Minosuke Bando: Naruto will be made into a Kabuki stage for the first time in 2018!

 

It is announced that a new Kabuki stage based on a famous anime series Naruto will be performed in Tokyo at Shinbashi Enbujyo next year 2018 August. The title of the stage is Naruto-ナルト.

Naruto (ナルト) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is in two parts, the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens(read more)
One of the most popular Mangas “Naruto” written by Masashi Kishimoto (岸本斉史) has been made into various works: live-action, Anime, Movie, Musical. This time is the first Kabuki stage originated from Naruto. Story and direction are accounted by G2, who is a Japanese director. The main character Naruto is performed by Minosuke Bando(坂東巳之助) and his rival Sasuke, by Hayato Nakamura(中村隼人). The story is not detailed by now.
kabuki and naruto
Remarks of Bando
I’m very looking forward to the Kabuki work “Naruto” next August.
Last time I luckily performed a roll on the show “One Piece“. Then this time, Naruto. I have been fascinated by these Manga and Characters of them. therefore I’m  sincerely happy that I can play the characters. I feel like tell me who bought Jump or comics in my childhood.(Jump is a famous manga magazine in Japan and Naruto was published on it before comics). though I buy Jump even now (laughing). I will do my best in order to realize a show that expresses the passion is brought about by the excellence of Naruto and Kabuki. Please come to see it!
Minosuke Bando, Link to his Homepage
Remarks of Nakamura
Sasuke I will perform has an opposite character against Naruto.
For Example, Naruto is passionate and Sasuke is calm. I performed on the same Stage of “One Piece” with Bando. At that stage, I played Zoro and Bando, Sanji. These two characters stand on the other sides. So, I hope to make an advance of this experience. the attractiveness of the manga Naruto is that there are heroes who are easily imagined by each people at any age in stories. I am also a fan of Naruto, so I will definitely get into the Hero Sasuke and make as many as audiences entertain the Kabuki stage. I will heat the summer more and more by the Stage!
(this article is cited from here)

 

 

 

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theater and now new stages are made based on works in many genres such as mangas, TV-shows, movies.Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a traditional Japanese form of theater with roots tracing back to the Edo Period. It is recognized as one of Japan’s three major classical theaters along with noh and bunraku, and has been named as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Kabuki is an art form rich in showmanship. It involves elaborately designed costumes, eye-catching make-up, outlandish wigs, and arguably most importantly, the exaggerated actions performed by the actors. The highly-stylized movements serve to convey meaning to the audience; this is especially important since an old-fashioned form of Japanese is typically used, which is difficult even for Japanese people to fully understand(read more)

One Piece Kabuki stage:

Shinkai’s Remarks: The Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto is started in Tokyo from 11th November.

 

Makoto Shinkai(新海誠)and a cast Mr. Ryunosuke Kamiki(神木隆之介)entered the press conference for the exhibition of Makoto Shinkai “from the stars(星野から)” at the Tokyo New Art Museum on November 10 today.

Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto at the New National Museum Jump to the special cite

This exhibition to be held from November 11th to December 18th. There are showed
over 1000 pieces of his drawings, storyboards and concept paintings from the work
Voices of a Distant Star” (2002) to the latest work “Your Name” which records more than the 2.5
million yen box‐office profits. These pieces explain his world and history of Shinkai.
And Kamiki served as a narrator of voice guidance there.

Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kamiki who already visited the exhibition confessed that “I was surprised to see paintings as soon as I entered. I understood at a glance that Mr. Shinkai draws his beautiful paintings with drawing every tiny line. Mr. Shinkai replied that “I am glad to hear that. I hope that audiences will conceive our spirits and carefully works when they watch my paintings I made them with my staffs. I rarely have a chance to tell our efforts and history to crate works”.

