CLAMP's HiGH&LOW Manga Ends on August 9
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is publishing the final chapter of CLAMP's HiGH&LOW g-sword manga on August 9. Kodansha will ship the manga's compiled book volume on October 17.
The manga adapts the HiGH&LOW live-action entertainment project. The franchise, launched by Japanese supergroup Exile Tribe, began as a 10-episode drama series titled HiGH&LOW: The Story of S.W.O.R.D. that premiered on television and Hulu in Japan in October 2015. A second drama series titled HiGH&LOW Season 2 ran from April to June 2016.
In the story, a legendary powerful team called Mugen once dominated a town. The group faced resistance from the formidable Amamiya Brothers, the only ones willing and powerful enough to not give in. In the end, Mugen suddenly disbanded and the Amamiya Brothers disappeared without a trace. Afterward, a group of five gangs — Sannoh Hoodlum Squad, White Rascals, Oya High School, Rude Boys, and Daruma Ikka — take over, calling themselves "G-SWORD" and naming the area "SWORD" after their gang names.
CLAMP launched the manga in the magazine's 16th issue on March 29. The manga inspired a Flash anime that aired for five days in March during NTV's Sukkiri!! morning program. The anime will ship on DVD bundled with special versions of the manga on October 17.
The Road to HiGH&LOW film premiered in theaters in May 2016. A second film titled HiGH&LOW The Movie premiered in theaters in July 2016, followed by the HiGH&LOW The Red Rain film, which opened in Japan last October. A series of live performances titled HiGH&LOW The Live ran from July through October 2016 across Japan.
HiGH&LOW The Movie 2: End of Sky opens in theaters on August 19, followed by HiGH&LOW The Movie 3: Final Mission on November 11.
Manga artist Masami Hosokawa launched a manga adaptation of the original drama series in Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine in October 2015. Akita Shoten published the manga's third compiled volume on October 7.
CLAMP is a four-member manga artist team who have created manga series such as Cardcaptor Sakura and Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE. The group recently drew the character designs for the Kabukibu! anime series, which premiered in April.