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CLAMP MMF: Introduction & CLAMP Directory

Whether you’re a devoted fan of the four-woman creative team known as CLAMP, a vehement anti-fan, or somewhere in-between, one thing that’s difficult to deny is CLAMP’s enduring presence in the North American manga market. Of their twenty-something commercially published series (and who knows how many single volumes and short stories), a whopping twenty-two of them have seen their way to North America, by way of American manga publishers TOKYOPOP, VIZ Media, Del Rey Manga, Yen Press, and Dark Horse Manga.

CLAMP began as an eleven-member doujinshi circle in the mid-1980s, creating fanworks of Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya and Yōichi Takahashi’s Captain Tsubasa before being discovered by an editor from Shinshokan’s idiosyncratic shoujo anthology, Wings. Wings began publication of the group’s first professional work, RG Veda, in 1989, followed by Tokyo Babylon in 1990. Genki Comics and Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Asuka also jumped in early on the CLAMP bandwagon, with titles like Man of Many Faces, Duklyon: Clamp School Defenders, CLAMP School Detectives, and Tokyo Babylon‘s epic (unfinished) spinoff series, X.

Since then, the group’s final configuration of four—writer Nanase Ohkawa and artists Tsubaki Nekoi, Satsuki Igarashi, and Mokona— have had their work serialized in such disparate publications as the otaku mish-mash Newtype, the shoujo classic Nakayoshi, the seinen cheesecake-mag Young, and the popular shounen anthology Weekly Shōnen Magazine, among others.

Much has been written in English about CLAMP since their 1995 North American debut (VIZ’s X/1999 six-issue miniseries), and the English-language blogosphere contains far more learned CLAMP scholars than I, so I’ll avoid simply paraphrasing their work. Instead, as an introduction to the CLAMP Manga Moveable Feast, I’ll provide here an overview of CLAMP’s works in English, with quotes and links to reviews from around the manga blogosphere and beyond.

Manga Bookshelf’s CLAMP Directory

RG Veda (Wings, 1989 – 1996) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, RG Veda was CLAMP’s first professionally published manga, though it did not make its way to North America until 2005. Complete in ten volumes, RG Veda is a sprawling fantasy-adventure steeped in Vedic mythology. Currently out of print.

From Carlos Santos at Anime News Network, “Even in their first book, CLAMP’s florid art style is already fully developed, filling each page with broad-shouldered men, sharp facial features and expressive eyes. Principal artist Mokona Apapa shows great confidence in her linework, rendering the characters with dramatic expressions and poses. These characters look awfully alike, though—”that dude with the dark, wavy hair” could be any one of three or four possible candidates. In fact, it might not even be a dude. RG Veda has its share of androgynous characters, and while Ashura has the excuse of being a young child, Kujaku is just plain confounding. On the other hand, there’s no confusion with the page layouts, which take a straightforward storytelling approach. Even as the panels change in size and shape to fit the action, it’s easy to see what’s going on. Occasional full-page spreads add impact to the artwork, as do the lush backgrounds and exotic outfits that define the land of Tenkai.”

Man of Many Faces (Newtype, 1990 – 1991) Inspired by the works of Edogawa Rampo, this short series (published in English by TOKYOPOP) chronicles the adventures of nine-year-old master thief Akira Ijyuin. Complete in two volumes. Currently out of print.

From Michael Hopcroft at RPGnet: “All in all, ‘Man of Many Faces’ is a simple case of a team that usually writes more serious fare setting out to create a manga that just plain fun to read. The artwork is brilliant as usual, the storyline is as serious as a herd of weasels (i.e. not very serious at all), and there will be times when you will be tempted to laugh out loud in places where laughing out loud might not be such a good idea. But CLAMP’s gift for characterization has not deserted them either. Akira and Utako are very interesting characters who have an extremely interesting Romeo-and-Juliet dynamic, especially for their age (Utako is 6, Akira is 9). This is evidently going to be a short series – only two volumes long – and while the second volume has not been translated yet, it will apparently finish the series with the characters much older. An interesting trick, but if anyone can pull it off it’s CLAMP.”

Tokyo Babylon (Wings, 1990 – 1993) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, Tokyo Babylon is a supernatural detective series about a young onmyōji, Subaru Sumeragi, and the consequences of his learning to love. Complete in seven volumes. Currently out of print. Licensed (but not yet available) for omnibus release by Dark Horse Manga.

