Title: xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Genre: supernatural, drama, comedy
Released date: August 20, 2005
Running Time: 60 minutes
Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
Animated by: Production I.G.
Comment: xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a movie adaptation of CLAMP’s popular manga ‘xxxHolic’. The story picks up somewhere in the middle of the series when a women comes to Yuko for help because she could not enter her own mansion. Yuko, Watanuki and Domeki go to investigate and found themselves trapped in a haunted house with a group of famous collectors.
xxxHolic: A Midsummer Nights Dream can easily serve as two continuous episodes for the TV series. It has almost every good thing from the series; interesting supernatural story, some truly scary moments, Watanuki’s comic relief scenes and even a connection to Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. But as a feature length anime, it still lacks the dynamic or the power to move the characters and the story forward. It is not the beginning and it is not, if there is any, the end of the story. The anime doesn’t explain much about the background of the characters, so it may be confusing for those who haven’t watch the TV anime or read CLAMP’s xxxHolic manga. The animation is well done especially the art direction which successfully creates a mysterious, maze-like haunting mansion. Conclusion: For xxxHolic fans, this movie is highly recommended. It is charming and fun. For those who have not watched the TV series or read the manga, this anime may disappoint you.