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Season 1 Episode 1

The Inevitable

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Aired Unknown Apr 06, 2006 on TBS
9.2
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Episode Summary

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Walking down a crowded street, Kimihiro Watanuki is followed by spirits, which only he can see. However, the spirits disperse as he touches the gate of a mysterious shop; his feet then uncontrollably walk him inside where he is greeted by two assistants, Maru and Moro, of Yūko Ichihara.

Watanuki soon discovers that Yūko is a witch who grants wishes, for a price. Out of desperation, Watanuki accepts Yūko's help. Watanuki realizes he has just been tricked into working for Yūko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Watanuki will discover the pasts of her customers and the unimaginable secrets they have.
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  • Kimihiro Watanuki is being chased by strange spirits and ghosts when i comes across a strange occult store. He is mysteriously brought in against his will where he has to know work, to pay off his debt for getting Yuko, a witch to stop the sprits.moreless

    9.5
    Having only seen a few episodes into the series I can't truly say I fully appeciate this show yet. This episode though is a great beginning to the series. The style of drawing used is different and apealling and the music used is above-par and very good in my view. IF you enjoy CLAMP's work you will love this series and even if you don't it is very enjoyable. Mokona, who is like a little mascot in this show is adorably cute and also very silly and funny. Yuuko is mysterious character but also very childish. Watanuki is a school boy who is yet to be really explained in this episode. So far in the series.. So good!moreless
  • While this is not really the pilot episode, it is the first and I would definitely consider it a pilot because of the various changes made suggesting how the show will be different from CLAMP's manga. Although they have made Mokona useless,moreless

    10
    While this is not really the pilot episode, it is the first and I would definitely consider it a pilot because of the various changes made suggesting how the show will be different from CLAMP's manga.



    Although they have made Mokona useless, I still love Mokona. I'm glad they introduced him in the first episode. I also appreciate how the anime team is doing something differently. I like the fact that Watanuki leaves. He did not do that in the manga and it gives more depth to his character. Also, extending this storyline was good because of the girl who was pretending to see the spirits.



    Overall, I loved this episode, with the opening and ending credits. I'm excited about the rest to come.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Maru-dashi and Moro-dashi

      まる(Maru) and もろ(Moro) are very common syllables found in Japanese names. Watanuki Kimihiro had no reason to assume that their names were the buildup to a joke. But he is absolutely right - they aren't cute names! Both まるだし(marudashi) and もろだし (morodashi) mean "exposing yourself in public." It's almost as if Yūko had decided to call her two assistants "Streaking" and "Flashing."

    • Hitsuzen

      In the manga by CLAMP, Yūko explains that the Kodansha Japanese Desk Dictionary, Second Edition reads hitsuzen (ヒツゼン) is "a naturally foreordained event. A State in which other outcomes are impossible. A result which can only be obtained by a single casuality, and other casualities would necessarily create different results."

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Yūko: Mokona, since the part-time worker's come today, we're drinking! Drink 'til you drop, you know?
      Mokona: We're gonna drink!
      Watanuki: (points at Mokona) This black stuff bun is a drinking buddy? Moreover what's a Mokona?

    • Yūko: Oath. Promise. Contract. They must not be violated. These are things that cannot be betrayed. Specialties are also there. Unconcsious lies and warped truths. Warped truths, and the disclosure of evil intentions. The disclosure of evil intentions and unconscious lies. Who is this sinful one? Next ×××HOLiC: "Falsehood"

      Shall I grant your wish?

    • Yūko: In this world there are many strange things. However, no matter how strange or bizarre a sight is, if there is no one there, if there is noone to see it, if people are not involved, it is just a simple phenomenon. Just something happens. That is because in this world people are the strangest beings.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Clamp crossover: Cardcaptor Sakura
      When Watanuki is in the warehouse, he passes the original staff that Sakura Kinomoto used in the Cardcaptor Sakura manga and TV series.

    • Mokona

      Mokona originally appeared in CLAMP's Magic Knight Rayearth. However, the Mokona in that series was white with a red jewel and only ever said, "Pū!" In the manga, ×××HOLiC's Mokona could communicate with the white Mokona in Tsubasa, who also received updates from the earlier Magic Knight Rayearth model. The black Mokona is simply Yūko's drinking buddy in the anime, but at least Mokona can still see spirits.

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