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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Transcript | Episode 0: An Introduction

Join Lucy and Robin as they embark on their epic reread/rewatch of all things CLAMP. In this inaugural episode, we talk about how our nerdy origin stories led to our nerdy careers, our favorite CLAMP titles, and most importantly, this crazy journey we’re undertaking.

We’ll be your guides through CLAMP’s Wonderland!

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An illustration depicting the two hosts of CLAMPcast in Wonderland, with a mic between them, and a Mokona on each side.

Robin: CLAMP, the four-woman mangaka supergroup, originated in 1987. Coincidentally, that was about the time both of us originated. It is less of a coincidence that the two of us have been friends as long as we’ve been CLAMP fans, since that had a little something to do with how we met. Is it destiny? Is it hitsuzen? Or is it just a sentimental origin story for a podcast?

Lucy: Hi, we’re Lucy Softich-

R: and Robin Kaplan—

L: —and we’re here to be your guides through CLAMP’s Wonderland.

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Episode 3: RG Veda OVA – A Quick Diversion

To round out their discussion of RG Veda, Lucy and Robin tackle the two-episode OVA that was released during the run of the manga. How will our heroes fare this time? Tune in to find out!

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, incest, sexual violence, rape, death, genocide, cannibalism, and a good bit of blood and gore. Not as much as the actual source material, though!

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Episode 2: RG Veda – A Discussion

If you survived our meandering summary last episode, it’s time for discussion! Lucy and Robin tackle the themes, successes, and failings of CLAMP’s debut series, RG Veda.

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, incest, sexual violence, rape, death, genocide, cannibalism, and a good bit of blood and gore. Not as much as the actual source material, though!

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Episode 1: RG Veda – A Meandering Summary

RG Veda was CLAMP’s first official work, and boy, did they come out of the gates swinging. In their first official episode, Lucy and Robin go on a quest to summarize the twists and turns of this complicated (and slightly rough) epic fantasy.

CW: we will lightly discuss themes of suicide, violence, incest, sexual violence, rape, death, genocide, cannibalism, and a good bit of blood and gore. Not as much as the actual source material, though!

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In our travels through the internet, we stumbled upon this excellent old website, the Rg Veda FAQ Online. It helped us track down some of the history behind this series, and is worth a read by any RG Veda fan!

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Episode 0: An Introduction

Join Lucy and Robin as they embark on their epic reread/rewatch of all things CLAMP. In this inaugural episode, we talk about how our nerdy origin stories led to our nerdy careers, our favorite CLAMP titles, and most importantly, this crazy journey we’re undertaking.

We’ll be your guides through CLAMP’s Wonderland!

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Transcript available here.