xxxHOLiC: Ep 5
xxxHOLiC continues to be a bit slow in terms of action but I really enjoyed the dialogue & the big reveal in this episode.
I have to say, I really enjoyed the arrival of the most interesting customer yet–Ame Warashi. According to NeeNee she is played by Morikawa Aoi who, surprise surprise, was in the summer jdrama Sprout! I totally did not recognize her in this episode, that’s how good her transformation is! Anyways I thought it was fun to have Ame Warashi around because her dressing up in a lolita outfit made me feel more like I was watching an anime. 😛 I also like her snarky comments to Yuko, like when she comments about Himawari’s goody-goody behavior with Watanuki. HEHEHEHEHE.
The main point of this story arc is to reveal Himawari’s powers. Again I find it interesting that Yuko is the one who plants the idea in Himawari’s head that she has the choice to help Watanuki. This is only my interpretation but I feel like Himawari is much more reluctant than Doumeki was to help Watanuki. It seems like she is already somewhat aware of her powers and just wants to stay out of these supernatural occurrences. Of course she ends up helping Watanuki, but I wonder if she will continue helping him or if she will just back out of this completely. It seems like her power has something to do with her yellow hair ribbons but at this point I am still confused about what her powers really are. O___O But don’t spoil me! Anyways since Ame Warashi looks very suspicious when she glances at Himawari’s hair ribbons, I wonder if she will ever reappear later on in the drama.
As for Watanuki, the poor guy has to run around in this REALLY CREEPY hospital for the majority of the episode. Plus he is running away from a scary doctor & nurse. I admit, I am very easily freaked out so I was freaking out at the hospital scenes. But also a part of me felt like it was getting too cliched, with the whole scary doctor, running through dark red hallways, etc. etc. Somehow this episode lacked the suspense factor even though it had plenty of chances to nail the story. Really, in such a short episode, they should be able to have a stronger sense of urgency and suspense to make the story more interesting.
“Yuko-san. If I choose that path, is that also hitsuzen?”
BUT!!! Even though this episode was rather slow, the ending scene is EPIC. (Ignore the CG that was just “meh”) I absolutely love the conversation between Watanuki & Yuko!!! After Ame Warashi bluntly states that her request wasn’t even related to helping a human, Watanuki begins to wonder if Yuko is the same way. He asks Yuko if she thinks humans aren’t worth saving. Then he talks about how he realized that his power can help save people. At first I thought this was a very heartfelt conversation and I was all, “oh good for you Watanuki you have overcome your hatred of your power!” but then Yuko replies that his wish is now void and no more shop for him! Me: NOOOOOOO!!!!! AND THEN THE SHOP DISINTEGRATES INTO BUTTERFLIES WHILE WATANUKI FALLS TO HIS KNEES AND DESPERATELY CRIES OUT TO YUKO. HOW’S THAT FOR A CLIFFHANGER?
Oh, and here are my obligatory Doumeki x Watanuki caps. >____> Yes, the bromance is still here and Doumeki is really growing on me. I love the combination of Watanuki’s gruffness and Doumeki’s blunt statements. HEHEHEHE.
Yup, I watched the raw version of this episode since I could not wait to post about it any longer. Thankfully I had NeeNee’s recap over at Asian Addicts Anonymous to clear up any parts that I didn’t fully understand. (linked down below) I am really excited for the next episode to see where this is going. I wonder what Watanuki will do now that he can no longer go to Yuko’s shop! Would he be able to return to ‘normal’ life or will he try to find a way to contact Yuko again? Himawari is becoming a more interesting character now that her powers are beginning to be revealed. Even though I find her rather annoying at times I am ready to see her darker side.