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Haruka Doumeki
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Series: xxxHolic
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Birthday: March 30
Background/Alliance Information
Relations: Shizuka Doumeki (Grandson)
Sayaka Doumeki (Great-grandson)
Residence Tokyo, Japan
Current Status: Deceased
Powers High-level Pure Saint power
Great Archery skill
Traveling in other dreams
Appearances
Physical Traits: {{{physic description}}}
First Appearance(Manga): xxxHOLiC Vol. 9
First Appearance(Anime) Season 2 Episode 4
Voice Actors
Japanese: Kazuya Nakai
English N/A

Haruka Doumeki (百目鬼 遥, Doumeki Haruka) is the deceased grandfather of Shizuka Doumeki and a former Shinto priest who lived in the temple where Doumeki now lives and taught him many of his practices. He died some time ago, but is mentioned in Doumeki's stories. The cause of his death has not been stated. He taught his grandson various stories about folklore, mythology and religious practices. He also kept a great library that is now under Doumeki's care.

As a priest of his temple, he had the gift of seeing and exorcising evil spirits, an ability which has passed down to Doumeki (though he cannot see them). Just like Doumeki, his way of exorcising spirits was by using a bow and an energy arrow. When Yuuko entered Haruka's library and saw the amulets he made, she commented that they were high-quality, confirming her knowledge and skill in the occult.

Haruka crosses into dreams and often appears in Watanuki's dreams, taking on the appearance of a teenager. He looks exactly like Doumeki with a more cheerful and outgoing personality than his grandson, and he is always smoking. He acts as a guide to Watanuki by giving advice, telling him about Doumeki and helping him work out problems.

Appearance

Haruka looks exactly like Shizuka Doumeki with black hair and black eyes.

He wears a Kimono when visiting Kimihiro Watanuki in dreams.

Personality

Like Shizuka Doumeki, Haruka has a calm personalty and teaches valuable lessons to Kimihiro Watanuki. Though, unlike his grandson, Haruka appears more cheerful. 

Biography

Volume 9 of the manga marks his first appearance: in a dream provided by the Dream Collector's balloons, which were originally Haruka's. He acts as a guide to Watanuki, asking him why he really likes Himawari and pointing out that since he met Himawari, things have gone bad for him, as well as asking why he finds Doumeki irritating. When Watanuki falls from the school window, he enters a dream-like state in his near death condition. It is Haruka who crosses into this dream-like state and brings Watanuki back to consciousness.

Watanuki continues to see Haruka in his dreams. In chapter 127 Haruka has been shown to have the power to not only enter Watanuki's dreams, but to also "cross" into another person's dream. He acts as a guide to him as well in explaining things or warning him of danger like the time Kohane's mother splashed Watanuki with hot water. His statement that this is because all dreams are "connected" and thus it is possible to travel between dreams, is an idea that has been shown in other CLAMP works, notably in X. Haruka's ability to "cross" dreams and gain knowledge from them is a theme characteristic of the yumemi from X.

Relationships

Yūko Ichihara

Yuuko and Haruka are good friends although we only see them meet once during the series. Before Yuuko dies, she meets Haruka in a dream. When Yuuko sees him, she says, "This is the first time we have met this way" (referring to meeting in dreams). This shows that the two have met each other in the past and they continue to talk as friends. Following Yuuko's death, in a dream, Haruka tells Watanuki that when Yuuko and he talked, Yuuko asked him to take care of Watanuki. This shows that Yuuko trusted Haruka with Watanuki's care even if it only was in dreams.

Kimihiro Watanuki

Haruka and Watanuki are good friends who often meet each other in dreams. Watanuki first meets Haruka when he trades in one of his dreams for three dreams from the dream collector. After their first meeting, Watanuki keeps having dreams about Haruka and and they remain good friends. Usually, if Watanuki has a problem (and hasn't already asked Yuuko about it or if he wants a second opinion), he will ask Haruka. Since Haruka can also see ghosts, he can relate to Watanuki and give him sound help and advice.

In the middle of the series, Watanuki falls out of a second story window and when he losest conciousness, he sees himself in a dark space. He then sees his parents with their hands reaching out to him, but before he can go to them, Haruka pushes Watanuki away, telling him that if he follows his parents, they will lead him to the world of the dead. Haruka then stays with Watanuki until he regains consciousness.

In xxxHolic RO, Haruka still visits Watanuki, offering helpful advice and accompanying Watanuki when he is lonely. This shows that even ten years after Yuuko's death, Haruka still sees Watanuki regularly.

Shizuka Doumeki

Haruka and Shizuka's relationship is not expressed in great detail since Haruka has already died by the beginning of the series and since Shizuka does not talk about him very much. When Watanuki first starts dreaming about Haruka, he tells Shizuka who agrees saying that when he was small, Haruka often gave him useful advice, too. It is also known that when Shizuka was small, his grandfather dressed him up in a kimono to make Shizuka "manly" and stronger. Shizuka is not embarrassed by this and just takes it in stride.

Quotes

  • "Once you notice something, you can never return to the time when you did not notice it."
  • "Once a boy saw a dream. Twirling, twirling, flying, flying. So happy in his freedom. The boy believed himself to be a butterfly. But when he opened his eyes, he was no butterfly, only a mere human. Then he thought to himself: did I just dream I was a butterfly or is this a dream as well? Maybe I am but a dream that is deamed by the butterfly."
  • "I met that person once. In a dream She told me to take care of you. If you really believe that you will meet, you cannot do anything to make her cry."

Gallery

Main article: Haruka Doumeki/Gallery

Etymology

  • The name Haruka means "distant, remote" (遥).
  • Haruka's surname Domeki means "hundred" (百) (do), "eye, ogle" (目) (me) and "demon, ogre" (鬼) (ki).

Trivia

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Major Character: Yūko Ichihara · Kimihiro Watanuki · Shizuka Doumeki · Himawari Kunogi · Mokona Modoki · Kohane Tsuyuri · Tsubasa Li · Syaoran Li · Princess Tsubasa · Sakura Li · Fai D. Flowright · Kurogane
Minor Character: Maru and Moro · Ame Warashi · Tanpopo · Zashiki Warashi · Haruka Doumeki · Kudakitsune
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