Monday, May 11, 2015

XXXHolic volume 6


Today's post is on XXXHolic volume 6 by CLAMP. It is the sixth in the series, so you need to have read the first five to understand the story. It is 174 pages long and is published by DEL REY. The cover has Yuko on it looking very pretty and wrapping around to Watanuki on the back. The intended reader is someone who likes Japanese mythology, ghost stories, and very pretty pictures. The story is told from Watanuki's perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Kimihiro Watanuki takes a welcome break from his grueling service to the time-space witch, Yuko Ishihara, only to find himself mixed up in the strangest parade of the Japanese magical world. But a slipup reveals that Kimihiro is a powerless human! How can he survive the festival without being eaten by its dangerous participants?
Then Kimihiro meets a woman grieving for her lost son. Since Kimihiro is an orphan, the two form an immediate bond. But what will Kimihiro do when he realizes that his wonderful new friendship may very well kill him?

Review- This volume is really good but really sad. The first story is about the spirit world and Domeki gets to see what Watanuki sees. It is really fun. They are on an unknowing mission from Yuko but get to see some beautiful things. Also some development between Yuko and Domeki. He guesses that she does not want him to come into her shop and what that could mean. In the second story Watanuki makes friends with something, we never discover what she was, and it is really sad. Domeki has to make a choice and that hurts Watanuki but saves his life. It was really sad, seeing Watanuki meet someone who understands how lonely he really is. She does not want to kill him but she cannot help it. It was touching to watch them interact and to see Watanuki stop fighting with Domeki.

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 many years ago.