xxxHOLiC Episode 9 – Quick Summary
In xxxHOLiC episode 9, “Pinky Promise,” Watanuki was on his way to start work at Yuuko’s place when he saw a couple arguing. Watanuki being Watanuki, he didn’t hesitate to stick his nose in someone else’s business. Casually, he asked what was going on. But the man and woman rushed off. Later, the woman, Ran, showed up at Yuuko’s shop. What was she looking for? What had Watanuki interrupted? And just how many rings does Yuuko have to give away?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from xxxHOLiC Episode 9
Yuuko certainly knows how to sell a dramatic moment! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Yuuko knows exactly how to push Watanuki’s buttons. I was going to say it’s partly his fault for letting Yuuko know about his feelings for Himawari, but then it occurred to me: Yuuko would know anyway. So he’s just going to have to get used to it.
Throughout the whole episode, the cast talked about the red string of fate that supposedly tied together the pinkies of lovers. At the end of the episode, Watanuki tempted fate – and Yuuko’s sense of humor – by asserting that he had a future with Himawari.
Yuuko put on her most serious face and said she could read Watanuki’s destiny. He swallowed in fear. She said (21:50), “Your red string of destiny…”
Watanuki was sweating.
“… Is connected to Doumeki-kun!”
Watanuki collapsed to the floor before she added, “Just kidding.”
Seriously. The guy’s got to get a better sense of humor! Otherwise he’ll be on high blood pressure medicine before he’s 25!
Favorite Moment from xxxHOLiC Episode 9
I’m pretty sure nothing surprises Doumeki. Especially where Watanuki is concerned! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: The Pipe Fox Has Arrived!
I’m not going to say this episode felt boring, because it didn’t. But among all of the episodes of xxxHOLiC, this might be my least favorite. Except for three things: my favorite quote, my favorite moment, and the fact that we got to meet the awesome pipe fox for the first time!
The pipe fox rocks.
The pipe fox is pocket-sized. The pocket fox is affectionate. In times of danger, the pipe fox protects. If you’re lost, the pipe fox can put you back on track. The pipe fox has an adorable, cute little squeak. And for some reason, the pipe fox seems to really like Watanuki.
The pipe fox is here! It’s a good day. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Speaking of the pipe fox, the little dude played a big role in my favorite moment. He had a tendency to wrap itself around Watanuki’s neck. At times, it got playful and dove into Watanuki’s shirt. Which was fine, unless Watanuki was in public. Which he was for my favorite moment.
Delivery: Watanuki’s Dance Moves
Watanuki was (reluctantly) helping Doumeki put away the soccer balls after practice. Of course, Watanuki groused about it. As he wound up for even more complaining, the pipe fox attacked. And by “attacked,” I mean unleashed a fury of tickles on Watanuki.
Watanuki threw himself into weird dance moves that, I have to admit, showed some serious physical prowess. If I tried even a third of those moves, I’m pretty sure my bones wouldn’t survive.
Watanuki seems very bendy. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Doumeki watched in silence for a few moments, then, in a very serious, dry voice, asked (12:38), “That some kind of new dance for showing protest?”
Their dynamic is hilarious. But they get each other, you know? They get where each other is coming from. Though I think it would take a ton of self-reflection and considerably more bravery than he’s demonstrated until now for Watanuki to admit it!
What did you think of the pipe fox saving Ran and Yoshiki’s pinkies from certain death? What were your favorite moments from this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
xxxHOLiC Episode 9: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- My Anime List (must be logged in to view): xxxHOLiC Episode 9 Discussion
- Star Crossed Anime: xxxHolic – 09 – Pipe Fox
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