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Anime NYC 2018: Hit Manga Cardcaptor Sakura and Princess Jellyfish Return in Deluxe Edition, Box Set and more from Kodansha

The groundbreaking fantasy manga Cardcaptor Sakura will return in a new, nine-volume hardcover deluxe edition starting in Spring 2019. Major manga publisher Kodansha Comics revealed the new release of the classic graphic novel series from revered creators CLAMP, which will be titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector’s Edition, at their panel at the Anime NYC convention.

Like previous premium manga re-releases from Kodansha Comics, which have included Sailor Moon Eternal Edition and the Eisner Award-winning Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition will feature a newly-revised translation, high-quality art and lettering, and all the color pages from the original Japanese run. Each hardcover will also include new cover art by CLAMP and a  “clow card,” and Kodansha teased that readers who collect all nine volumes are in for a special treat!

Kodansha Comics will release the fifth volume of CLAMP’s new sequel series Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, which has become a hit in its own right since it began late last year, on Nov. 20.

The publisher also announced a collector’s box set of their hit story about geek girls in Tokyo, Princess Jellyfish. The complete series box set will feature all nine paperback volumes of Akiko Higashimura‘s acclaimed series, which was adapted into an anime in 2010 before becoming an English-language bestseller in 2016. More details will be released soon about the set, which readers will be able to enjoy in time for the holiday season in 2019. Kodansha is also publishing Higashimura’s new series Tokyo Tarareba Girls in print, with the fourth volume due out on Dec. 18 and already available digitally.

Also coming in 2019, Kodansha said, are two new manga based upon popular video game franchises: a four-volume adaptation of popular RPG Tales of Berseria, by artist Nobu Aonagi, and a two-volume series based on Type-Moon‘s popular mobile game Fate/Grand Order, titled Fate/Grand Order -mortalis:stella, by creator Shiramine.

Demonic Moonlight Arrives at Dark Horse

In spring 2016, Dark Horse Comics will deliver the first volume in the prequel to the Blood-C saga from CLAMP, Production I.G, and artist Ryo Haduki: Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight!

Paying homage to the previous Blood series—but telling a wholly new story—Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight is the prequel readers have been waiting for.

In occupied Japan in 1946, an American military investigator is sent to Yokohama Base to research a number of bizarre deaths. His encounters with a mysterious, sword-wielding stranger and a series of supernatural events lead him to believe that the murderer isn’t human. Something more sinister lurks within the shadows!

Dark Horse has sold over 70,000 copies of Blood+, a series perfect for fans of horror, suspense, and mystery. CLAMP’s contribution to the Blood-C saga continues with Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight, based on CLAMP’s original story line and character designs.

Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight Volume 1 is in stores May 11, 2016

Blood-C Demonic Moonlight!

Dark Horse to Release RG Veda

The breakout manga that put CLAMP on the map will be released by Dark Horse in summer 2016.

With over 600 pages, this is the first book in a three-volume omnibus edition that collects the entire RG Veda story with full-color pages, high-quality paper, and a larger print format.

RG Veda (pronounced “Rig Veda”) is based on a classic Indian saga. The lush, sprawling epic follows Yasha, once a mighty warrior king but now the lord of a slaughtered people he could not save. Yasha journeys the land as the companion and protector of the genderless Ashura, although he knows Ashura’s fate is interwoven with doom for many. Together they seek the other four of the “Six Stars,” whose prophesied gathering will at last defeat Taishakuten, the evil usurper of heaven’s throne. But all prophecies are open to interpretation . . .

RG Veda Omnibus Volume 1 (978-1-61655-988-5) is in stores August 3, 2016.

RG Veda Omnibus Volume 1

Review: xxxHolic

xxHolic-1Brought to you by the women who wrote the adorable series Cardcaptor Sakura and Tokyo Revelations, CLAMP now presents an interesting story line with… Very noodle inspired people. I’ve referenced this series before, in terms of art execution, often in a negative light, but you all should know that actually the series itself is quite good, if not a bit complicated and possibly convoluted. It’s a series that actually goes hand in hand with another series by CLAMP that was being published at the same time Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. I’m not really sure that if this series ever quite got the popularity other works by Clamp did, but I do think it was quite deserving of it, to a point. It is still currently ongoing, though its companion piece has come to an end. Now CLAMP has been doing work for a very long time and are quite well known for not only heart wrenching stories, but also for their love of usually forbidden romances.

