xxxHOLiC #1 - Volume 1

is a manga book published by Del Rey Manga that was released on 04/27/2004

Plot Summary

"Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he’s just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he’s employed in her little shop—a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience!

Most of Yuuko’s customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow...

XXXHolic volume one crosses over with Tsubasa volume one!
Don’t miss it!" - Del Rey, xxxHOLIC Volume 1

Chapter 1
As Kimihiro Watanuki takes a walk, he gets bombarded by an annoying spirit. As he falls down, he touches the wall that surrounds a mysterious looking building. By magic, his feet start entering the complex without his control. He is greeted by three individuals and they ask for his name and birthdate. After giving that information, Yuuko Ichihara introduces herself and the twins, Moro and Maru. Yuuko explains that Watanuki came to her shop due to "hitsuzen" (the inevitable, fate, or destiny). After learning about his abilities to see ghosts, she talks about her shop and how she grants wishes for an equal exchange. She offers to make the spirits not attracted to his blood anymore. As payment, Watanuki must now work in her shop.

Chapter 2
While Watanuki cleans Yuuko's shop, he starts complaining how annoyingly messy the shop is. Yuuko explains that everything is a heap of treasure waiting for potential. A customer enters the shop and she explains that her pinky finger is not working well. Yuuko asks if she has any bad habits but the customer denies these claims. Yuuko offers her a ring and tells her that she should do what feels right.

Chapter 3
Himawari and Watanuki talk about his new job. After leaving school, he heads over to Yuuko's shop saying that good things will happen today. As he enters the shop, Yuuko says that Watanuki's face looks bad and that his physiognomy shows he will experience bad events soon. She further goes on to say that Himawari will not be Watanuki's "goddess of good luck."
The female customer returns stating that her condition is not improving. Yuuko starts questioning her about the customer's age, job, and other personal things. As the customer continues to talk, a black smokescreen envelopes her that Watanuki can see. Yuuko tells her that if she doesn't notice the bad habit soon, then it will be too late. Yuuko explains that the cloud of smoke is caused by the customer's bad habit. She also warns Yuuko to show courage the next time he meets Himawari.
While leaving the shop, Watanuki spots the female customer. He overhears some people telling each other that she is a compulsive liar and that it has become a habit. Watanuki continues to watch over the customer and notices that every time she lies, the smokescreen becomes larger and the ring she recieved from Yuuko gets dirtier.
Himawari notices Watanuki and invites him to a cafe. While walking toward the cafe, he notices that the customer is about to remove the ring off her pinky finger. Watanuki yells at her to not remove it but it is too late. She removes the ring and notices that her whole body does not want to move. She gets hit by an incoming truck and Watanuki hides Himawari in his arms.

Chapter 4
Watanuki returns the ring the customer had to Yuuko. Yuuko explains that bad habits can only be broken by the person themselves. She also says the customer would not have listened to her advice anyway because the customer does not believe in other people's advice. Watanuki asks if Yuuko can see the future and if it is all decided. Yuuko answers him stating that if he believes in one way, then it would probably be true because a world "just is" a world. Yuuko breaks the tension by asking Watanuki to cook for her. She walks to the treasure room and she tells herself thatthe world is "far larger than just one world can hold."

Chapter 5
Watanuka buys Eki-Kyabe for Yuuko's hangover and he notices that the two workers in the store have some sort of invisible cloak attached to each other. After Yuuko feels better, she drags Watanuki through the Aurora Path to go buy something near the Ginza. They go to a sporting goods store and buys a red metal bat. After retrieving the bat, they visit a customer's apartment.

Chapter 6
After being invited inside, Yuuko tells Watanuki that she met this customer named "Hana-Hana-chan" online. Hana states that she wants to quit the Net because it distracts her from chores and family time. Yuuko explains that she needs to quit for herself and not because of outside factors. They leave telling Hana that she just needs to keep her promise to herself. Watanuki asks why go to a playground to waste time and Yuuko states that she is waiting for the result.

Chapter 7
While Hana does chores, she has urges to use the laptop. Eventually, she reasons with herself that it would be rude to tell everyone that she isn't going back on the web and decides to email them. She then tells herself that she needs to tell her forums that she will be leaving and ultimately she goes downloads things she "must need" later. Yuuko comes through the window and tells her that quitting things means you must do it completely. Basically, doing or not doing something is a promise to yourself and outside forces like a husband or children do not matter because they do not hold the burden of that promise to yourself. She further explains that there are risks to Hana's decision but she must choose her own path. Hana states that she wants to quit entirely but she wants Yuuko's help. Yuuko asks for the baby chair as payment. After recieving her payment, Yuuko takes out her metal red bat she bought and labels it "Executioner's Sword." She uses the bat to split the laptop in half without damaging anything else. When Watanuki and Yuuko leave, he asks if Hana would be able to quit. Yuuko says she might if she doesn't buy another computer. She explains that her wish granting services can only go so far because if she did anymore work, the cost would be a part of Hana's soul.

Chapter 8
It is a clear day outside but it starts raining. Yuuko says that this is the perfect time to do "Kyouchou" where one would have a divination called Tsujiura. The first thing the user hears when putting a hand mirror on their heart while walking down a path will be considered an omen. Watanuki tries this divination and he hears "today I'll be there. Prepare and wait." After Yuuko changes her attire and steps back outside, Syaoran and an unconcious Sakura appear from the sky. Syaoran asks Yuuko to save Sakura.

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