Posted by psgels on 14 March 2011 with categories: OVA Impressions, xxxHolic, xxxHolic Rou

For the fans of Gundam Unicorn who are complaining about slow release dates: the intervals between new xxxHolic episodes is a whole whopping year!

But dear god, was it worth the wait. Unlike what I previously expected, this episode doesn’t really aim to answer any question whatsoever. In fact, it doesn’t even address the cliff-hanger that the previous episode left us with, and no new news about Yuuko appears anywhere. The length of this OVA was about half an hour, and its purpose was completely different from the first xxxHolic Rou.

What this movie did do was incredibly heart-warming, though. It’s an entire episode full of subtle character-building on Watanuki and Doumeki. I mean, the changes that the first xxxHolic Rou episode brought forth were immense. This episode fleshes this out brilliantly by somehow doing the impossible and giving the characters even more depth than they already had. Yeah.

I mean seriously, xxxHolic already was by far my favourite Clamp series, and this episode only made it better. This episode was full of quiet discussions between Watanuki and other side-characters like Mokona, Doumeki and his grandfather. Doumeki’s grandfather is just about the only one who didn’t change significantly, and even he had a wonderful portrayal in this episode, worried about his grandson.

This episode also showed a few flashbacks to Watanuki’s past. And seriously, if there was any series in which such a small recap like that would would, it’s this one. For one thing, it was great to see Watanuki sigh at what a moron he used to be, but it also really reminded how it’s already been five years since I first started watching this series, and it reminded what kind of huge changes the characters went through. If you add all of the pieces of development together here, you really get an amazing cast of characters. And I really don’t hope that this was the last of the xxxHolic OVAs.
OVA Episode Rating: 8.75/10

7 Responses

  1. Snowolf says:

    Sadly, I think it is- they haven’t announced any new ones as of yet of course, but with the manga ending as the way it did….alas, I’m sorry to say that this will definitely be the most open ending I’ve seen to any manga/anime serialization. D:

  2. Puran says:

    Yeah, I really didn’t like the ending either. It really pulled a lot of twists for the sake of it, explained very little and didn’t really give me a sense of closure… Yeah it was the most open ended ending I’ve read too, and I’ve read hikaru no go :P

  3. CY says:

    Much as i hate open-ended endings… But i suppose that it is in the spirit of xxxHolic. Vague but full of meanings…

  4. XXXholic disappointed fan says:

    The most stupid ending I ever see in the manga >:( . don’t know what Clamp is doing but they’re doom! last time Full metal alchamist was remake to Brotherhood version, because of complain from the fans, about the stupid ending. and now I want Yuuko back with Watanuki didn’t happen!. yeah I’m complaining. the writer better do something about it!. otherwise… goodbye Clamp!

  5. shin5 asakura says:

    i hope we can see xxholic on gate 7 or kobato (tsubasa did appeared on kobato).
    yeah. just like tsubasa and xxholic mixed up.
    and hope clamp will give us the best answer of xxholic ending.
    well, the big question of xxxholic is watanuki himself. nuooooooooooooo.
    hope clamp will explain it, together with yuuko true identity and her relationship with clow and watanuki!
    ah!! i cant wait!!
    go clamp! dont die until we satisfied!!

  6. Fluca says:

    What? No comment on the impending marriage? And what about the revelation that the bride prefers Watanuki?

  7. Satisfied says:

    I didn’t watch the second OVA until 2013 but I had already finished the xxxholic manga. This episode actually filled up some loose ends for me. I’m pretty satisfied the episode ended with Doumeki as the last character that Watanuki is with b/c they went through a lot together.

    The whole marriage thing? It feels as if Doumeki and Kohane are marrying each other for the sake of Watanuki (b/c in the manga, Doumeki’s son visits Watanuki). When Doumeki refers to Kohane, he says her last name as he faces Watanuki, which is really formal for someone he’s known so long and who he’s going to marry in 2 months. Call it speculation, but it’s kind of like he was implying that Watanuki is also the most person to him.

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  • Masky
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 08:03 AM)
    @Bam: Yeah, but simulating reality applies to certain types of games. Judging EVERY game by how realistic it is is silly xD
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:36 AM)
    @Masky: lots of game designers aspire for realism. Now this can be done for cosmetic purposes like face textures and lighting, practical with physic engines and movement, or contextual like believable character reactions and dialogue. Now some games thrive in being ridiculous and fantastic, but some want to create a realistic setting to further the emotional impact. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:32 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: and happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:43 PM)
    Anyway seriously though, I’d say it does actually make sense in context xD Since none of monsters are actually that threatening.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:42 PM)
    .-. I have no words, mainly because whenever anyone uses word “Realism” in context of video game, I want to say rude words xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:40 PM)
    I think he gave it a passing glance and felt it wasn’t his thing, I remember he also felt that he thought the idea of sparing the monsters wasn’t believable or realistic given that he felt if you were realistically placed in that situation yourself, the real thing to do would be to fight back out of fear.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    Did he actually play the game though? I mean, did he actually discover it himself or did he just heard the spoilers?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:35 PM)
    I had a talk with a friend about undertale and he wasn’t a fan, he prefers other types of rpgs, the choice element also made him uncomfortable and that he felt the game was too punishing.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:34 PM)
    @Kaiser: Puzzle elements, outside of sparing everyone, seem to be mainly just parodying video game puzzles. Like, only place where you actually have to solve actual puzzles is in Hotland, before that pretty much every puzzle is automatically solved, really easy or has some silly twist to it. Like the puzzle you can skip by pressing a switch in tree trunk. Can’t say I’m too fond of puzzles either, but I liked how game was making fun of them
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    Speaking of awful sense of humor and things that dorks like, just wanted to say that turns out I was right about Jitsu wa watashi wa in that main couple does get together before chapter 100(forgot what exactly, some where in 80-90 range I think). But they are such huge dorks that they do everything ridiculously slowly because they are that embarrassed, so they have had like just one date(in chapter 100). Not that I expect anyone to remember what the heck I’m talking about xD

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