Weary due to the complete mess of an ending TRC had (and still weary to finish up ×××HOLiC because of it), I finally got around to reading CLAMP’s latest series, Gate 7! I mean, Kobato was still very good, in my opinion, so I haven’t lost hope in CLAMP.
As always, CLAMP manages to intrigue me from the very first chapters. The artwork is very pretty and the personality quirks of the characters are highly amusing. Especially Hana’s love for noodles, rivaling Yuko’s penchant for alcohol and Kero-chan’s obsession with food in general. xD
Gate 7 seems to be the most Japanese-inspired out of all of CLAMP’s works. Enthusiasts of Japanese culture will relate to Chikahito’s fondness of Japanese relics and Kyoto. I guess if you’re not savvy with Japanese culture, you might be left a little confused with the constant Japan-oriented terms they use.
I’ll wait until I finish the first volume before I decide to buy a copy from Dark Horse (bless their awesome souls).
It’s common knowledge within the anime fandom that series based off of on-going manga or light novels resort to producing original episodes, which serve as padding, in order for the anime’s story to maintain a certain distance from the original story.
However, there’s somewhat of an inherent problem with fillers or anime-original episodes. Half of the time they’re bad, sometimes they’re decent, and very rarely are they ever as good as the genuine articles. More on this after the jump.
I bought this art-book bundle that came with a free art bag, wall scroll, and cute card of Sena from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. The art was done by a Chinese circle that also included some Japanese artists. The drawings look really nice! Sadly, I can’t find any more stuff from them on Pixiv, since they’re predominately Chinese. Some of the pages are really ecchi, but hey, it was a nice deal for $25. If only I was able to find an artbook of my number one Kobato, everything would have been perfect!
Along with the art book, I managed to snatch me some Haruhi Playing Cards.
Air date: 7/1/2010. What? An anime with a fairy tale motif? Airing on my birthday? Does Japan love me or something?
(Excuse the Chinese subtitles, I lacked RAWs for the screenshots… and good-quality English fansubs.)
OH. MY. GAWD. KOBATO.
Despite my being giddy over the anime adaptation coming out when it was first revealed months ago, I never actually got around to watching it because I forgot about it being made (T_T). I wasn’t paying attention to CLAMP in general towards the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, and frankly, I should stab myself for it.
Now that I have gotten around to watching, I must say, I’m impressed with what MADHOUSE has done with it. They’ve met my expectations and have earned more respect from me, on top of my already-high respect for them.
Title: Kabuto こばと。
Artist Group: CLAMP
Serialized in: Newtype
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten 株式会社角川書店
Hanato Kobato is a very happy and perky girl, who aims to fill a mysterious bottle in order to grant her wish. Aiding her in this task is a grump plush-like dog named Ioryogi. Now she has to heal the suffering hearts of people in order to fill the bottle. However, she has to make sure that she does not fall in love with the person she’s healing.