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  • Actors: Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127R2VU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There is no such thing as coincidence, there is only the inevitable...

Watanuki has been haunted by dark spirits his entire life, a curse flowing through his bloodline preventing peace. When his incessant demons drag him to the ornate door of the Dimensional Witch Yuko, he meets a mystical woman of insight and luxury, quick to help those in a bind… For a fee! One might very well end up paying with their soul! To be free of his visions, Watanuki will work in her shop of dreams and wishes. There is always a price to pay…

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Devotees of the four-woman collective Clamp have eagerly awaited the 2006 series based on their manga XXXHolic. High school student Kimihiro Watanuki possesses the dubious ability to see evil spirits. While fleeing one of the amorphous creatures, he stumbles into the shop of Yuko, the Dimensional Witch inTsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. Yuko will grant any wish--for a price. She half tricks/half bargains Watanuki into working for her in return for relieving him of his supernatural gift. He spends his after school hours running errands, cooking, and fussing. Doumeki, the girl he adores, and Doumeki, the boy he loathes, join him to form a mismatched trio. The aura of sensual power that surrounds this version of Yukois broken by her outrageous demands for food and saké, and the squeaks of the obnoxiously cute mascot Mokona. Although the animation is often very cartoony, XXXHolichas the vaguely decadent look of a Symbolist painting. Eerie and off-beat, the series will delight Clamp's many fans. The related feature A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005) was released in a package with Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: The Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage. The Starter Set comes with a box for the discs.(Rated TV PG: comic violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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The story is told through unusual but artistic animation.
Gearhead Mania
Watanuki, unfortunately, was a bit too high-strung and annoying for my taste, but I was able to work past that and enjoy the show.
Lauryn Angel
In fact, I am a big fan of Speed Racer and both Superman and Batman, the Animated Series.
Pam from Texas

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R.Suarez VINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
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Attracted by the product description and being a fan of anime I decided to order Holic: First collection.

First of all, and like many other examples around, this collection contains only 4 episodes, with the complete season already aired and the second one currently showing in Japan you would expect a set containing the complete season 1. Instead, this release shows to be another attempt to sell separate groups of chapters rather than selling a complete set at a more reasonable price (which will surely be released after all the collections are available)

The story is about a kid cursed to have spirits not visible to others attracted to him, one day he stops by a shop where a mysterious character named Yuko offers him to get rid of his curse, in exchange, he will have to work for her. The first episode was slow-paced and kind of boring, once it's been established which course the series will follow I found the following chapters to be entertaining, I particularly liked the story about the girl with the "bad habit". Among the extras there is a trailer for the movie and the rest of the volumes, the glimpses of the following chapters look promising. Being from the same creators (Clamp), in the following episodes characters from other anime series make special appearances (i.e.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Always Samsung on April 4, 2008
I have been waiting 4 this series 2 get DUBBED for a few years now. As soon as i saw CLAMP attached to this i knew it was going to be amazing. CLAMP always churns out the HITS. These characters were also apart of the Tsubasa world and vice versa. Makona from Magic Knight Rayearth is also in this series as well. I'm glad to see that it's finally released in the states and can't wait to finish season 1. The male voice characters dubbing was a bit annoying at 1st when he yells but just let it settle in after the 1st episode and you will find that his yelling is part of the allure and actually gives Watanuki more character besides it helps to add to the comedic atmosphere. I'm already beyond addicted as i saw the movie before the series and hope that season 2 makes it state side as well. Of course this and Tsubasa are on 2 different levels. One series is about people with magical mutant like powers and this one isn't so much so. The story is about a boy name Watanuki who sees spirits in his everyday life, spirits that haunt and torture him but he doesn't know why and nobody else can see them but him. One day on his way home he passes by a shop that grants wishes and by some force of nature he is pulled into the shop not willingly but by some magical force. He meets Yuko and she offers to grant him a wish but she only grants it if he submits payment and payment is that he becomes her employee does housekeeping choirs etc. In each episode there is someone who has a wish that needs to be granted and it only gets interesting. Hopefully more will be explained soon. But i heard CLAMP wasn't impressed with this series so season 3 might not be happening. As for Tsubasa we all know the production company messed that series up and CLAMP decided to pull the plug so we might not even see season 2 here in the US.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lauryn Angel VINE VOICE on April 7, 2008
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When I ordered this product through the Amazon Vine program, I knew very little about it -- only the copy from the DVD case, which was pretty vague. However, when one of my students saw the DVD on my desk, she got very excited. Apparently, xxxHOLIC is one of her favorite manga. This made me even more curious to see what it was about.

xxxHOLIC is the story of Watanuki, who sees spirits. When he meets Yuko, she offers to take away the burden these spirits create -- for a price. Watanuki must work for Yuko in order to receive his reward, and his employment puts him in a variety of strange situations, most of them involving the paranormal.

The stories here are interesting, and ultimately what glued me to my seat through all four episodes. Yuko is a fascinating character with a fantastic wardrobe. Watanuki, unfortunately, was a bit too high-strung and annoying for my taste, but I was able to work past that and enjoy the show. Overall, I'm intrigued enough to want to see the rest of the series, but only if they fall into my lap like the first collection did; I don't see myself seeking them out.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Fuchs VINE VOICE on July 2, 2008
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I had some serious 1980's flashbacks going on as I watched this. Some reviewers have said that this series is about a boy who is plagued by contact with the spirit world, but unfortunately that's just the setup to introduce Watanuki to Yuko, who is a sort of Morticia Adams meets Yoda meets the master from Kung Fu or the Karate Kid. She dispenses worldly wisdom from her "wish shop" in exchange for payment that isn't very clear up front, but in Watanuki's case consist of his watch and his part-time services as a chef and personal shopper (don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking "wax on/wax off" when you see Watanuki' attempts in the kitchen). Watanuki yells and whines almost constantly (showing bizarrely shark-like teeth in the process), while Yuko smokes, calls for more sake, and slinks around in lingerie. Throw in a Pokémon-type one-eyed stuffed bunny thing that jumps up and down and demands food constantly, two annoying little girls, who don't do much other than shout, giggle and refer to Yuko as their mistress, a possible love interest and a rival for Watanuki, and you've got -- wacky wisdom!

It's hard to say exactly who the intended audience for this program is. My first thought on watching it was that it's very similar to the cartoons my preteen nieces and nephew watch on television. Only those don't have a lead character that smokes and drinks sake to excess. And the xxx in the title, though not pronounced, might lead one to believe this is anime for adults. But the messages in the episodes are definitely not for grown-ups -- we have only one past, there are many possible futures, you have to learn your own lessons, etc., so I'd say this DVD is best for teens who are kind of into goth and anime and haven't seen and heard all these new-age messages before. If I were that age, I'd probably think this was pretty cool, but as an adult my response to it was just lukewarm.
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difference xxxHOLiC: Starter Set and First collectioin
The Starter Set comes with the same first collection disk. The only difference is it includes a collectable box to house the first collection and the upcoming second and third collections. So if you are a hard-core fan and plan on buying them all, then the starter set is the way to go.
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