XXXHOLiC◆Kei #5 Review


– Lots of sakura petals in this episode, very CLAMPy.
– Ah, so the scene with Watanuki mocking Doumeki for wearing a girl’s kimono when he was a kid is there. I should have known Ohkawa wouldn’t cut it.
– More sakura petals. Feels like Seishirou is gonna pop up at anytime.
– Oh, do we have a Himawari flashback here, with her grandma?
– Ah, and here we the scene that was cut from the previous episode with Yuuko asking Watanuki why he likes Himawari so much.
– Kohane-chan appears! I really like Kohane’s theme, a piano with flute ballad, it sounds mystical and ancient, very pretty. But it’s not a new song, it was played for the first time at the end of episode 4.
– Her mother doesn’t look very pretty, her eyes look somehow very small, and she looks skinny too.
– Watanuki’s right eye going Doumeki. I wish it could stay like this permanently, it looks cooler xD
– Kohane looks completely dry, except for a few raindrops here and there, even though she’s been under the rain. What a mistake.
– Her voice. We can hear her voice properly in this scene. It’s a very matured voice, for a girl with Kohane’s age, and that’s the way it should be. Her voice kind of lacks emotion or happiness, it’s perfect.
– A little lack of emotion there when Watanuki tells her to return the umbrella when they meet again. Kohane should have gotten really surprised here but her face looked very plain instead.
– There Kohane goes all dry towards her bedroom xD

I think this episode had the worst animation so far for “Kei”. The characters’ proportions looked longer than usual, and I swear to you that seeing Kohane by her back reminded me of Fye’s past, if you know what I mean. Overall I think this episode lacked in details and that the staff should have put more effort in the animation. Watanuki still remains the best animated and the most natural character, the others just seem flat. I wish Ohkawa and Mizushima would team up for a single episode.

At least so far the anime has been extremely faithful to the manga, which is another positive point. I wonder when the first changes will begin.

Next episode, the mahjong one. I’m a little worried about how they’ll manage to convert 16 pages of manga in 20 minutes, it sounds too little pages for too much time, but we’ll see xD

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29 thoughts on “XXXHOLiC◆Kei #5 Review

  1. Wrong it should be unfaithful to the maga like season 1 that way it isnt just a dupilcate of the manga and we could enjoy a retold story . I cant believe people dont like the first season because of the lack of crossovers is it really that bad that we dont see the tsubasa characters or that we get stories just about holic characters . The crossovers just hamper the holic manga if your not interseted in the tsubasa story and I like the tsubasa story .

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    • I think the anime ending will be different from the manga. Because the manga’s ending is strictly related to Tsubasa while the anime isn’t, so it’s gonna be different.

      I will enjoy it as long as Ohkawa approves it, which I’m sure she will, that if she doesn’t write it herself.

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  2. *watching now*

    You’re right. This episode’s animation quality was way down. There were times when the mouths, which were wide open, were nothing but teeth. People cannot talk through clenched teeth…

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    • >There were times when the mouths, which were wide open, were nothing but teeth. People cannot talk through clenched teeth…

      I noticed that too. With Watanuki and specially Kohane’s mother. Thought it looked pretty weird too.

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    • Yeah, all those Sakura’s trees XD And I remember at the time that arc was being published in YM there were some theories saying that the woman was Setsuka Sakurazuka XD I actually believe it could be xD

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  3. It kind of bothered me that Kohane-chan looked short compared to her mother and Watanuki when Watanuki saw her for the first time. Also wasn’t in the manga her eyes where purple, not green?

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    • She looked extremely short at some shots, true xD

      >Also wasn’t in the manga her eyes where purple, not green?

      You’re right, at least in the color page it’s purple. But we can’t really trust the eye color in colored illustration, CLAMP said they choose them at random xD

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  4. Ugh it’s like Code Geass… the only decent animation they do is the first 2 episode to hook people (and it works unfortunately…) and it’s downhill from there. Now I only watch it to find out what happens (I hate animation, character and plot in there, but watching it out of total curiosity)

    My point: Anime sucks

    The only time anime is better than the manga is when the original IS the anime or the mangaka sucked like hell

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    • Episode 3 looked quite nice too. The beginning was yuck but Spider Lady was awesome. The Yumekai was nice too.
      It’s all about the director. When Mizushima directs the episode, it looks great, but when he doesn’t…

      >My point: Anime sucks

      WORD XD I will always prefer the manga over the anime, always.

