Shiki Episode 5: 101 Survivalist Guide: The many faces of Murasako Masao.

So long, R.I.P. Mutou Toru. Or is it?

Pardon me for the sloppy work in this week’s episode of Shiki. Apparently I’ve caught the summer heat (Just like anyone else in the show, but don’t worry, I won’t die like our victims here.) and with my plaguing stomach worsening my condition, I’m not feeling too well here. Fortunately there’s a holiday on Monday, National Day (It’s a Singapore public holiday to celebrate our independence after our separation of a merger with Malaysia 45 years ago). So I’ll make this brief here for today. My head really hurts with all the deadlines drawing near for my reports…

Looking good in a scooter, Muroi-san!

Back to Sotoba, Toru was the next victim to die, despite the absence of ‘insect bites’ in any part of his body. And yeah, Masao’s still acting like a big fat jerk in this episode. Surprisingly (or not), he’s the main focus in the second half of this week’s episode, that freaky bastard but still… I hate to admit but it’s a great progression compared to when we last saw him in episode 3.

I have the Megumi Presence sense tingling 24/7.

So we’ve been tricked yet again, as Megumi’s arrival was actually a bad nightmare for Natsuno, or is it not? Seeing Toru sleeping soundly and finding that there’s no bite marks on his neck. We shift back to Muroi doing his everyday job as a priest (while not working on his novels), visiting various clients and sending their deceased relatives and friends off peacefully to the afterlife. Discovering that some of the deceased are pink of health who suddenly died out of the blue with strange behavior along the way did rise some arouse for Muroi to solve this case. At the same time, people had started moving out of Sotoba out in the middle of the night.

In today’s standard Toru would be called an otaku and a Hikikomori (shut-in) for playing too much video games.

Currently in Sotoba people has been dying like flies and stacking dominoes falling to the next piece one by one. At this point, Muroi discovered a pattern with the deceased suddenly quitting their jobs before dying related to the increasing number of deaths in the village lately.

Toshio: Screw conformism, I have a cooler bike than Muroi’s stinkin’ old scooter!

Natsuno turned up to school the next day to see that Toru was absent from school with Toru’s sister Aoi commenting that he’s been acting strangely. On his way to Toru’s house, he met across a hustling Toshio on a bike, who hurriedly got his way to treat an ill Toru who’s already dead in his bed. That hit Natsuno very hard as he imagined Megumi sucking his blood on the night he had his little ‘nightmare’ (So far this nightmare of his turns out to be real.) Now we get Natsuno not to act like an apathetic jerk anymore and let’s go be a hero of Sotoba.

Looks like Masao’s green with envy of all the attention Hiromi’s getting for being sick.

Acting all cool over Toru’s death when his mother tell him that she’s heading for Toru’s funeral, he started losing it (just for that moment before he snapped out of his angst) again when he received a postcard written by Megumi before her untimely ‘death’. Natsuno believes that a delay of delivery had got the postcard right into Natsuno’s hands.

Meanwhile, Masao’s rage with his grandfather for treating him indifferent from everyone else (Such as leaving the entire house to take care of all alone, calling him to rest in bed when Masao is sick) and Hiromi got him angry on the inside without showing his bad side to his family. Natsuno began tearing Megumi’s postcard outside where Megumi would always stalk look out for him at night.

Yes, true…but you’ll be the next to die. Adios, Masao. No one wants to attend your funeral.

Exchanging sensitive comments towards his brother and grandfather, Masao got too far that his grandfather knocked some sense into him by giving him a tight slap. And yeah, he throwing a tantrum again by running away from home…and visiting Toru’s funeral. Meeting Toru’s younger siblings Aoi and Tatmosu, Masao was in deep ends on how to comfort the two (especially when he usually says comments that could anger anyone most of the time) until Natsuno showed up.

Poor kids…I give them candies to cheer up.

Seeing (and remember the good things he did to our dear boy) Toru before he depart for the last time (or not), this made Natsuno determined to find out the cause of his death and not run away from his problems plaguing him anymore. And you should totally see Masao cry (the animators sorta exaggerated that too much) and screams TORU!!!

Genuinely trying to cheer Aoi and Tatmosu up by reminiscing the days he and Toru were happily playing together as kids, but chided Natsuno for being indifferent over Toru’s death. At this point, I feel sympathetic towards Masao with everyone hating him for being an asshole and self-centered, with him being shut out of his home when he was unable to open the shutters…

Until Masao saw a dead corpse moving around out of a sudden, and die.

