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We have a beautiful new color page to celebrate the serialization’s 50th chapter (why didn’t this happen 2 chapters ago, then? lol). It’s been quite a long time since the last color illustration. It’s Yuuko and… Haruka?
I’m not sure if that’s Haruka or Doumeki. That is Haruka for sure, you can see the cigarette in his hand, plus, it was requested in CLAMP’s radio show that they draw a color illustration with Haruka for the 50th chapter celebration. In that color illustration we also learn that the 4th volume will be released in the Japanese Fall. It looks like Neko Musume found some very interesting info for Watanuki. She lets him know that the curse (?) that fell upon, or rather, the thing that’s trapping Zashiki Warashi is something known as “Shuka” and among all the other people that seem to be interested in getting hold of that power, there was none other than the Witch of Dimensions, our Yuuko-san. For what reasons? I don’t know, but Watanuki seems surprised with that information. If she had wanted it, she never got it because her time moved and she died, but supposing she did get it, I wonder what she would have done with it and if things would have gone any differently…? Will Watanuki try to get it now? Does he think that getting it, whatever it is, can help him in his fruitless attempts of bringing Yuuko back? The first 3 volumes of XXXHOLiC Rei were focused in getting the itens for Syaoran’s team. Now that that’s over, what will be the main theme of XXXHOLiC Rei? Are we going back to Watanuki trying to meet Yuuko again? Even though we know that he still hasn’t managed to do that even after a 100 years? Ohkawa said in CLAMP’s radio show that many people thought that the “Rei” (return) in the title was due to Yuuko re-appearing, but she added that that is not the real reason. What is the real reason behind that title, then?
15 pages for this chapter — 177 pages for volume 4. I’m not sure if the color page will be included in the tankoubon… probably not. Next chapter will be published in Young Magazine #40, that is 8 weeks from now, which sounds like September 5,
but that’s only an estimate. CLAMP-NET.COM confirms next chapter will be out on September 5. The text at the end of the chapter promises a “new development” for the next chapter, which probably means a new arc.
This means that XXXHOLiC Rei is not ending. The whole “climax” thing was only for the amber stone and the crimson pearl arcs, which seem to have been concluded — although I would say they were put aside for a while, we haven’t seen the last of them yet, I think.
I don’t understand all the long breaks, though. Before, we could justify that with Tsubasa, but now that Nirai Kanai hen is over, there is no reason for such long breaks in XXXHOLiC Rei anymore — unless Tsubasa is getting a new arc soon.
Update: After reading the english translations, I realize that it’s a little different than my first assumptions. So there is another Witch of Dimensions out there, trying to get hold of a “shuka”? In present tense, which means she is still alive. Is that another Witch of Dimensions? I thought there could be only one? (Yuuko). Does that mean there is another Yuuko living in a different dimension? Unless it’s a new character…?