Posted by psgels on 20 June 2008 with categories: xxxHolic


Now this was an awesome episode! I’m glad to see that the creators were able to play with the manga chapters in such a way to save the best story for last. In fact, I wouldn’t mind if the Himawari-arc would close off the xxxHolic anime, because in this way, the series would leave you in the best way possible, instead of how the first season ended with a random side-story. It’s just like Mushishi: that one stayed episodic until the end, but it did save one of its best stories for last, with great effects.

I really expected this final arc to be even darker than the spider-arc, and what I got was an incredibly heart-warming episode. The bond between Watanuki, Himawari and Doumeki is really something special, and its wonderful to see everything the past thirty-five episodes have been building up for come together.

At this point, I really can say for sure that without taking the manga into account, xxxHolic has been Clamp’s best work for me. Clamp is far from perfect, Tsubasa Chronicle seems to be getting more ridiculous with every plot-twist, Chobits had a lot of boring moments and the character designs of Code Geass are more aimed to attract fangirls and fanboys than some creative masterpieces, but in a series like this one and Cardcaptor Sakura, you can see that they’ve shown their best sides.

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  1. Wind says:

    Have you seen/read X ?
    X is to CLAMP what Hi no Tori is to Osamu Tezuka.
    And RG Veda is very good too.

    And I just don’t consider Code Geass as CLAMP material. Despite what some fanboys may be thinking.

  2. Hayama says:

    yeah i think both tokyo babylon and x are clamp best works.

  3. Lika says:

    Tokyo Babylon and Holic are my favourite, as well as Clover. Code Geass is just… NO. NEVER. *shudders and scrubs her brain*

  4. Camario says:

    Time to be a bit of a heretic, again. My only experience with an actual CLAMP work, though even that was tangential at best, was with the X movie so many years ago. Not exactly a good one, I’d admit.

    Haven’t really had the chance to look into their other stuff, all of their manga included.

    That said, xxxHolic looks like a fairly good place to start, the first season of which I’ll probably get to watch much later this year, more or less, so any spoilers I may have casually picked up will likely be forgotten by then.

    A pity I can’t really comment on the currently airing episodes though.

  5. Salenth says:

    Yeah, Tsubasa would be perfect if CLAMP didn’t keep throwing the “HA WE GOTCHA” plot at their readers every other chapter. That’s why it’s a shame that xxxHolic is shorter than Tsubasa. Hopefully CLAMP will keep their word and go back to Gohou/Legal Drug after Tsubasa and xxxHolic are done.

  6. Lika says:

    X the movie is probably the worst way to get into CLAMP as people who watch it either die from the horrible or the LULZ. The X TV series, while still far from perfect and no where near the level of the manga, is much better and will definitely give more insight into some of the characters of Tsubasa (though the Seishirou/Subaru parts won’t make much sense until you read Tokyo Babylon as X is kind of a semi-sequel to it). The best intro for CLAMP, I think, is still Cardcaptor Sakura as it’s entertaining, cute, funny, touching, and far less disturbing and gory than their other stuff.

  7. windy says:

    I liked X tv a lot, enjoyed it even more than holic and tsubasa, well even though all of Clamp’s works are at good level!

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  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:55 AM)
    it’d actually be a shame for them to make it into I Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, or worst
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:54 AM)
    @Aidan, Yeah that guy tries really hard to make it more than just fanservice though. I have a weird respect for people that can play ridiculous concepts straight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Feb 9. 2016 08:31 PM)
    Alright, if I can just catch up with Gundam orphans then I can finally post this summery.
    Also RWBY has gotten quite good lately.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Feb 9. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @wicked, that’s the surprising thing. I still think the reason its getting a anime adaption is simply because of the premise and I bet the anime is going to play up the fanservice. It is pretty standard sports manga despite how utterly ridiculous the sport is.I mean that exam which featured girls swinging their asses in figure 8s…and not one person pointed out how strange it was.
  • wicked
    (Tuesday, Feb 9. 2016 06:31 AM)
    @Aidan Gotta hand it to Keijo though, it takes that fighting with tits and ass thing crazy serious.
    It’s straight up a friendship, effort, victory shounen fighting manga otherwise
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Feb 8. 2016 01:45 PM)
    Keijo is getting an anime adaption huh…well its a manga about girls pushing each other off floating platforms using just their ass and boobs. Of course it’s getting an anime adaption.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Feb 8. 2016 01:41 PM)
    @CloudedAnime, Normally I am not too keen on others using this Shoutbox to push their blogs but I will allow it this time. (Pretty certain that compliment was insincere and being pasted everywhere else you are pushing that blog. The joys of self promotion…)
    Just ease off on the exclamation marks there and keep at it.
  • CloudedAnime
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 06:54 AM)
    Love this place! Come check out my blog too at Clouded Anime! Follow me on Twitter too for updates! https://cloudedanime.wordpress.com/
  • wicked
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 05:49 AM)
    @kaiser though those were published in japanese magazine, they were full on mangas
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 05:33 AM)
    @Prince, I Responded.

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