[identity profile] tryxkittie.livejournal.com
Hey guys, first time poster (I think) in the comm.

I'm really excited that Clamp is doing this kind of manga again. I'm usually not a fan of their more cutesy stuff and gravitate towards their more X-like urban fantasy (action, adventure, magic etc). I like the concept of Gate 7 so far, but I'd be lying if I said I understood what was going on lol. Is there ANYWHERE I can go to to find an in depth summary of the whole manga so far - plot, characters, and the conflicts etc. I tried tvtropes but no luck. Also I don't believe there's anything on wiki.

Also, what do you all think of gate_seven so far? I almost feel like there's so much exposition and new characters being thrown at us that the plot feels a little lost right now...a lot of set up. I was hoping for a stronger start, but I can't wait to see where it's heading.

We should definitely have a discussion post every month too!
[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com
CLAMP produced a new Gate 7 illustration for one of four posters included in the first issue of JUMP SQ. LaB, a collection of one-shots by various artists. (CLAMP themselves didn't contribute anything else, but don't be surprised if we see something Gate 7 related in the distant future.) You can see it here at [livejournal.com profile] chibiyuuto's journal!

The "Member" section of CLAMP's website has been gradually updated with Hana and Chikahito avatars, with Hana getting two wardrobe sets and Chikahito getting his outfit and guidebook from the first chapter. (Yes, you can dress them up as different CLAMP characters.) Unfortunately, the actual Character page for Gate 7 has never been updated since it was opened, and I myself have no reasonable explanation for that (beyond negligence).

There are no words left.

On the topic of negligence, I need to apologize for being absent from this community and from LiveJournal in general for so long. I'm currently in an intensive language-study program in Russia, and have not only had little time to go online, but also little time to even keep up on news about the series. Considering that Gate 7 is a monthly series, and that I only have one more month to go over here, this situation shouldn't continue for much longer; however, should it turn out that I can't manage the updates, Character page, and upcoming Synopsis, History, and Folklore sections come September, then I'll get together with [livejournal.com profile] jlarinda and [livejournal.com profile] samekh and discuss the possibility of vetting a new moderator. Hopefully it won't come to that, though!

With all that said, we're now six five chapters into the series! How have you enjoyed it so far? Do you like the current historically-based themes of the story, or would you have preferred the original dream-based plot described back in 2008? What battle-scarred, middle-aged warlord is going to get a makeover next? Share your thoughts!
[identity profile] uakari120.livejournal.com
 Hi all -

A friend and I were wondering what the constellation in the Gate Seven logo is this morning, and after several Google searches turned up nothing, we decided to get, um, creative...  So far, this is what we've come up with:

Click for pretty (?) picture )
[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com
CLAMP's official website has been updated with both a short publishing schedule and a main page for Gate 7, which you can see here. (They really waited until the last minute to put it up -- I was crawling through the website's URLs as late as yesterday, and it didn't appear.) With that, we have some interesting news:

① Chapter 1 will be published on the 4th, as we already know. Chapter 2 will be published exactly a month later (with color pages), and Chapter 3 exactly a month after that (with no color pages planned).

Gate 7 and CLAMP will be featured on the February 4th airing of Saki-yomi Jan BANG!, Shueisha's advertising platform monthly highlight of various Jump series. Such immediate publicity!

③ The CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 event will have Gate 7-related merchandise, including the already-advertised event poster and chocolates wrapped with Chikahito/Hana and Tachibana/Sakura illustrations (along with other CLAMP characters). There are hearts and flowers involved.

④ CLAMP-NET uses a color code to designate the sexes/genders of characters: "males" have their names in blue, "females" have their names in pink, and "genderless" characters have their names in yellow. This doesn't exactly indicate the actual genders or sexes of the characters, but rather how CLAMP wants us to think about them (for example, Sumomo, the Amewarashi, and the Zashikiwarashi almost definitely aren't biologically female, but they're listed with pink text; Maru and Moro are always depicted as "girls," but are listed with yellow text). Most of, but not all, of the "non-human" characters are listed with yellow text.

That said, Hana's name is listed with yellow text, so CLAMP doesn't want us to think of her/him/ze as either male or female. For the sake of discussion, what pronouns would you like to use for Hana from this point on?

Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] chibiyuuto and [livejournal.com profile] clamp_now for the information, as always!
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