Posted on 30 April 2006 with categories: xxxHolic



The art is a strange thing in this anime. At one time, it looks very crisp, at other times, it looks messed up. The main characters look very good, though the side-characters, which only appear one episode could have been done much better. The animation, especially the supernatural looks great at some times, though it’s horrible at other times.

Anyway, this episode was about fortunetellers, fake ones and real ones. Yuuko decides to take Watanuki to one of them, but later it appears that she’s a fake one. She only tells you what you want to hear, instead of what you want to know. She uses common knowlegde and guessing in order gain the victim’s trust and tries to make it believable. And true, that’s how most fortunetellers run their businesses, although some people refuse to admit it. I’ve even heard of fortunetellers that tell the exact same story over and over again, without anyone noticing it.

Fake fortunetelling, by the way, seems to be a sensitive subject of Yuuko. For the first time, we see her dead-serious, instead of her usual cheerful, playful or explaining personality. She then takes him to a real fortuneteller, using an interesting technique of conjuring a hankerchief into a butterfly, which flies to its target, in this case, the fortuneteller. She indeed has no need of information from Watanuki, except for his name, perhaps, and she does tell him things only a person who knows him would know, and leaves a big impression on Watanuki.

I have to say that I enjoyed watching this anime. It follows the same pattern as Mushishi and Jigoku Shoujo, as in one story every week, though it’s more focused on the main characters than those two were.

2 Responses

  1. Lynn says:

    I am a little dissapointed with the direction the show is taking: The little one-sided romance between Kimihiro and Himawari (is that her name) seems to be forced and repetitive, for our whiny protagonist seems only to be capable of seeing his sweetheart as a “cute” girl and that’s about it. This is irksome really, seeing our main character to have room temperature IQ. And the character design is getting on my nerves, CLAMP is notorious for creating the abnormally thin and tall character designs, and Holic takes it the extremes, which is very unpleasant sight to be honest. My interest is ebbing already, but I am glad (and puzzled as to why you enjoyed the show).

  2. psgels says:

    I’m not too bothered by the art. Okay, it looks unusual, but that’s not the reason I enjoy it. I’m enjoying this because of the case introduced in each episode. I’m finding them interesting somehow. The relationship between Himawari and Watanuki indeed could have been done better, though. But I’m glad that Doumeki breaks this up a bit.

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  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:39 AM)
    @Raggers I’ve had my share of dreams about exes and shit, but I never recalled feeling any emotion, both during and after the dream.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:38 AM)
    @Emma: I find that in dreams, only the immediate object of my attention has any tangibility. Everything else is more a construct that I am aware exists, like the bed (that I cannot see) currently behind me. So if the blind were able to make a 3D construct in their minds, it could be that focusing on it would let them “see”, or feel like they are seeing since they know where everything in their dream is.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:37 AM)
    I think the first time I experienced attraction was a fluffy feeling, the second time the woman showed me her picture and it was like a jump scare/shock of what the fuck, it hit me like a huge surprise.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:34 AM)
    An odd one I can recall was, this entity called a group of people to a house and gassed it with some kind of mist, made them start seeing living corpse and the thing appeared before the person who was left alive, it was some kind of clock…thing.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:33 AM)
    The weirdest thing though that I’ve experienced has to be love. As in the “fuzzy warm feeling from being with someone” kind of love. I’ve never experienced it myself so it must’ve been influenced by how I’ve seen it portrayed, but I reckon my body still produced whatever endorphins cause it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:29 AM)
    Interestingly enough, in certain cases I hear that the blind can see their dreams.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:26 AM)
    I’ve tried some mild observations about dreams when I’ve had the chance: one (surprising one) was that they are photorealistic – when stopping to look at my surroundings I could make out the expected amounts of detail. This was in a dream in a corridor from my school. That said, I could’ve just manufactured the detail when looking for it.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:24 AM)
    @K-Off: Mute ghost sounds about right. Speaking while aware of it breaks the dream, so you cannot speak, and as you go through trying to change stuff it all… slips away. Even when trying to just go with it it slowly dissolves after becoming aware of it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:24 AM)
    @Bam: I can imagine people acting out dreams they’ve had in front of a camera irl.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:23 AM)
    That stupid romcom twist was finally concluded, hella yes.

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