Today's post is on XXXholic volume 16 by CLAMP. It is 174 pages long and is published by Del Rey. The cover has Watanuki on it looking pale and sad, with Yuko on the back facing away from the reader. As it is the sixteenth volume in the series you need to have read the first fifteen to understand the book. The intended reader is someone who likes Japanese mythology, good art, and tragic storylines. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- The witch Yuko is gone, vanished and forgotten by the world with the exception of a small handful of people. But Kimihiro is determined to keep the wish-granting shop going, even if the shop's arcane rules nearly kill him for the crime of setting a wrong price. Now begins a new chapter: xxxHOLIC Ro!
Review- This is a very sad volume with Yuko being gone and Watanuki choosing to stay with the shop. We get a time skip and have no idea what really happened in between. At least four years have past but I think more than that because of what Domeki and Mokona talk about over the course of the volume. We also do not know how many mistakes Watanuki made as he learned to run the shop but it was many and very bad. That said I really liked this volume. The sorrow in it is very moving and beautiful. Almost done with this series only three more volumes to go.
I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.