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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 04 by CLAMP
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xxxHolic 11 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



xxxHolic Volume 11: 08/13/12

cover art

Volume 11 of xxxHolic by CLAMP was the point where I realized I could no longer ignore Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, the crossover manga series. So much of Watanuki's life depends on decisions made by Syaoran, Sakura and the others. Their actions are even starting to affect Yuko and her shop.

Things are also fundamentally changed with Dômeki and Himawari. Watanuki has always suspected they are opposing forces in his life but he had their effects on him reversed.

Volume 11 has two dominant themes: generation loss, in the sense of details being lost every time a copy is made, and dreams versus reality. Both of these themes are playing in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle as well.

Although there are some huge plot twists, Volume 11 keeps with the short story format. Amongst all of this heart stopping drama, there is a typical early series ghost story. A young client comes in worried about strange voices in her home. She's given some bells to wear. She insists that they don't work. Back and forth she goes until a great Twilight Zone style reveal.

Five stars

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