History Manga / XXXHOLiC

1st Nov '16 10:52:34 PM 1nightonly
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The manga has been completed, with 213 chapters in all. A sequel series titled ''[=xxxHOLiC=]: Rei'' has started serializing since March 2013.

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The manga has been completed, with 213 chapters in all. A sequel series titled ''[=xxxHOLiC=]: ''[=×××HOLiC=]: Rei'' has started serializing since March 2013.
31st Oct '16 7:36:01 PM sorako
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* MindScrew: Things can get pretty confusing when the story gets involved in events of its sister series ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', ''especially'' its latter half. And don't even try go read ''Tsubasa'' to understand, if anything you will end up ''even more confused''.
24th Oct '16 12:01:58 PM sorako
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* CoolBigSis: Yuuko's manner of attitude and looks fits this ''very'' well. Extra points in that she seems to be having some UnresolvedSexualTension with Watanuki... ''especially'' after the recent chapters.

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* CoolBigSis: Yuuko's manner of attitude and looks fits this ''very'' well. Extra points in that she seems to be having some UnresolvedSexualTension with Watanuki... ''especially'' after the recent chapters.
24th Oct '16 12:01:00 PM sorako
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* CantLiveThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].

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* CantLiveThemCantLiveWithoutThem: CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].
24th Oct '16 12:00:35 PM sorako
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* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].

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* CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: CantLiveThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].
24th Oct '16 7:19:05 AM sorako
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* [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Anguished Declaration Of Importance]]: [[spoiler:Watanuki]] goes into near-hysterics when he discovers [[spoiler:Yuuko's dying]], and starts babbling about how no one else should have the right to decide the fate of "someone who's so important to me".

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* [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Anguished Declaration Of Importance]]: AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: While it's up for debate if it's a case of romantic love, [[spoiler:Watanuki]] goes into near-hysterics when he discovers [[spoiler:Yuuko's dying]], and starts babbling about how no one else should have the right to decide the fate of "someone who's so important to me".



* [[CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them]]: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].

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* [[CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them]]: CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]].



* TheChewToy[=/=]TheWoobie: Watanuki, gravitating towards the latter as the series goes on. Kohane, on the other hand, is TheWoobie all the way through.

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* TheChewToy[=/=]TheWoobie: Watanuki, gravitating towards the latter as the series goes on. Kohane, on the other hand, is TheWoobie all the way through.TheChewToy: Watanuki.



* DevotedToYou:
** Doumeki for Watanuki. It got obvious when he didn't even notice the twins' crushes on him. And now, [[EyeScream half an eye]], [[HeroicSacrifice a lot of blood]], and [[TimeSkip six plus years]] later, he's still devoted solely to Watanuki.
** Watanuki gets an ever harder case of this for [[spoiler:Yuuko by the end of the series. He throws away his friends, family, and any life in the outside world for the sake of seeing her again. The fact that Doumeki is given a ring for purifying (read: eliminating) evil and is ''specifically'' told he shouldn't hesitate to use it on Watanuki, gives one the impression that this obsession of his could possibly take a very [[{{Yandere}} dark road.]]]]



* FlyingDutchman: Man Without a Country variant. [[spoiler: Watanuki is a ''Man Without a Universe''. His "price" for continued existence (or something) is to remain in the shop forever - his "alternate self" Syaoran pays the flipside by never being able to remain in one universe. Both prices are presented as choices rather then punishments- they could pay a different price if they wanted.]]



* InnBetweenTheWorlds: Yuuko's shop is the portal between worlds and dimensions.



* InvisibleParents: Doumeki claims he has parents, but the audience never sees them, and Doumeki only talks about his grandfather. In the anime we see Doumeki's mother once in a flashback of when he asked if he could invite some friends over for the 100 ghost story night, but her face is never shown.



* [[FlyingDutchman Man Without a Country]]: [[spoiler: Watanuki is a ''Man Without a Universe''. His "price" for continued existence (or something) is to remain in the shop forever - his "alternate self" Syaoran pays the flipside by never being able to remain in one universe. Both prices are presented as choices rather then punishments- they could pay a different price if they wanted.]]