Shinko told about the exhibition, “It is often said that own works are like children of the authors. Although I do not think so. I do not care about the future of my works or what kind of reputation they would get. Of course, I wish they would evaluate well, but I would like to appreciate my paintings objectively as they are already not under my hands.” “However, I think it has a meaning to show materials of my works , after I visited this exhibition. Though I felt that I would be in my workplace with displays.”

And Kamiki said “there is a room with total white walls in four sides and his paintings are exhibited there. They are properly set so as to be suitable for each character and history of paintings. This exhibition makes us feel to stay there as long as you want. We can think again of movies with watching each painting, so this is a best place for funs of Shinkai. They cannot wait for visiting here. This exhibition tells us Shinkai’s history and the future of his.(this article is cited from here.)

Makoto Shinkai

Who is Shinkai?  Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.
Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome.
His best knows films are The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), The Garden of Words (2013), and Your Name (2016).
His favorite anime is Castle in the Sky (1986) by Hayao Miyazaki.

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Pick up: Shinkai’s third work ”5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second is Makoto Shinkai’s third film, and was released in 2007. Themes of distance and separation are explored in its narrative, although unlike his previous films, the events of 5 Centimeters Per Second take place in the real world.

 

 

Dehogya gallery’ s talk session is took place with Anno Hideaki, Yoshiaki Nishimura etc..

 

Background Art Studio “Dehogya Galleries Shareholder Darling” was established to protect Japan’s hand-drawn background art culture, initiated by Hideaki Anno (庵野秀明), Yoshiaki Nishimura (西村義明) and Nobuo Kawakami(川上量生) and they talked together on the theme.

Dehogya gallary

This event was held in commemoration of the opening of the feature animation work “Mary and the Witch’s Flowers” for the first time after Director Nishimura left the Studio Ghibli. Anano said about the thought that agreed with the establishment of the same studio “The hand drawing will become more severe in the situation from now on. Because the digital one is more efficient and it will work, in that kind of situation, I want to leave things like traditional crafts, I want to say that although it can be said to drawing, so I just want you to get a newcomer anyway, if it keeps even a little new, I can continue even though it is small. ”

As regards the importance of background art,  Anno says, “If there are fine arts, it will be possible to make a long scene without characters, and the direction will change as well. On the contrary it could not, if you do not budget art. In that sense, it is important that art director do well as much as character design do well”. Kawakami also says, “Animation directors do not spend money on art even though they think it is important, but in my sense, it is a good idea to look at web services, there art design is one of the important parts,” he said.

Kazuo Oga (男鹿和雄) who served as a director of art such as “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Princess Mononoke” and the naming person of this studio name Dehogyallyary. “Dehogya(でほぎゃ)” is the meaning of saying “let’s leave it, let’s leave it” appropriately in Akita(秋田) dialect, and it was the name that he thought to use if he launched a studio to support the hands-painting. The all of speakers are on the same point to do a good background art” to draw carefully where is important and to draw less where is not important.” (Akita is a prefecture of japan located in the north part of japan)

oga’s work is famous for Totoro.

From such a trend, Nishimura tolled an opinion from Oga that “Because the character is the leading role, we watch the background draws in the edge of our view”. Anano also said that “Hayao Miyazaki(宮崎駿)drew Perth (perspective) incorrectly”. “Animation is exciting, so there are lots of widths. These days polygons (Pictures) are used well, but hand-drawing is also nice. Dehogya gallary also has hand-drawin like Ghibli. It would be better to have it, so I hope that Dehoga gallary will also cooperate when we make animation. ” this article is cited from here.

 

*Hideaki Anno (庵野 秀明 Anno Hideaki, born May 22, 1960)[1] is a Japanese animator, film director and actor. He is best known for his part in creating the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Hideaki Anno

*Yoshiaki Nishimura (西村 義明 Nishimura Yoshiaki, born September 25, 1977 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese lead film producer formerly of Studio Ghibli and founder of the company Studio Ponoc. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2014 for The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

 

*Nobuo Kawakami (川上 量生, September 6, 1968 -) is a Japanese businessman and film producer. Kadokawa Corporation President and Representative Director (first generation), Dwango Representative Director and Chairman (first generation), KADOKAWA Corporation Director, Studio Ghibli affiliation, Color Director, Inc., Hiragiri Director, Public Interest Foundation Tokuma Memorial Animation Culture Foundation board director, school corporation director Kadokawa Dwango.

