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Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yûko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he's just been tricked into working for Yûko 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!


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Associated Names
XXX ホリック
xxxHolic Rō
xxxHolic Rou

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.4 by Be With You Scans (706d ago)
v.19 c.213 (end) by Fail Manga (1162d ago)
c.212 by Fail Manga (1193d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Ch. 1
Ends at vol 6 but has one ep from Vol. 7, Ch. 42, xxxHOLIC Kei ends at Vol. 11, Ch. 129

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xxxHOLIC by Coriolis
xxxHolic by danobou

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1379 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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March 24th 2014, 9:07am PST

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English Publisher
Del Rey (19 Volumes - Complete)
Kodansha USA (Omnibus - March 2014)

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Weekly Pos #656 increased(+215)
Monthly Pos #1151 increased(+11)
3 Month Pos #1298 increased(+15)
6 Month Pos #1294 (No change)

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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Cassiopea
May 4th, 2012, 7:23pm
It's a really lovely manga - the art is tranquil, detailed, fluid and elegant. The main character of Yuuko Ichihara is very lilkable, as she is a strong female lead with plenty of enough complexity. The rest of the characters also follow a comprehensive journey and characterizations, and the overall stories that follow are authentic, mysterious and original. You also really get true questions on the daily aspects of life and morality.

And yes, there is a healthy hint of good quality comedy.

It is also recommened to those who enjoy anything paranormal. The first chunk of the series deals with spirits, from the benevolent to the malevolent, ghost stories to real hauntings, and it is quite interesting.

That being said though, the plot does go slightly downhill after a little while. It starts off quite strong, but then some aspects felt...a little watered down, or stretched out, if that makes any sense. First you start with the spiritial side, the human growth, the mystical side, Yuuko dealing with her clients, to parts of the plot that seem to try too hard. It's strange, and hard to explain.

Nevertheless, it is a highly recommended read. For the ending, you will either feel content with it or feel like something is missing/rushed/a little sad (It's up to you on how you will want to feel)
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Absolutely amazingly sucked   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by Ibleda
February 7th, 2012, 7:24am
I went wtf when I finished reading... They lost me more than once during the whole thing, but at the end they completely lost me. I had no idea whats going on...

Honestly, it's not a bad manga by any means, it's an absolutely amazing manga, but still... it sucks. Too many things left unexplained, too many gaps that made me lost sense of timeflow, and just damn f***ing confusing. But... I still love it. Let's just say I lost the ability to think with this manga. It's great, for no reason. Thinking about it now, although it sucks, both the ending and everything else is probably the most fitting for this manga; but it still sucks.

I didn't read TRC although I did watch the anime version years ago. Pretty much forgot most of it, and couldn't bring myself to read the manga. Plus... I skipped more than a few chapters in xxxHolic too, I did watch everything from anime though. That may had been the reason I didn't understand alot of xxxHolic.

... Last updated on February 7th, 2012, 7:25am
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After re-reading i finally understand...   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by mangamaniac1215
January 28th, 2012, 8:15am
well, previously i was shocked that the series ended without me knowing. but after re-reading i realised that i wasn't reading close enough to understand what they were actually saying. i can finally come to terms with the ending.. but it could have ended better, that's for sure.

... Last updated on January 30th, 2012, 7:01am
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~<3, but left hanging...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by energizerbunny
October 25th, 2011, 6:49pm
Sooo... I loved xxxHolic! The art is glorious, and the many stories and situations really thought-provoking. The mangakas also did a good job with the 'overall' main plot with the main characters and keeping their story going. However, the ending was really, really confusing for me. I UNDERSTOOD it, but it just felt incomplete to the EXTREME. I feel like the audience was being led on to a great, complicated, story plot, with much suspense and ado... but then? END. Bam. ... wha? Where'd that come from? I hope CLAMP comes up with a sequel for this. Much love, really, just... want MOAR! xD This is actually still rated as a 10... right up until the unexpected ending. sad
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by nail80
April 9th, 2011, 3:32am
First of all i have to say that this manga was cool to read.
The art style is just wonderful and it really relates to the story.
It felt like a dream, a smooth, calm, vivid dream.
It was interesting and mysterious, Yuko is a great character and the remainder of the cast is also pretty good.
And while the first half of this manga is just top notch...
It starts to go downhill until it reaches an absolutely horrid ending.
I'm serious about this: it has to be one of the worst i've seen so far.
This rating is more biased towards the first half of the manga, because the story is good, but if i were to rate it whole...then it would have gotten a 6 or something like that.
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And so it ends   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by booknik
February 22nd, 2011, 3:39pm
The artwork is strong as is the lore background. It's not a series for everyone. Some of the main characters are aloof and hard or impossible to have enactments to. Instead this series leans heavily on mystery and psychological while remaining firmly in twisting in lore and fantasy. Expect some commentary on modern society and individual desires or just read it for fun.

