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xxxHolic - Volume 2

xxxHolic - Volume 2
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Reviewed By: Azure

Released By: Tanoshimi

Publishing Country: UK

Author: CLAMP

Age Rating: 13+

Volume: 2 of 16

Page Count: 208

ISBN-13: 0978009950408

ISBN-10: 0099504081

Two strangers Syaoran and Sakura appear at Yukuís shop desperate for help. Wantanuki is still being forced to work for Yuko, doing all her cooking and cleaning as well as being dragged off on mysterious errands around town.
Volume 2 of xxxHolic starts off with a direct cross over scene from Tsubasa Chronicles, and sees the arrival of Sakura and Syaoran. Since this is xxxHolic though the scene this time focuses on Wantanukiís reactions and thoughts as he meets them for the first time. Whilst this chapter will be poignant for readers of Tsubasa, in terms of xxxHolic it feels like more of an interlude. It also serves to explain the presence of the mascot characters the Modakaís. Each of the rabbit like creatures is present in each series allowing each group to communicate and send items to each other.

The rest of the volume focuses directly on Wantanukiís story. After coming to the shop in a state of pure joy after Himawari tells Wanatanuki that their horoscopes are compatible Yuki decides what Wantanuki really needs is to have his fortune told by a competent professional. Whilst a lot of the chapter focuses on comedy there are some maddening hints about Wantanukiís fate as well as the roles other characters have to play in it. In the final story of the volume Yuki forces Wantanuki to invite Himawari and his rival Domeki to a ghost story night. This turns out to be a major turning point in the series as it sees all the leading characters gathered together officially for the fist time.

xxxHolic is extremely engrossing whilst Wantanukiís problems provide a strong backbone for the series, Yukoís dominating personality really drives the story. On the surface xxxHolic appears to be another supernatural horror adventure like Ghost Hunt, but itís much cleverer mixing one off supernatural encounters with a greater plot line. The quality of storytelling is high and extremely consistent and to be honest xxxHolic strikes me as something a little bit special, whilst I enjoy Tsubasa I canít quite say the same about it.

Rating: 9/10
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