Kodansha Comics and Right Stuf Inc. Team-up For CLAMP Oracle Card Set Holiday Gift-With-Purchase

Just in time for the holiday season, Kodansha Comics and Right Stuf Inc. are teaming up for a very special promotion honoring works by CLAMP – the legendary creators behind Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and more – by offering an exclusive and limited-edition gift with purchase, the CLAMP Oracle Card set. Starting November 29, 2020, fans who want to get their hands on a CLAMP Oracle Card set, only need to visit rightstufanime.com and order at least one CLAMP bundle or title from the list below to receive this deck FREE with purchase. These card sets will be available while supplies last, so be sure to get yours on the day of release.

The CLAMP Oracle Card set features 15 beautifully realized cards, packaged in a witchy black cloth bag, and uses divinatory meaning combined with artwork from classic CLAMP manga series, like Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, xxxHOLiC & more, to help you reach answers to questions of love, career, friendship and beyond.

Starting November 29, 2020, purchase any of the qualifying items below from rightstufanime.com, to receive your Free! CLAMP Oracle Card set:

  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (1-4) Manga Bundle
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (5-7) Bundle
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition Hardcover Volumes 1-5
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition Hardcover (1-3) Bundle
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition Hardcover (4-5) Bundle
  • Chobits 20th Anniversary Edition Hardcover (1-2) Bundle
  • Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga Omnibus (1-3) Bundle
  • Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga Omnibus (4-6) Bundle
  • Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga Omnibus (7-10) Bundle
  • Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE manga (1-3) Bundle
  • xxxHOLiC manga Omnibus (1-3) Bundle
  • xxxHOLiC manga Omnibus (4-7) Bundle
  • xxxHOLiC: Rei manga (1-4) Bundle
  • CLOVER (Hardcover Collector’s Edition)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Box Set 1

Please note: Bundles listed will not be available until the start of the promotion.

For more information on this and other Kodansha USA Publishing titles please visit: https://kodanshacomics.com/.

Manga Spotlight: xxxHoLic

xxxHoLic is a 19 volume manga series written by CLAMP. The series was originally published in North America by Del Rey Manga, and is now being reissued by Kodansha USA.

xxxHoLic
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga (original release), Kodansha USA (reissues)
Release Dates: April 27, 2004-February 21, 2012

A young man named Kimihiro Watanuki, who has the ability to see spirits, unexpectedly finds himself going into a shop where Yuko Ichihara, the proprietress, grants wishes to people for a fee. Yuko has a gothic look about her, but her clothes also make her come across as a bit of a seductress. She ends up talking Kimihiro into wishing to lose the ability to see spirits. For his fee, Yuko makes him do tasks like cleaning, cooking and lifting; she will only grant the wish once Kimihiro does enough work to “pay” for his wish.

As Kimihiro spends more time at the shop, he starts becoming involved with the clients who ask for the store’s help. The first is a woman who is a compulsive liar. She comes to the shop because she can no longer use her little finger. As Yuko tells the woman about herself, Kimihiro can see a weird black miasma surrounding the customer. Yuko gives the woman a ring to wear on her little finger. A little later, Kimihiro sees what the end result is for this woman. As the series progresses, Kimihiro interacts with more customers who have wishes they wanted granted.

Kimihiro has a crush on Himawari Kunogi, a very cheerful and friendly girl who is also one of his classmates. Her, along with schoolmate Shizuka Domeki, find themselves getting drawn into Kimihiro’s world. But Kimihiro starts out not liking Shizuka much. Even though Shizuka has grown up in a shrine, he does not have the ability see spirits or ghosts; however, he can sense them and has a natural ability to exorcise them. Even though Kimihiro doesn’t like Shizuka, Yuko constantly has the two of them team up together when they’re doing jobs for her.

It should also be mentioned that some of the events of xxxHoLic cross over with the Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga. But now that I’ve read both series, it really feels like on the xxxHoLic side of things, that most of the instances of crossing over could be cut and not impact the story too terribly much. There’s one or two exceptions to this, but for the most part, the Tsubasa crossover bits almost seemed to distract from the story of xxxHoLic. However, I didn’t feel the same way when I saw the xxxHoLic crossovers in Tsubasa. I can’t explain why that is, though.