Thoughts:

This really makes an extremely great motivational poster to complete my reports…*nervous laugh*

I have thoughts why the Kirishiki moved into Sotoba, in a village in the middle of nowhere instead of living in a city with glamorous houses; and you should know that they are vampires from this point onwards. Firstly, you know that people living in the city aren’t as friendly as the people living in a small village. That makes it a lot easier for them to take the lives of people without getting noticed by the villagers.

The lack of love towards Masao can be quite jarring (is it because of his ugly looks compared to the others in the family that caused him to be the black sheep of the normal herd?) and that kind of shaped Masao’s character as a jerk and an insensitive brute we see today. I do feel a little sorry (I say, a little. There’s a different between large and little) for him despite his unlikable qualities and visiting Toru’s funeral is the only thing that made him redeemable (pitying Toru, but too late, he died). The next episode or so should deal with Natsuno and Toshio’s determination to investigate the deaths and if it involves vampires.

Sorry to break it to you, Natsuno, but Toru’s dead. Or maybe not.

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13 Comments

  1. Shadiic
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Buuuuuuuu

    Toru you shall be missed T_T and if you come back as a vampire, I bet that you’re 100x more hot than Megumi.

  2. WyldRage
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    Finally a positive episode ending: no more Masao! How can you not absolutely hate this guy?

  3. Windaerie
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Feel better, RVampire!

    And mucho sadness, Toru has died…. NOOOOOOO. Although I like your caption for the Masao screenshot. I share the same sentiments. :P

  4. Godlet
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Happy upcoming National Day! Get well soon, maybe some candies to cheer up? With all of the illness going around I was kind of confused why Toru’s entire family would just let him stay in his room for what must have been days without really checking to see what he’s up to…Even if he’s playing a new game wouldn’t he normally be expected to come down for meals? Not a huge issue, I just thought he’d get some medical attention before he died.

    • Posted August 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Hmm, I’ve never thought of that when Toru’s parents did not notice Toru’s erratic actions that lead to his death. If only they took more notice on Toru but in either case, it’s inevitable that Toru will die no matter what they do, even by sending him to Toshio like what the other families do in the previous episodes.

      Been playing this awesome freeware game made using the RPG Maker called Last Scenario. Addictive, and a great storyline that keep you playing for hours. Maybe I should play less and focus more on my reports, heh.

      • Godlet
        Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

        Focusing on reports is usually good…What are you studying (may I ask?) I’ve just downloaded that game, it looks good from what i’ve seen online in a quick look around. Though, it’s really not what I need right now either, heh. I’ve flown all the way out to America to do the Aspen Music Festival, and the festival has been working me to the death so far with different assignments. But oh well, free RPG is free, haha.

        • Posted August 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

          I study music in an arts academy in Singapore. (Two guesses for you). I’m lazy at completing my latest assignment and there’s so many things in my head.

          • Godlet
            Posted August 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

            Ah, cool. I study music at YST. Have you ever come to any of our concerts? And I know all about being lazy at finishing off assingments, haha.

          • Posted August 10, 2010 at 5:40 am | Permalink

            So, at NUS. Cool. And sorry to break it to you, never attended a concert at YST before, but I’ll go one day. So many things to do, there seemed to be an endless pile of homework every week…

  5. Posted August 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    DAMMIT The unarguably BEST character of Shiki dies a FREAKING FIVE EPISODES IN?!

    Dropped if he doesn’t revive awesomer.

    • Windaerie
      Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      Hahaha. At least stay until Masao kicks the bucket…. :P

  6. Posted August 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Looking good in a scooter, Muroi-san!

    Agreed. The guy is beautiful. Can you imagine what he would be like in vamp-mode?! :P

    In contrast, I can’t imagine what the many vampiric faces of Masao will be like… wait, probably completely insane. He’ll probably end up stalking Natsuno too, just to give him vampiric hell for, er, giving him hell just before he got jumped (literally)… Hmm, maybe Megumi will get even more jealous and she and Masao will have a Vamptastic Death Match over who gets the monopoly over the Natsuno-stalking…
    Hm

  7. Tsukiko
    Posted August 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Masao is the defintion of ugly. What is with that woman-looking face.. those ugly lips and squinty eyes?
    Yes, I’m glad he dies. poor Toru. D=

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