xxxholic Roundtable

xxxHOLiC Followup

When I was invited to do a guest post on xxxHOLiC vols. 1-3, I took the assignment literally. Even though I had read the whole series (though not recently), I wrote my review with reference to the first three volumes alone. Since these volumes are episodic and largely self-contained, this struck me as reasonable. But […]

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xxxHOLiC Followup

When I was invited to do a guest post on xxxHOLiC vols. 1-3, I took the assignment literally. Even though I had read the whole series (though not recently), I wrote my review with reference to the first three volumes alone. Since these volumes are episodic and largely self-contained, this struck me as reasonable. But […]

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Breaking News: Manga Critics Not Nice!

During our xxxholic roundtable last week, Suat intimated that manga critics were too nice. M. at coffeeandink, in a post titled: “Summary of some recent comments in a discussion of manga, refutes him thus: GUY #1: Manga critics are much too nice and praise substandard work. Naturally, I feel no need to provide any evidence […]

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xxxholic Roundtable Round Up

I thought I’d end the xxxholic roundtable by highlighting some of the more interesting comments it generated, both here and on other sites. Starting off, Kristy Valenti had a longish and thoughtful defense of the series. I personally enjoy xxxHolic very much. The first few volumes made it as an honorable mention, paired with Petshop […]

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xxxHolic: Just the trilogy, A roundtable comment

I’ve seen a couple of comments here and there about choosing to roundtable just the first three volumes of xxxHolic. Since I’m the person who suggested the roundtable and the three volumes, I thought I’d explain a bit.  (Or at least raise my hand and say, “Blame me!”) We’d been talking about what to do […]

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xxxHOLiC Roundtable: On the Pleasures of Comeuppance Theater

I’ll be honest: I was nervous about being assigned to run the anchor leg of this week’s xxxHOLiC relay. By now, I’d fully expected that the other participants would have exhausted all the clever things I’d wanted to say about the series, whether it was pointing out the artwork’s sensuous, Jugenstil-meets-ukiyo-e vibe or critiquing the […]

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xxxholic Roundtable: xxxPorn

This is the latest post in a roundtable on Clamp’s xxxholic. ______________________ That’s a sequence from the Lee/Ditko Spider-Man Annual #1. I first saw it when I was 8 or so, and it’s stuck with me to this day. Not that I especially loved it or hated it — it’s obviously a fairly bland and […]

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