Foreign Friday: Clover

This week’s manga title is Clover by CLAMP.

The Story

Kazuhiko is a young, but already deeply wounded black ops agent of a baroque, retro-tech future. He is pulled out of retirement to escort Sue, a mysterious waif, to a destination she alone knows. Sue and Kazuhiko have never met, yet she knows him, despite  growing up since the age of four with her only human contact being two distant voices: that of her elderly grandma General Ko, and of Kazuhiko’s dead girlfriend, Ora. As Kazuhiko escorts her to her destination, he discovers more about the secrets of the Clover project, and the truth behind events in his own past.

The Charaters

As in most CLAMP series, the characters are deep and intricately created within the story. While it could be argued that Kazuhiko is the main character, Sue and the deceased Ora also have pivotal roles within the story.

What I Thought

Despite being written by CLAMP, whom I greatly respect, this series is actually down on one of my lowest tiers of things to ever read again. Why? In the first volume, things happen. At the end of the volume, I’m left with a general sense of suspense and anticipation, “what happens next?” But what did happen next? Two volumes of flashback. ??#$$%*#???!!! I later learned that it is an unfinished series.

As per CLAMP, the plot of the series is deep and subtle, and this one in particular is more on the somber, depressing side like Tokyo Babylon. The overall vibe I got from it was regret, and the desire to choose how your life ends. Those are not the vibes I usually look for when picking reading material, but if you like that, then this series is for you. Also true the CLAMP, the artwork is stunning and adds greatly to the depth of the plot. Making it’s lake of a decent ending…frustrating.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. alicamckennajohnson
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 01:51:27

    Thanks for the warning


  2. Jennifer Mandelas
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 18:19:52

    I wish someone had warned me! Then I could have at least read on with caution.


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