Posted by psgels on 9 May 2008 with categories: xxxHolic


Okay, here’s something I didn’t expect: instead of developing Kohane, this episode decides to ignore her for now and instead focuses on taking care of the spirit we saw in the previous episode that came to live in Doumeki’s sakura trees. It’s basically one big Mah-jong-game (with obvious references to Akagi). While it doesn’t beat the epic snowball-fight of season one, it was quite fun to watch.

There’s nothing much to say, really. This is one of these episodes you need to watch for yourself. While the rain and vestal sprite came rather from out of nowhere, their chemistry with Watanuki was really enjoyable. This is really the beauty of xxxHolic: you’ll never know when it’s going to be serious or laid-back, and it’ll be enjoyable either way.

I do want to use this opportunity to say something about the nature of parodies, though, because I felt that the appearances of Akagi were rather useless. I personally really lke parodies, but they only work when they make the thing they parody look ridiculous. Just including a reference to another series here and there gets boring, especially when overused (yes, I’m talking to you, Lucky Star). Take Master of Epic for example: it did an excellent job in creating an entire setting out of a parody. Or take Ooedo rocket with its FMA-references. It’s quite humorous to see the voice-actors of FMA playing completely different roles, and that’s why these “Nii-san!”-references worked so well. Watanuki’s Akagi-face was actually one of the least funny jokes in this episode, and I see more series that try to just include a reference in an attempt to be funny.

3 Responses

  1. marmot says:

    Yeah not sure how the kohane thing will be resolved, her story has only just been rounded off in the manga. Luckily one of the very few time in xxxholic where it felt like they were just stalling for time (probably waiting for tsubasa to go somewhere).

  2. Windspirit says:

    So they skipped Syaoran’s appearance ?
    Then it’s confirmed : the anime just won’t do any crossover with Tsubasa, which is IMO very stupid because at some time, the two stories will interwine with each other and Watanuki will have a huge role to play in Syaoran-tachi’s adventure.

  3. woden says:

    If you pause at 10:15 at just the right moment He looks like this guy from a mah jong anime i saw.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:53 PM)
    For me I see it as coming down to superior tactics moreso than anything else.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:52 PM)
    Need I state how America was overwhelmed by Vietnam back during the Vietnam war despite being”the American military being strongest military the world has ever know.ltd”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:50 PM)
    They places that mattered they still control in some form, and they will till the blood diamonds run out. You know what makes the world go around, right? That’s what most wars and conflicts really come down to.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:47 PM)
    @Ninja: The Spanish went harder because they saw gold in the Americas, where in Africa they were greeted by non-favorable climate and disease.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:47 PM)
    @Bam But yes, I do ultimately agree with you that you can never look to one factor to explain the course of events. I just disagree with you about the importance of weaponry in this case.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:46 PM)
    It definitely didn’t help that that many regional tribes and city-states were on the verge of collapse when they got there neither.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:44 PM)
    @Vincent: I think when we have cases of thousands of people dying and whole cities ruined by preemptive synchronous canon-fire then it is probably pretty safe to assume that it was a factor.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:44 PM)
    @Bam Comparative history is an inherently sketchy endeavor. But my pursuit of it comes from my view of history as falling under the humanities whereas you treat it more like a social science. I’m merely using the analysis to illustrate how, despite the massive technological difference in both cases, things nonetheless went much worse for the Americans, and you have to look at the other factors to explain why.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:43 PM)
    The Spanish took advantage of rivalries and played them off against each other.
  • 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.

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