xxxHOLiC Episode 17 – Quick Summary
In xxxHOLiC episode 17, “Self-Mutilation,” Nurie had a problem. She had a tendency to throw herself into traffic and otherwise sabotage her life. Kind-hearted (and spastic) Watanuki wanted to help, and he even thought he saw evidence of the spirit world in Nurie’s life. Yuuko asked that Watanuki bring Nurie to her. What’s the real problem? Is it a case for Yuuko? And how many times did Watanuki freak out in this episode?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 17
Sooner or later, he’s going to have to figure out she’s just teasing him. This was not that time. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
There are a lot of quotes to choose from in this episode. It was practically all quotes! And yet the time just sped by…
Watanuki saw Nurie throw herself into traffic. Well, she threw herself in front of a motorcycle – there’s a difference that’s essential to the plot. What’s important here is that Watanuki did like he’s done before: he accompanied Nurie to the hospital and then checked in on her.
He offered her some flowers in an attempt to cheer her up. She took the flowers and flogged him with them. That’s also important to the plot, but the key here is that Watanuki couldn’t figure out why, and it bugged him.
When Yuuko dragged it out of him, she asked him if he had provoked her with a joke about no one leaving that hospital alive.
“I said no such questionable, tasteless joke!” he snapped (06:17).
Dude’s going to give himself a heart attack if he doesn’t chill out!
Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 17
The glasses helped, without magic, just as Yuuko intended. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: A Dialogue-Rich Environment
I mentioned earlier that this episode had a lot of dialogue. I mean – a lot!. It was one of the least action-packaged episodes of any anime I’ve ever seen! As I watched it, two things occurred to me. First, good dialogue is good. I could watch interesting characters talk about interesting things all day. Which probably explains why I love Re:CREATORS. Because damn, I don’t think Meteora ever met a sentence she didn’t want to speak out loud.
But back to this episode. The second thing I thought of was that I was really, really glad that xxxHOLiC has such stylized art. Because if Yuuko looked any better, I would have demanded more episodes of her just talking, smoking, getting drunk… well, you get the idea. So I’ve concluded the art style was a deliberate choice to protect the viewers.
CLAMP knew what they were doing. Protect the audience at all costs! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
My favorite moment feels like an artistic statement. It feels like the artists wanted to say, “No, we aren’t lazy. We made a deliberate choice to present so much dialogue. As proof, here’s a scene that’s all showing and no telling.”
It was pretty good telling, too.
Nurie clutched the cheap red fashion glasses that Yuuko had given her. She passed a garbage can and paused. Honestly, I felt tension on her behalf. Would she chuck the glasses? Or would she keep them?
Delivery: Capped by Showing and No Telling
She kept them. This time. Next, she walked up to a crosswalk. I’d seen her hurl herself into traffic before. Now, there wasn’t a motorcycle in sight; only cars. Again, I felt tension as she seemed to grind her teeth. She uncertainly picked up one foot, then gripped the fashion glasses tighter.
This is xxxHOLiC. I had every confidence that if the story demanded she die, she would die. That’s the kind of series this is. So every second she stood beside the road, I was on the edge of my seat. Would she throw the glasses aside and throw herself in front of an oncoming car? Would she wait for the signal to change so she could cross?
I was dying to know — would she take that step? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
After what seemed like several minutes (but was only a few seconds), the crossing sign glowed green for her. The shot showed the cars going both ways come to a stop. Taking one last look at the glasses in her fist, she strode forward with newfound confidence (21:58).
The last shot was of her walking in the middle of the crosswalk, just as any other pedestrian would do. It was a great, wordless way to cap an episode that was mostly (interesting!) conversations.
What did you think of Watanuki’s reaction to Yuuko asking him to buy some fashion glasses? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
xxxHOLiC Episode 17: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime List (must be logged in to view): xxxHOLiC Episode 17 Discussion
- Star Crossed Anime: xxxHolic – 17 – Give Someone Some Fake Glasses and They Can Overcome Anything
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