* MindScrew: [[spoiler:Watanuki will wait for Yuuko. However Yuuko is dead and the whole plot of ''Tsubasa'' was fixing the chaos Fei Wong caused when he tried to revive her. So Yuuko "reviving" would distort the universes and cause another "Tsubasa" crisis. Even so Yuuko said miracles can occur if you wish for them. But still, a reviving+intact universe combo is such a large miracle that even Fei Wong and Clow Reed combined couldn't achieve.]]
** [[spoiler:While it's not completely clear yet, the newest chapter (213) implies that Watanuki has been waiting for Yuuko for a hundred years. And that the "Doumeki" that he's been hanging out with in the last few chapters ''was actually [[IdenticalGrandson Doumeki's grandson.]]'']]



* TheMultiverse: Yuuko's shop is the portal between worlds and dimensions.



* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Obliviousness]]: Himawari pretends to be oblivious to Watanuki's crush on her [[spoiler: and the fact that she uncontrollably causes misfortune to those around her. In fact the former appears to be a side-effect of the latter.]]

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* [[ObfuscatingStupidity Obfuscating Obliviousness]]: ObfuscatingStupidity: Himawari pretends to be oblivious to Watanuki's crush on her [[spoiler: and the fact that she uncontrollably causes misfortune to those around her. In fact the former appears to be a side-effect of the latter.]]



* {{Parental Abandonment}}: Doumeki claims he has parents, but the audience never sees them, and Doumeki only talks about his grandfather. In the anime we see Doumeki's mother once in a flashback of when he asked if he could invite some friends over for the 100 ghost story night, but her face is never shown.



* SingleTargetSexuality:
** Doumeki. It got obvious when he didn't even notice the twins' crushes on him. And now, [[EyeScream half an eye]], [[HeroicSacrifice a lot of blood]], and [[TimeSkip six plus years]] later, he's still devoted solely to Watanuki.
** Watanuki has an even harder one for [[spoiler:Yuuko by the end of the series. He throws away his friends, family, and any life in the outside world for the sake of seeing her again. The fact that Doumeki is given a ring for purifying (read: eliminating) evil and is ''specifically'' told he shouldn't hesitate to use it on Watanuki, gives one the impression that this obsession of his could possibly take a very [[{{Yandere}} dark road.]] Although considering that CLAMP is planning a sequel series, it's possible Watanuki just may have his wish come true after all.]]
* SitcomArchNemesis: Watanuki hates Doumeki, for no adequately explored reason.



* SitcomArchNemesis: Watanuki hates Doumeki, for no adequately explored reason.



* SugarAndIcePersonality: Doumeki. Also Yuuko - the gentle, affectionate smile she gives Watanuki while celebrating his birthday at the start of Volume 12 reflects this; it is a far cry from her usual CheshireCatGrin or knowing smirk.

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* SugarAndIcePersonality: Doumeki. SugarAndIcePersonality:
** Doumeki.
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Also Yuuko - the gentle, affectionate smile she gives Watanuki while celebrating his birthday at the start of Volume 12 reflects this; it is a far cry from her usual CheshireCatGrin or knowing smirk.



* [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror]]: In one episode, a girl comes to the shop. She thinks her house is haunted, and wants get be rid of the fear. Turns out, [[spoiler: she's the ghost.]]

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* [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror]]: TomatoInTheMirror: In one episode, a girl comes to the shop. She thinks her house is haunted, and wants get be rid of the fear. Turns out, [[spoiler: she's the ghost.]]
16th Oct '16 8:51:41 PM amathieu13
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* [[spoiler: TomatoSurprise: Watanuki takes over the shop, determined to wait for the day that he gets to see Shouko again. The manga reverts back to its case-based plot line with Watanuki as the new Shouko, but Doumeki is still around to help. Except that after the first couple of customers, it's revelaed that that isn't Doumeki, but his great-grandson and Watanuki has been waiting for 100 years already.]]

