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XxxHolic
xxxHolic (×××ホリック, Horikku), pronounced "holic", is a seinen manga series planned and presented by Clamp.

Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student plagued by yōkai, 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 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 annoyances with Dōmeki.

Themes
Watanuki's growth and change caused by his experiences from meeting one person is a recurring theme. According to a fortune teller in volume 2, Yūko is the one that will change Watanuki. However, it is implied that he will be linked to both Yūko and Dōmeki and that all their connections were foreseen.

Recently in the story, adding to the theme of change, there is a reference to X/1999, as Yūko mentions something similar to what Kakyou Kuzuki says in a certain part of the story: "To change the world, you have to change yourself".

One such theme is the concept of hitsuzen (必然, hitsuzen), first introduced by Yūko. Hitsuzen has no direct translation into English (which is why Del Rey has opted to keep the Japanese term whenever it appears in Tsubasa or xxxHolic), but can be interpreted as referring to inevitability, destiny, or fate.

Interpreting hitsuzen as "fate" is not inaccurate, but in the context of the story, "fate" is implied as something that is immutable and definite, giving the idea that whoever is bound by fate is nothing more than its puppet. Instead, hitsuzen is the idea that an action is inevitable because without it, other related events in the future could not happen. Therefore all decisions and actions are related, and there can be no coincidence, only hitsuzen. Other English translations of the remark have rendered hitsuzen as "inevitability."

Another theme present in xxxHolic and other Clamp works can be observed in the first volume of the series. When Watanuki introduces himself to Yūko, he gives her his real name as a common courtesy. Because his name is also an obvious reference to the date of his birth (1 April, shared by Cardcaptor Sakura's Sakura Kinomoto, the incarnations of herself and Syaoran in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle), he has given her two key bits of information that will inevitably give someone the power to discover everything about him (based on his birthday) and control his destiny (from his name). This theme has previously appeared in Tokyo Babylon, where Subaru Sumeragi made a similar mistake revealing his true birthdate to Seishirō Sakurazuka.

Clamp related
One major factor in xxxHolic is the connections between Clamp's other manga; many of Clamp's characters outside of xxxHolic appear in this manga. In Chapter 3, Yūko tells Watanuki about a girl living in this world with her boyfriend: Sakura Kinomoto, the protagonist of Cardcaptor Sakura. In the 12th and 13th chapter, characters from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, one of Clamp's other series, make their first appearance in the story. xxxHolic character Yūko Ichihara likewise appears in a corresponding chapter of Tsubasa. In the 13th chapter, Watanuki meets Mokona which Yuuko says was created as a model using the original Mokona from Magic Knight Rayearth. In Chapter 8, when Watanuki goes to a drug store, he meets Kazahaya and Rikuo, characters from Legal Drug (Gōhō Doraggu). A fortune teller friend of Yuuko's appears in Kobato and also appears in Chapter 16 of xxxHolic, though the old lady has a bigger significance in xxxHolic. In addition, various items, like headphones resembling Persocom ears (from Chobits), or Sakura's wand from Cardcaptor Sakura, and also the first book Chi reads in Chobits appear. Yūko's use of hitsuzen has also been mentioned in Cardcaptor Sakura by Kaho Mizuki as she remarks that "there are no coincidences, only hitsuzen". The link between other series is one of the focal points of xxxHolic, and the two series Tsubasa and xxxHolic are intimately linked and frequently crossed over.

Additionally Yuuko makes references to other characters from different works of Clamp but rarely calls them by name.

Clamp has stated that Tsubasa and xxxHolic are meant to tie all of their works together, yet still stand alone as their own stories.

___Character___
Kimihiro Watanuki (四月一日君尋, Watanuki Kimihiro)
Watanuki is a high school student whose life has been a rather difficult one — not only have both his parents died, forcing him to live alone, but he is plagued daily by spirits that only he can see (both the ability to see them and the cause of their attacks are evidently heritable traits—apparently Watanuki's blood smells very delicious to spirits).

On one run-of-the mill day, while Watanuki is being attacked by a monster, he falls over and his hand touches a fence. Oddly, the monster is instantly repelled. Beyond the fence is a very strange house, and before he knows it, Watanuki has stumbled past the two fence posts and into the courtyard of the house. Two little girls appear at the front door and take him by the hand, welcoming him into the house as a guest. Watanuki argues that he only stumbled in by accident, but a strange voice replies that it was inevitable he stumble in—it was "hitsuzen". This voice belongs to the powerful sorceress Yūko Ichihara, and the home he has stumbled into is actually a store that grants wishes.

Yūko asks what Watanuki wishes for, and although he never asks for anything directly Yūko sort of telepathically knows that Watanuki wants to stop seeing and being abused by his "spiritual friends". Yūko agrees to fulfill his wish, but only for an equitable payment—he must work at her store as payment, and when his "diligence" has balanced out his wish, she will grant it. This marks the beginning of Watanuki's very involved part-time job, a fated meeting with a certain quartet from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and so many "chance" happenings which occur not out of coincidence, but "hitsuzen".

Personality
Watanuki is known for a having both a volatile and caring nature to him. Depending upon the person he talks to, his emotions tend to be overly exaggerated. With Himawari he throws himself into the air accompanied by hearts and a "Himawari-chaaaaan!!" squeal. With Domeki, he almost always expresses irritation with various facial expressions, screaming, and arm motions that reminds Himawari of an angry cat. With the exception of these two and Yūko, Watanuki tends to address everyone around him with formality and kindness.

One of Watanuki's greater problems, especially early on in the manga, is his lack of self-worth. He found absolutely no value in himself and would often use himself to aid another, even if his life were at stake. An example of this is when he willingly gives up his right eye to the Spider's Grudge to save Domeki's, without considering how much his decision might hurt Domeki. He's forced to face up to this problem when trying to save the Zashiki-Warashi from the Joro-Gumo, when the spider matron harshly chatises him for his lack of consideration for both his own self and those who cared about him. Faced with the facts of how much he's hurt those around him, Watanuki begins to see some value in himself. He will still often use himself to save others, but now he is mindful of just how much his actions hurt other people.

At the shop
Life for Watanuki changes significantly once he starts working as Yūko's assistant (rather, her very indignant indentured servant) who not only cooks (wonderfully), cleans (diligently), and complains (constantly), but finds himself performing very odd jobs and learning more about the occult.

Existence
Volume 12 - 13 of the manga deals with the mystery surrounding Watanuki. Volume 12 already hinted that he is falling more asleep and dwelling in the dream world. In chapters 143 and 144, Watanuki admits to being bothered by the fact that he could not remember details of his life including his parents' names, his school year, and anything about people he meets outside of the shop besides Dômeki and Himawari. Nor is he ever seen eating or remembering eating. It is revealed in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle that Watanuki gave his memories to Yūko as the price to protect and help the travelers as well as to help locate both Sakura. It is revealed by Yūko in chapter 157 of xxxHolic that both Watanuki's and the clone Sakura's memories are sealed in black Mokona's left earring (Watanuki's memories of his parents, Sakura's memories of Syaoran). Not only is his memory of his past erased, but so is his memory of the exchange. After expressing doubts about his humanity, Yūko then assures him that he is in fact human, "like that boy [Syaoran]", and shares a strong bond with him.

