As I had expected, this was a great episode animation-wise. I wish the entire series would have the same animation level we see in this episode, it would make XXXHOLiC a much better adaptation. And it’s not like I’m asking too much, these “excellent-animated” XXXHOLiC episodes are in the same level of “okay-animated” episodes for other series out there. Not sure if you get my point here… My point is, XXXHOLiC’s excellent animation is not that excellent.
But XXXHOLiC animation issues are far from news, let’s talk about the episode.
Seems like there wasn’t much script changes in this episode as it’s very faithful to the manga version, with a few adaptations here and there to suit the anime original time-line.
Watanuki falling from the window looks just as unnatural as its manga version, I still don’t get how did he manage to fall xDDD Okay, maybe one can say that’s also the power of Himawari’s bad luck.
Something that caught my attention was Watanuki’s parents and their speech being completely cut off, they are mute. I understand to left out the talk about “not disappearing” and “another person” since those are related to Tsubasa’s plot, but to cut their speech entirely? I could be wrong but this scene made me believe, even more, that Watanuki is also son of Sakura and Syaoran from CCS. That was such a pretty scene, by the way.
In terms of this TV series, it was much wiser to switch arcs and place Himawari’s one in the end. It’s a mystery that remains unsolved since season 1 and it creates a much bigger climax atmosphere than Kohane’s arc could possibly create.
I really liked this episode, I think it was one of the best so far, in my opinion. The fact that it was written by Ohkawa counts for that final judgment, of course XD
Next episode, the end of Himawari’s arc, again by Ohkawa’s hand and for the first time teamed with Tsutomu Mizushima. The preview shows that it’ll be a nice episode. What anime-only twists can we expect? Or maybe not…
And a fun meme I stole from arkray, long time since my last:
1. It begins with a list of all 26 letters of the alphabet.
2. Comment with something for me to talk about that starts with one of those letters. Make me babble about anything — TV shows, actors, actresses, food, I don’t know, be creative.
3. One topic per letter — I don’t care how many letters you pick.
4. I will post a new post talking about all 26 topics given to me.