Posted 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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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Christ I mean talk about missing the point. Moneypenny isn’t supposed to be hot. She’s the girl you settle down with, not the hot one night stand. And as far as diversity goes, you put a black character in a role where they suck so much as a secert agent that they get demoted to a secretary!
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 01:01 PM)
    @Aidan: I was horrified when Nick Fury was played by Samuel L Jackson. And it all just feels so tokenistic.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 01:01 PM)
    @Aidan: I just had to comment on that, since whoever is at the helm of that reboot doesn’t seem to have the slightest clue what they’re doin.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 01:00 PM)
    @Aidan: Ah so I was right about it getting a reboot a few pages back. Fantastic four aren’t especially interesting characters, Doom and Grimm make it and thats it really.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 12:59 PM)
    Well I’m off to bed. It’s quite late in this hemisphere so I bid you adieu and a good afternoon :-)
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 12:58 PM)
    @Bam: Oh God, Ridley Scott how far you have fallen.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 12:58 PM)
    You know there is a fantastic four reboot in the works. But from the looks of things it sounds awful. Forone they are casting a woman as dr doom and a black guy as the human torch. I mean I am all for diveristy but this seems like the Skyfall thing with Moneypenny. Like making moneypenny black just for a “Whaaaaat?!” moment.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 12:56 PM)
    @Emma: yeah Bardem is at a point in his career tha he takes whatever pays well. Skyfall and The Counselor where such ventures.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 12:54 PM)
    @Emma: I meant the spider symbolism in Enemy.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Aug 27. 2014 12:54 PM)
    @Bam: And then to see Bardem wasted in that Skyfall Bond film, nevermind, at least he was terrifying in no country for old men.

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