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* [[spoiler: TomatoSurprise: Watanuki takes over the shop, determined to wait for the day that he gets to see Shouko Yuuko again. The manga reverts back to its case-based plot line with Watanuki as the new Shouko, Yuuko, but Doumeki is still around to help. Except that after the first couple of customers, it's revelaed that that isn't Doumeki, but his great-grandson and Watanuki has been waiting for 100 years already.]]
16th Oct '16 8:47:19 PM amathieu13
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* [[spoiler: TomatoSurprise: Watanuki takes over the shop, determined to wait for the day that he gets to see Shouko again. The manga reverts back to its case-based plot line with Watanuki as the new Shouko, but Doumeki is still around to help. Except that after the first couple of customers, it's revelaed that that isn't Doumeki, but his great-grandson and Watanuki has been waiting for 100 years already.]]
2nd Oct '16 3:27:53 PM Tsukireiko
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* CatGirl: Subverted twice and played with a bit. The Neko-Musume is the traditional Japanese catgirl--a cat spirit that may take human form and retain some feline qualities, such as cat eyes and agility. Similarly, the [[spoiler:shamisen]] is a cat that takes on the form of a human, only retaining her eyes. On the other paw, Watanuki himself has been pictured with cat ears and a tail a few times, and Himawari thinks of him as a cat (specifically for raging up like an angry cat when Doumeki is near) so often that she bought him an apron with an angry cat on it for his birthday. This makes the later chapters (involving [[HoYay Doumeki's ideas on the "mating habits of cats"]]) all the more interesting. Although, ironically, Watanuki is often symbolically represented by a bird.

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* CatGirl: Subverted twice and played with a bit. The Neko-Musume is the traditional Japanese catgirl--a cat spirit that may take human form and retain some feline qualities, such as cat eyes and agility. Similarly, the [[spoiler:shamisen]] is a cat that takes on the form of a human, only retaining her eyes. On the other paw, Watanuki himself has been pictured with cat ears and a tail a few times, and Himawari thinks of him as a cat (specifically for raging up like an angry cat when Doumeki is near) so often that she bought him an apron with an angry cat on it for his birthday. This makes the later chapters (involving [[HoYay Doumeki's ideas on the "mating habits of cats"]]) all the more interesting. Although, ironically, Watanuki is actually often symbolically represented by a bird.bird and it is ultimately the symbol that he selects for himself.
27th Jun '16 8:13:00 AM Cieloazul
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* [[CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them]]: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]]. Doumeki, of course, [[HoYay is less than pleased]]...
* CatGirl: Subverted twice and played with a bit. The Neko-Musume is the traditional Japanese catgirl--a cat spirit that may take human form and retain some feline qualities, such as cat eyes and agility. Similarly, the [[spoiler:shamisen]] is a cat that takes on the form of a human, only retaining her eyes. On the other paw, Watanuki himself has been pictured with cat ears and a tail a few times, and Himawari thinks of him as a cat so often that she bought him an apron with an angry cat on it for his birthday. This makes the later chapters (involving [[HoYay Doumeki's ideas on the "mating habits of cats"]]) all the more interesting. Although, ironically, Watanuki is often symbolically represented by a bird.

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* [[CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them]]: Watanuki normally seems to be pretty annoyed with Yuuko, constantly griping about the sheer amount of inane tasks she makes him put up with and about how troublesome she can be. But then [[spoiler:Yuuko dies]], and we see just ''how much'' he breaks because of it. He's so emotionally torn-up by the development he [[spoiler:makes a pact to wait for her to return for as long as it takes, without aging and without being able to leave the shop. His personality also changes drastically as he takes on some of her characteristics, such as smoking her pipe and her taste in clothes, basically in attempt to keep whatever part of her he can alive]]. Doumeki, of course, [[HoYay is less than pleased]]...
alive]].
* CatGirl: Subverted twice and played with a bit. The Neko-Musume is the traditional Japanese catgirl--a cat spirit that may take human form and retain some feline qualities, such as cat eyes and agility. Similarly, the [[spoiler:shamisen]] is a cat that takes on the form of a human, only retaining her eyes. On the other paw, Watanuki himself has been pictured with cat ears and a tail a few times, and Himawari thinks of him as a cat (specifically for raging up like an angry cat when Doumeki is near) so often that she bought him an apron with an angry cat on it for his birthday. This makes the later chapters (involving [[HoYay Doumeki's ideas on the "mating habits of cats"]]) all the more interesting. Although, ironically, Watanuki is often symbolically represented by a bird.