In Chapter 20 of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, during Syaoran's flashback explaining his travel in time in order to save Sakura (among other concepts), a key piece of information is revealed about the relationship between Syaoran and Watanuki. According to the chapter, Watanuki was created in order to fill the time Syaoran turned back and to fill in the void left by the relationships that Syaoran paid as his price to travel back in time. Watanuki is, in essence, "another Syaoran", as it is said by Fei Wong Reed to Syaoran that "He is no brother. He is you yourself." Watanuki becomes the son of Syaoran's true parents (Sakura and Syaoran from CCS), as Syaoran's relationship with them was sacrificed. Fei Wong Reed says that the "distortion" between Syaoran and Watanuki would cause pain to both Syaoran's parents and Watanuki himself; however, Yūko contradicts him by saying that the future has yet to be ordained.

Relationships and connections
•Yūko Ichihara - Watanuki's employer at his part time job in exchange for a wish he had. Their relationship is more of a master-slave and Mentor-student than anything romantic. She likes to tease him often, going as far as flirting with him or acting seductive, which irritates Watanuki more often than not. Yūko teaches him through experience (often humiliating if not near life and death situations) how he can grow and mature and seek his purpose. In chapter 144 she appears surprised by his offer to grant her wish, and the two embrace after she assures him of his humanity.

•Shizuka Dômeki - A classmate, who Watanuki sees as his rival mostly for Himawari's affections. He is Watanuki's polar opposite in terms of personality; while Watanuki is reactive and easily annoyed, Dômeki is generally calm and to the point with everything he does. Around Dômeki, Watanuki is safer when encountering any malicious spirits since Dômeki is a spirit repellent. Despite Watanuki's rants as to how annoying it is to be with Dômeki, Watanuki seems to willingly stay in his company and will make food for Dômeki, himself, and Himawari when he says he will not. He often accompanies Watanuki in his assignments, ask him to make lunch for him, gets him to do chores and saves him most of the time in trouble, much to Watanuki's annoyance. However, it was already foretold that Watanuki will meet someone like Dômeki and their relationships are said to run deeper.

•Himawari Kunogi - Watanuki's crush. She is always friendly towards him and appreciates his kindness. However, she avoided any further relationship with him because of her bad luck. Himawari goes to the same school as Watanuki and Dômeki.

•Zashiki-warashi - A Vestal Sprite of pure and innocent spirit. Naive and shy, she is easily moved to tears and has fallen in love or is infatuated with Watanuki. She gave him a Valentine's Day chocolate, but took it from Dômeki's body (later returning it to Watanuki). She risked her life trying to get Watanuki's eye back from the Spider Queen, but the Queen's evil spirit was poisonous to her. Watanuki saved her life in turn. In Chapter 121, Zashiki Warashi appears again with the Ame Warashi to check in on Watanuki after a tragic accident from volume 10, chapters 118-119. Watanuki remarks that her voice had "changed", or had become "firmer than before."

•Kohane Tsuyuri - The 11 year old prodigy in Spirit exorcism. She is introduced in Volume 9. No one has called her by her first name as long as she could remember. Watanuki being the first to call her " Kohane-chan" and be the one to give her first true act of kindness and in return she becomes the first person to call Watanuki by his first name, Kimihiro, since the death of his parents. She and Watanuki somewhat share a bond and Yūko has commented that their powers are the same; though she doesn't attract spirits, unlike Watanuki. She can also sense that Watanuki is not like normal human beings and that he could understand spirits like she does. Watanuki is very concerned about her well-being, even going so far as to make her a pair of gloves. He was most worried after seing an injured Kohane after the TV show incident where she was labeled as a fraud. Also he senses the indifference she has with her mother.

•Syaoran - It is not fully explained yet what the connections are between the two, but it is indicated that the futures of both Watanuki and the Syaorans of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles are closely intertwined. He met the clone on Volume 1 of TRC as well as xxxHolic, and in chapter 119 of xxxHolic, Watanuki was able to see a short glimpse of the real Syaoran. Also, Sakura, after meeting Watanuki in a dream, states that Watanuki is very much like Syaoran. In chapter 140, the real Syaoran asks him "not to disappear" when Watanuki blacks out. In chapter 168 of TRC, Syaoran tells Watanuki that "You and I are closer than anyone else." Then in Chapter 181 of Tsubasa, Watanuki already paid a price so Syaoran and co. could find both Sakuras. He did this so he could pay back Syaoran and to let go of his haunting past. Again in chapter 181 of Tsubasa, Yuuko says to Syaoran [when she reveals that a price has been already paid for a wish he wants], "From the person who is closer to Syaoran than anyone else." In chapter 201, of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, it is revealed that Watanuki is infact a duplicate of Syaoran, born from Syaoran's wish to go back and save Sakura from death. He was created to have the relationships Syaoran gave up, in order to save Sakura. He became the son of Syaoran's parents (Sakura and Syaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura), and holds all the relationships Syaoran should have had, if he had not made his wish.

•Sakura - She and Watanuki share the same birthday (April First). He keeps Sakura's soul company in the dream world she escaped to following her separation from the TRC group, but their relationship and his role in the story is still not defined.

•Watanuki's parents - It is stated that they have died when he was of very young. In volume 12 of the manga after a talk with Sakura in his dreams he realizes that he cannot remember his parents' names. It has been revealed in Chapter 181 of Tsubasa, that he helped Syaoran and co. by giving up his memories of his past, as a future payment after Syaoran had paid a price to help Watanuki when he fell out a window. That's why he doesn't remember his parents' names at all. In XXXHolic Kei they were made a partial appearance in Watanuki's dream state after his fall from the school building. However unlike in the manga where they were able to speak to Watanuki, the anime showed their hand pulling Watanuki up and patting his head before disappearing. In chapter 165 after Watanuki served Yuuko and Mokona some potato nigoroshi, Mokona mentioned how Watanuki's cooking tastes like his fathers. A picture of the 2 small Mokona's is later shown with Clow Reed. It has been revealed in Chapter 201 of Tsubasa that his 'parents' are infact Syaoran Li and Sakura Kinomoto (From CCS) and it is uncertain whether they have died or not due to references that the two are alive in tokyo (volume 1).

•Clow Reed - In some speculations Watanuki looks like a teenage version of Clow Reed or that of Eriol from Card Captor Sakura. In chapter 165, it is heavily hinted that he is a distant relative of Clow Reed.

Watanuki's background
In chapter 2 of Volume 3 (Chapter 30), there is a hint that Watanuki has a higher purpose to the xxxHolic universe than to simply do Yūko's handiwork and have his wish granted. In the final panel, Yūko cryptically remarks, "Watanuki is a good kid, didn't we both think that? Clow..." This strongly suggests that Watanuki's arrival at the store was expected and possibly prepared for, just as Clow Reed and Yūko prepared the Mokona's for the Tsubasa group's arrival and Sakura's staff (the Sakura of Cardcaptor Sakura) well in advance. Yūko also mentions that her store was created specifically for a future event. At this point, the audience can only speculate as to what said event is. It is also worth mentioning that Watanuki and Sakura share the same birth date: 1 April. It can also be noted that Watanuki's given name, Kimihiro, means "Prophet", Yūko's fortune teller friend comments this is a good name for him. Watanuki also displays some precognitive abilities, notably the morning before he lost his eye he has a dream where half his field of vision is blocked out.

