Dec 8, 2008
Clamp in Wonderland is basically a short music video that contains all the characters from the Clamp universe and sticks them in one intertwining world. Its a happy and fun little title made from the all female production company known as, well........Clamp!
I must say it now......non-existent really. Basically you see Kamui (main lead in a title called X) find this little bouncy ball animal, he gets sucked into a hole there after and the video begins! You don't really see him again, most of the time it will simply just have all the Clamp characters interacting with one another and messing around. From Magic
Knight Rayearth, to Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, to Clamp School Detectives. Which ends as a sort of movie like ending, as it turns out all the characters were really watching the video from a music theater. Plot-less yes, but very fun to watch. The character's main goals are to simply entertain you with their antics, and not weave anything else. I feel I should mention again that this video is for characters made before 1996, so don't expect to be seeing anyone from Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura and the like. There is an updated video called "Clamp in Wonderland 2" which has those in it.
Nothing really offensive at all in this title, with the exception of one short moment at the beginning where the camera goes up Miyuki's skirt. But its very brief and never happens again.
I have to say that even for an older title, the clarity is pretty grainy, while it does make sense that it should look like that considering its from the 90's. I just can't help but look at it and think that it should have looked a little better. Now the actual character design and art are spot on. They are very well detailed and precise to the show that they come, each one has the exact look and feel from their respected series, so you never get the feeling that one looks out of place. (with the exception of the Rayearth characters, they looked more like their children in this) The backgrounds can range from very well detailed, to nearly nothing at all in the back. So its kinda hit and miss there.
Awesome! You get to hear this very catchy j-pop beat sung by Junko Hirotani called "Anata Dake no Wonderland (Your Very Own Wonderland)." Its very memorable, and chances are you will be replaying the video just to hear it again and again. The ending theme (yeah there actually is one) is nice as well, though a bit too low key for my tastes, it just lacks the happiness from the song that plays throughout the title, still quite soothing if you like that style..
Well since none of them talk I simply have to base this on their actions. They do act like their title counterparts, though sometimes I got the feeling that their facial expression would be a little lacking. For most of the video they are either just smiling or serious. I guess there wasn't really much they could do about that with no actual storyline. But they do bring a lot of their style and props from their series. Such as Miyuki-chan being chased by all the Wonderland women, to RG Veda readying itself for battle, to the "X" characters chilling on the Tokyo Tower, which played a big event in its series.
Bottom Line: 8/10
If your a Clamp fan or music lover in general, and can get past it's some what poor video quality, then I recommend you trying it out. If you have never seen any of Clamp's series, you can still enjoy it as there isn't a spoiler in sight, and it will most likely make you more interested in their work. A fun happy little video that can be enjoyed by fans and non-fans alike.
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