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Shiki – 17

November 27, 2010

This episode was much faster paced than I’ve become accustomed to from Shiki – clearly everything has now reached a fever pitch and the final few episodes will be concentrating on the pay-off of all this painstaking build-up.  Still, this episode was full of ‘OMG, what on earth are you doing!?’ moments – everyone is DOOMED, DOOMED I tell you!  We’ve been saying this for weeks, but with episode 17 it really becomes apparent that the worst case scenario is looming for Sotoba – DOOMED!!

Lets start with Seishin, because for the life of me I can’t figure out what this man is thinking.  Seishin does end up meeting with Tohru and just ends up feeling sorry for the shiki even more than he already had.  Tohru is still distraught over his inability to stop himself from killing when his hunger gets too much for him to deal with.  Muroi tries to comfort him by saying that its ok to want to live, and he then remembers his conversation with Sunako in the church about equality in death.  Muroi spends the majority of the episode deep in thought, agonising over his relationship with life – he seems to feel that he’s unqualified to lecture people on doing whatever it takes to survive, because he himself once tried to throw his life away.  Seishin can’t make a firm decision the way Toshio has, Toshio has always been about protecting human life, but Muroi can’t see the world in the stark black & white Ozaki does – he can see that the shiki are also doing what they must to survive and sympathises with them.

Seishin’s decision to go to the Kanemasa castle voluntarily really confused me though, as it seems like entirely the wrong decision.  Afterall there isn’t much difference between what Ozaki & the shiki are doing – both sides are pretty much out to kill the other for survival, so I would have expected Seishin to come down on the side of his childhood friend rather than the creepy child he met in the dead of night a few times.  But then again Sunako’s philosophical speeches seem to echo Seishin’s own thoughts, so perhaps he feels that Sunako  will understand him better?  As it is it does not appear that Muroi has been bitten, it just looks like Sunako has drugged him; so it will be very interesting to see what happens to Muroi in the future.

Weirdly it seems having a death wish runs in the Muroi family, as Seishin’s father Shinmei disappears this week after writing a very explicit invitation into his room (and his room only) to the Kirishiki’s.  In Shinmei’s case I can kind of understand why he would have a death wish – he’s very sickly and probably didn’t have long to live anyway; however his decision to invite death in and then disappear without indicating to his family just what the nature of the threat afflicting the village is, is just strange.  Shinmei’s very carefully worded invitation ensures the temple is still protected outside of his own room, but what good does that do if his wife & son have no clue whats going on or how to protect themselves when Shinmei is gone?  It also raises the question of just why Shinmei was taken from his room – it raises so many more questions than it would if had just died there.  Perhaps Shinmei isn’t dead yet and father & son will be reunited in the Kanemasa castle?  But then what would the Kirishiki’s want with a family of priests?

Seishin’s meeting with Kaori was heartbreaking.  Poor Kaori, she’s utterly broken.  How horrible would it be to have to live with the knowledge that your undead friend is picking off your family members one by one and that you are basically a walking corpse.  Kaori has never been the strongest character and she doesn’t deal with stress well, but her practical side that tries to ensure she attends school/does homework, comes out in a frightening way this episode.  Since Kaori knows her family is dead and that there aren’t many people left alive in Sotoba she goes and digs her own grave and beseeches Muroi to give her a posthumous name so she can prepare her grave marker properly.  I was shocked by Muroi’s reaction to Kaori’s disturbing attitude though – the poor girl is clearly unbalanced and probably should not be left alone since the fear of Megumi alone is likely to kill her off, but Muroi simply gives a half-hearted lecture about not giving up on life.  Muroi clearly feels that he shouldn’t be saying such things to people and retreats into himself, leaving poor Kaori with no one to comfort her – Kaori was clearly asking for help in this scene, but Muroi was too distracted by his own issues to reach out to her – very sad stuff.