In later chapters of the manga Yûko allows Watanuki to experience things on his own to contribute to his growth and maturity. This was explained in Volume 8 of the manga, where the change of his character was shown when he saved the Zashiki Warashi from the Spider Queen. This was noticed by other supernatural beings as well.

Watanuki loses sight in his right eye after it was eaten by the Spider Queen/Ruler of Spiders in Volume 8, and Watanuki now shares half of his right's eye vision with Dômeki. Chapter 121's colored first page reveals that his eyes are now heterochromatic with one blue eye and one golden eye - gold being the colour of Doumeki's eyes.

In chapter 152 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Watanuki is revealed to be in a dream world with Sakura's soul. Yūko states that he "will become a chance that will change the future again." When Kurogane asked who that person is, Yūko only said, "That's an unrelated story...for now", hinting that Watanuki may one day encounter the TRC group.

Another area of concern that Watanuki has now been lately falling into dream like state regardless any time of the day or circumstances, such as when Kohane's mother splashes hot water on him after he temporarily blacked out.

In Chapter 181 of Tsubasa, Yuuko reveals that Watanuki has sold his memories to Yuuko. She says, "...Also he paid me the same price in the past as the princess who traveled with you [memories]. And he has forgotten about his own past, the names of his parents... Even about having handed the price over to me. For the sake of the same wish you have [as Syaoran has]."

It xxxHolic chapter 157 it is revealed that Watanuki's wish to know both Sakura's locations in exchange for his own memories was granted before his "first" time entering the shop, meaning that Watanuki had already met Yuuko before the story began, but his memory of that event was erased. The feather removed from Kohane apparently contains Sakura's memory of Syaoran. The black Mokona's earring contains Watanuki's memory of making the wish to save two futures.

In chapter 158 the old woman fortune teller hinted that Domeki was the destined person she foresaw before that he would be friends with. She also stated that Watanuki has matured but as well as Yuuko changing in herself, the images later shows a postcard sent from Yuuko.

Also, in chapter 165 of xxxHolic, it is hinted that Watanuki's distant relative is Clow Reed. This could be true, as they look slightly the same. In chapter 201 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, the final revelation of Watanuki's true identity is revealed via a flashback of Syaoran's. Syaoran, in order to save his Sakura, made a wish to turn back time top alter her destiny. However, such a powerful wish came at the cost of his freedom and happiness. Watanuki is born from this wish to fill in the "void" left by Syaoran's time traveling, and is described as his "other self" that was never meant to exist. Thus, he would fill in Syaoran's place as the child of his parents. Fei Wong Reed remarks that the child would bring suffering to their parents as well as himself, but Yuuko appears and assures Syaoran that the future has yet to be ordained.

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Yū ko Ichihara (壱原 侑子, Ichihara Yūko)
Being one extremely experienced in her industry, Yūko is not foolish enough to give away her real name like Watanuki. That aside, Yūko has served as a major catalyst for Watanuki's transformation, acting somewhat as his mentor. She loves to drink and eat Watanuki's wonderful cooking and dragging Watanuki on crazy outings at the drop of a hat.

Despite this immature and free-spirited attitude, Yūko has been known to be sage-like and serious when the time calls for it. Yūko seems to know the true hitsuzen that Watanuki will follow, and has often offered cryptic messages to warn him of impending danger or a folk tale that he should take a bit more seriously. She also seems to truly care about him, making sure he is safe at night, sending the Kudakitsune (pipe-fox) with him for extra protection, or calling Dōmeki when he needs saving.

Yūko is very powerful when it comes to magic and knowledge and is highly respected within the spirit realm. However, she doesn't often appear to get directly involved in things beyond whatever contact she has with those making wishes. Sometimes, she sends Watanuki to do jobs for her, such as when she granted a wish from Himawari. Yūko seems to take the role of someone playing chess when it comes to the big picture of things that are going on.

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Shizuka Dômeki (百目鬼 静, Dōmeki Shizuka)

Character
Shizuka Dômeki is Kimihiro Watanuki's classmate and considered a rival by Watanuki. He is part of the school's kyūdō club and often participates (and tops) school competitions. Also because of his cool and calm composure he is very popular with the girls.

He lives in a shrine owned by his late grandfather, a priest in which during his childhood told him a lot of stories about folklore and shinto practices. However, despite his heritage, Dômeki has a nearly null ability of seeing ghosts or spirits, though he can still exorcise them. He does seem to be able to feel spiritual "pressure" and have a vague sense of their presence. One spirit he did see was the Lady in the Park that Watanuki often visited.

Dômeki has a pure or refreshing scent as noted by the Ame-Warashi. Kohane noted that Doumeki was a 'beautiful' or 'pretty' person, most likely referring to his spirit or aura. Naturally, Watanuki is bewildered (and rather agitated) by this. Dômeki cannot enter Yuuko's Store, the explanation why is later revealed on volume 8. His technique of exorcising spirits is by shooting them with an invisible arrow made of pure energy, as first revealed in volume 2.

Originally Dômeki could not see the spirits/ghosts that Watanuki could see (like that of the oden shop owner and the Ghost Girl who haunted a scary home) but after he shared both his blood and half his eye with Watanuki he was able to eventually

Personality
Dômeki's personality is a total opposite of Watanuki's. He has a cool, calm and often sarcastic demeanor. He barely speaks unless explaining folklore or asking Watanuki for impossible bento lunches (such as asking for food that is out of season or hard to find). He also has a deadpan sense of humor that is often dark and somewhat fatalistic. Much to the annoyance of Watanuki he seems to pop up everywhere, especially when Watanuki gets a chance to be with Himawari. He often replies in a one word phrase like "Hn" or "Oh". He is also very observant, and even though he does not show it he seems to be very protective of Watanuki, such as in Volume 5 where he stood for hours in the rain to make sure Watanuki was safe and in Volume 6 during the incident with the spirit in the park. Volume 9 of the manga through Dômeki's New Years dream we find out he looks like his late grandfather Haruka. His grandfather also knows more about Dômeki's past, and bears an uncanny resemblance to his grandson (though Watanuki points out that Haruka smiles much more).

Relationship with Watanuki
It has been sighted multiple times by various characters that Watanuki will be linked to someone that will make a major contribution to his life. The clearest citation of this all is the phrase "someone he (Watanuki) will constantly fight with." This is believed to be Dômeki and was later confirmed. Dômeki is constantly seen throughout the series as an annoyance to Watanuki. Dômeki often has a sarcastic way of making Watanuki help out with his chores as well as make lunches for him. Yuuko has advised Watanuki to stay close to Dômeki, since his mere presence drives away evil spirits. Thus because of this Yuuko always asks Watanuki to bring Dômeki along his "assignments".

