Clover (クローバー, Kurōbā) is an unfinished manga by CLAMP. It takes place in a dystopian, futuristic world where children known as 'Clovers' have special powers. The government sought to control them; in order to prevent the children from realizing the the full exstent of their power.
Clover was serialized in Kondasha's Amie from 1997 to 1999, until the magazine shut down.
As of 1999, only 4 volumes have been released and it has been on 'hiatus' since then. According to Nanase Ohkawa, two further books are needed to complete the series.
(Warning! SPOILERS ahead!)
Clover is primarily about a young girl named Suu (スウ, Sū). In the futuristic world that she inhabits, the military conducted a search for gifted children nicknamed "Clovers", who seemingly have powerful abilities to manipulate technology. Demonstrations of their powers include teleportation and summoning weapons from thin air.
Classified according to how powerful they are, the children were then tattooed with a symbol of the Clover Project, a secret project set up by high-ranking government officials who sought to control these children. The number of leaves that were given to each "Clover" indicated their power, "1-Leaf" being the weakest and "4-Leaf" being the strongest. To date, Suu was the only "4-Leaf Clover" discovered. Along with other "Clovers", Suu was imprisoned to prevent her contact with other humans, as the government feared that contact with the outside world might lead her develop feelings for others and ultimately be used as a weapon to jeopardize the country's national security.
Being isolated from the rest of mankind since she was young, Suu was lonely and craved for company. However, her only wish was to be taken to "Fairy Park," an abandoned amusment park. Her escort is Kazuhiko, an ex-military soldier who has been forced by to undertake the task. It is later revealed that Kazuhiko and Suu are connected through Kazuhiko's deceased lover, Ora.
Suu (スウ, Sū) - A young girl and the protagonist of the story for the first two books. She is the only existing '4-Leaf Clover', the strongest of the "Clovers." Due to her overwhelming powers, Suu was kept in captivity, forced to live alone while being monitored by the government as a precaution to keep her from potentially becoming a threat to the world. Towards the beginning of the story, she is given permission to be escorted to Fairy Park by a man named Kazuhiko, an ex-military soldier. Suu's life in the "cage" is shown to be a lonely one, with her only companions being robots built to resemble anthropomorphic animals and no human interaction. One day, Suu is given permission to make a phone call to Ora, a rising singer who Suu discovers after hearing her songs on the radio. The two continued to keep in contact over the phone, talking regularly and eventually becoming Suu's first friend. In their conversations, Ora would tell Suu stories of her life, including those of her lover, Kazuhiko. Kazuhiko would ultimately end up the one who would be called upon to escort Suu on her journey to Fairy Park. Along the way, Suu develops feelings for Kazuhiko, but he doesn't respond to the proclamation. At the end of Suu's story, Fairy Park self destructs along with Suu, who is last seen singing to "Clover," a song she and Ora wrote together. Suu's journey covers the first two volumes, while the next two volumes are flashbacks, with Suu moving into more of a supporting role for the rest of the story.
Kazuhiko - An ex-military man whose lover, Oruha, was killed a few years prior to the start of the story. He is assigned to escort Suu to Fairy Park where he starts to care about her. Kazuhiko has a laid back personality but he is also a skilled fighter who protects Suu more than once during their trip.
Gingetsu - Kazuhiko's close friend and former partner. He is a '2-Leaf Clover' who saves Kazuhiko throughout the journey to Fairy Park. He is assisted in missions by Ran, a '3-Leaf Clover' who was once known as 'C'. In Volume 4 of the manga it is shown how Ran came to be under Gingetsu's care soon after the former escaped from his cage.
Ran - Gingetsu's partner and former ward who lives with him and is unable to go outside due the fact he's a '3-Leaf Clover'. He was originally known as 'C', and was, like Suu, forced to live in a cage alongside his mentally unstable twin brother 'A' who is also a '3-Leaf Clover'. The cage he lived in formerly held another '3-Leaf Clover', 'B', but he was eventually murdered by A when A felt that B was getting in the way. It was A's violent and obsessive tendencies that drove Ran to run away from the cage, even though he knew that if he were found he would probably be killed for going outside. Outside the cage, Ran's began to age at an accelerated rate, something that has been implied to be due to his powers, and consequently his lifespan has been shortened considerably. His background is explored in Volume 4 of the manga.
Oruha - Kazuhiko's deceased lover and a '1-Leaf Clover' who's only power was to know when she'd die. As a singer she is assassinated during the middle of a performance. Prior to her death she becomes friends with Suu through phone calls and they even recorded a song together.
Clover ran in the magazine Amie from 1997 to 1999 when the magazine went under, leaving the series unfinished. Because the later volumes are told in flashbacks, many fans have wrongly believed the series to be finished.
In 2008 the series was re-released in Japan, while in 2009 it was re-released in English by the company, Dark Horse.