Kimihiro Watanuki
四月一日 君尋
Kimihiro Watanuki as seen in XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OVA
Series xxxHolic
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Age 15-17
Birthday April 1
Relations Tsubasa Li (alternate existence)
Sakura Li (mother)
Syaoran Li (father)
Clow Reed (relative, deceased)
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Powers See spirits
Attract malevolent spritis
Increased life span
High-level magic
Sensing (Magic and ghosts)
Travel dimensions
Summoning creatures
Feel people's emotions
Gender Male
Hair Black
Eyes Blue, Gold
First Appearance
xxxHolic chapter 1
First Appearance
xxxHolic Episode 1
Last Appearance
xxxHolic Shunmuki
Seiyuu Jun Fukuyama
English Todd Haberkorn

Kimihiro Watanuki (四月一日 君尋 Watanuki Kimihiro) is a fictional character in the Clamp manga, and anime, xxxHolic. He is voiced by Jun Fukuyama and in English is voiced by Todd Haberkorn. He is almost always referred to by his last name as is customary in Japan.


Watanuki is known for a having both a volatile and caring nature to him. Depending upon the person he talks to, his emotions tend to be overly exaggerated. With Himawari he throws himself into the air accompanied by hearts and a "Himawari-chaaaaan!!" squeal. With Domeki, he almost always expresses irritation with various facial expressions, screaming, and arm motions that reminds Himawari of an angry cat. With the exception of these two and Yūko, Watanuki tends to address everyone around him with formality and kindness.

One of Watanuki's greater problems, especially early on in the manga, is his lack of self-worth. He found absolutely no value in himself and would often use himself to aid another, even if his life were at stake. An example of this is when he willingly gives up his right eye to the Spider's Grudge to save Domeki's, without considering how much his decision might hurt Domeki. He's forced to face up to this problem when trying to save the Zashiki-Warashi from the Joro-Gumo, when the spider matron harshly chastises him for his lack of consideration for both his own self and those who cared about him. Faced with the facts of how much he's hurt those around him, Watanuki begins to see some value in himself. He will still often use himself to save others, but now he is mindful of just how much his actions hurt other people.

