Apr 7, 2006 to Sep 29, 2006
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWatanuki Kimihiro can see spirits and other assorted supernatural creatures, which is quite a bothersome ability he strongly dislikes. On the way home one day, while plagued by some spirits, he is inexplicably compelled to enter a strange house. There, he encounters Yuuko, a mysterious woman who claims to be able to rid him of the ability to see and attract the troublesome creatures—for a price. She demands that he work at her "store" that grants wishes to people, and thus begins Watanuki's adventures through weird and wonderful events.
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Opening Theme"19sai" by Shikao Suga
Ending Theme#1: "Reason" by Fonogenico (eps 1-13,24)
#2: "Kagerou" by BUCK-TICK (eps 14-23)
xxxHolic is an adventure which guides us through supernatural occurrences far and wide, through the troublesome, spirit-seeing eyes of Watanuki Kimihiro and the cryptic, omniscient presence of Yuuko Ichihara. Strap in - it's going to be quite a ... flat ride. Maybe you don't need to strap in, after all.
Our protagonist, Watanuki Kimihiro, enters the vicinity of Yuuko's enigmatic shop in an attempt to escape the grasp of a rather bothersome spirit. This results in the two signing a pact of sorts - Yuuko's promise to remove him of his uncanny ability to observe the supernatural plane was exchanged for Watanuki's service at her shop, whose purpose is to grant wishes to select customers.
xxxHolic takes an episodic approach to storytelling, constantly cycling through various arcs, oftentimes initiating with our protagonists bearing witness to a mysterious event and having the solution arise as a startling revelation, usually through the words of Yuuko. While the cases are diverse and often alluring in their introduction, the quality of these arcs gradually diminish upon concluding. Interesting ideas are scattered about, but the most unfortunate aspect is the margin of potential paved by a number of these ideas - it seems as if the show is hesitant to immerse itself any further than knee-deep.
One particularly memorable arc involved an ominous photograph containing the secret of a murder; another involved a house stigmatized by death, its dark past made visible to our protagonist once more. However, the former arc concluded with a profound, yet impractical solution, and the latter ended with a light-hearted finale which felt akin to... coitus interruptus. Yuuko's didactic tone often detracts from tense moments, and her nonchalance simply eliminates any sort of urgency which was already present. Chances are, any attempts at explanation within the contours of the supernatural would be fairly speculative, but Yuuko's abstract, often hole-ridden ideas, dappled with abstract crumbs of pseudo-philosophical themes, seem spewed out in a manner which coerces us to accept them without question - although I've often found myself perplexed while Watanuki was habitually nodding his head and seemingly losing his mental virginity by the end of every arc. (Or maybe, it's my own fault and Yuuko's too smart for me, but I'd rather not think so).
However, despite xxxHolic's unwelcome ability to morph enticing concepts into dull simplifications, there's some fun to be had here nonetheless. Watanuki, in all his eccentricity, is often victimized in comical ways. Doumeki, Watanuki's classmate and supposed "friend", can also be oddly charismatic with his tacit attitude. And while the target within Watanuki's scope, Himawari, is far too one-dimensional to be a main character (however, this is mitigated in the sequel, xxxHolic: Kei), Yuuko herself is very likable, her blasè and mocking manner the source of numerous scenes of hilarity and, perhaps, admiration.
With regards to the visuals, while the lanky character designs are certainly an acquired taste, I've found xxxHolic's contrast of colours both bright and funereal apt for its mix of material both dark and light-hearted. Yet, although there were sporadic moments of great animation - certain scenes involving supernatural beings in particular - the animation is largely unimpressive, although this is an aspect which was rarely noticeable to my eyes - the material, which is often monopolized by dialogue, simply doesn't call for it. The series is, however, strong in the audio department, which is a solid mixture of j-pop and eerily haunting instrumental pieces.
The biggest issue with xxxHolic is that it rarely bothers to dig deep. While there is a largely likable cast and production values of decent quality, these embellishments don't stand well enough on their own to alleviate the weaknesses of a story-driven show. For a series which spends such a large amount of time accentuating its themes, it sure seems reluctant to explore them as deep as it goes wide. Akin to a spirit, xxxHolic, straddling the lines between the real and surreal, seems to be sporadically blinking out of hesitancy - and likewise, began to dissipate from my memory soon after its credits rolled. read more
On the technical side of things, I have many bones to pick with the art and animation here. Actually there are too many bones to pick out on these spaghetti people, who I feel like I could easily snap across my thumb if I ever pat them on the back, even the supernaturally voluptuous Yuuko. Seriously, that woman should have SPINAL PROBLEMS with a rack of that magnitude on that beanpole, and throughout the entire series’ run, I never got used to the tiny-headed, long-bodied creatures they call people in this show, or the way they move either. Really fluid animation could have compensated for this bizarre art style, maybe even made it really cool, but the animation here is middling at best, and oftentimes slips into shaky and poor. It’s just unsettling.
