Manga: Wish

Dr. Shuichiro Kudo is walking home one night when he saves a small, winged child named Kohaku from a crow. In return for its rescue, the "child" reveals itself to be an angel, and offers to grant him one wish. However, what does a man who has everything wish for? Thus, Kohaku decides to stay with Shuichiro until he decides on a wish, as well as complete its original mission of find the missing Angel Master of Wind, Hisui.

A four volume manga by CLAMP, it was animated in a short music video as well as recorded as a drama cd.

If you were looking for the tropes involving wishes, see Make a Wish and Be Careful What You Wish For. If you're looking for the company, see here.


Tropes:

  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The angels. Also Hotaru, who Kohaku marked as good for having a beautiful smile.
  • Break the Cutie: Kohaku gets hit hard with this one. As punishment for abandoning heaven to return to Shuichiro, she loses all her spells and must remain in her Sleep Mode Size for the next hundred years. And just when it seems she's about to accept this, Shuichiro drops dead in the street, right in front of her.
  • Calling The Angel Master Out: When Shuichiro and Kohaku finally find Hisui in the first volume, Shuichiro demands Hisui give Kohaku a proper explanation as to why she disappeared and why she refuses to return to heaven, saying that after all the trouble Kohaku went through, Hisui owes her student at least that much. Hisui complies.
  • Captain Ersatz: It's widely speculated that Clamp loosely adapted Wish from their JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fan manga back when they drew doujinshi, since Shuichiro and Kohaku very strongly resemble Jotaro Kujo and Noriaki Kakyoin, respectively; Kohaku's hairstyle is almost identical to Kakyoin's.
  • Cats Are Mean: Played with in the case of Ruri and Hari; while they're Koryu's lackeys, they're technically Cat Girls and not all that mean.
    • Shinju is a much straighter example than Ruri or Hari. Every time he sees Shuichiro, he tries to bite him. Because he's in love with Kohaku as well, and considers Shuichiro his rival.
  • Celestial Deadline: Angels-in-training, like Kohaku, can assume an adult form during the day, but must be in a chibi form at night, while demons-in-training, like Koryu, can only assume their adult form during the night. If they fully master all magic, they can keep their adult forms all the time.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The Angel Master of Fire, Ryuuki, over Hisui. While he grows to accept that Hisui loves Kokuyo and wants to stay with him, he vows to hate Kokuyo forever.
  • Creepy Crows: Koryu seems to have some control over them. He's the one responsible for sending that crow after Kohaku at the start of the story.
  • Crossover: With fellow CLAMP mangas, Drug & Drop and Kobato.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Kohaku.
  • Death by Falling Over: In the last volume, Shuichiro abruptly and unceremoniously drops dead in the middle of the street. While tying his shoe.
  • Distant Finale
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: The four Angel Masters each hold power over a specific element.
  • Elopement: This is why Hisui disappeared; as she had eloped to Earth with none other than the son of Satan, Kokuyo.
  • Face Palm: Kokuyo did this after learning that the angel he'd just slept with was in fact one of the Angel Masters. Oops.
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: English translation only, and only for convenience of pronouns, but still present.
    • And even then it's inconsistent at points - for instance, the Angel Master of Earth, Ransho, is given male pronouns, and the Angel Master of Fire actually bounces between the two genders on occasion. There's also Ruri and Hari, who are most definitely female demons.
  • Foreshadowing: Subtly done. Hotaru says that when she realized when her beloved Shusuke was going to die, she couldn't bring herself to smile and truly be happy even when she was by his side. God prevents Kokuyo from telling Kohaku about Shuichiro's approaching death because He doesn't want her to lose her happiness before the time comes.
  • Fragile Flower: Kohaku is so, so susceptible.
  • Friend to All Children: Shuichiro is a pediatrician, and very well-liked by his patients at the hospital.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Kohaku. To the point of being unable to even see a dead animal (ergo human food) without passing out.
  • God Is Evil: Subverted: God's punishment on Kohaku for leaving heaven is seen as amazingly harsh by all of the characters, until it is later revealed that this is to ensure his meeting with Shuichiro's reincarnation 100 years afterward. So...God Is Good, only very mysterious.
