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xxxHOLiC

Manga, vol.19 (2003)

 

Information:

Genres: Drama, Supernatural, Comedy, Mystery, Magic
Tags: Episodic, Present, Youkai
Release Date: 24.02.2003 ‑ 09.03.2011
Studios: Kodansha Ltd.
Type: Manga (2003)
Volumes: 19, Chapters: 213

Alternative names:

xxx ホリック
xxxHolic Rou
X-zobanHOLIC
xxxHOLiC
xxxHolic; xxxHolic•籠
xxxHolic Cage
xxxHolic•Rou
Kimihiro Watanuki is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he’s just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he’s employed in her little shop—a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience!

Most of Yuuko’s customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow. . . .
XXXHolic is a supernatural/comedy themed manga/anime that is apart of the CLAMP series. It is one of the more popular of the CLAMP series and often shows other CLAMP series being mentioned (ex. Chobits, Sakura Chronicles).
It revolves around a boy named Watanuki and how he stumbled upon a shop owned by a woman named Yuuko. Yuuko's power is to grant wishes, but she can only do so with proper payment. Since Watanuki has seen spirits ever since he was born, Yuuko offers to take away his sight of the spirits in exchange for him working at the shop. He agrees and works at the shop until his debt is repaid.
The series was re-named to xxxHolic•Rou on the title pages of each chapter from chapter 186 and on, but remains ×××Holic on the front covers, spines and indicias of the corresponding Japanese volumes (16 and 17).
A oneshot published in May 2010 to commemorate the switch was later collected into Volume 18.
At first glance, Kimihiro Watanuki appears to be a normal high school student; but little do people know that not only is Watanuki able to see spirits, but he's also a magnet for them! One day, after being chased by one such spirit, Watanuki happens upon a strange building. There he meets a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can get rid of his ability to see spirits - for a price: Watanuki must work as her housekeeper until he has paid off the cost of granting his wish. Now Watanuki's eyes are being opened to an entirely new side of the world as he assists Yuuko in her work, all while balancing the housework, his schoolwork, and most importantly, ensuring that Yuuko is never out of sake!

Production:

CLAMP (Story & Art)

Related anime:

xxxHOLiC TV, 2006, Adaptation
xxxHOLiC: Kei TV, 2008, Adaptation
xxxHOLiC Rou OVA, 2010, Adaptation
xxxHOLiC Shunmuki OVA, 2009, Adaptation

Related manga:

xxxHOLiC Manga, 2003
Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Manga, 2003, Other
xxxHOLiC: Another Holic Light Novel, 2006, Side story
Private Institute Horitsuba Manga, 2007, Spin-off
xxxHOLiC Rei Manga, 2013, Sequel
K-Dash Doujin, 2002, Other
Drug & Drop Manga, 2011, Other
Soel to Larg: Mokona=Modoki no Bouken Novel, Spin-off

Related characters:

Syaoran
Syaoran
Sakura
Sakura
Kurogane
Kurogane
Kimihiro Watanuki
Kimihiro Watanuki
Yuuko Ichihara
Yuuko Ichihara
Shizuka Doumeki
Shizuka Doumeki
Himawari Kunogi
Himawari Kunogi
Zashiki-warashi
Zashiki-warashi
Mokona Modoki
Mokona Modoki
Kohane Tsuyuri
Kohane Tsuyuri
Clow Reed
Clow Reed
Maru
Maru
Kazahaya Kudo
Kazahaya Kudo
Syaoran Li
Syaoran Li
Rikuo Himura
Rikuo Himura
Ame-warashi
Ame-warashi
Fei Wong Reed
Fei Wong Reed
Mokona Modoki
Mokona Modoki
Mugetsu
Mugetsu
Fai D. Flourite
Fai D. Flourite
Haruka Doumeki
Haruka Doumeki
Neko Musume
Neko Musume
Jorougumo
Jorougumo
Moro
Moro
Chibi Kitsune
Chibi Kitsune