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Shiki – 16

November 21, 2010

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!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Envy permalink
    November 21, 2010 6:13 am

    Its very interesting what Natsuno is actully eating and when you find out it just makes Tatsumi and Yoshie (mainly Tatsumi as Yoshie has not done anything yet)even bigger pricks then they already are

    • November 21, 2010 2:50 pm

      Ooh you and your teasing comments! They just make me die with curiousity!

  2. November 21, 2010 7:55 am

    I thought it was funny how Sunako jumped on each servant when she attacked them.
    But her story made me feel really bad for her though, the vampire that bit her looked creepy as…

    I reckon it’s part of Tatsumi’s job to be an asshole. If he doesn’t have that control, some newbie may stuff up and ruin everything. The original Shiki’s seemed to have done a lot of planning in order not to arouse the suspicion of the villagers along with people from outside, for example, making people move away to make sure the death count stays at zero…


    • November 21, 2010 2:54 pm

      She did look a bit like a fanged jack-in-the-box doing that! But yeah, I do feel a measure of sympathy for her and some of the other shiki now. I really like how Shiki doesn’t create this Us Vs Them war with clearly distinguished ‘bad-guys’ – both sides have their share of sympathetic characters.

      Tatsumi seems to revel in playing the villian (I keep seeing him with that giant bandy snifter!), but I can see how ruling with an iron fist is necessary for maintaining control of so many new converts.

      • November 22, 2010 2:13 am

        I just remembered a book I read when I was a kid called ‘Tuck Everlasting’, which is about a family that never grew old. The saddest part about Sunako, and the rest of the Shiki’s are that they are immortals, unable to truly live life and grow old.

        • November 22, 2010 1:07 pm

          I can’t imagine how depressing it would be to be stuck in a childs body for all eternity.

  3. adaywithoutme permalink
    November 21, 2010 7:26 pm


    Ahem. Poor Kaori looks like she’s really lost it. I’m very curious about her digging up of, presumably, her mother and brother – I’m guessing she wants to have them back and have them bite her, not destroy them. She just looks too crazy and sad when clutching that shovel, and, well, she hasn’t displayed any ability toward bucking up and stabbing people in the chest with stakes.

    Muroi running into Tohru does look like it could be intriguing. I think Natsuno might be racing through the woods to stop Tohru from chomping Muroi? Because it looks like its night-time when he does that, whereas Kaori looks like she’s hanging around during the day. And if Tohru realizes that Natsuno is… uh… “alive”, well, maybe we’ll get some more BL-errific moments. Haha, in all seriousness, it’ll be interesting to see them interacting again…

    • November 22, 2010 1:11 pm

      I don’t know – you kind of need to watch the quiet ones, Kaori may completely snap and start staking all round her! She does look very forlorn in the preview though.

      Do you think Sunako would allow someone else to bite Muroi? I think that she may have him pinned as her prey, just like Chizuru has called dibs on Ozaki’s neck XD

      Wonder if Natsuno will repeat his plea for Tohru to run away with him? The BL potential is through the roof!!

      • adaywithoutme permalink
        November 23, 2010 8:15 am

        Well, hmm… Natsuno and Tohru… that Tohru didn’t take him up on it and now Natsuno is planning to kill them all with Ozaki doesn’t seem to bode well for it. At the same time, Natsuno was also pretty much plotting to kill the shiki when he tried to reason with Tohru and get him to leave with him… Natsuno seems to just have sudden braindeath whenever Tohru is around. Although, at the same time, he hasn’t shown himself to Tohru yet…. argh, who knows.

        I’m not sure about Sunako and Muroi. Either way, Muroi’s walking a dangerous line getting close to any shiki at night. I kind of have my hopes that Muroi’ll bite Ozaki or that Ozaki’ll bit Muroi… there was a good fanart up on /cm of Ozaki biting Muroi. *crosses fingers*

        Yeah, and more Shiki BL is definitely in the works.

        • November 23, 2010 8:43 pm

          Natsuno really does seem to have a complete mental blank whenever Tohru is around – it’s like one rule for everyone and another for Tohru. Suppose we’ll just have to wait to see how their reunion goes down!

          Muroi must have a death wish to be wandering about the woods at night – but it would be quite awesome for him to turn and go bite Ozaki (or visa versa)

          Shiki is fantastic BL fodder 😆

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          November 27, 2010 6:08 am

          Shiki is basically the best BL fodder since Nabari no Ou.

          Thought I’d let you know that I wrote another Shiki BL fic. But its not explicit like the last one I wrote. And, um, its… AkiraxNatsuno. O_O One-sided, but still. I don’t really know how it happened, except that it is definitely 4ch /cm’s fault. I will make up for it by writing some more MuroixOzaki angst or a PWP MuroixOzaki next, I promise.

          Hope you watch episode seventeen soon.

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          November 27, 2010 6:14 am

          Oh, yeah, and I should probably warn you that I may or may not have challenged Vuc to a duel over you. Just so you know.

        • November 27, 2010 10:49 am

          May our battle be fierce, yet honorable. Have at you!

