Over the past few years, we’ve seen many live-action anime adaptations that have attempted to put a fresh spin on some classic anime franchises. As Netflix tried to do just that recently with its take on Cowboy Bebop, anime fans were left stunned when it was announced that the series would not be returning for a second season. However, the show must go on, and the xxxHolic anime series is set to get its own live-action movie.
The world of the supernatural in anime is one that is often linked to action series, with the likes of Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho and Shaman King being prime examples of properties that will normally employ spirits and demons when it comes to the challenges their characters face. With xxxHolic, the series instead focuses on the young man Kimihiro Watanuki who visits a witch named Yuko Ichihara in hopes of breaking free from her ability to see ghosts. With the manga having ended in 2017 and the anime doing the same years before, this upcoming film marks quite a revival.
The official Twitter account of the xxxHolic The live-action movie gave fans a whole new look at the cast of characters set to hit the big screen in Japan in April next year:
— 映画『ホリック xxxHOLiC』公式 (@xxxHOLiC_movie) December 5, 2021
If you haven’t had the opportunity to delve into the history of xxxHolic, the official description for the supernatural anime property reads:
“Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he meets a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help him. In desperation, he agrees, but realizes that he’s just been brought in to work for Yuuko to pay for the cost of her services. Soon he’s employed in her small shop – a job that turns out to have nothing to do with his previous work experience! Most Yuuko’s clients live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a country called Clow…”
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