XXXHOLiC◆Kei #3 Review


– Cute Maru/Moro narration ^-^
– Animation looks weird in the beginning…
– The reduced form of Kuda Kitsune looks extraordinarily thin.
– Yuuko’s pink shawl looks horrendous, she wasn’t wearing that in the manga.
– I don’t like the smoke effect, the manga one had much more style.
– SPIDER LADY!!!! *-* She looks and sounds AMAZING! She actually looks like a spider, and that leg crossing à la Sharon Stone, oh my xD
– Nice shot of both Watanuki’s eyes.
– What is Ame Warashi doing in here?
– Spider Lady never uses “kanojo” (means “she/her” in japanese) to refer to Zashiki Warashi. She always refers to her as this or that “child”. Ohkawa picks her words very carefully, I’m very convinced now that Zashiki Warashi really isn’t a girl. She does call her “princess” when Watanuki rescues her, though.
– Do we have a PRODUCTION IG crossover in here? The robots Maru and Moro are playing with are called Tachikoma and they are originally from Ghost in The Shell. Their shape looks like a spider, I think the producers thought it would be suitable to include these here…
– I don’t like Zashiki Warashi’s hair being blue xD
– The eye doesn’t look pink? Thank god! In the preview of episode 2, it had a pink glow. I’m so glad they changed it, it looks so much better like this, with the ying-yang.
– Why both of Watanuki’s eyes are blue in the next episode preview? Will they fix it like they did with half of Doumeki’s eye? Well, we didn’t see his eyes looking different until the color pages of volume 11 (both of them were blue in the color pages of volume 9 and 10 even though he had swallowed half of Doumeki’s eye by the end of volume 8).

In spite of Spider Lady (Jorougumo, whatever), who looked absolutely fantastic, this episode left me a little disappointed. The animation was very unstable, and this was one of the most-anticipated episodes. Even Watanuki looked sometimes off, and he’s always looking great. It wasn’t a bad episode overall, far from that, but for the climax of this arc I think they could have done better.

That doesn’t apply to Spider Lady, though, like I said before, she looked and sounded just perfect, I’m very happy and satisfied her role was well-presented. When is she appearing again? ;____; I realized even more of how much I love her after watching this episode xD

I also missed the stylish backgrounds, seems like they weren’t really there in this episode.

Ohkawa is in charge of the next one, I can hardly wait!

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22 thoughts on “XXXHOLiC◆Kei #3 Review

  1. SPIDER LADY FTW!

    Agree with everything in this review and I can’t wait for the next episode.

    You’re very attentive, although I usually multi-task when I watch anime these days.

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    • WORD on Spider Lady, god, isn’t she brilliant… she looks deliciously evil.

      >You’re very attentive, although I usually multi-task when I watch anime these days.

      I multi-task too. I keep comparing the anime with the manga xD

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      • She looks evil, but selfish evil, not evil I’m going to destroy the world evil, I’ve been seduced by her since I first saw her in the manga.

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        • Indeed not that kind of evil. A cool evil.

          I fell in love with her too but it’s been years since I read her arc and seeing her again, this time moving and speaking (with the perfect voice) just made me remember how much I like her.

          Glad they didn’t screw her up, muchly on the contrary.

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    • *facepalms*

      I hope they fix it. Just because CLAMP supposedly made a mistake, doesn’t mean they have to do the same mistake too (unless there’s a meaning behind it, you never know xD)

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  2. I just have a little question.
    Is there shots of spiders in this episode ? I love that arc, but i’m arachnophobic so i’m a little scared there would be :-/ (if i remember well, there was in the manga…)

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  3. I think the thing I liked best was the Tachikoma shoutout. Not that the rest of it wasn’t good.

    The other thing about Spider Lady not calling Zashiki Warashi “kanojo” might be either politeness or an indication that Zashiki Warashi outranks Spider Lady on the spirit hierarchy, since it’s generally slightly rude to refer to unrelated people as “kanojo,” and definitely rude to do so in the case of a superior. ZW being referred to as “princess” tends to support the second theory in my mind.

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    • >The other thing about Spider Lady not calling Zashiki Warashi “kanojo” might be either politeness or an indication that Zashiki Warashi outranks Spider Lady on the spirit hierarchy, since it’s generally slightly rude to refer to unrelated people as “kanojo,” and definitely rude to do so in the case of a superior. ZW being referred to as “princess” tends to support the second theory in my mind.

      Hum, thanks for that! I didn’t know about it. It could be. I still think Ohkawa did it on purpose. And we don’t know how polite Spider Lady is… she has quite a personality xD

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  4. >>Animation looks weird in the beginning…

    >.>; It was rather weird all the way through… And they kept forgetting the blood on Watanuki’s hand.. In some shots it’s covered, and others there no blood in sight… (Actually, I normally totally miss that sort of thing, so I’m kinda proud I noticed it. hahaha)

    >>Ohkawa picks her words very carefully, I’m very convinced now that Zashiki Warashi really isn’t a girl.

    After hearing what Ohkawa-san had said…. o.o; I can’t help but think “…Zashiki Warashi *is* really flat-chested….” But with CLAMP, you can never be sure.. heheh This could all be a trap to set us off CLAMP’s real trail. hahaha ^^

    Though… I did think the addition of Ame-Warashi going to Yuuko’s to wait was cute ^^;;;;

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    • Congrats for noticing the missing blood! I didn’t! XDDD I’ll pay attention next time I watch it (how lame, though!).

      “She” really is flat-chested. But then again, she’s supposed to be a source of purity. So maybe that’s why the lack of breasts.

      >Though… I did think the addition of Ame-Warashi going to Yuuko’s to wait was cute ^^;;;;

      She carries so much about her ^^
      But I got the feeling they added that segment because they needed to fill the remaining minutes with something.

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  5. I really should read the manga… somehow I anticipated so much more from this arc, but then bleh, it ends there.

    I agree, the animation seemed to plummet downhill, many anime fans explain this as the first few episodes of the season are always spectacular, because it’s the first one, and the companies really want to wow the audience into staying, but then afterwards they try to cut back on money/time by dropping on the animation quality…

    I was also confused about the preview because Watanuki had two blue eyes, I hope they fix it.

    I was completely confused in TRC about the yin-yang eye thing, but now it completely makes sense after watched xxxHolic!

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  6. I feel like I’m the only who really liked this episode xDDD I think it was mostly the music though. The background music for the part with Watanuki entering the building, and when he was with the Zashiki Warashi near the end, and also when he swallowed the eye was amazing.

    The Tachikoma was kind of random though…

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  7. Finally I watched it.
    It makes me Wow it is sooo WTF.
    I felt like I was watching the second OAD of Tokyo Revelations from de point of view of Watanuki. That eye that Doumeki shared with Watanuki was identical to the eye that Real Syaoran gived to the Clone. I started thinking: Is Watanuki the Clone and Doumeki the real one?
    I thought also that maybe the Jorougumo could be the clone. Stealing someone’s eye… I don’t but there must be a conexion between these two events. And the release of the new season seamed too much synchronized with the events of the OADs…

    This episode made me WTF WTF WTF. I thought many theories and none of them could satisfy me.

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