Enter our hero of this anime. Watanuki.
Lol. As you can see from the above screen caps, he is constantly attracting spirits. But unlike the power of Ichigo from Bleach, this one attracts annoying spirits that disturb and frightening him to no end. ^_^
xxxHolic is from the infamous CLAMP girls.
The first impression i had from the character designs and storyline was… hmm… sounds ok enough… the art is weird… eh… might not watch it right now… perhaps when i am bored then i will give it a shot. Big mistake. But that was months ago when i first was the anime. This is my second time watching this anime again. xxxHolic is coming out with a new Season next month. xxxHolic : Kei. I honestly can’t wait for it to come out.
After watching the first episode, the characters charm you. CLAMP has done it once again.
They characters might be out of proportion with overly elongated bodies and a weird sense of fashion, but, there is a charm to it and i could not help but fall in love with these characters and want to just watch more of this series.
Back to the summary.
Watanuki is constantly chased around by spirits and one that he chances upon a store owned by Yuuko. She has the ability to grant wishes and the store that she owns is one that grants peoples wishes in exchange for something of high value to them. Watanuki’s wish was to finally be rid of the burden of this curse(gift) for attracting spirits. The price? He ends up working at Yuuko’s store, cooking, cleaning, looking after Yuuko and doing odd stuff all over the place. Basically, he turned into a maid.
Step in his “best friend” <g>. Doumeki studies at the same school as Watanuki and Watanuki hates his guts. Doumeki has the power of exorcism. As such, he often ends up helping Watanuki.
Thrown in a little bit of love, Himawari-chan. Watanuki is just gaga over this girl.
What happens in this weird world? Watch it and find out.
With a nice balance of comedy, supernatural elements and nice artwor, xxxHolic is a great anime to watch for some lighthearted entertainment. Throw in a little horror and psychological fun. It is just perfect to one who wants lighthearted entertainment that can keep you entertained throughout the whole season of the anime.
The whole season comprises of mostly short stories that have little linkage to none at all between them. But it works for this anime and it does not get boring to watch.
There is no fix factor really in this anime. I mean, Watanuki does not go around slaying spirits or whatever. All we see is just the weird things that happens in the store and out of it. The different customers the store gets and the life of Watanuki and Yuuko.
This anime might get boring for some people. There is no action and big fighting sequences. It is not a “pretty” anime. It is beautiful but in a not so standard style. There is no climax. If you wanted a curve drawn for the tension in this series. it would probably be a flat line that hangs right in the center of the y axis.
While the characters are interesting and nice and fun and all, they are forgettable after a month or so. They don’t really have a strong presence. There is little to no character development. But personally, i feel that even if that were the case, i still like this anime.
The replay value for this anime is fairly high for me. I like to watch it when i just want to pass time and enjoy myself.
So, you might want to give it a shot if possible.
And when you are done with it, it would be just in time to watch the second season of xxxHolic.
-ra out! ^_^