xxxHOLiC: Ep 3
This is definitely my favorite episode so far, it pulls everything together very nicely! Oh, and I must add that I am liking Yuko & Doumeki’s characters much better now! Double win!
So I don’t want to spend every single post talking about Anne’s acting and all but………SHE IS SO MUCH BETTER IN THIS EPISODE!!! Her funny moments fit in well with this episode because it seemed to take a slower pace to build up the characters a bit more. I suppose this is because there was no new character that they had to develop for a story arc. Anyways, I especially like the scene when Yuko teases Watanuki about how to court Himawari. 😛 It really shows her more playful side, but also shows that underneath her funny words there is always some sort of hidden motive. AND……….in this episode I thought of the possibility..would Yuko become some sort of mentor/older sister figure to Watanuki, in place of his deceased mom? I know she would not quite be a mother figure, but maybe an older sister figure would work. This is just my speculation as I don’t know what will happen, hehe.
On a side note, her outfit this episode was made of a very thick material but even that looks good on her. My favorite part of the outfit is the fur fringe, so luxurious and exotic! There is also a nice touch when she wears a butterfly hair stick in her hair in one of the scenes.
Most of my time watching xxxholic is spent freaking out over how creepy it is, ANNND…swooning over Sometani Shota. WATANUKI~~ I LOVE YOU~~~ And do I have to say it again……HE CAN COOK!!!!! Even more so than episode 2, ep3 gives him moments to grumble and insert dry remarks. It is really funny because he is the kind of character that will complain but will end up doing things he doesn’t want to do anyways.
I really liked the character development of Watanuki in this episode because we get to see more of his past. He is burdened with guilt over his mom’s death because she tried to save him when a ghost coerced him into jumping off the roof. (or hypnotized him or something..it seems he was in some sort of trance) The way the drama tells this story is absolutely perfect–it shows a flashback to the young-Watanuki crying “mom” over his mom’s collapsed body……and then it switches back to the present, showing the current Watanuki completely caught up in his memory and crying “mom, mom” over and over. :(((((((( So sad! To make things even more intense a ghost pretending to be Watanuki’s mom appears and guilt-trips him even more, which leads him to apologize to her over and over again for her having to die in his place.
^bottom right pic: yeahhhh I cut out Himawari. Doumeki & Watanuki are enough. 😛
I take back what I said about Doumeki in my last post. I am now warming up to Doumeki, who wears his awesome traditional clothes and SHOOTS MAGICAL ARROWS. o/o/o/o/o/o/o/o/o/o/o/o/
Yuko urges Doumeki to shoot the ghost with his bow, even though he has no arrows. He obeys and a MAGIC ARROW appears out of no where and exorcises the ghost. AWESOME moment, I really liked the arrow effect! The only problem I had with this moment is that Doumeki is all, “but I don’t have an arrow”. Yuko: “You can do it!” Doumeki: “oh, ok.” *shoots arrow* Didn’t Doumeki believe her a bit too easily? I mean, wouldn’t logic make him want to tell her again, I DON’T HAVE ANY ARROWS?
Unfortunately I cannot say the same for Himawari. I just cannot like her character at this point. To me she is just this really annoying ditzy character that gets to have Doumeki & Watanuki all to herself. (LUCKY GIRL) I really do not understand the purpose of her character except that she is the one that brings together the threesome. Times that absolutely annoy me about Himawari: When Watanuki is all, oh I can make you lunch and she replies, CAN YOU MAKE DOUMEKI ONE TOO? Or when she’s goes, yay let’s go tell ghost stories! Me: GIRL, can you even handle ghost stories? AND the most annoying part of the episode is after Watanuki is almost killed by a ghost, Himawari goes “can I ask you a favor?” T___________T Himawari..now is not the time……
I have no idea how Watanuki is coping with all of these traumatic events. O____O Hopefully Yuko can help him heal emotionally by resolving the issues of his past. It seems like Doumeki will play a more significant role with the upcoming episodes which is a big plus for me! HEHEHE. I am looking forward to the possible Doumeki & Watanuki bromance!
So, what do all of you think about the adaption of this 100 Ghost Stories episode? For those who can compare it to the anime or manga, did it live up to your expectations?