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Shiki – 18

December 6, 2010

This episode!  This is what we’ve been waiting for, the moment when a spanner gets thrown the works and things really start to snowball.  Episode 18 marks this turning point – the counterattack starts here!

 

Nicely played Toshio!  I thought that he was completely screwed last week when Chizuru bit him and placed him under hypnosis, and for most of this episode it seemed like Toshio had completely resigned himself to his fate.  Thankfully that wasn’t the case, and I literally cheered when Toshio shook back his sleeve to reveal a second set of bite marks and grinned at Chizuru!  I believe the only one who could have bitten Ozaki after Chizuru claimed his neck is Natsuno.  I figure that since Natsuno is the only shiki in Sotoba outside of the Kirishiki’s control, he’s the only one that would have gone after a human already claimed by another shiki – especially since the shiki that claimed Toshio was Chizuru Kirishiki herself!

When I was flicking back through the episode for screenshots I noticed that during that scene where Ozaki is treating himself with a blood transfusion and fighting with the hypnotic compulsion set on him by Chizuru, there was a brief flash of a pair of eyes that weren’t Chizuru’s and look suspiciously like Natsuno’s.  My best guess is that by having another shiki bite him, the original hypnotic suggestion is overridden and Ozaki is freed of Chizuru’s control, but that it also required a lot of willpower on Ozaki’s part to shake off her hypnosis completely.  (Also, I’d really like to see the scene were Natsuno bites Ozaki :P)

As for Chizuru herself, she actually got a lot of development this episode and became pretty sympathetic.  She’s been a shiki from about the wartime era, and seems to just want a ‘normal’ lifestyle filled with shopping, socialising and other fun things that human women take for granted.  Chizuru really seemed to be enjoying herself talking to the villagers and soaking in the festival atmosphere, and I actually felt really sorry for her when the religious trappings of the festival started to affect her.  However I still felt some sort of twisted satisfaction when I realised what Toshio was up to – his clever manipulation of Chizuru’s latent curiousity and weakness for good-looking men, shows that he hasn’t been sitting around moping, he’s been planning and researching the enemy; I shouldn’t have doubted our protagonist.

So now thanks to Ozaki’s skillful manipulation and Natsuno’s meddling, the majority of the remaining villagers are aware of the existence of the shiki.  I liked the way Toshio singled out Megumi’s father to start the mobbing.  A grieving father searching for someone to blame for the death of his daughter would be much more open to the idea of undead monsters sucking blood than anyone who has been unaffected by the bloodletting.  I did feel genuinely sorry for Chizuru at this point, her pitiful cries and ineffectual struggling against the pawing hands of the villagers was a far cry from her usual confident manner.  Seishiro’s attempted rescue was also rendered redundant when an undead Atsushi fled from his father’s wrath with Seishiro still in the car!

It will be fascinating to see what happens now.  The villagers can no longer bury their heads in the sand – Toshio has presented them with absolute proof that there are creatures attacking the village and the fact Atsushi showed himself to them proves that the dead aren’t staying dead.  The mob mentality already started at the end of this episode when the villagers started stoning Chizuru, I would imagine this is going to spill over into an attack on the Kanemasa castle some time soon.  Very excited about the next few episodes!

This episode also gave us further insight into the growing community of shiki in Sotoba.  We were already aware that the dead were moving back into the village, but this episode highlights that a new hierarchy and organisational structure is starting to develop.  There are now too many new shiki in Sotoba for the Kirishiki’s and their staff to directly control, so now they’re delegating the responsibility for initiating new shiki to those shiki that have been about for a while.  Most seem pretty happy with this arrangement as it’s a kind of job for them and gives their new undead lives a kind of purpose.  Rather than ruling through fear as they had been originally, the Kirishiki’s are now fostering a sense of community.  It’s also further confirmed that at the very top of this pyramid of power is Sunako.  She’s the one who came up with the idea of a town of shiki, and its to Sunako that everyone answers.  It will be fascinating to see what will happen if Sunako decides to come out and face her challenger’s directly – just why is she so respected and feared?

Ritsuko rises this episode too, and we’re kind of unsubtlely reminded that Tohru had a crush on her once-upon-a-time.  Really not feeling that though, Tohru shows much more emotion when Natsuno is involved, clearly he didn’t care about Ritsuko enough to stalk her!  Ritsuko is also showing some remarkable willpower – she didn’t panic when she woke up in a hut in funeral clothing, and she quickly figured out how to speak and what was going on.  Ritsuko also declares that she will not feed on blood – wonder how that will go down.  Tohru says that its unbelievably difficult to resist the need to feed, and Masao’s case shows that Tatsumi at least does not look kindly upon those that won’t toe the line – will Ritsuko starve herself to death, or will she be killed first?