From Melinda Beasi at Comics Should Be Good: “With its beautiful, clean imagery and striking use of black, Tokyo Babylon is unmistakably CLAMP’s work, though again, it doesn’t show the maturity of their later work, or even X/1999 which began its run before Tokyo Babylon was completed. As early as this work is, however, the visual storytelling is extremely effective, with the same intuitive panel layouts and creative use of space that makes all of CLAMP’s work both a pleasure to look at and easy to read. The artwork shines in black and white, capturing perfectly the stark drama and lurking melancholy of the series, and the story’s seven volumes feel truly epic, largely on the strength of its visuals … For fans of CLAMP’s newer work, Tokyo Babylon provides a glimpse into the group’s past which will be both compelling and familiar. For new readers, it is a great introduction to the CLAMP universe, in all its complex beauty.”

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Tokyo Babylon, © 1991 CLAMP, English edition © 2004 TOKYOPOP Inc.

Clamp School Detectives (Monthly Asuka, 1992 – 1993) Published English by TOKYOPOP, Clamp School Detectives is a humorous, episodic series about three elementary school boys and their quest to improve life for their school’s female population through their clever detective work. Complete in three volumes. Currently out of print.

From Lissa Pattillo at Kuriousity: “Overall, CLAMP School Detectives delivers heart-filled mysteries and charming interaction that’s great for a happy-day pick me up. As far as mysteries go, it’ll leave readers more full of warm feelings than edge of their seat suspense, so to each their own in that regard. It’s a definite must read for CLAMP fans who’ve enjoyed any others of the era, such as Man of Many Faces and Dukylon, as the pages are full of relevant character introductions and background cameos. Readers of their newer series, Tsubasa, may find interest in seeing where some of the characters there came from too. This series is one of my favourites and I was delighted to go back to it after all this time. I’ve reread it what feels like a hundred times and it never ceases to bring a smile to my face!”

Duklyon: Clamp School Defenders (Kadokawa Shoten, 1992 – 1993) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, this series once again takes place at the Clamp School, this time featuring teenaged superheros Kentarou Higashikunimaru and Takeshi Shukaido, who are called upon to fight dangerous foes. Complete in two volumes. Currently out of print.

From Megan Lavey at “The adventures are pretty standard – so standard that they get old very quick. Each chapter consists of Kentaro and Takeshi goofing around, the General saying there’s a mission, Duklyon transforming and encountering the Imonoyama Shopping District Association, fighting some weird monster and then a short epilogue. All of the chapters are self-contained and, frankly, if you read the first chapter, you’ve pretty much read the entire book … There are some bright spots in here. The last chapter pits Duklyon against the Man of 20 Faces (aka Akira from Clamp School Detectives and his own book), and it’s a very funny fight … If you’re going to read this book, take it for what it is – poking fun at general manga storylines and as a foray into the ultimate childhood dream.”

Shirahime-Syo: Snow Goddess Tales (Haru Pretty, 1992) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, this single-volume manga contains three quite tragic short stories revolving around the “Shirahime” (“white princess”), told in the style of legend. Complete in one volume. Currently out of print.

From Katherine Dacey, in an interview with David Welsh at the now-defunct Comic World News, preserved here by Fandemonium CLAMP: “I’m also very fond of Snow Goddess Tales. The images in that volume bear traces of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Japanese scroll painting techniques. They’ve got a beautiful, spare quality that serves the folkloric subject matter and tone perfectly. It’s a great book to give an adult reader who associates manga with Pokemon or Gundam because it really showcases the expressive possibilities of the medium … another one-volume wonder that just doesn’t get enough love from all those Card Captor fans”

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© 2001 CLAMP, English edition © 2003 TOKYOPOP

The Legend of Chun Hyang (Hakusensha, 1992-1994) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, The Legend of Chun Hyang is loosely based on a popular Korean folk tale, though reviewers have mentioned that little is retained from that tale but the name. Only three chapters long in Japanese, this manga was released in English in a single volume. Currently out of print.

From Dusky Fey at Anime Planet: “As expected on CLAMP, all the people all lean and tall with detailed clothing. The highlight of this volume is, without a doubt, the rain dance of the priestesses. It’s absolutely gorgeous! There are some pretty solid fights in here, and the way that magic and enchanted weapons are woven into the cultural fabric is exquisite.The connection between Chun Hyang and Mong Ryong doesn’t fully develop in this volume. Their relationship, or the hint of it that we see, reminds me of Sango and Miroku in InuYasha, though I think Chun Hyang uses violence a bit too easily … I wish there was more here! One volume is not enough to really appreciate the growing love, but the manga that’s presented here is amazing.”