Even though Dômeki may seem sarcastic around Watanuki and is sometimes annoyed with his eccentricity, Dômeki does hold a large amount of concern for him- as shown in the following instances:

Angel San arc: When Watanuki fell over the school rooftop, he caught him and held on to his hand despite the fact that his arm was injured.
Volume 5 Hydrangea arc: Where he dug up a hole and waited for 10 hours in the rain for Watanuki to re-emerge from the Ajasai after Watanuki disappeared.
Volume 5 Wings arc: In which he stood up for Watanuki against the irate girl and caught the box cutter she wielded in his fist before she could stab Watanuki.
Volume 6 Lady in the Park: Or, also known as lady who lost her son. After much concern about Watanuki’s decline in health and rescuing him after he collapsed at Yuuko’s shop, Dômeki made a choice of shooting the Lady (who appeared transparent to him) with his arrow. Later on in the story, Yuuko explained that Dômeki did this because he did not want to lose Watanuki.
Volume 7 - 8 Spider Grudge Arc: In volume 7, Dômeki invokes the wrath of a spider when he destroys its web and in revenge, his right eye is sewn over with a spider web. Upon learning that Dômeki will eventually lose the sight in that eye, Watanuki finds a way to transfer the spider’s grudge (making Watanuki lose his eye to save Dômeki's) to himself. In response, Dômeki becomes very agitated and concerned- even losing his self control by shouting at him and pushing him towards the wall. He starts researching ways to get Watanuki’s eye back. In volume 8 Watanuki goes to see the Spider Queen to save the Zashiki-Warashi but in the process he completely loses his right eye's sight. Dômeki then decides to give half of his right eye’s sight to Yuuko so she can transfer it to Watanuki. Currently, he and Watanuki sometimes share visions since they share half an eye. This is only one of the many situations in which the two lend each other a helping hand; it's obvious that their futures are tightly intertwined.
Volume 9 Sakura Tree and Kohane in the rain Chapter: After Watanuki gives his umbrella to Kohane at the park, Dômeki appears shortly after, and in a very awkward yet touching moment, says that he had an umbrella ready for Watanuki so he wouldn't catch a cold. He also prepared ginger tea for him at his house.
Volume 10 : In chapter 118-119 of the manga, he saw Watanuki falling from the schoolbuilding and was the one who brought him to Yuuko's shop. Because of this, he now became a client of Yuuko and was able to finally enter the shop, for in order to save Watanuki, he gave his blood as a replacement for the amount of blood Watanuki lost.
Volume 11 Chapter 139: Where Kohane's "Mother" tried to hit Watanuki after she saw Kohane speaking and drinking tea with them. Dômeki was able to pull Watanuki out of the woman's way. Dômeki seems to be sensing something different about Kohane's mom and her violent nature. Also in this chapter Yuuko and Mokona stated that Dômeki and Watanuki are both changing in the inside (part of the eyes they both share and blood he donated) and that Dômeki will indeed be a part of the final " battle" or challenge that Watanuki has to face.
Volume 12: The manga introduces Sakura entering the dream world in which she and Watanuki would meet. At these time Watanuki would just blank out from time to time, causing much concern to Dômeki especially after Kohane's mother splashed Watanuki with hot water, when Watanuki blacked out to dream state and barely got Haruka's warning before going conscious. At one point, when Watanuki regains consciousness (either at school or on the street), Dômeki insists that Watanuki return home to sleep.
Chapter 149-155: Domeki helps Watanuki as he tries to break into a television studio doing a live psychic broadcast involving Kohane. When Watanuki holds Kohane and shields her from her mother's blows, Domeki physically restrains her so she can stop hitting him. Later at Yuuko's store, he expresses concern over both Watanuki and Kohane's situations, repeatedly questioning Watanuki about his motives.

The relationship between Watanuki and Dômeki is growing stronger with Watanuki gradually beginning to accept Dômeki's presence. It is clear that Watanuki is of significance to Dômeki but as little is known of the latter's past beyond his interaction with Watanuki, it has been unclear (until recently; see chapter 159) how or why Dômeki makes an effort to associate himself with Watanuki. He prefers to address Watanuki as simply 'hey', 'you', or 'idiot', but on the rare occasions where he does speak Watanuki's name he does so without any of the normal suffixes of '-kun' or '-san'.

Dômeki shows that he cares only through actions. Whenever Watanuki thanks him or, such as the case in chapter 155, says that he wasn't worried because Dômeki would be there for him, Dômeki asks if he has hit his head on something. This will inevitably get a rise out of Watanuki, and Dômeki can avoid giving an answer. Again, it is unsure why he does this.

In chapter 159 Domeki reveals to Kohane why he stays with Watanuki. He tells of one day he saw Watanuki standing in the rain, holding a dead animal tenderly. He hears Watanuki say, "I'll die like this too. Alone." After telling Kohane this she asks him to take care of Watanuki and not to hesitate when the moment comes that he'll be needed.

When Watanuki falls asleep in chapters 162-163, he talks with Haruka. Haruka mentions that Watanuki is "moving forward, particularly with that person's strong feelings." Watanuki replies, saying it must be Yuuko, but Haruka just looks at him and doesn't respond, as if he was wrong. We do not know who he was talking about, but it was most likely Doumeki. Then later in, chapter 163, Haruka and Watanuki decide to talk about Doumeki. Watanuki rambles on about how much of a glutton Doumeki is for always eating so much of the food he cooks. He says he'd probably eat anything you put in front of him. However, Haruka disagrees. It is revealed that Doumeki doesn't eat a single thing unless he really approves of it. He would never eat anything, unless it was something he really wanted to eat. Before the dream ended, Haruka said, "He just doesn't like to put anything in his mouth unless he's properly satisfied with it." Watanuki gave him a confused look, then was awoken by Doumeki tapping on his shoulder and calling him an idiot.

This seems to be true. Doumeki will eat whatever Watanuki prepares, and the food they get together at restaurants. However, in chapter 165, when Watanuki gives Doumeki some of the potatoes made by Yûko's newest client, he sort of "choked" on it and didn't even touched it after his first bite.

On the latest chapter, chapter 166, Doumeki said to Watanuki that he "couldn't tell who made them [nikorogashi]." He said that he "couldn't feel anything" from that person's cooking.

Dômeki and Yûko's Shop
Early on in the manga Dômeki and Yûko Ichihara separately stated that Dômeki could not enter Yuko's store. This was finally explained in volume 8 of the manga; since he does not need her store, he does not see it. To Domeki, the area where the shop is supposedly standing is just a huge empty lot with old posts. In the lady in the park episode where Yuuko calls him to wait for Watanuki after he collapsed, Watanuki seemingly appears out of nowhere.

However in Volume 10 of the manga, after Watanuki's near death experience from falling, upon Yuuko's orders he brought Watanuki to Yuuko's shop. He was able to enter because this time he and Himawari needed to pay the price to Yuuko in order to save Watanuki.

Trivia
•The kanji of Dômeki's given name, Shizuka ("静") means "quiet or calm" and is likely meant to reflect his character. In conversation the word is often used in a command that literally means "be quiet" (shizuka ni), something often said to Watanuki. Likewise, the kanji of his family name are individually read as "numerous" "eye" and "ghost or spirit" likely referring to the role of members of his family as exorcists as well as his ability to protect Watanuki from harm, as well as a possible inside reference to the incident when the spider took his eye.
•Dômeki's birthday is on March 3rd, which is also Hinamatsuri, a fact that Watanuki has once teased him on.
•In volume 9 when Watanuki first saw Dômeki's grandfather Haruka, his style of exorcising spirits was also shooting a bow and arrow.
- Archery is occasionally used in Shinto ceremonies; Dômeki happens to live in a Buddhist temple and his grandfather was a Shinto priest. The concept of exorcising spirits with a bow and arrows is not uncommon in pop culture in Japan; this idea appears in Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha, where two of the female leads (Kagome Higurashi and Kikyo) both employ arrows channeling their own spiritual power to cleanse and eliminate enemies.