Nobuo Kawakami

 

Galaxy Express 999 will be made into the Stage in its 40th Anniversary.

Toei Animation(東映アニメーション) announced that the old famous animation “Galaxy Express 999” written by Reiji Matsumoto(松本零士)will be made into the stage in the year that this animation celebrates the 40th anniversary. The screenplay will be based on the story of the first movie version released in 1979 in addition to the original scene. In this story the main character Tetsuro Hoshino(星野哲郎) faces many challenges in his journey and fights with the enemy “the count Mashine (機械伯爵) in the time castle(時間城).

 

■ Comments of the Superviser Reiji Matsumoto, who contributed original work.
I am still traveling with Tetsuro in the space. The terminal station is still far from here. I am very looking forward to seeing the stage “Galaxy Express 999” ~ GALAXY OPERA ~. Haruka who plays Maetel is a beautiful, gentle, elegant woman. It is a woman that she is much suitable for Maetel. She will surely encourage boys like Tetsuro. And I’m appreciated and grateful that Mr. Nakagawa(中川晃教) plays Tesuro who represents my young heart. I am very happy.

Reiji Matsumoto

■Comments of Akinori Nakagawa(中川晃教)
It is 40 years since “Galaxy Express 999” was born. Through Mr. Tetsuro Matsumoto’s teacher’s alter ego, I am happy and tensioned that I can overlap me with the heart of Matsumoto through the roll Tetsuro who is alter ego of Matsumoto. This animation was made 40 years before but it inspired us even now in some ways. Then I am very honored that I can participate in this play. I will do my best to be able to make a nice galaxy journey with all the people related to the Galaxy Railway 999 and the customers who come to see it.

 

■Comments of Haruka(ハルカ)who plays Maetel.
Passengers in 999 represents our life in this world unquestionably. Everyone pursues their dreams, aiming for the unseen star, asking their own existential meaning, traveling on an unseen journey thinking of someone who can never meet again.
I was encouraged by Mr. Matsumoto and the main character Tetsuro several times before. In this play I will encouraging Tetsuro as Maetel. I hope by acting this roll that I can motivate those who are continuing a solitary journey like Tetsuro. This is the best glad than any other thing. I firmly inherit the dreams of the boys entrusted by Mr. Matsumoto and I would like to perform a strong and beautiful woman than anyone else.(this article is cited from here)

 

Code Geass Came Back to Us. The New Film started to be on the screen.

 

“Code Geass” 1st Compilation Film “Koudou” is now coming to the screen on 21 octover in japan.

 

this scene changed my view of life。

 

 

i wanna let more people know this anime( ᵒ̴̶̷᷄௰ᵒ̴̶̷᷅ )
stand up together!!

 

i celebrate releasing the movie
welcome back here Geass!
i was waiting for you Lelouch from my heart!
I love you for ever!

 

the best scene that Lord Guildford helped the Queen in expence of his life

 

finally the new Movie is on the screen from today!

 

Suzaku×Lelouch

 

Now in Made cafe. i couldnot go to see the movie today, so i let the made draw the face of suzaku on my dish!
i love him( ˙-˙ )
but… in truth i am suzaku, so this painting looks like me( ˙-˙ )

 

 

Cosplays Shoots in Tokyo at Comique 92 this summer afterwords

The largest coterie magazine spot sale “The Comic Market 92” being held at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo (exhibition period: August 11 th – 13 th). There were 150,000 visitors on the 12th the second day. From the 2nd day, the rooftop exhibition hall was also opened as a cosplay area, there were people around the cosplayers who dressed in various costumes, including summer swimwear.

comic market jump to wikipedhia

At “Comique”, sightseeing spots of doujinshi and corporate booths, as well as cosplayers who dressed as characters of various anime and comics are attractions. And a long line that you can shoot for cosplayers is also a common scene in “Comic”. When becoming a cosplay player of the attention, the waiting time is too long in the line, so “shooting” shooting is also done.