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Chun Hyang image from Clamp no Kiseki, © 2005 CLAMP, English edition © 2008 TOKYOPOP

X (X/1999) (Monthly Asuka, 1992 – unfinished) Published in English by VIZ Media, originally as a six-issue miniseries, followed by serialization in their Animerica and Animerica Extra magazines, a full release of the graphic novel series, and currently as a new series of lush omnibus editions, X (sometimes X/1999) began as a spinoff of Tokyo Babylon, featuring a large cast, elaborate battles, and an epic, complex struggle between good and evil. Unfinished at 18 volumes. Older editions are out of print, but VIZ’s omnibus release is currently ongoing.

From Shaenon Garrity at ANN/Jason Thompson’s House of 1000 Manga: “Of all CLAMP manga, X just may be the CLAMPiest … Relentlessly dark, intense, and humorless, X disturbed many readers—not to mention parents who flipped through their daughters’ copies of Asuka. From the beginning, the magazine received complaints about the manga’s content … X often seems like a catalog of characters and arresting images in search of a story. The thin plot thread is in constant danger of getting totally lost amid the characters and their countless side stories, and it’s never clear if all the symbolism means anything, or if it’s just there because it looks good … In the end, the central theme of X is the nature and need for human connection.”

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© CLAMP 1992-1993, English edition published by VIZ Media by arrangement with KADOKAWA SHOTEN CO., LTD.

Magic Knight Rayearth, Magic Knight Rayearth II (Nakayoshi, 1993-1996) First published in English by TOKYOPOP, and recently re-released in omnibus form by Dark Horse Manga, Magic Knight Rayearth (and its sequel Magic Knight Rayearth II) tells the story of three schoolgirls plucked from their ordinary lives in order to become the Legendary Magic Knights, the only beings capable of saving the magical world of Cephiro. Though the original TOKYOPOP editions are out of print (complete in six volumes), Dark Horse’s complete two-volume omnibus is currently available.

From Katherine Dacey at The Manga Critic: “Shonen manga in drag — that’s my quick-and-dirty assessment of CLAMP’s Magic Knight Rayearth, a fantasy-adventure that adheres so closely to the friendship-effort-victory template that it’s easy to forget it ran in the pages of Nakayoshi. A closer examination reveals that Rayearth is, in fact, a complex, unique fusion of shojo and shonen storytelling practices … Fuu, Umi, and Hikaru prove just as adept at repelling surprise attacks and killing monsters as their shonen manga counterparts; though all three girls experience pangs of self-doubt, they show the same steely resolve in combat that Naruto, Ichigo, and InuYasha do.”

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© 2010 CLAMP, English edition published by Dark Horse Manga by arrangement with Pyrotechnist Co., Ltd.

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (Newtype Magazine, 1993 – 1995) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland is a collection of short yuri manga set loosely in the world of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Complete in one volume. Currently out of print.

From Erica Friedman at Okazu: “Miyuki-chan is a collection of 6 short, service-filled stories of hapless high school girl Miyuki, as she wanders through dreamscapes loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s iconic works, games and CLAMP’s own work. All of these are filled with primarily female characters, mostly adult, and almost all focused on feeling Miyuki up or stripping her down. A psychological reading of the book could easily attribute all sorts of pent-up lesbian feelings to Miyuki but, as she’s completely fictitious, we have to just assume that CLAMP really likes drawing women in underwear … The Yuri in this manga is really Yuri – there are no lesbians here. Just fictitious female beings groping a fictitious female character. There’s no emotion at all involved, unless you count titillation as an emotion.”

The One I Love (Kadokawa Shoten, 1995) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, this set of twelve short manga stories and essays follows various female characters through their experiences with falling in love. Complete in one volume. Currently out of print.

From Mikhail Koulikov at Anime News Network: “From a purely technical standpoint, if looked at as an exercise in visual storytelling under very restricting conditions, this is an extremely interesting work. The task that needs to be accomplished is simple: tell a complete story in no more than seven pages. Of course, manga as a visual medium is uniquely suited to accomplishing such a task, since within those seven pages, there are no limits on panel number, shape, or layout. Some pages feature a simple and straight-forward layout of rectangular panels—but there are plenty of others where the layouts are much more dynamic, almost cinematic … Many readers will find it charming, not necessarily funny or memorable, but an enjoyable read nonetheless, but there are plenty of others for whom it will hold no interest whatsoever.”

