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xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC
Original title: ホリック
Alternative Titles: xxx ホリック
Demographics: Seinen
Chapters at MH: 75
Releases at MH: 0
Publishing Status: Ongoing
Writer(s): CLAMP
Artist(s): CLAMP
Serialized in: Young Magazine
Published by: Kodansha
Year: 2003
Official Site: http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/tsubaholi/
Popularity: 470 favorites
Translators: 14 (Click here to view)
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Score 4.6 of 5.0 - 178 votes

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Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he's just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he's employed in her little shop—a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience!

Most of Yuuko's customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow. . .

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Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen, Supernatural

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Review by Snowolf
xxxHolic is a supernatural story about a young teenager named Watanuki Kimihiro who is troubled by his ability to see spirits and his bloodline's inheritance of drawing them close to him. One day, when running away from the usual spirits, he enters a mysterious looking building, only to find that the spirits have vanished, and that the building is inhabited by a "witch"- Yuuko Ichihara- who can grant wishes. Watanuki wishes to be left alone by the troublesome spirits, but in return, must work at Yuuko's shop- a job that is like no other. Soon Watanuki finds himself learning more about the supernatural world, other dimensions, and stumbles upon two characters from a different universe: Sakura and Syaoran....

xxxHolic is not your typical run-of-the-mill manga. Exquisite in it's detailed art and subtle storytelling, this is manga at CLAMP's finest. Beginning with a series of "events" that Yuuko narrates and reveals something poignant about human nature and humanity and then slowly delving into Watanuki's mysteries and importance of being, it features excellent character depth and development. The chapters are smooth and flowing, going from one event to another without you really realizing it. It is slow at first, but in a good way, as it gives space for the characters to really develop and show their true colors. Eventually, it's crossovers with it's sister manga, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, lead to a main focus around 100 chapters into the manga. Yuuko's exhilarating beauty, seductive and omnipotent nature with young "apprentice" Watanuki is a delightful relationship. Also featuring is a small main cast, and a small minor cast. The best thing about xxxHolic is that it is specified for those who like thought-provoking, philosophical manga and don't want the cheesy on-the-plate cliche. It is that quality which allows it to retain a seinen style and also makes it smooth and light (though it gets darker onwards) unlike it's sister manga. A delight that anyone should definitely read, xxxHolic will have you hooked at first sight. :D Permalink " "

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