xxxHOLiC Kei #13 — Watanuki Contemplates Underage Fox Ass

June 26th, 2008


Five women around, and Watanuki is ogling the boy fox. Good work, kid.


Well, to the surprise of nobody, they turned a short, relatively meaningless chapter on the dangers of buying refridgerators and the thunder gods that become trapped in them, into a mass clusterblockage of every single character in the show, all making a guest appearance basically to have a picnic. I didn’t even like the thunder god chapter originally, and I like it even less when it’s used as an excuse to have the entire cast show up, say hi, and then wander off into the corner again. I probably came into this episode expecting to dislike it, so take my opinion with even more grains of salt than usual, but come on… why not just have everybody do a curtain call while we’re at it? It’s not like the thunder god stuff even made much sense in the first place. "Watch out, some fridges are evil, and some fridges have thunder gods in them. Now you’re noticing things with portals!"

Meh, final thoughts after the images.

Final Thoughts:

Well, I kind of feared that xxxHOLiC Kei would blow its load early, and unfortunately, that’s what happened. The Spider Queen arc was better animated, directed, drawn, everything than the rest of the series. If things had stuck to that level of quality through the entire series, I’d have been pleased as punch. The haphazard mishmash that they made of Kohane’s arc was just terrible though. Perhaps I’m being overly hard on it since I’m (again) familiar with what it should have been, but I simply cannot understand why you’d make the decision to just suddenly cut it off halfway through and say "everybody lives happily ever after." Isn’t that against every single other theme that xxxHOLiC has ever offered? Connections, prices for your desires, etc. A haircut and a new job and things turn around 100% for Kohane.

Himawari’s arc was also a bit of a letdown to me because of how forcefed the foreshadowing to us for eleven straight episodes. Nary did an episode go by without someone or something saying "Himawari is ebbbbuuuuuuuuuuuullll" and some black smoke rising off of her or Watanuki’s finger. All that we were missing was a Spanish maid pointing at her and screaming "La Diabla! La DIABLA!" while Watanuki looked confused.

It wasn’t all bad though. The music was certainly unique, though the tracks were entirely too short and looped far too often, and again, the Spider Queen episodes were excellent. It’s a shame they couldn’t maintain those production values and that atmosphere through the whole thing. Alright, now I’m starting to repeat myself, so let’s bring it in.

It was an alright show half the time, an excellent show for three episodes, and the rest was pretty painful filler and relative nonsense. That probably puts it slightly above the first series just for the ratio of good episodes to poor, but I still feel like both seasons have been characterized by a lot of squandered potential. I don’t know what else to say, so let’s assign the arbitrary rating of seventeen parsnips out of three watermelons.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • kiryuu says:

    I think part of the problem was the dead insistence on removing any TRC references from the show… The two series are tied together too much for that >.>;

  • poke612 says:

    I agree with kiryuu

    The missing of TRC part within holic make the story structure incomplete.
    if CLAMP still add more and more TRC part in holic manga, then it will make the three season of holic impossible.

    The hope of seeing Sakura or Syaoran in holic was once possible when the TRC OVA was produced by the Production I.G. But it seems that the copyright problem still here and the absence of TRC in holic animation became the fundamental failure or softly to say unfortunate of the whole holic animation in both Season 1 and 2.

  • mikey says:

    I was introduced to -holic from the anime series 1 but the story intrigued me enough to read the scanlated manga. I really digg the apprentice sensei relationship, but i am really starting to wonder if Clamp hasn’t painted itself into a corner. It really looks like in the manga that Watanuki is going to explode/die/seppuku himself to save the world, multiverse, etc. I think clamp knows this and has tried to make a alternative ending for those people who like the anime and want to think of him living in a possible future with out a sad ending. I think that japan may have realized that the outside Japan market people don’t like their heroes to die, Like Spike Spiegle. Just my 2 cents worth, Mikey

  • sage says:

    All that we were missing was a Spanish maid pointing at her and screaming “La Diabla! La DIABLA!”

    I see what you did there.

  • .spaz. says:

    does anyone know where i can start reading in the manga were the anime left off?
    I can’t find it and it makes me very sad. =[
    can anyone help?