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Himawari Kunogi (九軒ひまわり, Himawari Kunogi)
Character
Himawari is the crush of Watanuki Kimihiro. She has a cheerful attitude and is very friendly around Watanuki and Doumeki. She is often cheering for them, if not commenting them on their "comedy acts" together. She does share and give food to Shizuka Doumeki and Watanuki, yet they are never handmade by herself, which has become a running gag in the series. Himawari's birthday is 27 November, making her a Sagittarius. She likes sweets, romantic novels, astrology, and ghost stories, and she is an only child.

Despite the fact that Watanuki is very open in showing his feelings and admiration for her, she seems very oblivious to the fact that he likes her. She has never shown any favoritism between the two, but Watanuki always thinks that Doumeki is more favored.

She is also the only human besides Watanuki, Doumeki and Yuuko that Mokona interacts with regularly.

Role
In the beginning of the manga when Himawari was first introduced Yuuko had already said that Himawari was "not Watanuki's goddess of good luck" and this has been suggested strongly throughout subsequent storylines.

During the case of the Lady with Bad Habits, Watanuki met up with Himawari just before the girl was killed in a car accident (this scene was altered in the anime to exclude Himawari's presence and to thus let the girl survive). After, in the Monkey's Paw case, the university student-teacher at some point drops the item in the school hallway. Being nearby, Himawari offers to help pick it up. At the moment she touches the item, the seal of the monkey's paw opens resulting in the student-teacher's high curiosity only to lead to her tragic fate. Even more alluding to Himawari's role against luck, the student-teacher often ironically boasted about her case of lucky streaks before her death.

In the 100 Ghost Stories chapter, Yuuko said that "all the players" were present; being Watanuki, Doumeki, herself, the dead man in the other room and Himawari. Each had a role to play, as Yuuko explained at the end of the ceremony. While she mentions that Watanuki and Doumeki were necessary to draw out and then exorcise the spirit while Yuuko herself was required to explain what they needed to do, she fails to reveal Himawari's role because Doumeki has returned with sake, Yuuko's favourite drink.

Yuuko did not further comment what role Himawari was to play in that group. Himawari's presence seems to always foreshadow bad luck, such was when Watanuki has a seemingly prophetic dream on the day he gave his eye to the spider, in which he saw Himawari through half of his vision. The Ame-Warashi is cautious of her presence (Although it may just be because Himawari's name means 'Sunflower' while Ame-Warashi is a rain sprite). Speculations may also add that Doumeki himself may know/feel something strange about Himawari since he has always accompanied Watanuki whenever the two should be alone. By chapter 116 of the manga Watanuki was slowly sensing the difference in Himawari.

In chapter 118, after Watanuki nearly died after falling from the 2nd story of their school, Himawari for the first time was seen inside Yuuko's shop to pay the price to stop Watanuki from death. It is here revealed that she is aware to the fact she is bad luck not only to Watanuki, but to everyone around her and has since been waiting for him to point it out.

After this incident, she tried to say goodbye for the last time to Watanuki; however, Watanuki refused to let her go and slightly confesses to her that he likes being with her and that her presence makes him happy. Himawari reluctantly agreed to continue being friends with him and is seen crying out of happiness because it was the first time anyone told her that they were happy to be with her. It was at this moment where it is shown the price she paid to prevent Watanuki from dying is by forever bearing all of his scars from the fall. Subsequently, Himawari lets her hair down (as opposed to tying two long ponytails), likely to hide the scars from Watanuki lest he gets upset.

Recently Watanuki gave Himawari a magical bird that according to Yuuko, is immune to her bad luck (it is revealed that her "power" also does not affect Doumeki). Himawari asked him to give a name to it and Watanuki chose to name him "Tanpopo" (the Japanese name for dandelion) because of its yellow color.

Her Relationship with Watanuki, Doumeki and Yuuko
Watanuki - Watanuki sees her as his crush, but little is known yet how deep her feelings for him run. She has been trying to avoid hurting Watanuki with her bad luck while secretly hoping one day he would notice it as he did later on in the manga. She cares very much for Watanuki and Domeki as good friends, who maybe are the only real friends she has. She avoids going home alone with Watanuki even though he is now aware of her "bad luck".
Her greatest act of kindness and subliminal way of indicating that she likes Watanuki was bearing his scars from falling out of the window at school and her help in saving his life. Then again that may have been due to her feeling responsible for the incident.
In this point of the series it is still unclear whether Himawari will respond to Watanuki's affections. She is still afraid that becoming close to people she cares about will only end up hurting them, but Watanuki is slowing talking her out of her shell.
Doumeki - Much to Watanuki's jealousy and annoyance, Doumeki hangs around her and Watanuki at every chance when they could be alone. Nonetheless, Himawari treats them equally as friends and often teases or compliments on how the two get along. Doumeki is one of the few that can actually sense the difference in Himawari, he is also aware of Watanuki's feelings for her. He seems to keep a close eye on Watanuki and Himawari when they are together since Watanuki often gets affected by her bad luck. He is also helping her to be more open about hanging out with them rather than hiding and running away from her friends.
Yuuko and Mokona - Himawari is a person that Yuuko is fascinated with, much to the annoyance of Watanuki; because Yuuko always teases him that she is not his "Goddess of Luck". She was quick to notice bad luck around Himawari, but treated her with good cheer and even invited her on small picnics and outings she sets up for the trio. Mokona, being cute as he is, can always be seen playing with Himawari when they meet. The two of them do not seem to be affected by Himawari's bad luck.

Bad Luck
As Yuuko has previously stated, Himawari is a normal human. She possesses no special powers or unusual abilities. In chapter 118, Himawari explains to Watanuki that he is not the only one affected by the bad luck she seems to bring.

Since childhood, no matter where Himawari goes, unfortunate things seem to happen. By simply picking up a ball near her home, the house next door became the target of arson. People she was connected to were hurt, including all her friends, a girl in the neighbourhood who ended up committing suicide, and her class teacher was stabbed by his wife when he was caught in an affair.

Concerned that Himawari may be possessed or using occult magic, her grandmother took her to a priest who found nothing evil attached to her. While this was the priest's conclusion, he regarded Himawari sadly and informed her grandmother that the only people immune to Himawari's tendency to bring bad luck were her parents by virtue of the fact they brought her into this world. Not long afterwards, Himawari's grandmother died; though Himawari realizes her grandmother was ill and also elderly, she believes that she contributed to her grandmother's death.

Name Origins
•The character "九" (ku) of Himawari's family name is the same as the kanji for the number 9, which the Japanese consider unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for pain ("kutsū") and coincides with her role of bringing bad luck and pain to Watanuki.

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Mokona Modoki (モコナ=モドキ, Mokona Modoki) is the name given to the two rabbit-like creatures from CLAMP's sister series Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and xxxHolic (Also appearing in one of their earlier works, Magic Knight Rayearth). The name Mokona Modoki (or simply Mokona) refers to any or both characters, as they are never called by their real names. The Black Mokona’s real name is Larg (ラーグ, Rāgu), while the White Mokona’s real name is Soel (ソエル, Soeru). However, the Mokonas always refer to themselves in the third person.

