With over 100 million copies of their work sold worldwide and countless praises from critics & fans alike, the artist group CLAMP has set themselves up as a household name in the world of anime and manga.

Despite their success, the group has surprisingly managed to keep a low profile. For example, some people familiar with their work might not have been aware that they started as and continue to be an all-female group. CLAMP was established in the 1980s, and originally created self-published or fan versions of popular manga series at the time.

The group then decided to start publishing original work with the manga series RG Veda, which caught the eye of a Japanese publisher who agreed to serialize the manga. In the years after their debut, they continued to release more original work, some of which were adapted into anime that brought on legions of fans worldwide.

To celebrate 30 years since their debut as professional manga artists, a website and an accompanying online shop were created as a source of news and merchandise related to the anniversary.

Recently, they released a china plate based on the original image used in the cover of the 1998 LaserDisc release of Cardcaptor Sakura. The image features sakura, or cherry blossoms, floating around series protagonist Sakura Kinomoto. She can be seen with her signature pink outfit and sealing wand, along with her constant companion Cerberus. The backside of the plate features the logo for CLAMP’s 30th anniversary.

One of CLAMP’s most popular works, the Cardcaptor Sakura series tells the story of elementary school student Sakura and her adventures involving magical clow cards. It was first published in 1996 and got adapted into anime in 1998, which went on to become immensely popular across the world.

The Cardcaptor Sakura commemorative plate is priced at 10,909 yen, and you can view more details about it or purchase it through the 30th anniversary website.


By - Jen Santelices.