XXXHolic Vol. #14 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Friday, December 11, 2009
Release Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Finally, the cryptic revelations of Watanuki’s past and his surprising connection to Syaoroan from the ‘Tsubasa’ series.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: CLAMP
Translation: William Flanagan
Adaptation: William Flanagan

What They Say
Kimihiro is a mystery even to himself. He has no memory of his past, or even of his beloved parents' names. Neither does he have any idea why he is being followed by malicious spirits. But his boss, the witch Yûko Ichihara, knows, and in this volume many of Kimihiro's secrets are finally revealed!

xxxHOLiC crosses over with Tsubasa, also by CLAMP. Don't miss it!

The Review!
Content:
Watanuki has really changed and become much calmer since he began living with Yuko and spending much of his time with Domeki.  Watanuki may still fly off the handle whenever Domeki annoys him, but it happens so rarely at this point of the story that it kind of stands out.  After fourteen volumes, it is actually impressive to see how well CLAMP has molded Watanuki’s character.

Despite the enjoyable examinations of Japanese folklore through Yuko’s clients, the underlying mystery of Watanuki’s past has kept this series a must read for me.  The time Watanuki spends with Yuko’s current client in this volume is rather uninteresting.  However, Kohane’s questioning of Domeki’s reasons for befriending Watanuki and Yuko’s monologue on Watanuki’s childhood makes for a great read.  Yuko is as cryptic as ever, but her revelations of how Syaoroan is related to Watanuki and their similarities is something I never saw coming.

Yuko’s revelations also provide some insight to Watanuki’s drifting between the real and dream world.  The dream world is probably more of another dimension than anything else, but I don’t know if Watanuki has figured this out yet.

In Summary:
All the mystery behind Watanuki’s childhood, his parents, the Ko creatures, and Fei-Wang’s otherworldly machinations are almost revealed in this volume.  Much of these things are explained, very obtusely, but explained nevertheless.  Those readers that have also kept up with the ‘Tsubasa’ series definitely have an advantage over me in figuring out how these series and their characters are connected.  The only thing I really know for sure is the fact that Yuko believes some kind of confrontation between Watanuki and Syaoroan and Fei-Wang is quickly approaching.  What exactly Fei-Wang wants with Watanuki and Syaoroan I don’t know, but I can’t wait to see this inevitable confrontation play out.
 



Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: A-
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-0345518439
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: XXXHolic