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  5. > – More sakura petals. Feels like Seishirou is gonna pop up at anytime.

    Seishirou-sama..? *kyaa!* DOKO?? *looks frantically* xD

    > – Her mother doesn’t look very pretty, her eyes look somehow very small, and she looks skinny too.

    I have no care for her. She hit my Watanuki-kun. 😡

    Thanks muchly for the brief review! *glomps*

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    • >I have no care for her. She hit my Watanuki-kun. 😡

      Hahahaha that’s true. Even though she’s evil, I think she looks very pretty, at least in the manga. But it doesn’t seem to be the case in the anime…

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  6. I agree with you that this is the worst animated chapter so far in Kei. But the thing is that what I disliked the most was that long conversations with a fixed shot ¬¬U Although I must say I liked the chapter xD now we’ve read the end of Kohane’s arc, watching how it all started is great! 😀

    >Her voice. We can hear her voice properly in this scene. It’s a very matured voice, for a girl with Kohane’s age, and that’s the way it should be. Her voice kind of lacks emotion or happiness, it’s perfect.
    Yes! *_* All of the seiyuus are just perfect, the way I had imagined.

    >Next episode, the mahjong one. I’m a little worried about how they’ll manage to convert 16 pages of manga in 20 minutes, it sounds too little pages for too much time, but we’ll see xD
    There are other chapters in the first season like this one… the one about snow figures xD let’s see, maybe we get a scene with the Gohou Drug gang! 😉

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    • >But the thing is that what I disliked the most was that long conversations with a fixed shot ¬¬U

      Well-noticed, there were loads of shots like that. I also hate it because it’s such a cheap way of animating something.

      >There are other chapters in the first season like this one… the one about snow figures xD

      That’s what worries me xD I hated that episode, hahaha!

      >let’s see, maybe we get a scene with the Gohou Drug gang! 😉

      That would be perfect! Remember the CLAMP IN WONDERLAND EX short comic with Kazahaya? That would be neat, to see animated ^^

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  7. LOL
    “- More sakura petals. Feels like Seishirou is gonna pop up at anytime.”
    hehehehehehe

    ahh yeah, the animation doesn’t sound too good, overall, i always found holic’s anime to be pale in comparison to it’s manga counterpart….oh well

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  8. Spoilers

    Chibiyuuto-san do you know if these spoilers are truly?

    一名少年来到了次元魔女的面前。
    A boy arrived in front of the dimension witch
    “到这里去”。因为这样说过。(注:应该是少年的父亲所说的话)
    “Go to here”. Because this is said (Note: Probably this is said by the boy’s father)
    “总算来了”。侑子说着,并向少年解释“来到这里是必然的。”
    “You are finally here.” Yuuko said, and explained to the boy, “Coming here is hitsuzen.”
    “你的名字?”
    “Your name?”
    被这样询问的少年说到:“李小狼”。
    The boy who is being asked as such replied, “Li Syaoran”
    “和父亲一样的名字呢,但这并不是你的真名。”侑子笑着说到。
    “It is the same name as your father, however this is not your real name”, Yuuko smiled and said.
    (注:原文可以这样理解,但似乎会导致内容相互矛盾)
    (Note: The original script can be interpreted as such, However, it may cause contradiction in the context)
    侑子:“你父亲似乎认真的教导过你啊,各个方面都是。”
    Yuuko: “Your father seems to teach you quite seriously. In all aspect as well.”
    李小狼:“你,认识我的父亲?”
    Syaoran: “you know my father?”
    侑子:“你的母亲——樱,我也认识呢。不过并没有见过面。”
    Yuuko: “Your mother — Sakura, I also know as well. However, I have never seen her before.”
    侑子:“闲聊就到这里吧。说出你的愿望。”
    Yuuko: “Random talk should end here, tell me your wish.”
    李小狼:“……我没有愿望。就算有的话,也只会靠自己去实现。”
    Syaoran: “… I don’t have a wish. Even if I have, I will use my own ability to fulfill it.”
    侑子:“但正因为有需要实现的愿望,你才会在这里。”
    Yuuko: “But it is because you have a wish you need to fulfill, that’s why you are here.”
    李小狼:“父亲他…不,母亲她因为梦的预知,说有在等待我的人,所以……”
    Syaoran: “Father.. no, Because mother has dreamseeing power, she forsee that someone is waiting for me, so…”
    侑子:“小樱以前确实有‘梦见’的能力呢。那么,你要去吗?”
    Yuuko: “It is true that Sakura used to have Dreamseeing power. Then, do you want to go?”
    李小狼:“嗯。父亲说过,是在和这个日本不同的世界。”
    Syaoran: “Yes, Father told me that it is a dimension different than this Japan.
    侑子:“你有过穿越次元的经历吗?”
    Yuuko: “Have you have the experience of travelling across different dimension?”
    李小狼:“没有。”
    Syaoran: “NO.”
    侑子:“即便如此,也决定要去?”
    Yuuko: “Even so, you have decided to go?”
    李小狼:“是。既然有我能够做到的事情,就一定要去做。”
    Syaoran: “Yes. Since there’s something I need to do, I must fulfill it.”
    侑子:“真像你父亲的作风啊。那么,我便实现你的愿望。”
    Yuuko: You are so like your father that way. Then, I shall fulfill your wish.
    李小狼:“听闻要实现愿望,就必须收取相应的代价。”
    Syaoran: “I heard that in order to grant a wish, I must exchange it with a equal price.”
    侑子:“已经从你的母亲那里收过了。”就是放在仓库的那根魔杖。
    Yuuko: “I have already received from your mother. It is that magic ward which is stored in the storage room”
    “这里就是妈妈所梦到的玖楼国吗?”飞跃的少年说到。
    “This is Clow Country which is what my mother dreamsee?”, that boy said.
    “你是谁?”相遇的少女问到。
    “Who are you?” meeting of a little girl asked.