Relationships and connections

  • Yūko Ichihara - Watanuki's employer at his part time job in exchange for a wish he had. Their relationship is more that of a master-slave at the start, and later mentor-student or even mother-child, than anything romantic, though there are hints of feelings of that nature on Watanuki's end. She likes to tease him often, going as far as flirting with him or acting seductive, which irritates Watanuki more often than not. Yūko teaches him through experience (often humiliating if not near life and death situations) how he can grow and mature and seek his purpose. In chapter 144 she appears surprised by his offer to grant her wish, and the two embrace after she assures him of his humanity. Watanuki is greatly affected by her disappearance, declaring Yuko an important person to him. As such, Watanuki has taken over the shop while he waits for her to return.
  • Shizuka Dômeki - A classmate, who Watanuki sees as his rival mostly for Himawari's affections. He is Watanuki's polar opposite in terms of personality; while Watanuki is reactive and easily annoyed, Dômeki is generally calm and to the point with everything he does. Around Dômeki, Watanuki is safer when encountering any malicious spirits since Dômeki is a spirit repellent. Despite Watanuki's rants as to how annoying it is to be with Dômeki, Watanuki seems to willingly stay in his company and will make food for Dômeki, himself, and Himawari when he says he will not. He often accompanies Watanuki in his assignments, ask him to make lunch for him, gets him to do chores and saves him most of the time in trouble, much to Watanuki's annoyance. However, it was already foretold that Watanuki will meet someone like Dômeki and their relationships are said to run deeper. After Watanuki takes over the shop, Dômeki runs errands for Watanuki in exchange for constant food and drinks. Watanuki has given Dômeki a special ring to allow him to have a spiritual bow he can access at a moment's notice to exorcise evil spirits.
  • Himawari Kunogi - Watanuki's crush. She is always friendly towards him and appreciates his kindness. However, she avoided any further relationship with him because of her bad luck. Himawari went to the same school as Watanuki and Dômeki. After Watanuki took over the shop, their relationship changed some as now, Watanuki's presence, even in the dream world, can cause her great harm. She still comes by the shop every year on his birthday and they communicate over the phone regularly. It is revealed in chapter 209 that she is married to an unnammed man who knows about Watanuki and accepts the friendship the two have.
  • Zashiki-warashi - A Vestal Sprite of pure and innocent spirit. Naive and shy, she is easily moved to tears and has fallen in love or is infatuated with Watanuki. She gave him a Valentine's Day chocolate, but took it from Dômeki's body (later returning it to Watanuki). She risked her life trying to get Watanuki's eye back from the Spider Queen, but the Queen's evil spirit was poisonous to her. Watanuki saved her life in turn. In Chapter 121, Zashiki Warashi appears again with the Ame Warashi to check in on Watanuki after a tragic accident from volume 10, chapters 118-119. Watanuki remarks that her voice had "changed", or had become "firmer than before." In chapter 208, she is shown still wearing the hair clip gift Watanuki had given her as she gathered the flowers Watanuki required to make a special sake.
  • Kohane Tsuyuri - The 11 year old prodigy in Spirit exorcism. She is introduced in Volume 9. No one has called her by her first name as long as she could remember. Watanuki being the first to call her " Kohane-chan" and be the one to give her first true act of kindness and in return she becomes the first person to call Watanuki by his first name, Kimihiro, since the death of his parents. She and Watanuki somewhat share a bond and Yūko has commented that their powers are the same; though she doesn't attract spirits, unlike Watanuki. She can also sense that Watanuki is not like normal human beings and that he could understand spirits like she does. Watanuki is very concerned about her well-being, even going so far as to make her a pair of gloves. He was most worried after seing an injured Kohane after the TV show incident where she was labeled as a fraud. Also he senses the indifference she has with her mother. By chapter 209, she is a young woman whom Watanuki notes has grown very beautiful when she comes by the shop and tries on a kimono. It's implied that Kohane is in love with Watanuki, though Watanuki doesn't come to this realization until Domeki points it out.
  • Syaoran - Watanuki's 'other', original self. Watanuki was created to take Syaoran's place as the son of Sakura and Syaoran Li when Syaoran rewound time to save Sakura. It is indicated that the futures of both Watanuki and the Syaorans of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles are closely intertwined. He met the clone on Volume 1 of TRC as well as xxxHolic, and in chapter 119 of xxxHolic, Watanuki was able to see a short glimpse of the real Syaoran. Also, Sakura, after meeting Watanuki in a dream, states that Watanuki is very much like Syaoran. In chapter 140, the real Syaoran asks him "not to disappear" when Watanuki blacks out. In chapter 168 of TRC, Syaoran tells Watanuki that "You and I are closer than anyone else." Then in Chapter 181 of Tsubasa, Watanuki already paid a price so Syaoran and co. could find both Sakuras. He did this so he could pay back Syaoran and to let go of his haunting past. Again in chapter 181 of Tsubasa, Yuuko says to Syaoran [when she reveals that a price has been already paid for a wish he wants], "From the person who is closer to Syaoran than anyone else."
  • Sakura - She and Watanuki share the same birthday (April First). He keeps Sakura's soul company in the dream world she escaped to following her separation from the TRC group, but their relationship and his role in the story is still not defined.
  • Watanuki's parents - Sakura and Syaoran Li - They reportedly died when he was very young. In volume 12 of the manga after a talk with Sakura in his dreams he realizes that he cannot remember his parents' names. It has been revealed in Chapter 181 of Tsubasa, that he helped Syaoran and co. by giving up his memories of his past, as a future payment after Syaoran had paid a price to help Watanuki when he fell out a window. That's why he doesn't remember his parents' names at all. In XXXHolic Kei they were made a partial appearance in Watanuki's dream state after his fall from the school building. However unlike in the manga where they were able to speak to Watanuki, the anime showed their hand pulling Watanuki up and patting his head before disappearing. They are actually alive, but have moved to another world, waiting for both Watanuki and Syaoran to return to them. They are later revealed to be the reincarnated clones.
  • Clow Reed - Because of the nature of Watanuki being an alternate version of Syaoran, Watanuki shares Syaoran's relatives, including Clow Reed. While Clow has been dead for an untold amount of time and Watanuki has never met him, it is worth noting that Watanuki bears an uncanny resemblance to Clow Reed, something that has been pointed out by several characters. This is curious given that neither his parents nor his "other self" share the same characteristics. The parallels between the two grow further as time wears on and Watanuki starts actively using magic. Watanuki comes to use the same magic circle as Clow Reed, and later starts wearing a pair of glasses identical to Clow's after his old pair breaks.



