Posted by psgels 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 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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    (Saturday, May 7. 2016 02:24 AM)
    @wicked Just go follow Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and watch Youkai Watch at the same time. No bias.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, May 7. 2016 02:22 AM)
    Anyone here own a PSV? I finally decided to get one and bought it alongside Ray Gigant and the Danganronpas.
  • wicked
    (Saturday, May 7. 2016 01:12 AM)
    instead of following current anime, I just been watching a load of Youkai Watch. It’s a fun show, reminds me of watching Doraemon as a very young kid
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    (Saturday, May 7. 2016 12:50 AM)
    @Kaiser: haha, guest you didn’t like McCabe & Mrs Miller at all heh? the movie is such an adorable beast. Tell me why you hate it?
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    (Saturday, May 7. 2016 12:47 AM)
    @Kaiser: The White Ribbon is one of the first art-house film that I got into so it always has a special place in my heart.
    For Neighborhood Sounds, I like the way the movie presents and actually find no fault here, really.
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    (Friday, May 6. 2016 06:10 PM)
    @Mario: But for a movie like this White ribbon was much much better.
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    @Mario: While I didn’t like it as much as you probably did, I feel I got more than enough out of Neighbourhood sounds, I liked the behind close doors feel to it, the way it made the viewer very much an observer with its kind of voyeuristic approach and I didn’t feel some of the stranger scenes in the second half took away from anything, they were interesting. The ending caught me off guard.
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    Can someone send a request shiz to make a movie about the Sonata of Darkness of Melody? It would be pretty interesting…
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    Langrisser certainly makes me appreciate Fates a little bit more, this is the video game equivalent of The Asylum’s rip-off movies.
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    (Friday, May 6. 2016 01:23 AM)
    @Hellfire: lol I do too. This had good lyrics as well, but the line in Hellfire which says “he made the devil so much stronger than a man!” hits really hard.

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