Ayu pops in to chat about xxxHoLic Vol. 17, stand-alone xxxHoLic-Rou OAD episode & reveal snippets of Holic-Rou One Shot!
Omigosh! When was the last time I post screencaps of anything? Really, I’d nearly forgotten how to cap images… not! To be honest, I remembered how troublesome uploading several dozen images for each weekly episodic post I made in the past. I try to make things easier & fun for myself but well, timing is everything these days. I think I’m starting to get settled and inching back into some kind of groove again at ‘tBP’. What better way than to begin with the latest OAD from CLAMP’s xxxHoLic-Rou which was bundled with the release of Vol. 17 of the manga.
Anyway, I’ve gotten hold of the said volume and had scanned some of the pretty pages. I love the cover design. CLAMP’s art is gorgeous as usual. The pages I scanned doesn’t do justice to the awesome print quality of the said volume. Anyway, Vol.17 covered chapters 194 to 204 which was also the last chapter CLAMP released before going on another *hiatus*. It’s become a habit of theirs to do so in the name of gathering *new* materials for plot planning. Maybe they are totally out of ideas since xxxHolic has been suffering from irregular releases of late.
The 40 min long OAD meanwhile, covers the two chapters (181 -182) which entails Yuuko’s disappearance (or death, if one wants to be prudent) and added a completely new story that hasn’t yet appear in the manga. I’m wondering whether it’s an anime-only episode or if CLAMP is going to connect it to the upcoming manga chapters. Now, why am I suspecting that this little episode is hinting at the end of the xxxHolic run. You only need to clue in at the end of the episode to get the hint. Since TRC has ended its days, xxxHolic is bound to come to an end soon. Part of their stories and characters are intertwined and after TRC ended, xxxHolic has somewhat lost it’s *funk* (for want of a better word). Even more so, now that Yuuko is gone.
The only thing that still kept me following Holic is the mysterious *egg*. Dang, we still don’t know its significance and it’s so annoying not knowing what its relevance is to the existing story. What’s Doumeki going to do with egg or is the egg going to do anything to Doumeki. Ok, ok… I jest, of course 😛
Special one-shot chapter cover in colour
On to some snippets of the Holic-rou special one shot chapter that came out recently. I won’t spoil more than saying that the TRC gang appears on it and Watanuki’s signature is finally revealed…would you or won’t you be surprised to see what or how the sig looks like? To me, it appears to be a strong hint that ties Holic to what has happened in TRC. There’s also a mentioned of a fox wedding which I believed is the result of what had enfold in the OAD episode. And with that said, this concludes my short, *spoiler-free* chatter on the recent releases.
Enjoy the colour scans from vol.17 and screencaps from the OAD! 🙂
Rou OAD Screencaps here >>>
But first the ED…
ED Theme: Kaza Nagi by Suga Shikao (Full version)
Can’t ask for a more fitting ED song than this, sentimental and nostalgic, much like the mood of this episode.
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View the rest of the screencaps along with my scattered blurbs on Page 2.