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xxxHolic Volume 06: 12/21/11
As my son and I rapidly approach the end of xxxHolic we are starting to recognize developing themes and motifs that we missed in the earlier ones. Volume 6, for example, feels very much like a dress rehearsal for Volume 16 where the series is renamed xxxHolic Rô.
Yûko and Mokona are away on a business trip, reachable only through a piss-poor phone connection. Watanuki with help from Maru and Moro and a reluctant Dômeki is left to watch the shop. Watanuki learns the price of unbalanced favors as he befriends a grieving mother who misses her son.
One of my favorite vignettes is in the volume, "Kimihiro and the Spirit Parade." Watanuki and Dômeki are given a chance to walk with the spirits as long as they carry the ground cherry lamp. Fans of Spirited Away will recognize many of the spirits in this procession.