xxxHOLiC: Ep 4
THE BROMANCE IS EMERGING!
I was hoping for xxxholic to continue its great momentum from episode 3, but unfortunately it does not. Instead this episode feels more like the middle ground or a filler episode that is meant to continue on into the next story arc. I feel like the main purpose of the episode is simply to strengthen the
bromance link between Watanuki & Doumeki as…ghost-hunting..partners, and to get Himawari a bit more involved in supernatural affairs.
I really like how Yuko plays a middle man sort of role as she works to bring Watanuki & Doumeki together. Even though she acts like she doesn’t care about Watanuki, we all know she does because she goes to great lengths to help him. Perhaps she has a bigger plan for Watanuki which is why she is getting Doumeki on board to help him.
It is interesting that Yuko offers Doumeki the choice to use his powers or not…….but in actuality I think she already knows that he will use them. So is she leaving Doumeki’s fate in his hands by letting him use free-will? Or is she simply fulfilling his destiny because it will happen no matter what? Verrrry interesting. Also I can only wonder if she already knew of Himawari’s upcoming request and figured out how to use it to her advantage. I mean, Himawari’s request is very convenient, considering that she is the link between Watanuki & Doumeki..RIGHT?
Episode 4 ATTEMPTS a more creepy horror-story kind of feel but it kinda fails. I don’t know why but somehow the suspense just isn’t there. Even though it is a life and death matter, I just wasn’t feeling it. Maybe it’s because I could already predict what was gonna happen? O_O Or there is just not enough build-up to the moment when Doumeki finally uses his power. I will say though, that although the story itself goes flat, the characters do not. Watanuki doesn’t have many broody scenes this time, but even the littlest expressions from his character make him fun to watch!
AND FEAR NOT!!!!!! THE BROMANCE IS HERE!!!!!!!!! OMGGGGG I LOVE DOUMEKI & WATANUKI! Doumeki is now very fun to watch because of the way his character contrasts with Watanuki. There are lots of funny moments..like when Doumeki scares Watanuki and then scoffs that he is such a scaredy cat. Or when Doumeki saves Watanuki, and then says that he didn’t come back for him. AHAHA. Also, when Himawari asks what she can do for them, Doumeki goes: CAKE! Watanuki: I SHOULD BE THE ONE GETTING IT NOT YOU. And Doumeki is just “pffft”. AHHH A RIVALRY? I LOVE IT AND WANT MORE!
Even though this episode failed to meet my expectations, PROPS to it for creating a great bromance in so little time. I am also looking forward to the next story arc because it seems like the customer actually knows Yuko and is not just a foolish destructive customer! Part of me wonders though..Watanuki IS able to make contact with the ghosts so technically he could do something to affect them. Would the problem be that he is just too physically weak? Or is it that to fight the ghosts, you must also have a special spiritual power to do actual damage? Anyways I think Yuko needs to give this poor guy a protective charm or something to ward off the ghosts.
On a side note, I didn’t really notice how subtle Doumeki’s expressions are but this one definitely works:
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