Clamp School Detectives (Kuranpu Gakuen Tanteidan) is a manga that was created by a well-known group of women called Clamp. Clamp is one of the few all-female mangaka groups that exist. The group of four women are responsible for creating quite a few very popular mangas. Clamp School Detectives was one of the group’s early works. It was released in Monthly Asuka magazine in 1992 and finished in 1993. An anime was created from the popular series and ran for five months in 1997. The manga has been translated into English and the anime has been dubbed, becoming available to the American public in 1998 on VHS. A dubbed DVD version is in the works.
Clamp school is more than just a school, it is a series of educational opportunities. There are classes from kindergarten to university and takes only those who are exceptionally intelligent and are overachievers. Students do not have to be wealthy to go there, just extremely smart. The entire school area is self-sufficient, having banks, hospitals, fields, rivers and tons of room to play. The students rarely leave the campus. There is a tie-in from other Clamp mangas, such as Tokyo Babylon, to the Clamp campus.
The three main characters, Noroku, Takamura and Ijuuin, form the Clamp School Detectives in order to help those who need help, and to solve what crimes they can. The first episode of the anime shows how they came together to form the Clamp School Detectives when Noroku struggles to help an elderly woman who is being evicted from her home. He is determined to find a way to help her stay in her home, and his two friends help him.