Tuesday, January 19, 2010

xxxHolic, Volume 4

Book 4 of the contemporary fantasy xxxHolic series opens just before Valentine's Day, and Watanuki is a bit annoyed that his friend/nemesis Domeki is inundated with chocolates and cards from the girls at their school, but Watanuku doesn't receive any. That is, not until his huge crush Himawari presents him with some - but she gives some to Domeki, too, which sucks the joy right out of it. But then Watanuki is given chocolate in a bizarre, dreamlike scene, and the giver is not exactly human - which sets in motion an unexpected chain of events.

The other storyline in this volume concerns two sisters, twins, who have a rather unhealthy relationship. Yuko remarks to Watanuki, when the twins pass by them on the street, that there are chains that only humans can use to bind others. The more Watanuki sees the sisters together and witnesses the dynamics of their relationship, the more he understands what Yuko meant. But as much as he'd like to help, he's not sure if he should interfere - or whether or not his actions can make a bit of difference.

I continue to enjoy rereading this manga series, for the arresting artwork, the fascinating characters, the intriguing stories, and the elements from Japanese folklore and mythology. Unlike so many books that I read, the stories are never predictable, and I love that they can surprise me every time. I'm hoping to catch up soon with this side of the story, so that when I return to reading the Tsubasa volumes, I'll have fun with the way events and characters in both stories intersect from time to time.

xxxHolic, Volume 4 by Clamp (Del Rey, 2004)

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4 comments:

  1. You're totally making me want to pick this series up again *right now*.

    I loved the twin story, that was one of my favourites. And ot occurs to me that each time you mention something that happens I'm all "oh yes loved it that was a great story!"

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  2. Kiirstin - I think I'm enjoying this even more the second time around. I'm not sure why - maybe because I know the characters better? It definitely holds up, that's for sure! I hope you do end up rereading it - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  3. I'm definitley going to start this series in 2010. I love the covers and the artwork looks fantastic. Good to know it gets even better the second time around.

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  4. Rhinoa - I really think you will enjoy this. I'll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you get to it!

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