Tag Archive for CLAMP

Wish

Introduction CLAMP, that group of 5 women masters of the manga format, are also some of the most prolific creators currently working in Japan. They tackle everything they do with intelligence and a great sense of drama, and happily, they…

Wish, vol. 1

An angel, Kohaku, is rescued from being tangled in a tree by an unsuspecting but chivalrous doctor, Shuichiro. Once freed, Kohaku proclaims that Shuichiro can have a wish granted for lending her aid. Unfortunately, Shuichiro cannot think of a single…

Wish, vol. 2

All of the introductions of Volume 1 out of the way, the story starts to really take off in Volume 2. Shuichiro, his usual calm slowly unsettled by his numerous heavenly and hellish houseguests, is attempting to figure out a…

Wish, vol. 3

With Volume 3, consequences start to pile up. Kohaku and Shuichiro sense that their time is limited, and almost unconsciously, each tries to extend it. Hisui advises Kohaku to consider her feelings carefully — does she want to stay with…

Wish, vol. 4

Given all the rules and forbidden passions launched in Wish, it’s difficult to imagine a happy or satisfactory ending being possible! And yet, CLAMP manages to resolve this melodrama of Heaven and Hell with a satisfying, if open, finish. Kohaku,…

Tokyo Babylon

Introduction Tokyo Babylon is one of CLAMP’s earlier works, and though it sets the stage for the team’s apocalyptic X/1999 series, it also stands on its own. Tokyo Babylon follows the adventures of Sumeragi Subaru, the head of Sumeragi clan…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 1

In this volume, we are introduced to our cast of characters — and though Hokuto is hit by the Exposition Fairy in a fairly obvious way, once we get all the explanations of who’s who out of the way, the…

Tokyo Babylon, vol. 2

The opening pages of volume 2 reaffirm that CLAMP are masters of dramatic layout, pulling out all of the cinematic stops they can to create drama with just a few lines of dialogue and powerful images. The sequence here follows…

Chobits, vol. 1

“Whatever happens, you must remember this: no matter how cute she is, no matter how human she seems, don’t fall in love with her. She’ll just make you cry.” When Hideki Motosuwa finds one of the new “Perscoms” (short for…

Cardcaptor Sakura, vol. 1

Sakura Kinomoto is a cute, bubbly, normal fourth-grader. That is, she was until the day she opened a mysterious old book and awakened a powerful magic. Now she’s a cute, bubbly fourth-grader with a secret mission: to find and capture…

Clover

This is the kind of manga that blows away any stereotypes of childish interactions or frivolous stories. Kazuhiko, an embittered ex-military man turned P.I., is yanked out of retirement to perform an apparently simple task: transport a young lady to…

Angelic Layer, battle 1

A new game has taken Tokyo by storm, drawing girls from all over the city to the Angelic Layer battle arena where players use their minds to control tiny robotic warriors in complicated, deadly fights. New arrival Misaki is enraptured…