Overall, xxxHoLic is pretty solid, except for the last three or four volumes. By that point, there’s time skipping going on. I understand why the time skipping is going on, but to me, it felt like the strength of the story started diminishing when the time skips began. And I have to admit that I’m not entirely sure if I liked the ending of the series or not. While it makes sense from what CLAMP established, I admit to feeling a little gypped.

But I have to give CLAMP credit when it comes to the art in xxxHoLic. It starts out looking fantastic, and for the most part, they were able to maintain that quality throughout all 19 volumes. I didn’t see a drastic drop in quality as the series progressed.

If you’re a fan of CLAMP’s work and haven’t read xxxHoLic yet, I would recommend it. However, be forewarned that you may potentially feel a little let down or disappointed by how the series ends.

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Manga Spotlight: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is a 28 volume manga written by CLAMP. The series was originally published in North America by Del Rey Manga, and is now being reissued by Kodansha USA.

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE
Written by: CLAMP
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Del Rey Manga (original release), Kodansha USA (reissues)
Release Dates: April 27, 2004-November 23, 2010

The main characters of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE are Sakura and Syaoran, but it is implied from the beginning of the series that they aren’t the same characters from the Cardcaptor Sakura series. In this series, it’s established that Sakura is the princess of the kingdom of Clow, and Syaoran is the son of an archeaologist. Syaoran and Sakura have grown up together; they have feelings for each other, but neither one has confessed their feelings to the other. It doesn’t help that Sakura’s older brother, King Toya, doesn’t like Syoaran.

One day, Sakura visits Syaoran at an archaeological site that he’s working at, and she touches a relief on the floor. She suddenly rises into the air and sprouts wings. The feathers from the wings suddenly spread, and Sakura falls to the ground; she is in a catatonic state. Yukito, the high priest, says that Sakura’s memories have all vanished, and that Syaoran will need the help from the space-time witch. Yukito uses his power to send Syaoran and Sakura to the witch, who turns out to be Yuko Ichihara from xxxHoLic.

They are joined by two others who are transported to see Yuko: Kurogane and Fai D. Flowright. She sends the three of them out a mission to explore various dimensions to look for the feathers that contain Sakura’s memories; she sends a creature named Mokona to assist them on their quest. But there is a price: Syaoran must give up what he values most. Since that is his relationship with Sakura, Yuko tells him that when Sakura’s memories are restored, her memories of him will never be found and restored. Syaoran makes this sacrifice in order to save Sakura’s life. When all is said and done, the series focuses very heavily on the fragility of human relationships.

But, it turns out that the story isn’t as straightforward as it appears on the surface. It starts making strange twists and turns when it’s revealed that the Syaoran that has been traveling with the group isn’t who everybody thinks he is. The plot ultimately evolves into a story with elements containing parallel dimensions, and a series of events that’s fated to repeat itself over and over. And it turns out that Watanuki, a main character from xxxHoLic, plays an important role in this story. Which, I guess, isn’t surprising, since the events of xxxHoLic are supposed to be taking place at the same time as Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE.

I have to admit that I was ultimately a little disappointed in how Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE ends. While there is an ending of sorts, it’s still left rather open-ended. As someone who followed this story over the course of 28 volumes, I didn’t get the payoff I was hoping for at the end of the series. Well, at least I still have xxxHoLic to read, and hopefully that series will help to fill in some of the blanks that are present in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE.

The series contains several character crossovers from other CLAMP series; however, in most cases, they may have the same name and look like a character from another series, but their personality or circumstances may be very different. These crossover characters include, but are not limited to: Sakura, Syaoran, Toya, Yukito, and Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura; Fai D. Florite from RG Veda; Chi from Chobits; Yuko and Watanuki from xxxHoLic; Sorata and Arashi from X; and Mokona from Magic Knight Rayearth.

Since I’ve read at least one volume of several of the manga series represented in the crossovers, I had a hard time reconciling the fact that they were all appearing in this manga right at first. The easiest to accept were Yuko and Watanuki, since part of this volume also appears in the first volume of xxxHoLic, which I had read before starting this series. Until I became more familiar with this story, I had a hard time accepting that the characters from Cardcaptor Sakura were not the characters that I was already familiar with from the story. Thankfully, the story in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE was so compelling early on, that I was able to get past the issue I was having with the crossover characters and accept the fact that they were there.

