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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!

Type
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 (705d ago)
v.19 c.213 (end) by Fail Manga (1161d ago)
c.212 by Fail Manga (1193d 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 (1379 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 24th 2014, 9:07am 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 #842 increased(+56)
Monthly Pos #1070 increased(+92)
3 Month Pos #1295 increased(+18)
6 Month Pos #1319 decreased(-25)

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On 3005 reading lists
On 1086 wish lists
On 1963 completed lists
On 235 unfinished lists
On 423 custom lists

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Forum Posts
So the ending... 256 days, 4 hours, 13 minutes ago
Name of the childhood friend? 471 days, 11 hours, 46 minutes ago
xxxHolic ONESHOT ft TRC 731 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes ago
spine designs? 894 days, 11 hours, 18 minutes ago
Anything before XXXHOLiC? 1050 days, 21 hours, 19 minutes ago

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My Favorite   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Echydo
March 31st, 2010, 8:15am
xxxHolic is really my favorite manga of all time.

The storyline is very deep, allowing the characters to develop and grow progressively in a really smart fashion. Every single character (not only Watanuki and Yuko) is interesting on a standalone basis (they are not just tools to put the main characters into perspective like in some other mangas).
You get to learn about japanese folk cultures and in each arc the supernatural is presented in a way that makes you reflect about life in general.
It is also extremely well balanced: comedy, reflection, drama, mystery, slice of life and even adventure are all present but none are too overpowering.
The art is FANTASTIC. That combined with all I said above (balance and storyline) makes it a very relaxing but at the same time challenging read; in a positive way. In my opinion, CLAMP are the best manga artists out there at the moment.

Regarding how it intertwines with Tsubasa RC. I must say that you can read the series without really paying attention to Tsubasa: most of the arcs are xxxHolic-specific. I started readingTsubasa after a while but did not get to finish it. The parallel between the two stories becomes very significant at some point but as another reviewer says, you can get your fix from wikipedia.

After the Tsubasa arc ended, and
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Yuko disappeared/died
I felt like the series would come to an end and nothing interesting would happen anymore. Boy was I wrong!! Watanuki's character gets even deeper and I am quite curious to see how the story will turn out from now on. Props to CLAMP for managing to keep the story fresh like that!

... Last updated on June 17th, 2010, 4:15pm
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best   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
November 21st, 2009, 2:50pm
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xxxHolic is one of the best mangas I have ever read.
The art is beautiful, as expected from the renown CLAMP.
The story line is complicated and mysterious. You really need to follow closely otherwise you would be lost on the essential details. This story is definitely unique. I have never read anything like it. There are some fluff, but every one of them is funny, which is a good diversion (-ish) from the actual plot line. You can't really guess the actual plot line until later in the manga because there aren't enough hints in the early part of the manga. So, with that, I would say that this story is moving pretty slow, but the long read is worthed at the end.

Character development is good. I think we actually see a significant change in the character only when the actual plot line starts to show, which is maybe around the early 100 chapters or so.

For those people who say that you have to read Tsubasa manga in order to understand what's happening in xxxHolic, I must disagree to a certain extent. I read Tsubasa some times ago, but I stopped along the way for some reason I don't remember. Anyway, I remember only a rough plot of Tsubasa and am able to read xxxHolic without getting too confused. So, my response to "have to read Tsubasa" is that--just go to wikipedia and get the rough plot line because that's all you need to know.

I want to say something about the manga vs anime for those people who have watched the anime and wanted to start on the manga. Manga is obviously better than the anime (true in majority of cases). Anime follows the same plot line as the manga. There's not enough of a plot line in the anime, though, so if you want to know what happened next and in more detail, read the manga. (I apologize if I am getting any facts wrong; I watched most of the first season.)

I am commenting on this manga based on reading 163 chapters.
It is getting so much more interesting.
This is definitely one of those mangas that by killing off a good character leads to an even greater development in another character--and the story as a whole--killing off this character is needed to further the plot.

Strongly recommended for those people who love the supernatural and mystery. Warning, though, there's no serious romance in this.


... Last updated on November 21st, 2009, 2:58pm
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xxxHolic a solid and emotional read   
Rating: N/A
by artdjmaster
October 31st, 2009, 12:05pm
I just love the character Watanuki. I feel closer to him than I do Syaoran, and his story just has more meaning to me than someone who wants to save a princess. With each volume I get even closer to him, and I can just tell I'm in for a teary-eyed climax.

