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Kanji: エックス
Romanji: Ekkusu
English Title: X/1999
Genre(s): Drama, Action, Romance, Apocalyptic
Manga
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten (JP)

Madman Entertainment (AUS)
Viz Media (NA)

Writer: Yuki Enatsu
Demographic: Shojo
Magazine: Monthly Asuka
Run: May 1992 – March 2003
# of Volumes: 18
Anime
X Anime Profile
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Producer(s): Masao Maruyama, Joichi Mizuno, Michiko Suzuki, Shinji Komori
Writer(s): Yuki Enatsu
Studio: Madhouse
Composer(s): Naoki Sato
Publisher: Siren Visual (AUS)

Funimation (NA)
MVM Films (UK)

Network(s): WOWOW (JP)

Animax (ZA)
Encore Action (NA)

Original Run: October 3, 2001 – March 27, 2002
# of Episodes: 24
Films: 1
OVAs: 1

X (Ekkusu, エックス) known as X/1999 in North-America, is CLAMP's foray into apocalyptic fiction. It combines elements from various end-of-the-world scenarios, both secular and religious, with its own mythos.

Story Edit

The story takes place at the end of days, in the year 1999. The series follows Kamui Shirou, a young esper who returns home to Tokyo after a six-year absence to face his destiny as "the one who will determine humanity's fate". The series is intended for a female audience, so X is drawn in the ornate style characteristic of shojo manga but with the emphasis on moral conflict and gruesome violence expected of seinen works. The story is influenced by the works of Go Nagai and Kyokutei Bakin.

The unfinished series spans 18 collected volumes and five uncollected chapters. The manga was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Asuka from May 1992, until the magazine's editors showed concern with the increasingly violent stories and stopped publishing it on March 2003. X has since been translated into English, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Polish and Spanish and adapted into a series of audio dramas, an animated feature film and television series.

Plot Edit

The events takes place in 1999. The end of the world is fast approaching as superhuman individuals gather and take sides in the city of Tokyo, the battle site of Armageddon. The key player in this day of reckoning is Kamui Shiro, a young man who returns home to Tokyo after a six-year absence to protect those dearest to him, Kotori and Fuuma Monou, and fulfill his mother's dying wish.

Unbeknownst to the three friends, Kamui and Fuuma are destined to fight each other during the end of the world. The first half of the series focuses on the gathering of the soldiers in the final battle and culminates with Kotori's death at the hands of her brother Fūma, sealing Kamui's choice as the protector of mankind and Fūma's place as his foil. The second half follows Kamui as he grows into his role as savior while the world moves along toward its inevitable destruction.

The story is Kamui's heroic journey, where the narrative places an emphasis on his choices and how they affect the world around him as he attempts to reconcile his dual destinies.

Characters Edit

Kamui Shirou
X Kamui Shirou Manga 司狼 神威, Shirō Kamui

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Kenichi Suzumura (JP), Steve Cannon (EN)
A powerful esper believed to be the one who holds the key to the fate of the world. He never knew his father and was raised only by his mother, Touru of the Magami Clan.
Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND, CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Kotori Monou
X Kotori Monou Manga 桃生 小鳥, Monou Kotori

Age: TBA
Gender: Female
Voice: Mamiko Noto (JP), Michelle Ruff (EN)
A child of the Togakushi Shrine. She was raised by her father, Kyougo after her mother, Saya died under mysterious circumstances. Her friendship with Kamui stems from a promise the three made as children: to always protect one another.
Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Fuuma Monou
X Fuuma Monou Manga 桃生 封真, Monou Fūma

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Crispin Freeman (EN)
A child of the Togakushi Shrine. He was raised alongside Kotori. The his friendship with Kamui stems from a promise the three made as children: to always protect one another.
Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND


Subaru Sumeragi
X Subaru Sumeragi Manga 皇 昴流, Sumeragi Subaru

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Tomokazu Sugita (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: Tokyo Babylon, CLAMP IN WONDERLAND, CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Sorata Arisugawa
X Sorata Arisugawa Manga 有洙川 空汰, Arisugawa Sorata

