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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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Apt 6
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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.4 by Be With You Scans over 5 years ago
v.19 c.213 (end) by Fail Manga over 6 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?

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 (1525 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 22nd 2017, 12:12pm PST



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English Publisher
Kodansha USA (7 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1042 increased(+177)
3 Month Pos #1519 increased(+236)
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So the ending... over 4 years ago
Name of the childhood friend? over 5 years ago
xxxHolic ONESHOT ft TRC over 5 years ago
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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   
Rating: N/A
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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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:

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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I give fair warning..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by jjkyxr
April 10th, 2013, 8:59pm NOT read this until you read the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle series. I'm sure the author wants you to read them both simultaneously as it seems like it was intended. but the more practical method would probably be to read TRC first. If you decide to be like me and read xxxHolic first, what happens is that eventually the story throws at you characters that pop out of another universe and then expects you to care for these cameos. honestly, it just makes me more confused and upset at the author for having our main cast getting personal with these random folks w/o establishing clear connections with the reader. and to top it off, the main characters' backstories that seem to be developed in TRC never really get explained in xxxHolic as a standalone.

this slow pace of a story feels very episodic most of the time. probably because most of the characters feel very 1 dimensional. when character development does happen, it's infrequent and in noticeable jumps. not very smoothed out but some would disagree probably. also the main character constantly whines a bit too frequently for quite awhile, way past it being anything remotely funny. enough that i wanted to drop the series a couple of times.

tl;dr read TRC first before picking this up. also this story is very meh as a standalone.

... Last updated on April 10th, 2013, 9:07pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
February 16th, 2013, 12:54pm
xxxHOLiC was a pretty good read, in my opinion. It has great loveable characters, all who grew up together yet all went their separate ways. Honestly, I would've never guessed that
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Watanuki would've wanted to inherit the shop as Yuko passed away
. Still Doumeki eventually led a pretty normal life and so did Himawari and Kohane.

The art is simple, yet graceful and appealing. The humor in this manga is light-hearted and it gives you something to think about when it comes to real life situation, about humans and spirits in general. This manga's got its heartbreaking moments and have it's shocking moments. The ending is definitely a cliff hanger; why bring up the egg if CLAMP didn't plan to add anymore to it?
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