Cardcaptor Sakura (Nakayoshi, 1996 – 2000) Originally published in English by TOKYOPOP, and currently being released in omnibus format by Dark Horse Manga, Cardcaptor Sakura is a magical girl manga about a fourth grader named Sakura, as she works to collect all of the mysterious Clow Cards that have been accidentally released into the world. The original twelve-volume release from TOKYOPOP (divided into two parts—Cardcaptor Sakura and Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow), is out of print, with the new Dark Horse Omnibus releases still ongoing (four in total).

From David Welsh at Manga Bookshelf’s Off the Shelf: “I’ve already used the word “adorable” twice in this review, and you should gird yourself for me using it again, because this book is adorable in all of the best ways a thing can be adorable. The character designs? Adorable. The jokes and romance? Adorable. The sparkly, easy-to-read art? Adorable. It’s cheerful, heartwarming stuff that still manages to be thoughtful and exciting, and I can’t wait to read more of it, because, beyond being very endearing magical-girl manga, it seems like it might be heading interesting, even daring places.”

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© 2010 CLAMP, English edition published by Dark Horse Manga by arrangement with Pyrotechnist Co., Ltd.

Wish (Asuka Comics DX, 1997 – 1998) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, Wish is a whimsical tale of angels, demons, humans, and love. Complete in four volumes. Currently out of print.

From Jennifer Tanko at Better Read: “… there will always be one book series that I hold in the highest regard, and that’s “Wish” from the people at CLAMP … ‘Wish’ to me exemplifies exactly what’s best about the genre with a complex storyline that combines elements of the monotheistic structure of Christianity with the nature-based spiritualism of Shinto and boasts some of the most stunning art I’ve ever seen … Beauty, trees, the four elements; “Wish” combines the cooler parts of Eastern and Western to create something stunning. Turning a page is like being at a stylized art exhibit. Since the series is so short and thus requires less commitment, I really recommend it for anyone. If you’re looking for something new and different or just haven’t stumbled onto in your encounters with this particular genre, ‘Wish’ is more than worth it.”

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© 1997 CLAMP, English edition © 2003 TOKYOPOP

Clover (Amie, 1997 – 1999) Published in English by Dark Horse Manga, Clover was left unfinished in Japan after the demise of Amie magazine. The story is a dystopian fantasy involving government control of children with special powers. Originally licensed by TOKYOPOP, but never completed, the license was rescued by Dark Horse Manga, and is currently available in full in one omnibus edition.

From Deb Aoki at “With its dramatic use of black and white, typography, innovative page compositions and plot structure, Clover is a story that seduces and perplexes. It’s undeniably gorgeous, but clarity can be elusive … Clover rewards repeated readings, because your first encounter will leave you dazzled by its visual artistry and slightly confused by its unconventional story. Your second read will allow you to sort out the intertwined relationships and see how each characters’ tragic destiny is revealed, then echoed in subsequent chapters … Elegant and poetic, Clover is more than a sci-fi / romance manga; it’s a fascinating experiment in visual storytelling that seduces the eye and touches the heart.”

Angelic Layer (Shōnen Ace, 1999 – 2001) Originally published in English by TOKYOPOP, and licensed (but not yet released) for omnibus editions by Dark Horse Manga, Angelic Layer is a science fiction manga about a game in which humans compete using man-made dolls called “Angels.” It is set in the same universe as their later series, Chobits. Complete in five volumes. Currently out of print.

From Alison Kotin at Teenreads: “CLAMP’s drawings of the angels of Angelic Layer are riveting — beautiful captures of speed, agility, and dancer-like grace. Next to them the human “deus” controllers seem young and awkward. Don’t be fooled, however — these girls’ powers of concentration and imagination are honed to razor-sharpness! The world of Angelic Layer is enticing for its glamour and excitement, but also as a place where anyone can become a fantastic sports competitor without possessing any special physical prowess. In these fights quick thinking and street smarts are what separate the winners — if only things had been the same on my 7th grade basketball team!”

