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Clamp Campus Detectives - known more commonly as Clamp School
Detectives, now that TokyoPop has translated the manga - is an absolutely
adorable story revolving around three young boys with extraordinary lives.
Imonoyama Nokoru, Takamura Suoh, and Ijyuin Akira work together in a detective
team that takes on cases big or small - as long as there's a female involved.
ABOUT THE CHARACTERS (spoiler alert):
Nokoru: the oldest of the three, 12, sixth grade; he's a genius
- NASA has tried to recruit him. He's also lazy and eccentric, which
gives his friends more than a little trouble keeping him safe. His
most notable (and odd) ability is the power he seems to have to
sense whenever a female is in trouble - and then, coupled with that,
to practically fly through the air and move mountains to help her.
It was his idea to start the detective agency to "aid women
everywhere," and he is sort of the leader; usually, he figures
out the mysteries before anyone else.
His family OWNS the entire campus, which is basically like a small
city. Money is not and never will be a problem for this boy.
Suoh: Long-suffering and the straightman, Suoh is 11 years old
and in fifth grade. The oldest son in a long family line of powerful
ninjas, his duty is to choose someone whom he will protect for the
rest of his life, and he picked Nokoru. This turns out to be a fortunate
thing on many occasions; as brilliant physically as Nokoru is mentally,
Suoh has combat skills that can take down any adult who tries to
The "adult" by default, Suoh's unusual abilities, sense
of organization, and deep maturity are more than needed in his role
as Nokoru's bodyguard.
Akira: the youngest of the three, Akira is 10 years
old and enrolled in the fourth grade. He seems to be utterly naive,
sweet in the extreme and sacrificially helpful. His ability to cook
is renowned - to the point that he teaches university- level classes.
He's also brilliant in mathematics, which is why he
holds the position of treasurer (and uses an abacus, for some reason).
Providing cheer and common-sense observations of sanity to his friends,
Akira is an essential part of the balance maintained between the
The real mystery is how he manages to hide his double
life so well that no one suspects who he really is. Akira Ijyuin
is, ludicrous as it seems, 20 Masks, one of Japan's most brilliant
and well-known thieves.
His speed, creativity, and dexterity as 20 Masks are
renowned, as well as his gentlemanly behavior - he always leaves
notes ahead of time letting the police know what he's going to steal
so as to give them a sporting chance.
Despite the fact that as "Akira" his naivety
can lower one's impression of his IQ, when he's "20 Masks,"
all his brilliance comes through. He's a favorite enigma of CLAMP
Campus because almost no one knows who he is or how he always succeeds
in his wild stunts.
Even more confusing, he has two mothers. Both of them (twins)
were in love with his father - the previous generation's 20 Masks
- and both of them are (possibly) married to him; however, no one
knows for sure which one actually gave birth to Akira.
Akira is loyal and loves them very much, so he puts
up with their insistence that he does all the cooking, all the cleaning,
all the caretaking - and in fact, steals for them absolutely anything
they want. His conscience bothers him about this, but it's a contradiction
he lives with and hides carefully - because to reveal it would put
those he loves in danger.
Ryusuke: a neighbor - big brother figure, who happens to be obssessed
with catching 20 Masks
Akechi: CLAMP campus doctor and subtle surrogate father-figure
- also happens to be Akira's paternal uncle, although Akira doesn't
Mother A and Mother B: the two women who share parental privileges
over Akira, although they don't actually DO much that could be considered
All three boys are the top students in their grade; all
have a dedicated fan following among the students. Between the three of
them, it's no wonder that nearly any mystery or challenge is laid bare
within days; it's also no surprise that the three play an important role
in later CLAMP series such as X.
For more information on CCD, this
page has a pretty decent summary. If you want more than that, check
places like AniPike or just do a general search. Also, don't forget to
buy the manga - Tokyo Pop REALLY did a good job with it!