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XxxHolic vol1 Cover.jpg
Japanese cover of xxxHolic volume 1 published by Kodansha
Genre Supernatural, Comedy, Psychological
Author Clamp
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher United Kingdom Tanoshimi
United States Del Rey Manga
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Magazine
Original run February 24, 2003 – ongoing
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
Anime film
A Midsummer Night's Dream[1]
Director Tsutomu Mizushima
Studio Production I.G
Licensor United States Funimation Entertainment[1]
Released August 20, 2005
Runtime 60 minutes
TV anime
Director Tsutomu Mizushima
Studio Production I.G
Licensor Australia Madman Entertainment
United Kingdom Manga Entertainment
United States Funimation Entertainment
Network Tokyo Broadcasting System
English network Singapore Malaysia India Pakistan Philippines Animax Asia
United States FUNimation Channel
Original run April 6, 2006September 28, 2006
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
ANOTHERHOLiC Landolt-Ring Aerosol
Author Nisio Isin
Illustrator Clamp
Publisher Kodansha
English publisher United States Del Rey Manga
Published August 1, 2006
TV anime
xxxHolic: Kei
Director Tsutomu Mizushima
Studio Production I.G
Network Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original run April 3, 2008June 26, 2008
Episodes 13
Original video animation
xxxHolic: Shunmuki
Director Tsutomu Mizushima
Studio Production I.G
Released February 17, 2009June 23, 2009
Runtime 27 minutes
Episodes 2
Original video animation
Studio Production I.G
Released 2010
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xxxHolic (×××ホリック Horikku ?, in-universe officially typeset xxxHoLic[2]),[3] pronounced "holic"[4], is a manga by Clamp which has also received a TV anime adaption. The storyline of xxxHolic crosses over with that of a number of other Clamp series, the most notable of which are Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle which was written in tandem with it, and Cardcaptor Sakura, whose history it draws on at several points.

xxxHolic has been serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine periodically since 2003 and published in volumes under the KC Deluxe label. It is currently published in the United States by Del Rey Manga and in the United Kingdom by Tanoshimi. The art style of the manga draws on the influence of ukiyo-e wood prints.[5][6]


Plot summary

Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student plagued by yōkai and ayakashi, spirits with a strong attraction to him. The spirits are invisible to others and encounters with them are extremely troublesome. When he stumbles into a shop that grants wishes, however, events in his life promise to become more unusual.

The shop is owned by Yūko Ichihara, a mysterious and beautiful (sometimes playful) witch of many names and esoteric renown. For a price, she offers to grant Watanuki's wish to be rid of the spirits. The price, according to Yūko, must be of equal value and so, as payment, he temporarily becomes Yūko's part-time employee.

Watanuki's job consists of small errands dealing with the supernatural and household chores. His love interest, Himawari Kunogi, and "rival", Shizuka Dōmeki, occasionally join him in his work as per Yūko's request. The three become increasingly close despite Watanuki's annoyance with Dōmeki.

The world of xxxHolic is directly connected to several other of Clamp's works through dimensional traveling. The series is directly connected to Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, while other series including Cardcaptor Sakura, Legal Drug, and Magic Knight Rayearth are referenced at different times.

Yūko constantly refers to hitsuzen (必然 ?), meaning inevitability, destiny, or fate, as being the driving force in the world. She states that there is no such thing as coincidence, and that every single action and decision is inevitable, because without them, other related events in the future could not happen.


Kimihiro Watanuki (四月一日君尋 Watanuki Kimihiro ?) is a typical high-school student living on his own. He is down-to-earth and selfless, but also very irritable, especially when it comes to Yūko's lavish demands and Dōmeki's stoic attitude. Watanuki begins working for Yūko in exchange for the fulfillment of his wish to never see spirits again. Apart from Dōmeki and Himawari, Watanuki does not seem to have any friends at school; in fact, Yūko teases him about being unpopular.

Yūko Ichihara (壱原 侑子 Ichihara Yūko ?) is a very powerful witch, mostly known for her ability to send people to other dimensions and times (sometimes called "The Dimensional Witch"), and for her ability to grant any wish in exchange for an equal cost. Despite her seemingly immature and free-spirited attitude, Yūko is also sage-like and serious when the time calls for it.

Shizuka Dōmeki (百目鬼 静 Dōmeki Shizuka ?) is Watanuki's classmate and one-sided rival. He is part of the school's archery club and often participates in school competitions. He lives in a shrine owned by his late grandfather. Dōmeki's personality sharply contrasts with Watanuki's, as he is calm and often sarcastic. Dōmeki has the ability to rid evil spirits and is immune to most curses, mostly due to his ancestry and his upbringing in his grandfather's temple.

Himawari Kunogi (九軒 ひまわり Kunogi Himawari ?) is Watanuki's main love interest. She is a kind and caring girl, but inadvertently brings bad luck to everyone she comes into contact with, with the exception of her parents and Dōmeki.



xxxHolic has been serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine since 2003 and published in volumes under the KC Deluxe label. It is currently published in the United States by Del Rey Manga and the first nine volumes were published in the United Kingdom by Tanoshimi.


