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xxxHOLiC Kei – 01

OP Sequence

xxxHOLiC Kei   OP   01 xxxHOLiC Kei   OP   02 xxxHOLiC Kei   OP   03
xxxHOLiC Kei   OP   04 xxxHOLiC Kei   OP   05 xxxHOLiC Kei   OP   06

OP: 「NOBODY KNOWS」 by スガシカオ (Suga Shikao)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1, Mirror 2

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xxxHOLiC Kei   01   04 xxxHOLiC Kei   01   05 xxxHOLiC Kei   01   06
xxxHOLiC Kei   01   07 xxxHOLiC Kei   01   08 xxxHOLiC Kei   01   09
xxxHOLiC Kei   01   10 xxxHOLiC Kei   01   11 xxxHOLiC Kei   01   12
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Summary:

One night, Watanuki has a dream about Himawari, but the odd thing is that he only has half his field of vision. When he wakes up, he realizes that the reason is because Mokona was sleeping on his face. Yuuko dampens his mood by suggesting that the dream could mean that something bad will happen, and she reminds him that Himawari isn’t good luck for him. On the way to school, Watanuki passes by the Doumeki family’s temple, and Doumeki forces him to help clean the yard. It is while they are doing this that Watanuki gets his arm caught on a spider web, and Doumeki helps free him by pulling the web apart. A spider watches them do this, and by lunchtime, Doumeki is feeling like he’s got something in his right eye. It gets worse as the day goes on, and Doumeki can’t open his right eye at all by the time he and Watanuki are returning home from school together. The culprit is a spider web that’s developed on the right side of his face. Watanuki suggests going to see Yuuko about it, but Doumeki thinks that that’s impossible because he can’t enter her store.

Watanuki thus goes to Yuuko by himself to get her take on this, and after she finds a thread of spider silk on him, she realizes that Doumeki has incurred a spider’s hatred. In regard to what happened that morning, Yuuko explains that the spider web was a home for the spider, and from the spider’s perspective, this was significant. And even though Watanuki was the one who was originally caught in the web, Doumeki was the one who destroyed it, so the spider directed its hatred towards Doumeki. The only way to get rid of this is to receive an equivalent amount of damage that the spider received. Knowing this, Watanuki requests something from Yuuko, and shortly thereafter, a strong wind blows through Doumeki’s home and cures his eye ailment. The following morning, Doumeki finds that Watanuki is now wearing an eyepatch, and when he rips it off, Doumeki sees that Watanuki is now missing his right eye. Because of this, he orders Watanuki to call Yuuko out to see him, and the two end up meeting privately in the park later that day.

When Doumeki requests that Yuuko restore Watanuki’s eye, she reveals that Watanuki had asked her about having the spider move its hatred to him. She had taught him how because it was his wish, but she now can’t tell Doumeki how to get Watanuki’s eye back from the spider. Doing so would cause Doumeki to lose his eye, and that would conflict with Watanuki’s wish that had come first. Yuuko thinks that it’s okay for Doumeki to be angry and suggests that Watanuki doesn’t understand that sacrificing himself to help someone might actually hurt that person. Meanwhile, Watanuki walks home with Himawari and gets a book from her to give to Doumeki. When he arrives at the Doumeki family temple though, he experiences a series of strange visions in his right eye, but just as quickly as it starts, it stops. Doumeki then appears, and Watanuki hands over the book, however he also notices that Doumeki is carrying a large stack of old books, including one about deciphering curses.

Returning to Yuuko’s shop, Watanuki serves her tea in Alice in Wonderland cosplay, and when she learns about the books that Doumeki had, she figures out that he’s searching for a way to restore Watanuki’s eye. She knows that Doumeki’s grandfather was the chief priest of their temple and had to deal with evil spirits, so he would have had books like those. Watanuki is frustrated because he chose what he did on his own, and he wants Doumeki to just leave this alone, but Yuuko turns the tables on him by pointing out that Doumeki also chose what to do on his own. This quiets Watanuki down, and after he goes out to get more for Yuuko to drink, she comments to herself about how Doumeki is trying to find something he can do even after she told him it was impossible – this is the reason Doumeki does not need to enter her store.