Finally we get to Natsuno’s meeting with Tatsumi.  This was actually a hell of a lot more civilised than I thought it would be; Sunako really must rule with an iron fist to be able to earn Tatsumi’s unwavering loyalty.  Tatsumi really does not like Natsuno, he feels that Natsuno is a dangerous existence since he’s clearly very smart.  Natsuno has managed to figure out quite a lot about his new existence on his own, but Tatsumi lays it all out on the table.  These two are a very rare sub-species of shiki, which Sunako has dubbed ‘werewolves’ as a nod to the old legends where a vampires usually go hand in hand with wolf-men.  Tatsumi claims that he has only ever encountered 4 werewolves in his lifetime, and its for this reason that Sunako has not ordered Natsuno’s execution – as shiki with none of the usual weaknesses, the werewolves are extremely valuable allies for the nocturnal shiki.  The ultimatum Tatsumi lays down is that Natsuno is to join their side or die – no other choices are acceptable.

Tatsumi also says that while werewolves can survive on normal food & drink, they can not reach the full potential of their abilities without drinking blood (perhaps this is why Tatsumi’s muscles sometimes seem to balloon? XD).  So that answers my question of how Natsuno was surviving – he’s not susceptible to the same burning hunger and instinct to attack that other shiki are.  However it seems that Natsuno has drunk blood on at least one occasion – Ozaki’s.  Now that he’s tasted blood will Natsuno crave more??

It’s also interesting that Natsuno is back living at home.  He’s obviously told his father all about the shiki, as Mr Yuuki attempts to knife Tatsumi and goes to his son for praise for ‘killing a Risen’.  Mr Yuuki also lays down a very specific invitation to Tatsumi when he requests entrance; Mr Yuuki states that the showroom is open to the public, essentially restricting Tatsumi’s access to only that room and not the main house – the man may have gone off the rails, but some degree of his intelligence remains.  You can kind of understand why Mr Yuuki has lost his shit though – his wife left him, his son died in front of his eyes, he sent the corpse off to a funeral parlour, and yet said son turns up one day looking right as rain and spouting tales of the undead…….I’d go nuts too!

So an excellent episode this week – all the buildup Shiki has done is starting to pay off now, and I’m absolutely dying for the next episode!  The preview seems to suggest a Megumi centric episode – perhaps she comes face to face with her parents??  Chizuru isn’t looking too hot, and Muroi appears to have been bitten/further drugged.  Really want to know what Sunako has planned for Sotoba now that the shiki’s have been exposed!

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 11:36 pm

    *huff* what took you so long

    ” (Also, I’d really like to see the scene were Natsuno bites Ozaki )” necrophiliac. 😐

    • December 6, 2010 11:43 pm

      I was busy all weekend, then extremely hungover, and then I procrastinated over this post all day………sorry 😦

      I’m not a necrophiliac – Natsuno still has a pulse! XD

      • December 7, 2010 12:36 am

        I know I just wanted to complain :3 I have nothing to add that I havnt already posted in a certain thread :p and I cant seem to remember any of that now 😐

        oh yeah I forgot, well he’s too close to the undead side to really be alive anymore :/

        • December 7, 2010 12:55 pm

          I read your post when I watched the episode – should probably reply to it now…….

  2. adaywithoutme permalink
    December 7, 2010 5:11 am

    “(Also, I’d really like to see the scene were Natsuno bites Ozaki 😛 )”

    Tsk, tsk, you BL fangirl!

    I’m legit gonna be bummed out if the humans win at this point…

    I really hope Muroi wasn’t bitten. I will probably cry. I have, sadly, gotten to that point… although, in my defense, I think the endless Christmas music loop at work may be part of my problem. Its driving me absolutely insane.

    • December 7, 2010 12:53 pm

      The Inner BL Fangirl will not be denied!

      I completely understand why you’d feel a bit disappointed if the humans win now. The only humans I actually like left are Ozaki & Muroi (and even their days are numbered) – all the other characters that are a joy to watch are shiki!

      I think Muroi has been bitten at this point – he does have the void eyes in the OP afterall 😦 I don’t think he’d cope with being a shiki too well either, which just makes his choice to go to the Kirishiki’s even more baffling!

      And repetitive Christmas music has been clinically proven to cause insanity – you have my deepest sympathy *pat pat*

      • adaywithoutme permalink
        December 7, 2010 8:41 pm

        Yeah, Muroi becoming a shiki was a bit of a foregone conclusion, sadly. It does seem like a pretty poor fit for the man, though – can’t see it making him at all happy given his various hang-ups. Wonder if he’ll bite Ozaki? After all, Ozaki gets his bones exposed in the first OP and has a soul-departing-his-body shot in the second, so one would think he’s gonna die, too.

