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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
XXX ホリック
xxxHolic Rou
xxxHolic Rō
×××HOLiC
×××HOLiC・籠
Триплексоголик

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.4 by Be With You Scans over 6 years ago
v.19 c.213 (end) by Fail Manga over 7 years ago
c.212 by Fail Manga over 7 years 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 (1543 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 5th 2018, 8:50pm PST


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Year
2003

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (7 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #394 increased(+149)
Monthly Pos #955 increased(+96)
3 Month Pos #1313 increased(+112)
6 Month Pos #1553 increased(+76)
Year Pos #1664 increased(+177)

List Stats
On 3058 reading lists
On 1311 wish lists
On 2467 completed lists
On 268 unfinished lists
On 554 custom lists

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Forum Posts
So the ending... over 5 years ago
Name of the childhood friend? over 5 years ago
xxxHolic ONESHOT ft TRC over 6 years ago
spine designs? over 6 years ago
Anything before XXXHOLiC? over 7 years ago

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CLAMP? You meant the Angst Empire?️?   
Rating: N/A
by Nemurenaiyo
May 15th, 2018, 9:14am
I gotta hand it to them. CLAMP is probably one the most extra when it comes to their art. So beautiful. So imaginative and creative. And this goes hand in hand with the plots their works carry. Out of all their works, though, I'd say xxxHolic is probably their work with the second most tangible plot (Card Captor Sakura takes #1 because despite it's huge involvement with the paranormal, it's still mostly based on ordinary life and readers still find the series entertaining without being completely swept up into complex supernatural arcs).

If I'm going to be honest, I think xxxHolic could've been better. I love the chapters with them solving supernatural cases and facing interesting clients. It was all good there till it started becoming too dragging for me and I got bored. Sure, there were loads of questions to be answered and this was probably what made the whole series intriguing all the same that it was dragging so bad. They had things to reveal but they really took their time giving out answers. The only thing the series got it going for me was the hope that the subplot CLAMP put in could've been canon.
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no Watanuki and Doumeki did not end up together and since then i've been jaded and have thus, lost all hope in CLAMP i mean really CLAMP? I only ever wanted one thing
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It took me years to gather up my courage to read this   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tnwls523
March 18th, 2018, 12:02am
I knew CLAMP is famous for building a huge interconnected world so I kept this on my wish list for more than 5 years but I finally gathered up the courage to take the plunge and I wasn't disappointed.

First of all, my god the art is beautiful! Yuuko's kimono, the shop, the artifacts, they are all drawn so majestically. I loved the delicate, intricate, and charismatic artwork in xxxHolic.

The characters were really interesting too. I really liked the mysterious and strong yet sometimes fragile aura that first Yuuko had then Watanuki took on. I was gradually drawn in like a firefly to a candle. I absolutely adore Doumeki and his caring for Watanuki. I liked that shounen ai-ish mood in the air~ although if you're not a fan, you might be feel put off by it.

The plot is at first, a series of mysteries with the customers coming to make wishes and Watanuki being sent to solve them. However, the real plot is gradually revealed and oh my, is it good. If you read this before TC as I did, you will definitely be confused and not understand what the heck is going on. I definitely recommend reading TC first to avoid that. I read TC right away after reading xxxHolic because I was so confused by the end. I think Clamp's style is more about showing events that occur without really explaining them so the reader has to figure out what happens. I've come to find myself enjoying this style but I have to say it's definitely frustrating and requires some patience. I liked the overall plot but I liked the day to day events with customers coming to make wishes too. It was fun to see Watanuki constantly tripping and falling as he tried to "solve" each wish. Um, I'd have to say it's sort of like Gintama style where you just have to enjoy the ride as each of the overarching plot's detail is revealed one by one.

Tl;dr - It's definitely worth the read. Art, story is excellent but read Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle first.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2018, 12:05am
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There are 3 kinds of mystery series (to me)   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Azure_1802
January 31st, 2016, 10:02am
First one is ones that make you excitedly want to know what's going on
Next is ones that make you excitedly don't want to know what's going on
The last is ones that make you irritatedly want to know what's going on

This series is one of the latest one ="=
Oh how I hate CLAMP's obsession with "Sakura" and "Shaoran"
Everything goes around them...
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Left With So Many Questions   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
October 26th, 2014, 2:38am
If you want to know what is on the other side of the "witches" life.. You must read this.
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already I know her from tsubasa.. But I find the stories to get very repetitive even though they are different. I always love how dark it can Get. Very intelligent. I'm still confused on his tie to everything though.
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Trying to figure out the loose ends still   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by tipz
July 6th, 2014, 3:21am
If you want to know what is on the other side of the "witches" life.. You must read this.
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already I know her from tsubasa.. But I find the stories to get very repetitive even though they are different. I always love how dark it can Get. Very intelligent. I'm still confused on his tie to everything though
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All the connections....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
June 29th, 2014, 10:01pm
This work has so many references and connections to CLAMP's other works such as Card Captor Sakura, Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles, and etc. (and i love them!!) The characters were portrayed beautifully, and by the end I had fallen for Doumeki 10 times over...

