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xxxHolic, Vol. 1

(xxxHOLiC #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  25,610 ratings  ·  342 reviews
Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he's just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he's employed in her little shop--a job which turns out to be nothing like hi ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Del Rey (first published July 23rd 2003)
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Lois Bujold
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: persons interested in manga and anime with interesting Japanese settings

I had rewatched the xxxHolic anime recently, which led me to discover my local library had the complete run of the manga. Hoping that any number of things might be better explained therein, I plowed through the whole lot, Vols. 1 - 19.

Very enjoyable -- it is one of my favorite animes -- but the manga run actually raised more questions than it settled. CLAMP is great with set-ups -- and artwork, some of the best -- not so great on endings, sometimes. Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed the read, and wou
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
I am not entirely sure how I felt about this book, or if I'll be continuing with the series. The stories were a little uneven. The pathological liar was great, the internet addict... not so much. Right now, the characters don't seem to have much depth, but it is still the first volume. And I didn't like the art quite as much as I would normally like things from CLAMP. But that lying story was actually really good, and if the rest of xxxHolic is going to be more like that...
The Crimson Fucker
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
this was exactly what I was expecting! God bless those girls from Clamp! They rock!! Fun, cute, simple! The Clamp chicks always do that! they just drop all the fantasy elements of the show in your face and you decide if you buying or not! And as usual I’m buying! this is about some kid who can see ghosts… (classic!) waling into a very special shop… a shop that sells wishes! But (you guessed) at a price! His wish is to stop seeing ghosts! And his price is cleaning! He has to clean for the shop ow ...more
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: A-
Synopsis: xxxHolic by Clamp follows Watanuki, an orphan who is plagued by spirits. While being chased by spirits, Watanuki runs into a strange shop and meets a strange woman named Yūko. She turns out to be a powerful witch, and makes a deal with Watanuki to help him remove his "curse" in exchange for working in her shop and cooking for her. Hijinks and adventure ensue.

I can't remember now why I picked up the first volume of xxxHolic, but I'm glad I did. The series starts off in
Michelle (Crazy Cat Lady)
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I've already seen the anime, which is what turned me onto the manga. This volume didn't reveal anything not already covered in the anime, but that's usually the case with the first volume or two. The artwork is amazing, which I hear is CLAMP's usual style. I was wavering at about 3* or 3.5* because, while this volume is good, the storyline didn't suck me in 100% (it was the same with the first few episodes with the anime, which I turned out loving); but the artwork is just so professional that I ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm so confused and this book is so weird. Possibly the rating will change once I get farther?


Soooooo scarrryyyyyy. And soooooo cuuuuute. I wish I was reading this in tandem with Tsubasa. It's going to get hard to remember what's happening wih the Tsubasa gang, as I go on
I had heard good things about this manga and when I saw volume 1 on the shelf, I picked it up.

I didn't care for it that much. It's confusing - both pictures and story. There is a teenage boy who sees spirits who goes to work for a modern day witch who will grant wishes - for a price. The premise is good but I was a bit confused the entire time. I know some of what is referenced can be found in other manga I haven't read. I'm not sure if there were moral lessons I was supposed to be taking from
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: CLAMP fans
Recommended to Natalie by: CLAMP, Tsubasa fans
This manga is one of the most interesting and unpredictable series I have ever read. I cannot find words to describe how good this series is. Once again, CLAMP has created a wonderful series that is just beautiful and just a lot of fun to love. XXXHolic is very unique and has an excellent character cast. I’ll admit that I think that this manga may be one of CLAMP’s finest. Maybe not the best but one of the better ones.

The thing that stands out about Holic is the setting. It’s a paranormal unive
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to JM by: dorrie6
This review is for the series (incomplete at time of writing).

YA urban fantasy manga. Watanuki Kimihiro sees spirits; more than that, he's attractive to spirits, who sometimes want to give him chocolates and pine at him, but more often want to eat him. Fleeing for his life, Watanuki stumbles into the not-quite-real shop of Ichihara Yuuko, the Dimension Witch. Yuuko grants wishes, for a price, and she offers to grant Watanuki his wish to never see or be bothered by spirits again - his payment bei
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
So xxxHolic is another popular manga from CLAMP. It begins with a boy called Watanuki who is haunted by his ability to see spirits and otherworldly things. Fate brings him to a witch called Yuuko who tells him she can help with his predicament. However, in his rush to accept her proposal, he belatedly realises she has tricked him into working for her in order to pay for her services. From then on, his life is altered in ways he couldn't have predicted. AND THEN SOME AMAZING CHARACTERS FROM A CER ...more
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous, fantasy
xxxHolic is an original manga with a bunch of great ideas. And Yûko is amazing. I thoroughly enjoy reading about her... antics, and I can't wait to read the sequels.
Oh, and if the title sounds or the covers look weird to you, don't let them scare you. I was a bit nervous about the series at first, since it kinda looked and sounded like it was a book about druggy people or something, but when I read about Yûko in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, I really wanted to read more about her. She's such a co
Jul 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, urban-fantasy
A solid start to the series, which I'm still unsure of how it will work out. While it's overall humorous, it has a really dark overtone--the main character can see spirits and the female lead is a witch. I wasn't really certain what this series would be like, since CLAMP's work can be anything from incredibly silly to very dark and serious (X/1999 is the obvious contender for their darkest series).

