WATCH OUT FOR WITCHES
Kimihiro Watanuki thought he had signed up with a bunch of weirdoes, and he was right! He became the unfortunate indentured servant of a woman known as Yûko Ichihara, who was widely rumored to be the time-space witch. Now his voyage through the worlds of the occult are off and running, as he and Yûko go visiting fortune tellers and horoscope readers. But can the future really be told?
Meanwhile, the romance is heating up between Kimihiro and cute Himawari-chan. Then fate throws Kimihiro’s old rival back into his life. Now Yûko invites all three to a temple to tell scary stories throughout the night. Is it just for fun or is there some deeper reason?
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Kimihiro Watanuki is flabbergasted at the sudden appearance of two children from another dimension, but for his boss, the witch Yuuko Ichihara, it is just another day at the shop. Watanuki is working in exchange for the day that Yuuko can lift the ability he deems a curse: He can see spirits. In his role as all-around servant for the lanky and lazy Yuuko, he will carry around a creature that looks like a plush toy and meet fortunetellers both fraudulent and bona-fide. Yuuko also takes an interest in his burgeoning relationship with cute schoolmate Himawari, culminating in a ghost story ritual in the company of Watanuki's rival for her affections. Although the variety of manga produced by the four-woman team that is CLAMP makes it impossible to describe any of their works as "typical," this one contains many hallmarks of their work. The black-and-white artwork is dominated by lanky figures and flowing patterns, with panel designs bouncing between busy and minimal. Although much of the book is beautiful, it is occasionally annoyingly crowded. Yuuko is cryptic and laconic, seemingly morally ambiguous but really just shrouded in mystery. Watanuki is the almost generically kind but hapless schoolboy type who needs help to find his strengths. The book is a pleasant melange of quirks with appeal for fans of romance, the supernatural, or the strange. It is a contemporary of and crosses over with the CLAMP series Tsubasa. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S A/YA G (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults; Graphic Novel Format). 2004, Del Rey, 208p., Trade pb.Ages 12 to Adult.