Happy New Year 2017: Nanase Okawa Told On Diversity with “Card Chaptor Sakura” on 2016


Card Capter sakura



In the work “Card Captor Sakura” the two boys play an important role and they are gey.

Okawa told her thought about diversity.




Remarks of Nanase Okawa:

“I think that it is a natural thing to measure people and measure the society with their own “ruler”.

However, if you think that only your “ruler” is correct when you see the “ruler” of a different person,

you think then that it is “weird”.

While diversity is said to be important,

I think that it is better not to hate others’ rulers.

But, if I do not feel completely dislike, I lose my own ruler.

Then it makes me painful.
You should have your “ruler” properly. In addition to that,

I think it will be easier if you have another one when confronting another person.

But it is difficult to have two.” source


Nanase Okawa (大川七瀬 Ōkawa Nanase, born May 2, 1967) is a member of the all-female manga-creating team Clamp. She is the director of the team and is primarily responsible for writing the stories and scripts for Clamp’s various works. (more)

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


Card Captor Sakura, one of the famous Work



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)
Serialized in
1989 1996 RG Veda (聖伝 Sei-den RG Veda) Shinshokan
1990 1991 Man of Many Faces (20面相におねがい!! 20 Mensō ni Onegai!!) Kadokawa Shoten
1990 1993 Tokyo Babylon (東京BABYLON Tōkyō BABYLON) Shinshokan
1992 1993 Clamp School Detectives (CLAMP学園探偵団Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan) Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics DX
1992 1993 Duklyon: Clamp School Defenders (学園特警デュカリオン Gakuen Tokkei Dyukarion) Kadokawa Shoten
1992 1992 Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales (白姫抄Shirahime-Shō) Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics DX
1992 1994 Legend of Chun Hyang (新・春香伝 Shin Shunka-den) Hakusensha
Serie Mystery-Special
1993 1995 Magic Knight Rayearth (魔法騎士レイアースMajikku Naito (Mahō Kishi) Reiāsu) Kodansha
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
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
1996 2000 Cardcaptor Sakura (カードキャプター さくらKādokyaputā Sakura) Kodansha
1996 1998 Wish Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics DX
1999 2001 Angelic Layer (エンジェリック レイヤー Enjerikku Reiyā) Kadokawa Shoten
Monthly Shōnen Ace
1999 2000 Suki (「すき.だからすき」 “Suki; Dakara Suki”) Kadokawa Shoten
Asuka Comics
2001 2002 Chobits (ちょびっツ Chobittsu) Kodansha
Young Magazine
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
2005 2011 Kobato. (こばと.) Shogakukan/Kadokawa Shoten
Monthly Sunday Gene-X (seven chapters)/Newtype (rest of series)

xxxHolic is an absolute succeeded Manga written by Clamp


xxxHolic is a famous popular Manga by Clamp. Here I corrected some Reviews on this Manga on Internet.

Abstract of the Story.

For me, xxxHolic walks a fine line. At its root, this series is a motley collection of morality tales framed by slapstick humor and J-horror. It’s something of a unique twist on the average anime (which isn’t particularly surprising coming from CLAMP), but, in the end, comes together with just enough cohesion to push it into a likable state.
At the start of the series, viewers are quickly introduced to all the major players. First and foremost is Kimihiro Watanuki, a teenage boy that sees both good and evil spirits. Watanuki doesn’t really enjoy this gift – he sees it more as a curse – and signs a contract with a wish granting woman named Yuuko to rid him of its presence. Unfortunately, Yuuko demands payment of Watanuki and thus employs him as a cook, messenger, and general servant. A number of other character act as support for Watanuki, but none are featured as much as the young gangly boy. From there you’ll experience a range of teenage subplots, everything from angst driven romances to male rivalry, all of which revolve around a series of loosely connected episodes that dance between the lighthearted and the macabre.
The plot, however, isn’t the first thing most viewers will notice…..Here you can read on.

Reviews: what is the attractiveness of this Manga?

I had initial doubts about this anime, no thanks to Tsubasa Chronicle which contained cross-over characters from xxxHolic and I just happen to really, really dislike the former.
Having said that, I am pleased to announce that xxxHolic is nothing like Tsubasa and I thoroughly enjoy this super-natural drama with a slice-of-life thrown in. Now, I’m not normally a big fan of horror and super-natural anime, but I felt that xxxHolic has achieved something that most series in the horror genre does not have. xxxHolic’s story is based on superstitious tales and folklore, rather than another dose of vampires that seem too common these days. And superstitious beliefs are something that is close to everyone’s heart – we had all believed in it one time or another, especially when we were still young. Now that we are older and wiser, we tend to dismiss it all as hogwash.
xxxHolic gives me a….(Here you can read more…)

Main Character “Kimihiro Watanaba”. Who is he?

