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xxxHOLiC: First Collection (2006)

Colleen Clinkenbeard  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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: #231,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars "There Are Many Unusual Things In This World" 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERIES!!!!! 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Anime April 17, 2008
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Since I have read the manga that this anime is directly based on, I had some expectations going in. The anime follows the manga quite closely. It is about a boy, Watanuki Kimihiro, who is plagued with visions of ghosts and spirits. His own two feet drag him into the shop of Yuka, a mysterious witch, who promises to help. In return for her services, Watanuki ends up doing menial chores for her around the shop. This premise sounded like it could be cool, and as I am a huge fan of Clamp (I love Chobits!) I expected more. This volume is more a random series of events wherin our boy helps the witch with some "issues."

If you enjoyed the Manga, xxxHolic the Anime is sure to be pleasing as well. However, I found the manga to be much less objectionable than the Anime. The main character is annoying and he seems to be much more of a whimp than some of Clamp's other protagonists. Plus, Yuka can be a little bit "touchy-feely" with Watanuki. This is kinda creepy. Though he's supposed to be 19, his characterization is much younger (the "boy" description is on target), and she's a grown woman. A little bit of a shota vibe that bothered me.

The twins...they are waaaay over the top and beyond (way, way beyond) cute. I can put up with all of this to a degree, but not all at once, not all in one show. In a book, you can overlook the annoying factor, it's not literally screaming in your ear. On screen...well that's a different matter. The characters that are supposed to intersperse some humor just grate on the nerves. I think this may appeal more to teen fans than adults.

The art work is not some of Clamp's best, but it is still above and beyond some other production companies. Overall, this anime is okay, but there are much better choices for spending my hard-earned money on. If you like Clamp - buy Chobits instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably Strange and Endlessly Surprising
Anime is not much of a guilty pleasure for me, although this particular anime is fantastic. I am fiercely loyal to the creators of this show, the voice actors, the characters and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by IM_LISTENING_QUICKLY
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and subtly humorous
This is a clever concept and it is well-executed in these animated videos. I find the dialogue fascinating, and witty. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas A Nagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this Very Much
This was a gift from my younger brother, who is really into Japanese anime and manga. I'm not an avid manga reader, having only read a few. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dani Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I was very satisfied the product and the speed I received it I would do business with them again, I was very satisfied
Published 17 months ago by Jerry L. Wescott
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful spooky anime!
xxx holic is a wonderful spooky anime that is sure to please those who are in need of some time with a good horror anime. Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars xxxHolic junkie
Once again, another anime I can't get enough of. I love this series enough, I'm going to buy it. Generally I just NetFlix a series and am done with it. Read more
Published on April 19, 2009 by M. Ellis
1.0 out of 5 stars The animation scares the hell out of me.
I love watching a good anime, but xxxholic is so bad I really can't overlook the art. No matter what the story they are trying to tell it's hard to not focus on the strange style... Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by maskedgamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique... Clamp
An anime that's a bit more on the quirky side of things than the angst side for Clamp. At least, these few first episodes. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by Beth Jones Henkel
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Haunted Hero
Based on a successful line of manga, XXXHOLIC presents a paranormal world filled with ghosts and demons, and heroes in the making. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Mel Odom
5.0 out of 5 stars xxxHolic gives a new twist on a classic theme
When I first heard about the manga, one might assume xxxHolic is a hybrid between the 'Sixth Sense' (Watanuki's spirit-viewing ability) and 'Friday the 13th The Series' (Yuko's... Read more
Published on August 1, 2008 by Dunestar
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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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