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xxxHolic Vol. #12 Manga Review

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I can’t wait to see this inevitable confrontation play out.

Finally, the cryptic revelations of Watanuki’s past and his surprising connection to Syaoroan from the ‘Tsubasa’ series.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: CLAMP
Translation/Adaptation: William Flanagan

What They Say
Watanuki has really changed and become much calmer since he began living with Yuko and spending much of his time with Domeki. Watanuki may still fly off the handle whenever Domeki annoys him, but it happens so rarely at this point of the story that it kind of stands out. After fourteen volumes, it is actually impressive to see how well CLAMP has molded Watanuki’s character.

Despite the enjoyable examinations of Japanese folklore through Yuko’s clients, the underlying mystery of Watanuki’s past has kept this series a must-read for me. The time Watanuki spends with Yuko’s current client in this volume is rather uninteresting. However, Kohane’s questioning of Domeki’s reasons for befriending Watanuki and Yuko’s monologue on Watanuki’s childhood makes for a great read. Yuko is as cryptic as ever, but her revelations of how Syaoroan is related to Watanuki and their similarities is something I never saw coming.

Yuko’s revelations also provide some insight to Watanuki’s drifting between the real and dream world. The dream world is probably more of another dimension than anything else, but I don’t know if Watanuki has figured this out yet.

In Summary:
All the mystery behind Watanuki’s childhood, his parents, the Ko creatures, and Fei-Wang’s otherworldly machinations are almost revealed in this volume. Much of these things are explained, very obtusely, but explained nevertheless. Those readers that have also kept up with the ‘Tsubasa’ series definitely have an advantage over me in figuring out how these series and their characters are connected. The only thing I really know for sure is the fact that Yuko believes some kind of confrontation between Watanuki and Syaoran and Fei-Wang is quickly approaching. What exactly Fei-Wang wants with Watanuki and Syaoran I don’t know, but I can’t wait to see this inevitable confrontation play out.

Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-

Age Rating: Teen 16+
Released By: Del Rey Manga
Release Date: October 27th, 2009
MSRP: $10.95

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