Monday, May 4, 2015

XXXHolic volume 5


Today's post is on XXXHolic volume 5 by CLAMP. As it is the fifth in the long series you need to have read the first one to understand the story. It is 176 pages long and is published by DEL REY. The cover is beautiful and has Yuko on it with Watanuki on the back. The intended reader is someone who likes mythology, ghosts, and other things that go 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- Kimihiro Watanuki is the indentured servant of Yuko, the beautiful but completely unpredictable Space-Time Witch. He must work at her bizarre wish-granting shop until he can pay off his own wish: to be free of the spirits that haunt him. Yuko's latest customer is a rain spirit who wants Kimihiro dispatched on a rescue mission. Little does Kimihiro know that this mission will take him to death's door!
And that's not his only problem: A cute spirit has given him a Valentine's Day present, which means he's obligated by Japanese Culture to return the favor. What do you get a girl who may not even exist in this world?

Review- This volume is fun, in my opinion. Lots of mythology and Japanese culture going on. White Day is when boys return gifts for the chocolates that they got on Valentine's day. So Watanuki is getting pressure about that from Yuko and the spirits that come to see him. The first story could be seen as a little scary but once you discover what is really only on it is just sad. But the volume ends with a cliff hanger. Watanuki has been seeing strange wings on people and Yuko knows what those mean but she gets him out of the way. I cannot remember what is really going on with them so I'm looking forward to rereading it.

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.