The xxxHOLiC Manga Gets Its Live-Action Adaptation!. Film production and distribution company Asmik Ace announced a live-action film for the xxxHOLiC CLAMP manga on Tuesday. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in Japan on April 29, 2022.
Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kimi no Na wa., Summer Wars) and Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale, Nobunaga Concerto) star as Kimihiro Watanuki and Yuuko Ichihara, respectively.
Mika Ninagawa (live-action Ningen Shikkaku film, live-action Helter Skelter film) is directing the film, with Erika Yoshida (live-action film Koi to Uso, live-action film Heroine Shikkaku) writing the script. Shochiku and Asmik Ace are in charge of distribution.
About Manga xxxHOLiC
xxxHOLiCs tells the story of a high school boy named Watanuki Kimihiro. Watanuki when written in kanji reads like ‘April 1’, this is because Watanuki was born on April 1st. Watanuki is said to be an orphan, he doesn’t even remember who his parents are. Since childhood, he lived alone. Watanuki has a special ability that can see and feel the existence of supernatural beings such as demons, ghosts, and spirits. And he realized, these creatures are attracted to Watanuki so likes to annoy him too. One day, Watanuki ‘stray’ into a house that stands between high-rise buildings.
When he entered, he met the owner of the house, named Yuko. Turns out, the house is a shop that sells ‘wishes’. The logo is just ‘the shop that grants your wish’ so anyone who has a wish or request and wants it to come true, can buy it at the shop. The price is to ‘exchange’ something commensurate with the desire.
Manga and Anime
The manga consists of 213 chapters in 19 volumes. The anime itself consists of 2 seasons and 3 OVAs and is produced by I.G Production Studio. There’s not much difference between the anime and the manga, both are good if I say. This means that between the manga and the anime the story is not too far apart, not like Tsubasa in Season 2 who made it up.
Anime is still the same way as Manga even though the ending seems to be clearer in anime hahaha. Even so, not all the stories in the manga are told in the anime. My advice is, just watching the anime or the manga won’t be a problem because they are both similar and essentially the same. Even if you like it and happen to have a lot of time like me, watching anime while reading is also okay (self-justification)
That’s where the story begins. Watanuki works part-time at the shop for Yuko, as payment for Watanuki’s wish, which is to ‘remove the ability to see supernatural beings and make them not interested in Watanuki’s. Watanuki has a heart idol, namely his high school friend Himawari, a sweet and kind girl who Watanuki likes.
But this Himawari has the power of ‘bad luck’ so whoever is close to her, must be unlucky. Apart from Himawari and the people at the Yuko Shop, Watanuki’s days are also inseparable from Shizuka Doumeki. He is Watanuki’s high school friend whom Watanuki hates the most.
Wakaka, but they are a love-hate relationship, meaning that Watanuki and Doumeki are resentful and as impressed as Doumeki and Watanuki don’t care, but they are inseparable. Anyway, both of them are comedic when it comes to xxxholics wahahahaha. And this Doumeki can make supernatural beings stay away. So if Watanuki gets close to Doumeki, supernatural beings don’t dare to approach Watanuki.
The supernatural mystery manga ran periodically in Weekly Young Magazine from February 2003 to March 2010 before being transferred to Bessatsu Shounen Magazine in June 2010 under the title xxxHolic: Rou and ending in February 2011. Kodansha published the manga in 19 volumes between July 2003 and March 2011.
The xxxHOLiC: Rei (xxxHOLiC Rei) manga launched in Weekly Young Magazine in March 2013 and has been on hiatus since March 2017. The fourth and most recent volume was released in October 2016.