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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
 

Toothless

 

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

Gimli

 

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

Turiel

 

Fairies as depicted in Disney’s Peter Pan
 

Tinkbell

 

Genies as depicted in the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie
 

Jeannie

 

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

David

 

Goblins as depicted in the film Strange Magic
 

The Bog King

 

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

Ariel

 

Ogres as depicted in the film Shrek
 

Shrek

 

Trolls as depicted in the film Frozen
 

Rock Trolls

 

Unicorns as depicted in the film The Last Unicorn
 

Unicorn

 

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

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#AtoZChallenge Yuko Ichihara

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A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Yuko Ichihara

Who is Yuko Ichihara?

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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.

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xxxHolic Limited Edition Lithograph

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xxxHolic Pin Set Yuki & Watanuki

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Yuko & Mokano Cell Phone Charm

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CLAMP No Kiseki Limited Edition Set includes a Yuko Chess Piece

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Yuko Patch

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Yuko Messenger Bag

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Yuko Wall Clock

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xxxHolic The Movie Tote Bag

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Yuko & Watanuki Towel

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Yuko Heart Shaped Key Chain

#AtoZChallenge xxxHolic by CLAMP

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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.

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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“.

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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

Yuko

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The witch who grants wishes.

Watanuki

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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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