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xxxHolic: Box Set

2009 TV Series (episodes 1-24). Director: Tsutomo Mizushima. 600 minutes. DVD, bilingual, $69.98. Distributor: Funimation.

Watanuki isn’t your average teenage boy. Spirits have been haunting him since birth; it’s been one disruption after another. But today these meddlesome visions might have actually done some good. They’ve dragged him to the doorstep of Yuko, a mystical witch whose decadence dangerously overshadows the depths of her insight. She’ll quell Watanuki’s visions, if he works in her shop of dreams and wishes.

Yuko offers a very distinct service. But there’s always a price to pay.

Admittedly, I’m not always eager to buy what Clamp is selling. But if you’re not already a diehard fan, xxxHolic will grow on you like a melodious, teenage-angst filled song canvassing an episode of Dawson’s Creek or One Tree Hill. You’ll be covertly humming the chorus for days to come.

Whether Watanuki is sent to help a rain spirit, investigate the wings growing on a classmate’s back, or just attending Yuko as she helps “cure” a case of internet addiction, these supernatural vignettes are a bewitching blend of comedy and drama. After all, it’s not easy for a boy to grow up when his boss is a scantily clad, sake-loving vixen!

Charming, alluring, and definitely fun, let xxxHolic put a spell on you. You won’t be disappointed.