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xxxHolic, Vol. 18 (xxxHOLiC #18)

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Watanuki's vow to the witch Yuko, who has disappeared, leaves him in charge of the shop where wishes must be granted to those who meet the price. Enter a deranged customer who is determined to capture the heart of the man she is stalking. Now Watanuki may have no choice but to deliver his friend Shizuka Domeki into the arms of this
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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This continues to be one of my favorite manga series ever. CLAMP's art continues to be top-notch gorgeous, and subtle--I still can't quite figure out how they can make Watanuki's face show more maturity even though he hasn't been aging for many years.

The story shows Watanuki's maturity too, and Doumeki's. Their concerns, conversations, the tone of their arguments, has all evolved. The central story in this volume is one of my favorites: showing Watanuki's tenderness toward a young child as well
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Lovely. I'd been sort of losing interest in this series for the past few books, but that turned around as the sweet, melancholy tone of the book really took me over this issue. Even if I didn't know the next book is the last, this one would have signaled it solely by the tone, and by the growth Watanuki has displayed since the beginning.

Today's post is on XXXHolic volume 18 by CLAMP. It is the eighteenth in the long running series, and as such you need to have read the first seventeen to understand the series. The cover has Watanuki on it wrapping around to the back. The intended reader is someone who is interested in Japanese culture, mythology, ghost stories, and good plots. There is no sex, no violence, and no language in this volume. The story is told from Watanuki's perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

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Al parecer han transcurrido diez años y aunque aún hay muchas cosas por saber pareciera que las CLAMP no tienen prisa en que las sepamos.
Sin embargo este tomo tiene muchas cosas interesantes, al haber transcurrido tanto tiempo ahora tenemos la oportunidad de saber más sobre cómo ha afectado el tiempo a Watanuki, Kohane y Domeki, la relación que tienen estos tres sin duda se ha reforzado mucho más y aunque no tengo idea de cual es el destino final de esta historia el ir conociendo algunos cliente
The unborn child storyline left something of a bad taste in my mouth, although many other parts of this volume are wonderful. It really has matured as a series, and the sadness of watching Watanuki stay young while everyone around him ages is so melancholic.

The "yearning" story I thought was particularly good, of all of the magical interludes.

Watanuki and Doumeki are a beautiful sort of love story on their own.
As we near the end of one of CLAMP's more recent series I remain convinced that this is a stronger story than Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle which began at approximately the same time. The stories have often had a melancholy tone, but now it feels as if we are heading towards tragedy. Ten years have passed since Watanuki took over the shop for the time-space witch Yuko. Domeki is now a teaching assistant at the university, and others from the cast have moved on. while this has happened Watanuki ap ...more
Fantastic. There are no words that could describe just how much I love this series. This volume - just like volume 17 - is set after the ending if "Tsubasa Chronicle", the manga series that ran parallel to this one. Volume 18 takes place five to ten years later but where Domeki is aging, Watanuki is not and as Watanuki's powers are growing stronger, Domeki can't help but feel more and more protective of him because Watanuki seems to be more and more disconnected from reality since he can't leave ...more
Kylie カイリー Yay Apocalypse
I started crying on page 152-153. There I admit it. Those two pages. My heart stopped. (view spoiler). I was so happy!!! And I just wanted to hug Watanuki for what he did! I guess there was another part to that ending in Tsubasa that I didn't know! Oh man I'm still crying, and I have one of those dramatic happy pokemon movie music stuck in my head. You know, the one where Ash and Tori brought back green Deoxys and that musi ...more
Strangely enough instead of volume 16, I ended up getting volume 18 from my local library. It was sort of a surprise to get this volume, but either way I was pleased. I even enjoyed it too, I could not put the book down. However I still want to read volume 16, so there might be a possibility that I will reserve it again...or maybe pre-order. It will be weird reading 16 and very soon volume 17 knowing that I've already read 18. (LOOOOOL!)
While the last volume was a little more melancholy as Watanuki came to terms with his "price" of watching over the shop, this volume shows him fully competent in granting wishes and developing his spiritual strength. Being the penultimate volume, I'm going to miss looking forward to new volumes in this series after the finale early next year.

Oh, and...Fai! Five stars just for seeing him again. *happy*

I'm happy that I'm finally finishing this series off. It was a fantastic volume that continued the quiet melancholy that CLAMP does so well. It would have been nice that he maintained more of his spunk that I liked so much in the beginning. To me, he takes on Yuko's habits increasingly as he wishes for her return more and more. Understandable, but it adds to the sad tones of the volume.
I really liked this one. The story is picking up again as Watanuki settles into his new role in the shop. There's more cooking and bickering, but he's matured a lot too. He's much more willing to allow others to help him and Domeki has grown as well. I can't believe ten years have passed, though. The time is just odd for me. But I loved the two customers and the storyline of this volume.
Jessica Hollo
Interesting to see the conflict with the "new" shop owner, as the wishes run into his previous friend. We also run into the group looking for Sakura again, which I thought was over and makes me want to go look for the newest. Overall, much better than the last, as it brought back the overarching plot.
Loved the whole series. Clamp creates beautiful visuals and beautiful writing. A must read series for Clamp, manga, and fantasy fans.
More of the good stuff. Beautiful art, a complicated if somewhat sentimental story about a shop that grants wishes. For a price. This book hasn't really ever managed to disappoint.
Dec 2013 - The end is near! So excited to see some familiar faces :D
i am gonna be so damn sad when this series ends. for realsies. like, nigh inconsolable. okay, maybe not that much. but i will be pretty bummed.
As always, a lovely story. And a blast from the past with the return of those we haven't seen in xxxHolic for quite some time.
*Miss Fame*
Meh.... another filler volume. This ending better be decent because the last couple of volumes have been pretty blah.
I finished this earlier this year. It wasn't exactly the ending I wanted, but that's probably for the best.
I love how there are moments when he looks so much like her.
Sarah Sammis
Domeki has a stalker. The young psychic is all grown up.
watanuki tambah dewasa dan kuat
Read the Italian edition.
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