So far a good start, and I really enjoyed the character of Yûko (but I generally have a soft spot f
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-a-m
I liked it, it was fun with tons of references to other books:)!
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The art is distinctive, stylish/stylized, and gorgeous. What I recall from years ago was that it is inspired by ukiyo-e woodcut prints. The story in this first volume is, unfortunately for its only chance at a first impression, lacking; it's mostly setup for crossovers with CLAMP's other manga. The one-off characters who come to Yuuko for psychic consultations are set up as cautionary tales, which gives the middle of the book a pedantic feeling.

I like Yuuko. It's funny to have a wise woman who's
Jemiah Jefferson
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
If I had my way, we'd do a reprint of this series at a much larger size - maybe nine inches by 12 - so that the reader can get even more of an eyeful of the absolutely gorgeous, Aubrey Beardsley-influenced artwork. That's the very best thing about this story, at least to this Westerner - like with Tokyo Babylon (another CLAMP series featuring some mind-blowing fashions!) I have a feeling that I'm missing a lot of the nuance of the story and characterizations, they being perhaps very specific to ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I know I read everything by CLAMP I could get my hands on, back in the day, but I don't remember if I read this one or not. Either way, I enjoyed it.

A young man is mysteriously drawn into a strange house where he finds himself caught up with an even stranger woman who claims that she can make wishes come true. Mischief ensues.

Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Wata *o*
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story about the boy named "Watanuki" suffering from the power to attract ghosts. One day, he finds the queer store that the owner,Yuko can grant other's wishes. he starts to work at the store to fulfill his wish.
I like "xxxHolic" the most in CLAMP's works. The characters and settings are unique, and the main attraction is people's human growth through interacting with others. I,m look forward to reading all of this manga in English.
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 added it
Shelves: manga
I liked this book! I can tell it's going to be an interesting series! The artwork was beautifully detailed and enchanting, especially Yuuko's costumes. I like the instant chemistry between the characters. Yuuko seems quite shady, but not necessarily in a bad way, and Watanuki seems crabby - and not too bright, making such an open-ended deal with such a shady witch! I wonder if she'll ever let him work off his wish! The style was very straight forward, and at the same time quite cryptic, if that ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've always wanted to read a manga by CLAMP. If you read manga, you kind of need to read at least one series by CLAMP. Just because. I chose to read xXxHolic (pronounced simply as "holic"; the xXx stands for a variable or a blank in Japanese).

xXxHolic is absolutely stunning in its art. In fact, it's so gorgeous and intricately drawn that at times I felt overwhelmed by it. As the story developed, it showed that it was strong enough to handle such elaborate art, where both story and drawings work
Miss Ryoko
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Actual rating: 3.5

Ooh, this series has already intrigued me! I really enjoyed the artwork...mostly surrounding Yuko - the way she looks. the way she dresses, the way her shop looks, etc. I also really love her! It feels so long since I read a manga with a decent female lead, so I am so excited about that!

But dang... 19 volumes! Lol... I'm hoping to get back to this series once 2014 starts!

Edit: 2/17/14
And here I am!! Getting back to it! I just re-read this volume to refresh my memory, and it loo
Watanuki is cursed to see the spirits that haunt the living world. He is constantly seeing things he doesn't want to and so when a spirit leads him to a mysterious shop where a beautiful woman tells him she will grant his greatest wish, he jumps at the chance. Yuko, a capitalistic mystic, won't do anything for free. She presses Watanuki into service to clean her house, cook her food, run her errands and so on. Working for a mystic can be an interesting experience when you can see spirits. Watanu ...more
Kyung Kyun
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
mystery, magic, twists....this book, once you open it, you won't be able to tell what's real and what not. you won't be able to tell whether you're dreaming or when you're awake.

the psychological impact of this book is strong. the philosophy behind this is inconclusive. I can't tell whether it's good or bad but one thing is for sure. Nothing happens by accident.

there are a couple quotes I loved and believe in now.

"there are no such things as Hitsuzen (coincidences)"

"whether you wish it or not, o
I've read xxxHolic a few times, and while some things have gone a bit stale with time (some of the gags aren't that funny anymore, even now knowing the context), other things have aged gracefully (the general sense of "wrongness", the paranormal stuff, some of the philosophical questions).

It's also apparent that at least some of the later stuff was planned early on, like (view spoiler) being hinted at early on.

Generally, it's a creepy CLAMP ghost story at this po
Susan Wojtas
More like 3.5 stars. I did enjoy this but not quite as much as some of the other manga I've read. I wish the storyline with the girl who lied would have been a bit longer. I think it got cut short just a bit much. I'll read the others because I'd still like to see what happens.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
My very first MANGA ever! I was pleasantly surprised and happy that I liked it. I must say that it was very strange for me to read a book from end to beginning or should I say to me the book is backward. That did honestly throw me a little at first. I really enjoyed the artwork in the book. :o)

Lynanne Carroll
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
Intriguing concept, but I didn't really like it. Tried to push past it, but wasn't successful.
Callie Rose Tyler
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
A boy who sees the spirit world become the indentured servant of a strange sexy mystic who runs a shop granting people wishes. Interesting, not sure if I'm sold yet.
Raina Lie
Nice, quite interesting, and I share birthday with the main character.
Tina Olah
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very nice art! The stories were ok, though nothing too complicated or thrilling. Interesting to see the little nods to Clamp's other titles :)
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“There is no such thing as coincidence in this world. The only thing is hitsuzen.
Hitsuzen...A naturally fore-ordained event. A state in which all other outcomes are impossible.”
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