The first season of TV anime adaptation of xxxHolic began airing on TBS on April 6, 2006 in Japan and ended on September 28, 2006, with 24 episodes in total. Both the film and the anime series are directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. Ageha Ohkawa, Clamp's director and main scriptwriter, is executive producer of the TV series. Due to differing studios licensed for the anime, the plot is not as complete as the manga, mainly with the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and Cardcaptor Sakura references being removed (though Sakura's staff from CCS and Fai's staff from Tsubasa are seen in episode 18 when Watanuki is in the storage room, and Fai's staff is also seen in Episode 8 being used as a rug beater) The chocolates Watanuki makes in episode 20 appear in episode 17 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle as a gift from Yuko.

The second season, xxxHolic: Kei (xxxHOLiC◆継 Horikku: Kei ?), began airing on TBS on April 3, 2008 in Japan and ended on June 26, 2008, with 13 episodes in total. Kei, in Japanese, means "sequel" here. The main staff and cast remains the same as in the first season.[7] In Chapter 154 of the manga release, there is a section offering readers preview of the second season. It shows episodes correspond to both the anime and its manga arc counterparts like the Spider Grudge arc, Kohane Tsuyuri and Haruka.

The first season of the xxxHolic anime was relatively loyal to the comic's timeline, whereas Kei has episodes which concentrated on the backgrounds of some of the smaller arcs in the xxxHolic manga. The most notable alternation in Kei is in the Kohane Tsuyuri arc, as she was introduced earlier in the anime and she was able to enter Yūko's shop without having a wish. Episode 10 of the anime changed and closed the Kohane arc in which Kohane was able to resolve her differences with her mother on her own while in the manga Kohane's role is still active to the ongoing series.

In both seasons major changes are made to adapt the storyline to its individual state, most notably in xxxHOLiC Kei's episode 7, in both the anime and the manga Yuuko asks Watanuki to extract water from the well of a nearby house, however, the reason for Watanuki to obtain the water is different in both manga and anime, as in the anime it's the Neko-Musume who requests the extraction of the water in order to save the corpse of a kitten, while in the manga it is the water that is requested by Sakura from Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE for the people in Tokyo, also, in the anime, the egg that contained Tanpopo was given by the Neko-Musume as a payment for her request, while in the manga, Sakura is told by Yuuko to look for the egg and give it to her as payment for the water.

Also, in both manga and anime Kohane is said to have special powers, however, this powers derive from different sources. In the anime Kohane has the natural ability to both see spirits and exorcise them, in the manga she does have the ability to see spirits, but her power to exorcise them comes from one of Sakura's feathers.

On January 26, 2009, the series made its North American debut on the FUNimation Channel.[8]

A two-DVD OVA, entitled xxxHOLiC Shunmuki (xxxHOLiC 春夢記 xxxHOLiC Shunmuki ?) (xxxHOLiC Spring Dreams Chronicle) has been announced for xxxHOLiC. The first DVD for this OVA was released on February 17, 2009 with the 14th volume of the Japanese manga. Another two DVD OVA which will cross over with this one was also announced for the Tsubasa series, entitled Tsubasa Shunraiki (ツバサ春雷記 Tsubasa Shunraiki ?) (Tsubasa Spring Thunder Chronicle).

Another OVA has been green-lit. It was originally scheduled to be included with the 16th manga volume,[9] however it has been delayed and now will be distributed with the limited first edition of the 17th manga volume.[10]

TV Themes

Opening theme:

  1. "19sai (19才 Jūkyū-sai ?)" by Shikao Suga[11]
  2. "Sanagi" by Shikao Suga (xxxHOLiC: A Midsummer Night's Dream)
  3. "NOBODY KNOWS" by Shikao Suga (xxxHOLiC: Kei)[12]
  4. "Sofa" by Shikao Suga (xxxHOLiC OVA Shunmuki)

Ending themes:

  1. "Reason" by Fonogenico (episodes 1-13,24) [11]
  2. Kagerou (蜉蝣-かげろう- Kagerou -Kagerou- ?) by BUCK-TICK (episodes 14-23) [11]
  3. "Honey Honey" by Seamo featuring Ayuse Kozue (xxxHOLiC: Kei)[12]
  4. "Cherish" by AZU (xxxHOLiC OVA Shunmuki)


xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream (劇場版 xxxHOLiC 真夏ノ夜ノ夢 Gekijōban Horikku: Manatsu no Yoru no Yume ?) premiered on August 20, 2005 alongside Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom. The DVD version was released on November 24, 2006.