Moving on to happenings outside of the Muroi household – Sotoba really is completely doomed at this point…..surely the shiki are starting to out number the humans now?  We’re shown that certain shiki are now moving back into the village without being noticed by the human population – the death toll has gotten too big for people to keep track of.  This situation is pretty dangerous – once Sotoba becomes a village solely of shiki what will they feed on?  We already know that there is a unit of shiki sent to obtain prey from outside the village, but they can’t realistically provide for everyone that’s risen – will groups of shiki begin to leave the village and start the process all over again elsewhere or will the Kirishiki’s start damage control and reduce the shiki numbers?  I doubt the anime will address this conundrum though!

Surprisingly Natsuno isn’t shown to be doing anything in particular this week – he’s running through the forests at night looking very srsbns, but we have no clue what he’s been doing.  Whatever it is, he’s caught the attention of Tatsumi, but I’m not sure if Natsuno knows that or not.  For the time being Tatsumi seems to be keeping news of Natsuno’s return quiet since Tohru is still convinced he’s dead.

Over with Ozaki things are also not going too well.  He and Natsuno seem to have agreed to wait things out until the shiki seem sure of their victory and let their guard down a bit, so while Natsuno is running about the forest, Ozaki is biding his time and stocking up on stakes.  Unfortunately for Ozaki the shiki aren’t going to sit back and just leave him be – this week reduces the staff of Ozaki’s clinic down to just Nurse Lingerie, as Nurse Bowlcut is abducted and Ritsuko is bitten.  Really, Ozaki has no one to blame but himself here – just because some of the villagers refused to listen to his ranting about the Risen, and the majority of those left alive seem to be content to bury their heads in the sand, does not mean he shouldn’t attempt to get the word out – to his staff at the very least.  Ozaki’s credibility is already shot – those that are ill are now  going to the Kirishiki controlled clinic (no doubt on the hypnotic instructions of the shiki) instead of going to him, so he doesn’t really have anything to lose by putting the theory about the Risen out there.  It’s quite frustrating to watch him sit back and do very little apart from brood and carve stakes.

Of course it all goes pear-shaped for Ozaki at the end when Chizuru decides she’s peckish and wants to move Toshio up her menu a bit, biting him and placing him under her control.  This sort of surprised me – I thought Ozaki would hold out for another few episodes at least, but it seems that with Natsuno being stalked by Tatsumi, Ozaki under Chizuru Kirishiki’s control, Muroi giving up and heading to Sunako’s side and Kaori completely breaking, the shiki resistance movement is all but dead.

Oh! It’s also confirmed this week that Seishiro Kirishiki is indeed fully human and has chosen to side with the shiki – the man also has some damn impressive sniper skills!  I’m even more curious about how the Kirishiki family met now – clearly it is a very recent alliance since Seishiro is fairly young and it does seem that he and Chizuru are married (even if he doesn’t fully approve of her taste for good-looking men to feed on)……wonder if Sunako was the one to turn Chizuru?

The preview for next week looks all kinds of crazy – Mr Yuuki seems to be back and in full on insane knife-wielding wacko mode, Tatsumi has Natsuno by the neck (and is wearing another rather fabulous looking outfit) and Seishiro appears to be going on a shooting spree!  Shit has truly hit the fan in Shiki – looks like it’s properly time for this show to properly show its fangs, and I am really looking forward to it!

EDIT: Also manga/novel readers, please don’t post spoilers in the comments – I like to be in the dark and come up with wild theories, spoilers take all the fun out of speculation.

EDIT 2: Please don’t post manga spoilers in the comments as I’d like to read the manga myself at some stage -_-

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  1. November 27, 2010 6:09 pm

    random thoughts I had while watching:

    Tohru is such a whiney little prat 😐
    natsuno has such crap trainers…
    …shit they’re all fucked D:
    yup definitely fucked now theres only natusuno left with his pink trainers.. but then Tatsumi is following him …probably because of the bright pink trainers

    so yes everything is fucked …looks like the shiki will win this match …does Mrs vampire woman have any non-gaga-ish clothes …

    • November 27, 2010 6:39 pm

      I wish Tohru would stop crying – maybe he’ll perk up a bit when he learns his boyfriend is still running about the place…….in dodgy pink trainers 😆