ED Sequence

xxxHOLiC Kei   ED   01 xxxHOLiC Kei   ED   02 xxxHOLiC Kei   ED   03

ED: 「Honey Honey feat. AYUSE KOZUE」 by SEAMO
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
The opening song is okay, but I didn’t really like it till it hit the chorus (which is the part heard in the commercials for this too). On the other hand, I loved the ending song (SEAMO’s style has always appealed to me), but I didn’t think it quite fit the Mokona-dancing like the first ending song of the first xxxHOLiC series did.

I wasn’t sure how much they were going to follow the manga or do anime original stories with this second series, but the first episode starts us off right at the beginning of volume seven of the manga. It actually followed the manga really closely and covered almost half of the volume, skipping the story in the middle. If this is any indicator of how the series will progress, then they could potentially cover a lot of interesting stuff, some of which the OP hints at.

In any case, I liked the episode if for no other reason than because it brought me back to the animated world of xxxHOLiC, and I enjoyed hearing all the voice actors in their roles. Fukuyama Jun does a great job as Watanuki in particular (I really can’t imagine anyone else voicing him). The animation quality is about as good as I remember the first series being – maybe a little bit better – but I still wish that it could look as good as the recent Tsubasa Chronicle OVAs. In any case, I can’t make any decisions about what to follow opposite Macross F on Thursdays until Kaiba and Toshokan Sensou air next week, and if either of those turns out to be especially good, then I probably won’t stick with this since I can always go back to reading the manga.

April 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm
39 comments »
  • April 3, 2008 at 3:40 pmRyan A

    Multi-color Mokona ^^ Covering half a volume in one episode. wheew.

  • April 3, 2008 at 3:45 pmShiro

    It was shown in the first series that they had no problems with covering a good about of material in just one episode, so i’m not surprised to see it again here.

  • April 3, 2008 at 3:49 pmkaplan

    crap. just like many others.

  • April 3, 2008 at 3:51 pmNozila

    i mizz this anime..i never excpected there be season 2…. ^_^ Go go go Watanuki

  • April 3, 2008 at 3:51 pmtakanari

    MOAR!! *-*

  • April 3, 2008 at 4:06 pmsomeone

    ah ….i can’t wait to see kohanechan

  • April 3, 2008 at 4:32 pmUnknown Voice

    Seems promising. if only for the fact that the animation is supposed to be at higher level than previous season.

    I’ll stick to this for a while, at least till the spider lady arc ends.]

    @Shiro
    they did, but they would do a lot of changes in there from time to time. Also considering the fact that Ohkawa is “overseeing” this season this time, i have quite a big hopes…

  • April 3, 2008 at 4:36 pmPutty

    That’s first ep this season.. Damn, looks really good

  • April 3, 2008 at 4:37 pmpiccu

    Loved this ep, I was really surprised how much actually happened in this episode ^__^
    I agree, the best thing about the OP was the chorus part, but I still like it more than the ED song, Suga Shikao’s song are always awesome.

    Anyone noticed that Yuuko’s a yaoi fan girl? Oofuri

  • April 3, 2008 at 4:46 pmDreadmatic

    Man this show is shaping up to be great. Also for me the OP was cool because it’s not often that you can hear a decent hip-hop song with a decent mellow and funky groove anymore.

  • April 3, 2008 at 4:54 pmshh227

    Yay! At last I can’t beleive it! This is so cool!

  • April 3, 2008 at 5:03 pmanamatics

    Yay! The return of the noodle people!

  • April 3, 2008 at 5:35 pmwhatever

    AH! That girl on TV! She is going to be important, but damm i forgot what is her name. Anyway, welcome back xxxholic!

  • April 3, 2008 at 5:54 pmLike MJ-chan

    w00t, holic!!!! I missed thy!!!!! w000000t!!!! YUKOOOOOO!!!1 w00t!!!!
    [currently incoherent fangirlling over Yuuko]
    *over my fangirling*
    I still can’t believe there’s another season of xxxHoLiC, but now that I see it I believe it.