Kimihiro Watanuki

Watanuki is a high school student whose life has been a rather difficult one — not only have both his parents died, forcing him to live alone, but he is plagued daily by spirits that only he can see (both the ability to see them and the cause of their attacks are evidently heritable traits—apparently Watanuki's blood smells very delicious to spirits).

On one run-of-the mill day, while Watanuki is being attacked by a monster, he falls over and his hand touches a fence. Oddly, the monster is instantly repelled. Beyond the fence is a very strange house, and before he knows it, Watanuki has stumbled past the two fence posts and into the courtyard of the house. Two little girls appear at the front door and take him by the hand, welcoming him into the house as a guest. Watanuki argues that he only stumbled in by accident, but a strange voice replies that it was inevitable he stumble in—it was "hitsuzen". This voice belongs to the powerful sorceress Yūko Ichihara, and the home he has stumbled into is actually a store that grants wishes.

Yūko asks what Watanuki wishes for, and although he never asks for anything directly Yūko sort of telepathically knows that Watanuki wants to stop seeing and being abused by his "spiritual friends". Yūko agrees to fulfill his wish, but only for an equitable payment—he must work at her store as payment, and when his "diligence" has balanced out his wish, she will grant it. This marks the beginning of Watanuki's very involved part-time job, a fated meeting with a certain quartet from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and so many "chance" happenings which occur not out of coincidence, but "hitsuzen".

At the shop

Life for Watanuki changes significantly once he starts working as Yūko's assistant (rather, her very indignant indentured servant) who not only cooks (wonderfully), cleans (diligently), and complains (constantly), but finds himself performing very odd jobs and learning more about the occult.

After the death of Yūko, Watanuki is left in charge of the shop. After his parents cease to exist, that choice becomes his price to continue existing (as, by this time, his status as an anomaly in space-time is made greater, as is Syaoran's). Watanuki continues to grant wishes in the shop, although often taking too little or too much as prices.

Four years after this, Watanuki and Syaoran meet again (although to Syaoran it has been nearly two years[1]. Watanuki grants Syaoran his wish to return to Clow Country, accepting a signature as the price.

Ten years after Yūko's disappearance, Watanuki grants a wish to a black-haired girl with her right eye covered with bandages. Being unable to leave the shop, Watanuki tasked Doumeki and Kohane with filming her request. After fulfilling the request, the girl ordered Doumeki to give the tape to Watanuki and nobody else. Watanuki plays the tape, and the girl remarks, "I'm back, Watanuki-kun." After rewinding the tape several times, Watanuki responds with, "Welcome back, Yūko-san."[2]


Volume 12 - 13 of the manga deals with the mystery surrounding Watanuki. Volume 12 already hinted that he is falling more asleep and dwelling in the dream world. In chapters 143 and 144 Watanuki admits to being bothered by the fact that he could not remember details of his life including his parents' names, his school year, and anything about people he meets outside of the shop besides Dômeki and Himawari. Nor is he ever seen eating or remember eating. It is revealed in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle that Watanuki gave his memories to Yūko as the price to protect and help the travelers as well as to help locate both Sakuras. It is revealed by Yūko in chapter 157 of XxxHolic, that both Watanuki's and the clone Sakura's memories are sealed in black Mokona's left ear ring (Watanuki's memories of his parents, Sakura's memories of Syaoran). Not only is his memory of his past erased, but so is his memory of the exchange. After expressing doubts about his humanity, Yūko then assures him that he is in fact human, "like that boy [Syaoran]", and shares a strong bond with him. This bond is revealed when Syaoran explains to Fai and Kurogane that Watanuki was his replacement as the price for saving Sakura - Watanuki is actually Syaoran, in other words.

Watanuki's background

In chapter 2 of Volume 3, there is a hint that Watanuki has a higher purpose to the xxxHolic universe than to simply do Yūko's handiwork and have his wishyt granted. In the final panel, Yūko cryptically remarks, "Watanuki is a good kid, didn't we both think that? Clow..." This strongly suggests that Watanuki's arrival at the store was expected and possibly prepared for, just as Clow Reed and Yūko prepared the Mokona's for the Tsubasa group's arrival and Sakura's staff (the Sakura of Cardcaptor Sakura) well in advance. Yūko also mentions that her store was created specifically for a future event. At this point, the audience can only speculate as to what said event is. It is also worth mentioning that Watanuki, Syaoran and Sakura share the same birth date: April 1. It can also be noted that Watanuki's given name, Kimihiro, means "Prophet", Yūko's fortune teller friend comments this is a good name for him. Watanuki also displays some precognitive abilities, notably the morning before he lost his eye he has a dream where half his field of vision is blocked out.

