While we’re still waiting for the Yuri on Ice film, this might just be the next best thing.
CLAMP, the famous manga creators behind X, Cardcaptor Sakura and much more are teaming up with figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu. They’re illustrating a picture book to tie in with the skater’s February 26 Tokyo Dome show called Gift.
Here’s what both Hanyu and CLAMP had to say about the collab:
This time, I have created the story of GIFT with various images. In that image, there is also a picture book story “GIFT”, and I wanted to embody that image in “CLAMP”.
We were really surprised when we received this consultation. We would like to help deliver to everyone another “picture book called GIFT” conceived by Mr. Hanyu, which is different from the unprecedented “GIFT” performance.
And here’s the official PR text:
A special “picture book” combining the words written by Yuzuru Hanyu and CLAMP’s illustrations will be released! This picture book can enjoy a new world different from the “GIFT” performance. While Yuzuru Hanyu was searching for ways to express his own stories not only through skating but also in the world of picture books, Hanyu offered CLAMP to create illustrations. It is a work that you can feel a different view of the world from the performance at Tokyo Dome. Through this work, I would like many people to feel a different perspective of “GIFT” and enjoy it.
Hanyu’s performance will take place on February 26. According to the website, it’s the first-ever solo ice show at Tokyo Dome.