Blame noitaminA for dragging this post a week later than expected. Did Fuji TV and animation studios under the noitaminA time slot (I was expecting Kuragehime to show up too, along with Shiki but in the end the channel screwed up) get into some sort of heated argument, like what they did with the World Masterpiece Theatre?
From next episode onwards, most of the storyline will be mainly focused on Toshio’s P.O.V., since Natsuno…to put it lightly…didn’t make it in time. And everyone is being a dick in this episode, if you want to attempt getting excited this time. In short: be miserable. Be very miserable.
Wait till you see the smiles on their faces being wiped by Shikis.
Note: The order of the events are not in order since I was in school watching this week’s episode, except for the last ones listed down in this post.
When you see the villagers going on with their daily lives in Sotoba, you know that most of the time, more people will start die (or/and turn into a Shiki). We start off with the temple where Seishin and a few other monks and helpers work daily this time, but remembering the people that has died over the past 2 months, he knew that something’s off in the village. Setsuko’s husband was later admitted into the Ozaki clinic and it will be inevitable or not that he’ll be turn into a Shiki, judging of his pale complexion. A few more people are also seen ‘infected’ too, but under a control by the Shikis they are unwilling to stay in the Ozaki clinic (Setsuko’s husband has a bit of a point when he ‘feels’ that he doesn’t want to be hospitalized. But oh well.)
Hearing their necks crack scares me. Which also means a bad omen for Toshio once again.
Meanwhile, Natsuno is struggling away in his bed as he dreams of himself running under a hot day, calling Toru to come inside and take his blood once more. Of course, Toru being Toru, he couldn’t dare to do it at first but after much pestering from his best friend (Oh god, this kind of reminds me of Bella asking Edward to just turn her into a vampire, but unlike a bitch like her, Natsuno has reasons to tell Toru to do that.)
You’ll see this woman again in later episodes. Trust me on this one.
There’s really no cure for insistent stupidity. And feeling the heat too, one of Seishin’s colleagues Tsurumi became ‘sick’ too and was asked to go home and rest. With another younger colleague Ikebe having some plans in getting out of the village but he wouldn’t want to since he was born and lived in the village ever since, one of the older helpers Mitsuo Tadokoro wasn’t quite happy with the new funeral services and clinic suddenly appearing in the middle of a small village. I thought he was going to be angry with the young monk’s idea of leaving the village, but he was even more furious with the new funeral services (which is run none other by our resident catfreak Tatsumi.) which happens to challenge the monopoly business in Sotoba.
Ohh, that’s sexy…wait, who’s that…KYOUKO? I thought that was Megumi for a second there.
We get to see Seishin’s freaky father Shinmei (who suffers from some sort of serious illness and he looks a little too old being Seishin’s father in the first place. Can’t see any family resemblance…well there’s one: stubbornness. And not doing anything in solving a big crisis in the village.) So yeah, it sucks being a villager in Sotoba, and to make it worse there are vampires around to turn them into ruthless and cunning monsters. (Look at poor Toru: from Mr. Nice Guy —> reluctant blood-thirsty monster trying to survive.)
The music used here reminds me of something in Kara no Kyoukai…oh darn. If only Yuki Kaijura composed the music for this series it would be epic. And awesome. See 10:26 onwards.
Crawling out of his bed, Shinmei desperately wanted to see Setsuko’s husband Tokojiro and finally he gets to see him. The conversation was kept to the minimal with them calling each other ‘Hello’ before Seishin takes his father back home. Making a good guess on the people who had the same condition as Tokojiro is, there’s a high possibility that Seishin’s father will come to play into the situation as we get closer to the later episodes/chapters.
Kids, never be mean to your children when you grow up. Who knows, you might look as ugly and mean as him. That’s what you get for lying to little kids. I guess that’s karma for you.
Seishin makes a phone call to Toshio, mostly talking about the condition of his patients as well as the weird stuff that is going on in the village. I’m having an idea that Seishin may want to join forces with Toshio, but mostly likely because of his “secret” relationship between him and Sunako, he changed his question instead. We’re waiting for you to make a move, Seishin.
R.I.P. Natsuno Yuuki. ;___;.
While they are at it, Kaori and Akira mourned over Natsuno’s death and flashback shows a saggy-eyed father who chases them out of their apartment, with some people (who are human, not to worry) telling them not to disturb him by banging on the door further, as well as telling them that they have transported a coffin. Having a plan to close all windows and doors at night, Megumi, who was frolicking on the roofs, eavesdropped on their conversation. It was too late for them to do anything, since she has Kaori’s father over her control now.
I know you want to push this bitch down the roof yourself, right guys?
Kaori’s mother began complaining that her children and husband are taking her as an always-ready maid, scolding her husband endlessly for barhopping with his colleagues, working OT and frequently visiting the clinic Tatsumi is in charge. (Can’t help being a dick, but this get on my nerves even more in the manga.) She scolds Kaori for ordering her mother to lock the windows and doors, not before reprimanding she and Akira to get to bed. As poor Kaori got reprimanded badly,
that bitch Megumi was happily enjoying the night’s view, not caring a single thing about her friend getting reprimanded by her mother. (I like making the people I HATE most to suffer.) >:(
Back at the clinic, Toshio is looking after Kyouko, who’s not looking so well after she fainted. The next morning, Ritsuko overheard two nurses talking about Kyouko’s sudden illness and there’s nothing they could do to keep her alive. With Toshio assuring that she’ll do her bidding not to put her dead. Wanting to help, Ritsuko quickly ask for Toshio to assist him but Toshio tells that he can handle everything by himself. All he could do was to keep Kyouko’s body as cold as possible, having a great chance for her to become a Shiki and experiment with her…
——–dead, or is it?
Okay, so there’s one particular scene in the manga where Natsuno pushes Akira and Kaori into a bus and telling them never to return to the village. Unfortunately for them, the Tanaka siblings return soon after and things weren’t looking too bright for them. So this scene was absent in the anime version, but it was a good thing since it would be redundant for them to do that. They’ll be returning to the village anyway no matter what they do or if anyone else interferes outside Sotoba. Which also leaves to them being dumb on not calling some outside help to see the situation in the village. *facepalms*
Take that, you father of an asshole! Your wife left you, your son died, and you lost everything…FOREVER!
All right, let’s see what happened in this week’s episode:
1. Natsuno dies.
2. Natsuno’s mother Azusa left the village (or died too.)
3. Kaori and Akira’s father, a monk, Setsuko’s father and a few other people are bitten by the Shikis.
4. Natsuno’s father is pretty much a loony zombie now, judging by his appearance today.
5. Toshio’s wife Kyouko is bitten by a Shiki. Which sounds like goodnews.
6. Megumi is happy that Kaori’s life is going to be a living hell. *holds on a baseball bat at the moment.*
7. The Shikis apparently set up a clinic and a funeral service and worse…
8. Lastly, once again Seishin is doing absolutely NOTHING to solve the problem.
I mean, how dumb can those people be? Well, letting you guys die like animals is just too cruel. And the villagers, for 2 months now, are too stubborn to even believe that something’s wrong in their homes, but they just go on as if someone’s throwing a childish tantrum. It makes clever people to just give up their lives in here. (Now I just need Toshio to prove them otherwise.)
I know you want to push her down this instant, don’t you readers?
Get off, bitch. If I was in there I swear that I would have push Megumi down to the ground while I have the chance as she tries to balance herself on a barrier.
To end this off nicely after a rough ride watching this week’s review: Say hi to Tomoe. Off to watch Kuragehime to lighten my mood up after a depressing week. (The ‘depressing’ part is this week’s episode, not RL.)