Monday, April 13, 2015

XXXHolic volume 2


Today's post is on XXXHolic volume 2 by CLAMP. As it is the second in the long series you need to have read the first one to understand the story. It is 178 pages long and is published by DEL REY. The cover is beautiful and has Yuko on it. The intended reader is someone who likes mythology, ghosts, and other things that do bump in the night. There is no sex, some mild language, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from Watanuki's perspective only. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Watch out for Witches.
Kimihiro Waranuki thought he had signed up with a bunch of weirdos, and he was right! He become the unfortunate indentured servant of a woman known as Yuko Ichihara, who was widely rumored to be the time-space witch. Now his voyage through the world of the occult are off and running, as he and Yuko go visiting fortune-tellers and horoscope readers. But can the future really be told?
Meanwhile, the romance is heating up between Kimihiro and cute Himawari-chan. Then fate throw's Kimihiro's old rival back into his life. Now Yuko invites all three to a temple to tell scary stories throughout the night. Is it just for fun or is there some deeper reason?

Review- We are now getting to the meat of the story. In this volume Watanuki's spiritual eyes do not cause him much trouble but Yuko makes up for that. In this volume we also meet more of the main cast of character's. Watanuki's rival is only a rival because Watanuki thinks that he is. In truth Domeki is a friend who likes to give Watnuki trouble. The ghost stories are fun, especially if you like mythology like I do. Again that index in the back of the book is very useful because it explains the finer details about Japan and its very unique culture. Of course the art is just wonderful. I love that in DEL REY gives full color inserts for the first couple of pages. It just makes the art really pop. More ghost stuff coming up soon!

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money years ago.