely can’t miss out with Gate 7 this weekend!

Rating: 3.2/5.0

-arawr >=3


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