    ■超越了时光的意志力 必然的命运邂逅……
    ~ The determination to transcend across dimension, the meeting of Hitsuzen…

    At Tsubasaproject they said that it was from a Chinese Magazine (I think it could be true because of the golden week we hadn’t the spoilers from Japan but it came from China. We never know…) I don’t want to believe it is true, by the way it’s very confuse… As all clamp works u_uU

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    • Re: Spoilers

      I don’t know if these are accurate, but if you want my opinion, I’d say no. I’d say it’s just a fan version of what they like the next chapter to be like.

      But that’s just my guess ^^

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        I really don’t know what to think about this. It’s too much for the 15 pages episode we’ve been having so far. I hope is not a hoax but I’m not sure either. All I know is that I’ve seen it in a couple of places so far announcin them as true.

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      • Re: Spoilers

        Yes, unfortunately it’s true, I saw shots at J-Larinda.
        I’m almost quitting Tsubasa, at least they should cahnge it name to Tsubasa: Chain of Memories.

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        • Re: Spoilers

          Oh I saw some pictures too.

          Well, I definitely did not see that coming. It seems terribly fanfic-ish XD

          But I’m gonna wait for the chapter before take any more conclusions.

          At first, it’s VERY WTF-ed, though, I have to admit.

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  9. Feels like Seishirou is gonna pop up at anytime
    LOL

    I swear to you that seeing Kohane by her back reminded me of Fye’s past
    o=
    i thought it too

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  10. I keep forgetting to mention this, but the OST is really lovely. I wonder if I should get the first season’s OST.

    Wow wow Woaaahhh. Kohane-chan is like a dwarf compared to Watanuki and her Mother.

    Can’t wait for more episodes!

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  11. Kohane’s voice is not like I imagine, but I like it !

    I loved the flashback with Himawari’s grandma. It makes the character Wonderful Himawari deeper ^^
    And I like Doumeki calling Watanuki-kun “Aho” >w< (I'm not a fan of Doumeki x Watanuki in a yaoi way, but I like the pair they do ^^)

    A nice episode, but I agree, the animation was a bit under than the others episodes.
    I can't wait for the next episode !

    (sorry for my very very bad English, awful more than usual…but I'm back after two days of examination, I can't think anymore XD)

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  12. “A little lack of emotion there when Watanuki tells her to return the umbrella when they meet again. Kohane should have gotten really surprised here but her face looked very plain instead.”

    I finish watching it two minuits ago, and that was one thing that upset me. Kohane seemed so expressionless.. But i like the constant “sakura petals shower” ^^!

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