I really love the philosophical and folklore aspects from xxxHOLiC, and this book covers them well (although I would have loved some more background o...moreI really love the philosophical and folklore aspects from xxxHOLiC, and this book covers them well (although I would have loved some more background on the existing creatures that appear). We also get a very detailed analysis of Yûko's dresses, which is completely over the top and a very enjoyable read, and I think also helpful for costume makers. Throw in the colour spreads in the beginning, and you have a wonderful book for the xxxHOLiC/CLAMP fans.(less)
Seeing how this volume is only about volume 8 through 14, if I recall correctly, most of the information is pretty well-known if you've read the entir...moreSeeing how this volume is only about volume 8 through 14, if I recall correctly, most of the information is pretty well-known if you've read the entire series. About one-third is recapture of what has happened in said volumes. However, it had some interesting sections; there's an interview, concept art, the art process from script to drawings and a short quiz (according to which I'm Mokona and my world of choice would be Recort, the magic world with flying horses and stuff - I approve). I especially liked the sketches near the end, setting up some kind of animated video for the intro song of the anime, which looked especially awesome. Oh, and it has colour art in the beginning, which is always a very good feature with anything CLAMP. The art is just so lovely.
Overall, it's a nice addition to the series, but a lot of the information is pretty superfluous for the fan who's read the whole series and an interview or two before.(less)
Jesus Christ, I'm going to have to come back to this later for a decent review. And by later, I mean 'after my marathon also containing Cardcaptor Sak...moreJesus Christ, I'm going to have to come back to this later for a decent review. And by later, I mean 'after my marathon also containing Cardcaptor Sakura and xxxHOLiC'. Maybe I'll understand more of it than the 70% (at most) I get now. (It used to be 40%, so there's definitely some improvement!) That poor translator. He felt he had to apologize for not seeing all the twists coming and thus having errors in his translation work - I don't think anyone actually knew where Tsubasa was headed though, except for Ohkawa. The other 3/4 of CLAMP had no idea. So translation wise, I think he did a great job: the complicated explanations in the latter volumes were actually quite clear in translation.
Anyway, the ending arcs are definitely not what you'd expect after the rather happy-go-lucky, let's-go-on-a-collect-them-all-trip beginning from volume 1. What started as a nice, somewhat more mature sequel to Cardcaptor Sakura, became very dark and twisted after the first dozen volumes or so. Nevertheless, it's a journey I've enjoyed a lot. CLAMP's art is wonderful as usual, and the characters have so many sides to them (sometimes more literally than they'd like). I'd say something sensible about the story as a whole, but for that, I need to read everything in one go, which I've never done until now.
I'll probably include a more complete review later, but for now, this is it.(less)