Posted by psgels on 4 March 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews



xxxHolic is the sister-anime of Tsubasa Chronicle. We get to see The Witch and her Butler as main characters this time, along with a black version of Mokona and a couple of new characters. I do have to say, though: they both got a total restyling. Every character somehow got more chaotic (yes, even Mokona) and Watanuki and Yuuko’s (the names of the butler and the witch) conversations somehow reminded me of Kurogane and Fye.

As this is a movie, the character art has to be of extremely good quality, everything has to look smooth and consistent and each character has to look beautiful? Guess again. The character art is really messy and inconsistent, the body of each of the characters is even longer than with Tsubasa Chronicle, accompanied by really big hands. I’m having a love/hate relationship with this. At some times it works really well, and contributes to the overall mood. At other times, they bothered me a bit too much.

Even though the character art looks messy, everything else at the graphical department looks top-notch. Everything except for the characters has been done in CG, with magnificent results. Every background looks amazing and the battle choreography makes a very good use out of the messy character art. Even at the music department this series delivers. Every musical piece perfectly fits in the atmosphere.

This anime was probably partially intended as a comedy, and partially as a mystery-show. I have to say, that both of these sides worked out really well. Watanuki is very funny, and Yuuko, Mokona and all the other characters only contribute to that fact. But this movie really shines in the mystery department. Every place in the mansion seems different and especially the plot by the bad guy is very interesting to see. And freaky as well.

The movie ended with a couple of certain cameo’s appearing, who also got a total make-over. For a minute, I was wondering about the sudden change in art-style, but after a bit of research it turned out to be referring to the movie, instead of the series. (Hmm, do I really have to be so mystically about this? Ah well).

Overall: an excellent atmospere, which contributes to an excellent anime. The story’s awesome, the characters are awesome. Watch it.

(PS. During the research part, I took a look at Anime News Network, which suddenly started talking about a third season of Tsubasa Chronicle. I’m very enthusiastic about this. Apparently, this will be another one of those long-running series. Now then, let’s hope it doesn’t drown itself. Although I’m pretty confident about that).

3 Responses

  1. j3nnlo says:

    I just finished watching the movie. I wasn’t impressed but then again I’m never impressed with anime movies. Anime movies always lack the story build-up/climax that series have. Character designs – fail. Can you say Neanderthal? What’s up with those uber-long limbs? I prefered Tsubasa’s cleaner designs. xxx-Holic is a clamp manga correct? And the series is coming out in April?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    xxx-Holic indeed is being produced by CLAMP. It will air, if I’m not incorrect, on April 6.

    I’m wondering if the character designs will stay the same as in the movie. After all, Tsubasa Chronicle also got a total restyle in the Tsubasa Chronicle Movie.

  3. j3nnlo says:

    I hope the character desgins in Tsubasa’s 2nd season will stay the same. I had no idea there had been a Tsubasa Movie o_o I wonder if there’s anyway to find out if the animators from the 1st season will be the same as those in the 2nd season. There prolly is but I’m too lazy to do that right now ^_^

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:21 AM)
    @K-off: yeah most likely the case.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:19 AM)
    @Bam It’s probably his visual novel bias. I know a bad show when I see one.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Plot was fairly decent for something like this. Fanservice was slightly irritating at first and at some points. Still an addictive enough read. If this is underated then it’s a pity it doesn’t have more attention.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:18 AM)
    Finally got round to reading Keyman, read up to volume 6 in one go earlier also. I’m really going for the art style in this. The action scenes, much like the series itself feels like a whole lot of crazy fun and I like its take on the superhero stuff/genre, its entertaining, somewhat amusing in parts and the use of anthro characters caught my attention, a talking dinosaur detective, I am sold.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:13 AM)
    Grisaia was as bad as I thought. I also lol at Aidan saying “the plot is coming … better material is coming,” so it takes 4 weeks for the plot to get here? Where is it coming from? It’s like weight loss pills and how the customer service assures angry customers that it takes time to get results with this product.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:11 AM)
    @Bam: Although it starts to become repetitive eventually.
  • Ksidehb
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 12:08 AM)
    I’ll just leave this here for you all: http://i.imgur.com/AoODG.jpg
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 11:44 PM)
    Also I’m gonna say it: Terra-Formars would be pretty watchable if it wasn’t so tastelessly censored. It’s really not as bas as I thought. The Gantz vibes are strong with this one tho.
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:21 PM)
    I can also say, that there may be some romantic feelings by some of the companions of her later on, but honestly it’s more admiration and respect than actual love. And she also has no romantic feelings for the other characters (Though I assume there will be development with hak in the future)
  • hal
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 09:18 PM)
    @Vincent: As a manga reader of Yona I can definitely say, that the romance isn’t really the main point of the story. It’s a fantasy adventure story. With hints of romance, but up to where I read (ch48) there was no romantic development. At all. Yona grows into a strong independent woman throughout the story. She really is a well written character.

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