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Shiki – 14

November 5, 2010

For a change Shiki resolves its previous episode cliffhanger and sticks with Toshio for the most part this week.  There are some truly chilling scenes in this weeks episode, if last weeks keyword was ‘bleak’, this weeks is ‘disturbing’.

This week really has Shiki showing its ‘horror’ tag is well deserved; Toshio’s clinical torturing of his undead wife in his quest for the truth about the ‘shiki’, really made for disturbing viewing.  Toshio has been losing himself over the past few weeks as his struggles against the vampire threat became increasingly impotent; but this episode really highlights just how far gone he is.  Worn into the ground mentally and physically from keeping a sleepless vigil over Kyoko’s corpse, and torn between hoping she’ll rise and hoping she’ll start to decompose – it’s understandable that he’d snap.  However Toshio’s mental breakdown takes a completely different form than Mr Yuuki’s withdrawal from reality.  Toshio hides behind his medical training, he separates himself from the situation and takes an extremely clinical, scientific approach to experimenting on the newly Risen Kyoko – its frightening how quickly he’s gone from amiable doctor to dispassionate scientist.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Kyoko, much as I didn’t really like her character this is truly a harrowing way to die….twice.  Just imagine slowly wasting away from blood loss, and then reawakening strapped to an operating table in utter confusion and terror to find your hollow-eyed husband hovering over you with an assortment of drugs, needles, scalpels and religious objects that terrify you for no apparent reason…..stuff of nightmares right there.  Kyoko has no one on hand to explain what’s happening to her, she’s clearly out of her mind with fear and unable to make any more sound than a terrified whimper (remember Tatsumi had to re-instruct Masao on how to speak when he rose from the dead).  When Kyoko does manage to croak out Toshio’s name, he tapes her mouth shut so that the sound of her voice doesn’t crack the veneer he’s pasted over his heart, and then continues his systematic torture – slicing open veins, destroying brain tissue, injecting a myriad of poisons and drugs before finally driving a stake through her heart. Toshio has got all the value out of Kyoko as an experimental subject as he needs, and now knows  that to kill a Shiki one must either remove the head, destroy the heart or expose them to sunlight.

We then have Seishin show up with either the best or worst timing imaginable.  Toshio has just put a permanent end to Kyoko, and is standing amidst a veritable sea of his wife’s blood blankly asking for his friends help in cleaning up.  Seishin’s horrified expression speaks volumes, the rift between the two men was caused by them disagreeing about using the Risen as experimental subjects and the fact that Toshio has clearly used his own wife for that very purpose is going to cause that rift to perhaps become insurmountable.  It’s quite tragic to think that these two won’t be able to work together, they’ve been friends for years on end, as shown by Seishin’s reminiscing about when as teenagers the two wanted to get away from their respective family obligations and expectations, and its thus rather sad to see a lifelong friendship end.  We’ll have to wait till next week to see just what Seishin’s reaction will be, but the preview doesn’t suggest good things for the suicidal monk.

The other significant death was that of Mr Tanaka, and Megumi’s delight in taunting Kaori about it.  Sucks to be the Tanaka’s right now – not only has the father been killed, but Megumi has it out for Kaori and the mother has just invited the extremely creepy Dr Ebuchi from the Kirishiki controlled clinic into the house!  This family’s days are severely numbered unless the kids get their act together and try to repel the shiki threat.  The mother’s reaction to finding her husband collapsed in the doorway and her children clearly freaking out was strange.  I don’t think Mrs Tanaka has been bitten yet though, perhaps she’s just completely disillusioned with her current life?  Still you’d think the woman would show a shred more concern, and be a bit more disturbed by the fact that as soon as she put the phone down, Dr Ebuchi arrived on their doorstep; did he teleport or something!?   I’m really curious to see just what this shiki controlled clinic & doctors role will be.

We also learned a lot more about the shiki organisation this week.  Seems that there is a strict hierarchy in place, the Kirishiki family are at the top, followed by their servants (we’re introduced to another one – Yoshie Kurohashi), then there are ‘high level’ shiki and below them are the weak shiki who can’t kill for themselves – unsurprisingly Masao falls into this final category.  Yes Masao makes his return this week, if only to serve as Megumi’s punching bag and shed some more light on the shiki community.  There is also mention of a ‘big city unit’ of shiki who are responsible for going to the cities to retrieve victims for those shiki who are unable/unwilling to kill for themselves – Yoshie mentions the possibility that Megumi could be moved into this group since she has successfully carried out her task of killing Mr Tanaka.

