I'm Rebekka and this is my personal blog. There isn't much going on, mostly reblogs of things I like or fandoms I'm in.
My favorite pokemon is HYAH.
Well my favorite is KOOKY.
I dunno about you but my favorite pokemon is DELELELELE WOOOOOOOOOOP
But what about GWOOOOAAAAAAAAH
My personal favorite is AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
What a coincidence, my favorite is also AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
From one scene to the next, she’s almost always in a different outfit!
CLAMP obviously meant this to be important, because she is (almost?) never seen wearing the same clothing twice, I know she’s expressive, but… I still find this kinda amazing as to how much she is.
Half of these are practically cosplay.
More than it meant to be important I’ll say it reveals CLAMP’s obsession for clothes which they showed in Card Captor Sakura and Chobits also. And in CLAMP News they were used to use their characters as model for clothes.
That’s probably why they enjoyed giving Hokuto (and not only Hokuto) that particular character trait. It fits the personality they chose for her though…. and contrast nicely with Subaru’s reserved character and how he’s not interested in this sort of things… but I can’t see it as plot relevant.
I disagree on the point of fashion not being plot relevant. Fashion ties in very closely with some of the strong central themes of Tokyo Babylon, such as the contrast of the contemporary versus the traditional, materialism, and living life richly and selfishly— it’s very much something that brings in the flavor of “Babylon”. Of course, CLAMP does love their fashion and drawing all sorts of different outfits, but I think this theme permeates Tokyo Babylon deeper than it does any of their other series, and was an intentional choice on CLAMP’s part to do so.
For example, on each of the volume fold-out images, you can see the “models” and “designers” credited at the bottom of the image, models respectively being Subaru, Hokuto and Seishirou (Some Shoten-era images of Subaru also have these credits). These fold out images, as well as those in the artbook Tokyo Babylon Photographs, mimic the style of fashion spreads and photoshoots, and though various types of clothing appear in other CLAMP works, it’s never consistently tied back to the fashion world in this way as it is in Tokyo Babylon.
If CLAMP simply wanted to contrast Hokuto and Subaru’s natures with this detail, it would have been very easy for them to play down Subaru’s style, but to attest to just how closely vibrant Subaru’s style is to Hokuto’s, the image to the right of Hokuto in the kimono is actually Subaru, not another Hokuto outfit. Of course, Hokuto is the one who dresses Subaru, (and we see how much Subaru’s interest in fashion drops off once Hokuto is not around to dress him,) but I think it’s a discredit to CLAMP to try and write off the strong appearance of fashion in Tokyo Babylon as simply their having fun with clothes.
Subaru and Hokuto do contrast each other in that Subaru is supposed to represent the traditional and Hokuto the new, the vibrant, and the modern, and fashion is a strong vehicle for that theme, but Hokuto herself is not meant to represent the fashion world, or the themes of fashion would remain exclusive to just her.
Rather the fashion world is representative of the essence of Babylon, which is why I think the themes of fashion are used so strongly all across the board.
Also worth pointing out that Subaru changes outfits just as often as Hokuto does— He has a different outfit each chapter as well, and sometimes even more than one.
don’t startle the trash. it is in it’s natural environment