Manga: CLAMP School Detectives

To protect and serve women all around, is CLAMP's detectives' noble goal.

Clamp School Detectives is a 3 volume manga series made by CLAMP (creators of Card Captor Sakura, Chobits, Angelic Layer, Magic Knight Rayearth, Tokyo Babylon, etc....), which was adapted into a 26 episode anime in 1997. It tells the adventures of the Elementary School Student-board, solving cases and easing the life of all kinds of women. Aiding them are the Kindergarten Class President Utako and her best friend Nagisa, who are sorta smitten with them. However, their hardest case will be one regarding Nokoru's past...

CLAMP's manga Man of Many Faces (which stars Akira as the elusive thief 20 Faces) and Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders both Cross Over with CLAMP School Detectives, and Manga/X1999 is also partially set in CLAMP School.

Tropes within:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The original 3-volume manga series was basically a series of vignette stories about the boys solving crime, and it had no proper ending. The 26-episode anime gave more insight into the backstories of the heroes, gave significant attention to the two main couples, Suoh/Nagisa and Akira/Utako, and even gave Nokoru a nemesis in the finale to test his might.
  • All-Loving Hero: Nokoru has shades of this, though it comes out mostly in relation to the ladies.
  • The Faceless: Possibly parodied: the Chairwoman aka Nokoru's mother frequently hides her eyes on purpose with a fan or a set of blinds whenever the camera could have gotten a good shot of her upper face.
    • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo / Writing Around Trademarks: Apparently, the Chairwoman is based on a character named Imonoyama Rarisa, who appeared in some of CLAMP's old doujinshi (SHOTEN, I think). However, some of CLAMP's members split in the interim, and one of them took the rights to the character Rarisa with her. So the face hiding and general crypticness surrounding the Chairwoman was basically due to avoiding trademark/copyright.
  • Fiction 500: The Imonoyama family founded the CLAMP Academy, which acts as a self contained city, and doesn't actually charge any tuition.
  • Freudian Trio: With Nokoru as the Id, Suoh as the Supergo and Akira as the Ego.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One of Nokoru's admirers in the manga, who sent threats to the Elementary Division Council so they would cancel an upcoming ball... because she didn't want to see Nokoru dancing with anyone else. At one point, she actually acted on the threat and pushed Nokoru off a high place — although she regretted it later when Suoh got hurt catching Nokoru's fall. In the anime, it's much more complicated...
  • High-Speed Missile Dodge: Suoh saved Nagisa from them.
  • I Have the High Ground: The last episodes' antagonist was fond of hiding in tall places, like the School's clock tower.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Nokoru, more than once, to one-shot females.
  • Improbable Age: Nokoru, who is responsible for a whole sector of the Imonoyama Zaibatsu and has been coveted by NASA at the age of eight. And Suoh, who managed to take down a houseful of adult men, trained in martial arts, working for the woman who had kidnapped Nokoru... at the age of seven. And, of course, Akira, a highly skilled chef, and a very famous thief, at the age of nine/ten.
  • Karma Houdini: Some girls get away with things they really shouldn't, because they're girls and Nokoru's a gentleman.
  • Last Episode New Character: Appeared where there were only five episodes left...
  • Late for School: Inverted: they LIVE in the school.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The one time Nokoru ever treats a lady with less than infinite patience is when he and Suoh are kidnapped in the Escape for Victory storyline. It's stated it's because Nokoru is worried about endangering Suoh... and when the lady in question actually threatens Suoh, Nokoru sends her the nastiest glare he's ever sent to a woman in the series. It's quite telling that she's the only woman in the series who is punished for her evil acts.
  • Princely Young Man: Nokoru is a Prince Charming type, with Suoh standing in for his Battle Butler.

Alternative Title(s):

Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan