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xxxHOLiC Episode 19 – Quick Summary

In xxxHOLiC episode 19, “Unreasonable,” Yuuko continued making massive demands on Watanuki’s time. The demands even followed him to school. In his locker he found, instead of a love letter, an invitation from Yuuko. She invited him, Doumeki, and Himawari to the snowy park. Why a park – after a major snowstorm? Why bring Doumeki and Himawari? And who else did Yuuko invite?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 19

xxxHOLiC Episode 19: At least Yuuko had an explanation!

Yuuko seemed a little more “out there” in this episode. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The snowball fight was unhinged, wasn’t it? A bit out there? At the very least, it was, as Yuuko will say in my favorite quote, “fantastical.”

Yuuko invited Watanuki, Doumeki, and Himawari to the snow-covered park for a snowball fight. But not any snowball fight. They had to build snowmen who, they learned, would fight on their behalf. Watanuki, at least, seemed incredulous until Doumeki’s snowman seemed to plaster his with a massive snowball. That was after it had walked up to Watanuki’s little bunny snowman.

I’m still wondering why Watanuki made a bunny…

This, of course, prompted Watanuki to object. Which he did. Loudly. He demanded to know how a creature made out of water could walk around and attack other similar creatures.

At first shaking her head and smiling beneficently, Yuuko said (10:26), “There are all kinds of trifling theories, but they’re a pain in the butt, so forget about it! Just look at it as a fantastical moment that happened on the snowy day!”

So, I guess in Yuuko’s world, snowmen can come to life and fight to the death! Good to know!

Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 19

xxxHOLiC Episode 19: I did not know Yuuko could be surprised!

Honestly, I did not know Yuuko could even be surprised! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: An Uncommon Snowman Battle

This was an interesting episode. Did Yuuko, Watanuki, and Mokona seem a little more abrupt or intense than usual? I’m not sure if I was imagining things, or the characters shifted slightly for this episode’s snowball fight. Or maybe the competition got them all riled up? 

In any case, it was great seeing the Ame-warashi and Zashiki-warashi again! I like the former’s non-nonsense attitude with humans; I like the latter’s endearing innocent and calming effect on Watanuki. The way the Zashiki-warashi cheered him on was just healing to watch.

xxxHOLiC Episode 19: Watanuki made a snow bunny

Ummm… What did he use for the eyes? Do I even want to know? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

My favorite moment was something I don’t think we’ve seen before. At least, I can’t remember it happening. And it came at a surprising time! Yuuko had almost won the snowball fight. Her storm-trooper, using a Maru and Moro-fed snowball machine gun, had taken out all the other competitors. Even the Ame-warashi’s two snow-gods fell to Yuuko’s snowman’s might.

“A ruleless, atrocious fight,” Doumeki had called it (15:18). To which the Zashiki-warashi answered, “Right.”

Delivery: Yuuko Got Surprised?

But a labor dispute between Maru and Moro deprived Yuuko’s snowman of ammunition just as it was about to gun down Watanuki and his rabbit snowman. Yuuko seemed surprised (18:58), which got my attention. Have we seen that before? But when she noticed that her foot had actually blocked the last snowball, I figured she was faking surprise to give Watanuki false hope. 

xxxHOLiC Episode 19: The Zashiki-warashi cheered for Watanuki

Seeing the Zashiki-warashi cheer on Watanuki made my day! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

As Watanuki taunted Yuuko’s snowman (which is never a good idea!), she lifted her foot. The snowball surged down the feeder line. A satisfied look on her face, she counted down…

And got to zero just as her snowman decided to detach the feeder hose and look into it to see what had blocked it. In effect, it blew its own head off.

Yuuko’s look of surprise was amazing (19:31).

Until that moment, I didn’t realize she could feel surprised. I figured she had a view of time that excluded it. But clearly, in this episode, she felt it! Did something change? Did I misunderstand what I’ve seen before? Was it something about the proximity of the two warashi that threw Yuuko off her game? I don’t know – but I know it was fun to watch!

What did you think of Himawari’s snowman? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “xxxHOLiC Episode 19: Favorites

  1. I love it when Yuuko throws out anime references. Her snowman’s from Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade. Mokona’s is from Mazinger Z “Pilder On!”, and “Darling, it’s punishment time” is Lum, of course.

  2. Yes, this episode is one of my favorite anime snowball fights! I love that Watanuki made a cute little bunny before he learned that the cute little bunny was going to have to fight for him. I also love how Yuuko made a snowman killing behemoth and that ended up destroying itself! It was such a fun snowball fight to watch. Oh and the bunny eyes are made with holly berries. It’s actually traditional for small children in Japan to make snow bunnies with green leaves (camellia bush leaves?) for ears and holly berries for eyes. Natsume from the anime Natsume’s Book of Friends also makes one of these in that series snowball fight episode.

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