Japanese Title: ホリック xxxHOLiC
Romaji: Horikku xxxHOLiC
Release Date: February 24th, 2013 (WOWOW Channel 11:00PM) Japan
Running Time: 8 Episodes
Director: Keisuke Toyoshima
Writer: Jun Tsugita (Screenplay), CLAMP (Original Manga)
Starring: Anne Watanabe, Shota Sometani, Masahiro Higishide, Naoto Takenaka, Yumi Adachi,
This post marks my first dorama post… I am relatively inexperienced with Japanese television having only watched two live-action shows but I am on familiar ground here because despite the fact I have never read xxxHOLiC I know about it. The reason why is because it comes from CLAMP the artist collective who have a very, very impressive track record creating supernatural romances and other types of shows which I have watched. For example, I have watched Cardcaptor Sakura (it was airing on British television and there wasn’t much on in terms of anime!) and read some of their works but xxxHOLiC I have missed… which is a shame because from the research I have done I found it an attractive prospect! Here’s the trailer.
Yūko Ichihara (Anne) is a witch who owns a shop. People visit the shop to have their wishes granted. Such things do not come for free and for those wishes people must give up something important. Kimihiro Watanuki (Sometani) is a high school boy who can see Ayakashi (spirits). He decides to work in Yūko’s shop after she promises to get rid of the spirits.
Anyway, it’s getting a live-action TV adaptation the lead role as Yūko Ichihara is Anne Watanabe who I last saw in Ninja Kids!!! and can be seen in the forthcoming adaptation of Keigo Higashino’s novel Platina Data. Watanuki is played by Shota Sometani who voiced one of the characters in The Wolf Children and put in a phenomenal performance in Himizu. They are joined by Masahiro Higishide (The Kirishima Thing) and Karen Miyazaki (Great Teacher Onizuka). As far as I am concerned that is a great cast. It is directed by Keisuke Toyoshima who worked on the 2004 movie Tales of Terror, so he’s comfortable with supernatural action.
The show launches on the 24th (thanks Paul)! I may just start watching the anime and then this.