The story starts out with you working in the Shields’ infirmary when Kirisawa comes over with a basket with a ring of roses in it and asks you to go find Kojuro and Masamune in their world. You go and end up having tea with them. You suddenly remember the basket and hand it over, but instead of taking the basket, Kojuro and Masamune put more rings of roses in and ask you to go find Joshua at his castle.
You find Joshua, Iori, Subaru, Mitsuhide and Soryu at Joshua’s castle and they hand you even more roses… Then Joshua asks you to go find Akito at his bar (?).
You go to Akito’s bar and he tells you to sit down and close your eyes so he can do your makeup. He says it’s for mission. After your makeup is done, he asks you to look in a mirror. You are astonished by how perfect your makeup is and say something like how skilled a makeup artist Akito is and how you’ve never looked this beautiful before! That causes Akito to blush.
Then Akito hands you a white ballgown and asks you to put it on. After you’re all dolled up, you find Yamato waiting for you all dressed up in a white tuxedo. You think he looks really handsome and your heart goes all doki soki! He’s your escort for the day and helps you into a limo waiting outside.
You end up at the Cendrillon hotel where you find the Shields boys all dressed up and waiting for you in the ballroom. They all come up to you to add more roses to your basket. Then you’re told it’s an anniversary party for you to celebrate your joining Shields for one year. Edward then explains that there are now 50 roses in your basket and that they represent ‘a chance encounter’ and ‘eternity’.
The party then starts and everyone talks about their highlights for the year. Roberto’s is the time they all played beach volleyball together and Masamune did his ‘one-eyed dragon attack’!! XD This makes Masamune blush and Kojuro is rather confused as he wasn’t there. He asks what’s wrong and Masamune is all ‘nothing, don’t worry about it’.
Other highlights include when they all took part in the idol competition and when Yuzuki trained Mizuki and Ieyasu. Then Roberto suddenly remembers that Glenn is their youngest member and gives him some words of encouragement(?) which makes Glenn blush.
The party goes on and you spot Yamato sitting alone, drinking in a corner. You go over and Yamato (who is perhaps slightly drunk) is about to confess his love for you when Roberto spots this and stops Yamato by loudly proclaiming how this is forbidden!! Looks like the boys have some sort of consensus about how none of them are allowed to make a move on you? Attracted by the commotion, the others come over and they all begin saying how they love you the most! Yamato then says how you should decide on your favourite now (??).
Suddenly, the lights go off and you feel yourself being lifted. When the lighs come back on, you find yourself in Ryoichi’s arms!
And the story stops here for now and will be continued in the 2nd half of the anniversary event that begins on 12 April.
The last time I went to the library, I discovered they had CLAMP’s The One I Love (Watashi no Sukinahito in Japanese). So I checked it out, and finally read it today. Basically, it’s an anthology of little one-shot stories, all on the subject of love, which CLAMP published in the magazine Monthly Young Rose from 1993 to 1995. (The omake comic identifies said magazine as being for “young women,” which I presume means jōsei, manga marketed to women around 18-24, which is definitely a different age bracket than most of their works are written for). The comics are drawn by Tsubaki Nekoi (then still going by her former name Mick Nekoi) and are accompanied by short essays written by Nanase Ohkawa, who was also responsible for the story of the comics. The two other members of CLAMP, Mokona Apapa (usually just called Mokona) and Satsuki Igarashi, are only credited for helping this time.
I really liked the stories. They deal with everything from getting up the courage to confess your love, to getting over an argument, to insecurity about a relationship, to wondering if you’re ready for marriage to if it’s ok that you might become a different person after getting married.
Anyway, definitely buying it for my semi-unofficial collection of CLAMP mangas, which currently consists of full sets of Magic Knight Rayearth, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic, the CLAMP School Trilogy (Clamp School Detectives, Man of Many Faces, and CLAMP School Defenders Dukylon), and Wish; a near full set of Cardcaptor Sakura (I need one volume of the first arc), and a couple volumes of Gate 7. Plus I own a few volumes of their magazine CLAMP no Kiseki and one of their artbooks. Basically, I love CLAMP. I want to get caught up on their series. I haven’t read RG Veda or Tokyo Babylon, their two earliest works, or the unfinished X and Clover (except one chapter). I started to read Legal Drug but didn’t like it. I also have not read Kobato yet, or the latest xxxHolic series, or all of Angelic Layer. I’ve also read Chobits, but I can’t remember if I actually own it.
Aside from CLAMP, I really like Naoko Takeuchi, naturally. I’ve gotten a bit into Arina Tanemura; I started to read the Full Moon wo Sagashite manga, and I’ve seen the anime of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. Her newer series Sakura-Hime is also good.
I’ve been expanding my horizons though with manga, thanks to the library; currently I’m reading Oh My Goddess!, Detective Conan (Case Closed in the U.S.) and Princess Jellyfish (my first jōsei series!). I recently finished the Shugo Chara and Haruhi Suzumiya mangas, and I’ve also read MÄR. This library has a large, varied manga selection, which makes me happy.
But anyway…I got off track. I love manga, I love CLAMP, and I loved this book in particular.
To Nanase Ohkawa, Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi.
Thank you for your amazing stories and beautiful art. They gave me comfort in my childhood; they fill me with wonder to this day. You give me inspiration to do my best in life, art, love, in everything! I would not be the person I am today if I had not discovered Cardcaptor Sakura when I was 12. Thank you for creating strong female protagonists that young girls need. Thank you for showing that there is light in the dark. Thank you for showing that love will find a way. Thank you for being strong business women who can hold their ground. I hope to meet you one day!