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Japanese: xxxホリック 真夏ノ夜ノ夢
Romanji: xxxHOLiC: Manatsu no Yoru no Yume
Theatrical Release: August 20, 2005 in Japan
DVD Release: February 25, 2006


Summary
It's summertime and the afternoon is muggy and hot. Watanuki Kimihiro is in the middle of a desserted road, franctically trying to fight off ugly, dark spirits that are relentlessly weighing him down. But in the blink of an eye, they vanish. The reason being, Doumeki - a classmate of Watanuki's - has arrived. But despite the spirits being gone, Watanuki is still pissed. Having Doumeki around is an absolute pain for Watanuki, who can't stand Doumeki's personality one bit. But suddenly, Himawari - another classmate of Watanuki's and the girl he absolutely adores - shows up to tell the guys she'll be visiting a relative of hers for the Obon Festival during the summer. Looks like it'll be just Doumeki and Watanuki this vacation. But after Watanuki shoos away Doumeki, the spirits come back full-force, until he touches the fence surrounding Yuko's shop.

Inside, Watanuki finds an invitation inside the mailbox. But Morodashi and Marudashi quickly lead Watanuki to Yuko, who had called Watanuki there to get her... more alcohol (anticlimactically, though characteristically Yuko). But what's more, Watanuki has to cook, clean and do all of the chores around her shop. It's the price Watanuki has to pay for his wish to rid himself of the spirits and monsters that plague him.

Watanuki hands Yuko the invitation, but opts out of learning what's actually written in it. Knowing Yuko, she'd deduct from his pay in exchange.

Outside, Yuko has mat after mat lined out with dusty trinkets and pottery. Poor Watanuki has to beat the dust out of everything. But a young woman arrives, having found the shop where her wish can be fulfilled.

Inside, Yuko tells the woman her way of granting wishes: something of equal worth is required in exchange. She seems more than willing to comply, and lays on the table an old-fashioned and extravagant key. Apparently this woman left for a while, and upon returning, was and still is unable to get into her house, despite the fact that she has its key. Her wish is to simply get into her house. Or is it so simple?

Yuko, Doumeki, Mokona and Watanuki all arrive at the woman's weird mansion. Yuko says because the woman approached Watanuki first, it is destined that he should solve her problem. Furthermore, Yuko is there because of the invitation, and Doumeki is there because Yuko knew Watanuki would freak out without him. (How sweet.) What's more, Yuko assured Doumeki would receive bento lunches for a month from Watanuki. Poor, poor Watanuki.

The four easily walk into the house and continue down the hallway, as the invitation instructs. They reach a door, which Doumeki opens to reveal a concrete wall. Yuko has Watanuki open the door instead, and a brightly-lit parlor is revealed with a number of people conversing around tables. It appears these people are all collectors of sorts who were invited to the mansion with the promise that whatever they were collecting would be completed. One of the men asks Yuko what she collects, and Watanuki replies she collects stuffed animals (using Mokona as an example.) Doumeki says he collects stamps, and Watanuki says he collects supermarket points. (Could he be any more lame? <3)

Doumeki seems more interested in a painting of a party at the mansion they're in.

Apparently, no one knows the owner of the mansion. But Watanuki quickly becomes uncomfortable with the atmosphere, and the collectors all start morphing into ugly shapes and emitting black fumes. Watanuki covers his nose to avoid the smell. What Watanuki is experiencing is the manifestation of the greed, narcissism, and jealousy of the collectors in the room.

Looking for a place to throw up, Watanuki sees a sign on the wall that says the bathroom is through a door on the left. He is led into a dark hallway, where the same sign is seen all over the floor, the walls and the ceiling - all pointing in the same direction. He reaches a flight of stairs, but squeezes past them and finds a small door in the floor.

The door leads to a narrow crawlspace, of which Watanuki crawls into... only to have the door close behind him. He eventually finds yet another sign that says the bathroom is directly below him. The floor shifts and Watanuki is dropped down to a lower level, this time into a room made up of straw mats. He kicked through the wall and ends up outside of the mansion, where he goes through another entrance and twists and turns, until he eventually finds the bathroom.

While washing his hands, a note like Yuko's invitation falls through the vent and onto Watanuki's head. It informs him that dinner is being served and all of the other guests are waiting. Watanuki's suspicsion has been confirmed: he is indeed being watched.

In the hallway, Watanuki is confronted with evil-sounding laughs and giggles, when suddenly the silhouette of a screaming woman is seen in the window! This sends Watanuki running, until he crashes himself into the dinner room. Doumeki and Yuko are already there eating with the rest of the collectors. One of the collectors mentions a legend about an auctioneer who invites collectors to his mansion to auction their collections - just as is going on with these collectors, apparently. A door opens, and everyone takes that as a reason to get up and go. Watanuki catches one of the collectors with white hair pocketing his spoon.