History
Larg and Soel are copies of an original Mokona, who appears in Magic Knight Rayearth (another CLAMP series). The two were created by Yūko Ichihara and Clow Reed (who appear to be aware of the existence of Sakura Kinomoto and all of the events in her world). One day, Yūko and Clow encountered the original Mokona, who was traveling through different worlds, and Mokona provided Yūko and Clow with the knowledge of alternate dimensions. After learning that one day a Sakura and Syaoran from an alternate world would come to their world to ask for help, Yūko and Clow created the two Mokona, basing them on the original but with slight differences, such as difference in size and the ability to talk (whereas the original Mokona would only say "Puu!"). Each Mokona was also given an earring which matched the color of the gem on its forehead, the blue earring seals magic power while the red earring boosts magic power. It has never been discovered what exactly a Mokona is. The original Mokona was identified as the creator of the universe, but it is unknown whether the original was part of a species or not, which also raises the question as to where the name Mokona came from in the first place. The most common answer to the question 'What is Mokona?' is: 'Mokona is Mokona!' (which isn't really an answer).

In Chapter 133 of Tsubasa, Yūko explained to the characters of Tsubasa that the two Mokona were created in order to stop the plans of Fei Wong Reed's wishes.

The full story of the two Mokona is told in Clamp’s Soel to Larg: Mokona=Modoki no Bouken (Soel and Larg: The Adventures of Mokona=Modoki).

We also learn in the Drama CD provided with the first DVD of xxxHOLiC:Kei that the Mokona chose the 14th of February for their birthday.

Black Mokona (Larg)
The Black Mokona isn’t quite as enthusiastic and energetic as the White Mokona, but nevertheless a teaser. He usually calls Watanuki 'Watanuki written as the first of April' which results in a reaction from Watanuki similar to Kurogane's. Little is known about the Black Mokona, except that it is able to see ghosts, something the White Mokona cannot do, and that its main purpose is to stay in contact with the White Mokona, so that Yūko can know where the group is and assist them if necessary. Also, the Black Mokona is used for teleporting things to the White Mokona, which it does by swallowing them. Yūko has also remarked that of the two Mokona, the red earring on the white one possesses the ability to enhance magical power while the blue earring on black one has the ability to seal magical power. In chapter 157 of xxxHolic it was shown the sealing ear ring is sealing away both Sakura's memories of Syaoran and Watanuki's memory of his past. It also apparently has the ability to devour spirits and compress them into a ball, although it is not evident if the White Mokona possesses this ability either.

Like Yūko, Black Mokona loves to drink sake and thus is often her 'drinking buddy' and has a intimate relationship with her. The two often drink together. The name Larg comes from the rune Laguz meaning water[citation needed] The Soel Larg book shows "Lagu" then may have further unreadable letters.

In being referred to by other characters in xxxHOLiC, Black Mokona takes offense to indirect references and pronouns, which are notably more informal or rude in Japanese than in English.

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Kohane Tsuyuri (五月七日小羽, Tsuyuri Kohane) is a fictional character in the Clamp manga xxxHolic. Her first name in kanji is translated as "small feathers" and her last name literally means May 7th. She is introduced in volume 9 of the manga.

Watanuki Kimihiro and Kohane first met underneath a sakura tree that had the spirit of a woman that Kohane could sense (and was supposed to lay to rest). Upon their first meeting Kohane could feel that Watanuki was like her. She is around 11 years old, and is widely known in public as a child prodigy, medium and exorcist. Due to her abilities she has been invited to and has featured on many paranormal-based TV shows.

Kohane is a somewhat quiet and lonely girl due to the upbringing she has had. She also acts very maturely for her age, and even though she may be severely criticized she keeps her composure well.

Watanuki seems to be the only person that can make her smile due to the care and genuine concern he has shown her.

She mentioned to Watanuki that she hasn't been called by her first name for as long as she can remember, noting Watanuki calling her "Kohane-chan" as a first. She appears to have a crush on Watanuki, and is the only one in the series so far that calls him Kimihiro-kun.

Due to the restrictions imposed by her mother, Kohane doesn’t have many friends. Watanuki seems to be her only friend and is the only one to call her by her name. She and Watanuki seem to have some sort of connection: both can see spirits and their family names are related.

In volume 10 of the manga, she mentions that she hasn't been to school since her first year of elementary school. Watanuki has so far been the only person to show a genuine desire to protect Kohane from harm.

Kohane may have more powerful abilities than she chooses to show, as in chapter 139 after her mother hurts Watanuki she gives her mother a warning: "Mother, you can do anything to me, but I won't forgive you for hurting someone I care about".

Yuko also hinted that as Watanuki managed to bring Kohane into the shop, it means that, like everyone else who ever entered there, she also has a wish to be fulfilled. At the end of chapter 153 while Watanuki was comforting Kohane, Yuuko and Domeki were discussing Kohane's circumstances. Yuuko hinted that Watanuki and Kohane's bond is strong or rather their hearts are closer than anything, suggesting that Kohane may have an integral part in Watanuki's Hitsuzen.

Chapter 155 revealed just exactly what Kohane's wish is: for her mother to be happy. She blames herself for her mother's state and so wants to take responsibility for removing the darkness, surrounding her mother. In exchange for her wish, Kohane has offered up her entire power to Yūko. Yūko then states that it is too much, and will also include the rumors about Kohane. The true source of Kohane's power of exorcism was then unveiled - her body was in fact holding one of Sakura's feathers, which was retrieved by Yūko.

In the anime series, Kohane sorted her relationship with her mother by herself and retired from mediumship without losing her power of exorcism. She is last seen with her hair cut short, beside her mother who started to touch her again. The source of her power, just like most references to the Tsubasa series, was omitted from the anime plotline.

Kohane's Harassment
Kohane's mother often books Kohane into ghost-hunting shows in which Kohane receives harsh criticism because she reads events differently from (or rather more accurately than) the other mediums. In chapters 147-148 Watanuki heard the news that after Kohane failed to locate a woman's missing daughter during a live ghost-hunt show, Kohane was badly beaten. Her house was found badly vandalized with the words "Liar" and "Evil" around it.

Kohane's Mother
Kohane's mother will go to great extremes to make sure that she takes every advantage of Kohane's abilities for her own material benefit (their home is scattered with clothes and jewelry everywhere), even after their house is vandalized. She also makes sure that no one interacts with Kohane, especially not Watanuki, going so far as to physically hurt him. Kohane is also not allowed to touch any objects deemed “impure” by her mother and does not eat “impure” food either (her food is vegetarian just like the food monks eat to purify themselves). Kohane is also not allowed to have toys and only has rudimentary furniture in her house. Most of the time Kohane's mother is seen on the phone arguing or rather bartering with TV producers on the she will get if Kohane will guest or perform an exorcism for them.

According to Kohane, her mother does not dare to touch her as she also considers herself an impure person. After having an argument with her mother and being protected by Watanuki, she is taken to Yuko's shop where she reveals that her mother was caring and kind at first, but her demeanour changed after her daughter's powers awakened, and she helped her discover that her husband was having an affair with one of his co-workers. Since then, Kohane has been able to sense a dark aura growing around her mother and is afraid that one day that aura may engulf her entirely.

After Kohane was rescued and brought to Yuko's shop as a result of the TV station incident, Kohane was finally able to express feelings of sadness at all that has happened to her. At Yuko's place Kohane and Yuko discussed for the time being, she and her mother should live separately for her mother to heal on her own.

