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

 

Card Captor Sakura, one of the famous Work

 

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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