Yuuko is a witch who grants people's wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious. Watanuki Kimihiro, a man who has visions, encounters Yuuko and she promises to get rid of the spirits that torment him. In return Watanuki must work in Yuuko's shop and help her grant other people's wishes. Based on the hit manga by CLAMP.
Runtime: 25 minutes
xxxHolic - Kimihiro Watanuki - Netflix
Kimihiro Watanuki (四月一日 君尋, Watanuki Kimihiro) is a fictional character created by the group of manga artists Clamp. He is introduced in the manga xxxHolic as a high school student plagued by his ability to see spirits. In order to lose such powers, Watanuki starts working for the witch Yūko Ichihara who will grant his wish once he pays the price for her services. Besides appearing as the main character in xxxHolic, Watanuki is also featured in the crossover manga Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle which explores his connection with a teenager named Syaoran as well as his origins. Outside the two manga, Watanuki has been featured in their animated adaptations, spin-offs as well as other works by Clamp. Watanuki is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in English. Watanuki was created by Clamp following their need to have a main character who would observe Yūko's work and learn from her supernatural activities. His character has been well received by publications for manga and anime due to his role in the series and character development. Several positive comments also focused on his role in the series' last arc where he succeeds Yūko as the person who grants people's wishes.
xxxHolic - Reception - Netflix
In a xxxHolic poll, Watanuki was voted as the most popular character from the series. Director Tsutomu Mizushima referred to Watanuki as his favorite character from the series due to his personality and commented that he identifies with him. Critical reception to the character has been generally positive. Although Watanuki was initially seen as “a little bit weak to be the lead character” by Polley Dan from Manga Life, his interactions with other characters and his development across the series has been praised. Ed Sizemore from Comics Worth Reading that while Watanuki was introduced as a “selfish, self-centered, but not very self-aware” character due to his origins, his growth across the series has made him far more likable as the changes allowed him to “mature into adulthood.” While at this point Watanuki started undergoing existential vertigo, the way it was presented was well received by Sizemore. Matthew Alexander from Mania Entertainment liked the development of Watanuki's and Yuko's relationship as across the series Watanuki starts caring about his boss' true desire since he realizes how much she cares for him. Writers from Manga Bookshelf compared Watanuki with Tokyo Babylon's main character Subaru Sumeragi based on how both deal with supernatural being and society but found that Watanuki acted more as a normal teenager than Subaru due to his habit of becoming irritated. Similar to Manga Bookshelf's writers, Rebecca Silverman from Anime News Network compared Watanuki's development in the series with Subaru's due to how both characters start behaving like close people to them. Matthew Alexander also compared Watanuki's new characterization with Yuko's as it shows him maturing by his no longer throwing angry tantrums and by his unwillingness to forget the witch. Carlo Santos praised Watanuki's role as the shop's new owner due to how he manages to replace Yuko by taking on some of her traits such a calmer demeanor as well as wearing multiple outfits. Leroy Douresseaux from Comic Book Bin liked Watanuki's calm demeanor when dealing with clients which helped to build an appealing atmosphere. Todd Haberkorn's work as Watanuki's English voice actor has been criticized by Santos for making the character sound annoying rather than funny.
xxxHolic - References - Netflix