Wish (manga)


Cover of the first volume of the English-language translation, as released by Tokyopop (2002)
Genre Fantasy
Written by Clamp
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Tokyopop (former)
Viz Media (current)
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Mystery DX
Original run November 1995August 1998
Volumes 4
Anime television film
Released 1997
Runtime 6 minutes

Wish (Japanese: ウィッシュ Hepburn: Wisshu) is a Japanese shōjo manga series created by Clamp. It is published in English by Tokyopop. The American translation was imported to Australia by Madman Entertainment.


While walking home from work one day, a doctor named Shuichiro notices an angel, Kohaku, stuck on a tree while being attacked by a crow. He rescues Kohaku and, in return, Kohaku offers to grant him a wish. However, Shuichiro does not want one. He likes his life, his work is going well, he has no money problems and he believes in fulfilling his own dreams. So Kohaku decides that the best thing to do is stay and help him until he does think of a wish they can grant.

During their stay, the angel Hisui, and two demons, Koryuu and Kokuyo, also begin living in the house, along with the Koryuu's servants Ruri and Hari. Kokuyo is the son of Satan and is in love with Hisui, who is one of the four Angel Masters controlling the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water; with wind being her element. Kokuyo admits that he made love to Hisui and that is how they ended up together. This relationship, however, is forbidden in both Heaven and Hell, so the two sought refuge on Earth. Kohaku originally came to Earth to find Hisui, who had been a mentor and parental figure to them. In spite his new housemates, Shuichiro remains as stoic as ever. Although he persists in not making a wish, without realizing it, he grows attached to Kohaku.

Eventually Kohaku is forced back to heaven against their will by God, because they have the important task of hatching the eggs from the Tree of Life by singing to them. However, Kohaku deeply misses Shuichiro and realizes they had developed feelings for him. Likewise, Shuichiro misses them and continues to hold on to one of their earrings to try to prevent them from staying in heaven. Unable to bear the separation, Kohaku returns without God's permission, and the couple is happily reunited. Their reunion is short-lived as the three remaining Angel Masters come to Earth to punish both Kohaku, and Hisui for being in love with a demon. Hisui is stripped of her Angel Master status and is banished from heaven, to her and Kokuyo's delight. Kohaku, in turn, is stripped of her powers and forced to remain in a small form for the next one-hundred years. They are devastated that they could not grant Shuichiro's wish, but as Shuichiro's wish was for Kohaku to stay with him forever, it was one he could not have fulfilled himself.

Shortly afterward, Shuichiro suddenly dies while on a walk with Kohaku. Kohaku is put into a hundred years sleep, so that Shuichiro will have been reincarnated by the time Kohaku awakens. Kokuyo and Hisui are sentenced to look after their sleeping form. One hundred years later, the reincarnation of Shuichiro, now 17, passes by his old house which awakens Kohaku. He has no memory of them, so their relationship starts anew, but he soon remembers them.


The authors and the translators state both in the text and in the sidebars that there is no gender in either Heaven or Hell but they have adopted the convention of referring to characters with gendered pronouns to make things in the translation easier.



Written and illustrated by Clamp, Wish appeared as a serial in the manga magazine Mystery DX from the November 1995 issue to the August 1998 issue.[1] Kadokawa Shoten compiled the chapters into four bound volumes and published them from June 1, 1996, to August 1, 1998.[2] In 2009, the series was republished with new covers from October 26 to September 26.[2]

Tokyopop licensed the series for an English-language translation in North America and published it from August 27, 2002, to February 11, 2003.[3][4] It was distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.[5] Tokyopop returned the license following the closure of its North America publishing branch in 2011,[6] and Viz Media is republishing Wish digitally, beginning on February 17, 2015.[7] The series has also been translated into other languages such as French by Editions Tonkam,[8] German by Carlsen Comics,[9] Italian by Star Comics,[10] Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica,[11] Portuguese by Editora JBC (Brazil),[12] and Spanish by Grupo Editorial Vid (Mexico)[13] and Norma Editorial (Spain).[14]

Volume list

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 1, 1996[2]ISBN 4-04-852771-1August 27, 2002[3]ISBN 978-1-59182-034-5
  • 01. Fallen Angel
  • 02. An Angel's Day
  • 03. Her First Chore
  • 04. Getting to Know You
  • 05. A Secret
  • 06. A Matter of the Heart
  • Wish CLAMP Newsletter Special Edition: I. The Day Kohaku Arrived
2 January 8, 1997[2]ISBN 4-04-852771-1October 15, 2002[15]ISBN 978-1-59182-060-4
  • 07. The Foreigner
  • 08. An Ancient Tale
  • 09. Beneath the Wisterias
  • 10. The String Around Your Finger
  • 11. The Source of Pain
  • 12. A New Friend
  • Wish CLAMP Underground News: II. The Day Koryu Came to Visit
3 September 1, 1997[2]ISBN 4-04-852859-9December 10, 2002[16]ISBN 978-1-59182-061-1
  • 13. A Trip to the Amusement Park
  • 14. A Task from God
  • 15. Far Away
  • 16. An Angel's Song
  • 17. Your Feelings
  • EXTRA: Koryu
  • EXTRA: Hisui & Kokuyo
  • Wish CLAMP Underground News: III. The Day Hisui Came to Visit
4 August 1, 1998[2]ISBN 4-04-852948-XFebruary 11, 2003[4]ISBN 978-1-59182-080-2
  • 18. To Be With You
  • 19. Time Together
  • 20. Confession
  • 21. God's Punishment
  • 22. A Wish That Cannot Be Fulfilled By Oneself
  • 23. Together Forever
  • EXTRA: And Then...
  • Wish CLAMP Underground News: IV. The Day Shuichiro and Kohaku Came to Visit

Drama CD

Voice cast for the drama CD:


Kohaku has made appearances in CLAMP in Wonderland, the manga and anime of Kobato, and in the manga Legal Drug (now known as Drug and Drop). Ruri and Hari has made appearances in Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland.


Adam Arnold of Animefringe enjoyed the series for its "unique story, snappy dialogue, and fun set of characters that'll keep you enthralled reading to the very end."[17]


  1. Clamp (June 2007). Clamp no Kiseki. 7. Los Angeles, California: Tokyopop. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-59532-611-9.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "CLAMP公式ウェブサイト" (in Japanese). Clamp. Archived from the original on June 9, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2009.
  3. 1 2 "Wish Volume 1". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on April 5, 2003. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Wish Volume 4". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on April 5, 2003. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  5. "Wish (Manga)". Madman Entertainment. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  6. "Tokyopop: Japanese Manga Licenses to Revert to Owners". Anime News Network. May 24, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  7. "Viz Offers Someday's Dreamers, More Clamp Manga from Tokyopop Digitally". Anime News Network. February 6, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  8. "Wish – Manga" (in French). Editions Tonkam. Archived from the original on November 3, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  9. "Wish - Sammelband-Edition, Band 1 (Taschenbuch)" (in German). Carlsen Comics. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  10. "Wish n. 4" (in Italian). Star Comics. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  11. "Wish" (in Polish). Japonica Polonica Fantastica. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  12. "Coleção Wish" (in Portuguese). Editora JBC. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  13. "Wish #1" (in Spanish). Grupo Editorial Vid. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  14. "Novedades" (in Spanish). Norma Editorial. Archived from the original on September 29, 2003. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  15. "Wish Volume 2". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on April 5, 2003. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  16. "Wish Volume 3". Tokyopop. Archived from the original on April 5, 2003. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  17. Arnold, Adam (December 2002). "Features: Clamp's Wish". Animefringe. Vol. 3 no. 12. p. 6. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
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