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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 shoujo manga series by CLAMP, which was serialized in Monthly Asuka from 1992 to 1993 and compiled into three volumes. It was later 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...

It is connected to CLAMP's manga Man of Many Faces (a Prequel which stars Akira as the elusive thief 20 Faces) and Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders (which happens at the same time and has guest appearances by the cast), while X1999 is also partially set in CLAMP School and serves technically as a Sequel.

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  • Actionized Adaptation: Not to a huge degree, but the anime adds some drama and action in its original content in contrast to the manga's more relaxed atmosphere, and it also turns into literal fights a few moments that were verbal confrontations in the manga.
  • Adaptation Amalgamation: The manga continuity doesn't show a clear timeline, but Man of 20 Faces (excluding its Distant Finale) is roughly a prequel to CLAMP School Detectives, given that Akira starts officially as a third grader in the former and as a fourth grader in the latter. In the anime, however, some of his life in 20 Faces takes place directly during the series's events and gets modified to tangle with them.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga, the girl who wanted to prevent the school dance from happening intentionally throws Nokoru off a balustrade, hoping to injuring him enough to make him skip the dance. In the anime, he falls by accident while they were struggling near the railing.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The original 3-volume manga series was basically a series of vignette stories about the boys solving crimes and had no proper ending. The 26-episode anime gave more insight into the backstories of the heroes, paid significantly more attention to the two main couples (Suoh/Nagisa and Akira/Utako), incorporated events from Man of Many Faces, and even introduced a nemesis for Nokoru test his might in the finale.
  • Adapted Out: Although the anime adapts a portion of Man of Many Faces as part of Akira's backstory and personal arc, Dr. Shigetaka Akechi doesn't appear, being 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 natural in the episodes concerning him, is also absent. Akira's mothers doesn't appear either, although they do get to be mentioned in an instance.
  • All-Loving Hero: Nokoru has shades of this, though it comes out mostly in relation to the ladies.
  • Declaration of Protection: Suoh to Nokoru, in a somewhat platonic version. So far, not many complications.
  • Dramatic High Perching: 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.
  • 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 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, after the disappareance of the Chairwoman's list, Akira immediately and rushedly dismisses 20 Faces as the perpetrator despite nobody suggesting the idea.

Alternative Title(s): Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan