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Old 2008-04-23, 13:52   Link #241
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Ashura in Tsubasa Chronicle didn't have a gender, it was never stated. Most people say it was male because he is male in RG Veda.
Last I heard, Ashura was genderless in RG Veda. child of complex circumstances from what I recall. The Japanese anime never mentioned either, while the US release of the anime identified Ashura as female. I kinda gather the US company never read the manga tho.
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Old 2008-04-23, 14:08   Link #242
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I am continually impressed by the originality of xxxHolic. Is there really anything else like it out there? It doesn't focus on the 'high school life' genre (thank God) and while it does deal with the ever popular spirits/supernatural theme, it does so in a unique way. The only thing close that I could think of is maybe Rental Magica...but even that is incomparable on many levels.

Ironically enough, the episode after I comment about getting no development for Himawari, we get some. Looks like we might get more in episode 4 as well. Looking forward to it.

And now for the ambiguous fashion rating!

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8/10 - Yuko changed outfits 3 times this episode. Extra points for showing a little more skin than usual in her evening dress(?).

Episode 3: 6/10 - Not much going on here, but the Jorougumo had an 'interesting' outfit, so that helps the rating slightly. Yuko's blue kimono wasn't bad either.
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Old 2008-04-23, 14:10   Link #243
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A blog I read didn't like episode 3 as much either.
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Old 2008-04-23, 14:16   Link #244
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Finally,holic returns.I am a huge holic fan and have been waiting for this series to return.The characters are so endearing.Its going to be a great season.
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Old 2008-04-23, 14:28   Link #245
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From what is shown so far, WatanukiXDoumeki can't even be called 'one-sided', much less reciprocated. That is, can we even say that Wantanuki-->Doumeki OR Doumeki--->Watanuki even exists romantically right now? They are as subtext as Watanuki's romantic relationship with Yuuko, or even loli-chan IIRC.
Right now, hints but no proof. It's hard to get a solid reading on them because they're not honest with each other. If they were nice to each other for more than a couple of minutes after something bad happens, it would be easier to tell if it was just friendship or something more.

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At the very least, Z-W-->Watanuki and Watanuki-->Himawari are stated explicitly in the story, and as such has much firmer foundations than other ships in canon since they have half of the equation present already.
Those feelings have been expressed by Watanuki and Z-w, and still no sign of either relationship progressing any further.

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So as far as I'm concerned, no other pairing with Watanuki is viable in canon until he falls out of love from Himawari. Watanuki, after all, is the protagonist of the story, and as such it's his feelings that counts for the purpose of predicting the final couple. And so far, all signs show that his feelings is bound to Himawari. Until the day that stops, all other ships are just wishful thinking that lies in the realm of fanon.
Agreed, I don't think anything is going to happen until Watanuki's feelings for Himawari change.
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Old 2008-04-23, 16:11   Link #246
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Ashura in Tsubasa Chronicle didn't have a gender, it was never stated. Most people say it was male because he is male in RG Veda.
Not to further the OTness but doesnt Fai refer to Ashura as male?? Unless we're talking about the other Ashura in that one land they visited or maybe I didnt go back far enough in this thread But I thought Fai had referred to Ashura as "him" before.

Ok back on-topic! Yuuko!! Part of me would love for CLAMP to actually explain what she is but then part of me doesnt, her whole aura of mystery and being able to really do whatever she wants (I mean in Lady in the Park isnt she off somewhere creating a god or something??) the lady has power!! So Im torn, I love her ambigious nature but I also hate loose ends
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Old 2008-04-23, 16:16   Link #247
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Last I heard, Ashura was genderless in RG Veda. child of complex circumstances from what I recall. The Japanese anime never mentioned either, while the US release of the anime identified Ashura as female. I kinda gather the US company never read the manga tho.
In the manga, it's said that he is male.

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Not to further the OTness but doesnt Fai refer to Ashura as male?? Unless we're talking about the other Ashura in that one land they visited or maybe I didnt go back far enough in this thread But I thought Fai had referred to Ashura as "him" before.
Nope, Ashura's gender is never spoke about in Tsubasa Chronicle. It's a little confusing because Ashura looks more female then RG Veda, though then again it's just something that's never talked about, so i'm not all that sure.

Maybe CLAMP will meniton something about it in the second Tsubasa guide book.

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Yuuko!! Part of me would love for CLAMP to actually explain what she is but then part of me doesnt, her whole aura of mystery and being able to really do whatever she wants (I mean in Lady in the Park isnt she off somewhere creating a god or something??) the lady has power!! So Im torn, I love her ambigious nature but I also hate loose ends
I'm with you there. A part of me would love to find out the secrets of Yuuko, though if we did find out, then it wouldn't be the same old Yuuko we love anymore.
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Old 2008-04-23, 20:48   Link #248
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Damn Shiroth you watch all the shows I watch...Well maybe visa versa ...

xxxholic kei is just kinda hypnotising...It has some antics that would bore me in other shows, but because of the weirdness and eccentric nature of the animation and the world itself, I just can't look away...It's just like part 1 in almost every way to me...I feel like it never went off ya know (Feels like I just put my slippers back on)...