The music is wickedly haunting and appropriate, and compensates for the limited animation well in some episodes where it’s dearly needed. Actually, the music is pretty top-tier, especially when the mood calls for SCARY!
The dub is actually easier on the ears than the original Japanese and this is mostly due to the soothing liquidity in Yuuko and Doumeki’s voicework. It was wise of them to play their characters so rich and low, because Watanuki is the most incredibly annoying little goober I’ve ever heard. I’m not saying the acting is bad, because Watanuki’s clearly supposed to reach that ungodly level of spastic that he does and sometimes it’s really funny, but MORE often, oh gosh, I just want to send him to that little internment camp in Japan where they keep all the School Rumble characters so they can whip him into shape. Still, there’s no big difference between the language tracks, so preferences will just split where they always do. Oh, one of these days I’ll get to slam some bad voice acting…but not yet.
This series really isn’t bad for wasting time on, but the fact that I have to use the word “wasting” probably indicates how original or striking it is. Most of the adventures of Yuuko and company are underwhelming and talky enough to turn a two minute neat idea into a twenty minute “what the heck was that?” Let’s just say that Yuuko has a very particular way of looking at the world, and her routine cautionary speeches can become grating at best, and childishly elementary or just plain stupid in a pretty package at worst. Occasionally, Yuuko would state some grand moral that REALLY rubbed me the wrong way, and given how much she has to say, I imagine that this will be the case for most viewers at one point or another.
Mixed in with all these middling ideas, there are a few glowing gems, though, I can’t deny that. Episodes involving a snowball fight where the snowmen do the battling, and a shoutout episode to the famous short story, “The Monkey’s Paw,” are a few among them. Still, I’m talking roughly an eighth of the episodes are really memorable. xxxHolic relies far too much on these tired platitudes and more tired running gags like Yuuko always being drunk and/or hung over and Watanuki going off on Doumeki like a pasty-white cherry bomb.
It’s a shame because we really want to know more about Watanuki’s gift and what it has to do with the death of his parents, his friendship with Doumeki, and most importantly, his “destined” servitude to Yuuko. It’s something that is constantly foreshadowed but never revealed to even the smallest extent, in favor of more Hogwarts-esque hijinks. Sometimes all an episode will have going for it is a fun little reference to one of CLAMP’s many other series, and if that’s a draw, you know you’re in trouble story-wise.
So, while there’s fun to be had, the basic fact is that everything xxxHolic attempts, the style and the spirit, or spirits, if you wanna get all punny, has been done much better in different shows with higher budgets. (Kino’s Journey, Mushi-Shi, Galaxy Express 999) As such, while not at all bad, this is the first show I’ve reviewed that I can’t honestly recommend. It’s tearfully AVERAGE in every way possible. A ghost, if you will, of what it seems to promise.
All in all, xxxHolic leaps out as visually strange and narratively exciting, but it’s a hollow façade hiding a frequently boring show.
*THIS IS A PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF MY VIDEO REVIEW WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE:
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What can I say, I honestly know that the only thing I felt from watching this (though it was only four episodes) was that I was completely disappointed. And that has never really happen before other than with most dubs.
First off we have a the story. A plot about a boy meeting a strange young lady who forces him to work for her, and together they discover the world isn't as what it appears to be. No matter how much I read and re-read the discription here, anime-planet, and many other fan sites, it still turned out with the same feeling when I was watching it. No sense. Confussion being the better word for it. There was nothing I could really tell that the discrib the plot at all, other than the few spirits roming about. But really in my opinion the story was rather dull and had no real meaning then episodic.
I think it was fair to say I though it was a 3. Cause really.. I never felt so bored, confused, and finding that it made no sense (when I myself can find things that make no sense, make sense.). This was a difficult thing to watch for me.