The art style in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is similar to the art style in xxxHoLic; from what I’ve read, this was very intentional, since the two series were intended to be intertwined. This was definitely a good artistic decision on CLAMP’s part, because the characters from xxxHoLic don’t look out of place when they interact from the characters from Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE.

I’m ultimately glad that I read and completed this series, even if the idea of plot twist after plot twist after plot twist later on in the series kind of frustrated me a little bit. I ultimately enjoyed the early part of the series, when the focus was on finding Sakura’s feathers and journeying to different places in order to find them. When the plot twists first started coming, they seemed to be connected with some character development. But right near the end, the plot twists seemed to come at the price of trying to rush through the rest of the story.

For me, Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE was a manga series that started out with a lot of promise, but didn’t seem to entirely deliver on that promise by its conclusion. Like I said earlier, I need to read through all of the xxxHoLic manga series; perhaps reading that series in its entirety might helper improve my appreciation for Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE.

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CLAMP’s HiGH&LOW g-sword Manga to End on August 9, 2017

This year’s combined 36th and 37th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine is publishing the final chapter of CLAMP’s HiGH&LOW g-sword manga on August 9, 2017. Kodansha will ship the manga’s compiled book volume on October 17, 2017.

CLAMP launched the manga in the magazine’s 16th issue on March 29, 2017.

Source: ANN

CLAMP Puts xxxHOLiC: Rei Manga on One-Month Hiatus

This year’s 36th issue of Kodansha’s Young Magazine is announcing that CLAMP is putting their xxxHOLiC: Rei manga on hiatus until the 41st issue, which will ship on September 7, 2015.

The series went on hiatus in July 2014 and returned in the magazine’s combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27, 2015. It went on another one-month hiatus in June 2015.

The series launched in the magazine in March 2013 after an initial delay.

xxxHOLiC: Rei is the latest manga in CLAMP’s dark fantasy series xxxHOLiC. CLAMP serialized the original xxxHOLiC manga in Weekly Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, although it was renamed xxxHOLiC: Rō in 2009.

Source: ANN

xxxHOLiC: Rei Is Going on a One Month Hiatus

This year’s 26th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine is announcing that CLAMP’s xxxHOLiC: Rei manga will go on a one-month break, and it will return in the 31st issue, which ships in Japan on June 29, 2015.

The series went on hiatus in July 2014 and returned in the magazine’s combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27, 2015.

After a magazine release delay, the series launched in the magazine in March 2013. Kodansha released the second compiled book volume with the xxxHOLiC: Rō and xxxHOLiC: Rō Adayume original anime videos in April 2014, and the third volume shipped in Japan in August 2014. Kodansha Comics released the second volume in North America in November 2014, and the third volume shipped on April 28, 2015.

Source: ANN

xxxHOLiC: Rei Manga Is Returning From a 9-Month Hiatus

This year’s 21st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine is announcing that CLAMP’s xxxHOLiC: Rei manga will resume in the combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27, 2015. The chapter will include a center color image. The series went on hiatus in July 2014.

After a magazine release delay, the series launched in the magazine in March 2013. Kodansha released the second compiled book volume with the xxxHOLiC: Ro and xxxHOLiC: Ro Adayume original anime videos in April 2014, and the third volume shipped in Japan in August 2014. Kodansha Comics released the second volume in North America in November 2014, and the third volume will ship on April 28, 2015.

xxxHOLiC: Rei is the latest manga in CLAMP’s dark fantasy series xxxHOLiC. CLAMP serialized the original xxxHOLiC manga in Weekly Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, although it was renamed xxxHOLiC: Ro in 2009.

Source: ANN

Tsubasa: World Chronicle Is Getting a Special Chapter in Shonen Magazine

This year’s 11th issue of Kodansha’s Shonen Magazine is announcing that CLAMP is drawing a special chapter of Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE for the next issue, which will be released in Japan on February 17, 2015.

CLAMP began the Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga in Shonen Magazine in 2003 and ended the series in 2009. The team launched Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE in Kodansha’s Magazine Special in August 2014. Del Rey once published all 28 compiled English volumes of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE in North America, and Kodansha USA has acquired the license for Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE.

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE inspired two television anime series, a feature film, and two original video animation projects. FUNimation Entertainment has the North American license for all of the anime.

Source: ANN