  • April 3, 2008 at 5:55 pmshh227

    @whatever

    Kohane-chan!

  • April 3, 2008 at 5:59 pmMaimeDaifuku

    woot!

  • April 3, 2008 at 6:03 pmsaichi

    omg! i waited for this forever!

  • April 3, 2008 at 6:14 pmasdf

    anamatics: yep, more noodle-people

  • April 3, 2008 at 6:59 pmHei

    half a volume in one episode? dang this is going to be nice

  • April 3, 2008 at 7:08 pmarigatou

    If only Naruto Shippudden follows this kind of style of covering one to two chapters per episode. Watanuki is the man.

  • April 3, 2008 at 8:13 pmVipey

    eh? what happened to Watanuki’s eye? o.o?

  • April 3, 2008 at 8:59 pmRei

    LOVE!!! FIANLLY SOMETHING GOOD TO WATCH!!! ^^
    I think the art improved~~

  • April 3, 2008 at 9:20 pmYumeNii

    Yuuko is such a fangirl!

  • April 3, 2008 at 9:44 pmmonkey sanchez

    omg….i’m soo happy you will be doing this for this series…..i dont know how much fon are you of Holic but i read the manga and it will be getting pretty interesting……

    specially after they discover the deal with Himoriwa…..i cant wait….

    once again thanx

  • April 3, 2008 at 9:53 pmKurai

    I love Watanuki *-*~~

  • April 3, 2008 at 10:14 pmkamikaze

    awesome. cant wait to watch this

  • April 3, 2008 at 11:57 pmBecky

    If the series keeps up the quality of this episode, it’ll outshine last season by far. The animation was great, the voice actor performances were solid, and they’re obviously not going to drag anything out, if we’re already coming up on the story arc with the spider and Zashiki-Warashi.

  • April 4, 2008 at 12:16 ameeks

    @ monkey sanchez: I think they will be covering the ‘Himawari arc’, as they allude to it quite clearly in the opening. They did with some episodes in the first season, anyway.

    Anyhow, isn’t Doumeki finding out the cure by himself, anyway? He does seem to be researching it in this episode, and also the next.

  • April 4, 2008 at 12:30 amiiblackrosesii

    yeah, the quality seems to have gone up, its pretty.

  • April 4, 2008 at 7:26 amshojo

    They started on the kumo arc right in the 1st ep, didn’t quite expect that, but definitely am gonna watch it. This is one of my anticipated animes of the year, :)

  • April 4, 2008 at 10:35 amUnknown Voice

    From the op it seems that we will get Himawari, Blackout, Spider, Catgirl and Dream(?…flying balloons, if they are what I think they are), More than enough for entire season if put correctly.

    @Vipey
    He Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 4, 2008 at 10:41 amNatalya

    Eu quero *_*

  • April 4, 2008 at 11:46 amlysianthus

    Anyone noticed that Yuuko’s a yaoi fan girl?

    I did. But please, don’t let her fall into the same category as a screeching, rabid yaoi fangirl. Yuuko’s evidently got much higher class of her own, whose line of thought resembles remarkably well with Doumeki/Watanuki fans and takes it a step further by saying it to Watanuki’s face. *laughs*

  • April 4, 2008 at 2:30 pmshh227

    @ Omni
    Hopefully you will blog it all the way this time, you drop out last time.

    @fansubbers who are thinking of blogging this show
    Please try to sub this as quickly as you can!

  • April 5, 2008 at 12:47 amRofal

    wat im amazed about is Jun is doing 6 main character Voice acting in 2oo8 currently man thats amazing

  • April 5, 2008 at 6:12 pmasdas

    WATANOKI!@!@!

  • April 5, 2008 at 7:33 pmmystery

    i can’t belive !! please somebody sub this anime , i can’t wait !!!!

  • April 8, 2008 at 12:19 amdrumstick

    Please blog this!! I LOVE xxxHolic!

  • April 8, 2008 at 4:08 amDmonHiro

    This sucks…it’s 4:3…hopfuly a 16:9 raw will pop up or I’ll have to wait for the DVDs again. I hate cropped anime