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 Yuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow XXXHolic volume one crosses over with Tsubasa volume one Don t miss it Includes special extras after the story Includes chapters


10 thoughts on “xxxHolic, Vol. 1

  1. Lois Bujold Lois Bujold says:

    I had rewatched the xxxHolic anime recently, which led me to discover my local library had the complete run of the manga Hoping that any number of things might be better explained therein, I plowed through the whole lot, Vols 1 19.Very enjoyable it is one of my favorite animes but the manga run actually raisedquestions than it settled CLAMP is great with set ups and artwork, some of the best not so great on endings, sometimes Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed the read, and wou I had rewatched the xxxHolic anime recently, which led me to discover my local library had the complete run of the manga Hoping that any number of things might be better explained therein, I plowed through the whole lot, Vols 1 19.Very enjoyable it is one of my favorite animes but the manga run actually raisedquestions than it settled CLAMP is great with set ups and artwork, some of the best not so great on endings, sometimes Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed the read, and would rec the work for those interested in trying out the medium.I was especially interested in how the old apprentice and master plot would work out when the master was an older woman While Yuuko eventually suffered the usual fate of mentors in such tales, there was a lot of fun to be had along the way with the tropes.I also ended up watching the cross connected complete Tsubasa anime series, 52 episodes thanks, Hennepin County Library , in the hopes thatthings would be explained some were, but not enough And the one character I really wanted the angsty backstory episode for didn t get one, sigh I don t think I have the endurance to track down its manga at this point Wikipedia tries to help, but it does seem an uphill struggle for this complex tale.Ta, L


  2. Sesana Sesana says:

    I am not entirely sure how I felt about this book, or if I ll be continuing with the series The stories were a little uneven The pathological liar was great, the internet addict not so much Right now, the characters don t seem to have much depth, but it is still the first volume And I didn t like the art quite as much as I would normally like things from CLAMP But that lying story was actually really good, and if the rest of xxxHolic is going to belike that


  3. The Crimson Fucker The Crimson Fucker says:

    this was exactly what I was expecting God bless those girls from Clamp They rock Fun, cute, simple The Clamp chicks always do that they just drop all the fantasy elements of the show in your face and you decide if you buying or not And as usual I m buying this is about some kid who can see ghosts classic waling into a very special shop a shop that sells wishes But you guessed at a price His wish is to stop seeing ghosts And his price is cleaning He has to clean for the shop ow this was exactly what I was expecting God bless those girls from Clamp They rock Fun, cute, simple The Clamp chicks always do that they just drop all the fantasy elements of the show in your face and you decide if you buying or not And as usual I m buying this is about some kid who can see ghosts classic waling into a very special shop a shop that sells wishes But you guessed at a price His wish is to stop seeing ghosts And his price is cleaning He has to clean for the shop owner and if he does a nice job he will be granted what he wants Yay Then they concentrate on a lady who tells lies But she don t know that she wants to stop lying it kind of has this AA ring to it it s hard to explain but the shop owner keeps talking like an AA sponsor And then they show Sakura s wand Wait That sounds wrong They show a plastic replica of Sakura s staff Yes Staff That s the word Not wand I like staff better Anyway It s cute And funny Me likes I m going to read the rest of the series


  4. Nick Nick says:

    Overall Rating A Synopsis xxxHolic by Clamp follows Watanuki, an orphan who is plagued by spirits While being chased by spirits, Watanuki runs into a strange shop and meets a strange woman named Y ko She turns out to be a powerful witch, and makes a deal with Watanuki to help him remove his curse in exchange for working in her shop and cooking for her Hijinks and adventure ensue.I can t remember now why I picked up the first volume of xxxHolic, but I m glad I did The series starts off in Overall Rating A Synopsis xxxHolic by Clamp follows Watanuki, an orphan who is plagued by spirits While being chased by spirits, Watanuki runs into a strange shop and meets a strange woman named Y ko She turns out to be a powerful witch, and makes a deal with Watanuki to help him remove his curse in exchange for working in her shop and cooking for her Hijinks and adventure ensue.I can t remember now why I picked up the first volume of xxxHolic, but I m glad I did The series starts off innocently enough, with the main character, Watanuki, being chased by spirits By chance, he touches the fence of a strange shop, and the spirits disappear But wait There are no coincidences, only hitsuzen Hitsuzen, or fate, is one of the recurring themes in xxxHolic, and Watanuki s chance encounter at the strange shop leads him to meeting the shop s owner, Y ko, and his life is changed.She offers to help him lift his curse being able to see and interact with spirits , but only if he can pay the price Since he can t pay up front, he becomes her indentured servant, cleaning the shop and cooking for her The series really picks up though after the introduction of Watanuki s rival D meki I put rival in quotes because it s one sided While Watanuki considers D meki his rival, D meki alternates between seemingly not caring about Watanuki and protecting him D meki can t see spirits, but he can exorcise them, so even though Watanuki hates it when he s around, Watanuki often needs D meki s help xxxHolic combines Japanese folklore and mythology with humor to excellent effect I definitely recommend checking it out.Formanga and anime reviews, please check out Hobotaku


