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My copies of the Wish Drama album and sound track came in! I'll be throwing up a review and pictures for each of them soon!

In the mean time, follwoing my CLAMP rampage I've gotten up to volume 14 of Tsubasa and things have pretty much *just gotten serious* and I'm looking forward to future developments! So far the crossover events with xxxHOLiC up to this point have just been little jokes and somewhat small things, though they've all been incredibly fun (like Yuuko badgering our wandering protagonist's for a White Day return present for the chocolates (made by long suffering Watanuki, of course) she sent them a while back). However, there is still lots of build up about Yuuko's role being far larger than her current involvment with Tsubasa's storyline.

In the mean time, feeling the severe lack of the holic crowd in my Tsubasa I decided to catch up with the entirety of holic's anime adaptations, so in the past week I've blitzed through the original Holic anime, whihc I subsequently snatched up from ebay, and online I've finsihed season two, Holic Kei. I went into it a little unprepared for the emotional one-two punch it would leave me with and later double by the time I got to the OVAs but, god damn. I definatley teared up near the end, thankfully Kei is forgiving in that it finishes on an incredibly uplifting and a tad bit silly note with the wish shop crowd, friends and supernatural patrons having a small get-together.

And then there were the OVA's. Now, I've never actually read through the manga up to these points myself, but I've been spoiled up and frikken down for *what happens* when Tsubasa and Holic finally begin to merge for serious. Even though I went into Kei with knowledge of the manga before hand, it still got to me. I was not expecting the Rou OVA's to get to me even worse.

This next bit will be a cut for under spoilers cause no one wants to read the equivalent of my blotchy gross sob face whilst getting all the best parts spoiled (much like I experienced way back when) at the same time.

Hahaha oh my god. I feel that one of Holic's greatest strength when it comes down to rereading or in my case rewatching, is knowing exactly what's to come and picking up on the foreshadowing. It's very subtle and if you're attentive, it all points to one thing: Yuuko's death and Watanuki's eventual inheritance of the Wish Shop. The way she trains and teaches him, dumping him into dangerous think-on-your-feet situations so that he can learn first hand how to interact with the various denizens and dangers of the spiritual realms, and quickly. Expressing joy and contentment that Maru and Moro enjoy Watanuki's company, her delight at the pipe fox's attatchment to him.

Weather she forsaw his taking over her shop or not, I really can't say since you can't look into your own future, but one thing is for certain, it was inevitable (as it the story's theme) that Watanuki come to the shop and bond with it and it's inhabitants in the ways that he has.

He would eventually become the new shopkeeper.

  Unfortunately the circumstances under which this happens, preordained by fate or not, have an incrdibly devastating effect on him and it just hurts me so much to see him this way. I was prepared for Yuuko's death, I knew about it, and given her character, she met it gracefully, maybe with relief, and maybe, after having met Watanuki, with a little sadness, but definitely without any worries or regrets. Yuuko understands and accepts the accountability of one's actions (after all, inevitability does not excuse someone from free will), and Watanuki made the decision to take over the shop himself. So she knows her little shop anchors and her Mokona are going to be in good hands. She knows her customers will still have someone to rely on, and that Watanuki can handle the job, he's ready.

What he's not ready for is Yuuko's absence, and its so painful to see how badly he copes. There's something heartbreaking about seeing him meticulously mend and preserve Yuuko's clothing as if she may come back one day to use them. Even going so far as to wear them himself in order to emulate her and keep any scrap of her presence close to him so that he wont forget the way everyone else will as history "corrects" itself around her leaving. You can see their size difference immediately in the way her kimono's drag on the ground and hang off his scrawny frame. He looks so small in them.

Even when he's wearing clothes that actually fit him, they bear a very distinct inspiration from Yuuko, the east-asian taste, the flowing sleeves, capes and sashes, high collars and fancy buttons, scenes from nature and detailed prints. If you want to take it a bit further he even takes some inspiration from Clow Reed who was known to have had *some* kind of relationship with Yuuko.

Hell, some of those better fitting or at least somewhat more masculine clothes he has are probably adaptations of things of Clow's that found their way into Yuuko's shop, this would actually make lots of sense considering Watanuki can't really physically leave the shop at all, so he's probably just modifying what he can find of Yuuko and/or Clow's wardrobe.

And lets not even get started on Watanuki taking up Yuuko's smoking. While Yuuko herself smoked, it blended in a little bit better, it was just a thing she did, her insane drinking on the other hand stood out a little bit more. It would seem however that now, smoking is to Watanuki what drinking probably was to Yuuko, there's something about him using her pipe that feels just a little off, just a little too sad, just like seeing him wrapped up in her clothes that don't fit him.

For the most part you don't really seem him weeping and showing the more apathetic/outburst sides of depression, this can probably be attributed to how much he's changed since meeting Yuuko and the close friends he's gained in his time working for her. He's taking responsibility and getting things done. And yet, you see so much of the hurt and pain he feels as expressed in how he clings to the memory of Yuuko. He's greiving, he's depressed, and he's not really coping with this.

Haha, I guess I have more to say on this subject but  feel at this rate I'll become redundant because god, Watanuki, wearing her clothes and smoking her shit and doing his best to stay strong and take care of the shop. Ugggh my heart. Haha I haven't even begun talking about how Doumeki, Himawari or Kohane have to deal with seeing him like this too.

So maybe I'll write more later! But I really had to get this out.


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