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×××HOLiC(14) (KCデラックス) (edition 2009)

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Title:×××HOLiC(14) (KCデラックス)
Authors:CLAMP
Info:講談社 (2009), コミック, 178 pages
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Tags:japanese, manga, young magazine

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As the Quick Wit Links blog points out, things are serious in Volume 14 of xxxHolic by CLAMP because it's the first time Watanuki has been on the cover since the first volume.

By now if you're not reading Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, you will probably be very confused by Yuko's explanations of Watanuki's past and his relationship to Syaoran. For those who are, Watanuki's introduction to Yuko and the missing wish from the first volume of Tsubasa will both make sense.

I had started reading Tsubasa before Volume 14, mostly because I was watching the anime and was becoming aware of the importance of the crossover. So I had already started to figure out much of the connection between Watanuki and Syaoran. For anyone reading both series, CLAMP drops enough hints to connect most of the dots by volume 14.

What took me most by surprise was the true nature of the shop and Maro and Moro's role in maintaining it. The shop's existence relies on heavy magic and may not be able to survive an upcoming confrontation. Maro and Moro's main roll is maintenance.

For those who prefer more of an in story (vs. crossover) explanation of what's going on, there is a side story about Watanuki being forced to teach a reluctant woman who to cook. Her explanation is that she is getting married and wants to learn how to cook for her soon to be husband but she has never cooked for herself. She can't stand the way anything tastes when she cooks it herself. The cooking lessons reveal Watanuki's outlook on life and his belief that how a food tastes reveals something about the soul of the person who cooked it.

Suffice it to say that things are about to change significantly ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 6, 2014 |
Things feel like they are winding to a close in this volume as major revelations are made regarding Watanuki and his past, with big hints of foreshadowing regarding Yuko. This isn't a volume that is to be missed if you're a fan of xxxHolic. ( )
  timothyl33 | Jul 9, 2011 |
Volume 14 is mostly about cooking, oddly enough, and confusing chapters that are no doubt meant to explain things in Tsubasa. We open to Watanuki teaching Kohane-chan to cook. He's then pulled into forfill a woman's wish of teaching her to cook. There's some nonsensical mumbo about how you can tell who made food by how it tastes and somehow sense a person through their food.

To be honest, the food mumbo-jumbo made me unintentionally laugh which is a bad thing. There was a lot of fangirl bating. I like the cute interaction between Duomeki and Watanuki but when it degrades to downright waiving it in front of our faces then snatching it away it's annoying and this volume felt a bit like that. Also, confusing Tsubasa refrences.

But, still, this volume had a lot of good points. Mostly in that it highlighted the way Watanuki has grown and changed since the first volume. He's calmed down a lot and come to appreciate his place in the world. He's become a lot nicer as a character, calmer and more competent, though of course these are relative terms. You also get some backstory to Watanuki (which would probably make more sense if I read Tsubasa but we just about managable) . All to that the pretty art and the adorable said stories with Kohane-chan etc and it's an ok read. ( )
  TPauSilver | Feb 15, 2010 |
First off, the cover on this is exceptionally appealing, very colorful and gives a nice lead in to the first couple color pictures. Also, I love the two little mokona on the "CLAMP 20th Anniversary" icon down in the corner. For the most part this volume was a re-read for me as I had been following it online, but it was still interesting. I wasn't completely sure about all the food analogies, they seemed to place an awful lot of spiritual emphasis on the culinary creation front. I'm as baffled as Watanuki by the idea that someone would be so "sickened" by the thought of something that they made themselves that they could only ever eat food prepared by a third party. The Potato Nikkorogashi sounded really tasty when Watanuki was teaching the lady how to make it. I'm sure I wouldn't have been as sensitive to the lack of "emotion" cooked into it as Domeki was LOL!

Since I already know what is going to happen in the Tsubasa half of the cross-over I am quite curious to learn what will happen with Watanuki and company. I was also interested in Yuko's trip to the storage shed where Fai's tattoo and staff, along with Kurogane's sword and the CCS Sakura's staff all were on display. Her conversation with Maru and Moro was also strange as they seem to have been reduced to disembodied voices.

I'm looking forward to the last few volumes of this series to see where it all winds up. ( )
  Jenson_AKA_DL | Nov 22, 2009 |
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"Kimihiro is a mystery even to himself. He has no memory of his past, or even his beloved parents' names. Neither does he have any idea why he is being followed by malicious spirits. But his boss, the witch Yko Ichihara, knows, and in this volume many of Kimihiro's secrets are finally revealed!"--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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