One suggestion though: DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU'VE ALREADY READ TSUBASA RESEVOIR CHRONICLES!!!! These two have an intertwined plot, so you must read the former to understand the latter!!

And the ending made me cry until my tears just dried up (ended up with puffy eyes). I feel really sad for Watanuki, but I have hope that some time in the future, he will come to term with his situation. So, I will be the same, and just place faith in my own little made up ending. wink

(for this reason, I cannot bear to read the sequel. I've already imagined my own happy ending for watanuki)

... Last updated on June 29th, 2014, 10:03pm
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the sequel   
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by nya-nya
May 21st, 2014, 9:22pm
i really love this manga, more than any other clamp's work. actually, i was a bit disappointed about the ending, it's just so sad to see the main character, watanuki, waiting for yuuko until unlimited time.
But, the sequel is pretty good. at first, i was just confused, why this manga (xxxholic rei) became a sequel when there is no connection between the ending of xxxholic and the story goes? and then i realized that the sequel is really "the sequel" smile
Now i have to wait every week, or every two weeks to read the continuation of xxxholic rei. i hope this sequel has a better ending ( even if i'm pessimistic about this).
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sejal
April 6th, 2014, 4:39am
This is the first manga I ever read. Originally, I started watching the anime (this is also the first anime i ever watched) and the I got introduced to the world of Japan, Korea, and China. Of course I have read/watched many mangas/animes now. The story is excellent and since I am a supernatural lover, its perfect for me. It has a lot of philosophy which makes me love it more. The ending is sad. He waits for her even if he knows she wont come, because he can't let her go. But I think its necessary to have that hope. So the readers can imagine whatever they want. And hope is all we have afterall. And i think clamp is famous for those kind of endings, considering this and Tsubasa.
Watanuki, as he grew older, he became so hot. I have fallen for him for years now. Okay, so this is a manga I'll love forever. Its beautiful and the ending didnt disappoint as much as Tsubasa did.
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To clarify the ending   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by AniNyan
January 4th, 2014, 1:33pm
To clarify the ending:

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By the last chapter, Watanuki had been in possession of the shop for four generations, which is why he tells the Doumeki look-alike (his first name is not revealed) that he looks so much like his great-grandfather (Doumeki Shizuka, whom Watanuki spent most of his time with throughout most of the series), who also greatly resembled his grandfather (Doumeki Haruka). The current Doumeki at the end (first name unknown) is in possession of the egg, which is implied to have been passed down within the family, because Doumeki Shizuka's decision was to have the Doumeki family use the egg to make Watanuki forget about Yuuko when Watanuki wants to and is ready to forget about her.

It was confusing the way they made Doumeki Shizuka's descendant look so much like him at the end, but that's more or less how it ended. I do agree that the ending was disappointing, as it seems as though Watanuki will never meet Yuuko again and will continue to wait for her alone, regardless of how much longer he will have to wait,
but overall, the characters were extremely lovable and this series will always be one of my favorites, even though I've probably shed more tears than I should have over a single series that isn't even officially categorized a tragedy.

It's true that in the beginning, the story seems to have no plot and is filled with lighthearted comedy as the characters interact with each other, but towards the middle and end, it is clear that the story is going in a particular direction and a stable plot begins to build on that. Of course, the artist is CLAMP, so there's pretty much no such thing as proper anatomy, but I've grown up reading CLAMP's works, so I have no issue with it.

I do not recommend this series to those who dislike stories that do not begin with a particularly serious plot or those who are strongly against possible romantic feelings between two males (it is never officially stated, but there is a lot of implied romantic notions between Watanuki and Doumeki, and CLAMP has completed a few shounen-ai series, so that's not entirely impossible). I do highly recommend this to anyone else who likes supernatural stories that evoke various different emotions and can grow to just adore the characters.

On another note, xxxHolic Rei was disappointing in the sense that it ended up being an alternate story (as it is labeled) instead of a continuation/sequel to xxxHolic. I would have loved to see a happy ending for Watanuki.

... Last updated on January 4th, 2014, 1:40pm
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No Plot   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by TisiphoneStar
September 10th, 2013, 5:27pm
I remember reading xxxholic years ago and even as I try to remember the story now it's very fuzzy in my mind. I feel like the problem with xxxholic is that there is no real plot, it's very character development oriented and very slice of life. There's episodic plot arcs but none of them are actually interesting, just slow. It's very much like Clamp's other works 'Legal Drug' and 'Tokyo Babylon' but the characters are less amusing and there's no hints at an overarching mystery. I always felt like the lack of a real plot would be alright if at least there was chemistry in the cast but there isn't...the only redeeming character is Yuuko, who is just amazing - too bad the actual story is slow and lacking of a point.

... Last updated on September 10th, 2013, 5:28pm
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