In later chapters of the manga Yûko allows Watanuki to experience things on his own to contribute to his growth and maturity. This was explained in Volume 8 of the manga, where the change of his character was shown when he saved the Zashiki Warashi from the Spider Queen. This was noticed by other supernatural beings as well.

Watanuki loses sight in his right eye after it was eaten by the Spider Queen/Ruler of Spiders in Volume 8, and Watanuki now shares half of his right's eye vision with Dômeki. Chapter 121's colored first page reveals that his eyes are now heterochromatic with one blue eye and one golden eye - gold being the colour of Doumeki's eyes.

In chapter 152 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Watanuki is revealed to be in a dream world with Sakura's soul. Yūko states that he "will become a chance that will change the future again." When Kurogane asked who that person is, Yūko only said, "That's an unrelated story...for now", hinting that Watanuki may one day encounter the TRC group.

Another area of concern that Watanuki has now been lately falling into dream like state regardless any time of the day or circumstances, such as when Kohane's mother splashes hot water on him after he temporarily blacked out.

Watanuki Tsubasa

Kimihiro Watanuki as seen in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles

In Chapter 181 of Tsubasa, Yūko reveals that Watanuki has sold his memories to Yūko. She says, "...Also he paid me the same price in the past as the princess who traveled with you [memories]. And he has forgotten about his own past, the names of his parents... Even about having handed the price over to me. For the sake of the same wish you have [as Syaoran has]."

It xxxHolic chapter 157 it is revealed that Watanuki's wish to know both Sakura's locations in exchange for his own memories was granted before his "first" time entering the shop, meaning that Watanuki had already met Yūko before the story began, but his memory of that event was erased. The feather removed from Kohane apparently contains Sakura's memory of Syaoran. The black Mokona's earring contains Watanuki's memory of making the wish to save two futures.

In chapter 158 the old woman fortune teller hinted that Domeki was the destined person she foresaw before that he would be friends with. She also stated that Watanuki has matured but as well as Yūko changing in herself, the images later shows a postcard sent from Yūko.

Watanuki returns to the dream world to speak with Haruka.

A young Watanuki appears in a flashback in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, and when Sakura sees him and "Syaoran" in a vision of the seventh day.[3]

In chapter 165 of xxxHolic, it is hinted that Watanuki is a distant relative of Clow Reed. In Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 201, it is stated that Watanuki should not exist, and that he will 'replace' Syaoran (thus hinting that Watanuki is, in an altered timeline, the son of Syaoran Li and Sakura Li). xxxHolic chapter 167 takes this further by saying that the reason that Watanuki looks different is because Sakura and Syaoran had wished it. Yūko continues by saying that Sakura and Syaoran had died to save both Watanuki and Syaoran. Yūko also states that 'Kimihiro Watanuki' is not Watanuki's true name, rather that it was fabricated so that Fei Wong Reed would be unable to use Watanuki for his own ends. In Tsubasa Chronicle 202, Yūko remarks that Watanuki looks like Clow Reed did when he was a child. Fei Wong says that his existence will bring misery to his parents. Yūko cover's Watanuki's ears and tells him not to listen. As Fei Wong takes Syaoran, he yells "Don't disappear" to Watanuki just as his eyes open for the first time.

In chapter 168, Yūko continues explaining that Watanuki feels that because of Syaoran he too must be alone. This aspect is what draws the spirits to him. She also goes on to explain that when Syaoran battled his clone in Tokyo, Watanuki subconsciously sensed it, meaning that when he fell out of the window, it as not solely down to Himawari's bad luck. Yukko explains that Watanuki does not remember this because it too was taken with his other memories as the price to locate both Sakuras. Yūko goes on to say that Watanuki has changed his attitude, and as a result the frequency of his seeing spirits has decreased (thus contradicting an earlier volume in which Yūko said that changing his attitude would not stop him from seeing spirits).

