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xxxHolic, Vol. 19 by CLAMP
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Mar 11, 12

bookshelves: manga-wha-hua
Read from March 10 to 11, 2012

This is the XXXHOLiC finale, tying up the story of Watanuki and Yûko once and for all, but it does not feel like any finale I've ever known. It doesn't even feel climactic in nature. If the back cover had not told me it was the final volume, I might still be awaiting a twentieth volume. For some series, an inconclusive and vague ending suits them just fine; not so in a series like XXXHOLiC which has built itself up on mysteries and riddles that require some sort of answer to make the reader feel satisfied with its end. Well, XXXHOLiC does none of these things and this is what lets the whole manga down in the end: CLAMP's refusal to draw up an actual, definitive ending to one of their more infamous series.

The full (spoiler-filled!) review can be read at my blog: http://nagareboshi-reviews.blogspot.com/
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