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xxxHOLiC is a franchise comprised of 2 movies, 4 anime series, 3 manga series
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Some Anime Items for Your Christmas List

Seems FUNimation got some new merchandise into the US market and someone at their offices made a video showing off some of the new stuff.

  
 
  Capsule Corp. Hat
 Capsule Corp. Hat
The FUNimation blog went on to say that there was a list of new wall scrolls he didn't mention in the video, and I really couldn't find what they were referring. Some of these items look pretty darn tempting. The one's I'm liking are probably the Capsule Corp. Hat and the Soul Eater Book Mark. I just wish they were offering that Capsule Corp. Hat in different colors than white. Maybe more of a baseball cap style, as well.

I do have to add that I'm just astounded that only now are they officially offering a Luffy's Straw Hat. It looks nice, but I'd prefer one made of actual straw. The Alphonse Ski mask looks like something someone would try and commit a robbery with, but I say that about most themed ski masks.
 
Though this video was a bit vague on where you can get all these items shown in this video. Not all these items were available from a single site. I did some hunting for you users and found which site is providing which items and the current price they are offering them for. From the prices I found, Rightstuf seems to have the better deals.

New Items Price Guide:
Product Name
Amazon.comRightstuf.com
Claymore Towel: Claren/a
$14.98
Claymore Pillow: Clare
$19.99
$17.99
Dragonball Z Notebook: Goku Super Saiyan 3n/a
$7.49
Dragonball Z Memo Board: Gokun/a
$9.74
Dragonball Z: Capsule Corp Hat
n/a
$13.49
Fruits Basket Kyo Notebook
$9.99$7.49
FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Al with Kitten Patch
$3.99n/a
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Alphonse Beanie (Ski Mask)$17.99$13.49
One Piece Luffy's Straw Hat$14.24$13.49
One Piece Wanted Posters Magnet Sheet
$8.20$5.99
One Piece: Chopper Button (available from other sellers)
n/a
Ouran High School Host Club Beelzenef Hand Puppet
(currently unavailable)
$11.24
Ouran High School Host Club Messenger Bag Silver Gray$32.95$29.98
Strike Witches Towel: Yoshika & Francescan/a
$14.98
Soul Eater Bookmark: Black Star & Tsubaki's Soulsn/a
$5.24
xxxHolic Notebook: Yukon/a
$7.49

Do any of these fine new products look good to you? Plan on picking anything up as an early Christmas gift for yourself?

Source: FUNimation Blogs

 -Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-
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Super Duper Mini Review


 Kimihiro Watanuki and Yuko.
 Kimihiro Watanuki and Yuko.


xxxHolic is an anime adaption of the on-going manga, created by CLAMP.  Both seasons were directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and produced by Production I.G.
 

Genres: comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, mystery, psychological, slice of life, supernatural
Themes: ghosts, occult, spirits
 

Plot Summary via ANN

Kimihiro Watanuki is a young boy with a cursed gift. He has the ability to see evil spirits, and somehow they seem attracted to himself. One day he meets a misterious woman who names herself Yuuko. She claims to have the means to end his torment, but she never works for free, and she wouldn't help him until he works for her enough to pay for her services. Thus he starts to work in her shop and discovers that in that place, nothing is what it seems.


Pros and Cons (Covers both seasons.)

Pros:
  • A fantastic cast.
  • An entertaining world.  All the spiritual/mystery/supernatural stuff make the world great.
  • Surprisingly, the show is funny for a show that can be dark at times.
  • The the spiritual/mystery/supernatural stuff is great.
  • A very unique art style.  Fits with the show well.

Cons:
  • All the comedy is great, but it goes for some gags a little too often.

Who is it for?

If you are a fan of mystery/supernatural/psychological type shows with some comedy thrown in, definitely check out this show.  Also, if you are a fan of CLAMP's work, it say it's worth checking to see their other work.
  
If you live in the US and want to check it out, the first season is available on Hulu in subs.     (Might be available in other regions.)
 

 Yuko, such a strange woman.
 Yuko, such a strange woman.

Sources *SPOILERS*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XxxHolic  
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6052

 
Don't forget to check out my ongoing blog for my Super Duper Mini Reviews and my written reviews.            :)
 

What's a Super Duper Mini Review? Well, since I'm taking a break from written reviews, I decided to put a short list of what I liked and didn't like about the shows I watch.  For some info about the show like genre, plot summary, etc., I borrow (mainly copy and paste  :P) some info from Anime News Network, Wikipedia or the Anime Vice wiki.

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Over at my art blog Dracula is Still a Threat I do these weekly drawing related to words from Illustration Friday. I do a lot that are related to anime, video games and comics, here's a few examples..
 
 Frozen Shade from Castlevania


Mario related Rage toon
  Watanuki and Syaoran from xxxHOLiC and Tsubasa
 
  Kakuna from Pokemon
  And my newest one, Alex from Clockwork Orange
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