xxxHOLiC Episode 6 – Quick Summary
In xxxHOLiC episode 6, “Indulgence,” Watanuki had the unenviable job of going to the pharmacy. Was Yuuko suffering from a terrible malady like gastritis? A stomach flu? No, she had a hangover. And to hear her talk, it was the worst hangover that ever was or ever could be. Will Watanuki’s medicine do the trick? If it does, what new trouble will she convinced him to get into? And will the medicine Watanuki bought even work on Mokona?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 6
Yuuko seemed bummed that Hanahana’s resolve faltered so quickly. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I’m pretty sure Yuuko left Hanahana’s apartment knowing full well that the woman would not be able to break her addiction on her own. At least not on the first try. I figured Yuuko thought it would be a good opportunity to kick back for a bit and relax. She took Watanuki to a coffee shop and bought a couple of cappuccinos.
Watanuki, of course, was impatient to get home. Or more precisely, he was impatient not to be sitting there doing nothing. To his credit, when Yuuko told him they were waiting, he seemed curious when he asked what they were waiting for.
Apparently, Yuuko had set some kind of trigger event on the website she and Hanahana frequented, because as soon as Hanahana broke her prmoise, the coffee shop’s internet terminals all displayed the same logo. Watanuki looked over at the commotion as all the patrons voiced confusion about the displays.
Yuuko seemed a little dejected when she said (14:54), “To think we didn’t even have to wait long enough to finish one cappuccino.”
It has to be tough, seeing the world as she does and not being able to get it across to people. Especially when it would help them experience a more enriching life.
Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 6
Yuuko’s words seemed harsh – but that method had the best chance of getting through to Hanahana. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Teaching is Hard Work
I have a lot of respect for teachers. They start from an understanding of a subject, and they have to impart that understanding onto folks who don’t understand the subject. That’s hard enough when students are willing to learn. If it’s a subject a student doesn’t like, or has been indoctrinated against, then the teacher’s job is that much more difficult.
My favorite moment in this episode is Yuuko’s attempt to teach Hanahana something about addiction. The specific case in this episode was an addiction to the neurochemical feedback loops created in the post/response cycle – specifically dopamine. But the specifics are secondary. The thing about beating addiction, any kind of addiction, is that it’s very, very hard to do. In some cases, it might even be impossible without significant intervention.
It’s not just a matter of will power. It’s not enough to decide you want to stop the addictive behavior. Yuuko knew this. But she can’t just come out and say that to Hanahana, can she? If she tried, Hanahana would just nod and smile. Instead, Yuuko had to teach that lesson to her.
Yuuko’s clear, no-nonsense phrasing seemed to surprise Watanuki. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Hanahana spoke of her desire to quit. She even said her son had begun complaining that she wasn’t spending enough time with him, while her husband worried she wasn’t finishing her chores. To make sure Hanahana understood the situation, Yuuko asked her to confirm that she had tried to quit, but the attempt had failed. While Watanuki looked at Yuuko in surprise, Hanahana confirmed.
Then Yuuko started her lesson. She asked again why the woman wanted to quit. Again, she brought up the argument that her husband wanted her to.
Delivery: Knowing the “Why” Is Critical
Staring right at the woman, Yuuko said (09:30), “You have to quit because your husband tells you to? You would quit anything just because your husband tells you to?”
The woman said it wasn’t like that and Watanuki looked uneasy about the severity of the question. When the woman brought up her son’s request for more playtime again, Yuuko asked point blank (10:01), “Why do you have to play with your child?”
That question shocked both Hanahana and Watanuki. The woman tried to answer, but her attempt came out as wishy-washy. Her words lacked conviction. Her answers became self-referential; it was like she was trying to use circular logic to answer Yuuko.
Hanahana didn’t seem to know how to answer Yuuko. The scene made emotionally effective use of closeups. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
That’s when Yuuko summed everything up by saying (10:29), “Even thinking such things, you have been unable to quit…”
From a medical perspective, we know that some addictions can’t be broken by will power alone. But I don’t think that’s what Yuuko was suggesting. Yuuko wanted Hanahana to be clear and honest with herself. Yes, some addictions need interventions, but some can be broken – if the person suffering from addiction knows the reasons for quitting and is otherwise physically unimpaired. Hanahana had not figured that out yet, and that doomed her to failure.
I suspect Yuuko was teaching Watanuki as much as Hanahana, though. A lot of what’s happened in these first six episodes revolved around Watanuki coming up to speed on various aspects of Yuuko’s world. That’s why I don’t think we got the resolution to Hanahana’s case. Her issue is secondary. Watanuki learning about the limits and techniques of dealing with human addiction was more important, in the long run.
To Watanuki and Yuuko, at least.
What did you think of Yuuko slicing the laptop in half – with a baseball bat? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to share in the comments!
xxxHOLiC Episode 6: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime List (must be logged in): xxxHOLiC Episode 6 Discussion
- Star Crossed Anime: xxxHolic – 06 – Addictions, and how to lose them
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