      Everytime Chizuru appears on screen, a random Lady Gaga song starts playing in my head……this week was ‘Bad Romance’. Its like she has her own theme music – like Duke Devlin has in YGOTAS! XD

      • November 27, 2010 6:54 pm

        oh yes i forgot Kaori 😐 poor thing, being so terrified to start digging your own grave :s the fear of a fate she knows she cant avoid looks like its taking her through hell. That old guy hysterically running.. I thought he was saved when that door opened … but nope fucked 😐 Even at this stage if Ozaki had openly said that it was all the risen’s doing, no one would be able to believe it. Only when directly confronted by them has anyone realised :/

        The village is now a shiki den, if they wanted a place they could live quietly they wouldnt have been so aggressive. The next series will be about them using this army to take over the country, then the world!

        • November 27, 2010 10:43 pm

          I’d love a sequel…..if there’s anyone left alive to star in it!

  2. adaywithoutme permalink
    November 27, 2010 6:55 pm

    Damn, I love this show.

    Muroi is driving me insane at this point. What kind of person gets roofied by a loli vampire? Geez! At least falling on opposite sides heightens the BL tension. Or, at least, I think it does.

    Can’t wait to see Mr. Yuuki go nuts next week. It looks very entertaining.

    By the way, love the fact that Muroi’s your character of the week.

    • November 27, 2010 10:46 pm

      Oh I can see the BL being heightened – like you said in your post, best friends ending up on opposite sides is prime BL angst territory!

      Muroi is really frustrating though – he’s so indecisive for the most part, and its really hard to determine what he’s thinking……bloody fun to try and figure him out though.

      Muroi had to be character of the week – I wrote nearly 1000 words on him alone before I edited this post down! 😆

      • adaywithoutme permalink
        November 28, 2010 3:59 am

        Oh man, I shudder to think on the amount of ink I’ve devoted to him -_- He is terribly, terribly frustrating, but I do also (like I said earlier on Skype) think he may be the best bet for the show’s sole survivor. That his indecisiveness extends also to his thoughts is also pretty maddening – his thoughts before and as he headed off to Kanemasa were all vague half-statements! ARGH.

        Even if he is my candidate for survival, it would be pretty hot to see Ozaki bite him… sigh….

        Guess I’m just gonna have to hold out my hopes for that OVA 😉

        • November 28, 2010 4:34 pm

          Muroi is such a weird character – one on hand I’m irritated by his lack of development and indecisiveness, and on the other-hand its precisely this that makes him tremendously fun to write about!

          And I completely agree that he’s prime survival material…..and that I want that OVA.

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          November 29, 2010 12:59 am

          Dear Aniplex,

          My friend and I have this AWESOME idea for an OVA that we think would sell many copies! It involves angst, Muroi, angst, sex, and some more angst. You may reach us on Skype for more details.

          Love,
          Day

          P.S. – We don’t really know much Japanese. Hope this isn’t troublesome!

          Yeah, Muroi’s indecisiveness has finally been getting to me – his behavior in this episode was such a head banger. But he is indecisive because he’s semi-miserable and thinks very poorly of himself… and that makes me find him interesting! Which in turn makes it all even more frustrating! *tears hair*

          Do you think you’re gonna read the manga after this?

        • November 29, 2010 3:02 pm

          I can’t see how Aniplex couldn’t be interested in this OVA idea – angst & sex are so hot right now!

          Talking about Muroi is like an endless circle of frustration and fascination!

          And yeah, I am definitely interested in reading the manga once the anime ends. I’d quite like to read the novel, but I don’t think a full translation is available unfortunately.

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          November 30, 2010 7:26 am

          Hmm, would you maybe be interested in doing joint posts about the manga after the anime finishes up?

          As for the light novels, I read a wee bit of them with some people I know who have varying degrees of Japanese competency. We’ve been trying to keep up with our Japanese/improve on it, and I somehow managed to persuade them to check out Shiki. Probably helped that I didn’t mention the anime or manga, haha.