Factors that people can do are various, such as popularity, boldness, topicality, but the “box” that shows attention in the field can be said as a proof of the popular layer. And when people gather in the “enclosure”, there is a thick “wall” of people. The sense of expectation by that “wall” gathers more people, but this time I dare dare to interview the “enclosure” or “wall”. I shot a popular layer that can be made of “enclosure” and “wall” beyond the matrix. (this is cited from here)

what is Comiket?

Comiket (コミケット Komiketto), otherwise known as the Comic Market (コミックマーケット Komikku Māketto), is the world’s largest dōjinshi fair, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan.The first Comiket was held on December 21, 1975, with only about 32 participating circles and an estimated 600 attendees. Attendance has since swelled to over a half million people.

Comiket was founded in 1975 by Yoshihiro Yonezawa and a circle of friends, including Teruo Harada and Jun Aniwa, while they were studying at Meiji University. They wished to study manga and explore its potential, as commercial offerings were unchallenging and mainstream, following the closure of COM.Comiket was also founded as a freer form of the SF Taikai convention.

Comic Market is held twice a year; once in August, and once in December. These are typically referred to as NatsuComi (夏コミ Natsukomi) and FuyuComi (冬コミ Fuyukomi) (contractions of Summer and Winter Comiket) respectively. NatsuComi is three days long, and usually is held during the weekend around August 15. FuyuComi is two to three days long, and usually is held between December 28 and 31. The current convention location is the Tokyo Big Sight convention center near Ariake, in Odaiba, Kōtō, Tokyo.

 

“DC Super Heroes vs Hawk’s Claw Group” is released and the greeting stage

 

The first day stage greetings of the animated film “DC Super Heroes vs Hawk’s Claw Group” (FROGMAN Direkter) (DCスーパーヒーローズvs鷹の爪団) was held at Tokyo · Shinjuku Piccadilly on 21th, Takayuki Yamada (34) Chihaya (23) Akira Yasuda (43) have attended .

directer Frogman

This work was made under the theme “Budget systematically”. In the Screen how much funds remained is indicated by graph. On that day, three people and FROGMAN wore a T-shirt printed on the back with “collapse of budget”, the director said that “the Cost of making a film exceeds the budget every time” and the budget did not remain in this time so I could not prepare the special costume of the greeting. Chiei(知英) said “I am pleased that” I would be get nervous if I wear a dress, and by wearing the same T short together I feel like a team. “(this article is cited from here)

Takayuki Yamada(山田孝之)was asked about the backstage episodes if he losing the aim of the film or managing the budget desperately. He answered that “I do not have such an episode. I plan and execute systematic way and considerably except sake, I drink too much”. This greeting was held on the day after his birthday, so “I drank by this morning o clock today, even though I have decided to end drinking sake until 2 a.m. Then in the end, I fell asleep at six o’clock today.”

the Secret Society of Evil Hawk’s claws has 5 menbers: the president, Yoshida(吉田), Dr. Leonardo, Bodhisattva Pass(菩薩峠), Phillip. They are aiming to conquest the entire world friendly, by making a phantom or a secret weapon, being hindered by the hero deluxe fighter of justice, moreover making a mistake by themselves. Though they never give up their conquest while they are poor.(see here)

Evil Hawk’s claws

 

New Edition of Code Geass: Lelouch of The Rebellion II will be shown in Theater on February 2018

 

The release date of animated Movie “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II (叛道)” where CLAMP plays the original character design was decided on February 10, 2018.

