le chevalier d’eon and xxxholic

Originally I had seen the anime listed on Netflix and a brother out for revenge of his sister sounded kind of ‘ehh’ to me. The appealing part was that the series came to an end after a set number of episodes. At the time I wasn’t looking for something long and drawn out that I would either be addicted to, like Monster which was seventy some episodes, or like Angel Beats, which was brutal to watch. The thing about that show was that the utterly depressing lives of the characters when they were alive made for great TV, but the limbo world they were in the majority of the series really sucked, which is why I stopped watching after about 6 episodes.  Angel Beats was the reason I stopped watching anime for a while. I just couldn’t stomach another bad episode of something.

I decided after some time that I would do something I used to do summers ago which was go to the library (a place I love) and take out a bunch of manga to read. What I used to do was pick through series’ that had chunks of the series on the shelf (as opposed to being checked out) and start with that. Volumes 1-4 or something of that nature. I’d do that for a couple different series’ at a time, and then return them and get more when I was finished. As a 25 year old with high anxiety it was a bit of an accomplishment to overcome the anxiety that was dripping out my pores when I had to go to the teen section of the library to check out all the manga. Considering there’s everything from throat cutting to sexual abuse in some of those series’ I’m really shocked they only have Monster and Berserk in the ‘adult’ graphic novel section.

Regardless, I managed to be as stealthy as I could and not let something so stupid stop me from doing something I was going to enjoy. I checked out two volumes of Le Chevalier d’Eon with hopes I’d enjoy it, a compilation volumes 1-3 of gunslinger girl and volume 1 of XXXHolic, all three series’ I haven’t touched in print or seen. I just finished reading volume 2 of Le Chevalier and volume 1 of XXXHolic and have one book to go before I return for my next haul. I thought before I did that though, I’d while inspired, talk a little bit about what I’ve so far read.

So as I was saying, LCD’Eon seemed unappitizing at the time when it was available to me to watch, but now I’d actually like to watch it and I’m torn as to wheather or not I should hunt it down on Netflix or finish the series. In fact if it’s NOT on Netflix that’d be a blessing because then I will! You get thrown into this world of poets using virgin blood to write psalms and the king’s daughter being effected in some occult fashion by the palm/psalm epidemic and how there’s this figure that awakens poets who become these monsters and are hunted down by The Sphinx who is the dead sister of d’Eon. d’Eon is actually a medium who allows his sister to use his body to fight against these poets and piece together the mystery of who killed her and why.

I thought originally that d’Eon was a transvestite.

However no! It’s magical and action packed with mystery and intrigue! Then there are characters like Robin, who are comic-relief but fiercely loyal. I want to know more about the past lives of these characters, how they all became this rubber band ball of relationships with each other, and what will happen. So far after two volumes, I’m hooked! It seems in stillshots from the anime that the characters portrayed in the manga are much hotter, just a side note.

And then there’s XxXHolic

Sounds porno-y when you first hear the name. And since I heard about the show around the time I heard about Dead Leaves I figured well, it’s probably the same junk and I won’t like it, so six or so years later here I am picking up volume 1 though I don’t know why. Ironically, the story follows a young man whose legs just happened to run him into this wishing shop with this crazy lady and two children and it’s explained that everything happens for a reason and it was his absolute fate that he was supposed to arrive there. He had a wish to be granted.

And so maybe it was fate that I finally picked up the series! It was a quick read but with some depth after they got passed some of the cheap laughs and crazy sides of characters. SPOILERS FOR VOLUME 1 (But really intriguing minor spoilers):

One girl came to the shop and she wasn’t so sure why, then said her pinky finger wasn’t moving, she went to the doctor and they said nothing was wrong with her. She was asked if she had any bad habits by this time controlling witch who is one of our heroes of the story. It turns out the girl was a compulsive liar and each time she’d lie this massive smoke spirit would just consume her and eventually she couldn’t feel her arm, or her neck, and her entire body stopped working, which led to her early demise.

SPOILERS OVER!!

Generally speaking, I can see why this series took up an entire shelf at the library, there are so many places they can take the story and characters and to be honest, I’m willing to follow.

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