For those who say you don't have to read Tsubasa to enjoy xxxHolic, I say make up your own minds about what to read because Tsubasa is also an amazing story. Sure, you have to invest more money for a series where the story takes off 15 volumes in, but it was well worth it. Each and every volume of each series I get hooks me and I read it in one sitting while contemplating it hours afterward. Since you have to wait so long in between releases of xxxHolic anyway, read Tsubasa in the meantime and have a good time!
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great series   
Rating: N/A
by goodgirl94
October 13th, 2009, 2:03pm
the plot is good over all but it is complicated and if you don't pay attention you miss stuff.
the characters are funny and the art is magnificent. not only that but the series has more than just fluff.
the stories can be kind of dark and creepy but it brings variety.

btw you dont have to read tsubasa chronincles its easier to just wiki it. i dont read tsubasa cronicles and i get most of it.

i recomend xXxholic to anyone that likes good manga.
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xxxholic ~.^   
Rating: N/A
by FriskyBandit
October 11th, 2009, 1:36pm
The Good:
The Art is Phenominal! of course being Clamp one would expect nothing less. The story is very creative and has many intresting twists and turns that throw the reader off of what is expected so it is never boring.As far as I have read i found this manga to be worth time. The chapters are short but very compelling.

The Bad:
XXX Holic can be hard to follow at times the dialoge is long and irksome at times.I feel that you can go through xxxholic with out reading Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles and still get by on an understanding but it would very hard and tireing.

Overall:
I would recommed this to a hardcore manga fan rather than a mainstream. The manga is more in favor for the dark melocholy feel.The manga itself has many intricate twists and turns that take time to understand and might have to be reread so patience is required for this manga. All though not finished yet i belive the end is near since TRC has ended.
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dark but lighthearted   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Isara
September 15th, 2009, 4:49am
"xxxholic" starts of as a somewhat darkish story about a boy who sees spirits and evolves into a realy interesting read on the fundamental rules of society and existential theories.
The episode-like structure of "clients" visiting the shop and subsequently learning a lesson about life gets tiresome in the middle of the manga, but there is always a twist to the unexpected and the atmosphere is very gripping.
Thus, the whole story stays interesting and as the reader learns more about the main characters the overall feeling becomes darker and more serious.
I dare say this is the best I have read of CLAMP so far and definitely a very good manga that deals with the supernatural (and I normally couldn't care less).
Very enjoyable and not confusing at all, if you think along and read the information given by the translators.
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dont know what this manga tries to be   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by P0ldl
September 14th, 2009, 9:55am
Honestly i was kinda happy/curious when i saw the voting for the best shounen manga and there was this manga mentioned i didnt know -
xxxholic. well now i know why i did not know it. its kinda crappy.
There is no real story as far as i could see in the first 5-10 chapters, but maybe i didnt get it because the dialogues are kinda pointless and hard to follow. I personally dont like the art as well but i have to admit that depending on ones likes and dislikes that few is not objective. Oh and i dont know why this manga should be called shounen either ^^
So all in all this manga was a highly unsatisfying experience for me.
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*sigh*   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
July 30th, 2009, 8:33pm
Im having a hard time deciding whether or not to drop this. It is SO confusing without reading Tsubasa, but I dont want ot read Tsubasa sothe story is confusing... Im just going to put it on hold till it ends...
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Wow   
Rating: N/A
by matthew20141
June 26th, 2009, 7:17pm
I just love how
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Yuuko disappears later and tells Watanuki that her wish is for him to keep on existing


This story is just so confusing if you have not read tsubasa though.
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Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SamiKami
April 15th, 2009, 4:12pm
I'm reading both xxxHoLic and Tsubasa, and I must say: I think this one is much better. Although, as some people have said, if I didn't read Tsubasa certain scenes would make no sense and detract from the presentation of this series. While I think Tsubasa has a better-developed plot, I find xxxHoLic more entertaining and I feel that reading both series in tandem really enhances the experience of both.

xxxHoLic is good simply for the characters. It’s definitely loaded with episodic people, but I love that. I love any story with unique characters that have “out-there” personalities, and all the main characters are, well, “themselves.”(Hah.) Yuuko makes my Top 5 list of favorite manga characters of all time. Watanuki also amuses me.

While the nutty antics of the characters bring a lot of humor in to this series, its fantasy dimension is nicely done as well. The subjects they use for fantasy (such as fox spirits or ghosts) aren’t very original in themselves, but the way CLAMP puts a new perspective on them in xxxHoLic is fantastic, unique, and very interesting.

Something many critics of the series point out is the weak connection of events throughout the plot. One doesn’t necessarily have to read about an event in a pervious chapter to understand something in a latter one. (There are several situations where you do, but 3 times out of 5, you don’t.) Critics have a point about this making the plot somewhat weak but I rather like this setup. It seems like too many manga and anime these days require you to read/watch continuously through to a T or you will be completely lost, but xxxHoLic allows you to appreciate the good points of the many different scenarios. Don’t care me wrong, I normally prefer continuous series, but in the way xxxHoLic is done, the differences make it better.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2009, 4:13pm
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