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xxxHolic 08 by CLAMP
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xxxHolic Volume 08: 04/20/12

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I really wish I weren't so far behind in my review writing especially when it comes to such a tightly wound plot as the xxxHolic series by CLAMP. I know by the time I come to write the review I've forgotten details.

xxxHolic Volume 8 by CLAMP finishes the plot of Kimihiro Watanuki's missing eye. It was stolen by a spider with a grudge and now various spirits are hunting for it. Watanuki wants to get his eye back but he's sidelined when the Zashiki-Warashi from Volume 05 is captured.

Watanuki tries to do the right thing by being willing to sacrifice more of himself to save the mountain spirit. He learns though that his value is measured not only by his actions but by how he affects the people near and dear to him. He's not someone who can or should throw himself away.

This is the point too where the series in it's original form begins to wind down and the Rô series begins to take shape (although the name change comes later). Watanuki comes out of this experience a very changed person. He goes in a boy and comes out a man.

Watanuki isn't the only one to change. Dômeki softens towards Watanuki and makes his own sacrifices. Yûko too reveals more of herself, in the way of her weaknesses. Even within the shop, nothing can stay the same forever.

Five stars.

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