Posted by psgels on 10 April 2008 with categories: xxxHolic


I am so glad that this series is back, if only for the banter between Watanuki and the different members of the cast. And to make things even better, this arc promises to be among the best, if not the best arc of xxxHolic yet. It’s also the longest one yet, as the original one never went beyond two episodes per arc.

Also, here’s an interesting link, with some interesting news, for those who haven’t seen it yet: http://www.xxxholicanime.net/2008/04/xxxholic-kei-13-episodes-long.php – It’s a bit disappointing to see that this series just has thirteen episodes to work with, but at least in this was it’ll be short and sweet, and there’ll be no way for it to get boring, as there seems to be enough inspiration to fill these 13 episodes.

On a side-note, I never understood why people hated the long limbs of this series. It’s not like anime-faces are the most realistically drawn anyway, with their exaggerated eyes and all, so what’s wrong with exaggerating the limbs as well? In my opinion, it’s much better than just going with character-designs in the same style of every other series.

8 Responses

  1. flou says:

    Oh, that’s disappointing ): It makes sense though judging by the pace they’re moving at. They would have run out of canon material quickly if this was a 26-episode series.

  2. Ryan A says:

    That is quite a downer. Personally, I always enjoyed the CLAMP designed even animated. Long limbs can be attractive too. ^^

  3. Susie Q says:

    Yay good news! And, I’m glad they’re going slower with making new episodes- I think it’s a better alternative to filler (which is always so disappointing and makes the series lose fans).

    I haven’t read the manga past vol. 3, but I hope we see some new things from Yuko. She always knows what’s going in, which is cool, but it would also be interesting to see her grow and face something new that was a challenge.

  4. Lika says:

    Trust me, this arc IS one of the best. So much character development happens and Watanuki learns a lesson that I think every single main character should learn.

    The long legs and arms are better this season though because CLAMP themselves had actually asked the animators to change it so it could be more like the manga.

    Also, Susie Q, I don’t think we’ll reach that point in the anime, but the manga shows that Yuuko is not all knowing and powerful (I am so, so scared for her right now in the manga).

  5. BlueYoshi says:

    I’m definitely moving onto the manga once this season of xxxHOLIC ends. After finishing the first season last month, it was my 3rd TV anime to get 10/10. And the first episode was great, just as I expected.

  6. cody says:

    eh, I always enjoyed the long limbs :)

    It gave the show a sense of style, a style that doesn’t look bad at all imo.

  7. Archer says:

    it is kinda sad to hear that it will have only 13 episodes :( i loved the 1st season and i was happy to hear at first that this one will have 26 ep and now i read this,to bad but at least the quality of this episodes will be great and so far it is my favorite anime of the season
    btw i did notice that the style was not the best in the 1st season when compared to the manga but it did not bother me and in this season there is an improvement so that is good

  8. chuu chan says:

    i admit, when i first downloaded the first season of xxxholic, the long limbs really did put me off. But i kept watching and i got hooked. I dont think i even notice the long limbs anymore!!

    im glad there is a second season to follow on. i would have read the manga but uh….i got lazy heh heh! i’ll read it one day though!

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 12:08 AM)
    @Mamamoo, oh no. How bad are we talking?
  • mamamoo
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 11:19 PM)
    ehhh and I retract everything I said about Orange now that I finished the whole thing.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.

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