xxxHOLiC: Ep 7
This is now my favorite episode!!!!!!! Every single moment I was flailing over how AWESOME and PERFECT this episode is!!!!!! I was mainly smiling throughout the whole episode because I was so happy to watch it. But I was also tearing up at some parts and shocked at other parts. I suppose this is the most emotional episode yet, which is why it really drove home for me.
Up until now I have been watching this drama in sorta-crappy resolution. T___T Somehow I didn’t realize that some kind soul had uploaded it in HD. (raw version) So now I am watching Doumeki and Watanuki in SPARKLY HD. *w*
Anyways, YES our dear dear Doumeki dashes to the rescue, saves Watanuki, and gets to shoot MORE THAN ONE ARROW this time!! GO DOUMEKI! Actually as much of a Watanuki fan I am…………..I…I am finding myself leaning more and more towards Doumeki. O_O But I will talk about that more later on in the post..
Really, am I the only one that kinda likes Jorogumo more than Yuko? I mean, I don’t like her messing with Doumeki/Watanuki/Himawari, but whenever she is on screen I am always interested by her awesome character? Whereas now when Yuko is on screen, I’m just like “oh there she goes again, sadly looking on at the misfortunes of mankind and offering our OT3 a hand”. Obviously the two of them cannot really be equally compared because they have such different personalities but I cannot help but be impressed by how awesome Jorogumo is. O_O
Anyways as you can tell, I think Jorogumo is quite the fascinating villain. She has this sort of charm about her that makes me interested in her character. They really did well with the casting because Adachi Yumi’s petite stature kinda helps show her spidery-ness. (if that makes sense..) Also her smile and voice totally give me awesome-anime-villain-vibes.
Yuko is still sorta hands-off in this episode with limited screen-time. It’s in this episode that I feel more and more like she is a passive overseer. By passive overseer, I mean that she observes the pain and suffering that people go through, but she cannot always intervene to help them. There is always some sort of distance between herself and the people that she interacts with. I got this feeling when she was sitting in on Himawari & Watanuki’s sad conversation. She has this really solemn expression on her face that shows that she knows how painful this moment is, but at the same time her expression is hardened as though she cannot let herself become too emotionally involved.
THIS SCENE IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. So through this whole scene I was having really spazzy thoughts which I will insert here. O_O Watanuki wakes up to find himself in Yuko’s shop. (Me: OMG OMG! SO THIS IS HOW THEY GET HIM BACK TO YUKO!) In comes Himawari, who then reveals her whole secret and how she has had this curse since she was a child. (Me: WAIT HOW IS HIMAWARI IN THE SHOP? COULD IT BE..) She also says that Doumeki has been with her since she was a kid as he is the only one who can touch her or be around her without being negatively affected. *cuts to Doumeki waiting outside in the hallway* But even Doumeki has a limit to how much he can be around Himawari. Me: (My dear Doumeki!!!!!!!!!!!)
*pause* So right at this moment I was all spazzing over Doumeki’s undying loyalty towards Himawari, that he was by her side ever since she was a kid, etc etc. Doumeki was sorta winning over Watanuki and then THIS HAPPENS..
Watanuki, despite his pain over his wounds & Jorogumo’s hurtful words, CRAWLS towards Himawari with tears in his eyes, and tells her it’s ok. That as long as she smiles, that is what he will live for day by day, and that is what he is willing to die for. That is happiness to him. (Me: *tears up, goes back to Watanuki*) SUCH A MOVING MOMENT.
Himawari really impressed me in this episode. In episode 6 I was warming up to her character, but in this episode I like her way better. Somehow I feel like Karen Miyazaki’s acting suddenly got way better, or maybe she just finally got a good chance to show her acting chops. The best part is when she gives Watanuki a really gentle and sad smile before she leaves. Himawari is really calm and controlled, but in such a way that you can tell she is trying her best to hold herself together. Part of what freaks me out about her conversation with Watanuki is that it really seems like a farewell conversation. Maybe it’s just me but I got those vibes. 🙁
And in case you’re wondering……..yes, Doumeki and Himawari both wish for Watanuki to be saved. So they both have a price to pay. I watched this raw so I couldn’t quite pick up on what the price was. It was something about how Doumeki’s price is the amount of blood that Watanuki lost. As for Himawari, it’s not said explicitly, but it implies that she now has the wound from Jorogumo’s needle. A very hefty price indeed.
As you can tell I had a very serious dilemma between Doumeki and Watanuki. I actually lean towards Doumeki because I am always a sucker for the character that silently stays by the girl’s side no matter what. Plus he is a childhood friend. And I loved the last scene when Doumeki looks so concerned for Himawari. BUT GUESS WHAT? I WILL SHIP ALL THREE OF THEM! PROBLEM SOLVED!
The ending is a great cliffhanger, now Doumeki and Watanuki must go save Himawari! AND WAIT…….IS THE NEXT EPISODE REALLY THE LAST ONE? WHYYYYYYY???????