xxxHOLiC Rei Manga Chapter 10 Review (When a mystery voice calls, what do you do?)

xxxホリック ◆ 戻 chapter 10 Review

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Doumeki and Watanuki are having lunch outside and discussing the voice that Watanuki keeps hearing when Himawari-chan shows up. She apologizes for not being able to have lunch with them since she had official school business to take care of. She tells Doumeki that he’s wanted by their teacher, so the pair of them walk off. As Watanuki cleans up, he again hears the voice, which states that it has a wish. Watanuki turns and answers, then wonders why he felt compelled to do so every time.

After school, Himawari-chan is concerned that Watanuki has to walk alone since she and Doumeki have things to do, especially since he’s still hearing the voice. Watanuki assures her he’ll be fine. Walking home, Watanuki promises himself that he won’t answer the voice and wonders why he does. The voice speaks to him, and despite his promise, Watanuki answers, then asks why he keeps answering the voice. He turns and sees a youkai mass with tons of arms. The mass asks him to come back.

Thoughts/Review:

Well, my theory about there being no other people in this world was way off the mark as CLAMP took the time to draw nondescript people in the halls at school. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a dream world, but it does mean that this world would appear to be fully populated. I wonder if Japanese fans started talking about this lack of other people, so CLAMP decided to add them.

I’m probably reading too much into it, but I did find it interesting that suddenly Doumeki and Himawari-chan had to do things that took them away from Watanuki.

As to the youkai mass, it is hard for me to say how much symbolism there is since this youkai mass has tons of human arms and hands in it.

The fact that it keeps calling to Watanuki and that he always feels compelled to answer makes me wonder if this youkai mass is in fact representative of a connection to the real world, assuming this is a dream world. If he is dreaming and hears the voice of someone he knows calling to him, then it would make sense that he’d feel compelled to answer the voice.

Of course, this being CLAMP, I could be way off base.  I guess I’ll find out in the next chapter.

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2 Responses to “xxxHOLiC Rei Manga Chapter 10 Review (When a mystery voice calls, what do you do?)”

  1. Michael says:

    What if Doumeki Kun or Himawari Chan are high on drugs and seeing things and Watanuki and Magic shop are actually not real! 😀

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