        Of course, so does Kaori, and she’s still wandering around somewhere, crazy but breathing. And I don’t know that Ozaki could get bitten at this point with opening another whole can of worms completely. Damn, wish this had gotten a 24 or 26 set! 22 is so troublesome!

        Oh, and I’m working on some Shiki BL right now =)

        • December 7, 2010 8:53 pm

          Kaori also appears drowning in blood in the 2nd ED along with Ritsuko, so I do think she’s not long for the human side.

          Muroi biting Ozaki….oh man I’d love to see that!! However don’t think it will happen – that would be 3 shiki all working their magic on one human; can’t see that being too healthy for Ozaki’s sanity!

          The episode count is rather disconcerting – I just hope they don’t mess up the ending or have one of those extremely irritating non-endings with no bloody closure!

          Also – yay! more BL!

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 7, 2010 9:50 pm

          I would prefer a non-ending ending over a bad one, though. I’d still be annoyed, but better it that than something stupid, like the day suddenly getting saved via deus ex machina.

          Man, if they’ve still gotta vamp both Ozaki and Kaori… I don’t know, this makes the three episode count for what’s left very, very much of concern. At the same time, I don’t see how they could make a second season, either, since I don’t think there’s enough they could do at this point to fill up another thirteen or fifteen episodes.

          By the way, there is fanart out there of Ozaki biting Muroi.

        • December 7, 2010 10:09 pm

          Oh god yes – a bad ending would be a travesty; definitely take an non-committal ending over that!

          They may vamp Kaori off screen – she’s never been all that important afterall, I wouldn’t really mind if her fate had to be cut due to time restraints in favour of more Ozaki, Muroi & Natsuno stuff. But the short running time is a big concern – perhaps we will get OVAs or a movie? (a girl can dream!)

          Also Ozaki doing the biting would be very interesting indeed if it happened, although since Ozaki is quite militantly against the very idea of the shiki I can’t see how that would happen outside of the rampant imaginations of the fangirls!

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 7, 2010 10:27 pm

          Yep, fanart only! Ah well~ I suppose they drew it because Ozaki comes off as more naturally the dominant one of the two… Its hard to picture Muroi ever biting his BFF – or, really, anyone else, honestly. Damn, he’s gonna make a BAD shiki. But I guess if Sunako thinks so well of him she can just bottle blood for him or something… argh, Muroi, you moron…

          I’m so bummed, I’m working Thursday night this week, and then Friday during the day, so I can’t watch the next episode until Friday afternoon! I wish there was internet where I worked so I could use my dinner break to stream it…

          Took a break to watch Yosuga no Sora episode ten – the siscon is coming, the siscon is coming!

        • December 7, 2010 10:55 pm

          Yeah Muroi will be an even more mopey shiki than Tohru! Silly man, he clearly did not think this thing through enough.

          I never get to watch Shiki till Friday night/Saturday since I insist on waiting for the 720p version to come out /quality-fag. However this Friday is my staff christmas party so I imagine I’ll be insanely hungover come Saturday…..should make my post on ep19 interesting……..

          I also just finished Yosuga no Sora ep10 – this arc is going to be so squicky!

    • adaywithoutme permalink
      December 8, 2010 2:26 am

      Hehe, I know! Which is why I started watching it again!

      At least Muroi doesn’t cry, I suppose. And, yeah, mopey, but he also comes off as deeply introspective, which gives him a leg up on Tohru who just cries his face off and says, “NATSUNOOOO~~~~~” all the time. Ok, so maybe he doesn’t do it exactly like that, but his main issue seems to be that he bit Natsuno. There’s not a lot of depth to it…

      Aww, I’m so mean to Tohru. I just wish he’d grow a backbone. It would’ve been so cool if he had taken Natsuno’s offer and they’d run off together… *dreams*

      • December 8, 2010 6:24 pm

        In Tohru’s defense he is only a teenager and since his life right up to he was turned was quite idyllic he doesn’t have the coping mechanisms to deal with a complete upheaveal; whereas Muroi is a lot older and has been dealing with some dark stuff for a long time.

        But yeah, Muroi is going to be a very depressive shiki judging by his mental state before being turned!

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 8, 2010 7:44 pm

          Muroi = worst shiki ever.

          Here, have some Shiki BL.

          I love how our conversations in comments used to have some substance but have basically now devolved into “LULZ BL MUROI IS MOPEY ANGST BL”

        • December 8, 2010 9:58 pm

          Yay, more Shiki BL!

          We really are hopeless fangirls of this show – its really difficult to keep the mind on track (and Muroi is endlessly fascinating). Still at least we have something relevant to talk about most of the time (even if it is tempered with seeing BL everywhere!).