Suki: A Like Story (Monthly Asuka, 1999 – 2000) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, Suki is the story of a childlike teen named Hina who lives along with two teddy bears. The title refers to the Japanese phrase, “Suki, Dakara Suki,” “I like you, that’s why I like you.” The series explores the complications that arise as naive Hina develops a crush on her 20-something homeroom teacher. Complete in three volumes. Currently out of print.

From Johanna Draper Carlson at Manga Worth Reading: “Hina’s innocence is well portrayed without becoming stupid or cloying … The three books in this series trace her growth from liking to love, as she explores the emotion her neighbor raises in her. We also learn why she lives alone and how her neighbor is more than he seems. Her childlike innocence protects her from the very real dangers she faces, and her joy of living inspires those around her. Suki is a modern fairy tale, but it’s affecting all the same. If only more people could be so honest and open with themselves and others.”

Legal Drug (Monthly Asuka, 2000-2003) Published in English by TOKYOPOP, this BL-tinged supernatural mystery series set in a pharmacy has been unfinished in Japan since 2003. It has resumed serialization under a new name (Drug and Drop) and for a new demographic in the seinen magazine Young Ace. The new version has not yet been licensed for North American release. Originally released by TOKYOPOP in three volumes. Currently out of print.

From Melinda Beasi at Manga Bookshelf: “As Kazahaya and Rikuo give off a definite Watanuki/Doumeki vibe, so do Kakei and Saiga evoke visions of Tsubasa‘s Fai and Kurogane, though in this case, what many readers see as subtext in the relationship between the later incarnations of these character types is clearly text in Legal Drug. … Sadly, with the series unfinished (perhaps indefinitely), there is an incredible amount of mystery left unsolved in this story. The art, as always, is fantastic, though more plain than something like xxxHolic. The clarity of CLAMP’s panels, with their generous white space and striking use of black, is one of the reasons I love reading their manga so much.”

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© 2001 CLAMP, English edition @ 2004 TOKYOPOP, by arrangement with KADOKAWA SHOTEN PUBLISHING CO., LTD.

Chobits (Young Magazine, 2001 – 2002) Originally published in English by TOKYOPOP, and re-released in omnibus format by Dark Horse Manga, Chobits follows the story of hapless student Hideki Motosuwa, who accidentally comes into possession of a beautiful young android called “Chi.” Though TOKYOPOP’s original 8-volume release is out of print, Dark Horse’s omnibus editions are currently available and complete in two volumes.

From Sean Gaffney at A Case Suitable for Treatment: “There’s a whole lot of philosophizing in this 2nd volume of Chobits, and it would be interminable (it verges on it already) were it not for the fact that the quartet do make me succeed in pondering whatever it is the characters talk about, at length, in the 2nd half of this series, be it the nature of humanity, what love really means, or simply how much of this is a metaphor about otaku and their love for toys. As I noted in the review of the first omnibus, this was an experiment for CLAMP, their first seinen series geared towards young men, and as such it’s a bit of a flawed success.”

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© 2010 CLAMP, English edition published by Dark Horse Manga, by arrangement with Pyrotechnist, Ltd.

xxxHolic (Young Magazine, 2003 – 2010, Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, 2010 – 2011) Published in English by Del Rey Manga, xxxHolic tells the story of Kimihiro Watanuki, a teenager who makes a deal to work as a part-time housekeeper for a woman who grants wishes, in order to one day be free from his ability to see spirits. Complete in 19 volumes. Currently available in full. Note: xxxHolic crosses over with Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

From Ed Sizemore at Manga Worth Reading: “I love XxxHoLiC. Of the currently running manga, this is, hands down, my favorite. I confess to being completely emotionally invested in the series. CLAMP has created wonderful characters and a rich fascinating universe. … Good occult comics are hard to come by and XxxHoLiC ranks among the best. CLAMP have proven time and again they are master storytellers. XxxHoLiC is further proof of how meticulously they craft every aspect of a manga. This is one of few comics I would call perfect. Mysticism is not everyone’s cup of tea. Still, I recommend everyone pick up at least one volume of this series to experience the comic art form at its best.”

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© 2007 CLAMP, English translation © 2008 CLAMP, Published in the United States by Del Rey Books

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (Weekly Shōnen Magazine, 2003-2009) Published in English by Del Rey Manga, Tsubasa repurposes its hero and heroine from Cardcaptor Sakura, placing them in an alternate universe in which Sakura is the princess of the Kingdom of Clow, loved by her childhood friend Syaoran, who must help reunite her with her lost soul. Complete in 28 volumes. Currently available in full. Note: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle crosses over with xxxHolic.

