Reading List – The Year of X

We’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but after running a poll on Twitter, we’ve decided to push through to the end of X instead of pausing for Rayearth (and other series released during its early run). We’re too far in to turn back now, and X feels like a good series for the very dark and very depressing year that is 2020. We’ll save the lighter stuff for 2021, when either things will be better, or we’ll be in even more need of a light pick-me-up.

Nothing is set in stone, but here’s a quick road-map for the year ahead!

July
X volumes 9 and 10

August
X volumes 11 and 12

September
X volumes 13 and 14

October
X volumes 15 and 16

November
X volumes 17 and 18

December
X anime, etc.

Episode 16: Legend of Chun Hyang – The Epic That Might Have Been

If you loved RG Veda, you’ll probably love Chun Hyang…and be as sad as we were that there was only one volume. Join Lucy and Robin as they take a look into the epic CLAMP fantasy that never really got off the ground.

CW: some gore, death, assault, and violence.

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Episode 12: Duklyon CLAMP School Defenders – 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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Episode 11: Tokyo Babylon Extras – 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 Overall – 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 vol. 6 & 7 – 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 vol. 5 – 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 vol. 4 ⁠- 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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Episode 6: Tokyo Babylon vol. 2 & 3 – Call and Response

Lucy and Robin continue their discussion of Tokyo Babylon, looking at volumes 2 and 3, as the series really starts to take shape.

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

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Episode 5: Tokyo Babylon vol. 1 – Do You Hate Tokyo?

This week Lucy and Robin discuss the first volume of one of CLAMP’s most distinguished works, which sets the stage for a lot of their future projects: Tokyo Babylon!

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

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