The question of just what has happened to Natsuno’s corpse is also raised by Megumi.  Seems that I was mistaken last week and it wasn’t the Kirishiki controlled funeral parlour that took his body from his house.  Yoshie suggests that since Mr Yuuki was originally from the big city, he’s called in an undertaker from there, in which case it would be likely that Natsuno has been cremated as is the custom in the city.  Now I don’t think this is the case at all, it’s a possibility but I don’t think burning Natsuno’s corpse off-screen is a likely way to get rid of what has been the primary protagonist for over half the series!

I do think that it’s an outside undertaker that has his corpse, but I think that Natsuno will become a shiki (the fact that he’s in the next episode preview and central in the ED suggests he still has a role to play).  Now what would happen if a person became a shiki outside of Sotoba?  We’ve seen that the newly converted shiki have to undergo a sort of induction to ensure they fall into line and remain easily controlled by the Kirishiki’s and their servants; but if Natsuno becomes a shiki outside the village this won’t be able to happen.  The Kirishiki’s don’t know where Natsuno is (unless they do and just don’t want to tell Megumi) if he rises, Natsuno will effectively be a shiki outside of their control and since he knows of their existence he won’t completely freak out when he finds himself back from the dead.  Now this could be interesting and paves the way for a rebellion within the shiki ranks, rather than it being just humans vs shiki – this is something I’d really like to see since I’ve gotten quite attached to some of the shiki characters!

Very excited about next week – seems we’ll be following Seishin about for the most part (maybe we’ll finally find out why he’s attempted suicide in the past), attending Kyoko’s funeral and discovering Natsuno’s fate……can not wait!

27 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 9:13 pm

    Mrs Kirishiki turned up in some kind of Lady Gaga ensemble :lolwut:

    Poor Kyoko, as they showed earlier she doesnt actually know shes a risen or anything because no ones told her that :/ Interesting to see their flashback about escaping from their parents path, but they clearly didnt.

    Phoning that doctor …the mother must have been almost asleep to not react at all to her husband being dead or her kids making a fuss and then to only go “that was fast” Its like he was waiting outside the whole time XD What a brilliant under reaction there 😀

    Still wondering what the Kirishikis ultimate goal here is, they’ve pretty much taken the place over now and have assembled a huge army just like that. :/ Is there gonna be another series where they take over the world?:p

    And whats this? No mention of the head nurse at all? :O

    • November 5, 2010 9:24 pm

      I died laughing at Mrs Kirishiki’s Lady Gaga cosplay outfit – it was amazingly out of place for a backwater town like Sotoba!

      The Kirishiki’s motivations are a complete mystery. All we know is that they want somewhere safe where they can feed, a wee out of the way village is perfect for that – but once they have complete control who knows what they’ll do.

      I’m trying to block out the vision of the head nurse in skimpy lingerie- seriously; scariest thing in the series so far – no contest!

      • November 5, 2010 9:39 pm

        with this “big city unit” they can still continue to feed even once they run out of victims D:

        This is all going too well for the vampires …how is anyone else supposed to beat them :S

        • November 5, 2010 9:45 pm

          True, but will they just be content with that?

          And its definitely way too one-sided at the moment, the vampires need a good scare and soon!

  2. Clinton permalink
    November 6, 2010 12:49 am

    Ah Yoshie the Shiki co commander along with Tatsumi and the same shiki type of Shiki according to Toharu she can be even scarier then Tatsumi

    In the original visual novel for Shiki Natsuno was killed for good so for all we know they could go that direction

    • November 6, 2010 1:32 am

      In the credits this week, they show in the preview that Natsuno returns (as stated above by Caraniel as well), so I think the studio is going with the manga version.


    • November 6, 2010 11:48 am

      Ah mild spoiler about Yoshie there…..ah well, sure we would have found that out pretty soon anyway.

      And yes it seems that the anime is taking its lead from the manga adaptation rather than the novel, so fully expecting Natsuno back in some capacity.

  3. November 6, 2010 1:28 am

    This was one of the best episodes yet.
    The craziest thing for me is that just for a moment, Toshio shows some tenderness/love towards Kyoko (the forehead press scene) and the next thing you know, he goes and flips the switch and tortures her.

    • November 6, 2010 11:53 am

      That scene were he shows some affecting for Kyoko just made everything that came afterwards all the more horrific.

      I think its at that point that Toshio shoves all his attachment to her behind a wall and goes into scientist mode, because its clear that Kyoko is turning into something that isn’t human, something that Toshio can not abide and something that he’s geared himself up to destroy – heartbreaking stuff.

      • November 6, 2010 8:45 pm

        Holy Crap! What a horrific episode. It’s bad enough having to watch someone you love die and not being able to do anything about it. Having to kill them, and them not dying, so you go methodically through all of your options… that is messed up.