The art of this now.. I would say a four. It wasn't very good and it upset me to know that the background was so dull that you'd be forced to pay attention to the characters that are colored. That just sucked. There wasn't really anything good with it. Sure I admit I liked the few clothes that Yuuko wore and how they manage to pick out perfect color shades, but to be all honest.. there wasn't any life. I'd find myself drifting off at some points because of how dull the characters look, if it wasn't for the main boy making a big fuss I would have completely forgotten to watch.
But still it was descent enough.. to catch some interest, not much, but some.
The sound got another three. Now let me explain. When someone reviews the anime for sound they usually lower or higher between the version the watched ( I wish myanimelist had a reviewing system where we can review both, so no other users can get confused by the strange lower and higher reviews.) but this is for both the dub and subs. To be all honest.. I couldn't pay attention to them.. just like the art, the sound was no better.
The song choices... and I rarely find myself complaining. But I could listen to them.. The moment it came on I just had to put my dvd player in fast forward to avoid it. I also found myself doing that with the ending as well. I did bother to listen to them fully, which was almost as difficult as trying to flow the show itself. The problem was, was that the songs just were not good. Sure they may fit the anime to some degree (in most peoples opinion) but I couldn't stand listening to them.. once was enough.
The english cast now.. well what can I say. I am not surprised that FUNimation found away to mess them up as well, Tantum J.Michael was.. well like always.. dull and boring, with a gruff edge to it. ('sighs' I am still upset about him playing Sebastian.) The person who played the main boy.. well I think he was a bit wincy, and the other was just way to sweet. Yuuko was probably the only one I actually somewhat liked. Now I am trailing off.. Yes.. like everything else.. I found myself drifting off of the voice cast. The subs managed to catch some of my interest but not by much. Basically, I didn't really like either.
I would suppose Yuuko comes to the rescue here. Where as the other characters names I have forgotten, because of how bad they were, I found myself liking Yuuko. Her teasing nature, and oddness caught my interest right off. I couldn't help but laugh along with her on one occassion in this. If anything saved the other characters from my rating it was her. She was descent enough and seemed to bring some interest (though it was really low) to the other characters. Now for the other characters.. Like I said.. I have forgotten there names, which prooves that they weren't very rememberable. One complained a little to much, and the one was just unnoticable unless his name was spoken, the girl character now.. I just can't stand overly sweet. I couldn't bother to pay attention with them, when I knew I was just going to forget their names in the end, and what a shocker I did.
They way the limbs were draw looked like plastic stick figures. Arms were either to long, people looked six feet tall when they weren't suppose to.. Art was a tragedy in itself.
My enjoyment of this I will rate a 2. Because really this was just dreadful to my enjoyment. I rarely found myself liking anything about the anime other than Yuuko's sense of humor. I also couldn't pay attention to it very well (my own imagination was more interesting), and worst of all I felt completely disappointed by it. Just dreadful.
My rating for this one anime-planet is a 4.3. But seeing as I can't do it that way, I will rate it a solid 4. Though many things in this was poor, and one was dreadful. I have to say it was descent enough. It caught my interests a little, and provided me with one good laugh, but to be honest there are better anime that deal with the supernatural than this. read more
“Mokona is a Mokona.” - Mokona
There are many things we don’t understand about the world. But as much as we are stupefied by the unknown, we often take everyday human behavior for granted. And with a show centered on the supernatural, we’d think that the supernatural are the enigma, when in reality, humanity and society are the real mystery.
Enter xxxHOLiC, a show that explores the irrationality of human behavior in a supernatural context. I admit, this show wasn’t too high on my priority list. Though after my cousin watched and expressed his love for it, I decided to give it a shot and boy, was I in for an unexpected treat; a treat that spawned a second season, four OVAs, and a movie. Note that this review will only be about the first season, but rest assured that I will get to the other installments.
STORY - 7
xxxHOLiC is the story of a high school boy’s encounters with the supernatural after being taken in as an apprentice by a rather odd employer who claims to grant wishes. That pretty much sums it up. Nothing more, nothing less.
Pacing-wise, this is where xxxHOLiC shines.
Episodic shows are a double-edged blade. On one hand, they excel stylistically by putting the characters in various scenarios of differing themes, thus granting an expansion of premise and necessary character development. On the other, each episode has an individual story which allows little room to move the overarching plot along. It isn’t one unified narrative, but a collection of short stories; each with their own style, conflict, and lesson. For the first season at least, xxxHOLiC may not have a sense of plot direction yet but it takes full advantage of its pacing in displaying its brand of weird charm, unsettling atmosphere, and surprising insight. You get goosebumps on one episode, ponder on another, and smile after the next. The episodic pacing in this show makes it seem like a slice-of-life show more than anything, incorporating elements of supernatural, horror, suspense, comedy, and romance along the way.