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Mitsuaki Madono (JP), Tony Oliver (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Arashi Kishu
X Arashi Kishu Manga 鬼咒 嵐, Kishū Arashi

Age: TBA
Gender: Female
Voice: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP), Lia Sargent (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Seiichiro Aoki
X Seiichiro Aoki Manga 蒼軌 征一狼, Aoki Seiichirō

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Toshiyuki Morikawa (JP), Steven Blum (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND


Karen Kasumi
X Karen Kasumi Manga 夏澄 火煉, Kasumi Karen

Age: TBA
Gender: Female
Voice: Yōko Sōmi (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND, CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Yuzuriha Nekoi
X Yuzuhira Nekoi Manga 猫依 護刃, Nekoi Yuzuriha

Age: TBA
Gender: Female
Voice: Kumi Sakuma (JP), Philece Sampler (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND, CLAMP IN WONDERLAND2


Yuuto Kigai
X Yuto Kigai Manga 麒飼 遊人, Kigai Yūto

Age: TBA
Gender: TBA
Voice: Michiaki Furuya (JP), Ezra Weisz (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: {{{cameo}}}


Satsuki Yatoji
X Satsuki Yatoji Manga 八頭司 颯姫, Yatōji Satsuki

Age: TBA
Gender: Female
Voice: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Karen Strassman (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND


Seishirou Sakurazuka
X Seishirou Sakurazuka Manga 桜塚 星史郎, Sakurazuka Seishirō

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Otoya Kawano (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: {{{cameo}}}


Nataku
X Nataku Manga 那吒, Nataku

Age: TBA
Gender: N/A
Voice: Motoko Kumai (JP), Mona Marshall (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: CLAMP IN WONDERLAND


Kakyou Kuzuki
X Kakyo Kuzuki Manga 玖月 牙暁, Kuzuki Kakyō

Age: TBA
Gender: Male
Voice: Yuji Ueda (JP), Terrence Stone (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: {{{cameo}}}


Kusanagi Shiyuu
X Kusanagi Shiyu Manga 志勇 草薙, Shiyū Kusanagi

Age: TBA
Gender: TBA
Voice: Masaki Aizawa (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)
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Cameos & Appearances: {{{cameo}}}


Publication Edit

X began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Asuka on May of 1992. Publishing the series proved troublesome on account of its subject matter. As the series portrays earthquakes as a sign of the end times, the motif became a point of contention after the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. Following letters from concerned readers, the manga was temporarily pulled from Kadokawa's magazine. After the murder of eleven year old, Jun Hase in 1997, the attention shifted to X's gruesome imagery and the series was pulled once again.

Serialization stopped on March 2003. The editors of Monthly Asuka were concerned with the increasingly violent stories and, rather than censoring themselves, the artists opted for a hiatus. Columnist John Oppliger, however, is of the persuasion the members of Clamp do not have a clear ending in mind and, contractual obligations notwithstanding, the rumored dispute should not impede publishing the remaining chapters.

The series is divided into seven story arcs:

  1. "The Beginning" (嚆矢, Kōshi)
  2. "The Seven Stars" (七曜, Shichiyō)
  3. "The Holy Sword" (神剣, Shinken)
  4. "Kamui" (神威, "Kamui")
  5. "The Dreamgazer" (夢見, Yumemi)
  6. "Kekkai" (結界, "Kekkai")
  7. "The End" (終末, Shūmatsu)

Starting in volume seventeen. Volumes five through seventeen of the Japanese release include short stories detailing the individual backgrounds of the Dragons of Heaven and Earth.

On September 26, 2006, Kadokawa Shoten published CLAMP Newtype Platinum, a special CLAMP edition of Newtype Magazine. The issue includes the "X 18.5" supplement, a re-print of five previously uncollected chapters. The series is expected to reach twenty-one volumes upon completion.

The North American version of the manga, retitled X/1999, was serialized in Viz Media's Animerica Extra and released in graphic novel form under the Shojo imprint. Chuang Yi handles distribution of the English language version in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The series has also been translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Polish and Spanish.

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