One night, a man named Shuuichirou Kudou comes across a tiny angel trapped on a tree branch. He frees her, and in return she offers to grant him a wish. However, Shuuichirou is a successful doctor, with a home and everything he needed; he declined the angel's offer. The persistant angel, named Kohaku, refused to give up, stating that "some wishes cannot be fufilled by oneself." After settling in at Shuuichirou's home, Kohaku reveals her mission to track down the Angel Master of Wind, Hisui, who has abandoned heaven. That is, if her devil rival and his two catty servants would let her leave long enough to do so...
CLAMP seems to have two sides to them: the dark, bloody, kill-everything-you-see side, and the disgustingly cute, fluffy, this'll-give-you-diabetes side. This would be the latter.
STORY - As it's only four volumes long, Wish has a rather simple story. As a reward for saving her, Kohaku, an angel, will stay with Shuichiro until he knows what wish he wants granted. What follows is a kind-of slice-of-life adventure that explores the depths of these characters and the relationship between them and others. As well, there are a number of subplots involving God, the Devil, and the conflict between Heaven and Hell, but ultimately, it's about Kohaku's dedication
and growing love for her savior. And it's cute, damnit. Wish really manages to tug on your heartstrings because the characters really make the story seem like it's a lot more complicated than it actually is. The side stories are all relevant enough too, contributing in one way or another to characters' backgrounds and, consequently, their personalities.
It's all wrapped up in an enjoyable little package, and if you're looking for a touching little love story, then you've definitely found it.
CHARACTER - Given the simple story, the strength of this series lies in its characters. I'm usually not a fan of 100% "good" characters with seemingly no moral flaws, and at first glance, Kohaku would fall into that category. Maybe she won my favor by not falling in love at first sight, as would usually be the case with these kinds of stories. Maybe it's because, gradually, as she realizes her feelings, she does become a little selfish. You come to realize that she isn't as flat a character as she might appear. The amount of time it takes for her to realize her feelings makes them more real; her naiveté and innocence make her selfishness more realistic, and in the end, she graduates as a wonderfully developed character. This is great then, because despite the fluffiness of her love, she still has interal struggles to wrestle with, and that slightly darker side of things really enhances the entire story.
The rest of the cast... not quite so impressive, but they do have enough personality and quirk to them to make them interesting. Shuichiro is not a very exciting character, possibly because we see less of his point of view, but it's intriguing to see his feelings manifest overtime in contrast with Kohaku's. Koryu, for a long time, seems to serve no real purpose other than comic relief, but now and again, in his conversations with the Devil's son and at his final indignance on Kohaku's behalf, he reveals that there's at least a bit more to him than tormenting people. This doesn't make him deep necessarily, but at least he isn't completely generic.
ART - Artwise, Wish is very typically CLAMP. Men have very triangular heads adorned on shoulders that are far too wide and stand on legs that are probably twice as long as they should be. Canonically, though they still use male and female pronouns, they declare that angels and demons are actually genderless -- this allows them to give them all similarly feminine proportions (except the Devil's son) and to mess with your minds more with gender ambiguity. Fun stuff. Despite their usual anatomical atrocities and disregard for genders, CLAMP always seems to be able to pull off a very aesthetically pleasing style that's fun to look at. I like it, anyway.
OTHER - I read the official TOKYOPOP English version of Wish, and while I have no scanlations to compare it to, I must say I'm rather pleased with how they handled it. The translations read fluidly and nothing seemed particularly awkward or out of place. Best of all, I love how they handled the tiny little side comments by the birds, and other random creatures. They are wonderfully hilarious and I feel as if the mood and reaction they draw from the reader is exactly what the original intended. It seems like it's in those little, almost irrelevant things that words have the most power, and I'm really happy with the job TOKYOPOP has done to adapt things to an American audience.
OVERALL - I'm not a big fan of shoujo in general, least of all the romance, but this series is just too cute. The characters are fun and play their parts well, but most of all, the portrayal of Kohaku's feelings and struggles was very believable and touching, and that probably made all the difference.
This is one of the best manga that CLAMP has made. Sure, it may not be as popular as "xxxHOLIC" or "Card Captor Sakura", but it holds a special place in my heart.
For one, the artwork is done by Tsubaki Nekoi (formerly Mick Nekoi) and she does such an amazing job with the characters and backgrounds. Everytime I read Wish my breath is taken away by the art that leaps from the pages.
The story is delightful too. It's very charming and witty to say the least, just what you would expect from CLAMP.
The cast of characters helped me to enjoy the story, they're colorful and
not too dull.
I'm rather sad that it is only 4 volumes long, because I really enjoyed this manga.
If you like love stories or are a CLAMP fan, then you MUST pick up Wish. :D
Normally I watch Clamp's series and this is a total change from the usual things that I have read. I believe this Manga SHOULD have an anime to follow the amazing story. There is everything and more, romance, innocence, devine creatures, some sex here and there (though never explicit) and of course the innevitable. As fans of romance you want the two main characters to be together, but the truth is everyone HAS to die someday. Shuchiro wasnt the exception. Even when you cry the young doctor's death, you see that they have the option of reencarnation, something I personally love. the end can be
somewhat summarise into one single phrase, "No matter how many roads there may be, we shall always meet again"
I've actually read all 4 volumes with a tearjerking moment everytime. I love it, no worries, but I have to be not bias here... This series is quite good. The art is how CLAMP should've stayed with. It's good, and it actually shows how cold-looking the characters, are but in the end, try to reveal their sweet side.
Kohaku's relationship with Shuichiro (I hope I got it right) is a perfect blend. Sure she's not perfect, but that's what we love about her.
Favorite characters? None. I love them all.
What is missing? Well, nothing really. Though I do wish for an anime version of this