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xxxHoLic  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
×××HOLiC
×××HOLiC・籠
Holic
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 (804d ago)
v.19 c.213 (end) by Fail Manga (1260d ago)
c.212 by Fail Manga (1291d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

User Reviews
xxxHOLIC by Coriolis
xxxHolic by danobou

Forum
30 topics, 242 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1400 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 24th 2014, 12:35pm PST

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Year
2003

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #542 increased(+141)
Monthly Pos #1015 increased(+148)
3 Month Pos #1197 increased(+104)
6 Month Pos #1209 increased(+68)

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On 3020 reading lists
On 1098 wish lists
On 2026 completed lists
On 242 unfinished lists
On 434 custom lists

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Forum Posts
So the ending... 354 days, 18 hours, 6 minutes ago
Name of the childhood friend? 570 days, 1 hours, 39 minutes ago
xxxHolic ONESHOT ft TRC 829 days, 20 hours, 13 minutes ago
spine designs? 993 days, 1 hours, 11 minutes ago
Anything before XXXHOLiC? 1149 days, 11 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Top-notch   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by sakirol
July 18th, 2012, 11:26am
There are very few series that give you a fresh feeling when you read it. Most manga - yeah, there are different settings and whatnot, but deconstructed, they're essentially repeats of the same old things with maybe one or two new twists.

xxxHolic is one of those few series. It takes on the Natsume Yuujinchou sort of story, but rips out 50% of that serene feeling, adds in 50% more shounen with a touch of Clamp's original comedic quirk, and takes away enough of the horror from these supernatural stories to not feel dreadful but still be enigmatic. If I had to describe it, it is Natsume Yuujinchou but sped up 2x, more heartwrenching than heartwarming, and has kickass characters.

I will give one warning. It is not action-packed, not immensely exciting. You have the other twin to the pair, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, for that. To enjoy this, you have to appreciate the time & dialogue spent on character relationships. It's all about character development. And Clamp has genius character designs for xxxHolic, so it's not a bad way to go at all.

I have to say that the anime is a so-so experience in comparison because it doesn't deal with character relationships as well.

The one complaint I have about this series is that they did one hell of a job screwing up loose ends and making it dependent on reading TRC for the climax.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It was a really dumb idea to conclude Himawari's story by marrying her to a stranger. Have her pass away or marry her to Doumeki! That was not a satisfactory way to end a lead support character's part.
It was a really bad idea to include the stone, but it was a worse idea to conclude the stone by saying "it's not time to use it yet". The stone appeared to be something to make Watanuki forget everything about Yuuko. That's just counterproductive. Doumeki should've presented the stone as a choice and have Watanuki decisively make a decision on that.
I did not enjoy the fact that the central plot was disregarded. the audience had to guess most of it and read through TRC to get hints of what was happening. Not enough was explained. Everything should've just came out. Simply reading xxxHolic, people wouldn't even understand why Watanuki was starting to lose his memories. It was just a huge mess.

That being said, the denouement following
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Yuko's death
was great. I loved it to bits with the exception of the screwed up loose ends.

tl;dr The main, central plot that connects xxxHolic to TRC is a huge, abominable mess, but this series is good enough to earn a good rating despite that.

... Last updated on July 18th, 2012, 11:29am
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Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by reachingforyou96
July 9th, 2012, 6:03pm
I love this manga. Though, I did read the ending and didn't realize that was the last chapter :'(
Yuuko is awesome and the art (CLAMP of course) is amazing. With all the detail, the art was perfect. The story is amazing, I admit, i would have to reread a couple times to understand the meaning and yuuko's sayings. I would watch the anime and feel like I'm in another world or something. Supernaturally awesome!..ah that was kinda lame.
But anyways, This was one of my favorite mangas and I would recommend it to anyone who are deep thinkers or are interested in the supernatural biggrin or just anyone in general

... Last updated on July 9th, 2012, 6:03pm
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Overwhelming   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
May 27th, 2012, 12:01am
*Gush* the art, the characters, the development, the ideas, the atmosphere, the style, the feelings. Where to begin? I think when you get overwhelmed and at a loss for words is when you know it's something special.

For me, xXxHoLic is immersed in details and the joy of reading it is in the rereads and the rediscoveries. Like how Watanuki's greetings to Himawari changes, in the end his small private smile over the phone expresses much more effectively the depth of their friendship and consequently his growth than wild gesticulations. But it cannot have achieved that without the adolescent phase, so both moments are precious.
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Creative   
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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What?   
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!!

10/10
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