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xxxHOLiC 4

It's the hair and the clothes, I tell you.

The episode actually started out quite badly for me, in that I'm not fond of Watanuki's gushing mode, and certainly not his Himawari-gushing mode. It was cute the first few times, but now it's grating. Doumeki the eating machine would be nice too, except it's often in tandem with Himawari-gushing mode. Though it did establish the one point - most people look at Sun sign readings only.

And Yuuko is still so cool! It's the hair and the clothes, I tell you, though cheongsam with hollowed out bossom area might be pushing the fashion thing. Yuuko gets extra cool points for saying Sun sign readings are inaccurate because full horoscopes are required. The episode gets better from here, starting with a lovely dramatic black and white swirly top, elegant skirt, knee-high boots and a sweet top knot, and a very good look at how to spot a bad fortuneteller.

Both Yuuko and Watanuki's characters are enhanced in this episode. Watanuki shows more himself outside of the over-emotional boy personality, and does become more likeable. It's slightly ironic given this episode's premise about stating the obvious, but he is actually a responsible and conscientious character. The same overdone honesty on his part, therefore, can be matured into something else in the long run. Yuuko also shows us her serious side, which I thought was nice. With her usually boozy, happy-go-lucky attitude, it's nice to see her demonstrate who she is as the ageless witch. She seems genuinely fond of Watanuki, under all the teasing.

Incidentally, some of the best animation in this episode occur during spellcasting sequences. Whether it's a handkerchief that turns into a butterfly or a scrying pan that draws a butterfly, or the way a witch walks down the street, I like the way the simplest moves can be made to work. Yuuko's voice is lovely and creepy when she's serious. The elderly fortuneteller sounds grandmotherly kind. In both cases, I liked what the voice actresses had to convey. Even Watanuki, when he's not an over-emotional freak, can sound gentle. And the OP is now stuck to my head.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
And now I wish I had some XXXholic on hand. ;)
Jun. 5th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
This OP is fiendish. It's all about 19-year-olds getting snogged by older women. And it's craftily addictive pop. ;)
Jun. 5th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
ew. XD
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