ART - 8
Two words: Character design.
When you have characters that have the average height of a professional basketball player, hands as big as their head, arms as long as their legs, and virtually no muscle, you know people will love it or hate it. Fortunately, I belong to the former.
I commend Clamp for a job well done on the zany, slenderman-like character designs. Though anatomically incorrect and disproportionate, it intensifies both wacky and tense scenes by emphasizing body movement, and exudes an exotic vibe that complements the show’s eerie and mystical setting. Seeing the fleshed-out stick figure look is also reminiscent to the flat, gritty, and edgy cartoon style of the 90’s which are a refreshing departure from today’s smooth, vibrant, and meaty designs.
The animation, provided by Production I.G., is standard for a show aired on 2006. Colors are dull and faded, supernatural set pieces are smoky and oriental, lighting is dim and claustrophobic, and cinematography is still and calm. In general, the animation is… subtly off, and it works in the show’s favor surprisingly well.
SOUND - 9
For xxxHOLiC’s sound, I’ve taken into account the OP/EDs, BGM, ambient sounds, and voice acting, because all of these are worth the mention.
For your information, I have never skipped this show’s openings and two ending songs. Not even once. I might even go as far as to say that this show’s OP and first ED are one of the best I’ve heard in a while. Each episode starts with an infectious funk song of quirky synthesizers, hypnotic guitars, and groovy basslines riddled with dissonant angst and regret. “19sai” (19 Years Old) by Shikao Suga perfectly encapsulates what xxxHOLiC is all about: an otherworldly coming-of-age story in a strange and wonderful world full of temptation and misunderstanding where everyone just wants to break free and find peace of mind. All of that is neatly wrapped in a nice little bow by the end of each episode with Fonogenico’s “Reason,” a cute and light piece of keyboard and guitar pop which resonates with the show’s motif of inevitabilities; in that everything happens for a reason and embracing what has happened and what will happen is the only way to go. By the second half of the show, the show ends with Buck-Tick’s “Kagerou” (Shimmering Air), a straightforward rock song of wailing guitars and yearning vocals dominated with themes of dire escapism and obsessive attachment which fits the more serious tone of the latter half of the series.
The BGM did an exemplary job in covering a wide array of moods while being consistent with the show’s supernatural backdrop due to the songs’ dreamlike quality. The instrumentation ranged from hair-raising ambient scores of distant howls, sinister chords, and violent percussions to playfully halloweenish or heartfelt synthesizer, string, and piano pieces. It became integral in defining xxxHOLiC’s hauntingly eccentric yet down-to-earth nature.
It’s common sense that ambient sounds are supposed to match a given atmosphere. So in this case, there will be two instances when I mention ambient sound engineering; either when it stands out in a bad or good way. In xxxHOLiC, ambient sounds surprisingly affect a scene’s inflection in such a way that it disconcerts the viewer even in the most mundane of scenes. The ambience rides along with the show’s animation by exhibiting a nuance that there’s always something wrong, despite a given context being normal and safe. xxxHOLiC gains this added horror/suspense edge even if that isn’t necessarily what the show is all about. But like the BGM, it immensely aids in immersion and made the setting darker without feeling unnatural to the show’s premise. Because let’s face it, what you don’t understand scares you. And the sound department did a great job of capturing the fear and awe of the supernatural experience. xxxHOLiC knows when to use silence, cut off sound, modulate voices, and mix in subtle noises, whispers, and sounds to enhance the profound yet dubious undertone lying beneath the show’s innocent exterior.
The voice acting expressed each character’s key trait very well. The lovably annoying Watanuki gets an incessant high-pitched voice that hushes down on the show’s more solemn moments. Deadpan Doumeki remains a deep and monotone pitch all throughout but can give off a softer vibe while still keeping his cool. Yuuko’s voice completely captivates the ears; shifting from immature exuberance to alluring sultriness while maintaining a neutral and elusive stance. Maru, Moro, and Mokona keep up with the playful high-pitched voice to even out the show’s somber tendencies. Himawari’s typical schoolgirl voice is cute and unassuming. Let’s just leave it at that. The characters often change in every episode with these being the main recurring characters with ample screen time.
P.S. The dub wasn’t really my cup of tea. Todd Haberkorn’s Watanuki turned the lovably annoying character into a whining wuss.