* CompositeCharacter: In the anime, the old fox who owns the oden shop is the one who receives the gift of the moon birds that Watanuki and Mokona must deliver while playing word chain. In the manga, the gift is actually for an elder human, and the old fox doesn't take part in this storyline.

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* CompositeCharacter: In the anime, the old fox who owns the oden shop is the one who receives the gift of the cage moon birds that Watanuki and Mokona must deliver while playing word chain. In the manga, the gift is actually for an elder human, and the old fox doesn't take part in this that storyline.



** In another joke from the anime, the cinema theater visited by the characters features a film poster which is none other than a poster from the anime itself, the one in this very article.



* CoolBigSis: Yuuko's manner of attitude and looks fits this ''very'' well. Extra points in that she seems to be having some UnresolvedSexualTension with Watanuki...''especially'' after the recent chapters.

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* CoolBigSis: Yuuko's manner of attitude and looks fits this ''very'' well. Extra points in that she seems to be having some UnresolvedSexualTension with Watanuki... ''especially'' after the recent chapters.



* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: Watanuki's explanation of "admiration": Watanuki does this to a woman, explaining that she doesn't love Doumeki, only admires him. Admiration, from Latin, Ad - On and Mirare - being amazed. At least, that's how it goes in Portuguese. He then proceeds to explain the Japanese etymology, and proceeds to use said little etymology lesson to make his point.

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* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: Watanuki's explanation of "admiration": Watanuki does this to a woman, explaining that she doesn't love Doumeki, only admires him. Admiration, from Latin, Ad - On on and Mirare - being amazed. At least, that's how it goes in Portuguese. He then proceeds to explain the Japanese etymology, and proceeds to use said little etymology lesson to make his point.



* {{Mukokuseki}}: This is a Creator/{{CLAMP}} manga and this isn't unusual for them, but while Watanuki, Yuuko, Doumeki, and Himawari all at least have pitch-black hair, they have blue, red, yellow, and green eyes respectively, and then there's Kohane who's a strawberry blonde with grayish-green eyes, and they're all supposed to be asian. [[spoiler: Although later it seems Watanuki's blue eyes serve to show off his uncanny resemblance to the [[ButNotTooForeign English-Chinese]] magician Clow Reed, whom he's distantly related to. Though that ignores the fact that in real genetics there's no way those blue eyes should survive that many generations down.]]

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* {{Mukokuseki}}: This is a Creator/{{CLAMP}} manga and this isn't unusual for them, but while Watanuki, Yuuko, Doumeki, and Himawari all at least have pitch-black hair, they have blue, red, yellow, and green eyes respectively, and then there's Kohane who's a strawberry blonde with grayish-green eyes, and they're all supposed to be asian.Asian. [[spoiler: Although later it seems Watanuki's blue eyes serve to show off his uncanny resemblance to the [[ButNotTooForeign English-Chinese]] magician Clow Reed, whom he's distantly related to. Though that ignores the fact that in real genetics there's no way those blue eyes should survive that many generations down.]]



** Watanuki fantasizes that his pinky is connected to Himawari(oh, the [[FunnyAneurysmMoment irony]]). Yuuko has said more than once that he's probably linked to [[HoYay Doumeki]]. And then there's the cover for [[http://pics.livejournal.com/shaoron88/pic/00005cq3 volume 16]], although, the red string is tied around Watanuki's and Yuuko's wrists. See ShipTease below for further confusion.

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** Watanuki fantasizes that his pinky is connected to Himawari(oh, Himawari (oh, the [[FunnyAneurysmMoment irony]]). Yuuko has said more than once that he's probably linked to [[HoYay Doumeki]]. And then there's the cover for [[http://pics.livejournal.com/shaoron88/pic/00005cq3 volume 16]], although, the red string is tied around Watanuki's and Yuuko's wrists. See ShipTease below for further confusion.
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