          In other news: more MuroixOzaki! And by that, I mean more angst angst angst.

        • November 30, 2010 6:21 pm

          Ooh joint manga posts would be interesting (and a valid way to keep writing about Shiki even when the anime ends!), definitely up for that.

          Ah, I know absolutely no Japanese nor do I know any meatspace people who do unfortunately.

          *goes to read new angst*

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 1, 2010 1:36 am

          Haha, yeah, I don’t want to stop posting about Shiki quite yet… As the anime closes out, let’s try to coordinate a little bit.

          Thanks for being such a faithful reader =)

          I keep hoping that somehow, some way, someone licenses the light novels… but I’m not sure that anyone is doing light novel licenses any more, they just never seemed to sell very well =(

        • December 1, 2010 9:41 pm

          Shiki has proven to be a lot of fun to write about – would like to keep doing so.

          Novels are sadly overlooked when it comes to licensing…..which is a crying shame really.

  3. Envy permalink
    November 27, 2010 10:00 pm

    hmm they skipped out a sceen in the manga with the upper class of the shiki’s

    in the manga this attack on toshio was the second one Chizuru tired to get him before but he used some cool simbol that drove her off she came back with Seishiro and the gun to make sure he did nto try anything

    anyway in the skipped scene they were talking about how they getting close to having there Shiki village a safe haven for all shiki’s and stuff like that

    and then Yoshie started scolding Chizuru becuase she and her newest toy (the son of awsome beard guy) had nearly run Masao over in a car and the son had stanggled his Grandmother (or was it mother i don’t know he just calls her hag) to death instead of bitting her out of fear of her calling his father. Chizuru brushs it off and says they diched the body and that she was going to get Toshio.

    Seishiro then brought a napkain to his face and said “I know we are only posing as married cupple but seeing Chizuru like this still makes me…” before getting interupted

    this is not a spoiler as it was cut out of the show along with the punishmet of the guy that bit Masao

    yeah the guy that bit Masao was stupid and kept going after little kids despite being told not to because it makes the parents more agressive so Yoshie punished him

    in another cut line Tohru said that Yoshie was scarier then Tatsumi when she wanted to be i belive him

    Yoshie tied the guy to a tree in a shaded area with only a few little holes coming down from the sky and left him there for a day as he burned by the suns rays from the bit of sunlite that could get though the trees. the guy just lived though it spening 12 hours or more getting his skin burned off and having it grown back to burned again. Tatsumi himself said that Yoshie went a little over the top

    • November 27, 2010 10:40 pm

      Gah! Manga spoilers! Nooo do not want – I wanted to read the manga myself at a later stage 😦

      • Envy permalink
        November 28, 2010 1:08 am

        oh ok sorry its just they already happened and were cut out of the anime so i thought they were ok

        • November 28, 2010 4:36 pm

          Its fine, its just that spoilers are one of my pet hates – I’d prefer to keep the anime and source materials separate, I’m only basing my thoughts on the anime adaptation after all.

  4. Sebz permalink
    November 28, 2010 2:41 pm

    hello, I’m a new reader! xD

    I think that it was good of you to start with Seishin’s perspective; the sharp that you’d given him gave some sense to your opinion, while we all run around in doubt with all of the screwed plots we were fed this episode.

    I actually found that more interesting than what Toshio gave us. The ending was strangely…anticlimatic for me.

    btw damn Seishiro made an impact. Why does Gackt’s character have to be flawless?! xD

    • November 28, 2010 4:39 pm

      Yay new reader!

      As I was saying to Day above, Muroi is a really fun character to speculate about purely because he’s so wishy-washy a lot of the time.

      Toshio has been a much clearer defined character so there isn’t as much scope for speculation with him.

      Seishiro is fabulous no matter what he’s doing, but I so was not expecting that sniper rifle! 😆

  5. Clinton permalink
    November 28, 2010 6:46 pm

    ok next episode is were we finally find out about Natsuno

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