CHARACTERS - 7
The characters in xxxHOLiC are similar to that of a fairy tale. They are very distinct from one another and portray a striking personality all throughout the series to fulfill each of their respective roles.
Watanuki is the ceaselessly complaining and hardworking nice guy we all know and love. Doumeki is the dull and straightforward jock as well as Watanuki’s polar opposite and comic foil. Together, they banter their way into their own supernatural misadventures under the watchful eye of Yuuko. Occasionally joining them in their struggle to address Yuuko’s customers (if they aren’t doing various odd jobs), we have:
Maru and Moro, a jolly pair of kids serving Yuuko. Mokona, Clamp’s bunny-like mascot that serves as Yuuko’s mischievous friend and drinking buddy. And Himawari, Watanuki’s ditzy and innocent love interest.
The rest are either the shop’s customers or supernatural entities involved.
Interactions between the main cast can get formulaic and most of the character development can only be credited to Watanuki. His character development was more personal than substantial. It wasn’t a noticeable growth spurt nor a radical shift in ideals. It was more of a hushed voice within the character telling him that he learned something that he still can’t fully comprehend. Though lacking well-roundedness and middle ground, the characters were all lovable and relatable, with both the humans and the supernatural having independent and realistic ideals. The huge cast of episode-specific characters also left a memorable impact which made up for their static personality.
ENJOYMENT - 9
As you can already tell, I love this show. It was like watching a more light-hearted yet more sinister version of The Addams Family with all the grim and whimsical energy evident in the show’s production. With constant references to superstition and common social stigma, it provided enough realism to make it accessible and understandable compared to most supernatural lore. What it lacked in plot direction, it made up for in style, immersion, and groundedness. But what really left a lasting impression on me was the insight.
xxxHOLiC tells us how little we understand life, society, and ourselves. How learning, growing and transforming into something better means going outside our comfort zone and exploring the world. How meeting different people with various problems helps us understand that there is nothing good or evil. How inherently selfish and fickle we are.
Ultimately, how strange it is to be human.
We are riddled with inconsistencies and flaws which drive us to suffering and bitter realization. And in those moments when we are most vulnerable, we understand how beautiful it is to feel pain and embrace reality. We bask in our imperfection and eccentricity because it is what defines us.
OVERALL - 8
xxxHOLiC is a wondrous, uncanny, frisky, and sentimental ride through the life and times of Watanuki, a highschool boy blessed and cursed with the blood that attracts spirits. It deserves praise, not for overwhelming the viewer with something revolutionary, but for telling a story that says something about ourselves. Maybe I’m just putting too much thought into this. Overall, the show was simple, yet clever in its execution to deliver the full force of its content. As for where that content is going, I’m eager to find out in the next season. read more
Same basic idea - a guy that can see the supernatural. Natsume Yuujinchou is little more touching and lighter, while xxxHolic is a bit funnier.
Both are about ayakashi and yokai, share a bit of story and they both have a Zashiki-Warashi in it. xxxHolic is pretty dark, while Natsume Yuujinchou is lighter and uses more colours.
The character of Watanuki (xxxHolic) is very similar to Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou). Even though the stories of the two series are different except for the boy-who-can-see-spirits thing, the "feel" is the same. Also, Nyan-ko sensei is kinda like a cross between kuro-Mokona and the Kudakitsune.
Both series start out very similarly, both of the main characters are being chased by spirits which only they can see. Both are fairly episodic though xxxHOLiC definitely links more episodes together.
Both main characters are the only one's in the story that can see spirits. They also share the same sense of loneliness that comes with it. There's a few episodes in both Natsume Yuujinchou & xxxHolic that go into true detail about their feelings of being alone. It's drama unlike i've ever seen before, and i love that part about each of these shows, so much. If you've seen one of these shows, then i highly recommend you check out the other.
Both protagonist can see things others can't and have a best friend who accepts them for that, even though he can't see spirits himself. The protagonist's guardians and loving yet harsh on them, teasing them a lot. I am sure that if you love one you will love the other. Both series' offer a lot of knowledge into Japanese folklore and provide characters you will fall in love with.
In both anime there's a boy who can see yõkai and want's to get rid of the ability. Involves also a lot of adventures in/with/about the spirit world.
Both series are about an introvert boy trying to deal with seeing spirits.
