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?

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  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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  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…

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