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    I ve already seen the anime, which is what turned me onto the manga This volume didn t reveal anything not already covered in the anime, but that s usually the case with the first volume or two The artwork is amazing, which I hear is CLAMP s usual style I was wavering at about 3 or 3.5 because, while this volume is good, the storyline didn t suck me in 100% it was the same with the first few episodes with the anime, which I turned out loving but the artwork is just so professional that I I ve already seen the anime, which is what turned me onto the manga This volume didn t reveal anything not already covered in the anime, but that s usually the case with the first volume or two The artwork is amazing, which I hear is CLAMP s usual style I was wavering at about 3 or 3.5 because, while this volume is good, the storyline didn t suck me in 100% it was the same with the first few episodes with the anime, which I turned out loving but the artwork is just so professional that I felt it deserved the whole 4


  6. Kendra Kendra says:

    I m so confused and this book is so weird Possibly the rating will change once I get farther EDIT THE ABOVE WAS TOTALLY ABOUT XXXHOLIC REI I WAS VERY CONFUSED I AM NOW READING THIS REAL VOLUME ONE UPDATES TO FOLLOW ACTUAL REVIEW Soooooo scarrryyyyyy And soooooo cuuuuute I wish I was reading this in tandem with Tsubasa It s going to get hard to remember what s happening wih the Tsubasa gang, as I go on


  7. Sara Sara says:

    I had heard good things about this manga and when I saw volume 1 on the shelf, I picked it up I didn t care for it that much It s confusing both pictures and story There is a teenage boy who sees spirits who goes to work for a modern day witch who will grant wishes for a price The premise is good but I was a bit confused the entire time I know some of what is referenced can be found in other manga I haven t read I m not sure if there were moral lessons I was supposed to be taking from I had heard good things about this manga and when I saw volume 1 on the shelf, I picked it up I didn t care for it that much It s confusing both pictures and story There is a teenage boy who sees spirits who goes to work for a modern day witch who will grant wishes for a price The premise is good but I was a bit confused the entire time I know some of what is referenced can be found in other manga I haven t read I m not sure if there were moral lessons I was supposed to be taking from this, like don t lie and if you have a bad habit, fix it for you and no one else Those topics were covered but I wasn t very satisfied in how the tale was told


  8. Natalie Natalie says:

    This manga is one of the most interesting and unpredictable series I have ever read I cannot find words to describe how good this series is Once again, CLAMP has created a wonderful series that is just beautiful and just a lot of fun to love XXXHolic is very unique and has an excellent character cast I ll admit that I think that this manga may be one of CLAMP s finest Maybe not the best but one of the better ones The thing that stands out about Holic is the setting It s a paranormal unive This manga is one of the most interesting and unpredictable series I have ever read I cannot find words to describe how good this series is Once again, CLAMP has created a wonderful series that is just beautiful and just a lot of fun to love XXXHolic is very unique and has an excellent character cast I ll admit that I think that this manga may be one of CLAMP s finest Maybe not the best but one of the better ones The thing that stands out about Holic is the setting It s a paranormal universe with supernatural creatures from Japanese culture and folklore Almost every single chapter deals with Watanuki and Domeki going on an errand of some sorts and Yuko gives a little bit of information about the supernatural world around them.The story in this manga is also very interesting It s about a student named Watanuki Kimihiro who has the power to see spirits As he runs away from them he stumbles upon a shop that drives them away He meets of the owner of the shop named Yuko Ichihara who tells him that she runs a shop that grants wishes However for every wish that is made a price must be paid in equal value As he makes a wish to be released of his curse for seeing and attracting spirits Yuko makes an agreement with him that he can work in her shop until he receives enough credit to pay the price He then runs errands with a classmate named Shizuka Domeki who apparently has a pure aura that repels spirits They encounter the supernatural and come across all sorts of different creatures.So, for a story that is interesting and a lot of fun you would think that the character cast is not so good right Well, that is not the case The character cast in Holic is great They re each memorable and have their own distinct personalities Yuko is a lot of fun She is like a mentor towards Watanuki but she can also act immature and goofy at times as well What s interesting is that some of the decisions and her interference might not seem all that important at the time but it later materials it shows that everything she says and does has some sort of meaning and effect towards the plot.Watanuki is a character that can be really funny or really annoying He s childish, immature, whines a lot but also has a good heart and he tends to place too much of a burden on his shoulders I think he s an amazing character He s not the generic hero that is usually in manga He has a little bit of caring nature while also allowing his emotions to get the better of him His crush on his classmate Himawari is kind of obnoxious and can get annoying at the same time.Domeki is pretty cool for a side character He s quiet, serious, and is very observant to what s going on around him Even if he can t see the supernatural creatures like Watanuki can He also has a big appetite and has no problem bossing Watanuki around when it comes to food.Himawari is also a good character She s nice, always has a positive attitude and there s definitely something about this character that gives the feeling that she s not all that the manga makes her out to be But that s for later volumes and spoilers.Maru and Moro are fun side characters that don t tend to do much except serve Yuko It s pretty obvious that they re not human but they re a lot of fun with their playful personalities and it s very interesting to see them annoy the crap out of Watanuki.And speaking of which, there s also Mokona as well He s a lot of fun and I just find him absolutely adorable He likes to tease Watanuki and acts very similar to Yuko when it comes to food and sake.This manga is just simply wonderful The characters are great, the story is fantastic, the setting is interesting and I m just dying to read


