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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-50565-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

XXXHolic Vol. #12

By Matthew Alexander     September 06, 2008
Release Date: July 01, 2008


xxxholic Vol. #12
© Del Rey

Wonderful characters and imagery that magnifies the story are just a few examples of why CLAMP has become the powerhouse we see today.

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist: CLAMP
Translated by: William Flanagan
Adapted by: William Flanagan

What They Say
Lately Kimihiro Watanuki's dreams have been pleasant escapes that have given him the chance to talk to his new friend Haruka Domeki. But now he's falling asleep a lot - and starting to think that his entire life with the witch Yuko might be taking place in some kind of dreamworld. Then one night his dream is visited by a pretty princess named Sakura...

The Review
This volume departs from the Ko soul collector’s storyline seen in volume 11.  It seems that aspect of the series will continue to pop up from time to time to keep it in the reader’s thoughts.  What this volume does do further Watanuki’s personal growth and simultaneously increase the readers concern for his well-being.

Watanuki has begun to slip into a dream world on a regular basis.  His dreams take place at night, during the day, even during dangerous events.  Most of his dreams find him speaking with Domeki’s grandfather, Yuko, or Sakura from <i>Tsubasa</i>.  All three characters play a different role in Watanuki’s dreams.  Domeki’s grandfather is the introspective sage, providing advice through myth storytelling.  Sakura is an interesting addition not only because of the connection with the <i>Tsubasa</i> series, but also the insight she provides into Watanuki’s character.  Somehow, Watanuki and Syaoroan are strongly connected to each other and in turn to Sakura.  All of which I cannot elaborate on since I am not reading <i>Tsubasa</i>. 

Domeki and Sakura are interesting, but the dreams with Yuko are the best.  The bond that has grown between Watanuki and Yuko is very strong, but rarely examined.  Watanuki is only just beginning to realize how much Yuko cares for him, which makes him worry about Yuko.  She has always spent her time granting wishes for other people, but Watanuki wants to know and grant Yuko’s greatest wish.  What that wish is remains a mystery, but I’m sure it has something to do with her past.

Watanuki is developing into an empathetic character willing to sacrifice his own well-being for the sake of others around him.  He is very different from the type of guy he was at the beginning of this series, and I’ve enjoyed watching the change.  A few of the visual aspects of this volume really impressed me.  Such as the cherry blossoms blowing in the wind whenever Sakura is present or being spoken of and the butterflies for Yuko.

If you are not reading this series, then all I can do is ask why not?

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