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#AtoZChallenge 2016-Fantasy Characters

Welcome to Day 6 of the A to Z Blog Challenge and a topic related to the letter…


Today’s #AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Fantasy Characters

Fantasy characters, like Alien characters, come in all kinds of shape sizes and colors. Below are some of the different types of Fantasy characters and an example of how they are depicted in TV and Film:
Dragons as depicted in the film How to Tame Your Dragon



Dwarves as depicted in the film Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring



Elves as depicted in the film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug



Fairies as depicted in Disney’s Peter Pan



Genies as depicted in the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie



Gnomes as depicted in the cartoon series The World of David The Gnome



Goblins as depicted in the film Strange Magic

The Bog King


Mermaids as depicted in the film Disney’s The Little Mermaid



Ogres as depicted in the film Shrek



Trolls as depicted in the film Frozen

Rock Trolls


Unicorns as depicted in the film The Last Unicorn



So what are some other fantasy characters that I may not have covered?


#AtoZChallenge Yuko Ichihara


A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Yuko Ichihara

Who is Yuko Ichihara?


Yuko Ichihara is one of the main characters from the manga series xxxHolic. She is also a major supporting character for another manga series called Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle. In both series, Yuko is basically a witch who grants wishes to others, for an appropriate price, using her mysterious gifts.

The following is an excerpt from the character profile for Yuko from the English translated edition of “The Official xxxHolic Guide” that expands on this:

The lady owner of a store that grants the wishes of its customers, for an appropriate price. The name, she admits is an alias. She is also known as the “Dimension Witch” or “Space Time Witch. Her strange gifts have earned her much recognition, both from people involved in the fortune-telling and other spiritual fields, and from inhuman beings.

Much of Yuko’s character and the stories of xxxHolic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle unfold through the reveal her mysterious gifts and what happens after these gifts are used. Therefore, in order to avoid spoilers, I will concentrate this post on some of the merchandise that feature the character of Yuko. These merchandise examples might not show very much of Yuko’s character. However, these do show some of the outfits that Yuko wears and some of the motifs, such as Butterflies, that are associated with her throughout each of xxxHolic or Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle volumes.


xxxHolic Limited Edition Lithograph


xxxHolic Pin Set Yuki & Watanuki


Yuko & Mokano Cell Phone Charm


CLAMP No Kiseki Limited Edition Set includes a Yuko Chess Piece

Yuko Patch

Yuko Messenger Bag


Yuko Wall Clock


xxxHolic The Movie Tote Bag


Yuko & Watanuki Towel


Yuko Heart Shaped Key Chain

#AtoZChallenge xxxHolic by CLAMP


A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: xxxHolic by CLAMP

What is xxxHolic?

×××Holic, pronounced as “holic,” is a manga series created, written and illustrated by a group of female manga artists known as CLAMP.


xxxHolic is about a young man, named Watanuki, who has the ability to see spirits. Unfortunately, these spirits are attracted to Watanuki and many of them are evil and looking do him and those around him harm. One day, as Watanuki is walking home from school, he find a mysterious house that was not there before. Inside this house, is a woman named Yuko, who claims that it was not a ‘coincidence’ that Watanuki came into her “shop”, but it was “hitsuzen“.


Yuko is a witch, who can grant wishes, and no one can see her “shop” unless they have a wish that they want granted. There is a price for each wish that is granted and it must be of equal value to the wish. Watanuki’s wish is to get rid of the spirits that are bothering him and his ability to see them. However, the price to grant this wish is very steep. Therefore, in exchange for this wish, Watanuki must work for Yuko in her shop after school each day. As part of his job, Watanuki runs errands, cooks and helps Yuko fulfill the wishes of others. As Watanuki works for and helps Yuko fulfill the wishes of others, he learns more about himself and those around him.

Main Characters



The witch who grants wishes.



The young man who can see spirits and works in Yuko’s shop helping to grant wishes.

This summary just scratches the surface of this manga series. If you want to learn more about xxxHolic, check out the Publishers Weekly 06/07/2004 Review on xxxHolic Manga Vol 1. This review does a splendid job of giving a glimpse into this world and what to expect! You can also check the other mediums that this story is available as well:

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