In the anime XXXHolic Kei, Kohane seems to have resolved her issues with her mother. Kohane's background and her mothers reason for being rude and brutal to her daughter was never fully explained as it was in the manga.

Abilities
Like Watanuki Kohane has the ability to see and sense spirits. She also has the ability to exorcise them as well. One incident was the female ghostly customer of Yuko Ichihara who didn't realize that she was a ghost. The ghost wished to rid herself of the scary presence in the house that she stayed in. Later the living family on the same house called Kohane to eliminate the lost spirit.

She can also sense curses or other types of malicious auras on a person. When Watanuki made a pinky promise with Himawari Kunogi (which later caused him to fall from the second floor at school), Kohane was able to sense what he had done and predict that he would suffer ill fortune.

In one of the Supernatural TV shows she guested on along with other mediums Kohane was able to sense the secondary spirit of a woman who committed suicide in the abandoned building. Since five of the mediums only sensed one spirit, this had a bad effect on her popularity. She was called a fake and, to Watanuki's horror, on one of his visits Kohane was covered in bandages after being pushed down the stairs. Her home was vandalized and her answering machine was filled with threats.

In chapter 150-153 during another Ghost TV show appearance she and another medium was to find the missing husband of a lady. The other medium said that the husband was still alive and well. Kohane whispered to the lady that her husband is dead and in fact is buried in the lady's home, also citing the woman killed her own husband.

Also, in Chapter 156, Kohane relinquished the source of her power of exorcism (Sakura's feather) as payment to Yuko for fulfilling her wish. However according to Yüko, her ability to see spirits is still intact, as it was a natural talent of hers. Yüko also states that the time when Kohane gained her power of exorcism and the time when Sakura's feathers were scattered doesn't coincide, meaning that the time-space continuum is starting to collapse.

In chapter 158 Kohane was advised to live with "that woman". The woman being the old lady who told fortunes (and is in crossovers to the Kobato manga). This way she can be near someone with similar abilities to her. The old fortune teller also said that she plans to pass on her knowledge to Kohane later by training her so that the craft and her connection would not die.

Differences from the Anime (XXXHolic Kei)
The second season of XXXHolic, titled as XXXHolic Kei, finally introduces Kohane in the series. She made her appearance in Episode 5, Kohane. The episode where she meets Watanuki underneath a haunted Sakura tree coincides with the manga. However the anime switched some of the manga subplots such as her initial injury and her criticism by other mediums along with her mother's violent verbal behavior towards her (Eps 8-10). In the manga this does not take place immediately, the anime skips the scene before she was injured where she returned Watanuki's umbrella from their first meeting and noticing the pinky promise with Watanuki. In episode 9 Kohane's mother injures Watanuki by spilling hot tea on him. This does not happen until a little later in the manga storyline.

Episode 10 is a total alteration of the manga story of Kohane and her psychic reading of a woman in a haunted house. In the anime, after Watanuki watches the TV show that featured Kohane with other spiritualists (in the manga Watanuki only heard of the show and never watched it), Watanuki returned to Kohane's house. He found Kohane being "water cleansed" by her mother. Watanuki takes Kohane away and brings her straight to Yuko's place (in the manga she does not meet Yuko till chapter 155, this is farther along from the manga arcs and way after Watanuki's accident) Kohane is seen in this episode sleeping beside Maru and Moro, whereas in the manga Maru and Moro has never been in the same scene nor meet Kohane. The same episode features Watanuki giving Kohane the final Dream Balloon (in the manga he gave this to her before her injuries). The mediums also stopped their condemnation of Kohane, once the body of the woman she saw in the haunted building was found (in the manga she was relentlessly persecuted until her rescue by Watanuki in chap 154-155)

Most shockingly she cut her hair in the anime after she decided to retire from being a spiritualist and mended her relationship with her mother. Kohane briefy re-appears in Episode 11 of XXXHolic Kei to thank Watanuki. Though the timeline from the anime and manga counterpart is different Kohane asked Watanuki " Who did you make a pinky promise with?" after noticing the malice surrounding Watanuki. It is still unclear whether she will take a bigger part in the anime as she has done in the manga.

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Secondary characters
Zashiki-warashi (座敷童, Zashiki-warashi)
A spirit girl (Vestal sprite) who has a crush on Watanuki. In the manga, the Zashiki-warashi first appears at Valentine's Day determined to give the perfect chocolate to Watanuki, which nearly results in the death of Dōmeki. She next appears when Watanuki is sent by Yūko to a place of pure chi to return the Pipe Fox to its normal small size. While there ("there" being a mountain named reisan), he finds the Zashiki-warashi on a small rock where he gives her a White Day present (a pair of hairpins with an angel wing design) as a token of appreciation for the Valentine's Day chocolate (even though he couldn't eat it). Her third appearance is when Watanuki agrees to go rescue her from the evil Jorō-gumo. She was captured when she attempted to recover Watanuki's eye from the Jorō-gumo. Her fourth appearance is when she and the Ame-warashi come to visit Watanuki, who'd recently been severely injured.

Zashiki-warashi are prone to mischievous thoughts, though this one is actually quite shy and sweet and very prone to crying (those who make her cry will be attacked by her guardians, a group of tengu-karasu). She lives on a mountain with pure spiritual energy and, as a result, is vulnerable to evil energy.

In the anime, Zashiki-warashi's first appearance was during Ochugen (a Japanese festival), which she misunderstood for Valentine's Day. Events similar to Zashiki-warashi's first appearance in the manga with Dōmeki nearly dying ensue and at the end it is revealed the sprite confused the festival for Valentines day (as so politely pointed out by the Rain Sprite). Watanuki visits her to thank her for the aburage (deep-fried tofu) which she gave to him to help him with the Kudakitsune.

Later in the manga Watanuki notices the change in her voice, identifying it as more grown up. The Ame-warashi explained that this was the effect of the Zashiki-warashi's feelings for Watanuki, causing her to change and grow-up.

She is based on a spirit from Japanese folklore, the zashiki-warashi, accounting for her childlike naiveté and innocence.

Ame-warashi (雨童女, Ame-warashi)
The Ame-warashi is also known as a rain sprite or rain maker. She is a proud, high ranking spirit/sprite who has a very hostile attitude toward humans due to the fact that "humans have no care or regard whatsoever with living nature". She comes to Yūko to ask for the service of Watanuki to save someone at a park containing hydrangeas. In the anime, she is portrayed as a good, protective friend of the Zashiki-warashi.

She also has the ability to detect differences in characters and likely special abilities, as implied by her ill feeling of Himawari and the "refreshing" or "pure" scent she detects emitting from Dōmeki. She appears again with the Zashiki-warashi to see Watanuki and remains hostile towards him, though she also makes a cryptic remark as to Watanuki's true nature.

Her hair in the anime is red, however there are colored Clamp pieces that show her hair as blue. The concept of an Ame-warashi is based on a spirit from Japanese folklore.