Well, as already many ppl said:
both series have main character really similar: Watanuki Kimihiro & Natsume Takashi. They are good guys, with a special ability: they are able to see spirits/ghosts/demons.. They also share the 'loneliness' side, b'cuz of their capacity they are usual to be alone.. Maybe watanuki's personality is a bit more 'funny-comic' than that natsume, but anyway they are both real good ppl with a "golden heart" that help others.
About the story, well both stories are really similar b'cuz of the *oriental japanese tradition* in them, about the traditions to believe in something like typical japanese spirits and about all the atmosphere!
The way how both stories are showed, is simply awesome: delicated, sweet and loveable.
About Natsume, the anime it is really full of amazing colors, and also graphic design is exelent^^
Well, from Holic's side, it's an anime from CLAMP so char design is obviously great.
What else i have to say? they are both awesome. Holic is more known than Natsume, so i suggest you: don't lose that gem that NY is! believe me, watch it ;3 they both worth it!^^
Lots of similarities. For one both MCs can see supernatural stuff that keeps hunting them down. Both MCs try to solve supernatural problems and have someone to guide them and both series are episodic.
Main difference is that xXxHolic takes a slightly darker approach and tries to bring some horror factor from time to time.
Both of these shows feature a leading male character who can see demons/spirits. They both hope to get rid of their ability, but start to realize how useful it is once they start using it. They also start to figure out who they can trust with their secret. Overall, the plot is fairly similar.
Both main character can see spirits, even though both animes are quite different, they both are wonderful o^.^o
The protagonist both meet a lot of humans/supernatural beings that would make them realize a lot of lessons in life. They have problems that are quite similar but not all is bad in their new found lifestlyle.
In both series, the main protagonist is able to see spirits and demons, beings that only very few people can see.
Both series presents stories in an unique way each episode that follows the main protagonist's lives and the situations as he deals with his gift/curse. It is quite well written because the way it presents them with a sort of mystical and serene feeling.
Both series features a lot of interactions between various characters that can be dramatic, comedic, and sometimes emotional.
Both series are episodic that has a slow pacing which also follows a slice of life feeling. Nonetheless, many themes are explored in both series with the guidance of a senior as they learn more about the world, how to handle their supernatural abilities, and helping others while learning more about themselves.
- Both animes have very distinct accult themes.
- Both protagonists have an unusually strong spiritual sense for a human and often times find themselves in perilous situations involving various non-human entities as a result.
- despite the above neither is very adept at handling these situations.
- Both have a somewhat tragic male protagonist.
- Both protagonist seem to be orphans.
However Both Natsume and watanuki have very different personalities.
Both XXXHolic and Natsume Yuujinchou tend to have very different atmospheres.
Natsume Yuujinchou has a more light hearted bittersweet atmosphere and tends to have much milder content than XXXHolic. XXXHolic may come off to some as having a more modern gothic vibe. And can also be very philosophical at times.
Drama, comedy, and supernatural.
Episodic anime about the unseen paranormal creatures- Ayakashi and Youkai.
The main character, Natsume Takashi/Watanuki Kimihiro, is an orphaned teenager who possesses spiritual abilities and is able to see spirits.
He has a best friend, Tanuma Kaname/Doumeki Shizuka, who lives in a shrine and has an ability to sense spirits, but his abilities are inferior to the MC.
Natsume Yuujinchou leaves a warm fuzzy feeling. It has a lighthearted atmosphere.
xxxHolic is macabre, creepy and dark. It includes profound and psychological dialogues.
about japanese folklore, ayakashi and youkai, art, and a lot of other things
Episode s are not connected
they both have characters that can see spirits and stuff...
These shows focus on a young man who can see spirits. They each use this curse/gift to help others, and through this, they find what they lacked. Each show is episodic with the overall arc being the development of the main character.
Both series involve mysterious encounters with supernatural creatures and events. And neither of them have high amounts of action.
Mushishi and XXXHolic are very similar. Both have main characters that can see spirits and help people or other spirits. And both are very good.^^
Both deal with ordinary people and their interaction with the supernatural.
NO story line what so ever, every episode has it's unique story and characters
both the same supernatural feeling, and the same aspect of not having one storyline, but many covered in each episode. xxxholic has humour, whilst mushishi is more mature, still both brilliant watching with a strange warming sense to both.
Is also about the supernatural that only few can see. The main character of Mushishi is a traveler that helps people with their problems involving Mushi. They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi".
Both anime are very strong in the use of the supernatural and spirits.
Both feature a unique artstyle and have a mysterious
feeling about them.
if you like stories about ghosts, legends, folklore opr fairytales you'll really enjoy these animes.