        On the one hand you have Muroi, who hasn’t done anything of consequence, in fighting against the shiki, on the other you have Ozaki who has, but may have turned into a monster himself in the process.

        • November 7, 2010 2:06 pm

          Toshio didn’t even try to help Kyoko though – a blood transfusion would have majorly helped her out, but Toshio just left her to the shiki………..its amazing how far he’s fallen. It really does raise questions of just who the real monsters are; although the shiki’s indiscriminate slaughter of the villagers just about edges out Ozaki’s clinical torture!

        • November 7, 2010 2:53 pm

          Well he did say a few episodes ago that he wanted to catch a shiki so that he can dissect it. That’s probably why he didn’t bother with the transfusion. Kyoko was probably seen as his only chance at capturing one, since all the other patients were refusing to stay at the clinic. Toshio made the choice to sacrifice one (technically already dead) life in order to save others. If the shiki was someone like Masao or Tatsumi, Toshio would have been seen as a hero.

        • November 7, 2010 4:23 pm

          It’s the fact that Toshio made that decision that’s frightening – this isn’t some stranger he’s decided to let die and then experiment on; it’s his wife, and Kyoko is completely innocent of the whole situation – she’s never killed and has absolutely no clue about the shiki.

          It will be interesting to see what happens to Toshio next.

  4. November 6, 2010 2:27 am

    You leave my sheer lingerie wearing older waifu alone!

    I just wanted to say that I really liked your prose in the third paragraph: “…he tapes her mouth shut so that the sound of her voice doesn’t crack the veneer he’s pasted over his heart, and then continues his systematic torture…”

    Good stuff!

    • November 6, 2010 11:57 am

      I’m all for the older woman’s right to wear skimpy lingerie, however my eyes demand bleach when we’re subjected to panning shots of said lingerie wearing older woman! 😆

      Haha thanks – I thought that scene spoke volumes about Toshio’s mentality. It was shown earlier in the episode that he did have some feelings for Kyoko, but put them aside when it became clear that she was indeed becoming a shiki. Having her completely awaken as one, and then have that creature speak to him in Kyoko’s voice would have been too much for his fragile state of mind – sealing her mouth would have been the only way he could cope since all his anaesthetics wouldnt work on her.

  5. adaywithoutme permalink
    November 6, 2010 3:48 am

    Y’know, theoretically this week’s episode should put a damper on my personal MuroixOzaki engine, but somehow the likelihood for massive angst has really thrown it into overdrive. If I were a less lazy person, I would probably sit down and write the fanfic I’ve been bouncing around in my mind about it… especially as I am concerned that next week may steal my thunder.

    Damn, I love Muroi. I love him so much, I want to see him making out with Ozaki. I also refuse to delve into what either of those statements says about me. Tra la la~

    • November 6, 2010 12:00 pm

      I’m right there with you Day! The angsty rift only makes the urge to ship these two all the more appealing – angry make-up sex and all that 😛

      However if Muroi comes over all suicidal again that may indeed dampen any enthusiasm!

      • adaywithoutme permalink
        November 6, 2010 5:29 pm

        If he does get suicidal again and is rescued by Ozaki, though…?

        • November 7, 2010 2:02 pm

          Hurt/comfort! ^_^

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          November 10, 2010 6:17 am

          I KNOW.

          Newsflash: I’m a total loser.

          Other newsflash: I was in Belfast this past summer! Why did I not think to try to meet up with you?!?!

        • November 12, 2010 7:17 am

          If you are a loser, so am I! XD

          You were in Belfast!? Gah, that like only 40mins away for me! Damn – that could have been fun 🙂

  6. November 7, 2010 3:28 am

    Great episode! xD all I kept thinking during the exam section was Saw theme music in the background lol… nice to see things getting interesting…

    • November 7, 2010 2:03 pm

      Big turning point for Ozaki at least – remains to be seen what he will do with his new knowledge though.

  7. Ruu permalink
    November 7, 2010 4:49 pm

    Oh Yesssss. Ozaki did it. I was so waiting for this and the past episode so much. I believe I’ll make my happy weekend dance.

    Cara, dear, be prepared for next week. The Ho Yay between Natsuno and Thoru will be risen up to 11.

    Have I mentioned I love Muroi’s character? Eventhough I don’t like him with Ozaki the blatant shipping of them in the OP is truly hard to ignore.

    • November 7, 2010 5:01 pm

      They’re taking the Ho Yay even higher!? Is that possible!? 😆 Looking forward to it.

      I love how easy Shiki has made it for the fangirls to create viable ships XD


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