Dari: ok, now, I know I have anime series I should be blogging but am several weeks behind on, but when I see xxxHOLIC more then 10 chapters behind I can’t ignore it, and the reason I joined HSA in the 1st point was to blog on manga, so sorry Ric, and sorry Minnie for doing this instead of the ones I should be doing, I’ll stop if I receive death threats from either of those two.
Chapters 183-192: Chapters in a sentence style…
Dari: Chapter 183 saw the shop being restored, and Mokona telling Doumeki that he has to choose the time when he uses the egg he was given.
Dari: Chapter 184 is talking about the egg, and the choices that must be made, and Watanuki holding onto the robes that Yuuko used to wear.
Dari: Chapter 185 has Watanuki announcing that he’ll take over the shop, Doumeki thinking about the egg, and Watanuki starting to smoke.
Dari: Chapter 186 is chapter 1 all over again, no joke. it has the the same words on the 1st page, except in chapter 1 it was Yuuko saying them,
and now it’s Watanuki saying them, and Doumeki bringing offerings of food, and Watanuki has only just woken up at 5pm, and is smoking… and Doumeki is studying folklore at Uni.
Dari: Chapter 187 is Doumeki wanting to drink sake, and more importantly, Kohane visiting (and bringing beef shigureni). She is in middle school now, and should almost be in high school, as Doumeki is in his last year of Uni, and Obaa-san sent a message saying that a customer would come tomorrow, and Kohane is worried about Watanuki getting hurt, who says that he will grant any wish that he can grant, as he waits for Yuuko.
Dari: Chapter 188 is Watanuki waking up before 5pm, Mokana bragging about his txting skills, and the start of the shamisen arc, and the customer is a blind woman with a shamisen.
Dari: Chapter 189 is talk about cats and music, and Doumeki talking about cats having sex.
Dari: Chapter 190 is a cat dream, Mokona giving massages, Watanuki throwing Mokona, a plectrum with a butterfly on it, and everything being inevitable.
Dari: Chapter 191 is learning the shamisen has been played with the butterfly plectrum once before, and that the person who played it can not meet the shamisen owner again (and sounds alot like it might be Yuuko), and the shamisen being played again, and the plectrum crumbling into many pieces, and Watanuki liking animals.
Dari: Chapter 192 is the end of the Shamisen Arc, and is payment, and Watanuki is righteous, according to Mokona, and Watanuki getting used to getting the payment right, and thinking about Shaoran, and Watanuki not being alone.
Chapter 193: Return of the Ever 17 Grandpa
Dari: At last, we once again see the ever 17 (or younger) grandpa ghost. This of course means we have a dream world chapter. Watanuki is on the balcony, looking sad, when Haruka turns up.
Dari: They start off talking about Shizuka (Doumeki) and what he’s been doing lately, before the conversation turns to the work that Watanuki is now doing and how he’s finally getting the feel for it, and isn’t getting injured as often as he used to. Watanuki then thanks Haruka for everything that he’s taught him, but Hazuka says that it was nothing, as those abilities were already resting inside him.
Dari: He then goes on to say that Yuuko didn’t grant Watanuki’s wish of not being able to see spirits, and instead seems to have unsealed the power within Watanuki, power that she appears to have sealed when he was created by the time-loop. There is a discussion of how power can bring disaster, before Haruka tells of when Yuuko appeared in one of his dreams telling him to look after Watanuki.
Dari: Haruka tells Watanuki to take care of him self, and not to do anything that would make the witch cry before departing, leaving a sad Watanuki, longing for Yuuko. The feeling that Watanuki has towards Yuuko seem to be more and more like those of Clow Reed’s, and the talk of power not bringing happiness is also similar to Clow Reed.
Dari: All in all, there is not much to say about this chapter, as it is still early after the disappearance of Yuuko and the start of a new arc as the Shamisen arc finished with the previous chapter. So far though we haven’t seen any of the more notable spirits since Yuuko disappeared. Hopefully they will appear in one of the upcoming chapters.
Dari’s liking of this chapter: 7/10
Dari’s anticipation for the next chapter: 10/10