    • God also seems to accept the relationship between an Angel Master and the son of the Devil, at least by the end of the quartet.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Kohaku is the purest of all angel, good and innocence incarnated and has shimmering golden hair. Hisui is a downplayed version, as he has dirt-blonde hair in a few illustrations, to show that while good, Hisui's more mature and worldwise than the naive Kohaku.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In the Distant Finale, we learn that Koryu has managed to fully master his magic and is no longer bound by the Celestial Deadline, meaning he can now maintain his full-size form around the clock.
  • I Will Wait for You: After Shuichiro dies, Kohaku decides to wait for his reincarnated soul to be reborn and return to her - even if it means she will have to wait a hundred years.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Kohaku again. His role in Heaven requires this - he sings to the Tree of Life so that new angels may be born from it. He's the only current angel with this power.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Koryu develops into this. He loves to taunt and bully Kohaku and make him cry, but he's absolutely livid when he finds out exactly how Kohaku was punished for defying God.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Hotaru. It's one of the many things that make her stand out from the rest of the characters in the story.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shuichiro.
    • It's a subversion, though...he does reincarnate, but it takes about a hundred years.
  • Kissing Cousins: Koryuu was Kokuyo's lover and sort-of Stalker with a Crush, until Kokuyo met Hisui.
  • Life Will Kill You: Shuichiro ends up collapsing and dying, presumably from a disease.
  • Loving Bully: Koryu to Kohaku. Ruri and Hari even point this out, much to Koryu's annoyance.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Kohaku gives to Sango the cat's Split Personality is Shinju, because he's beautiful and white like a pearl. Both names qualify for the Theme Naming listed below, as well, as Sango means "coral".
  • Na´ve Newcomer: It's heavily implied that Hisui had only recently become an Angel Master when she met Kokuyo, and she didn't immediately see anything wrong with having slept with him.
  • Names to Know in Anime: From the Drama CD: Hiroko Konishi as Kohaku, Kazuya Ichijō as Kudo, Yuka Imai as Koryuu, Kikuko Inoue as Hisui, Jurota Kosugi as Kokuyo. . .
  • No Biological Sex: The angels. See Pronoun Trouble.
  • Oedipus Complex: Played with in Shuichiro's case, as it's a mother-figure, not his real mother.
  • Omake: Each manga volume has specific bonus chapters giving insight in the characters, and letting CLAMP show off how much they like the booze.
  • Only One Name
  • Opposites Attract: Hisui, an Angel Master and Kokuyo, the prince of hell. Also the Perpetual Frowner and borderline Lack of Empathy Touki is in love with Keet and kinda Cloud Cuckoolander Ransho.
  • Our Angels Are Different: The four Angel Masters are all higher-power angels who report directly to God, and each one has control over one of the four elements of nature. Kohaku's role in heaven is basically that of a mother - nurturing the tree of life so that new angels may be born from it.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Demons get their energy by feeding on human souls, and because of this they can sense when a human is near death.
    • Even though Kokuyo is the son of Satan and the Prince of Hell, he's nowhere near as cruel and horrible as someone in that position might normally be depicted. His cousin Koryu is more like a typical Jerkass prankster who loves to target Kohaku, but as the story progresses his character develops to the point where he genuinely shows sympathy for her.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Shinichiro, Shuichiro's grandfather. He outlives his grandson as well.
  • Perky Female Minions: Koryu has two of them, and they completely adore him.
  • Pet the Dog: Koryu's reaction to Kohaku's punishment for defying God. He makes no effort at all to hide just how pissed off he is.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Played with. Though Kokuyo tries so hard to avert this by making repeat attempts to tell someone that Shuichiro is destined to die very soon, he's interrupted every time. God was directly intervening in his attempts to reveal this information, which could not be reversed or changed, so that Kohaku could maintain her happiness for as long as possible.