  9. JM JM says:

    This review is for the series incomplete at time of writing.YA urban fantasy manga Watanuki Kimihiro sees spiritsthan that, he s attractive to spirits, who sometimes want to give him chocolates and pine at him, butoften want to eat him Fleeing for his life, Watanuki stumbles into the not quite real shop of Ichihara Yuuko, the Dimension Witch Yuuko grants wishes, for a price, and she offers to grant Watanuki his wish to never see or be bothered by spirits again his payment bei This review is for the series incomplete at time of writing.YA urban fantasy manga Watanuki Kimihiro sees spiritsthan that, he s attractive to spirits, who sometimes want to give him chocolates and pine at him, butoften want to eat him Fleeing for his life, Watanuki stumbles into the not quite real shop of Ichihara Yuuko, the Dimension Witch Yuuko grants wishes, for a price, and she offers to grant Watanuki his wish to never see or be bothered by spirits again his payment being to work for an unspecified length of time in her shop first, after school every day Watanuki cooks and cleans, but Yuuko also has less mundane tasks for him, and for his rival friend protector Doumeki, who has the power to vanquish the spirits Watanuki can see but Doumeki can t.I love this to bits Because I know so little about Japanese folklore, the philosophy and the supernatural world in this series feel utterly and fantastically original to me, although they re both strongly grounded in an existing folk culture, tilted into pop culture the Child of Rain in her gothic lolita outfit, etc It s the characters I really love, though Watanuki flails and complains and rearranges reality in his head and always does the right thing He cannot stand Doumeki and seems to resent his very existence, but they spend every minute together Doumeki calls Watanuki an idiot and coolly refuses to be impressed by anything he does, but he would die for Watanuki He goes to epic lengths to protect him, and the only times we see him sweating are when Watanuki s hurt or in danger Yuuko sees things nobody else can see, and she stares into darkness and tragedy with darkness in her eyes, and then turns around with a huge smile and a new complicated and indecently revealing outfit and waves a bottle of sake and gives Watanuki and Doumeki some new ridiculously huge task to do The other major character is Himawari, who s a very sweet but not necessarily safe to know girl whom Watanuki has a sparkly and unsubtle crush on She s kind of heartbreaking


  10. Julie Julie says:

    So xxxHolic is another popular manga from CLAMP It begins with a boy called Watanuki who is haunted by his ability to see spirits and otherworldly things Fate brings him to a witch called Yuuko who tells him she can help with his predicament However, in his rush to accept her proposal, he belatedly realises she has tricked him into working for her in order to pay for her services From then on, his life is altered in ways he couldn t have predicted AND THEN SOME AMAZING CHARACTERS FROM A CER So xxxHolic is another popular manga from CLAMP It begins with a boy called Watanuki who is haunted by his ability to see spirits and otherworldly things Fate brings him to a witch called Yuuko who tells him she can help with his predicament However, in his rush to accept her proposal, he belatedly realises she has tricked him into working for her in order to pay for her services From then on, his life is altered in ways he couldn t have predicted AND THEN SOME AMAZING CHARACTERS FROM A CERTAIN BELOVED MANGA ALSO BY CLAMP DECIDE TO PAY THEM A VISIT It s been quite a while since I read this manga, I m only re reading for a reading challenge because I m not particularly fond of the artwork I prefer shoujo or pretty mangas I completely forgot about the ending of this volume so that was a great surprise again AHHHH I love Syaoran and Sakura They are the reason I got into manga in the first place I know CLAMP likes to mix their characters, like they did with the anime version of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles which I really enjoyed until it s abrupt ending but I completely forgot they did this in the manga too Cardcaptor Sakura was the first manga I ever watched completely, all 70 shows and two movies and is still to date one of my most favourite anime mangas ever because it holds a special place in my heart, largely in part due to it s involvement in the majority of my childhood like HP so it was great to see my favourite characters show up The manga itself it still quite confusing though, especially from just reading the first volume because I ve forgotten what happens in the other ones Of course, it s only the first volume of the manga so I wasn t expecting the characters to be completely fleshed out, and then there may also be things lost in translation so I have taken this into account when re rating it I may re read this series again just because of that ending but I have so many reading challenges to complete I may have to wait until next year to do that Only time will tell