Back in the parlor, it seems the same collector has gone missing. One of the collectors (a man in a purple, frilled shirt) goes to look for him, while a woman with blond hair goes to use the bathroom.

Much time has passed, and still none of the three have returned. The collectors start to suspect more and more they are being watched, and even that there is a spy in their midst (but this is probably just paranoia). Yuko seems calm and collected, and completely aware of what's going on and who is going missing. It seems another one of the collectors is gone. From the ceiling, another piece of paper falls. It tells the guests their rooms are ready for the night, and instructs them to not leave their rooms. Yuko tells Watanuki to get to his room, while she'll stay in the parlor a bit longer. She also warns him that something will definitely happen during the night, so he should be careful.

On the way to the room, Doumeki leads with candlelight. He mentions that here are many mansions like this in America, where owners keep adding rooms to keep the spirits inside lost...

Doumeki and Watanuki are sharing a bedroom. Watanuki starts rambling about his worries, but as soon as he turns around, Doumeki is in his bed fast asleep.

Before Watanuki sleeps, he discovers another slip of paper under his pillow. It says he should not worry and that his bedroom is safe for rest.

A young girl is playing hide and seek. When she's discovered, she's found with many marbles that she's collecting. She suggests the other person collect something, too, like...- Watanuki wakes up before she finishes. But the place where Doumeki's bed was is now hidden behind a wall! And the note he had found before now says he is safe, instead of the bedroom is safe. But an apparition of a girl that knocks on the window drives Watanuki to get out of the bedroom - despite what the note suggested.

Watanuki walks among many oddities until he enters a room with the antannae of butterfly on display - some sort of weird collection. He finds Doumeki here, or rather, Doumeki finds him. It seems they both were looking for each other, but Doumeki feels like he was led there.

The two track back to the room they were in before, and enter through another door filled with barbed wire. They find another room with collars, bird cages, bear traps, plants, canes, stone heads, chains, metranomes, cultural masks, saws, test tubes, pot lids, hooks, traffic lights, and spoons. One spoon in particular is the spoon Watanuki saw the old man pocketing at dinner. And down the hall more, Doumeki finds the portrait of the same man. Two of the collectors enter the room - one a fat man and the other a younger loner-of-a-guy with an attitude. They're both intent on completing their collections. But a clock begins to chime, and the centerpiece clock of the huge room connecting all of the collection rooms dispurses two notes. It seems because the promise to not leave the rooms was broken, they are forced to play hide-and-seek. If they find the master of the mansion within ten minutes, they win, but if they do not, they lose and are forced to play the punishment game.

Suddenly, the room goes dark and the ceiling begins to fall in on the four of them. The two collectors franctically try to open a door to the right, selfishly pushing the other out of the way, while Doumeki reveals a door with the same symbol as the key Yuko was given by the woman. Watanuki opens the door, and the two walk through, while the other two men are presumably crushed to death. It seems Doumeki and Watanuki are in the room Watanuki visited in his dream. Watanuki reveals a picture of the girl from his dream - the same girl who drove him from his room by knocking at his window. This evil girl is trying to trap them in the mansion, so the two jump out the window into a tunnel and run off to look for the little girl so they can high-tail it out of there.

The chimes are ringing again, reminding the two of the time limit placed on them. As soon as they reach the place outside near the mat-room Watanuki encountered earlier, their time is up and the spirit of the little girl grabs Watanuki from behind. She tries to push him off the balcony, and in attempt to save him, Doumeki grabs his feet. But the fencing breaks and both of them fall through.

Regardless, the two seem fine. They walk through another door and encounter a strange person sitting in a chair, who must be a ghost or apparition, since Watanuki can only see him. Yuko also appears, and it seems she brought along Watanuki and Doumeki to mask her presence from this person, as the two have strong spiritual powers themselves.

The person reveals his collection. On the wall portraits of people are lighted up. It seems he invited collectors there only to add them to his collection. Those who are not worthy of his collection are placed inside the painting Doumeki was so interested in, back in the parlor. The man further goes on to explain that collectors have unusual attachments to objects, earning them the name "holics". It appears this man is not attached to objects, but to the hearts of the collectors, and he wants Yuko's.

But Yuko won't have it. So the collector of hearts snaps his fingers, and an explosion goes off. All of the oddities of the house try to stop Yuko, who is now walking toward the collector, but she avoids every obstacle with the utmost of ease. She exposes him as a spirit trapped inside the house, who has been gathering power for 100 years. But just as Yuko is about to reach the collector, she is trapped in a pink force-field and frozen. She is just another one of the collector's souls now.

But from her picture, Yuko holds up the portrait of the girl that Watanuki had found. The collector takes it and holds it close to his chest, crying. As this happens, the obsturities of the mansion begin to crumble, leaving just a normal house.

