Just as I had expected, making a 16-pages long chapter into a 20-minute long anime episode wasn’t a good idea, as a result, this is so far my least favorite episode.
I would explain this mostly due to the fact that I don’t understand a thing about Mahjong and its rules. In fact, I had never heard of Mahjong before CLAMP showed it in XXXHOLiC in this very arc. I’m sure it must have been a very funny episode for those who actually know the game rules.
I also didn’t like that Ame Warashi and Zashiki Warashi appear in this episode. Their appearances are supposed to be special, but in the anime every now and then they randomly make an appearance, specially on original episodes, and this totally kills the preciousness around the two characters.
I’m glad the Yumekai song played again in this episode, I like that song so much and I didn’t think we would hear it again.
The spirit woman didn’t look as pretty as shown in the previous episode, or better, as shown in the manga.
I think what saved this episode, for me at least, was the always so brilliant performance of Fukuyama Jun, who is funny even when we have no idea of what’s going on xD
There were tiny Akagi crossovers, too, I’m sure CLAMP must have been thrilled.
XXXHOLiC◆Kei Episode Schedule:
Here’s our little table of upcoming XXXHOLiC◆Kei episodes and their staff. Items in bold represent new additions.
|Episode||Title||Script||Storyboard||Direction||Animation direction||Story arc||Air date|
|1||Spider’s Web||Michiko Yokote||Tsutomu Mizushima||Junichiro
|Spider Lady||April 3|
|2||Left Pupil||Yasutaka Yamamoto||Hiroyo Izumi||April 10|
|3||Half||Fumi Ii||Tsutomu Mizushima||Kazuchika Kise||April 17|
|4||Yumekai||Nanase Ohkawa||Kiyoko Sayama||Daisuke Tsukushi||Ryouko Nakano||Yumekai||April 24|
|5||Kohane||Shinsuke Terasawa||Minoru Ueda||Kohane||May 1|
|6||Peace||Taishirou Tanimura||Yukina Hiiro||Tomoji Hatake||Mahjong||May 8|
|7||Drawing Water||Yoshiki Sakurai||Susumu Endo||Hara Yumiko||Water well||May 15|
|8||Whispers||Miharu Hirami||Yasutaka Yamamoto||Hiroyo Izumi||Bells||May 22|
|9||Rumors||Michiko Yokote||Hiroshi Fukutomi||Masahiko Watanabe||Kyoko Kotani||Kohane*||May 29|
|10||Awareness||Shinsuke Terasawa||June 3|
* represents my own assumption and is subject to change.
I’m quite sure now that they will be pushing Kohane’s arc backwards and then Himawari’s arc forward until the end of the first half of the series, which could also be the very end of the series. It’s totally possible to wrap everything up in Himawari’s arc, since after this point the manga became more and more linked with Tsubasa.
Yoshiki Sakurai wrote the upcoming episode, then there is Miharu Harami, who wrote a few episodes for season 1, then Michiko Yokote is back again writing two more episodes. We still have an episode written by Mizushima that is yet to be announced. I hope Ohkawa gets to write the final episode(s).