Posted by psgels on 17 April 2008 with categories: xxxHolic


Before I start with the regular entry: I’ve decided to not blog Toshokan Sensou this season. I just couldn’t find anything to praise it for that other series this season didn’t do better, and the female main character already got annoying after the second episode. I don’t know, but it feels a bit too mainstream for Noitamina.

In any case, back to the latest episode of xxxHolic, and what an excellent episode it was! The second season of xxxHolic is really much darker than the first one, but it makes full use of the fact that the first season fully fleshed out the different characters. The Vestal Sprite was kind-of a strange character in the first season, who never really got anywhere, and yet her character developed so much during this episode.

Watanuki also really shined in this episode. His show-off against the spider queen had me on the edge of my seat. One thing that I do hope gets explained in the next episodes is what it means to lose half of your eye. Does your vision get blurry? Can you only see one part of it? What are the disadvantages of giving away half of your right eye that made Yuuko take so much time in suggesting that option?

8 Responses

  1. death13a says:

    Lesson 101 of seeing through one eye. first thing is that there is no darkness, you need sight to see darkness. You can’t judge very good with how far is object, things look 2 dimensional. 2 eyes gives you 2 perspectives on things so you can see more of same object and you can see object more clear. if you take 2 photos of same object and put one (transplant photo) on top of other object will look more sharper. and of course blind spot.

  2. Lika says:

    In the manga, he literally shares half of Doumeki’s eyesight. The eye that Doumeki gave him had twenty/twenty vision, but now that he has half of it, it’s only ten/twenty for both of them.

  3. cody says:

    second seeason off on a bang. I haven’t read the manga or even followed it but I did watch the first season of xxxholic which was quite exceptional…high hopes for the second season and so far, no disappointment.

  4. Hoshia says:

    This is really a gooood episode! I am totally absorbed in it! At the end Watanuki’s right eye becomes yellow, but the preview of the next episode shows that his right eye is blue again. How come?

  5. juvisy says:

    Well to clear things up first, extracting the eye wasn’t the payment. Doumeki had to pay Yuuko in order to extract half of his eyesight to give it to Watanuki. And Lika is about halving the vision thing.

    Also there doesn’t seem to be any disadvantages. Except maybe Doumeki intruding on Watanuki’s privacy…

  6. pgal says:

    Loved this arc! At last Watanaki learns and understands that others get hurt when he gets hurt.

  7. Archer says:

    what a great episode,very tensed and the i love the darker themes used in this second season compared to the 1st one

  8. Windspirit says:

    LOL, the girls were playing with a Tachikoma ! XD

    You haven’t seen Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex, did you ? XD

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:42 PM)
    @afgm: I believe your competent enough to search the internet on your own and see the facts for yourself and then come play freshmen anecdotes with us, but here: James Lockhart and Stuart Schwartz, Early Latin America: A History of Colonial Spanish America and Brazil. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:42 PM)
    @Bam It is different in Africa. But South America was a different story. Military power didn’t factor in early on in the invasion.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:40 PM)
    @Ninja: the thing about decisive factors is: you’re never going to find a single one. These things are always an amalgamation of various ecological, economic, political, environmental and cultural factors; but this is no excuse to write off the vast difference of military technology as not a major contributor.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:37 PM)
    So it seems that you both agree with my point that the African and the American campaigns were too different for one-to-one comparison.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:36 PM)
    @Bam Yes, I have read plenty of examples of European technology being used to devastating effect against pathetically under-equipped indigenous people. I have also read of many examples where that superior weaponry didn’t make a difference because the Europeans over-played their hands. Yes, the difference in technology was huge, but I don’t think it was the decisive factor in shaping the course of colonialism.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:32 PM)
    @adgm we are all educated about this.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    @Bam Africa is a vast continent and the people there were very spread out, with the exception being West Africa. So of course there would be little resistance. The resistance was thinned out.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    @Bam Europeans succeeded in taking control of the government, but ultimately, in most of Africa, they did not dominate the people in the sense that most Africans never stopped resisting colonialism and ultimately toppled it, in some cases by sheer force of arms. Most of the Americas have been utterly-dominated by Europe and the region has essentially been transformed into a pseudo-Europe.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    And it doesn’t matter if you talked about it or not, a faulty assumption is false indeterminate of time. go read about an incident known as the “Massacre in the Main Temple” and see how a thousand people were massacred due to a little disinformation coupled with technological superiority.
  • afgm
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:30 PM)
    Where is all of this information coming from, btw? Does anyone here actually have primary sources for their claims? Or is this all speculation.

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