This series had a good run. Of course I would have liked it to go on but 7 years was good enough. I loved the ending and felt it fit, though truthfully I didn't see it coming.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2011, 3:41pm
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One of my best read. And Im pretty picky so thats something   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by torrentchan
February 15th, 2011, 2:25pm
Ok, I read xxx holic in 2 sitting (was planning to read it in 1 but wanted the story to sink in more deeper).

The beginning was kind of "meh" to me. Read it because of TSC, but in the end xxx holic surprassed TSC in my opinion. So many twists and turns that hooked me in. Granted, there are some boring bits, but nevertheless it was still a good read.

I have always been a fan of time skipping, and Watanuki's progress is one of my fave. I especially love the part where he decided to inherit the shop later on. When Yuuko's role was done, I thought the story would get down hill. BOY WAS I WRONG. I must admit that Watanuki does a much better role that Yuuko, or maybe it is because he is new at it all that I find myself caring for him through and through.

xxx holic has made me think deeply, and it made me look at myself more focus. I would say that this is a story that must be read by deep thinkers!!

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Good in its own way   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Little_Sparrow937
February 10th, 2011, 7:26pm
I had just finished reading the Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles and thought it would be a really good idea to read xxxHolic. Watanuki's character intrigued me in TRC, so I jumped right into it. I will admit it wasn't as good as TRC. The character development wasn't as good, the art style was a little weird and the plot line felt a little disjointed. Yet, despite all that, I thought it was still pretty good. I definitely recommend you read Tsubasa first because CLAMP doesn't do all that much to explain the characters like they did in its companion series, but if you do read it, it makes a lot more sense.
The one problem I had with it was the ending. I won't say anything so I don't give anything away, but I thought it could have been developed more. It was to be expected though. With the way the story was set up, there wasn't much else CLAMP could do. Its a good series and it really makes you think. It manages to work around its own flaws.

... Last updated on February 10th, 2011, 7:28pm
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Love this, but..   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by risashopuu
December 17th, 2010, 5:03am
I feel this story won't end
I mean, come on,
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Yuuko is dead already

I don't know why it's not complete yet. Is CLAMP trying to add another plot? If so,I hope they do it as soon as possible, before it get boring
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I wonder who could hate this manga enough for a 1 of 10 rating...?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
August 8th, 2010, 5:25pm
Everything's been said a hundred times over in here.
Great manga, could even be a masterpiece, if it wasn't for one of the most typical and well hidden trapdoors: the middle of the manga is a bit too slow (which is when all the costumers come to the shop's owner Ichihara Yuuko).
Well, turns and events in the story make it all up to you. The character developement is some of the best you'll ever find in mangas.

General things people should know when reading xxxHolic:
Reading the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles (TRC) first would drastically increase the ability to understand the embedded details. These two manga are closely linked and even facets of the same story. Treat them as a series, that tell a single story, except this one isn't prequel and sequel, but rather it's all happening at the same time, actions in each of them explain certain other actions in the other.
TRC however is the easier read (mostly) and does not require xxxHolic for understanding, so it might be best to read TRC first, then xxxHolic.
I personally would refer anybody above age 18 to this story. Anybody below that age may require a re-read or two later in their lives to understand the whole manga in its entirety, all social aspects included. I am 21 as I write this comment, I've a good if not especially intricate understanding of Asian cultures and life has equipped me with a deep understanding of human psyche and yet I am sure, if I were to read this story again in five years, I'd catch on things I didn't quite see this time around.

After the introduction and the first few chapters things slow down a bit. Maybe too much, but that is personal preference and might have been neccessary to keep xxxHolic and TRC in synch, both publishing and character developement wise. Should you find that you dislike xxxHolic because of that, don't be discouraged. The real interesting stuff starts right after TRC's plot ends in xxxHolic.

The end feels kinda hurried though, incomplete. That's why it might not be very easy to identify with, even though it is quite emotional. The ending is not the worst I've read, in fact it is still one of the better ones, but it does not quite do the rest of the manga justice. Therefore I reduce the score from a 9.5 to a 9 of 10.
Note: There is a sequel planned: xxxHolic: Rei, so that might be the reason for the loose ends. That doesn't change anything for this manga by itself though, so the score stays.

... Last updated on January 15th, 2013, 10:46am
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