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A Mid Summer Night's Dream
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Release Date: July 20, 2005
Run Time: 60 minutes
Alternative Titles: -Gekijouban xxxHOLiC Manatsu no Yoru no Yume 劇場版 xxxHOLiC 真夏ノ夜ノ夢 (Japanese)
-xxxHOLiC Il Film: Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Italian)
-xxxHOLiC Le songe d'une nuit d'été (French)
-xxxHolic Sonho de uma Noite de Verão (Portuguese)
-xxxHOLiC, la película: Sueño de una noche de verano (Spanish)
Main Characters: Kimihiro Watanuki

Yūko Ichihara
Shizuka Doumeki

Theme songs: Sanagi by Suga Shikao

A Mid Summer Night's Dream is a film based on the manga XxxHOLiC. The film was released on July 20, 2005. It is based on the manga since season 1 of the anime series was released in 2006. However, even though the film was made before the series, the film's timeline occurs between xxxHolic episodes 10 and 11.

Plot

It is the first day of summer vacation and Kimihiro Watanuki is incredibly sad because he won't get to see Himawari Kunogi, his crush, for the whole summer. Himawari tells him that she has go visit her aunts and help with her little cousins and so, she won't have any spare time. Feeling depressed, Watanuki makes his way to work. He works as an assistant in a mysterious shop that grants wishes for his boss Yūko Ichihara. When he gets to the shop, he notices a letter in Yūko's mailbox before being called upon by Yūko. Yūko is on her couch, hung over on sake and with a massive headache yet her first order is "more sake." Watanuki gets angry with Yūko, telling her that she cannot be drinking in the middle of the day; but since she's the boss, Yūko wins the dispute. Watanuki then remembers the letter and gives it to Yūko. Yūko smiles and says that the letter is an invitation to a mansion but addssays that it sounds more like a demand than an invitation. Yūko then orders Watanuki to dust out her treasure room.

While dusting out the treasure room, a young woman comes into the shop asking for Yūko. Watanuki leads her to his boss and the two have iced tea. The young woman says that she used to live in a very nice house but left it for many years. When she returned a few days ago, the house wouldn't open and she couldn't get in. She asks Yūko for help so she can get home. Surprisingly, the woman's house is the same house that Yūko got an invitation to visit. Yūko accepts the invitation.

Watanuki and Yūko are in front of the house and Watanuki is angry because Yūko invited Shizuka Doumeki. The three walk up to the house and knock on the door. The door opens by itself. Even though he's unsure, Watanuki enters and follows Yūko and Shizuka down a hallway until they reach another door. Shizuka opens the door but there is only a brick wall behind it. Yūko then orders Watanuki to open it and it opens into a large room. It is unknown why the door opened for Watanuki though some suspect it is because Watanuki was an invited guest whereas Shizuka was not.

The room in front of the three appears to be a living room with couches, tables and chairs. Inside are several people talking about collections. Watanuki asks Yūko why they are here even though they don't collect anything. Yūko ignores the question and goes to the refreshment table to get sake. While she's there, she talks to a couple of men sitting nearby. When they ask her what she collects, Watanuki lies by telling them that Yūko collects stuffed animals. The two men laugh and say that stuffed animals is a common collection. They say that to have a true collection, you need to collect something rare. When they ask Shizuka, he says that he collects stamps and the men continue laughing. When Watanuki confesses that he collects supermarket points, the men roar with laughter but are interrupted by a woman that asks about the whereabouts of the host. The rest of the collectors are speechless and they all admit that they never saw their host. A man at the back calls all of the collectors idiots for coming to the mansion even though they had no idea who the host was. When someone retorts to the man's comment by saying that he is an idiot by coming too, the man says he was curious to see what would happen and that the letter he received promised that if he came, he would be able to complete his collection. As the collectors start arguing amongst themselves, Watanuki walks up to Shizuka who is looking at a painting of a grand picnic out side the mansion.

Suddenly, a strange small starts to disturb Watanuki. When he turns to look at the collectors, they have all turned into creepy monsters (humans with distorted facial features and voices) with a horrid smell. Watanuki asks Yūko why this has happened and Yūko says that it is because of their greed and pride. Watanuki cannot stand the smell any longer so he goes to the washroom.

Watanuki has trouble finding the washroom despite the signs posted on the walls saying "Washroom" and an arrow pointing in a specific direction. The signs lead him behind a staircase and into a vent before falling into a cubed room with no doors or windows. When he finally finds a weak spot in the wall, Watanuki kicks a hole open and crawls out of the room and into another room. This room has a door and when Watanuki walks through it, he is standing outside. The signs tell him to go down a staircase that is nearby. When he goes down, he reaches the entrance to yet another building. Once inside the second building, Watanuki is instructed to go down another staircase and by the time he descends them, he has almost forgotten why he has come until he sees the washroom doors in front of him.

Cast and Crew

Trivia

  • Yūko almost reveals her love life at the end of the movie.
  • It's a mystery where Yūko is at while Watanuki is missing.
  • Mokona Modoki's location is unknown during the movie, appearing only at the beginning and at the end of the movie.
  • This movie was released in conjuction with Tsubasa Chronicles: Princess of Birdcage Kingdom just like XXXHOLiC Shunmuki and Tsubasa Chronicles Shunraiki.
  • At the beginning, Himawari says that she's going to visit her family because of the Obon festival during summer break. In the first season, episode 11, Watanuki is making Ohagi for the Obon festival and gets a postal from Himawari who is out of the city. This makes the movie episode 10.5 of the series.

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