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  • 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: 978-0345521125
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: XXXHolic

XXXholicVol. #15

XXXholicVol. #15 Manga Review

By Matthew Alexander     May 20, 2010
Release Date: March 23, 2010

xxxholic Vol. #15
© Del Rey Manga

Yuko, Maru, Moro, and Mokona have all disappeared, but Yuko’s shop remains.  Has someone kidnapped them?  Are they dead?  Will Watanuki ever find out what happened to them?

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

What They Say
Kimihiro is having some wish-granting success with his very first customer, but his efforts are interrupted by a disturbing dream of the witch Yûko vanishing forever. Even people Yûko has helped are saying they've never heard of her. Too bad there is no such thing as 'just a dream' in Kimihiro's universe. . . .

The Review!

Yuko’s revelations from the last volume were very tantalizing, but if you hoped for more in this volume, you are going to be disappointed.  
Watanuki continues to work with his cooking student.  He seems to have grown into a respectable young man over the series and Yuko leaves (tests?) him to his own devices with his student.  The student doesn’t really need to learn how to cook, she needs to learn how to accept who she is and this is where the problem lies.  Since she won’t eat her own cooking, Watanuki decides that making her eat her own cooking is the best way for her to confront who she is and accept herself.  His student doesn’t it take it well and she walks out, leaving Watanuki disappointed.
Watanuki’s failure with is first solo case is small potatoes compared to Yuko appearing in his dream and cryptically saying “the dream will soon come to an end”.  What is she talking about and why does Watanuki have a vision of two Sakura’s and two Syaoran’s from the ‘Tsubasa’ series?  More frightening is the fact that Yuko, Moro, Maru, and Mokona are all missing when Watanuki wakes up.  The passing of two uneventful weeks finds Watanuki alone and becoming ever more worried, especially when Yuko’s former clients don’t remember her ever having existed.  What is happening, and am I missing key elements because I am not reading ‘Tsubasa’?
In Summary:
The obtuse explanations of Watanuki’s past continue in this volume.  While I love everything about this series, the small bits of information I’m missing by not reading ‘Tsubasa’ can be really annoying.  This is especially true at this point when it feels like there are only a couple more volumes of ‘xxxHolic’ before the series ends.  Obviously, I could be wrong, but Yuko seemed to hint at the approach of the end.  I don’t want to say anything else that could ruin it for anyone that hasn’t read this volume yet.
If you aren’t reading this series yet, then why the heck not?  xxxHolic is in my top three favorite manga series and as much as I love it, I am not looking forward to its end.  I don’t know where to look for a replacement to Yuko’s thoughts on how people approach life and the story’s overall subdued and thought-provoking mood.


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mike.motaku 5/20/2010 7:50:09 AM

I marathon read my way to this point, and while I was debating doing the same with Tsubasa I don't feel as if I've missed all that much of Watanuki's story. As much as I like Tsubasa, xxxHOLiC is, for me, clearly superior.



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