Shiki – 16
So this episode was all about making us feel a bit sorry for some of the Shiki, giving us Sunako’s background and a bit of insight into some side character’s psyche. The rest of the episode was about Akira taking matters into his own hands, and having it come back to bite him on the arse. Yeap, it’s another cruel Shiki cliffhanger this week!
So Sunako summons Tohru to the Kanemasa castle for tea, a brief rundown of her past and a warning – get used to the reality of being a shiki or die. Tohru is really not adapting well to his new reality and is still ritualistically laying flowers in front of Natsuno’s window while treating the place like some sort of confessional – I’m quite glad Sunako was so blunt with him, maybe he’ll stop bloody crying soon (although not next week – he’s still in tears in the preview!) and do something. It’s interesting to note what Tatsumi has been telling the new shiki about the Kanemasa residents; Tohru fully expected to be severely punished when he’s summoned, and thinks that Sunako is the Kirishiki to be feared above all – however in reality it seems that Sunako just wants the new shiki to embrace their new nature and get used to how things now are. Tatsumi really is making full use of fear and intimidation to rule over the new shiki; wonder if he’s on a powertrip, or if he’s been instructed to run things like this?
Sunako’s story about how she was turned was pretty run-of-the mill – I was kind of expecting something more sensational. Sunako appears to have been turned around the start of the 20th Century judging from the outfits, so she’s been a shiki for about 100 years; most of which she spent wandering about looking for her family. Sunako completely embraced her shiki nature from the word go, but since she was turned so young her ability to adapt would have been greater – Sunako still highlights how lonely her existence was when she was wandering alone, which made me feel a bit sorry – she was just a child looking for her family after all. We have yet to discover how Sunako came to meet the other two Kirishiki’s and ended up playing happy families with them, but my guess is that they came to this arrangement out of convenience and haven’t been working together for very long.
Speaking of shiki who embrace their new lives, Megumi is a real piece of work isn’t she? I really enjoy her character, as she’s clearly loving her new life and reveling in the feeling of power and freedom it brings – there’s just something enjoyable about watching a character having so much fun being a proper bitch! So Mr Tanaka ended up rising and is having issues adjusting; so Megumi kindly advises him that he’d better start getting his own meals or keel over. She also tells him that he’d better go deal with his family before someone else gets there first, after all if Mr Tanaka rose, there is every chance his blood relations will too…….so Mr Tanaka heads home and scares the living shite out of his wife before chomping down on her – yeap things are definitely bleak for the Tanaka’s.
The situation with newly turned shiki attacking their family members is again highlighted by Mao’s situation. Its revealed this week that Mao had a really shitty childhood, and her first experience of a loving family came when she got married. Mao has ended up killing off her entire family and in-laws out of desperate hope that one of them will rise and join her in the undead ranks. Unfortunately for Mao not one of them did and she’s now gone off the rails a bit, and is now going after a friend who also invited the Kirishiki’s in that fateful night, out of spite. There seems to be some sort of genetic element to show comes back as a shiki and who just dies.
For Akira his mother’s attack is the final straw, and he desperately attempts to do something about the shiki in the town. Akira has been threatening to do something this stupid since he first found out about the shiki and, as expected, once Natsuno’s sensible influence is removed Akira gets all hotheaded and seals his own fate – Natsuno told him this plan wouldn’t work because of Tatsumi! I do salute Akira’s guts though, at least he went out and did something (unlike his useless sister), however misguided. It was incredibly cruel of Tatsumi to tie Akira up like some sort of sacrificial offering though – seriously how evil is Tatsumi!? He could have just killed Akira himself, but instead stages this scene to instil the optimal amount of fear in Akira – the outcome will be the same though, there is no way Akira is surviving. I don’t think Akira will be rising either – his purpose has definitely be served and his death may spur Kaori into some sort of action (she’s looking kind of crazy in the preview).
Lastly we have another glimpse of Natsuno and Ozaki – they have definitely joined forces it seems. Most interesting fact about this brief exchange is the fact it takes place during the day – looks like Natsuno has come back as a special type of shiki or even as a werewolf like Tatsumi; I would love to know the factors behind the creation of this type of shiki or if it’s just completely random. Regardless, having Natsuno able to operate in the sunlight is a major advantage for him – he doesn’t have to fear of being disposed of when sleeping during daylight like normal shiki. I’m also curious about what Natsuno is living on. Sunako was quite clear about how strong the shiki instinct to attack and feed is, and the need to feed is especially strong when they have just risen – so what about Natsuno? Did he kill as soon as he rose? Ozaki seems a bit shocked when Natsuno groups himself in with the shiki, so Ozaki is clearly not supplying him with medical blood, which raises the question of just what Natsuno is feeding himself with – animals perhaps? Very interested in finding out more about Natsuno’s new situation.
Next week’s preview looks quite interesting – particularly the shots of Kaori looking quite unbalanced digging up graves, and the ones of Muroi wandering the woods and encountering Tohru. Muroi & Tohru meeting up could be interesting – they’re both pretty passive characters who seems to be struggling with the current situation. Natsuno also seems to be on the move – very curious about what his plan is. Very much looking forward to next week!