xxxHOLiC Episode 10 – Quick Summary
In xxxHOLiC episode 10, “Lamplight,” it was summer and time for summer romance! Watanuki wanted to ask Himawari on a date, but, well, he’s Watanuki. Yuuko to his rescue — sort of. She suggested a group date. Watanuki’s hopes soared just as she dropped the other shoe – Doumeki would go with them. They rented a room at Doumeki’s family’s temple to tell ghost stories. But with Yuuko present, they weren’t just any ghost stories. Something in the next room was lively – much more lively than a corpse should have been. And whatever it is seemed keen on getting to Watanuki!
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 10
Even in the heat, her snark-mode is working just fine! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Now, I have to admit: I was only partly buying it. Yuuko exaggerates a bit from time to time, doesn’t she? At the beginning of the scene, I felt the tendrils of doubt. Then, in my favorite quote, Yuuko removed all doubt.
As a grumbling Watanuki approached, she looked at him side-eye and said (02:05), “Here comes a guy even more dismal than a Japanese summer…”
She feels strong enough to switch instantly to snark-mode, so I think she’s really fine.
Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 10
Yuuko enjoyed this way too much. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: A Mystery if Fun!
Do you like mystery? Not the genre (though kudos to you if you like mysteries – there’re a lot of enjoyable stories in that genre). I mean mystery – getting hints and clues but no direct confirmation of a thing within a story?
xxxHOLiC seems to like them. For a while now, Yuuko has been dropping hints that there’s something unexplained going on with Himawari. I remember the first time I watched the series, it was about this episode I started to take the hints seriously – and my favorite moment is the culprit.
I like mysteries – like, how much closer is Yuuko going to get to Himawari? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
What I like about an effectively presented mystery is how it pulls me along with the story. It makes me look forward to either more clues, or the reveal. Here’s a secret I’ll share just between us: when I write novels, I have a heck of a time not revealing secrets!
I blame my characters. They’re chatty, and they want to delve into topics. I have to pull them back to preserve the mystery of a reveal I want to make later. For the most part, my characters cooperate. Like me, they hate it when a writer temporarily dumbs down a character to preserve a mystery. It’s more work, but more dramatically effective, to come up with plot devices or character interactions that naturally prevent a reveal until the right time.
Delivery: Yuuko Knows How to Savor a Moment
Which is probably just another way of saying “plot.” It’s hard to say. The terminology gets imprecise at times, depending on an individual’s experience.
The episode built up Doumeki’s role: he was the protector, the one capable of dispatching evil spirits just by being Doumeki. Watanuki could see spirits because of his lineage. As they discussed this, you could see how intensely curious Watanuki became. He expected Yuuko would talk about Himawari’s role.
I mean, even Watanuki, as smitten as he is, has begun to suspect something’s up. Or at the very least, he suspects Yuuko knows something she’s not telling. Watanuki even asked what Himawari’s role was (21:47).
Watanuki was dying to know Himawari’s role! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Watanuki waited breathlessly. Yuuko drew out the moment, then said (20:69), “I’m not telling!”
Yuuko remained completely in character, and we get to enjoy a little more of the mystery surrounding Himawari. How cool is that?
What did you think of the ghost stories? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
xxxHOLiC Episode 10: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime List (must be logged in to view): xxxHOLiC Episode 10 Discussion
- Star Crossed Anime: xxxHolic – 10 – Mokona’s super suction power!
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- xxxHOLiC Episode 01: The Inevitable
- xxxHOLiC Episode 02: Falsehood
- xxxHOLiC Episode 03: Angel
- xxxHOLiC Episode 04: Fortune-Telling
- xxxHOLiC Episode 05: Game of Letters
- xxxHOLiC Episode 06: Indulgence
- xxxHOLiC Episode 07: Hydrangea
- xxxHOLiC Episode 08: Contract
- xxxHOLiC Episode 09: Pinky Promise
- xxxHOLiC Episode 10: Lamplight
- xxxHOLiC Episode 11: Confession
- xxxHOLiC Episode 12: Summer Shade
- xxxHOLiC Episode 13: Transfiguration
- xxxHOLiC Episode 14: Seal
- xxxHOLiC Episode 15: Release
- xxxHOLiC Episode 16: Reunion
- xxxHOLiC Episode 17: Self-Mutilation
- xxxHOLiC Episode 18: Ground Cherry
- xxxHOLiC Episode 19: Unreasonable
- xxxHOLiC Episode 20: Atonement