I wish they did this show in HD because it would be cool to see Yuuko's outfits in high resolution^^ (If not the entire series)...Still think Hiwatari is the "baddie" of this show, so can't wait to see that revealed (hopefully)...So far so good though from a show that I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoy watching it so much...You just kinda sit there mesmerized by all the oddity that's taking place...I mean calligraphy chomping book-snakes, catgirls who eat floating goldfish, little people on surfboards that can fly AND insult your a$$?? I mean what's in the creator's mind?? It's a trip...
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Old 2008-04-24, 13:48   Link #249
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Do the other stations (not TBS) air this in wide screen? It was so for season 1.

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Old 2008-04-24, 16:14   Link #250
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Episode 4 screenshots and summary

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Old 2008-04-24, 16:50   Link #251
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Old 2008-04-24, 18:54   Link #252
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Old 2008-04-24, 21:38   Link #253
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BS-i broadcasted xxxHOLiC Kei episode 1 in 720p!

Just like clannad I'll be following widescreen releases, I'm sure I'm not alone
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Old 2008-04-24, 23:45   Link #254
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BS-i broadcasted xxxHOLiC Kei episode 1 in 720p!

Just like clannad I'll be following widescreen releases, I'm sure I'm not alone
Oh hell yes. <3 I can forgive Production I.G now, since it seems it was produced in 16:9, but TBS is broadcasting it in 4:3 for some reason. I think I'll grab the raw and see just how different they are.
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Old 2008-04-24, 23:50   Link #255
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hiya... i'm subbing the original .avi files with soft subs... ^^

i love soft subs better since i can turn it on and off... so it won't disturb the picture! ><

i've fallen in love with this anime since the 1st season!

it was sad when it was finished... but now they are releasing new episodes... yay! ^^
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Old 2008-04-25, 00:40   Link #256
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I won't bother reposting images here, but I did a screencap comparison over at MAL <link removed>

The TBS version is definitely cropped to 4:3, the BS-i version has extra imagery, just as happened with Clannad. Disappointing on TBS' part.

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Old 2008-04-25, 08:35   Link #257
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The TBS version is definitely cropped to 4:3, the BS-i version has extra imagery, just as happened with Clannad. Disappointing on TBS' part.
Uh... hasn't this been the case with all recent anime? And tv shows in the US for that matter? xxxHOLiC season 1 had the same deal. Pretty obvious in cases where it pans to one side quickly (episode "Unfair", when Yuuko is pouting in the background), or even back and forth. Imagine episode 3, in the scene where they have Yuuko on the right side of the screen, and pan over to Doumeki just standing there.

Welcome to this century. Widescreen vs Fullscreen. Fullscreen is the budget broadcast version with no power windows or air conditioning.
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Old 2008-04-25, 08:47   Link #258
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Welcome to this century. Widescreen vs Fullscreen. Fullscreen is the budget broadcast version with no power windows or air conditioning.
Right. I'm not sure what you're getting at. Most shows are broadcast in 16:9 off the bat. There are very few things in 4:3 anymore. Clannad and this are the only examples I know of in recent history.

Also, I've never seen a 16:9 version of the first season, so I've no idea what you're talking about.

What other shows air in 4:3 while having 16:9 source? Kenichi is the last show I recall in 4:3, other than long running stuff like Naruto and Bleach -- and even they seem to have made the transition to 16:9 finally.
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Old 2008-04-25, 09:37   Link #259
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I havent watched 4 yet but....
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Old 2008-04-25, 10:33   Link #260
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Right. I'm not sure what you're getting at. Most shows are broadcast in 16:9 off the bat. There are very few things in 4:3 anymore. Clannad and this are the only examples I know of in recent history.

Also, I've never seen a 16:9 version of the first season, so I've no idea what you're talking about.

What other shows air in 4:3 while having 16:9 source? Kenichi is the last show I recall in 4:3, other than long running stuff like Naruto and Bleach -- and even they seem to have made the transition to 16:9 finally.
Sorry, i wrote that after waking up... very antagonistic. Sorry about that.

Check torrent sites with raws, and you'll see various resolutions, some even marked with FS or WS as well. I kinda gathered this was the norm, and has been for a while.

evidence with xxxHOLiC season 1, even without finding old raws: the US DVD release is widescreen, while all the fansubs you'll find were fullscreen. Demonstrates that Production I.G did make it in widescreen. doesn't answer the question of whether the widescreen was ever broadcast on BSi or not. I did see a few raws out there way back then that were, but you'd have to take my word on that. But in general, if it says BSi, its probably a better source than a non-BSi (save raw provider reencode issues)

American TV has been the same way, although recently, letterboxed broadcasts have become more common. Altho they don't wait 3 weeks to show the widescreen like Japan does. But really the only way to tell is to have both analog TV or a 4:3 digital broadcast, and a widescreen broadcast version at your disposal.
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