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xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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Born in 1981, the prolific NISIOISIN has already revolutionized the Japanese literary world with his fast-paced, pop culture-fueled novels. He debuted with The Kubikiri Cycle in 2002, beginning his seminal Zaregoto series, and Bakemonogatari was published under Kodansha’s popular Kodansha Box imprint. In 2007 came the magnificent conclusion to his twelve-month consecutive serial novel Katanagatari–for which NISIOISIN wrote one novel a month for an entire year–also for Kodansha Box. In addition to xxxHOLiC, NISIOISIN has tackled another major manga franchise with Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s blockbuster series.
CLAMP is a prolific collective of four female artists–Igarashi Satsuki, Mokona, Nekoi Tsubaki, and Ohkawa Nanase–who have become the most popular manga creators in the United States. From their U.S. debut X to their hugely popular series Chobits, Tsubasa, and xxxHOLiC, CLAMP has been creating unique and immersive worlds for several years.
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I purchased this novel with some trepidation; mainly due to the rocky reviews. I most likely would have scored this item as a 4-star, but can't help but want to tip the star-rating scale a bit and give it a 5-star. I root for underdogs. I found the stories to be a great addition to the xxxHOLiC universe, NisiOisin to be a compelling story-teller, and Andrew Cunningham to be an able-minded translator. Shocked this was even released as a hardcover.
The adapted lite novelization includes four images by CLAMP, a mini fold-out colour poster in front, and three B&W images located at the beginning of each story. The last image was of particular interest since it portrays Watanuki holding his (speculated) replaced eye, and surrounded by Yûko's signature butterflies. I also found the dust jacket to be a nice addition to CLAMP's artwork.
I do have some similar, parallel desires as some of the other reviewers. Whilst reading, I did wish more of the characters of xxxHolic were present; but if you're not a novice to the canon and characters, just the mention of their names will still bring a smile to your face. There's always something intimate and special about any one-on-one interactions between the protagonist Watanuki and Yûko. I really enjoyed the toggle between 1st and 3rd person narration; this is no conundrum if one has read any of the Haruhi Suzumiya lite novels; I love getting into the protagonist's noggin.
I had no issues with translations. I don't believe I own any manga, lite novel, et cetera that doesn't have some sort of Japanese culture, pop-culture, or subculture type explanation located somewhere in the book, usually at the 'back'/front. I found it easier to glance down at explanatory notes that enhance and enrich the story than flipping to an index. Even anime has pop-up print come up on screen to explain certain situations or rough-er translations. If you've read an annotated book (highly recommended), like The Hobbit, it's a lot of stop-'n'-go reading, but worth it.
As mentioned; the first two novels have a very screenplay feel and layout; it's no surprise one was adapted into an anime. The overall let-down most readers feel is the lack of supernatural in all of the stories; even the last story, which is the most supernatural-esque, is more human in nature. It's like taking the X out of X-files. The last novel being paragraph-ed. I found this story to be quite intriquing; almost a test for Watanuki, and the idea of what would've happened -- or what his initial thoughts were, had his wish been finally granted.
I find this book still a great edition to my xxxHOLiC collection, and a pleasant read. I can't see how the book could be considered a 'bad' translation when the last story involved such descriptive words as; luridly, lolling, wafted, trivialities, berating -- these words don't happen with poor translating. The last novel also included my favourite passage: (about the description of the human eye) "All of this is in a junior high school science textbook, but it always helps to look over what we learned as children in the new light maturity brings".
The first two stories were well-written, giving an interesting view on the different ways people act and think and are. The third story was quite a let down. Not very well written and very boring. Only interesting part about it was that it subtily mentions the manga/anime, Azumanga Daioh. All in all, an okay read.
This book is comprised of three stand-alone short stories - the first is about a girl who can't help but break any taboo that she comes across (if the pedestrian light is red, she'll cross the street, if a sign says 'do not enter,' she enters anyway); the second story is about a girl who seems to be receiving text messages from her dead best friend; and the third story was about an obnoxiously rude man who can see demons but also has the power to 'unsee' them if he wishes. All stories feature high school student Watanuki Kimihiro and the dimension witch, Ichihara Yûko, and are tied together through the idea of wish granting.
While I liked the stories well enough, I do have to say that the writing was a bit flat. This may be because it was translated into English from the original Japanese novel, but it felt a bit unattached, as though I were watching an anime with no sound and having to rely only on subtitles. This bothered me quite a bit, but as the stories themselves were pretty interesting, I was able to keep reading - they each had a unique spin on some oddities of human behavior, which I found entertaining.
I now think that I'd like to check out the original xxxHOLiC manga to get a better grasp of the story-line - the idea of a boy working as an indentured servant to a wish-granting 'dimension witch' in exchange for losing the ability to see and attract demons is rather intriguing. But for now, this particular story collection gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.