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
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 01:12 AM)
    I always think that somebody who pretty much sent his whole remaining forces eastbond towards the barren wastelands of Russia couldn’t have been too intellectually brilliant to begin with. Doesn’t really seem that charismatic either, but I guess he was what the German people needed at the moment.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 01:07 AM)
    @K-off: true enough, and he was pretty short-sided to even consider the middle-east. Still the famous Shah’s father from the old Iranian regime actually met with him. This thing is compounded by Hitler’s scapegoat tactic of blaming the Jews, but important to note that the new strong Islamic hatred was pretty much created after the formation of Israel.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, May 26. 2016 12:02 AM)
    @Bam Here’s the full story: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/05/economist_detai.html
    My knowledge of Hitler’s take on the Aryans is that his own stances on even the definition of the “pure aryan” changed so frequently before and during WW2 that it’s really arbitrary, that it was just an excuse for the nazis to stay in power.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:14 PM)
    The word Iran means “the land of the Aryans”, and the Germanic tribes that settled in Bavaria are correctly identified as nomadic people called Indo-Europeans, whom many settled in northern Iran. I heard similar theory of etymology for ‘Ireland’, but I’m not too sure about that one. So interestingly enough the Nazis were completely fine with Iran. The many strange forgotten wrinkles of history.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 08:10 PM)
    @K-off: believe it or not, I get confused for Spanish or Itaian all the time, so we probably share similar features. I have a Sicilian friend who’s also blond, and they’re supposedly the darker Ities, so I completely believe it.
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    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 06:08 PM)
    Lots of people who don’t interact with Italians think we’re all black haired and brown eyed, but my dad is a blonde Italian while only my mother is a black-haired woman from Lecce. The guy on the flight was a black-haired Italian as well, but apparently terrorists look like well-dressed Italian hipsters doing differentials.
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    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 06:01 PM)
    @Bam That reminds me of a fellow Italian American economist who got reported on his flight to Syracuse by some woman who thought the differential equations that he was working on in his notebook were terrorist scribblings.
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    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 05:49 PM)
    @Bam Ha, I sympathize with you on the beard, after years of having one it feels uncomfortably bare whenever I shave it. Also helps out my resting bitch face.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 02:05 PM)
    Also the guy playing Cassidy in Preacher is actually Irish tho.
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    (Wednesday, May 25. 2016 02:04 PM)
    @Kaiser: haa! That’s improbable. Gimme two weeks and I’ll be at Gandalf level. Just trying to keep people at ease.

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