xxxHOLiC: Ep 2
Another solid episode from xxxHOLiC. A nice mix of creepy yet awesome moments.
The newest customer in this episode is a bit more interesting to watch than the one in episode 1…but also very 1D. It seems like each customer has some sort of vice…or maybe several vices in this case. The woman in episode 1 had the vice of lying. The customer in episode 2 is overconfident, arrogant, and foolish. Yuko grants him an old artifact but tells him that price is not to open it. Of course he opens it and he finds a monkey hand that can grant him his wishes. Death and destruction ensue. Gee I have a feeling that is how it’s gonna end up for most of the customers. O___O
I think the pattern for the story arcs will be:
1) Grant wish.
2) Warn about the price.
3) Customer violates price.
4) Death and destruction.
Anyways, the awesome part in the episode is when he makes his final wish—he asks the monkey hand to delete everything. BAD CHOICE OF WORDS, EH?!?!? The monkey hand transforms into his OWN HAND and strangles him. O__________________O OMGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT!!
Watanuki, by the way, is still a pleasure to watch. I especially love the last scene when he SMILES at his crush. He is so earnest! There are also some hints of his sarcasm when he mutters a funny comment about Yuko’s customer. I also like it when he tells Yuko he cannot be her maid all the time. EHEHEHEHEHE. Part of me wonders though, why is he going to such lengths to save Yuko’s customer? Why is he suddenly changing from passivity to action? It may be because he is working for Yuko now but it is not really implied that he is supposed to intervene with her customers.
His friend Doumeki is………..not a pleasure to watch. His main attributes are his tallness and his archery skills. That is all. I do not know what the original Doumeki is supposed to be like, but I felt like his character is bland. There is this moment when he punches Yuko’s sleazy customer and goes, ‘oh I was trying to hit a fly’. That was SUPPOSED to be a swoon-worthy moment but instead I found myself going “……………………….” because of his acting. SORRY DOUMEKI I BE ON WATANUKI’S SHIP. T_____T Is it just me!?!?!?!
^@himonogirl is that enough boobies for you?
Last but not least, the controversy over Anne’s portrayal of Yuko. I give her credit for trying really hard. But something is amiss here! It seems like the drama is giving Yuko more opportunities to show her more lighthearted side. But these moments tend to not go with the flow so well. T_T I think the best way to go with Yuko for Anne is to make her into an eccentric mysterious character. Eccentricity rather than humor/playfulness would still give Anne enough room to make Yuko into an interesting character.
BUT……YUKO’S WARDROBE IS GORGEOUS!!!!! I especially liked the black dress because it really brings back memories of her in Tsubasa Chronicles!
^GIF credit linked HERE.
I feel like the story arcs of episodes 1-2 are rather simplistic, but then again there is only so much you can do in so little time. Also even though the stories are simple, the execution is great. There are lots of creepy moments that make me freaked out but not TOO freaked out. It’s not like a horror movie or anything, so don’t worry it’s because it’s not that scary. It’s more like this eerie supernatural feeling that makes you a bit tingly inside. I like that the drama does not depend on CG or dramatic cinematography/music just to make it feel dark and creepy. Instead it uses CG very sparingly, only when it is absolutely necessary to get the point across. xxxHolic may be a fantasy genre (I think it’s fantasy?) but that doesn’t mean it has to have CG all the time. Less CG is better because it won’t detach from the serious ‘realistic’ tone of the drama.
Overall xxxholic is going in a good direction and I can’t wait for episode 3! It seems like Doumeki & Himawari will enter into Yuko’s shop???