 

Code Geass will be the second part of the three-part theatrical work composed of TV anime “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” and its sequel “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2″ with a total of 50 episodes, composed entirely of new dubbing Lelouch of the Rebellion II Rebellion. ” Part 1 “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I Kokodo (興道)” was released today on October 21, and comments from Director Goro Taniguchi and series composition / screen writer Okochiro arrived.

Suzaku’s illustration was designed A4 with clear file “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II Rex” Mubbitikaard is on sale at the theaters scheduled to show at the nationwide. The third part “CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion III Emperor (皇道)” will be released in May 2018.

main character Lelouch

“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I ” Public Memorial Comment

Goro Taniguchi(谷口悟朗)(Director)
To those who will see from now. I have tried trying to make it even more enjoyable to those who watch TV even for those who watch it for the first time. However, I am sorry. It has become longer than 2 hours. We are aware of the long way in recent movies. Information is also many. Please be prepared.
To those who think what to do. We are also adjusting the sound etc. to enjoy the most in movie theaters. I hope if you can enjoy it in the environment assumed by the staff if possible.
This work is set on the earth in a fictional age. Most of the world is occupied by three of “E.U”, “Chinese Federation”, and “Sacred Britannia Empire”, Japan is set to be occupied by Sacred Britannia Empire and becoming a colony. Among them, the abandoned prince and son of the Holy Britannia empire are living …… It will be a development, but as I do not draw a setting, I will live in such a world and go forward I started talking about Lelouch as he wanted to draw a human being. It may be a tiny event of not more than a few years in the long history of mankind. But that is why he is going forward. We have to proceed. And, apart from such circumstances of the world, many people will also advance for their own way. I thought that it is the world, I am taking code Geass. This work reconstitutes a television work of ten years ago. Regardless of it, I understand that negative opinions on using images at the time of broadcasting will come out. It will be ugly. It will be uneven. But they are staffs and casts that have been moving for ten years. In that sense, I think that this is one of the documentaries. It is said that such a thing is “Code Geass” “Lelouch of the Rebellion”. Hopefully this passion will reach you in your mind at all.

Okouchi Ichiro (大河内一楼)(series composition / script)
Ten years have passed since the broadcast of “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion”. Even after 10 years, the voice of support ceased. Many fans continued to love ‘Code Geass’.
In response to that voice, the concept of the sequel has been raised. We took this opportunity to summarize “Code Geass” so far and want to make new people enjoy it. However, seeing all 50 TV series is hard to enter, it is hard for people to recommend. So, I reconstructed it into the form of three movies. Everyone who knew about “Code Geass” for the first time, it is okay if you only see this movie. Everyone who loved ‘Code Geass’ for ten years, please encourage this movie and increase the number of friends. We devised so that everyone who saw the TV series, including all new sounds, addition of new scenes, can enjoy it.
The new decade of “Code Geass” will start from October 21st. Everyone, I’m very glad when you stand at that starting point. (this article is cited from here)

Okochichi Ichiro 大河内一楼

Interviews on Live action Film “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” of Jojo’ Actor

 

Josuke higashiyama

Hirohiko Araki’s super popular comic “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)which continues to increase fans with unique style and unusual worldview. The fourth part, “Diamond Is Unbreakable“(ダイヤモンドは砕けない), was made into a live-action film by directer Takashi Miike(三池崇史). In the fictitious city Morio-cho(杜王町), Kento Yamazaki(山崎賢人) playing the main character’s high school student Josuke Higashigata(東方仗助) and Yusuke Iseya(伊勢谷友介) play the character Kyujyo Jyotaro(空条承太郎)who tells the story  and fight with Kujyo Jyotaro. Jyotaro describes fights with friends who have special abilities (stands) and their friendship。

 

Q:  enthusiastic fans of Jojo are afraid how good the Story will be in Live- action Film. How do you feel when you received an offer?

Yamazaki: The pressure was very large. However, After I read the original manga, I realized that the Story, the character and the world view are really exciting. Then I found it cool to play Josuke and became a fun of him, as he has a strong will and very sharp and the world view of the work is cool, so I wanted to play it.