An old woman with brown hair in a wheelchair appears. Yuko tries to give her back the key to the mansion, but she refuses. It seems this is the young girl from the portrait, who was forced to leave the mansion. The collector of hearts had made a promise to her that he would collect something no one else had ever collected before, and that she could see it and be proud of him upon her return. He had forgot why he was collecting. But to him, the little girl has not aged, and they enter the mansion together once again.

Now that they've left the mansion, Watanuki and Yuko discuss the old woman. She'll be turning the mansion into a museum with the help of the collectors. Suddenly, Mokona opens up a connection with Syaoran, Sakura and Tomoyo in the land of birds. They want to save the country, but need to open the magical birdcage. Yuko sends to them the key to the mansion - a key that opens everything. In exchange, Tomoyo gives up her bell. Yuko jokes that she can use that bell to call for Watanuki's service whenever she needs it.

Doumeki and Himawari-chan walk in, the latter to Watanuki's euphoria. Yuko opens a big bottle of alcohol - the price for the old woman's request. Yuko makes a toast to the mansion.
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Posted 3/24/08
i love the movie^.^ it is a different story itself and makes if special to the episodes. that what makes it stand out as the movie. the drawings are great and its has the best plot...
i only wish....
that i hadnt watched it at night
i get scared so easily
(do not watch at night if u hav a weak heart...)
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I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THE MOVIE~
It was awesome watching though i don't think i'll watch it again for a while, the old woman/young girl thing kinda confused me, but i love the ending. Watanuki's reactions are always hilarious, but the movie itself was sad/scary.
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leo22334455 wrote:

i love the movie^.^ it is a different story itself and makes if special to the episodes. that what makes it stand out as the movie. the drawings are great and its has the best plot...
i only wish....
that i hadnt watched it at night
i get scared so easily
(do not watch at night if u hav a weak heart...)


ahahaha! i loved the movie : D
I would watch it againnn any day!(:

annnnnd I made the mistake of watching it at night ;-;
It was sort of creepy xD but not that much : )
I got a bit surprised at some parts though :o

Posted 5/9/08
whoa.. this movie was creepy.. especially the scene where the ghost came knocking on watanuki's window!!! i was freaked out a little coz it came out so suddenly!! but overall, i think the movie was quite boring in the beginning...
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Would you believe that this was the first anime DVD that I ever bought. Its also one of my favourites. Manatsu no Yoru no Yume blew my mind when I first watched it. So yes, much love to Clamp for making awesomeness. <3
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Posted 10/10/08

LAMEcafe wrote:


leo22334455 wrote:

i love the movie^.^ it is a different story itself and makes if special to the episodes. that what makes it stand out as the movie. the drawings are great and its has the best plot...
i only wish....
that i hadnt watched it at night
i get scared so easily
(do not watch at night if u hav a weak heart...)


ahahaha! i loved the movie : D
I would watch it againnn any day!(:

annnnnd I made the mistake of watching it at night ;-;
It was sort of creepy xD but not that much : )
I got a bit surprised at some parts though :o



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i forgot,,,, i LOVE the theme song,,, it made me cry... *sniff* the meaning itself made me cry....

it's

"Sanagi" (Chrysalis) by Suga Shikao..... who else could've sung a lovely tune of melodram with that lovely voice but him? XD okay, i know there are male singers out there that are lovely singers as well,,, and he's one of them~!
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yamikari wrote:

i forgot,,,, i LOVE the theme song,,, it made me cry... *sniff* the meaning itself made me cry....

it's

"Sanagi" (Chrysalis) by Suga Shikao..... who else could've sung a lovely tune of melodram with that lovely voice but him? XD okay, i know there are male singers out there that are lovely singers as well,,, and he's one of them~!


Sanagi is my favourite Suga Shikao song. Heh. He really does have an amazing voice though, and I love that he read the xxxHolic manga and such and just decided to do the theme songs. But yes.... And then when I heard he was going to be doing Kei as well, I was like -jumps for joy-. Mmm. Good stuff.
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Lilyashn_Aeralvr wrote:


yamikari wrote:

i forgot,,,, i LOVE the theme song,,, it made me cry... *sniff* the meaning itself made me cry....

it's

"Sanagi" (Chrysalis) by Suga Shikao..... who else could've sung a lovely tune of melodram with that lovely voice but him? XD okay, i know there are male singers out there that are lovely singers as well,,, and he's one of them~!


Sanagi is my favourite Suga Shikao song. Heh. He really does have an amazing voice though, and I love that he read the xxxHolic manga and such and just decided to do the theme songs. But yes.... And then when I heard he was going to be doing Kei as well, I was like -jumps for joy-. Mmm. Good stuff.


hoorah for Suga Shikao-san~~~!!!!!!!!! XD
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,,,wah the plot is so long,,,I prefer watching more >_<",,,
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24 / at "ValKai" dude XD
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i'll read this when i have the time lol XD
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