In chapter 170, the fortune teller phones Yūko, saying that she was mistaken when she said that "your parents have passed safely over to the other side". Yūko agrees, saying that Syaoran and Sakua are in another world, waiting for Watanuki and Syaoran to return to them.[4] This was first implied when Yūko remarked "your name contains the promise your parents made to you, to look for you, that they would absolutely go to meet you."[5]

Watanuki briefly appears in Clow Country, witnessing his parents.[6][7] He realizes he knows them, but not who they are, saying that seeing them hurt. He then searches for Yūko. Unable to find her, Watanuki aids a client (who was afraid to taste her own cooking). After visiting her, Watanuki finds the client unable to remember Yūko, and leaves in a panic. He and Doumeki bump into the twins seen in an earlier volume, and they do not remember Yūko either (despite the fact Yūko had granted one of the sister's wishes). Watanuki rushes back to the shop, only to step into a black void.[8]

Watanuki meets Yūko, who explains to him that she should have died a long time ago, but due to someone's power (Clow Reed; not mentioned here, but known from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles) her time was halted until the choice was made (refers to the choice made by Syaoran in Tsubasa by pulling Sakura free). Now her time has began to move forward once again; she is dying.

From Tsubasa, we know that she was transported to Clow Country, where she released Watanuki's parents. Watanuki, is of course, puzzled at her mentioning of saving the 2 futures, since he is unaware of the actual situation. He also reveals, from the depth of his heart, how much he cherishes Yūko and the experiences they had together (it is never actually stated how deep his feelings go. The context of their relationship, to this point, is still ambiguous).

Yūko reveals to Watanuki that her shop and job was for a purpose, and now that its purpose has been fulfilled, it is gone. We learn from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles that it was a price to pay for Clone Sakura's reincarnation. In addition, Yūko finally grants his wish of not being able to see and attract spirits. Although Watanuki pleads with her not to disappear, Yūko gently tells him otherwise, stating that he is precious to her. Finally, upon Watanuki's pleading, Yūko reveals that her wish is for him to continue existing. Watanuki makes a promise to himself and to her- that he will continue living and that if he wishes hard enough, he would want to meet her again. And for that, he will stay till she returns

In chapter 183, Watanuki awakens in the shop, with Doumeki by his side. Maru and Moro materialise and we learn that Yūko had used her remaining power to preserve the shop's existence. Outside, Doumeki and Mokona chat, revealing a few things. Firstly, Doumeki also saw Yūko disappearing through his shared eye with Watanuki. Also, Watanuki's choice to stay behind to wait for Yūko has resulted in yet another choice for him to make, one which makes the egg necessary. The reader also learns that only Kohane, the fortune teller, Himawari, and Doumeki remembers Yūko, and that these are the people that she felt would be needed to stay by Watanuki's side after her passing. Mokona finally reveals that because of their shared vision, the decision when to use the egg depends on Doumeki.

Watanuki heads for the storeroom and upon seeing Yūko's robes, holds it and remembers her. Meanwhile, it appears that Mokona has informed Doumeki about the purpose of the egg, and that it can only be used once. Suddenly, Doumeki sees a vision of the two Syaorans, and a hand passing to someone else's hand a pair of glasses. He quickly rushes to Watanuki and sees him with his glasses in his hand, while still holding onto Yūko's robes. We also learn that Watanuki, Syaoran and the others have made their choice, and that they will surely find their own happiness in the end.

Watanuki's choice is then revealed- he will stay at the shop, and succeed Yūko, granting wishes for a suitable price. However, in order to do this task, he has to regain the power to see spirits (which Yūko took away when she granted his wish). So as the price to regain this power, he cannot leave the shop at all. This is all for the sake of saving the shop until Yūko returns. It is also revealed that because of this, Watanuki will not age, although as he adds, he too will die someday. After this conversation with Doumeki, it is shown that Doumeki cannot use the egg on Watanuki (we still do not know the purpose of the egg).

In chapter 186, we learn that 4 years have passed, and Doumeki is now studying folklore in university, something which Watanuki never ceases to be surprised at. Watanuki appears to have changed- he is seemingly calmer and more matured than before. In this chapter, he is seen lying lazily on Yūko's chair, smoking away, just like how Yūko was in the past. But he still cooks- Doumeki buys the ingredients (and his selection meets Watanuki's standards) and goes over (presumably daily, since only he leaves the shop) after studies.

The scene is dinner time, with Maru and Moro announcing the arrival of Kohane-chan (she has grown up since the last time). She has brought with her food that the old seer had prepared. Unfortunately, she can only stay for tea as the seer is waiting for her. As Watanuki goes to get the tea (along with sake and snacks for Mokona and Doumeki), Kohane follows him, wanting to help. At the kitchen, he notices a letter from the old seer, which informs him of the arrival of a customer the next day. Kohane-chan is visibly worried, but Watanuki assures her that he has changed since, and that he understands her concern. Even with Watanuki's best attempts at reassuring her, Kohane-chan is still worried about him getting hurt emotionally or physically. Later that night, we learn that Watanuki is powerless, and that even though he will not age, he can get hurt, as what Kohane-chan was concerned about. Despite that, he makes up his mind to meet every customer, and if possible, grant their wishes- Because he has decided to stay until Yūko returns.

