Foreign Friday: Wish

We’re back at it! This week’s Foreign Friday title is Wish by the ever-popular CLAMP.


The Story

When Shuichiro rescues an angel he is granted a single wish. The problem? Shuichiro can’t think of any wishes that he couldn’t grant himself. Refusing to leave Shuichiro without granting a wish Kohaku, the angel, moves in with the young doctor to help out around the house and wait for a chance to return the favor. Of course, angels aren’t the only supernatural beings wandering the Earth. Soon, demons and archangels alike are stopping by Shuichiro’s house, making things difficult for his angelic roommate.

The Characters

Shuichiro is a hard character to get close to, as his thoughts are rarely expressed, and his face is pretty much deadpan (much like xxxHolic’s Domeki). On the other hand, Kohaku is full of emotion and expressions, making an interesting duo whose full dynamics never seem to be fully explained. Which is typical CLAMP.

What I Thought

In true CLAMP style, the characters are more complex than they first appear. It could be argued that Kohaku is genderless (being an angel), but when in human form looks like a woman. Conversely, all the demons in human form looking like men. If that is the case, there could be a romantic angle between Shuichiro and Kohaku, or it could just be….gay…..or bizarrely platonic. Anything’s possible with CLAMP. Wish is a short series, which may explain why there are some parts of the story that remain vague and unexplained. It finishes out at 4 volumes, all available in English in the U.S. It doesn’t rate in my top favorites, even from CLAMP, but elements from it have leaked into their later works (the heavenly bunny messenger appears in Kobato, and Kohaku makes several appearances in the Kobato anime.)

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