Monday, April 27, 2015

XXXHolic volume 4


Today's post is on XXXHolic volume 4 by CLAMP. It is 176 pages long and is published by Del Rey. As it is the fourth in the long series you need to have read the first three to understand the story. The cover has Yuko on the front and Watanuki on the back looking cool. The intended reader is someone who likes mythology, ghost stories, and great art. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this volume. The story is told from Watanuki's perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- It's Valentine's Day- and while Domeki is showered with chocolates and cards from girls, Watanuki receives none. To make matters worse, he must also so the usual chores for Yuko, which includes making chocolate cake for her and Mokona, as well as the treats his boss wants to give away as gifts. But when Watanuki discovers he has a shy and secret admirer who is not quite human, he finds that chocolates can be more than just sweet.
Then, after seeing identical twin sisters pass by in the street, Yuko makes a curious remarks: that there are chains that only humans can use to bind others. Watanuki meets the sisters and senses that the relationship between them is not what it seems...

Review- More interesting world building. In this volume the power of words is on display. The power that we give words over us and the power of the words that we give others. Watanuki is getting some interesting character growth. He is becoming more compassionate to others. With all that his eyes can see, it takes thinking about what Yuko says and sees to him open up more to the world. Domeki is a key player this time too but he is more in the background of Watanuki's personal growth. The art is not only beautiful but it is also used to help make the character's pain more vivid. We are really starting to see the world open up to Watanuki, as he opens himself up more to it. The story about the sisters is very moving but disturbing. It has a lot to do with the way that others see themselves in relation to one person.

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.