Time to comment on XXXHOLiC.
The scans are up since Wednesday at the RoR, but only now I could sit and talk about it (yesterday SAW III got me busy ^^”)
First of all, congratulations to XXXHOLiC for selling over 6.600 millions of copies around the world. Last time we heard it was 5.800, so almost a million more within a month ^_^
About the splash page, it reminded me of Tokyo Babylon somehow xD I don’t know if it is because of the sunflowers or for the fact that the guys are wearing gloves, It just did ^^”
I am so happy that Ame and Zashiki Warashi appeared on the color pages this time (thank you, CLAMP !). I love them both, specially Ame Warashi. Her hair is definitely blue on the manga, then, while Zashiki’s is really black. I don’t know why they changed in the anime, it doesn’t bug me the red one, but if I were to choose it, I would definitely pick the blue one. Also loved their clothes, and again, specially Ame Warashi’s ^^
New thing to me was to see Watanuki’s eyes multi-colored. Sharing an eye with Doumeki is surely clear now. However, I don’t get why his eyes weren’t like that in Volume 10’s color pages. You can really see his eyes are they are both blue.
So, either CLAMP decided just now that from now on they’ll color them like this, or (which is the one I’ll believe for the time being) maybe Doumeki was “seeing through” Watanuki in this very moment. Remember that they don’t share the same “vision” 24hrs a day and 7 days per week, only when Watanuki gets “overwhelmed”, or something like that (like when Doumeki saw the Thunder creature). Which is why I think Doumeki saw the scene and that’s why his other eye is golden. We’ll see later if Doumeki will mention anything.
Zashiki Warashi is really something xD She reminds me of Shuuko from AL with all her intense blushings ^^ I like this pairing, Zashiki and Watanuki *avoids tomatoes* And she was wearing the little hair things he gave to her ^_^
Ame Warashi, though, is even better xD I love her grumpy personality and the way she treats Watanuki XD Sometimes I get the feeling she’s a bit jealous of Zashiki Warashi ^^
“Ame: That shopkeeper really has some unique things.
But then again, among those you’re the most unique one.
[…] Your existence in itself, it’s kind of unbelievable.”
(taken from inarikami-san’s translations ^^)
Oho~ new clues about Watanuki’s importance. I don’t know why but, the thing that came to my mind when I read this was that Watanuki wasn’t supposed to be alive. Maybe he was supposed to die with his parents? So what, now he’s “The Boy Who Lived”? ¬¬
Stupid jokes aside, Ame Warashi said something to think over. I just hope that, by the “Eh?” Watanuki made, he’s gonna ask Yuuko what she meant by that. (Or maybe Doumeki heard/saw it? O.o)
So Himawari changed her hairstyle in order to hide the scars she got instead of Watanuki. It’s really sweet of her to do that ^__^ Watanuki gave her the little bird, still unnamed xD
The chapter ended without any kind of cliffhangers, so I wonder what will be the theme of this arc. I hope it has to do with the hints thrown by Ame Warashi.
Before leaving, I would like to share something with the Doumeki and Haruka fans ^^
As I was surfing and saving the pics from Nekoi’s Private Board (at PLA-NET), I noticed that after pic 68, it jumped to pic 70 (and they name them in numerical order). So I wondered where number 69 was O.o I typed the URL replacing the number 69 and to my surprise, here’s what I found:
It’s Haruka and chibi!Doumeki ! O.O Wearing a kimono, and long hair too ! I wonder if Nekoi was gonna post it but didn’t because she thought it was too spoilery? O.o Either way, I thought some of you would like it ^__^ (ladydarkmoon and canon_4_life specially ^^)