Both animes are episodic and sometimes feture dark themes amidst unbelievable things. Both include many different moral lessons and themes.
The protagonists attempts to solve the "supernatural" (not necessarily ghosts) problems of people they meet. A lot of lessons to be learned.
Both series contain supernatural elements focused on a non linear storyline through the usage of Japanese culture.
The main characters in both series attracts the supernatural and tries to solve problems that these creatures have created. Both these series are slow paced and contains a lot of drama and mystery.
These two series are dialogue driven in an episodic basis that have an insightful way of telling stories.
Slice of Life? check
Casual tone? check
Different cases? check
Basically, Mushishi is alot like XXXHolic mostly because it's pretty similar in aspects of how the anime is approached in terms of supernatural beings, except it focuses on Mushi, and instead of people coming to Yuuko, it's Yuuko coming to them.
We have Holic and Bakemonogatari who are both mystery and supernatural genre.
Starting from this, both series can be considered somewhat similar. Here's why:
- both deal with strong supernatural elements who leads people (clients) in asking for help to someone who understand those phenomenons.
- both have a "supernatural expert" (Yuuko for Holic and Oshino Meme for Bakemonogatari) who are very good in what they do, usually always show a calm demeanor but as well are quite enigmatic to read and full of mystery.
- both series have quite particular main characters, who are definitely not "the average type of character" you often find in anime.
- overall both share an intriguing pace that slowly brings more questions
- both stories show some inventive and creative cases and both also have a few cases who tell about stories of creatures from ancient japanese traditions
That's why i think that if you liked one of those, you might like the other as well! Just give it a try ;3
Well, let's see... Mysteries, or the so-called oddities in Bakemonogatari somewhat coincides with the cases that Yuuko solves in xxxHolic. And their way of solving these cases are quite similar too in a way that they derive complicated solutions to get the situarion done.
Both series revolve around supernatural afflictions and the ways to cure them.
Both series focus around the main character solving "oddities" or supernatural phenomena that occur with other characters. There are also parallels between the mentors of each main character. Yuuko (xxxHolic) & Oshino (Bakemonogatari) both provide insight as to how Watanuki (xxxHolic) & Araragi (Bakemonogatari) can solve the ailments spotted. Main difference is that in xxxHolic the solving of these oddities is more of price for service to customers, whereas in Bakemonogatari, the service is free of charge and deal with the protagonists close friends. Still both are enjoyable to watch and offer a lot of humor.
Both have similar supernatural things that the main characters have to deal with. both the main guy is somewhat attracting "oddities" and is surrounded by supernatural phenomenon and there's an adult who is the expert at dealing with it. Both anime's are good. Must watchXD
Both anime relate supernatural phenomena with everyday problems. Both also have a seemingly normal protagonist, who tries to help people who are involved with the "oddities". Both also have some sort of specialist in the supernatural stuff.
Both series features the protagonist dealing with the supernatural.
Both series has a unique cast of characters.
Both series contain humor expressed in a different way.
Both series contain heavy dialogue usage.
Both series involves many interactions with the other characters.
If you like youkai, supernatural, you will like it. Although xxxHolic is a bit more "focused" into supernatural thingy.
Although Bakemonogatari and xxxHolic have completely different plots, both main characters deal with strange abberations. Both Araragi and Watanuki have a sort of teacher that they turn to when help is needed (Meme and Yuko). Also, both animes have interesting dialogue with very interesting characters.
Both anime are quite different from others because of several factors. They use mysticism and Japanese folklore to develop the atmosphere of its history which makes it completely magical and surreal.
With a touch of supernatural, Bakemonogatari is an anime that feels a lot like the first season of xxxHOLiC. With progression in arcs the comedy, feel, and life lessons are both very similar in both of these anime.
Both of them grant requests, just that one deals with wishes and one deals with revenge. Also, both require compensation.
Ai looks like a mini version of Yuuko with the long flowing black hair, they have assistants as well
xxxHolic and Jigoku Shoujo are very similar because both are talking about woman that grants wishes, and in both animes, if u want to grant your wish, u have to pay a price.
Both are horror animes and even have the same atmosphere.
Well,the protagonists characters look almost the same and the stories resembles: Enma Ai is a young girl who grants vengeance in exchange for your' soul.The subject of your revenge will be taken to hell.