Iseya: I have always been reading “JoJo” since the start of the series, and I was particularly into it about part 3 and part 4. A special manga that likes that distinctive graphic and is truly respectful. There was quite a lot of pressure on how to do it in real life. In the world, I think that “this is the work I want it to be a Live-action movie, but at the same time,  I do not want to see it as a Live-action Film because of  the afraid to make a good Film. Honestly I needed courage, but there was an ego as an actor, “I wanted to play Jojo instead of other actors”.that is this is a very honorable Roll.

 

Q: In fact, at the cast announcement,  pros and cons goes up emerged from the original fan on Internet. Have you been nervous?

Iseya: I haven not read opinions about me on Internet. It is not a good habit to read such opinions  even if they are pros or cons. there is a possibility to betray support expectations from fans, but also to make it well against the  hostile remarks. So it makes no difference to read them in any case. I guess that every actors and actress try not to read such comments on Internet as less as possible. However, no matter how I try it, i cannot help but to notice some opinions. it is impossible to completely ignore it, though.

Yamazaki: Well, even though I do not like to read negative opinions on Internet,  I always tried not to care for. However I wanted to participate in the Miik Group in spite of such stress, sience all these casts were gathered, and great  and so I thought ‘I will do it!’

Iseya: I played in a movie called “CASSHERN” although it is a live-action work of animation, but SNS was not as much as now at that time (released in 2004), “Iseya’s face is different from Casshern I did not hear such a voice very much. But, since there are so many fans living in the visual of “JoJo”, it is said that the voice is coming “just different from Jyotaro” right now. I am used to such complains already (bitter smile).

story

In 1999 in the town of Morioh (杜王町 Moriō-chō) located in S-City, M-Prefecture (M県S市 Emu-ken, Esu-shi), Josuke Higashikata (東方 仗助 Higashikata Jōsuke, the kanji 助 suke, can also be read as jo) is a popular boy in high school who becomes quick friends with one of his classmates, Koichi Hirose. When Josuke’s nephew Jotaro Kujo (who’s older than Josuke himself, despite the fact his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, is Josuke’s biological father) appears, Josuke is suddenly pulled into the world of the supernatural powers known as Stands. One of DIO’s henchmen has brought the Bow and Arrow to Morioh, and someone has been using it on various people in the town, creating Stand users—as discovered when one of them, the murderer Anjuro “Angelo” Katagiri, uses the power of his Stand Aqua Necklace to try and kill Josuke for interfering with his plans to rob a store and generally disturb the peace in Morioh earlier. Aqua Necklace manages to kill Josuke’s grandfather, Ryohei Higashikata, in revenge for him being jailed by him. Josuke and Jotaro eventually capture him and, as a consequence of insulting Josuke’s hair, ends up getting fused to the rock he was leaning on at the time, becoming a tourist attraction known as “Angelo Rock” in the process…….

The cast includes:

Kento Yamazaki (Orange, Your Lie in April, Heroine Shikkaku, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, live-action Death Note television) as Jōsuke Higashikata
Ryunosuke Kamiki (Howl’s Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arrietty, Bakuman., Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno) as Kōichi Hirose
Nana Komatsu (Bakuman., Kin Kyori Renai, World of Kanako) as Yukako Yamagishi
Masaki Okada (Hana-Kimi, Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Otomen, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, Space Brothers) as Keichō Nijimura
Mackenyu (Chihayafuru) as Okuyasu Nijimura
Takayuki Yamada (Bakuman., Terra Formars, Crows Zero, Gantz) as Anjūrō Katagiri
Yusuke Iseya (Casshern, Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno, Shinjuku Swan, Honey and Clover) as Jōtarō Kūjō
Alisa Mizuki (Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes) as Tomoko Higashikata
Jun Kunimura (Attack on Titan, Chihayafuru, The Wind Rises, Ichi the Killer) as Ryōhei Higashikata

