Monday, August 10, 2015

XXXholic volume 19


Today's post is on XXXholic volume 19 by CLAMP. It is the last in the XXXholic series and as such you need to have read the rest of the series to understand what is happening. The cover has Watanuki in it smiling at the reader. The intended reader is someone who is interested in Japanese mythology, long plots, and fantasy. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this volume. The story is told from Watanuki's perspective. There Be Spoiler Ahead.

From the back of the book- Kimihiro Watanuki has passed through many trails by fire. Once an indentured servant , he has matured and become the poised and skilled keeper of the shop that grants wishes. but Watanuki's final wish is for himself: to meet the witch Yuko one more time. With Yuko long vanished from our world, is it even possible? That question and others are answered now in the concluding volume of the bestselling manga xxxHOLic!

Review- I loved the ending for this series. Watanuki gets peace at the end of the story. He does see Yuko again but it is in a dream that she left for him long ago. The only thing that remained was what Domeki was to use the egg on. That is never told or it could be that he never needed to use it at all. The story in this manga was so moving to me. Watanuki starts out so angry and alone. He feels that he does not matter and no one would care if he just disappeared. In the end of the story, Watanuki knows that he is worthy. He knows that people care about him and he, in turn, cares about others. The way that Watanuki grows over the course of the series was so beautiful and moving. The sadness that is part of this story is so worth how beautiful it is.

I give this volume and series a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this series with my own money.