Kudakitsune (管狐, Kudakitsune)/ Mugetsu
The Kudakitsune, a pipe fox spirit, later named Mugetsu by Watanuki, was the payment given to Yūko by the Ame-warashi for Watanuki's help. It became attached to him right away and often accompanies him on trips of the more dangerous type, but will go with him anywhere if he lets it. It used to annoy him at first, but Watanuki has warmed up to the wormy furball. The Kudakitsune has two forms: a snake-like mini version, and the traditional Kyūbi when it reveals its true power. It is able to create gigantic fireballs, also known as Foxfire or streams of fire, and can detect evil beings like the wing parasites and the spider lady in volume 8. It takes a large amount of pure spiritual energy to revert the traditional kyūbi back into its portable snake-like form. When that happens, Watanuki is forced to take the Kudakitsune to Zashiki's mountain. Watanuki later names it Mugetsu (無月, Mugetsu lit. moonless or no moon) for the way its eyes seem to disappear when it transforms, because the Kudakitsune became upset that Watanuki named Himawari's bird but left the Kudakitsune unnamed.

In the anime the Kudakitsune's favorite treat is deep-fried tofu, but too much of it is bad for him. If he eats too much in his larger form the markings on his head will disappear one by one and soon he would not be able to return to his pipe form, as Yūko informed Watanuki.

Tanpopo (タンポポ, Tanpopo)
A cute yellow bird hatched from an egg Yūko gave Watanuki while he was recovering from a near fatal injury as payment for retrieving water from a well. Actually that was the same egg that Sakura got from their visit to Kamui's world in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. According to Yūko, the bird was born for the sake of Himawari, and after Watanuki gives it to her, they are always seen together. Watanuki, at her request, names it Tanpopo (タンポポ, Tanpopo lit. dandelion).

He was introduced in the last chapter of volume 10 of the manga. His name was given to him by Watanuki in volume 11. Tanpopo is unaffected by Himawari's unlucky jinx and thus can keep her in good company.

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Maru & Moro (マル&モロ, Maru & Moro)
Maru and Moro (short for Maru-dashi and Moro-dashi) are the two girls that led Watanuki into Yūko's shop. It isn't stated whether they were created by Yūko, Clow Reed, the both of them, or someone else entirely, but since they have no souls and cannot leave the shop, it can be assumed that they were created there.

Possible Powers-In chapter 126, Yūko explained why Maru and Moro are required to stay inside the shop. The shop itself is not seen by anyone unless they are fated to do business with Yūko. Maru and Moro's concentration is what is keeping the shop in existence. As a side-effect, they have long deep bouts of sleep.

They help out around the shop, but mostly act as the cheering squad. They almost always speak in unison, or close to it. Watanuki seems to get along with them most of the time, at least when they are not dragging him into one of Yūko's plans.

It is noted that Maru and Moro's full names are both words which mean "exposing oneself in public" – similar to "flashing" and "streaking" in English, and something that is quite possibly a pun on the 'xxx' part of xxxHOLiC. Even though the 'xxx' are intended to act as a variable in the title, their appearance resembles the 'XXX' which is synonymous with pornography. Given the target seinen audience, this double meaning is probably intentional.

There are very few instances that Maru and Moro are in serious scenes. In the parasite angel chapter, Watanuki invited them to join him in the festival, however Maru and Moro said in unison (in a rather dazed look) "those without souls cannot leave this place... for their bodies will disintegrate."

They also show some concern not only for Yūko but also for Watanuki despite the fact they always annoy him. In volume 6 of the manga, when Watanuki came home from visiting the "lady in the park", Maru and Moro immediately sensed that something was wrong with Watanuki. When Watanuki finally collapsed, the two dragged Watanuki as far as the store's gates, saying "This is as far as we can go" before tossing Watanuki out to a waiting Dōmeki. In the anime, Watanuki also shows signs of slight affection to the two; in episode 18, when Dōmeki read a letter to Watanuki written by Mokona and Maru/Moro, Watanuki was somewhat pleased to see that they thought of him.

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Haruka Dōmeki (百目鬼 遥, Dōmeki Haruka)
Dōmeki's grandfather and the Shinto priest of the shrine where Dōmeki now lives. He died sometime ago but he is always mentioned in Dōmeki's stories. The reason for his death hasn't been mentioned yet. Haruka looks strikingly like Dōmeki, but he has a somewhat more cheerful and outgoing personality than his grandson. He seems to have taught Shizuka a lot of stories regarding folklore, mythology and shrine practices. He has also an immense library that now Dōmeki uses and keeps.

As the priest of that shrine, he had the power to exorcise spirits and see them as well, an ability passed on to Dōmeki (although Dōmeki could not see spirits). His style of exorcising spirits, like Dōmeki, was shooting a bow and arrow made of chi. When Yūko saw the wards Haruka had made for the library she indicated that they were of high quality, attesting to his skill and knowledge of the occult.

Volume 9 of the manga marks his first appearance: in a dream provided by the Yumenai's balloons, which were originally Haruka's. He acts like a guide to Watanuki as Yūko does, asking him why he really likes Himawari and pointing out that since he met Himawari, things have gone bad for him, as well as asking why he found Shizuka Dōmeki irritating. When Watanuki fell from the school window, he entered a dream-like state in his near death condition. It was Haruka who crossed into this dream-like state and brought Watanuki back to consciousness.

Watanuki continues to see Haruka in his dreams. In chapter 127 Haruka has been shown to have the power to not only enter Watanuki's dreams, but can also bring him "across" to another person's dream. He acts as a guide to him as well in explaining things or warning him of danger like the time Kohane's mother splashed Watanuki with hot water. His statement that this is because all dreams are "connected" and thus it is possible to travel between dreams, is an idea that has been shown in other CLAMP works, notably in X. Haruka's ability to "cross" dreams and perhaps using them to sense certain knowledge is one that is characteristic of the yumemi from X.




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Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle characters
Since xxxHolic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle's plots are intertwined, the characters sometimes appear in each other's series, acting out the same event only from different perspectives. Watanuki has only met the group once, but said he felt as if he knew Syaoran for a very long time. He is sometimes around when Yūko talks to them through Mokona, but for the most part they do not communicate much. This relationship isn't closely stated or revealed in the anime (this is largely due to their connection with Mokona which has been removed), although in episode 8, Morodashi can be seen using Fay's staff as a carpet beater.

The original "Syaoran" of Tsubasa visits Yūko's shop in volume 9 of the manga. Yūko grants him the wish to go where his other eye is. In chapter 119 of the manga, it is revealed that he also paid a part of the price of saving Watanuki's life. Yūko was wearing the same clothes she wore when the Tsubasa cast visited her first.

Sakura appears in the Watanuki's dreams after being stabbed by Fai and transported into the "world" of dreams. Note: Sakura is wearing the clothes she was wearing in the first pages of Tsubasa hinting that the scene was a vision of the future. When Watanuki falls in bouts of dream modes he gets to meet Sakura in that state and often talk.
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Thanks and there!!! The characters revolving the XxxHolic manga and anime... There are so many wonderful STUFF inside Yuko's store specially the WAREHOUSE - when you see Watanuki cleaning the store - magical and rare objects can be seen. Like Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth's 3rd evolve Sword... ^^ hmmm the star stuff and magic wand of Sakura from CCS... Hmm the vase where in the manga from Kazahaya and Rikuo, characters from Legal Drug... well there are lots and lots.

CLAMP sure are the best in creating the MULTIVERSE... ^^

Thanks to wikipedia.org... hehehe
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I LOVE the holic,, so much specialy Larg so kawaii....
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and wikipedia's updating the info from time to time....

CLAMP rulesz~~~
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yamikari wrote:

and wikipedia's updating the info from time to time....

CLAMP rulesz~~~


yep yep!!! there great!!!
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