Both are about granting wishes. In both you must pay or sacrifice something important to make your wish come true. Even Ai and Yuuko are similar - not only their hair ^^
Although Jigoku Shoujo is the more serious of the two, the same theme is in the show; a person who grants a wish, and a price to be paid.
it's because both grant wishes but one is desire and other is revenge, both require compensation as well. And Ai looks like a mini Yuuko with the long black hair and the red eyes. both have assistants as well.
Both hell girl and xxxholic are a horror anime. They both allow wishes to be granted and specify that there always has to be a price....nothing less and nothing more of you wish.
Both of these shows deal with a girl/woman who grants varieties of people wishes. In Jigoku Shoujo, Enma Ai- the Hell girl (Jigoku Shoujo) grants people the wish of vengeance, while in xxxHOLiC, a variety of different wishes are granted, such as a customer wishing to be ridden of their bad habits, or something completely different and supernatural. Both of these shows are very enjoyable, although I loved Jigoku Shoujo more (since it was my first anime). Holic was a delight to watch as well.. both of the series have amazing original soundtracks which I enjoyed a lot. Anyone who loved Holic or Jigoku Shoujo should definitely watch the other. Both of the shows are psychological, mystery and supernatural anime. Jigoku Shoujo is listed as a horror, which Holic isn't, but I actually think Holic had scarier episodes then Jigoku Shoujo.
XXXHOLiC has comedy as a genre, but you will enjoy the mystery, supernatural episodes and horror episodes the best. These are both episodic shows, but Holic doesn't feel episodic. Both of the shows build backstories on the characters, so there's no need to worry of them being completely episodic, although Holic has more of a 'spread-out' backstory while Jigoku Shoujo has the main character development in the last few episodes. Both are VERY enjoyable.. these are 2 of my favorites!
This was my first recommendation, so don't be harsh ^^
different peoples stories around a central theme each episode and with the appearance of the main characters each episode though in xxHolic it is a larger proportion main charcter. They both have a "darkness in the human heart" theme going. In xxxHolic it's various sins, in Hell Girl it's seeking out revenge at the cost of your soul. xxxHolic has a fair bit of comedy to it that Hell Girl doesn't have .
1. Both have a connection to the supernatural
2. Both have great main female characters (Yuuko ichihara/ Enma Ai)
3. Both have traditional japanese symbols along the storyline
Both anime deals with supernatural and have the same dark mood to it. However, xxxHolic doesn't deals with solving mystery cases but it mainly deals with granting wishes and basically "becareful of what you wished for".
In the world there are things we can't see but are of great importance. Ghosts, curses, dreams, superstitions and many other unexplained but commonly known phenomena.
At a general level people don't really believe in them, but sometimes they need to. So if, you are a part of those unbelievers who are in need to learn more about the other side of the world - the unseen and unknown side, you may be more than interested to do it while watching either Ghost Hunt, or xxxHolic. Both series provide much valuable and interesting information (personally, I leart alot just from watching!)
They are both scary when watched at night. I had goosebumps,especially that episodes of 100 tales of horror and the girl with blue dress, just like whenever i watch cases of ghost hunt where they have to deal with different supernatural events. The feel is so the same. Both are REALLY GREAT!
Both anime revolve around businesses that solve people's supernatural problems. While xxxHOLiC is more comical and lighthearted, both series have a creepy atmosphere and some unsettling scenes.
If your looking for a horror and episodic kind of series then there's no anime who do it better like these two.
Both revolve around solving supernatural cases, although xxxHolic is more about youkai rather than ghosts and solves the cases via supernatural methods, while Ghost Hunt revolves around spirits and solves cases via scientific equipment and exorcisms.
Both anime include hunting ghosts/spirits.
The aim is to help other people.
In Dubbed both anime have the same voice actors for most of the main characters. (Kazuya = Kimihiro) (Mai = Himawari) (Lin = Doumeki) (Ayako = Yuuko).
I personally like the art style better in Ghost Hunt and feel it's a more realistic anime. There's more character development in Ghost Hunt and the characters are more likable.
There are very similar to each other, although xxxHolic has a much darker perspective than Sayonara Zetsubuo Sensei, and Sayonara Zetsubuo Sensei has a much funnier comedic perspective?
Weird atmosphere, funny characters, some mystery...
It is pretty hard to see the connection between both series, but the style is very similar and the characters (Watanuki and Zetsubou sensei) are similar too. If you liked one, you'll sure like the other.
Similar art style, similar style of humor (although SZS is much darker than xxxHOLiC)...oh, and Nozomu is pretty much who Watanuki would be if he didn't encounter Yuuko.
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