xxxHOLIC Debuts First Look at Its Live-Action Makeover

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Anime fans were stunned when it was announced earlier this week that Netflix was pulling the plug on its live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, but the show must go on and there are plenty more live-action anime adaptations coming down the pike, with the upcoming film of xxxHolic being a prime example. With the movie set to arrive next year, the adaptation of the series that first premiered as a manga in 2003 will see actors Ryunosuke Kamiki and Ko Shibasaki portraying the roles of the lead characters, Kimihiro and Yuko.

The world of the supernatural in anime is one that is often linked to action series, with the likes of Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Shaman King being prime examples of properties that will normally employ spirits and demons when it comes to the challenges that their characters must face. With xxxHolic, the series instead focuses on the young man Kimihiro Watanuki who visits a witch named Yuko Ichihara in hopes of freeing himself from his ability to see ghosts. With the manga having come to a close in 2017 and the anime doing the same years before, this upcoming film makes for quite the revival.

The official Twitter Account for the xxxHolic live-action film gave fans a brand new look at the cast of characters which are set to arrive on the big screen in Japan in April of next year:

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to dive into the story of xxxHolic, the official description for the supernatural anime property reads as such:

“Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can help. In desperation, he accepts, but realizes that he’s just been tricked into working for Yuuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he’s employed in her little shop–a job which turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience! Most of Yuuko’s customers live in Japan, but Yuuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow…”

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What do you think of this upcoming live-action adaptation? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of xxxHolic.

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