If you want to get fancy, Lucy lives in Portland, OR, and has a MA in Writing/Book Publishing, with a focus on Young Adult Literature, and a heaping disregard for literary snobbishness (she was an English Major–she’s seen and spouted her fair share). She works as a social media marketer, and has dabbled in developmental editing as a freelancer.
Is it healthy to watch 26 episodes of CLAMP Campus Detectives all in one sitting? Probably not, but Lucy and Robin took one for the team…and dragged some friends along for the ride. Join them this week as they discuss the CLAMP Campus Detectives anime!
We had to go dark at some point, and Robin was testing out some techniques for Halloween, so this take on a Vodka Cranberry incorporates that iconic missing eye that Clamp is so well known for (in certain circles, anyway). It was hard to capture in the drink, but that’s an “eyeball” at the bottom of the glass, made out of a lychee and a grape.
Black cherry Vodka
Concord grapes (frozen)
Freeze lychees and grapes
Once frozen, you can shove the grape into the lychee without it falling apart. Boom, done!
Put the eyeball in the glass.
Cover with black cherry vodka (about a shot’s worth).
Fill ¾ full with cranberry juice, and the rest with seltzer.
With a school this spectacular, any unhappiness is a horrible crime, and the CLAMP School Detectives are here to save the day! Lucy and Robin dig into the charming series that brought so many CLAMP stories together (long before Tsubasa).
We weren’t content with just drinks for our beloved Tokyo Babylon! Robin loves playing around with agar as a jello alternative (it sets up better and comes in a different range of flavors, plus it’s vegan!), and when she realized she could make white agar, and have it slowly turn pink in red agar…well, we couldn’t resist!
You can also easily swap this with jello, just follow package instructions!
1 package plain agar (or jello)
Sweetened condensed milk
Dark cherry juice
Use half the agar, mix sweetened condensed milk with plain milk to reach liquid amount called for by agar’s package.
Pour into a low, flat pan to set.
Cut into the shape of cherry blossoms (we used a cookie cutter…because of course Robin has a cherry blossom cookie cutter).
Use the other half of the agar, and mix with dark cherry juice (replace all liquid in package’s instructions).
Pour into molds (we used glasses)
After about a half an hour, poke white flower petals into the red liquid. They’ll slowly turn pink!
Finally, the first of our Tokyo Babylon drinks! This one’s for our favorite twins. We wanted to go for a light, fizzy drink that really spoke to their innocence and high energy. Cherry vodka was just too perfect to turn down, and this drink is designed to be light and gentle…just like the early part of the series. But don’t get too comfortable, the darkness is coming.
We’re entering an era were CLAMP released a lot of short works in quick succession, so we wanted to give you folks a list of the upcoming series we’ll be covering. We’ve taken a few liberties, and dates are subject to change depending on how recording goes, but this should give you a basic idea of the next few months!
Initially we thought Duklyon came after CLAMP Campus Detectives, but according to CLAMP’s website, it was released in 1991 instead of 1992 (the rest of these series began in 1992). So we’ve bumped it to the top of the list, but it should only take one episode.
We’ve also purposely moved X to the bottom of the list, even though it came out in May of 1992 (before Shirahime or Chun Hyang), because it’s going to take a long time to get through all of it, and we want to knock out some short stuff first. We also really like the idea of doing it at the beginning of the new year.
Thanks for sticking with us this far!
Duklyon CLAMP School Defenders
CLAMP School Detectives