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xxxHOLiC

xxxHOLiC

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ×××ホリック

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2006 to Sep 29, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.131 (scored by 54708 users)
Ranked: #3922
Popularity: #218
Members: 115,387
Favorites: 2,359
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

clamp comedy fantasy mystery supernatural

Synopsis

Watanuki 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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Related Anime

Adaptation: xxxHOLiC, xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC
Character: Tsubasa Chronicle
Side story: xxxHOLiC Movie: Manatsu no Yoru no Yume
Sequel: xxxHOLiC Kei

Characters & Voice Actors

Doumeki, Shizuka
Doumeki, Shizuka
Main
Nakai, Kazuya
Japanese
Nakai, Kazuya
Tatum, J. Michael
English
Tatum, J. Michael
...
Ichihara, Yuuko
Ichihara, Yuuko
Main
Ohara, Sayaka
Japanese
Ohara, Sayaka
Clinkenbeard, Colleen
English
Clinkenbeard, Colleen
...
Kunogi, Himawari
Kunogi, Himawari
Main
Itou, Shizuka
Japanese
Itou, Shizuka
Leigh, Cherami
English
Leigh, Cherami
...
Watanuki, Kimihiro
Watanuki, Kimihiro
Main
Fukuyama, Jun
Japanese
Fukuyama, Jun
Haberkorn, Todd
English
Haberkorn, Todd
...

Staff

Cook, Justin
Producer
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Iwasaki, Tarou
Episode Director, Storyboard



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Apr 7, 2015
adrianojones
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 read more
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Jun 24, 2009
JesuOtaku
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 read more
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Sep 13, 2010
lovelyphantom
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 read more
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Jul 19, 2008
marauder9082
Prepare to be taken on a tour de force through the world of the supernatural. Or maybe just a regular tour. I wouldn't know. Having only recently experienced the genre of "supernatural" anime, xxxHOLiC (hereby referred to as simply "Holic") was a breath of fresh air from my usual action/fantasy fare.

The story behind Holic is intriguing and interesting, revolving around spirits, ghosts, and the very strange. Geared towards an older and more sophisticated audience, there's little action, but loads of thought-provoking and amazingly insightful dialogue. Holic is the kind of anime that gets your mind pumping about topics such as fate, destiny, and one's purpose read more
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Recommendations

Same basic idea - a guy that can see the supernatural. Natsume Yuujinchou is little more touching and lighter, while xxxHolic is a bit funnier.
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
Both series involve mysterious encounters with supernatural creatures and events. And neither of them have high amounts of action.
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
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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".
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?

Opening Theme

"19sai" by Shikao Suga

Ending Theme

#1: "Reason" by Fonogenico (eps 1-13,24)
#2: "Kagerou" by BUCK-TICK (eps 14-23)

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