  • Pronoun Trouble: While CLAMP followed the general rule of 'angels are genderless', Tokyopop chose to give all angels female pronouns, leading to some Les Yay moments.
  • Purple Eyes: Hotaru has them, according to Koryu, and he thinks something's fishy with her because of it. And he turns out to be right - Hotaru's not human at all, but a wisteria fairy.
  • Putting a Hand over His Mouth: Kokuyo does this to Koryu a few times. In the first volume, Ruri and Hari do it to each other in order to stay hidden while they spy on Shuichiro and Kohaku.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Hotaru, and to a lesser extent Hisui.
  • Red Herring: Most of he details about Shuichiro's past, and in particular his uncanny resemblance to Kokuyo, turn out to mean nothing whatsoever to the plot in the end.
  • Red String of Fate: This motif first showed when Hotaru rejects Shuichiro declaring she's not the person attached to the other side of his string. Later appears again when Shuichiro confesses his love for Kohaku, declaring her the person attached to his string.
  • Reincarnation
  • Reincarnation Romance: God tries to avoid it by forbidding angels to fall for humans. When it happens anyway, he makes Kohaku sleep while bound to a tree so he can meet up with Shuichiro's reincarnation.
  • Revised Ending: CLAMP originally had a less than happy ending planned, but changed it into a happier one.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Ushagi-san, the little bunny with wings who acts as God's messenger.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the sequel Legal Drug, Hisui is living life as a gay human man. Could hint at the fact that, while not having a biological gender, Hisui views herself/himself as a man which would play this trope straight...in a way.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Demons feed on human souls, but they consider the soul of a human with a pure and kind heart to be particularly tasty. This explains why Koryu, Ruri and Hari are so attached to Shuichiro - since he's unknowingly nearing death, they can feel his soul leaking from his body.
  • The Stoic: Shuichiro and Kokuyo.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Both Kudo and Kokuyo, as well as Koryu when he's not in chibi-form.
  • Their First Time: Kokuyo and Hisui had sex at the Truce Zone. This made them unable to return to Heaven or Hell.
  • Theme Naming: Many of the characters in the story are named after gemstones: Kohaku = amber, Hisui = jade, and Koryu = garnet, just to name a few.
  • Time Travel: There's a spell that allows for travel back into the past, but it's a complicated ritual that requires teamwork. In the second volume Koryu offers to help Kohaku with it so she can find what happened to Shuichiro's mom...
    • Kick the Dog:...and when she succeeds in getting the information she needs, he promptly abandons her there and dissipates the portal.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Milk and honey for Kohaku. Though it's not so much a favorite food as it is the only food he can consume, since all angels are forbidden to eat anything that once had life.
  • Tragic Keepsake: In the third volume Kohaku is forced to return to heaven, and Shuichiro is left behind with only one of the angel's earrings. He keeps it with him at all times after this, and is buried with it after he dies. Years later, a very similar looking young man comes to the house...and the earring is pinned to his tie.
  • Truce Zone: The bridge between Heaven, Hell, and Earth.
  • Unishment: Hisui is stripped of her title as an Angel Master and banished to Earth. Since she and Kokuyo had eloped to Earth anyway, she's quite okay with this.
    • Strangely enough, Kohaku being stripped of all her powers turns out to be this as well - being powerless for the next hundred years means she will be able to spend that time sleeping, while waiting for Shuichiro's reincarnated soul to return.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Kohaku doesn't understand why it hurts to see Shuichiro and Hotaru together, or why it hurts so much to be apart from Shuichiro.
    • Kouryu also had this reaction when he evaluated his unbridled glee at seeing Kohaku cry from his teasing.
  • Wham Line: In volume four. "He's not...breathing..."
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The final two chapters of the third volume give more detail to the fateful first meeting between Kokuyo and Hisui.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Hisui. She wasn't voiced by Kikuko Inoue for nothing. After awakening, Kohaku tries to become one to help Hisui in homemaking.