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Wish (Manga)

Wish is a shoujo manga series created by CLAMP.

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Manga (Books)

NamePublisherISBN
English Wish Volume 1Tokyopop (http://www.tokyopop.com)ISBN 1591820340
English Wish Volume 2Tokyopop (http://www.tokyopop.com)ISBN 159182060X
English Wish Volume 3Tokyopop (http://www.tokyopop.com)ISBN 1591820618
English Wish Volume 4Tokyopop (http://www.tokyopop.com)ISBN 1591820804

Story

The story centres around the lives of Kohaku, an angel, and Shuichiro Kudo, a mortal doctor. One day while walking home from work, Shuichiro notices Kohaku stuck on a tree and being attacked by a crow. He gets rid of the crow and pulls Kohaku free of the tree.

In return, Kohaku offers to grant Shuichiro a wish. However, Shuichiro is pretty happy with things as they are (he has a decent home, money, looks and job), so he doesn't want anything. However, Kohaku is honour-bound to grant the wish, so she stays with him.

The story then charts on how their relationship develops with the help or hindrance of other angelic/demonic/mortal characters subsequently met.

The story runs for four volumes, and by the end Shuichiro wishes for Kohaku to be with him. However, he dies shortly after making this wish (the cause is unknown) so Kohaku goes into a deep sleep for 100 years to wait for his reincarnation, and she and the new Shuichiro live happily ever after.

Characters

The main characters are as follows:

Kohaku

Kohaku is a trainee angel. Being only a trainee, she can only maintain a full-size form during daylight - at night she shrinks and is only about a foot tall.

She is also quite accident prone, both because she got trapped in the tree Shuichiro saved her from and because she usually gets her subsequent attempts to repay Shuichiro wrong in some way.

As stated above, Shuichiro's kindness in saving her requires that she grant him a wish, but he isn't interested, so she must stay with him until he makes a wish.

Later on in the story God requires that Kohaku come back to heaven despite her continuing debt to Shuichiro, as Kohaku has the job of singing to the tree of life which new angels come from, so that the new angels hatch.

However, so strong is her affection for him by then that she goes back to Earth without God's permission. For this, he appears to punish her by stripping away her powers for 100 years.

This is not a punishment, however, as Shuichiro dies shortly afterwards, and her loss of powers means she can sleep for the 100 years it will take for Shuichiro to be reborn.

At the end of these 100 years she reawakens and live happily ever after with the new Shuichiro.

Shuichiro Kudo I

The first Shuichiro Kudo is the one who rescues Kohaku from the tree where she is trapped. For this he is granted a wish, but isn't interested as he has everything he wants.

This Shuichiro is a doctor/surgeon and is generally kind and trusting, but isn't one to seek other people's company - something that is remedied throughout the course of the story by the two angels, two demons and two assistants who all move into his house.

However, when Kohaku is called back to Heaven he realises how much he is in love with her, and when she comes back he makes his wish - for her to be with him.

Shortly afterward, however, he dies unexpectedly (cause unknown).

Shuichiro Kudo II

The other Shuichiro Kudo is born 100 years after the last one was, and has the same soul as the previous one.

This Shuichiro is a student at the time he appears in the story, and comes across the house where his previous self lived. Kohaku then appears, offers to grant him a wish in place of the one she couldn't fulfil for his past self, and asks to be with him

Despite having no memory of his old self and hence no memory of Kohaku, he quickly gets back into the swing of things and asks to be with Kohaku. And so they live happily ever after.

Hisui

Hisui is an angel master - one of the four angels who each control one of the four elements - earth, air, fire and water. Hisui is the water angel master.

Hisui is the reason Kohaku came to Earth the first time, as she eloped with the demon Kokuyo and Kohaku asked for permission to look for her.

She eventually reveals herself to Kohaku, and also reveals that she is in love with Kokuyo and intends to stay on earth.

Shuichiro offers to let Hisui and Kokuyo stay in his house, and this is where they stay for the next 100 years after offering to look after the sleeping Kohaku.

Koryu

Koryu is the demon equivalent of Kohaku - he can only maintain a full-size form at night, and at daytime is only about a foot tall.

Koryu's attitude toward Kohaku is a bit of a mystery, as he/she (it is not clear which) in turns helps and hinders Kohaku.

Kokuyo

Kokuyo is one of the sons of Satan, and falls in love with Hisui.

As stated in Hisui's entry, he and Hisui start living at Shuichiro's house, and watch over Kohaku when she sleeps.

Kokuyo is also aware of the first Shuichiro's impending death, but God keeps stopping him from telling anyone else so as to make sure things go as they should.



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