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I'm a Clamp fan. Anyone taking a peek at my manga and anime collection can tell you that right off the bat. Sure, lots of us are, I mean, when you're as long running, big and talented as Clamp, there's not one anime fan out there who has not heard of you!

I'm pretty sure there's a Clamp work out there for everyone, from their classic shoujo magical girl series like Card Captor Sakura, to their surprisingly graphic and mature works like X/1999.

Personally, out of the lady quartet I've always been a huge fan of Tsubaki Nekoi (Formerly Mick Nekoi). Sure, all the members of Clamp swap roles and have equal part in the final product of any of their titles, but some carry more weight than others, and the titles that Nekoi has worked the most on always seem to catch my eyes, namely, Legal Drug (and it's re-release/continuation Drug and Drop), Kobato, Suki and Wish!

My favorite of these is Wish.

Having recently sat down and finally watched Kobato's anime adaptation, I was in for a huge surprise. For those of you unfamiliar with Wish or Kobato, the rest of this entry will be put under a cut for potential spoilers!

Wish is one of Clamp's works that I think gets kind of shoved under the rug a lot, it's no where near as grand and epic in scale as Tsubasa and XXX Holic, and it was never as popular here in the states as other early Clamp works like Sakura, Chobits or even Magic Knights Rayearth!

But like all Clamp works, it's presence and existence is well felt throughout continuing series. Wish intersects heavily with the "Green Drugstore" titles I mentioned above, so much so in recent chapters that it probably falls more into the vein of a "sequel" than a "spiritual successor" like the connection between some of their other titles *cough Angelic Layer to Chobits cough*. One of their newer series, Kobato even has direct cameos and allusions to the events of Wish with it's main character Kohaku showing up! Even plot elements and backstory relates directly back to the events of Wish.

Which is essentially, what I'm getting at I guess. Kohaku showed up in Kobato and that was a big deal for me. I got so damn excited, and, embarrassing as it is, I was even a little bit relieved to see Kohaku again!

A part of me went "Hey, I haven't seen you in so long, it looks like Clamp hasn't forgotten about you!" and it was like seeing a dear old friend again, because that's probably the best way I can even describe what reading and re-reading Wish was like for me!

I knew Kohaku was in Kobato, but I also knew that Kobato's anime adaptation plot was very simplified, so I was hopeful, but I didn't think he'd make it in the adaptation past a cameo. Lo and behold, I was... mostly right. Kohaku had a very small minimalist role, and his existence in the anime only seemed to allude more to the events of the manga and hint that there was far more going on underneath the surface (as is true of the manga) that what was being shown in the anime. But hey, he showed up for more than one episode! He got to chat with Kobato and Ioroyogi and later they helped him go on a date with the latest Shuichiro, model: Average Salary Man!  :D :D

And for every frame of animation, I thought it was worth it. There's a little known 1997 "music Video" that Clamp had produced for Wish. If anything the direction flows like that of an extended anime title opening sequence, it's nice, cute, and looks pretty high quality! They even had an "ending credits" bit too! I saw this clip years ago on the internet and got super pumped.

I mean just think of it, the one Clamp Manga I'd bring up in anime clubs or among friends that was usually met with "I don't remember that one, are you sure it was a Clamp title?" had an ~anime~! Man, I was SO disappointed when that bubble was burst and I found out that it never got anything beyond a little music video!

Even so, I loved every second of seeing the cast of Wish moving around onscreen, and I've secretly always hoped, dated and old as this work is, that some day it would get a proper anime. There are a lot of reasons why it wouldn't and I can understand them. First and foremost is this manga's age. Originally put out in Japan in 1996, and printed in english around 2002, either way you slice it this manga is way over ten years old, it's totally old hat. (Then again, totally 90's era Parasyte got a beautiful 2014 anime AND movie, so a guy can dream!) Secondly, and probably one of the bigger reasons, is that, while Wish is not the most well known Clamp title, it showcases the team's insane love of hyper complicated and drop dead gorgeous embroidery and folds on outfits. The character designs for Wish are nothing to sneeze at, sure they're all a little same-facey when you get right down to it, (Clamp has an ever evolving style, but they stick to their roots!) but take one look at those pimped out angel robes and demon garb and you have an animators worst freaking nightmare.

Part of the appeal of Wish's art, is indeed it's complicated and beautiful designs, but that's very hard to realize in animation, so that alone would be pretty hard to adapt, hence why, even when Kohaku did show up in Kobato's anime, he was kept in simple earth clothes, and never once seen in his  amazing heavenly robes.

So, once again, seeing a little piece of Wish appear in the Kobato anime made me really happy, and gives me something a little like hope, that this work isn't completley forgotten, and that hey, it might even get an anime some day, who knows!
 

Haha, wow I got really out of focus there. ANYWAYS, I've got a lot of stupid love for this manga and I want to share it with people, so I think I'm going to start up a little review series of some sort for Wish. I want to talk about all sorts of things, the characters, the developments, how much this dumb little comic mean to me, and of course, the pretty, pretty artwork!

So, I think what I'll do is review the manga first, break it down and do it chapter by chapter so I can really go in-depth and have a lot to post! That way I can have regular updates and always have something to do. I'll try to post pictures and scans from my own books or any scanslations if I can find any lying around. I'm also thinking of getting the Wish art book at some point, so I may even review that, and of course, I can always talk about that dumb little music video as well! :3

So keep your eyes peeled, my next post will probably be a little "introduction" of sorts and kick off this little project idea!



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