Yūko Ichihara from the film xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream

In the film, Yūko receives a request from a woman to help her back into her mansion, which does not allow her to enter. Yūko says that since Watanuki was the one who brought the client to her, he should be the one to grant her wish and therefore is brought along with her and Dōmeki. Yūko also attends because she has been invited to the mansion with many other famous collectors by the same letter, with the mansion filled with strange rooms and mysterious letters telling its guests what to do in place of a host. Though the collectors come to the theory of a mysterious auction being held, as in some urban legends, it becomes apparent that something more sinister and mysterious is going on as the collectors begin to disappear and a number of other strange occurrences happen.

The film was selected as a finalist for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2006 in the Feature Films category with other four nominees: Asterix and the Vikings, Origin: Spirits of the Past, Wallace and Gromit, and the award winner, Renaissance.


There were also several other releases in the franchise:

×××HOLiC ANOTHERHOLiC Landolt-Ring Aerosol (×××HOLiC アナザーホリック ランドルト環エアロゾル Horikku Anazāhorikku Randoruto-Kan Earozoru ?),[13] a novel set within the series was written by Nisio Isin and published in Japan on August 1, 2006[14]. The first chapter of the novel, "OUTERHOLiC," was the basis for episode 17 of the animated series. The novel includes original artwork by Clamp. Del Rey published an English translation of xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC[15], released on October 28, 2008[16].

Several fanbooks have been released in Japan.

  • Gekijōban ×××HOLiC Official Fanbook (劇場版 ×××HOLiC OFFICIAL FANBOOK ?) – Released August 17, 2005, ISBN 9784063720495 [1]
  • TV Animation ×××HOLiC Extra Official Guide Released May 17, 2006, ISBN 9784063721515 [2]
  • Shinpan ×××HOLiC Dokuhon (新版 ×××HOLiC読本 ?, "Brand New ×××HOLiC Reading-book") – Released November 17, 2006, ISBN 9784063722260 [3]

An adventure game by Marvelous Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 video game console was released in Japan on August 9, 2007,[4] named ×××HOLiC ~Watanuki no Izayoi Sowa~ (×××HOLiC 〜四月一日の十六夜草話〜 ?, "Watanuki's Sixteen-day-old Moon Grass Story").[5]


In 2008, the Japanese copy of manga volume thirteen of xxxHolic claimed 43rd in the top 50 manga sold in Japan with 451,942 copies sold.[17] Volume 13 also hit #6 on the New York Times list of bestselling manga shortly after its launch in April 2009.[18]

Carlo Santos of Anime News Network finds that the series "has often been about the interaction between humans and the spirit world, but this time the series outdoes itself by breaking into the world of dreams".[19]. He also added that, "no matter where the story heads next, some things remain constant: the unique artwork, the reflective mood, and Yûko's ruminations on life and what lies beyond ... all of which add up to one of the shining examples of the supernatural genre."[19]


  1. ^ a b Newtype USA: Vol. 7 No. 2. (February 2008) ISSN 1541-4817. "xxxHOLiC—A Midsummer Night's Dream". p. 50.
  2. ^ volume 2, page 119, TV series second ending
  3. ^ The title is officially rendered as ×××HOLiC in Japanese publications such as the publisher's Web site and on the spine of the books themselves; xxxHolic has been used here to better comply with Wikipedia's guidelines on Wikipedia:Naming conventions#General_conventions non alpha-numeric characters and Wikipedia:Manual of Style (capital letters)#Mixed_or_non-capitalization nonstandard capitalization.
  4. ^ This pronunciation can heard, for example, in trailers for the film and TV animation (characters such as × and are used for a variety of purposes in written Japanese but are not pronounced).
  5. ^ Four Mothers of Manga Gain American Fans With Expertise in a Variety of Visual Styles. New York Times. Retrieved on April 15, 2009.
  6. ^ Anime Expo 2006 Anime Expo 2006 Days 1 and 2: CLAMP's Public Panel. Retrieved on April 15, 2009.
  7. ^ Production I.G, Release Info "xxxHolic second season announced!", August 17, 2007
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  11. ^ a b c "xxxHOLiC (TV) - Anime News Network". Retrieved 16 December 2008.  
  12. ^ a b "xxxHOLiC: Kei (TV) - Anime News Network". Retrieved 16 December 2008.  
  13. ^ "講談社BOOK倶楽部:ノベライズ維新". Kodansha Ltd. Retrieved 16 December 2008.  
  14. ^ "xxxHOLiC アナザーホリック ランドルト環エアロゾル,西尾維新,CLAMP,講談社". Kodansha Ltd. Retrieved 16 December 2008.  
  15. ^ "Del Rey Announces New Manga, Prose Novels". Anime News Network. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2008.  
  16. ^ " xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC (Hardcover)". Retrieved 16 December 2008.  
  17. ^ "2008's Top-Selling Manga in Japan, #26-50". News. Anime News Network. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  
  18. ^ Adam, Kepler (April 10, 2009). "Graphic Books Best Seller List: April 4". Art Beat. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-29.  
  19. ^ a b

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