Posted by psgels on 28 July 2006 with categories: xxxHolic



Wow, that was touching. It seems that Himawari is going to have a rival. It’s going to be interesting, since she doesn’t think of Watanuki as someone who’s in love with her. Also, for some reason, it appears to be good for Watanuki to interact with the Vestal Sprite. In any case, according to Yuuko.

We start with Watanuki, who’s having some trouble with the Pipe Fox. For some reason, the creature turned big again, though it didn’t lose its tendency to hug Watanuki at every possible moment. Meanwhile, the Vestal Sprite pays Watanuki a visit, though she’s a bit too scared to show herself. Therefore, she throws stones in order to get his attention to a package of deep-fried tofu, which happens to be the Pipe Fox’ favourite food. Yuuko gets a strange look when she sees this. One of the spots on the forehead of the fox disappears when he eats the deep-fried tofu.

The next day, when Watanuki, Domeki and Himawari are walking to some place, Himawari runs into a jewelry shop, and it seems that she likes things like these. Watanuki then decides to buy something for her as well, though he’s probably too scared to directly give it to her. Later, when Watanuki feeds the pipe fox another bunch of deep-fried tofu, Yuuko warns him about it. Even though it may be the pipe-fox’ favourite food, it isn’t really healthy for them. If it eats too much of it, it won’t be able to transform.

In order to make the pipe fox transform back at this stage, Watanuki needs to enter a place full of pure spirits. Yuuko then offers a special vase, which has to be filled with water and crystals, while the light of the full moon shines on it (there are a lot of full moons on xxxHolic, aren’t there?). It then brings him and the pipe fox into some kind of dimension which is full of animated daffodils who can change their size. They’re apparently pure spirits, as the fox changes back.

Afterwards, Watanuki meets up with the Vestal Sprite, and ha eactually gives her the present he intended for Himawari. I also like Watanuki for the fact that he doesn’t blame others for the mistakes they made (except Domeki, of course), as he never mentioned the fact that deep-fried tofu is bad for Pipe Foxes.

Overall, the episode was surprisingly touching. The Vestal Sprite is surprisingly cute.

Memorable Moment: The Rain Sprite getting her umbrella stuck in a tree.

7 Responses

  1. Matte says:

    I like Watanuki with the vestal spirit alot more because he’s not acting like a complete doofus contrary to when he spends time with Himawari. And I lol’d at the scene were the rain sprite tried to do a dignified entrance. ^^

  2. TCoFA says:

    Hmmm, this episode left me a bit bitter after the twins. It was of course, still good, but I prefer when they approach situations that we’re familiar with in a more or less “magical” way, that doesn’t involve some weird clothed old man swinging around a wooden staff :x

    Nonetheless, the pipe fox was well done, as the persoanlity remained while the shape changed. Often you get to see things that become stronger recieving an ego boost *cough*dragonball*cough*. Though not completely unique, it’s still a good aspect.
    The vestal sprite-Watanuki, I don’t think so. Unless something changes about Watanuki’s feelings that is. Though you may like them better together, and it would be a nice surprise if they did end up together, I don’t feel like Watanuki picking her over Himiwari.

    On a side note, I bet I mispelled like hal of the japanese names here >_>

  3. Anonymous says:

    two things. First, I don’t think the pipe fox had turned back to the small form at all since the parasite episode, it was large, but behind the scenes since then.
    Second, the hairpins may have been for the Vestal Sprite in the first place, otherwise I’d think he would have used it as an opportunity to talk to Himawari the day he got them. Since he bought them after he got the deep-fried tofu and along with his explanation to the Vestal Sprite, I figured that he bought them for the Vestal Sprite. Unless Watanuki is a cover-his-ass sort of guy, which i doubt, since I don’t think he could lie with a straight face, let alone lie to a cute girl.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    You might be right on that one. After all, Watanuki was able to just buy the hairpins without getting freaked out. I guess he bought it, in the hope of meeting her again. I guess Yuuko noticed this, so she sent him inside the vase.

  5. Haesslich says:

    In the manga, they were for the Vestal Spirit alone, because (in there) they didn’t mangle the episode order so the Vestal Spirit had given him a Valentine’s Day gift – thus necessitating his own gift on White Day. Here, they had to struggle a bit to make things fit.

    Still, she’s rather cute, and Watanuki DOES get embarassed talking to her – which suggests he finds her cute as well, albeit in a less ‘toppling over’ sorta way than he does with Himiwari. Still, it’s one way of showing him that not ALL spirit encounters are bad…

  6. dwilicious says:

    I think Zashiki warashi is the cutest character in xxxHOLIC.

  7. animefan says:

    Oh yeah, she’s very cute. I like her much more than Himawari.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 08:04 PM)
    Some will be put of by a certain scene in the last episode of amagi brilliant park but I’d be hard pressed to get why someone would.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 08:03 PM)
    I’m just so glad to be living in more sensible, modern times and that for the most part we’ve been able to move away from those eras.
  • Firechick
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:07 PM)
    Not only that, even if Kaguya did set the record straight with her father and the suitors, women basically had no power during those days, and women weren’t allowed to have opinions or decide on anything. They were just people their families could marry off to men in order to gain noble titles or wealth. The Heian era was a pretty misogynistic time period.
  • Firechick
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:05 PM)
    By the way, finished Yuuki Yuuna is a hero and my review of it: http://myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=174541 It’s surprisingly better than I expected.
  • Firechick
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:05 PM)
    I agree. Plus, even if Kaguya did tell her father that she wasn’t happy here, it’s not likely he would have listened. And how could Kaguya have known the suitors were either going to be in debt or get killed? It’s not like she wanted those things to happen.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:52 AM)
    I meant one more than the one presented in Princess Kaguya, so 2/5 which is a decent kill ratio.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:37 AM)
    One of the princes also ends up dead because of her shenanigans.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 07:35 AM)
    @Aidan: she’s way more of a cunt in the actual folktale. She shows no regard for the suitors and is actually the one who comes up with the gauntlets, plus she leads the emperor on just for lolz. Also Sutemaru doesn’t exist in the actual story and the role is deligated to the emperor who refuses immortality cuz she is gone. Emotional detachment is a characteristic of their culture, and people still wonder why they spend fat money on waifus.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 06:53 AM)
    I mean sure I didn’t agree with the “Noble woman” bullshit. But in the end this is a story about a cocktease. First Genji and now this. Why are famous Japanese characters such assholes?! All you had to goddamn say was “Hey dad I am not happy here” but no. Ya didn’t. You just frigging moped going wa..wa…me..me..me! Well guess what? F*ck you!
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Dec 27. 2014 06:49 AM)
    So I watched Ghibli’s a tale of princess Kaguya. It’s nice to finally know the tale fully but I can’t help thinking that…princess Kaguya was a serious bitch. I mean she put one man in debt, drove another one insane and even got one killed! I mean bloody hell you self righteous bitch! Sure the suitors got carried away but that could have been avoided if she set the record straight.

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