Tokyo Babylon

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Created on: 7 Jun 2007
For fans of the manga Tokyo Babylon
(東京 BABYLON) by CLAMP, and related OVAs, music, movies, anime, and manga.


This is a group for fans of the manga Tokyo Babylon (東京 BABYLON) by CLAMP, and related OVAs, movies, music, anime, and manga.

In conjunction with: X/1999 @
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From Wikipedia
Tokyo Babylon is a shojo manga series created by Clamp. In 1991, it was made into a two-part anime OVA series. The director for the OVA series was Koichi Chigira whereas the character designer and animation director was Kumiko Takahashi. There is also a live action movie entitled Tokyo Babylon 1999. The English manga has been licenced by TOKYOPOP. The OVAs are now available in the United States in both DVD and VHS. The plot is told in a series of substories, 2-3 per volume. While it begins with a monster of the week approach, with somewhat independent running chapters, the plot gradually becomes continuous and backstory is introduced. The focus throughout the manga is on the development of the characters and the relationships between them. The main characters are the onmyouji (lit. "yin-yang master", also translated as spirit medium or shaman) Subaru Sumeragi, his twin sister Hokuto Sumeragi, and the veterinarian Seishirou Sakurazuka. The plot involves Subaru and Hokuto protecting Tokyo from spirits by exorcising them, aided by Seishirou's somewhat subtle interference. Characters from Tokyo Babylon make significant appearances in other Clamp works, including X (a.k.a. X/1999) and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. The OVA's are similar in content to independent stories taking place in the middle of the manga series. The second OVA gives hints toward the overall plot line. In terms of plot timeline, the movie takes place after the ending of the manga and before the beginning of X.


Main Characters

Subaru Sumeragi

Subaru is an extremely talented onmyouji (also referred to as a yin-yang sorcerer or spirit medium) and the 13th Head of the Sumeragi clan. He tends to be rather shy, but is extremely kindhearted. He constantly wears gloves over his hands for reasons known only to his grandmother. A shadowy childhood moment may provide the answer. In the story of X/1999, Subaru is also a Dragon of Heaven and in Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is a dimension-wandering vampire along with his twin brother, Kamui.

Hokuto Sumeragi

Hokuto is Subaru's eccentric twin sister. She is quick-witted, bold and impulsive, the polar opposite of Subaru. While she lacks most of Subaru's strong spiritualistic abilities, she is still able to cast spells unique to her. She always means well and acts in Subaru's best interests. Hokuto is the designer of the outrageous outfits she and Subaru often don. In X/1999, she appears in flashbacks of the memories of Subaru, Seishirou, and Kakyou Kuzuki.

Seishirou Sakurazuka

While he works as a friendly veterinarian who happens to hit on Subaru a lot, Seishirou is actually the current Sakurazukamori; an assassin who uses onmyoujutsu (yin-yang techniques) to kill. The name "Sakurazukamori" ("Cherry-Tree Barrow Guardian") refers to a Japanese folk legend according to which cherry trees' white blossoms are dyed pink from the blood of bodies buried beneath it. Seishirou also appears in X/1999 as a Dragon of Earth and in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle as a dimension-hopping hunter.


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Kiss Kiss by Hideaki Matsuoka
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