At the end of the manga series, 100 years have passed since Watanuki took ownership of the shop. Doumeki's grandson, who looks exactly like his grandfather Shizuka and his great, great grandfather Haruka, is now keeping Watanuki company. Watanuki is now a powerful mage in his own right but finds a dream that takes all of his power to unlock. It is a dream of Yūko which reveals that Watanuki no longer has to be bound to the shop though he intends to stay just the same.

xxxHolic Rei

Watanuki xxholic

Watanuki in xxxHolic

Watanuki once again appears in xxxHolic Rei, where he is once again working for Yūko. It's stated that Watanuki must make a choice early in the series, and later on that he has already chosen. Watanuki has occasional dizzy spells.

Watanuki witnesses Yūko dealing with two customers who have identical dolls, however, when they each come to the shop, one of those dolls is damaged, and one of the customers returns to the shop in an increasing state of injury matching the damage to one of the other customer's dolls, revealing that the dolls are tied to each person.

Watanuki and Doumeki are tasked by Yūko with investigating an event taking place in a room in Watanuki's apartment block[9]. The two wait, watching a TV show recommended by Himawari, but as it ends, Watanuki hears a voice[10]. Watanuki starts hearing this voice outside the apartment room, with each occurrence it says a little more. Watanuki answers the voice each time. Yūko remarks that a 'knot must be untied'. Again, Watanuki hears the voice while at school, although this time it says it has a wish[11]. The voice is a spirit that appears to be a mass of arms that chases Watanuki back to Yūko's shop, where she vanquishes it[12]. The spirit told Watanuki to "come back", although he doesn't know what this meant[13].

During the summer, Yosuzume, a spirit described by Watanuki to be 'a yokai who sings like a sparrow and follows people along forest trails', appears at the shop with a wish[14]. Watanuki and Doumeki go into the forest to rescue Yamainu, a spirit that protects the mountains[15]. Watanuki and Doumeki offer Yamainu a lunch box as an offering[16]. After freeing Yamainu, Watanuki and Doumeki return to the shop. Yūko explains that the past cannot be returned to[17], which causes Watanuki to have another brief dizzy spell. Yūko later gives Watanuki and Doumeki the choice between two items that Yosuzume and Yamainu have given them: Yosuzume's gift will guide a person once to a place they want to go, while Yamainu's gift will guide a person once to a place they want to return to[18]. Yūko tells them that they must each pick one, and she notes that Watanuki had chosen[19].

Later, while working at the shrine, Watanuki and Doumeki come across an old lady trying to get rid of three one-hundred yen coins. Watanuki learns that people are trading three one-hundred yen coins as a lucky charm[20], but warns Himawari from doing it when she is texted about it later on. Watanuki later meets the old lady again, who explains that she was forced to trade by an injured woman who told her to continue the chain[21]. Watanuki realizes that the coin trade is a curse, and that once somebody becomes involved, they can't become 'uninvolved'[22]. When Doumeki asks why Watanuki knows so much, Watanuki places a hand on his forehead and in an unsure manner states that it's because he had seen so many strange things while working for Yūko. Doumeki asks Watanuki what he did after those things 'happened', to which Watanuki replies, "I chose". Watanuki's phone rings, though when he answers it, the person on the other end hangs up. Yūko later explains the coin curse to Watanuki, and he realizes that he was able to say the exact same thing as Yūko. He tells her that his phone rang, and that earlier, when he was trying to choose from the gifts Yosuzume and Yamainu left them, the phone rang then but the connection cut out[23]. Watanuki questions whether he is doing something wrong, to which Yūko responds that he is not doing anything wrong, but neither is he doing anything right. She explains that all choices have a process and continuation. Watanuki falls unconscious, and Yūko tells him that he should already know 'what will return and what won't'.

Watanuki later wakes up alone in the shop, and the phone rings again. He finds it outside, with its line extending beyond the shop. When he picks the phone up, he hears a voice but it breaks up while talking to him[24]. The voice states that they were worried as they could not get through since somebody was not there in the shop with him, and that when they tried to call, the connection would cut out right away. Watanuki falls unconscious again as the caller calls out his name ("Kimihiro", suggesting that it is somebody of great importance to him on the other end). When he wakes up, Yūko tells him that the time has not yet come, and that may he moved forward like he chose to, 'missing just one thing'. Doumeki states that the thing Watanuki is missing is the most important thing to him, and it's something he can't let go of. She tells Doumeki he must use the egg when the time is right, even if that is not what Watanuki wishes, and that if two wishes are the opposite, the stronger wish will be granted, if the wisher is human.

