XxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream

xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream
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North American DVD cover
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima
Screenplay by Jun'ichi Fujisaku
Yoshiki Sakurai
Story by Tsutomu Mizushima
Based on XxxHolic 
by CLAMP
Starring Jun Fukuyama
Sayaka Ohara
Music by Tsuneyoshi Saito
Cinematography Hisashi Ezura
Editing by Taeko Hamauzu
Studio Production I.G
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date(s)
Running time 60 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night's Dream (劇場版 ×××HOLiC 真夏ノ夜ノ夢[1] Gekijōban Horikku: Manatsu no Yo no Yume[2]?) is an hour-long traditional animation film by Production I.G based on the Young Magazine comic xxxHolic by Clamp, though it is an original story set within that of the comic rather than an adaptation of any part of it. It opened in Japan on 20 July 2005 as the A movie of a double bill with the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle film Tsubasa Chronicle: The Princess of the Birdcage Kingdom, also by Production I.G (unlike the Tsubasa Chronicle television series) and originally based on a Clamp comic. The film is the first motion picture and the first voiced work based on the comic.

Plot

A woman comes to Yūko to ask for assistance because her key won't unlock her mansion. Later, Yūko receives an invitation to the mansion. Yūko sends Watanuki and Dōmeki along with her to the mansion. They aren't the only people there. Many collectors were invited. When collectors start disappearing, Watanuki starts to suspect that something supernatural is happening.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc release

The film was licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America and released alongside the forty minute anime film Tsubasa The Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom.[3] It was released with both Japanese and English. The Blu-ray has full 1080p high definition and AVC encoding. The audio is Dolby TrueHD with a 5.1 track for the English dub and a 2.0 track for the original Japanese version. The special features are some trailers, a recording montage, character artwork, background designs, and some video footage of the film's opening release in Japan.[3] The back of the Tsubasa movie/xxxHolic movie combo DVD and Blu-ray Disc claims that it has over two hours of bonus features. There is a commentary from the original Japanese actors, actresses, and other staff. [4]

Reception

N.S. Davidson of IGN said that the film is very original, clever, and long enough to get things accomplished. Todd Douglass Jr. of DVD Talk said that the film feels like an extended episode, but that it has better animation and a better story.[3] The film was selected for the 2006 Annecy International Animated Film Festival alongside the films Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Renaissance, Asterix and the Vikings, and Origin: Spirits of the Past.[5] The film is included in the book Magic as Metaphor in Anime: A critical study by Dani Cavallaro.[6]

References

External links

  • Production I.G
  • Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
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