What Is a Value of Your Wish?:xxxHOLiC

A Store Which Makes Your Dream Come True

Kimihiro Watanuki, a high school kid, who can see Ayakashi (a ghost) meets Yuko Ichihara, an owner of “The Store.”

The store makes any dreams come true, but you need to pay compensation for that. Each customer has different dreams smaller or bigger, something like, “I want to give up lying” or “I’d like to search the source for my study” etc… The compensation can be not only money, but things or actions. You know by now that this store is not like any other stores you can find.

The main character Kimihiro Watanuki wants to counteract his sixth sense of seeing ghosts. As a compensation, Kimihiro has to work for the store for a while.

What does the equivalent exchange in the mysterious store show us? Eri Sakai is going to introduce xxxHOLiC.

xxxHOLiC

  • Author: CLAMP
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Published on:April 27, 2004

When the Parallel Worlds Link Each Other…


-How did you find xxxHOLiC?

Eri
You’ll see things similar to xxxHOLiC in the other manga Tubas -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- which was written by the same author.

-I see. It’s not very common that stories of different manga connect with each other. Is Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- about the mysterious store?

Eri
 Umm, they’re connected to each other, but not completely the same stories.

-I see.
-By the way, who is your favorite character?

Eri
Yuko Ichihara, the owner of the store is my favorite. She has a mysterious, yet warm atmosphere. She is always daydreaming and she looks disconnected to the world. Though she is kind of weird, she says something very striking and eye-opening. I was very attracted by her mysterious atmosphere.

It Changes Your Relationship


-The mysterious store and the owner…how did this manga affect you?

Eri
 It made me think of the relationship with others again and I got interested in them more. Every story is about human relationships in this manga.

-It should be a great opportunity to rethink your circumstances and it seems like this manga gives you that!

-Please leave a few words.

Eri
CLAMP’s manga are all connected to each other and it’s very fun to read. xxxHOLiC is actually related to Cardcaptor Sakura. It’s not just another science-fantasy story, but it tells us something important. It’s my favorite manga of all time!

-Thank you!
-The first season is over, but the second one is on Weekly Young Magazine. The color of the book’s edge is different every volume and they’re brightly colored. Enjoy the little difference of each volume!

xxxHOLiC

  • Author: CLAMP
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Published on:April 27, 2004

Model Profile

  • Name: Eri Sakai
  • Date of Birth: December 7th, 1993
  • Birthplace: Tokyo
  • Job: Daito Bunka University
  • Awards: Miss Daito 2013 Finalist
  • Hobby: I like watching movie and calligraphy.
  • Twitter: @eriolol7

(Photographer: Rimi Sakamoto/ Personal Website http://www.rimisakamoto.net/ )

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Ever since she can remember, she read WEEKLY JUMP, which is a weekly manga magazine read by teenagers in Japan, instead of picture books. The more she grew up, the more weekly and monthly magazines were piled in her room. She resisted throwing away lots of Manga even when she was told to do so by her parents. She resisted it because there are so many beautiful dramas and compelling characters which showed her the world she’ve never had. It was a precious time for her when she was little.