Kyou Kara Maou
Oh, I have a love/hate relationship with this series. I love the series because there are quite a few wonderful characters and the interactions are perfect, everything from slightly perverted Gunter, to Gwendel with a moe-fetish, there is Yuuri who is sorta adorable, and yes even Wolfraam who I do like (it's because he's tsundere). The main problem I had when I was in the fandom was that I liked Yuuri and Wolfram, just not together. That wasn't a problem for me obviously, it was a problem for 90 percent of the fandom however.
Now anyone who has been in the Kyou Kara Fandom will realize that as a collective whole, the fandom was batshit crazy and insane. That's where my meat of disenchantment comes from. It was because the main community were rabid Yuuri/Wolfram shippers and they insisted that their pairing was 'canon'. No, they didn't keep it to the offshoot pairing community, no they made the main community "Yuuri/Wolfram"-central. I like pairings just like anyone else, but the fans ran a sort of regime that dictated that if you didn't like 'their' pairings, then you would be run out, ridiculed, preached to about the holy gospel of 'yuuram' which stated that that pairing was the holy grail of the KKM fandom.
No thank you. After having one of my favorite characters being called a 'rapist', I washed my hands of that fandom and let them spew their own vomit around. I went into my own little corner and became completely disillusioned with the series which is a shame because I really did like the characters.
ON TO HAPPIER SUBJECTS. I do like the characters. My favorite character is certainly at tie between Gwendal and Conrad. Couldn't choose them, but Gwendal won my heart when I saw him knitting plushies, or that subtle twitch when he saw something overbearingly cute and you just knew that he was going to explode into moe-hearts if he didn't keep a cheek on his emotions. Conrad (the rapist :wry:) was also an excellent character and was perhaps the most bruised of all the characters because no one liked him? Why? Because he was rival to Wolfram. Honestly, if the fangirls didn't consider him a serious threat, I'm sure that they would not of even paid him any mind, but he was because of the fact that he's very close to Yuuri that just set them all off. He's kind, he's gentle and yes he has a dark side, but his characterization is one that he would never hurt Yuuri and I remember he had been incredibly guilty that first time that he had switched sides, and their reunion broke my heart just a little bit. It was so amazing, so sweet and just g'uh.
I like Wolfram, but I like him with Shouri, because Yuuri's brother would most likely tap that. Anyways moving on. It's a great series and worth a watch but it's not a fandom that I would ever go back to. I don't think I ever could get into it quite like I had so long ago.
I like CLAMP, I like CLAMP alot. However like most series, if it's really long, I usually lose interest. Granted I still like the series but I've not read it all the way through, just like I have never read completely through Tsubasa. It's not because it's bad though, never that. Short attention span at work. The fandom for the most part was sane. I mean yes there was the Himawari/Watanuki & Donuts Camp (Donuts is the fan-name for Doumeki/Watanuki.. because Doumeki makes Watanuki 'nuts' so to speak) and while there were a few squabbles, they were never major. I mean to be a hardcore Clamp fan, you have to realize that yes sometimes Clamp does really like a little shounen-ai in their series. And most people in the fandom lived and live.
My real kicking pairings are Donuts yes, but also Clow/Yuuko. Yes, I realize a crossover between two series, but one that's completely canon. shuufish has read it all and she tells me what happen (thank goodness) and she said that Tsubasa/xxxHolic made my OTP for the series a reality, and I was like "YES!".
Sometimes things just happen and then you realize you're just a winner in life, if only for a moment.
I don't have a whole lot to write about xxxHolic though, except that I do like the art. The style is very ornate and beautiful. A darker tone that's reminiscent of RG Veda, but Clamp at that point had been overdue for something a bit more twisted as they had come out of their candypop CCS/WISH/ANGELIC LAYER phase.