About Lucy

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.

Episode 13: CLAMP School Detectives – Chivalry & Splendor

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).

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Here’s a link to the CLAMP no Kiseki interview we cited a few times in the episode, provided by the wonderful Chibi Yuuto.

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Episode 12: Clamp School Defenders DUKLYON – Fight On!

Get ready for one of CLAMP’s most exciting, most heroic, most high-energy teams: Duklyon! Lucy and Robin take a look at one of Clamp’s lesser-known series, in this delightful sentai send-up.

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Here’s a link to the CLAMP no Kiseki interview we cited a few times in the episode, provided by the wonderful Chibi Yuuto.

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Tokyo Babylon Blood & Sakura “Jello” Delight

An image of dark red jello-light dessert with a light cherry blossom shape in it. Overlay text reads: Blood & Sakura Delight | Tokyo Babylon | Agar + Sweetened Condensed Milk + Milk + Dark Cherry Juice

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 package plain agar (or jello)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Plain milk
  • Dark cherry juice

Instructions

White layer:

  1. Use half the agar, mix sweetened condensed milk with plain milk to reach liquid amount called for by agar’s package.
  2. Pour into a low, flat pan to set.
  3. Cut into the shape of cherry blossoms (we used a cookie cutter…because of course Robin has a cherry blossom cookie cutter).

Dark Layer:

  1. Use the other half of the agar, and mix with dark cherry juice (replace all liquid in package’s instructions).
  2. Pour into molds (we used glasses)
  3. After about a half an hour, poke white flower petals into the red liquid. They’ll slowly turn pink!
  4. Let set, and enjoy!

Tokyo Babylon Cherry Sake Splash

Photo of a pink drink in a champagne flute, with comic markers in the background. Overlay text reads: Cherry Sake Splash | Tokyo Babylon| Nigori Sake + 7-Up + Black Cherry Vodka + Maraschino Cherries

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.

Ingredients

  • nigori sake
  • z-up
  • black cherry vodka
  • maraschino cherry

Instructions

  1. Split cherry in half, put in glass.
  2. Add vodka until cherry is covered.
  3. Fill glass halfway with sake.
  4. Fill remainder with Z-up.

Reading List for Fall 2019

A graphic with the CLAMPcast logo, and text that reads: CLAMPcast in Wonderland | Reading List | Oct 2019: Duklyon CLAMP School Defenders, CLAMP School Detectives | Nov 2019: The Legend of Chun Hyang | Dec 2019: Shirahime Syo | Jan 2020: X

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!

Oct 2019
Duklyon CLAMP School Defenders
CLAMP School Detectives

Nov 2019
The Legend of Chun Hyang

Dec 2019
Shirahime Syo

Jan 2020
X

Episode 11: Tokyo Babylon – Déjà vu

Lucy and Robin bid a fond farewell to Tokyo Babylon (for now), as they dive into the OVA, movie, drama cd, and more.

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, animal abuse, and other unpleasantness.

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Here’s a link to the CLAMP no Kiseki interview we cited a few times in the episode, provided by the wonderful Chibi Yuuto.

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Episode 10: Tokyo Babylon – Blood and Cherry Blossoms

Lucy and Robin finish up their discussion of the Tokyo Babylon manga. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried…but we’re not saying goodbye quite yet!

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, and other unpleasantness.

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Episode 9 : Tokyo Babylon – No Longer In Service

Lucy and Robin finally make it to the last two volumes of Tokyo Babylon! It’s been a long ride…but we’re not quite done yet. Tune in again next time when we dig into a discussion of the series as a whole!

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, and other unpleasantness.

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Episode 8: Tokyo Babylon – Eyes of Destiny

Lucy and Robin continue their discussion from last week, tackling volume 5 of Tokyo Babylon. And if volume 4 made you cry…buckle up!

Editor’s note: we had some trouble with Robin’s audio for some reason, so she is a little quiet in some areas. We did what we could, but the issue should be resolved by next episode!

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, and other unpleasantness.

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Episode 7: Tokyo Babylon ⁠- Eyes of the City

Lucy and Robin dig into volume 4 of Tokyo Babylon, as the darker aspects of the series really start to come out. If you haven’t cried before now, well…keep some tissues handy. Next episode will be volume 5, we had to split this one up too–there’s just too much to discuss to contain in only an hour!

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, sexual violence, rape, death, and other unpleasantness.

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