xxxHOLiC Episode 3 – Quick Summary
In xxxHOLiC episode 3, “Angel,” Himawari Kunogi delighted Kimihiro Watanuki by going to Yuuko Ichihara and asking for a favor. Apparently, a nearby school was going through a series of unfortunate events, and Himawari suspected it was because of Angel, a “game” similar to the ouija board. Watanuki’s delight turned to dread when Yuuko volunteered him to lead the expedition. And worse, he had to go with Shizuka Doumeki! What will they find in the school? Why does even Yuuko seem a little apprehensive? And what in the world is Watanuki wearing when he arrives on site?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 3
Well, at least he came to a decision! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
My favorite quote this week comes with an ensemble delivery. I have a feeling this isn’t the last time we’ll see one of those in this series!
Watanuki almost decided not to go to the school, for one very, very simple reason: he did not want to hang out with Doumeki. He complained mightily to Yuuko. Of course, she didn’t much care what he thought. Probably for good reason, too, though I can understand Watanuki not being happy about that.
He performed his little Spaz Dance, then clenched his fist and declared his intent. He didn’t want to go with Doumeki, he said, but (05:33), “…but for Himawari’s sake, I’m going.”
“Well said! Just like a man,” Yuuko said. Watanuki even seemed proud of that praise!
Moro and Maru said, “Lady-killer!” and “Nice Guy!”
Yes, it was a proper noun.
Mokona, though, had the more clear vision. He said, “Very Watanuki!”
Had to argue with his logic!
Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 3
Watanuki wanted to understand what had happened. It’s natural he would start with his human perspective. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Going with the Naming Flow
I’ve tried to adhere to my convention of using the character’s surnames so far. For example, I’ve tried to call Kimihiro Watanuki by “Kimihiro,” under the assumption that My Anime List and other sites list the surname first. I’m not sure if that’s right. Regardless, in this case, I’m going to go with the characters’ flows and use “Watanuki,” “Doumeki,” and “Himawari.” The latter makes the least sense, because MAL lists her name as Himawari Kunogi. I suppose there’s a reason for that.
Anyway, did you notice Watanuki’s pink headphones? They were visually funny, and they were even funnier if you’ve watched Chobits. Though I think Chi wore them better. Come to think of it, I have no objections to how Yuuko looked wearing them, either!
Chi wore them better than Watanuki. But I think Yuuko wore them best! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I like how the series is introducing us to key concepts dramatically instead of via an exposition dump. In the first episode, we learned that Yuuko’s work involved consequences – even if a direct link to her actions is unclear. In the second, we learned that Watanuki had a lot to learn about the very basics of interacting with Yuuko’s world. And in this episode, we found out that while Watanuki attracts spirits, Doumeki repels them.
My favorite moment was another adjustment to Watanuki’s perspective. He had just lived through a scum attack that managed to even wound Doumeki – enough to put his arm in a sling. Watanuki had experienced almost being eaten by a spirit Yuuko had called a “big shot.”
Delivery: Building the World, One Detail at a Time
Watanuki tried to come to grips with his experience. He reasoned out loud, saying that he thought the snake spirit wasn’t bad – that it was merely trying to protect its turf from the scum.
“So, it wasn’t a bad thing, was it?” he asked Yuuko (20:09).
Isn’t that just a human thing to say? A human way to think? We seem compelled to judge everything and everyone.
Yuuko had a very different perspective from Watanuki’s. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yuuko had a different take on it, though. She said (20:12), “For you guys, this time, no. Good intent is something humans decide on. That kind of thing doesn’t matter to something not human.”
It might seem like a little thing, but I love the deliberate way the show’s building its mythos. We’re experiencing these things through Watanuki’s eyes, at his pace. For me, that makes this world feel authentic.
What did you think of the three girls actually being part of the scum? What were your favorite moments in the episode? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
xxxHOLiC Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime list (must be logged in): xxxHOLiC Episode 3 Discussion
- Random Curiosity: xxxHOLiC – 03
- Star Crossed Anime: xxxHolic – 03
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