xxxHOLiC: Ep 8 (Finale)
This episode did not quite meet up to expectations, but still left me wanting more of xxxHOLiC. Now I am having xxxholic withdrawals, what will I do without my Doumeki and Watanuki???? :'(
The first thing that really made me smile in this episode was, of course, the BROMANCE. I think it is really the highlight of the episode considering that overall, this episode was pretty anticlimatic. But the dialogue and interactions between Doumeki and Watanuki are pure gold!
One of my favorite scenes is when Doumeki tries to stop Watanuki from going into Jorogumo’s lair alone. He wants to go with him to help! Watanuki tells him to go away but Doumeki sets things straight–that Watanuki’s life isn’t only his own, because Doumeki sacrificed his blood for him. AWWWWW. And it is so true! Just like Yuko told Watanuki in episode7, it is stupid and ungrateful to go and sacrifice his life when Doumeki & Himawari paid a price to save him. Anyways there is a touch of humor when Doumeki very seriously says that Watanuki must make him a bento lunch every single day. AHAHAHA I love how Doumeki ‘extorts’ bento lunches from Watanuki. 😉 To make it even better, Watanuki makes a joke about how this is the price he has to pay to Doumeki. HEHEHEHEHE. I had a huge grin on my face during this moment!
The scene between Watanuki and Jorogumo was SO EPIC. Jorogumo is still one of my favorite characters, and thankfully the script gave her justice with awesome lines. I had trouble finding the right word to describe her, but now I think she is a BAMF. Probably the most climatic part is when Jorogumo sucks the life out of Watanuki. At least…..that was my interpretation of the kissing scene. O_O I didn’t think she is kissing him for the heck of it (or maybe she was, simply to make Himawari suffer?) because it seems like it is hurting Watanuki. Especially after she stops kissing him, Watanuki is not just gasping for air, he looks like he is in pain. Anyways that was just my guess, because I thought she was trying to eat his soul that way. For those of you who were freaked out by this scene, I think that was sorta the point! It was supposed to put you on your toes and freak you out! As for the age difference, yeah it does make me feel kinda uncomfortable because Watanuki is a high schooler. O_O But if you are freaked out by Sometani Shota & Adachi Yumi’s age difference, I don’t really think that’s an issue. They are about 10 years apart in age but that is not too bad in the grand scheme of things. On a random side note, I was wondering how Watanuki learned how to kiss like that, considering he has no girlfriend.. >_>
Oh, and Himawari attempts to be all smiley and creepy-evil. I am still confused by this because I can’t tell if she’s under Jorogumo’s spell or if she’s consciously acting like this. The drastic change was a bit too much so I went with the Jorogumo’s-spell explanation but..later on it seems like that is not the case. O_O Anyways, Himawari is pretty creepy as she taunts Watanuki and breaks his heart. Unfortunately the acting was not that great and I found myself laughing at her expression when she tried to sound all tough. BUT!!!!!!!! THIS SCENE MADE WATANUKI AGONIZE EVEN MORE! >:P
And here’s where I began to feel some disappointment. Yuko & Doumeki enter Jorogumo’s lair to save the day! I thought there was gonna be an epic show-down between Yuko & Jorogumo but……NO. Instead they SHINE (literally, they shine and glisten) while talking to each other. I did like Jorogumo’s awesome line when she says that she tells people they’re fine the way they are because no one can escape their blood. That was great and well delivered by Jorogumo. But that is all I liked about the scene. After that, Yuko GRACEFULLY tosses a bottle (which has something inside that can weaken Jorogumo) into the air, goes “DOUMEKI-KUN!” and then Doumeki BEAUTIFULLY aims his arrow at the bottle and Jorogumo……and Jorogumo is defeated. THE END. Me: “………………WHAT?” Wasn’t that a little TOO EASY? Maybe they could’ve at least had Jorogumo DODGE or throw one of her needles? If she is that strong, and if she is that weak to the substance in the bottle, maybe she should’ve anticipated what was going to happen and intervened? Jorogumo’s defeat was way too quick, way too easy and way too painless. T_T
As for Watanuki & Himawari, their scene wasn’t any better than Doumeki/Yuko/Jorogumo’s scene. They struggle over a knife as Himawari tries to commit suicide. I don’t know why, but I didn’t really feel any suspense in this scene either. The best part is when Watanuki blows up at Himawari and earnestly yells at the top of his lungs that she shouldn’t die because he won’t die either. OMG. It was a moment that made me hold my breath!!!!!! BUT THEN……..Himawari starts whimpering and sorta crying in a way that totally ruins the scene. T___________T””
We end with a happy ending, of course! I am satisfied by this ending scene with all three of the friends joining together once again, to return back to their normal lives at school. I loved the last bit of bromance that we got to see, when Watanuki gives Doumeki a giant bento lunch. AHAHAHA. It is so cute when Watanuki is clearly suppressing a smile whenever he’s with Doumeki. HEHEHE. And despite my gripes about Himawari, it is really sweet when she gives him a hug in silent thanks, and then runs to catch up with Doumeki. AND THE THREE OF THEM WALK OFF INTO THE DISTANCE! THE END!
“There’s nothing in this world that’s only your own.”
……OH WAIT…….Yuko still has to get in the last word. *sigh* For some reason they decided to put in a very short last scene when Yuko talks about hitsuzen yet AGAIN, in an attempt to sound all wise and mysterious. I think it was really unnecessary because the scene with Yuko before this was all we needed. Anyways overall, Yuko really pulled through in this last episode. She did not get many big moments but I feel like Anne portrayed her character very consistently with all of her little smiles and her moments of vulnerability.
The main problems with this episode was the anticlimatic climax and the script. All of a sudden the drama tried to flood us with life lessons and big themes of the story, but it failed. It was like it kept on trying to repeat some life lessons over and over when really, sometimes saying it only once is enough.
One theme was that of change–that humans change and that Yuko has changed as well. And that humans change because of their interactions with the people around them. It is a nice message and all, but they made it way too obvious. It is like they were spelling it out in big plain letters and trying to hammer in this idea as much as they could. Also I felt like Yuko didn’t really change much even though Amewarashi & Jorogumo believe she did. It seemed like Yuko intended to help Watanuki from the very beginning, because after all….IT’S HITSUZEN! That is just my opinion, perhaps she has changed a lot but I didn’t really see it. Even if she has, they should have introduced this theme gradually rather than stuffing it all into the last episode. o_o
Another theme that was MUCH better was the “you’re fine the way you are” theme. This is an underlying theme throughout the entire drama, because it focuses on the idea that Watanuki and Himawari felt that they weren’t fine the way they are. Watanuki didn’t want his ability to see spirits and Himawari didn’t want to bring misfortune to others. Both of them felt cursed and abnormal as though they were not the way they were supposed to be. In the end though, we see Himawari and Watanuki come to accept themselves for who they are, powers and all.
My overall impression of xxxholic as a whole is that it’s awesome. The finale may have been a bit disappointing (and I had extremely high expectations for it so O_O) but overall this drama is one of my favorites of this jdrama season. It is so hard to find a live action that goes beyond the level of mediocrity. This live action dared to do something different with the original material and it worked. The drama did an amazing job of creating/interpreting endearing characters and managed to keep some of the original elements while adding in new ones. I’m sad that the drama is so short but sometimes, brevity is part of the beauty of a drama.
*Update* I forgot to say, thanks to all of the readers who have enjoyed this drama along with me, especially those who are new readers! It has been a fun ride and it is even better because I got to discuss it with you all every single week! Hope to see you around, let me know if you find any other great jdramas~ 😉