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xXxHoLic, Volume 6

by CLAMP

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This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.com by express permission of this reviewer   Synopsis: Watanuki has several adventures, most with Domeki saving his butt, some by himself and all with Yuko making fun of him the entire time.   My Thoughts: The whole tone of xxxHolic is so different from Tsubasa that it is hard to compare them. xxxHolic is darker while at the same time being funnier. Watanuki and Domeki have the perfect comedy vibe between. So much so that even when they are both in terrible danger they are constantly bickering and making the audience laugh.   Watanuki does seem to have an unhealthy fascination for Himiwara, even though it is obvious she doesn't like him. Tie that in with the fact that the Rain spirit is nuts about him and you have to wonder what is going wrong inside his head.   The overall plot. Having read Tsubasa to the end I am now aware of what is going on, so little things are jumping out. But they are so little that if you didn't know the end of the story they wouldn't mean anything.   Rating: 4 of 5 Stars Artist & Author: CLAMP " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This volume is really good but really sad. The first story is about the spirit world and Domeki gets to see what Watanuki sees. It is really fun. They are on an unknowing mission from Yuko but get to see some beautiful things. Also some development between Yuko and Domeki. He guesses that she does not want him to come into her shop and what that could mean. In the second story Watanuki makes friends with something, we never discover what she was, and it is really sad. Domeki has to make a choice and that hurts Watanuki but saves his life. It was really sad, seeing Watanuki meet someone who understands how lonely he really is. She does not want to kill him but she cannot help it. It was touching to watch them interact and to see Watanuki stop fighting with Domeki.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. ( )
  lrainey | May 10, 2016 |
This one had my favorite mini-story yet of this series. Heads up for spoilers here!

The first story involved Watanuki's introduction a cat-like spirit who gives him an inkling of his growing popularity in the spirit world. Along with Domeki they get to witness a special parade and, much to Yuko's delight, bring home some special Sake.

In the next story arch (my favorite mentioned above) while Yuko is away making Gods, presumably of Ashura and Yasha in the Tsubasa universe, Watanuki meets a woman who has lost her son. Being an orphan himself Watanuki strikes up a friendship. However, it soon becomes clear that the relationship between them is hazardous to Watanuki's health. Despite that, he continues to see the woman he now knows is a spirit. In an effort to save Watanuki Domeki shoots the spirit, knowing Watanuki may never forgive him.

I'm not really sure why I liked that particular story so much. Maybe because we get to see Watanuki acting more sympathetic and serious than usual in his attempts to ease the spirit's loneliness knowing it is causing him harm or Domeki's determination to protect Watanuki in spite of himself. Very interesting either way.

I think that xxxHolic is actually a pretty philosophical manga. It is odd that this story counterpoints the primarily straightforward adventure tale of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle but they work well together anyway. I can easily see why both series are so popular. ( )
  Jenson_AKA_DL | Jan 6, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345477901, Paperback)

Kimihiro Watanuki takes a welcome break from his grueling service to the time-space witch, Yûko Ishihara, only to find himself mixed up in the strangest parade of the Japanese magical world. But a slipup reveals that Kimihiro is a powerless human! How can he survive the festival without being eaten by its dangerous participants?

Then Kimihiro meets a woman who grieves for her lost son. Since Kimihiro is an orphan, the two form an immediate bond. But what will Kimihiro do when he realizes that his wonderful new friendship may very well kill him?

xxxHOLiC crosses over with Tsubasa, also by CLAMP. Don’t miss it!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:28 -0400)

Taking a break from his dangerous service to the time-space witch Yuko Ishihara, Kimihiro Watanuki takes part in a festival that embroils him with some of the oddest inhabitants of the Japanese magical world, until the orphaned Kimihiro forms a bond with a woman grieving for her long-lost son.… (more)

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