Given all the rules and forbidden passions launched in Wish, it’s difficult to imagine a happy or satisfactory ending being possible! And yet, CLAMP manages to resolve this melodrama of Heaven and Hell with a satisfying, if open, finish. Kohaku, desperately lonely, flees from Heaven to return to her beloved Shuichiro. Everyone in the house realizes Kohaku has broken more of God’s rules to return without permission. Kokuyou once again attempts to reveal his prediction about Shuichiro’s fate, and though his declaration is once again cut short. Kokuyou also begins to realize that someone must be behind these constant interruptions, and he suspects it’s God himself. When the remaining archangels arrive to judge Kohaku and Hisui and dispense God’s judgement, everyone is reminded that while they may have been thinking they were outsmarting God, God is not as busy as anticipated, nor as heartless as they feared. This series is a sweet one to pick up for any teen readers, and at four volumes, it really is more of a bargain than some of CLAMP’s better known works.

Wish Volume 4
ISBN: 9781591820802
Tokyopop, 2002

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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