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xxxHolic. 1
CLAMP (Mangaka group)
Corporate Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Del Rey, [2004]

Physical Description:
185 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
General Note:
"Ballantine Books."

Originally published: Japan : Kodansha Ltd., 2003.

This book is printed "manga-style" in the authentic Japanese right-to-left format.
Reading Level:
Age 13 and up.
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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. . . .

XXXHolic volume one crosses over with Tsubasa volume one!
Don't miss it!

Includes special extras after the story!

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although it contains many familiar manga elements, this tale's goth sensibilities, stunning art and nonstop philosophizing sets it apart. Watanuki Kimiharo appears to be an ordinary guy, but he's able to see spirits, who are following him around and causing trouble. One day Watanuki finds himself unwillingly drawn to the shop of Yuko, a beautiful witch. She helps him, but there's a price: he must become her servant. As things progress, Yuko extracts bargains from other damned souls, such as a woman whose constant lying is symbolized by a cloud of black smoke around her, and Hana Hana, an Internet addict whose attempts to ditch the monkey on her back may resonate with many readers. Throughout, Yuko expounds endlessly on fate, predetermination and self-control. Created by Clamp, the all-female artists' collective behind the hit Chobits, this work avoids the more obvious sexual aspects of Watanuki's situation, instead plunging readers into an Edgar Allen Poe-esque world of melting candles, castles beyond time and doomed protagonists. Although the story can be garbled, the art is exquisite, possessing a stunning Pre-Raphaelite sensibility. This book should greatly appeal to teens, especially those with a goth bent. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Teenage Watanuki is hounded by spirits and currently working off a debt to Yuko Ichihara, the Time-Space Witch, who has promised to free him from this curse. The alluring and mysterious Yuko--whose teasing, capriciousness, and heavy drinking exasperate Watanuki--runs a shop where she grants wishes. But the payments are more karmic than financial, and the wishes don't necessarily lead to happiness. The cast also includes Himawari, a cute girl Watanuki likes, and their classmate Domeki, who can exorcise the ghosts that Watanuki sees. The series is quite enjoyable overall, but some of this volume's material is weak; in the main story, about a pessimistic girl who always talks herself into failing, too much is made of the simple idea that words can bind people. Three shorter tales, one quite spooky, provide the book's mystical quotient. Yuko's occult domain is ornately depicted in a decorative, clean-lined style, while the mundane world is drawn more simply. As an added treat, this series refers to several other CLAMP titles, most notably Tsubasa. Recommended for all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Both Tsubasa and XXXholic draw on their creators' long history as manga artists and pull characters from other series. Sakura and Syaoran from Sakura are the main figures in Tsubasa, an alternate universe story. When Princess Sakura is injured and loses all of her memories, Syaoran, her devoted childhood friend, embarks on a quest to rescue her, for she will die if her memories are not recovered. He seeks the help of the space-time witch Yuko, and is ultimately joined by two displaced men from different worlds. Yuko and Kimihiro Watanuki, a young man cursed with the ability to see spirits, are the main characters in XXXholic. Yuko will grant a wish in return for his service. Kimihiro agrees and then has to contend with her many eccentricities. The series share the same art style, with delicate line work, crisp designs, and beautiful men. The main point of connection between the two is the pivotal scene in which Yuko grants the wishes of Kimihiro and the two displaced men. Tsubasa is well on the way to being a grand adventure, while XXXholic is done in a quieter, almost horror vein, with spirits and ghosts. The translations for the most part are well done, with ample notes. Color art at the beginning of the books and preview pages for the next volume and for the companion series are included. These exceptionally well-done titles are sure to appeal to CLAMP fans.-Susan Salpini, TASIS-The American School in England (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.