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Manga / CLAMP School Detectives

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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, 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 Crossover with CLAMP School Detectives, and X1999 is also partially set in CLAMP School.


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  • Adaptational Heroism: In the anime, the girl who wanted to prevent the school dance from happening accidentally throws Nokoru off the balustrade after an emotional struggle. In the manga, however, she pushes him intentionally (granted, she admits doing it with the hopes of only injuring him enough to make him skip the dance, but the act is quite brutal itself).
  • Adaptation Expansion: The original 3-volume manga series was basically a series of vignette stories about the boys solving crimes 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, incorporated the events from Man of Many Faces in a new single continuity, and even gave Nokoru a nemesis in the finale to test his might.
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  • Adapted Out: Despite the series running on a shared continuity with Man of Many Faces, Dr. Akechi doesn't appear (he is replaced as the head of CLAMP School's infirmary by a female doctor named Manabe). Ryusuke Kobayashi, whose role as 20 Faces's Inspector Javert would have been logical in the episodes concerning him, is also absent.
  • All-Loving Hero: Nokoru has shades of this, though it comes out mostly in relation to the ladies.
  • Black Comedy Burst: In the manga, Akira panics believing that Nokoru just committed suicide for the amount of paperwork when he sees him jumping off the window. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Bodyguard Crush: True for the anime. The manga, however...
  • Broad Strokes: In the manga, Akira's secret life as 20 Faces and his duty as a CLAMP Detective never interact with each other and are even featured in entirely different series (although in the same continuity, obviously). In the anime, however, some events of his relationship with Utako take place differently and get tangled with the detective club because they happen during the case of a 20 Faces imposter. The rest of Man of 20 Faces, as seen in flashbacks, apparently goes exactly like in the manga.
  • Canon Foreigner: The main two villains of the anime, Cliff Edmond and Idomu Yudaiji, are original characters.
  • Chick Magnet: All three of the detectives, but especially Nokoru.
  • Combat Parkour: Akira's (and in a lesser extent Nokoru') form of hand-to-hand combat, as opposed to Suoh's martial arts.
  • Cross Dresser: In an episode, Nokoru dresses as an Elegant Gothic Lolita, and very convincingly...
  • Crossover: Nokoru plays an important part in Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders, and Suoh and Akira also show up. More notably, the three of them show up in X1999, as adults, and help Kamui seal the Holy Sword. Also, Miyuki-chan shows up often in the anime.
  • 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.
  • Captain Ersatz / Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The Chairwoman is based on a character named Rarisa Imonoyama, who appeared in some of CLAMP's old Shoten doujinshi. However, some of CLAMP's members split in the interim, and one of them, Kazue Nakamori, took the rights to the character Rarisa with her. So the face hiding and general crypticness surrounding the Chairwoman is basically in order to Writing Around Trademarks.
  • Fiction 500: The Imonoyama family founded the CLAMP Academy, which acts as a self contained city, and doesn't actually charge any tuition.
  • The Ghost: Akira's mothers. He mentions them, but they are never shown offscreen.
  • 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: Strangely enough, the Chairwoman of all people is shown standing on the school's pole during the opening, apparently for no other reason than to try to present her as the Big Bad of the series, or just for Rule of Cool. As she is never noted to be anything more than a regular old lady, it would pretty incredible for her to get up there in the anime proper.
  • 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...
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In the manga's chapter, after the disappareance of the Chairwoman's list, Akira immediately and rushedly dismisses 20 Faces as the perpetrator, dspite nobody suggesting the idea.

Alternative Title(s): Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan


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