xxxHOLiC Episode 7 – Quick Summary
In xxxHOLiC episode 7, “Hydrangea,” a very rude Ame-warashi appeared out of nowhere and smacked Watanuki on the head with her umbrella. Then she announced it was his lucky day, because she was about to give him a command. And what was this command? To take her to Yuuko! Once there, Ame-warashi admitted she needed Yuuko’s help. And by “Yuuko’s” help, she of course meant Watanuki’s. What did Watanuki have to do now? Did it involve Doumeki? And what will Yuuko demand as payment?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 7
I kind of feel sorry for the spastic one. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Watanuki seriously does not like it when Himawari talks to Doumeki. As in, he spazzes out every time. This time, Watanuki and Doumeki had to ask Himawari for something personal. Watanuki tried to ask for it, but he floundered. Doumeki calmly explained it to her, and did you notice something interesting? She didn’t ask why! She undid her hair bows and asked if those would do.
As they left, Watanuki was furious with Doumeki for speaking so easily with her. He was angry with her for speaking so easily with him. And most of all, he was angry with himself for not having the courage to speak first. So he did what Watanuki always did in this situation. He insulted Doumeki.
Seeming to think he’d landed a fatal rhetorical hit, Watanuki said that Doumeki shouldn’t feel special because Himawari spoke to him. The reason? She’s nice to everyone. “It’s not just you, right?” Watanuki said (05:51).
His voice completely unchanged, Doumeki said (05:56), “If you’re following that theory, then it’s not just you, either.”
Watanuki was honest enough to not even try to answer that one.
Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 7
This is why Watanuki can function in Yuuko’s world. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Watanuki Is More Than a Spastic Case
This is the episode that made me fall in love with xxxHOLiC. And it’s all because of my favorite moment.
Yuuko sees something in Watanuki. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that she knows something about his destiny. Or maybe both? I don’t think I have a good understand of Yuuko’s perspective, but my point is, she sees something beyond the excitable young man who can barely speak in the presence of Himawari and who flies off the handle at Doumeki.
In my favorite moment, Watanuki demonstrated at least one of the traits I think Yuuko sees in him.
The spirit of the hydrangea drew him into its spiritual realm. There, he found a little girl who was crying. She said she had been there, all alone, for a very long time. She knew she had to keep moving, but she was too scared. If he went with her, she thought she might have the courage to finish the journey.
The first thing Watanuki did was ask her what was wrong. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Watanuki knew the direction she led him was dangerous. It smelled terrible, and the odor got worse the closer they got. The hydrangea itself tried to warn him to stay away from that place. As an aside, the animation of its voice – vertical shafts of light that pulsed as it spoke – was very cool. The scene made great use of stereo, too.
Finally, Watanuki put the pieces together. The first time I saw this, I suspected, but I didn’t know, what he had figured out. The uncertainty added to the scene’s poignancy. He gently put his foot down and said they shouldn’t go that way. Desperately, she asked where she should go instead.
Delivery: Watanuki’s Empathy
That’s when the ribbon appeared. Watanuki knew it was his way out, but the little girl was terrified and ashamed. By this time, the idea that she had died and this was her spirit approached certainty. I’m feeling bad for her. Watanuki asked why she didn’t want to go. She tugged at my sympathy when she responded, (13:58), “Because… I’m dirty. I’m different from before. Everyone will say I’m gross.”
Seeing her in such pain hurt. And this is where Watanuki began to show just the kind of guy he is. Continuing in his gentle voice, he said (14:13), “No, they won’t.” He took her hand and added, “I never will.”
She hugged his arm, and he gave her time to process. Then he grabbed the ribbon said said, “Here we go.”
This is my favorite moment.
He regained consciousness on his back in the rain. The camera was at ground level. He looked to his right and smiled, saying (15:19), “You’re not gross. Being alone for so long must’ve been awful.”
Watanuki stayed with her and supported her until the end. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
He was holding her skeletal hand.
He accepted her. In essence, he was helping her cross to where she should have been. He did that knowing she was dead. He did that – and this is a big deal – knowing she had tried to lead him to his death. But he understood why she did what she did, he met her where she was, and he led her home.
This episode introduced us to Ame-warashi, who is a character I adore. But even she couldn’t hold a candle to that moment. Moments like that are why I hold xxxHOLiC in such high esteem.
What did you think of the Ame-warashi disclosing she wanted to save the hydrangea, and not the little girl? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to share in the comments!
xxxHOLiC Episode 7: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime List (must be logged in): xxxHOLiC Episode 7 Discussion
- Star Crossed Anime: xxxHolic – 07 – Getting saved by people you hate
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