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 8, 2010 11:17 pm

          Yeah, unfortunately my excitement between episodes seems to have begun to overwhelm my thinking faculties. I don’t feel too bad seeing so much BL, though, since other people who aren’t into BL have been seeing stuff there, too!

          Anyway, next time you’re on Skype, I’d like to discuss the idea of doing joint posts after the show has ended and we dig into the manga. I’m just having so much fun hashing over all of it with you this whole time! I don’t want the party to end!

          As for Muroi… I’m just a sucker for the sad ones.

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 9, 2010 4:15 am

          Even more Shiki BL.

          I don’t know what my problem is. I’ve gotten bitten too hard by the Shiki BL bug… but I guess I had to squeeze some more in before I start my wonderful five days of pure retail hell >_<

        • December 9, 2010 9:54 pm

          I should be able to get on Skype at some stage on Saturday or Sunday (staff christmas party Friday night, so god knows what state I’ll be in on Saturday) and we can have a chat about covering the Shiki manga. Should be interesting to get into the stuff the anime had to skim over/leave out.

          I am a complete sap for angsty bishies (I blame CLAMP), and Muroi’s vauge characterisation also makes him fascinating so I completely understand you’re current obsession!

          Is that Tohru/Natsuno BL I spy!?

          Also you have my deepest sympathy regarding working retail in the run-up to Christmas – it is a unique form of torture 😦

        • adaywithoutme permalink
          December 10, 2010 5:28 am

          Man, workplace Christmas party? Sounds like it could get a wee wild 😉

          Yes, that is a TohruxNatsuno you spy! Although its fairly light… honestly, one could read it simply as no pairing at all, but even non-BL fans think of the two as BL-errific these days, so…

          CLAMP is pretty much the reason why a generation of us ladies are total saps for bishies of the angsting variety. They are also probably a good reason why so many of us adore BL as well. YukitoxTouya is still pretty much my favorite adorable couple ever.

          I can do Saturday or Sunday either late (your time) or early (my time) – I’m pretty much working smack-dab in the middle of the day both days. So lemme know which works best for you.

          Ok, now I get to pass out and wake up in six hours to go have more adventures in retail. Barf.

        • December 10, 2010 2:32 pm

          Aye work parties are always a bit mental – shall be wrote off the boat! XD

          My favourite CLAMP pairing is probably Seishiro & Subaru or Fai & Kurogane – lots of delicious angst to be had there!

          i’ll be about most of the weekend, so I’ll keep an eye out for you – late my time probably suits best.

  3. LuvnSF permalink
    December 7, 2010 11:40 am

    Just recently came across your site. Love the reviews and it looks like your reviewing the same animes that I’ve been following. Cheers from the States!

  4. Clinton permalink
    December 7, 2010 4:05 pm

    I said that once you found out what Natsuno is eating Tatsumi and Yoshie the other werewolfs are even bigger douches the reason why is simple

    THEY DON’T HAVE TO DRINK BLOOD TO LIVE the two of them can go around being human and would never have to drink blood and if they did they all it does is give them enhanced senses which they don’t really need

    • December 7, 2010 7:29 pm

      The boost in abilities is probably beneficial for Yoshie & Tatsumi in carrying out their role as the enforcers of disapline among the new shiki. They need to be stronger for their threats to carry weight. Plus, yeah, they are just dipshits 😛

      • Clinton permalink
        December 7, 2010 8:12 pm

        my point is that they don’t have to do that they could live normal lives if they wanted

        • December 7, 2010 8:56 pm

          They could, but Yoshie & Tatsumi strike me as the type to buy into their specialness and enjoy the power-trip it affords them.

          They are complete dipshits.

  5. Clinton permalink
    December 7, 2010 7:06 pm

    also natsuno was never sent to the funeral parlor he rose before the guys picked him up so they left

    remember Kyoko’s transformation the jinrou transformation is the same but it happpens before the victium died so natsuno never died

    • December 7, 2010 7:26 pm

      Ok seriously – please refrain from posting information like that which hasn’t been revealed in the anime. I really don’t want the manga spoiled for me or any other readers that may wish to read the manga/novel after the anime ends.

      I appreciate that you want to clear up things I may have misinterpreted, but in the context of the anime they’re still perfectly valid speculations.

      • Clinton permalink
        December 7, 2010 8:13 pm

        last time ever sorry

  6. December 10, 2010 3:06 am

    Best episode so far!

    Loved those awesome space like chairs xD and the car scene lol…

    • December 10, 2010 2:39 pm

      Shiki just gets better each successive week!

      As for those chairs, there must be some unspoken rule that major conversations have to be held with fabulous furnishings.

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