So our main protagonist is Kimihiro Watanuki, a high school student who can see spirits, much to his discomfort. As typical stories like this go, he just wants to be normal. This goes about as well as expected. He, by magic force, is taken to a wish granting shop owned by the mysterious Yuuko, who promises to grant his wish if he works for her. Of course, begrudgingly, he says yes, and the adventures begin. With his friends and new employer he begins to see the world of humans and ghosts around him in a new light. It’s mostly a series of one-shot adventures that all later add up to the bigger picture which coincides with its sister manga, though later chapters are sort of an offshoot from that storyline.

As stated above, our main character is Watanuki, who is excitable to the point of screaming and screaming and… Listen, he screams a lot, he’s very excitable, and its fits with his personality and how he deals with what happens to him. Like that’s a majority of his dialogue, screaming things because he’s upset or happy. It’s… I guess endearing. He’s an orphan who is very… ‘Mature’ for his age. He’s good at cooking and not so good at making friends, despite have two very good friends. He’s able to see ghosts and it’s plagued him for most of his life, as he often is unable to stop himself from looking strange in front of people. He realizes this and wants it to stop, even if it means doing things that he doesn’t really feel comfortable doing. He grows a lot over the course of the story.

Next is the time witch Yuuko, who is able to grant wishes. That is for a price. It’s sort of like an equivalent exchange type of situation, but often for the betterment of others rather than stealing a limb from them for a faulty thing that has never worked. She solves many a problems under the fact that one must want their wish to come true for them to become better, she is unable to act directly, and she tries to teach that lesson. She is a voice of reason for people who normally are unable to really change who they are. She sort of is like a big sister and mother to Watanuki, but doesn’t coddle him, rather prepares him for what she knows is coming but the reader and Watanuki don’t.

Shizuka Doumeki is a fellow high school student alongside Watanuki, sort of becoming a best friend/confidant. He appears as our straight man who is there to contrast against the loudness of his friend. He is popular whereas Watanuki struggles to connect, which is hilarious as Doumeki is practically emotionless when it comes to connecting with people. Archery star and raised in a shrine, Doumeki is there, unable to see spirits, but able to help Watanuki despite the latter’s grumbling. He also is able to do something very specific that makes him quite useful to his friend.

There is a whole slew of other characters who play an important role in the story of Watanuki, but there’s a lot of story with each that can lead to confusion for later chapters and the ultimate storyline. So for now we will go onto the art style.

If you couldn’t tell, I have a certain history and set of feelings for the art style in this series, and it’s both admiration and pure rage. CLAMP has its very developed style over the years and are often celebrated, this however doesn’t disregarded the fact that the anatomy is a whole level of its own hell. Part of me wants to say it’s for the style of the story, but another part of me doesn’t believe that. I’m willing to forgive though, as in the long run it’s more amusing than anything else, well… Depending on who you ask. However, it works in the long run for the manga. The anime was produced by Production I.G, better known for Psycho-Pass and Ghost in the Shell. There’s also a live action TV series that ran for 8 episodes, I don’t know too much about it, but if you want to check it out no one’s going to fault you.

Sound wise, this series is actually quiet pleasing despite the constant screaming of Watanuki’s character. In the dub, done by Funimation, we have Todd Haberkorn as the lead and Colleen Clinkenbeard as Yuuko. Both are well known voice actors, both working in multiple big series, such as Ouran Highschool Host Club for Todd and Ghost in the Shell for Colleen. The opening theme of the first series is 19Sai by Skikao Suga, who is known for his work in Boogiepop Phantom. The second series was never dubbed, though the movie A Midsummer’s Night Dream did reach American audiences. It’s a series that you can watch in English or Japanese, though if you dislike a lot of screaming… Maybe stay away from the anime and stick to the manga? Which may be best considering the anime only covered maybe 40% of the actual story. The manga also is still going with a few offshoots.

The series, despite my back talking, is enjoyable. It’s a supernatural ride that takes you as a viewer all over and CLAMP clearly loves the series. It shows in the way they continue it and keep presenting new things with the characters and storyline to keep it relatively fresh. The unfortunate downside is that with this story is that you’re going to probably have to read Tsubasa, its sister manga, to get the full effect and feel for it. It may also not be for people who don’t like episodic adventures, because that’s what makes up a majority of the anime. Still, I think this is a series many should like or at least a group of creators’ people should look into.

xxxHolic: 7/10