Watanuki has short black hair, and blue/indigo eyes at the beginning of the series. He almost always wears his school uniform which varies between his school’s black jacket and trousers or simply his school trousers and a white short shirt.
When half way through both the anime and manga he loses the sight in his right eye due to a spider’s grudge curse, his left iris turns a dull milky grey color. After failing to retrieve his sight in this eye , he receives half of Doumeki’s right eye’s sight, which causes his right eye to turn a dark green with a brownish tint ( in the Anime), or gold-brown (in the Manga). For the majority of the series, however…(Here you can read more)


Yuuko Ichihara(壱原侑子):  a magical women in far-east Asia.

Being one extremely experienced in her industry, Yūko is not foolish enough to give away her real name like Watanuki. That aside, Yūko has served as a major catalyst for Watanuki’s transformation, acting somewhat as his mentor. She loves to drink and eat Watanuki’s wonderful cooking and dragging Watanuki on crazy outings at the drop of a hat.

Despite this immature and free-spirited attitude, Yūko has been known to be sage-like and serious when the time calls for it. Yūko seems to know the true hitsuzen that Watanuki will follow, and has often offered cryptic messages to warn him of impending danger or a folk tale that he should take a bit more seriously. She also seems to truly care about him, making sure he is safe at night, sending the Kudakitsune (pipe-fox) with him for extra protection, or calling Dōmeki when he needs saving. Yūko is very powerful when it comes to magic and…..(Here more).

Who is the Writer?

×××Holic (Japanese: ×××ホリック Hepburn: Horikku, pronounced as “Holic”) is a manga written and illustrated by the group of manga artists known as Clamp. The series, which crosses over with another Clamp work Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, revolves around Kimihiro Watanuki, a high-school student disturbed by his ability to see the supernatural, and Yūko Ichihara, a witch who owns a wish-granting shop. When Watanuki asks Yūko to remove his ability to see spirits, she grants it on the condition that he pay for his wish by working for her. Clamp created xxxHolic link the supernatural and fantasy series. They are currently working on a spin-off series xxxHolic: Rei………..(Here more)

Members of Clamp from the left, Igarashi(いがらし)、Ohkawa(大川)、Nekoi(猫井)、Mokona(もこな)

Cardcapter Sakura’s New Edition will be broadcasted from January 7th 2018


It becomes clear that CLAMP ‘s Nanase Okawa(大川七瀬) is in charge of the scenario and series composition of CLAMP’s new original TV animation “Card Captor Sakura Clear Card Edition“. An animation series “Cardcaptor Sakura” is a fantasy serialized in Nakayoshi (Kodansha) from 1996 to 2000. In 1998 it became popular with being animated at NHK.

The outline is as follows. Cardcaptor Sakura whose real name is Sakura Tange takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Tomoeda which is somewhere near Tokyo. Ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Cerberus, emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards. As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it by sealing it away. Cerberus acts as her guide, while her best friend and second cousin, Tomoyo Daidouji films her exploits and provides her with battle costumes. Sakura’s older brother Toya Kinomoto watches over her, while pretending that he is unaware of what is going on.

“Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Edition” under serialization at Nakayoshi (Kodansha) is a fantasy drawing a new adventure of Sakura who became a junior high school first grader. Like the past animation series Kinomoto Sakura(木下桜)is voiced by Tange Sakura(丹下桜), Kerberos (ケルベロス)by Aiki Hisakawa(久川綾), Daidoji Tomoyo (大道寺知世)by Iwao Junko(岩男潤子), Lee (李小狼)by Kumai Motoko(くまいもとこ)、Tsukishiro Yukito by Ogata Emi(緒方恵美), Kinomoto Touya (木下桃矢)by Seki Tomokazu( 関智一), Morio Asaka (浅香守生)directs this work. Animation production is Mad House(マッドハウス). This work will be broadcasted at NHK BS premium, 7:30 every Sunday from January 7, 2018. Rebroadcasts are also held from January 12 every Friday at 23:45. Details will be checked on the official site of “Card Captor Sakura”.

In the first Broadcast the title is “Clear card edition Prologue Sakura and two bears”,is a story developed from the previous work “Sakura cards edition” to “” clear cards edition”. Her Friend Ariel and Sakura ‘s boyfriend  Lee fly back to their homecountry, and then this first story draws  Sakura’s swaying feelings vividly.   (this article is mainly cited from here)


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