From Michelle Smith at Soliloquy in Blue: “It’s not a surprise that when CLAMP does shounen, they don’t do it like everyone else. In most shounen series I’ve read, characters aren’t allowed to undergo such fundamental changes as have occurred in these last couple of volumes of Tsubasa. There’s also lots of rather subtle character growth and interaction, too, especially between Fai and Kurogane. I love every scene where these two are together—okay, part of it may be “squee, they’re so in love!” but there’s a lot more to it than that. Fai’s struggle to stay remote and unconnected is particularly fascinating to me … Again, I urge people not to judge this series based on its early volumes—I think it’s starting to become one of my favorites by CLAMP.”

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© 2007 CLAMP, English translation © 2007 CLAMP, Published in the United States by Del Rey Books

Kobato. (Newtype, 2006 – 2011) Published in English by Yen Press, Kobato is a sweet, pretty girl with a very big secret. She’s under contract with a mysterious supernatural power, and must fill a bottle with the hearts of people whom she’s healed. Kobato is watched over by her dog-like companion, Ioryogi, who is more fierce than his form would imply. Complete in six volumes. Currently available in full.

From Snow Wildsmith at ICv2: “Manga powerhouse group CLAMP kicks off a comedy series with this volume, but fans will need to hang on for the next one to get the full grasp of where the story is going. Kobato’s tale dives right into the thick of things, without any explanation of who Kobato or Ioryogi are or why Kobato doesn’t really understand the rules of human behavior. Along the way hints are dropped, drawing readers into the story. The humor is light and very silly, fashioned a little like manzai, the traditional Japanese comedy style … The art is as airy as the story and Kobato’s clothes will have fashion-minded readers drooling. References to alcohol and prostitution, as well as some language, make this for teens.”

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© 2008 CLAMP, English translation © 2010 Hachette Book Group, Inc., rights granted by arrangement with KADOKAWA SHOTEN, CO., LTD.

Gate 7 (Jump Square, 2011 – ongoing) Published in English by Dark Horse Manga, Gate 7 tells the story of Chikahito Takamoto, a high school student with hidden spiritual powers, who finds himself mixed up with a strange set of people as he travels to Kyoto to pursue his interest in Japanese history and folklore. This series is currently in serialization in Japan, and two volumes have been released so far in English.

From Rebecca Silverman at Anime News Network: “If you have never read a Clamp series before, you have more of a chance of enjoying this one. It features many of the things that have contributed to their enduring popularity as mangaka: beautiful, androgynous characters, mystic overtones, cryptic commentary, and devotion to detail. If you’ve been a reader of the group for a while, however, you may find yourself less thrilled, as Gate 7 really does nothing new and with its emphasis on Kyoto, noodle dishes, and historic figures isn’t the most easily accessible series for Western audiences. It may be too soon to really judge, but as of the end of volume one, Gate 7 is a healthy dose of more of the same done the same way Clamp has always done things.”

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© 2011 CLAMP, English edition published by Dark Horse Manga by arrangement with Pyrotechnist, Co., Ltd.

CLAMP resources online:

Chibi Yuuto’s CHRoNiCLEs (LiveJournal)
Anime News Network
CLAMP-Net (Japanese)

To submit your contributions to the CLAMP MMF for inclusion in this month’s archive, please send your links by email to or via Twitter to @mbeasi. If you would like your contribution(s) to be hosted at Manga Bookshelf, please email them to Melinda, along with any included images. Contributions to the CLAMP MMF will be archived here.

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  1. Lovely! Thanks for all of the work.

  2. Ed Sizemore says:

    That is a very impressive retrospective of their career in North America. Kudos, a fantasic start for what promises to be a great MMF.

  3. Oh CLAMP, you’ve held my heart for 15 years now (only marginally bested by Sailor Moon’s hold on my heart for 16).

    • I can’t claim to have a history with CLAMP as long as yours, but they certainly have produced some of my favorite stories!

      • lol oh yes they have!

        I sometimes feel so old when I say I’ve loved CLAMP for a decade and a half—my sister pokes fun at me since she only came on board because of (of all things) Chobits back in the day and then later Tsubasa (she’s now more or less done with manga/anime except for rare moments of nostalgia…). But well, as you said diverse assortment of titles+most of them being brought to the US certainly helped!


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