I think they did a good job in dealing with Himawari’s story, it’s a heavy-dialog sequence but they made it attractive by switching some flashbacks with different angles of Himawari and playing with the colors so that it wouldn’t look boring.
Tampopo is the cutest thing, its voice in the dream is cute too X3
Himawari looks so much prettier with her hair down like that, she looks overall very pretty in this episode (I guess that’s thanks to Tsutomu Mizushima’s direction).
We had the scene where Ame Warashi and Zashiki Warashi appeared in the manga but Ohkawa cut that because Ame Warashi talks about Watanuki’s existence and it must have to do with Tsubasa.
Even though the resolution of the raw I downloaded is very low, the animation looks really good.
I was surprised that there were no significant plot changes in this episode, apart from a few adaptations it’s exactly like the manga version. I would think that, being the climax of the series, that they might want to give it an original ending, but it doesn’t seem to be the case here. They left the door wide open for a continuation, they solved Himawari’s mystery but Watanuki’s story still remains without a proper conclusion.
We see Watanuki, Himawari and Doumeki on their way to school and back at the shop we see Yuuko toasting for no specific reason. Everything has that “happy ending” feeling to it but, at the same time, it feels incomplete, and I don’t think they can give it a proper conclusion in the next episode (which seems very random), but we’ll see.
The CLAMP members watched this episode in Ohkawa’s room in real time, see below.
From Ohkawa’s Private Board:
The 4 members of CLAMP (plus friends) watched XXXHOLiC episode 12 in my room.
Since I wrote the script, they would ask me a few things here and there.
I think the ED theme “Honey Honey feat. AYUSE KOZUE” fits really well XXXHOLiC◆Kei.
When I think about Watanuki’s feelings for Himawari-chan, I feel it might work [the song].
EDの『Honey Honey feat. AYUSE KOZUE 』は、
By the way, later she deleted the line: “Since I wrote the script, they would ask me a few things here and there”, no idea why O.o And eww at Ohkawa thinking Honey Honey fits XXXHOLiC XD
Thank you ashura_sama for your help! ^__^
From Nekoi’s Private Board:
In the same day, Nekoi made the following post:
Is this the end of XXXHOLiC◆Kei?
There is one more episode (laughs).
The title is “Repayment”.
Director Mizushima, no (laughs), the Thunder Beast appears.
I will watch it next week Tsubaki
It’s the Tunder Beast, I can’t wait for it.
Either Nekoi has no idea of XXXHOLiC anime plans or she knows something and is teasing us… LOL at Ohkawa comparing Mizushima with the Thunder Beast xDDD
And these are two recent posts by her where she made two drawings of Wish and I couldn’t resist not to post them.
Just a drawing
Something pretty that I wanted to draw for once.
I’m not so sure about this last one, sorry about that xD
Pretty, isn’t it? I’m sure Wish would be even prettier if it were drawn nowadays.