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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

Groups Scanlating
Apt 6
Be With You Scans
Believe Manga Scans

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 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?

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

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1529 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)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #622 increased(+30)
Monthly Pos #931 increased(+118)
3 Month Pos #1244 increased(+297)
6 Month Pos #1756 increased(+284)
Year Pos #1867 increased(+53)

List Stats
On 3050 reading lists
On 1297 wish lists
On 2420 completed lists
On 269 unfinished lists
On 548 custom lists

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Forum Posts
So the ending... over 4 years ago
Name of the childhood friend? over 5 years ago
xxxHolic ONESHOT ft TRC over 5 years ago
spine designs? over 6 years ago
Anything before XXXHOLiC? over 6 years ago

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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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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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Rating: N/A
by matthew20141
June 26th, 2009, 7:17pm
I just love how
Spoiler (highlight to view)
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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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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On the crossovers...   
Rating: 7.1 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
December 5th, 2008, 8:25pm
I just want to make a quick comment about the link. Regardless of the fact that it was planned, it does come across as a bit gimmicky. It doesn't really have the same affect on Tsubasa since it feels less like a piece of the plot is missing, but holic could really have succeeded on its own without it, and probably have had stronger pacing and a more involved ending sequence. I'll have to reserve my final comments on the matter until the story finally concludes, but as it is the ending feels as though it's heading in a slightly contrived direction...

Either way, it's still an excellent manga, but I have to agree that the crossover detracts from it, or at least limits its potential.
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Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Da-manta-ray
October 19th, 2008, 5:20pm
in response to the person below me, Tsubasa and xxxHOLiC are supposed to be linked. That's how it was intended.

Personally, I like CLAMP's style in some of its older works like Legend of Chyun Huang and Card Captor Sakura. I'm not really clear as to what the story actually is, but I really like this manga.
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Rating: N/A
by luzzz
October 16th, 2008, 6:45pm
I love this manga and I love the stories of the supernatural that are incorporated into the story. Each chapter gives off a dream-like atmosphere, which is aided by the effective use of the contrast between black and white in each frame.

Unfortunately, after seeing the most recent chapter 167 I've come to fear that CLAMP are trying to link the story in xxxHolic to that in Tsubasa. I find this particularly urking, because I don't read Tsubasa myself, and all the references made to Syoran and Sakura make the story confusing. I think xxxHolic would work more effectively if it was contained within its own universe. Linking the conclusion of this manga to that in Tsubasa feels as if CLAMP is doing a disservice to its readers, who may not read all of its current works.

Other than that, I would still recommend this manga to anyone who is a CLAMP fan, and those who like reading about superstitions, the supernatural and magic. Take away all the annoying Tsubasa references and I would have given this a 10.

... Last updated on October 18th, 2008, 6:34pm
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Very Good Series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aeylis
August 18th, 2008, 8:37pm
The title explains it all. xxxHolic is a very good manga to read and as it develops you just get pulled farther into the storyline. At times it can be slightly confusing, but it still works out to be an amazing manga.
First off, I love the story. Most of the mangas that have "Supernatural" in their genre listing turn out to be very creepy and have almost none, if not any, bits of humor in them.(based on personal reading experience) xxxHolic is different though. At times it is spooky enough to send a chill up my spine, while other times it reverts back to being humorous and light hearted. Most of the creepy moments are evened out by the light humor that interferes.
Also, the artwork is gorgeous. I love seeing all of the art they have between chapters that show Yuuko in different outfits and hairstyles. Not one page is done sloppily in this Manga which is really refreshing.
Updating this to be more recent.. It still is an amazing story that I love to read. Slightly depressing, but not very. Just a bit more serious than before. Watanuki has matured greatly, and the story still has room to grow. A Very enjoyable Manga.

... Last updated on March 2nd, 2010, 3:42pm
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Rating: N/A
by matt_is_the_best
June 18th, 2008, 9:07am
i was hooked when i started reading it and sometimes have trouble waiting for the next chapter to come out. it has a creepy feel to it at times, and at others is just... well.. it is one of my favourites. i love it. =)
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