        • November 27, 2010 12:48 pm

          Akira x Natsuno!? Thats unexpected – shall have to check that out ASAP XD ……well after I watch 17 (which I’m downloading as I type).

          And excuse me while I die of laughter – a duel over me!? Seems I missed all the craic when I was asleep!

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          November 27, 2010 8:43 pm

          Mm, you didn’t miss too much, it was more like “Lulz, Vuc, you were flirting… lulz lulz… I CHALLENGE YOU!!!”

          And, Vuc, I’ve already got myself a Rose Bride; you’re going down.

        • November 27, 2010 10:42 pm

          I see! 😆

  4. Ruu permalink
    November 21, 2010 10:37 pm

    Ok this interesting! They are not taking the Manga timeline, and instead they are re-arranging the events!

    If they go with the manga then you will see what Natsuno is eating soon 😀

    • Ruu permalink
      November 22, 2010 12:41 am

      btw Cara, before the thread dies: It is safe for work so don’t worry.

    • November 22, 2010 1:12 pm

      Oh that is interesting to know – the anime is shaking things up a bit then? I’m dying of curiousity about Natsuno!

      Also LMFAO @ that 4-chan image – glad I wasn’t the only one to have that thought! 😆

  5. November 22, 2010 7:56 pm

    Worst case scenario: Yuuki turns out to be one of those lame Twilight vampires. The moment he starts sparkling, I’m out.

    • November 22, 2010 8:02 pm

      Oh there would be soooo much ragequit if that happened – I think I would actually cry!

  6. November 22, 2010 10:50 pm

    I expected Sunako’s story to be a bit more…complicated…as well. It was pretty average, so when she finished I was just like “Oh. That was kinda sad, I guess.” Oh well, learning about her past made me happy anyways.

    It’s going to take a few more bites before Akira dies, based on what Toshio says about blood levels. Are they just going to leave him tied there until almost all of his blood is gone? I know he’s going to die, but I wonder just how they’re gonna do it XD

    So many mysteries!!! I want to find out about Natsuno NOW!

    • November 23, 2010 12:39 am

      I was also expecting high drama from Sunako’s back-story; perhaps the real drama is when she meets Chizuru, Seishiou & Tatsumi?

      Ah yes it will take a few feedings to kill off Akira – unless Mr vampire invites a few of his undead friends around for dinner? XD Either way Akira’s chances of survival are slim to none.

      So many questions! Need. Answers. Badly!

  7. November 23, 2010 7:15 pm

    love this line XD “o Mr Tanaka heads home and scares the living shite out of his wife before chomping down on her”

    Sunako’s parents must have been morons to invite such a clearly demented man to their house 😐 he just screams “keep away from children” 😐

    poor akira, that was cruel tatsumi 😐 but then it was known earlier that they wernt defenseless during the day :S still atleast some people are doing something rather than sitting round going “Another person’s died, isnt that a shame”

    The tanaka parents seem daft, firstly the dad for thinking that hiding on the floor like that right infront of the door was a good idea and secondly the mother for actually not seeing him in such an obvious place till he called her. ><

    p.s. you bunch of necrophiliacs :indiff:

    • November 23, 2010 8:39 pm

      Muroi & Ozaki are still alive~! Tis not necrophilia…….yet!

      Creepy paedo vampire is creepy.

      The villagers are still very much in the denial stage – there would be mass hysteria if they decide to go digging for the truth…..however at this rate there aren’t going to be many left alive to get all hysterical :S

      The Tanaka family collectively seem to be a bit dim – villiage idiots?? 😆

      • November 23, 2010 9:34 pm

        yeah but what about the previous tohru x natsuno when tohru was dead 😐

        interesting that sunnako was roughly turned at 1900ish when back then there was the whole fear of being buried alive :/ perhaps thats what she thought happened since there was no one to teach her about she had become. But then that was probably only a fear in Victorian england. :p She was a good little vampire though immediately biting away.:emog: and then staying in her prison despite having an open door 😐

        still cant believe that mother …phoning the doctor in the other ep and only going “that was fast” when he rang the doorbell right away XD

        • November 23, 2010 9:43 pm

          Ok got me there XD

          I think the fear of being buried alive is common in all cultures that pratice burial – it is a terrifying thought.
          Sunako has said all along that the feeding thing is completely instinctual for shiki and that fighting it is an exercise in futility – as a child she would haven’t have been aware that trying to resist the feeding urge was an option – children eat when they are hungry.

          I believe she stayed in her storeroom like a good child because thats what her parents told her to do. It was only when the years ticked on and she got mentally older that it occured to her to venture out in search of her family.

  8. April 28, 2013 7:53 pm

    This Anime Had A Really Interesting Plot, I Just Finished Watching It Yesterday And Now I Believe That The Humans Were The Ones Who Were The Monsters In This Anime.
    And I Feel Weird That It Only Took 2 Days To Finish Watching This..O_O

    • April 28, 2013 9:54 pm

      Sign of a great show when you just can not stop yourself watching it!

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