Monday, May 25, 2015

XXXHolic volume 8

Today's post is on XXXHolic volume 8 by CLAMP. It is the eighth in the series, so you need to have read the first seven to understand the story. It is 176 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's after-school job working for the mysterious aitch Yuko Ishikawa has taken a dangerous turn. A recent assignment cost Kimihiro his right eye to a spider with a grudge. Now the missing eye has become the latest must-have item n the spirit world. Even the Zashiki-Warashi, the pretty spirit who has a crush on on Kimihiro, has become entangled in the mess... and she's being held captive by an unknown evil! Can Kimihiro save bot the girl and his eye- without getting himself killed by beings more powerful than he can imagine?

Review- More world and character development for this volume. The world building is more about the spiritual world that Watanuki partly lives in and the character development is about him, hopefully, learning that he matters. Yuko is getting annoyed with Watanuki about that. He believes that his life does not matter so nothing that happens to him matters. The Shinto belief of all things are connected is very present in this volume and of course in this whole manga. Domeki finds a way to make things better but I am curious to see how he solution will play out. We still have some plot points without any idea about where they are going like what the wing-things were or why Himawari is really bad luck for Watanuki but all in all a very good volume.

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.