Live-Action xxxHOLiC Show's TV Ad Aired
posted on by Egan Loo
Japan's WOWOW premium television station ran a commercial for this month's live-action television adaptation of CLAMP's xxxHOLiC manga.
The story follows Yūko — a witch who grants people's wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious — and Watanuki, a high school boy who has visions of Ayakashi (spirits). One day, Watanuki encounters Yūko and she promises to get rid of the spirits that torment him. In return Watanuki must work in Yūko's shop and help her grant other people's wishes.
Actress and model Anne stars as Yūko Ichihara, while Shota Sometani plays Kimihiro Watanuki. Masahiro Higashide, Karen Miyazaki, Naoto Takenaka, and Yumi Adachi play Shizuka Dōmeki, Himawari Kunogi, Ayakashi in the form of a doctor, and Jorōgumo (mythological creature), respectively.
Keisuke Toyoshima is directing off scripts by Jun Tsugita, and singer/songwriter Shikao Suga is performing the theme song after have done so for the earlier xxxHOLiC anime projects.
The eight-episode live-action series will premiere on Japan's WOWOW premium television station on February 24 and run every Sunday at 11:00 p.m. The original manga ran in Kodansha's Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, and its compiled book volumes have 12 million copies in circulation.
Del Rey Manga published published the original manga in North America, and Funimation released the first television series and XxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream in North America. (The movie will run on WOWOW on February 17, one week before the live-action show.)