Later, Watanuki and Himawari are having lunch together, and Himawari tells Watanuki that she will support him no matter what choice he makes, and that she was truly happy to have met him[25]. Later on, a woman finds the shop. She tells Yūko that she gave a stranger who looked hungry and sad her lunch and in return the stranger handed her three hundred yen[26]. However, unlike before, where the coins were cursed, the coins the woman was given are lucky, although when she asks the woman who it was who gave those coins to her, she realizes she can't remember[27]. Yūko says that she could name the being, but that 'what's more important is that every action is watched'. She remarks that Watanuki has seen such a 'being' in his lifetime (the words cause him to clutch his forehead). The woman offers Watanuki the coins as they scare her, and Watanuki accepts them as the 'equal price' for the woman being able to enter the shop.

When Watanuki has another turn, Yūko asks him what is wrong. Watanuki explains that whenever his head hurts and he feels unsteady, he can see a bird fly past. Yūko asks him what a bird is to him, though Watanuki is unable to answer before Maru and Moro return to tell him the hot sake is ready[28]. Yūko remarks to Doumeki that Watanuki has chosen and is choosing now, and she remarks that he will choose on his own.

When Doukemi and Watanuki are walking home, they come across a shrine. The elderly shrine maiden welcomes the pair in and tells them that a sakura tree in her garden waits for somebody then blooms[29], and that she blooms when somebody needs her. Watanuki goes to the sakura tree and tells it that he doesn't know why he's come, and asks if the tree knows why he has met 'her'. A flower descends from the tree, though it is not a cherry blossom flower. Watanuki remarks that the flower has joined with the tree[30]. The flower falls into Watanuki's hands and he wonders what the flower is. The elderly lady explains that it is a 'hyon' (strange or unexplained) event. Watanuki remarks that the flower bloomed to save someone, because it bloomed from a cherry blossom. He remarks that the tree has the same name as the girl loved by the Gods. Doumeki asks who that girl was. Watanuki then receives a phone call from the same person that called him before. He tells this person that he wants them to keep waiting, and that the current world is different, and that something is missing. The voice on the other end tells Watanuki that they understand, but pleads for Watanuki not to be reckless[31]. Watanuki realizes that there is one person who refers to him by his first name only. He then asks if he can keep the plant. The elderly woman allows this but states that if he doesn't put it in something it will die, so she brings him an empty cage. Watanuki recognizes the cage: he had previously delivered it to an antique shop after participating in a shiritori game. The woman confirms that her family had had the birdcage for some time, and that she used to run an antique shop. Watanuki is hesitant to take the cage, but the woman tells him that it was his to begin with[32]. When he returns to the shop with Doumeki, he confronts Yūko, and she tells him that "there is no such thing as coincidence, only hitsuzen".[33]. Watanuki remembers that phrase and realizes that it was when he had first met Yūko (she was wearing the same kimono, smoking the same pipe and lying in the same position). Watanuki realizes that he had 'forgot' and that this is not the same world as before: it is not the time that Yūko had existed, nor had Yūko returned. Yūko explains that it had not been her who had granted the wishes of the customers in the shop. Yūko says that after the first customer, the two women with the identical charms, Watanuki must have found the head of one of the charms whilst cleaning the storage room, and Watanuki had put it in a box, feeling that it would be bad to throw it away. Yūko explains that she listened to the wish of the next customer and nothing more, and that she had sent Watanuki and Doumeki up the mountain to meet with Yamainu. Watanuki remembers that Doumeki told him that he had a choice to make, but he did not make the choice at the time as the phone rang. He also recalls that during the 300-yen incident, there were things that Watanuki shouldn't have known. Watanuki also took the lucky yen off the next customer and kept it in the storage room[34]. He asks about the situation regarding the empty apartment and the voice that he kept answering, and Watanuki realizes that they were his customers that were not able to enter the shop[35]. Watanuki realizes that the shop is not his, nor does it belong to anybody, or rather the dimension that the shop is in "does not exist" as he must grant "his" wish. "He" had contacted Watanuki as he was having trouble on his journey and in order to solve the problem he needed certain items that did not exist in Watanuki's shop, so Watanuki planned to travel to a world where the items did exist by travelling through dreams (though he had never done it himself, he had helped others do it). In the dream, he met Haruka Dōmeki, who told him that it would be best to go through a dream in the past. Watanuki took precautions to make sure that he would not wake up and return to the real world, which involved 'covering up' part of his memories and choosing a time which he felt comfortable, namely when he was a high school student. Originally, he planned for 'one person' to come, but when Doumeki and Himawari realized, they followed him so he wouldn't lose himself in the world, and to contact "him" should Watanuki start to lose himself. He remembers that he left Mokona Modoki behind as it could communicate with the outside world, making it easier for Watanuki to realize the imbalance. He tells Yūko that the time he spent here was his happiest, because she was by his side. Watanuki realizes that he has gathered the necessary things. Watanuki remembers that "he" said that when one passes to a different dimension, they may see people who seem exactly like people they know, because they share the same soul. However, Watanuki realizes that had Yūko actually existed in another world, Clow Reed would have found her, and as such, he comes to the conclusion that this Yūko is his creation[36]. Watanuki realizes that he must choose a future. He states that he has not returned to a time when Yūko was here, nor has Yūko returned, but to Watanuki, she was still there in front of him. Yūko tells him that only he can decide to return or stay, and that whatever he decides must be from his heart. Watanuki realizes that this would be something Yūko would say, and that there is no denying that she is Yūko. Watanuki expresses a wish to remember everything then return to a time when Yūko was here, but that he needed to return to his world. Watanuki asks whether his choice is wrong, and Yūko tells him that neither choice is wrong. Watanuki chooses the item that returns him to his world, and he wakes up, asking after Himawari. Doumeki states that Himawari is not there as he had said she was going to stay away except for April 1. Watanuki asks Maru and Moro to get ready, as Watanuki prepares to grant Syaoran's wish, having brought the necessary items back[37].

