[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com
Several Gate 7 goods are being sold at the ongoing CLAMP Festival in Tokyo; the full list of goods can be seen here. If you'd rather that the images below be placed under a cut, please tell me and I'll fix the coding right away!

A "deskpad."

Keychain sets: lotus, cherry, mandarin, and...sunflower?

A phone strap.

Hand towels! Tokugawa Iemitsu can finally wash his hands of the Urashichiken.

Postcards from the manga.

A tapestry, hopefully made of cloth.

A mug, listed mysteriously as a "mug-cup."

A bookmark, listed mysteriously as a "bookmark."

Gate 7's sprite roster in the CLAMP@MOBILE section now includes Tachibana and Sakura, who come with their outfits from the splash page of Chapter 4. A special prize will be given to the person who dresses them up in the most humiliating outfits possible.

CLAMP-NET's long-lived "Loft" section was updated to include Hana, Chikahito, Tachibana, and Sakura icons...for your desktop. (The prospect of having Hana open Word for you is thrilling, I know!) You can download the full set of icons for either Windows or Mac here.
[identity profile] outou.livejournal.com
The website for MOON SAGA: The Mystery of Yoshitsune, a multimedia collaboration between CLAMP and the highly-popular singer GACKT, opened yesterday. Tickets are now being sold for the live stage productions; in the future, CLAMP will draw a manga for the project, while there are additional plans for an animated series, video game, and film (which could be either animated or live-action, we don't know). Several of the companies involved in the project have worked with CLAMP in the past, including the publishing house Kodansha and PYROTECHNIST (which produced the second CLAMP in Wonderland video).

Gackt by CLAMP

As to why these news are being cross-posted here: the project bears a notable similarity with Gate 7, appearing to be a beautification rewriting of a popular subject in Japanese history (here Minamoto no Yoshitune of the Heian period). (As with the shady circumstances behind the deaths of Oda Nobunaga, Akechi Mitsuhide, and other Gate 7 characters, CLAMP is likely taking advantage of the myths surrounding Yoshitune to rework his story as they please.) While many of Gate 7's characters come from the Sengoku and early Tokugawa periods -- several hundred years after Yoshitune's death -- there may be crossovers between the two series in the future, as time differences have never deterred CLAMP from mixing their universes.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] chibiyuuto and the folks at [livejournal.com profile] clamp_now for the information!

In community news, I will try to update the character pages as soon as I can. I'm back in my home country with plentiful Internet connections, but have been at a loss for time due to getting everything in order at university -- I'm sorry!

The MOON SAGA website included something interesting in CLAMP's bio: according to UNESCO, CLAMP as a single entity was the 10th most-widely-translated author in Japan as of 2010. The more you know!
[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!
[identity profile] hoshiko-2000.livejournal.com
Jump SQs website has been updated with a scan of the upcoming issues cover, featuring Hana.


The next issue, featuring the new chapter of Gate 7, with be out feb 4th. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm looking foward to it ^.^
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