Film opens in Japan on Friday
ASMIK Ace’s official YouTube channel began streaming a clip on Thursday from it and Shochiku‘s live-action film of CLAMP‘s xxxHOLiC manga. The video shows Watanuki and Doumeki fighting together.
The original xxxHOLiC manga‘s story follows Yuuko — a witch who grants people’s wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious — and Kimihiro Watanuki, a man who has visions. One day, Watanuki 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.
Ryunosuke Kamiki (pictured left in visual right) plays Kimihiro Watanuki, while Kou Shibasaki (right) plays Yuuko Ichihara.
Other cast members include:
Mika Ninagawa (live-action Sakuran, Helter Skelter) is directing the film, with a script by Erika Yoshida. Keiichirō Shibuya is composing the musical soundtrack. The band SEKAI NO OWARI performs the theme song “Habit.”
The film opens in Japan on Friday.
CLAMP serialized the original xxxHOLiC manga in Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, although it was renamed xxxHOLiC: Rō in 2009. xxxHOLiC: Rei is the latest manga, which launched in 2013 but is currently on hiatus. The manga is slated to return next spring in Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine.
The franchise spawned an anime film, two television anime seasons, and several original video anime projects.
The manga inspired a stage play adaptation that ran in Tokyo and Kyoto in September and October.
Sources: ASMIK Ace’s YouTube channel, Comic Natalie