Joe and Jenny Recommend!

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At ReCon 2012, Central Library.

Jenny and Joe work at the Central Library and they LOVE manga and anime! They are going to share their favourite books and films on the Swindon Libraries blog, so watch this space for more great reviews in coming months!

First up is xxxHolic.

Watanuki is a high school student who has been able to see spirits most of his life. One day after trying to outrun these spirits he stumbles upon a shop he has never seen before, after touching the fence of this shop the spirits all of a sudden disappear. Watanuki’s curiosity is aroused and he ventures inside the shop. Inside he meets the witch and owner, Yuko who tells him that her shop deals in granting wishes. She makes a deal with Watanuki that she will get rid of the spirits in exchange for him working in the shop. The series then covers Watanuki’s tasks that Yuko asks him to perform for the shop, from cooking for her to hunting spirits.

XXXholicWe both really like this series. The artwork, storyline, humour and characterisation are all top notch. Clamp, who published the series have been known for other series such as Chobits, Gate 7 and also Tsubasa, which is a crossover series with XXXholic.

We recommend this series if you like series such as: Ghost Hunt, The Ring, and Tarot Café. To find out which libraries have these series, check out the library catalogue 

We give this series five ghosts out of five!

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