Other Appearances

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Watanuki as he appears in Blood-C (left) and Blood-C: The Last Dark (right)

Watanuki has also appeared in episode 17 of Kobato., where he receives Baumkuchen from Ginsei. In the manga Drug and Drop he hires its two protagonists for a job involving the encounter of a supernatural being.

In the anime Blood-C, Watanuki appears as a dog that makes contact with Saya Kisaragi. Initially, the dog does not speak, but in episode 7, he tells Saya that he is the owner of a wish-granting shop and that due to somebody's wish, he has to remain as a dog by her side until the wish is fulfilled. In the movie Blood-C: The Last Dark, which takes place years after the series, Saya visits the shop and she meets Watanuki. He explains that the dog was a proxy that he could speak through. Watanuki explains that both he and Saya have lived for many years. He grants her wish of obtaining a new katana, Saya having destroyed her previous katana, and Watanuki tells her she can make the payment after she returns.


  1. xxxHolic Special
  2. xxxHolic Rou OVA
  3. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle chapter 192, 194
  4. xxxHolic chapter 170
  5. xxxHolic chapter 168
  6. xxxHolic chapter 177
  7. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle chapter 217
  8. xxxHolic chapter 180
  9. xxxHolic Rei chapter 7
  10. xxxHolic Rei chapter 9
  11. xxxHolic Rei chapter 10
  12. xxxHolic Rei chapter 11
  13. xxxHolic Rei chapter 12
  14. xxxHolic Rei chapter 13
  15. xxxHolic Rei chapter 16
  16. xxxHolic Rei chapter 17
  17. xxxHolic Rei 18
  18. xxxHolic Rei chapter 19
  19. xxxHolic Rei chapter 20
  20. xxxHolic Rei chapter 21
  21. xxxHolic Rei chapter 22
  22. xxxHolic Rei chapter 23
  23. xxxHolic Rei chapter 24
  24. xxxHolic Rei chapter 25
  25. xxxHolic Rei chapter 26
  26. xxxHolic Rei chapter 27
  27. xxxHolic Rei chapter 28
  28. xxxHolic Rei chapter 29
  29. xxxHolic Rei chapter 30
  30. xxxHolic Rei chapter 31
  31. xxxHolic Rei chapter 32
  32. xxxHolic Rei chapter 33
  33. xxxHolic Rei chapter 34
  34. xxxHolic Rei chapter 35
  35. xxxHolic Rei chapter 36
  36. xxxHolic Rei chapter 37
  37. xxxHolic Rei chapter 38