XXX Holic

If you enjoy the occult and the idea of what comes around goes around then this is the anime for you. XXXholic is a supernatural anime that focusses on spirits and how one persons actions can cause a spirit to manifest from ill intent. At first you may be confused at to what is going on, but you’ll get the idea of it by the second episode. This anime is complex. There are two colliding plots that takes place and while it may seem like one is more important this is not the case. The first plot, is in the xxxholic world, it follows the life of Watanuki Kimihiro, a boy who is has the unfortunate ability to see ghost. Not only can he see them, but he is a sort of magnet towards them. Watanuki though circumstances starts to work for Yuko Ichihara, who is the owner to a wish shop. She posses a very powerful psychic power, and though her persona is mysterious we instantly like her. Yuko grants peoples wishes, only as long as they can give something in return. The universe gives and takes for her. In each episode a person visits the shop and asks for a wish to be granted, and Yuko using her powers grants them. But don’t think this is a nice anime, it has ghosts after all. Actually because of human greed the wishes that were made, for better or for worse made the wisher suffer.

XXXholic is an anime that i would suggest you pay close attention to, as the subplot is only another thread to a bigger plot. You under all advice have to watch Tsubasa Chronicles and read the manga if you want to understand the whole plot. And let me tell you, it has twists within twists. I personally had to stare at the sky to comprehend what i watched/read.

Watanuki Kimihiro, age 15, caring, coward, and madly in love with Himawari Kunogi. Watanuki is the main protagonist, he has the ability to see spirits, and he actually asked Yuko to help him not see them anymore making this the reason he works for her. This boy in beginning seems to be a tad annoying, but you learn about his loneliness and his disposition to place other safety before his. And you start to love him more and more.

Yuko Ichihara, age unknown, mysterious, crafty, and a huge alcoholic. And if you could not tell, XXX holic is just a pun on Alcoholic. She gives the persona of a care free women, but that is anything from the truth, she is more serious and powerful than she lets on. Yuko is my second favourite character, as not only is she a powerful women, but she is not portrayed as evil for once. Rather she is the one everyone depends on. That and she is so relatable when she eats all the time.

Doumeki Shizuka, age 15, emotionless, calm and considered the best friend to watanuki, though the latter will refuse this. Doumeki is a sort of guardian spirit to Watanuki, as he saves the boy from evil sprits. Being a family of temple holders he holds sacred power to dispel sprits, making him a good tool for Yuko to use. Doumeki is my favourite character, as though he is serious he creates good humour with watanuki. It has become a pun that he asks for Watanuki to cook for him, and though Watanuki hates him he still makes the food and eats with him. And i just love their friendship so much.

Himawari Kunogi, age 15, beautiful, friendly, and the crush of Watanuki. She is a recurring character who seems to be oblivious to Watanukis affection. Despite Himawaris sweet face, she holds a dark secret. You will either cry or fall in love with her more, when you learn the truth.

Bearer of good news, there is more than one season called XXXHOLIC: Kei, XXXHOLIC ROU and XXXHOLIC Shunmuki. This is a great series, but as i said you can’t just watch this alone, first you have to read the manga and second you have to watch/read Tsubasa Chronicles to fully understand the real plot. This is does take time, as there are more plot twists than i can count, but don’t let this dissuade you. There’s nothing greater than having an anime catching you off guard. So fight on!

Fun tip, if you have read and watched everything go to the Blood C movie, there is an easter egg concerning this.

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