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Drug & Drop is a manga written and drawn by CLAMP. Originally titled Legal Drug when it began serialization in Monthly Asuka in 2000, it went into hiatus in 2003, and came back in 2011 under the title Drug & Drop in the seinen magazine Young Ace. And it went into a hiatus again in 2013.

The story follows Kazahaya Kudo, a young man who collapses in the snow after running away from home and thinks that he doesn't want to die. He is found by Rikuo Himura, who takes him to the Green Drugstore, where he gets a job from Kakei, the eccentric owner. Since both guys have supernatural powers, they take on "special" cases on the side that never go as smoothly as they'd hoped. There's also the beginnings of a Myth Arc in play, with Kazahaya hiding from his twin sister, Kei, Rikuo searching for a mysterious woman named Tsukiko, and Kakei and his lover, Saiga, preparing for something that's looming over the horizon. And it all comes with the boatloads of subtext and Ho Yay that you'd expect from most of CLAMP's work.


Formerly available from Tokyopop as Legal Drug.

Not to be confused with the use of legal drugs in a work; that's a G-Rated Drug.

Contains Examples of:

  • Animal Motif: Kazahaya is often compared with a cat, and he himself said that his sister is very "cat-like".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kakei is a mild example. Rikuo and Saiga are both well aware of his sadistic streak, but Kazahaya still hasn't caught on to the fact that if Kakei is smiling, he is not going to have a good day. He does seem to genuinely care about the boys, though.
    • It could be just a really well kept façade given the theories and hints that Kakei may actually be the the very sweet, Yamato Nadeshiko from Wish, Hisui.
      • Confirmed in Drug and Drop where we see Kakei and Saiga transform into Hisui and Kokuyou and a flashback chapter shows how they came to have the shop.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: Kei was kidnapped when the two siblings sneaked away from their cult's surveillance. After a month they found her and brought her back; Kazahaya then saw her covered with the blood of the kidnappers she killed because they were keeping her away from him. After that everything went downhill.
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  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Kei's kimono is splattered with Rikuo's blood after she "gathered some information" about Kazahaya from him.
  • Cain and Abel: We're not really sure what their deal is, but it's implied that Kazahaya ran away from home in order to avoid something that would have eventually pitted him and Kei against each other...maybe. It's later revealed that he ran away because the cult that kept them locked up was planning to kill one of them; as he's not planning to die, escaping was the only option to save himself and Kei.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys
  • Chains of Love: In the official artwork.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Tsukiko, who disappeared without a trace and left a blood-splattered room behind her. Rikuo's convinced that she is alive and still out there somewhere, but we probably won't be learning her official status anytime soon.
  • Chick Magnet: Rikuo.
  • Continuity Nod: Besides Kazahaya and Rikou making cameos in XxxHolic, characters from other CLAMP series have shown up in this series.
    • In the 2nd CCS movie Touya is seen wearing the Wish bunny mascot suit for work. Guess which store the mascot is for.
    • In the second chapter of Drug & Drop, Watanuki appears as owner of Yuuko's shop, tying into the end of xxxHolic. Incidentally, given that there is a reference made about the urn that was retrieved back when the series was Legal Drug, one must wonder how much time had passed since then in both series up until the point where they met again.
    • In chapter 9 of Legal Drug, Kazahaya meets Hina at her high school graduation and gives her a new outfit from recurring CLAMP brand name Piffle Princess in exchange for her school uniform. When Hina tells Shirou about it shortly afterward, he isn't too thrilled with how she blithely accepted some random stranger's request for her uniform, no questions asked.
    • In chapter 9 of Drug & Drop Kazahaya meets Kohaku, the clumsy angel from Wish who, somehow, awakened early from his/her 100 years of slumber. It's then revealed that Kazahaya is related to Kohaku's human lover, Shuichiro Kudo.
  • Cooldown Hug: Kakei gives one to Kazahaya while the latter is upset over Rikuo's injuries. It's very reminiscent of Hisui comforting Kohaku, and for good reason.
  • Creepy Crows: Kazahaya's sister Kei uses crows to spy on him.
  • Creepy Twins: Kazahaya is not one, but Kei has enough creepy for both.
  • Crossover: subtly with xxxHolic, and more blatantly with Wish.
  • Cute Kitten: A shapeshifting one is the MacGuffin for one of the boys' jobs.
  • The Dreaded: After she proved that she's very comfortable with killing Kei becomes this. Nobody is bold enough to go against her will.
  • Disguised in Drag: Kazahaya ends up in drag as part of his side jobs far too often for his liking.
  • Identical Stranger: In chapter 10 of Drug & Drop, Kakei and Saiga were compared to Hisui and Kokuyou by Kazahaya. Subverted.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: So far, the nature and origin of Kazahaya's and Rikuo's psychic skills have not been explained. They share a universe with wizards and angels, but it's apparent they are none of the two.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Kei is always wearing kimono. Also a young Kazahaya in flashbacks.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: Kazahaya and Kei couldn't see each others' past and future as their powers are very alike.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kazahaya, your name is like a warning. It's telling you that one day you might disappear, just like the wind." Whether this will come true or not is yet to be seen, but he's determined to survive no matter what.
  • Name's the Same: Mentioned in-universe by Kohaku, who is surprised that Kazahaya has the same family name as Kohaku's beloved Shuichiro Kudo and asks if he knows him. They are related.
  • No Social Skills: Kazahaya.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Kakei grows his hair out to reveal that he's really Hisui.
  • Psychic Powers: All the main characters (and some others) have them in some form.
  • The Reveal: Saiga and Kakei are Kokuyo and Hisui.
  • Situational Sexuality: The entire student body of the boarding school in the third volume. As Nayuki explains, they're horny teenage boys completely cut off from female contact, so who else are they going to turn to?
  • Spider-Sense: Kakei.
  • Stepford Smiler: Nayuki, to the point where his soul manifests outside of his body to let his true feelings be known.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Kakei.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Rikuo and Saiga.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Kei suffers one after being kidnapped as a child.
  • Tsundere: Rikuo. As Saiga puts it, Kazahaya is important to him but he will never admit it.
    • Also Kazahaya himself. When Kohaku asks him if he has someone so important to him that he wants to grant that person's wish just because it's that person's, Kazahaya automatically thinks of Rikuo...and then fiercely tries to deny it.
  • Yandere: Kei has a very unhealthy obsession with Kazahaya. The fact that he's her brother doesn't dampen her feelings in the slightest.
    Kei: Like this thread, Kei and Kazahaya are tightly linked, if someone ever pulls us apart, I'll never forgive them!
    • Kei was the one who attacked Rikuo to get information about Kazahaya's whereabouts.
    • She killed her kidnappers because they were keeping her and her brother apart.

Alternative Title(s): Legal Drug