 

 

 

CLAMP: one of the most famous Manga artists group in Japan

 

Card Captor Sakura, one of the famous Work

 

Abstract

Clamp (クランプ Kuranpu) is an all-female Japanese manga artist group that formed in the mid-1980s. It consists of leader Nanase Ohkawa (大川 七瀬 Ōkawa Nanase), and three artists whose roles shift for each series: Mokona (もこな Mokona), Tsubaki Nekoi (猫井 椿 Nekoi Tsubaki), and Satsuki Igarashi (いがらし 寒月 Igarashi Satsuki). Almost 100 million Clamp tankōbon copies have been sold worldwide as of October 2007.[1]
Beginning as an eleven-member dōjinshi circle in the mid-1980s, they began creating original work in 1987. By the time they debuted with RG Veda in 1989, the group was reduced to seven members. In 1993, three more members left, leaving the four members who are currently still part of the group. In 2006, the members decided to change their names; Ohkawa later changed her name back from Ageha Ohkawa to Nanase Ohkawa, while the other three members retained their new names.(Here more)

 

Who they are?

CLAMP (クランプ, Kuranpu) is an all-female Japanese mangaka group which has earned the title of the Queens of Shōjo (being shojo the manga directed to young girls). They have a very sadistic style which could be interpreted as manga for adult people, but also varying the themes of their series, from childish and comedic to dramatic, tragedy and teen-rated. They are worldwide known for Card Captor Sakura.

The group currently consists of four Osaka women: their leader, Nanase Ohkawa (大川 七瀬, Ōkawa Nanase), who provides much of the storyline, scripting and direction; Mokona (もこな, Mokona), formerly Mokona Apapa, who usually’s in charge of the art; Tsubaki Nekoi (猫井 椿, Nekoi Tsubaki), formerly Mick Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi (いがらし 寒月, Igarashi Satsuki), she conserved her name but changed her Hiragana and Kanji (formerly 五十嵐さつき), both of them assistants.

They started as a dōjinshi circle called Clamp Cluster in the mid 1980s, drawing dôjinshis from 1987 until 1991. Originally, CLAMP was a 12-member group. They were: Mokona Apapa, Tsubaki Nekoi, Satsuki Igarashi, O-Kyon, Sei Nanao, Tamayo Akiyama, Leeza Sei, Sōshi Hishika, Kazue Nakamori, Shinya Ōmi.

Their dôjinshis were published in a collection called CLAMP BOOK. They also published a “doujinshi” collection called CLAP NEWS, which included small stories with their most recent series at the time, and artbook images. They currently reside in Tokyo.

CLAMP created their original artwork by 1987. Because of the successes they had, seven of them decided to go professionally, debuting with their first manga, RG Veda in 1989. The three additional members were: Nanao Sei 七穂せい, Hijiri Leeza 聖りいざ and Akiyama Tamayo 秋山たまよ, the latter having written DERAYD and CLUSTER with CLAMP. Akiyama is now a solo mangaka, and has completed a fourth volume of CLUSTER. Nanao Sei was the first of those three to quit the group as she saw no future in drawing anymore.(More)

 

What is best ClAMP’s Work?

  1. Tsubasa Chronicles (ツバサクロニクル)

A plot on a massive scale, spanning countless dimensions and time itself. An amazing tale of heroism, despair, determination, and tragic romance. A thousand gambits and contingency plans blend into one as Fei Wang seeks to fulfill his dream. Plot twists will hit you one after another, each more shocking than the last, all leading up to the most epic finale I have ever read.

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is personally my most favorite manga of all time. The story and plot was really interesting yet pretty confusing towards the end. Each character Fai & Kurogane especially Sakura & Syaoran all had some tragedy in their past and are going through a lot (as I said Sakura & Syaoran). I love all characters To me the story was so good whenever it got to the sad heart breaking parts you truly feel their pain and struggle. Their self-sacrifices for the one they love. Really this story is a real tear dropper it made me cry like a Baka :’)….(more Here)

 

 

 

 

the History of CLAMP and a big Status of the adoption Manga in USA.

The name Clamp may sound odd and unfamiliar to Western ears, but this four-woman studio ranks among the most successful creators of manga, or graphic novels, in Japan and the United States. Over the last 17 years these women — Satsuki Igarashi, Apapa Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi and Ageha Ohkawa — have produced 22 popular manga series, many of which have been adapted to animation, including “X,” “Chobits” and “Cardcaptor Sakura,” all available on DVD in the United States.

“Clamp have been an integral part of the manga explosion that’s occurred in the U.S. over the past several years,” said Dallas Middaugh, associate publisher of the Del Rey Manga division of Random House, in an e-mail message. “Their fluid, dramatic artwork and storytelling style struck a strong chord with male and female manga readers.”

More than one million copies of the “Tsubasa” manga have been sold in the United States, and next month Del Rey will publish a character guide to that popular series. The Houston-based FUNimation Entertainment recently announced that the 52-episode animated television program based on “Tsubasa” would be available on DVD in this country early next year.

When they discuss their work, the four artists of Clamp confer among themselves; then Ms. Ohkawa usually acts as spokeswoman.

Through an interpreter, Ms. Ohkawa explained in an interview that the studio began as a group of 11 art students who got together to create doujinshi, or fan comics: amateur publications that continue the adventures of popular animated and/or manga characters. No one remembers who chose the name Clamp, but it stuck, long after the group shrank to four members who became professionals.(more)

Completed works

From To English Translated Title
(Japanese Title)
Publisher
Serialized in
Volumes
1989 1996 RG Veda (聖伝 Sei-den RG Veda) Shinshokan
Wings
10
1990 1991 Man of Many Faces (20面相におねがい!! 20 Mensō ni Onegai!!) Kadokawa Shoten
Newtype
2
1990 1993 Tokyo Babylon (東京BABYLON Tōkyō BABYLON) Shinshokan
Wings
7
1992 1993 Clamp School Detectives (CLAMP学園探偵団Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan) Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics DX
3
1992 1993 Duklyon: Clamp School Defenders (学園特警デュカリオン Gakuen Tokkei Dyukarion) Kadokawa Shoten
Newtype
2
1992 1992 Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales (白姫抄Shirahime-Shō) Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics DX
1
1992 1994 Legend of Chun Hyang (新・春香伝 Shin Shunka-den) Hakusensha
Serie Mystery-Special
1
1993 1995 Magic Knight Rayearth (魔法騎士レイアースMajikku Naito (Mahō Kishi) Reiāsu) Kodansha
Nakayoshi
6
1993 1995 Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (不思議の国の美幸ちゃん Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan) Kadokawa Shoten
Newtype
1
1993 1995 The One I Love (わたしのすきなひと Watashi no Suki na Hito) Kadokawa Shoten
Young Rose Comics DX
1
1996 2000 Cardcaptor Sakura (カードキャプター さくらKādokyaputā Sakura) Kodansha
Nakayoshi
12
1996 1998 Wish Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics DX
4
1999 2001 Angelic Layer (エンジェリック レイヤー Enjerikku Reiyā) Kadokawa Shoten
Monthly Shōnen Ace
5
1999 2000 Suki (「すき.だからすき」 “Suki; Dakara Suki”) Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics
3
2001 2002 Chobits (ちょびっツ Chobittsu) Kodansha
Young Magazine
8
2004 2004 Clamp no Kiseki (CLAMPノキセキ Clamp no Kiseki) Kodansha 12
2003 2009 Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (ツバサ−RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE− Tsubasa Rezaboa Kuronikuru) Kodansha
Weekly Shōnen Magazine
28
2005 2011 Kobato. (こばと.) Shogakukan/Kadokawa Shoten
Monthly Sunday Gene-X (seven chapters)/Newtype (rest of series)
6