"There is no such thing as coincidence in this world—there is only inevitability."
Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student who is continually plagued by supernatural monsters and spirits which are magically attracted to him, which are invisible to everyone but himself
, and usually try to devour him
. One day, while running away from and nearly being eaten by some spirits, he finds a mysterious shop
that grants wishes
The shop is owned by the Witch of the Dimensions, although she has been known by many other names—even Yuuko Ichihara, the name she gives Watanuki, is only a pseudonym. She offers to grant his wish to be rid of his ability to see spirits, but a price of equal value must be paid. Thus, Watanuki becomes a "part-time worker", which usually involves performing housework and odd jobs for Yuuko, until he has done enough work for his wish to be granted.
Chapters/episodes usually involve a customer coming into the shop and asking for their wish to be granted by Yuuko, having usually negative or dubious results, or they involve some (usually risky) task that Yuuko gives Watanuki which requires his ability to see spirits. However, there is also an overarching plotline regarding a set of dark conspiracies and prophecies that becomes increasingly important in the later volumes.
One of the main themes in ×××HOLiC
is the concept of hitsuzen
—probably best translated as "inevitability" or "inevitable fate" (although what is inevitable is influenced by your mindset and past choices, this is more like a slightly fatalistic Chaos Butterfly than the Western concept of destiny)—which affects many of the characters' actions throughout the story. Yuuko told Watanuki when they first met that it was hitsuzen
The Anime has been uploaded in both dub and subtitle formats on Funimation
's video portal
This is a CLAMP
work and is the darker and more psychologically-driven companion to CLAMP's Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
. There are also many crossovers with other CLAMP works within the story besides Tsubasa
. The anime has two seasons, ×××HOLiC
with 24 episodes (released in English by Funimation
), and ×××HOLiC: Kei
with 13. Airing on a different channel than Tsubasa
, most references to it were removed from the anime. There has also been a feature-length movie (A Midsummer Night's Dream
) and a 2-part OAD series, ×××HOLiC: Shunmuki
and another OAD, unrelated to the plot of the first one, called ×××HOLiC: Rou
The manga has been completed, with 213 chapters in all. A sequel series titled xxxHOLiC: Rei
has started serializing since March 2013.
The name is pronounced "holic
", by the way. The "×××" basically denotes "insert something here", along the lines of "___holic" in English. It has nothing to do with being addicted to porn
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