Shiki Episode 14: The depression continues.

He’s breaking it, he’s brrrreaking it.

Well, with Natsuno out of the picture for the time being (or probably not), the only reasons why I’m only staying behind and watch the remaining episodes until the end (probably they would need a second season for this. I doubt they could cover everything from the novel, and the manga’s still ongoing. By the direction and pace the manga’s going, it won’t be ending anytime soon) are actually watching further self-induced stupidity committed by the villagers [as I go laugh at their stupidness], with each coming new villager introduced stupider than the previous. I bet by the time we are introduced to the 1300th and last villager, that person is most likely to be mentally retarded [with an IQ of -20. Haha, I fail the IQ test forever.], handicapped and cannot survive alone without a help from another [stupider] person. (The population of Sotoba is 1300, or lesser now since some are dead or turned into a Shiki.) Another reason that wants me to keep watching Shiki is actually see Toshio’s plans come to fruition, and also to see if Seishin is going to move his butt and kick Shiki asses. Enough rambling for now, so let’s get on with it, shall we?

Useful Tip: If you feel depressed after watching this week’s episode like what happened last week, best thing to do next is to watch a light-hearted show after Shiki. (It’s Kuragehime, BTW.)

Always learn from granny, smoking is wrong and bad and you will die and go to Hell, okay?

Things get even more morbid in Sotoba as Toshio has plans on his recently-bitten wife Kyouko. Unfortunately she did not survive the battle of life and death, with a high possibility that she’ll become one of ‘them’ anytime soon. Refusing any help from his colleagues thus makes this easier for him to get things done much quicker, no matter how gruesome and cold-hearted what he’s going to do to Kyouko.

Just look at my boobies dance, it’ll be okay, da da du du~

We see a sleep-depraved Toshio treating a wound of a young boy and hallucinating Kyouko opening her eyes, not before being conscious again as the boy called him to his attention. Must have drank lots of coffee for days in his ‘observation’ of his wife. But as I watched that scene I was thinking if he’s going to collapse anytime due to extreme fatigue.

The only thing that was hilarious (after most episodes becoming morbid every second) was the part after the opening where the Ookawas are living their typical lives. Okay, so it wasn’t all that funny, but hey, this would probably be the last time we get to see things that light-hearted. Oh, and you get to see hot-Shikichick Chizuru dress very much alike like Lady Gaga. With large boobs added for much sexual appeal. The power of BBBBOOOOOOOOOOOBBBBSSS!

Tell me to say hi to Senshirou, please?

I did mention a Teto-lookalike in a couple of episodes back, it seems that the Shikis are targeting her next after a friend or sister of hers found out of her disappearance. More deaths are reported as Tokujiro (The old man shown in episode 13) who works at the construction company is found dead and that means the count of the family of construction company is down to zero.

Meanwhile Seishin and his father talks about the deaths of Tokujiro and someone from the Tamo family. Shinmei told his son to consult the elder Gohei Takemura for funeral advices. Before telling Seishin to leave, Shinmei told him to mail the letter to Senshirou Kirishiki. Seishin was thinking if his father have some ideas that the Kirishikis are the source of the problems plaguing the village.

Your little daddy’s dead now, but don’t worry. We will give him the best funeral he’ll ever receive!

Later that night, Kaori hears Megumi’s voice, as Megumi taunts Kaori that her father is dead. Screaming for Akira after she heard about her dead father, both kids went to their parents’ room and saw their father missing. Found him lying dead with the door open, their mother’s response to his death was minimal (as in, shrugging it off easily as it would have anyone to flick off an ant on their shoulder) and finding the card the clinic her husband visited, she decides to call them. Ebuchi arrives in a swift and you know that something’s not right with that old man…

If only he was this caring when Kyouko’s still alive…Then she won’t have any regrets dying or turning into a Shiki.

Meanwhile Toshio’s mother served his son dinner as they talked about Kyouko, as she observed how tired and withdrawn her son has been for the past four days. Telling his mother that it’s an important night for Kyouko (of course, without telling her that she’s going to be a Shiki anytime soon), Toshio has plans of calling her parents the next day. Feeling the pressure that he has to take care of a dead body in his clinic after 72 hours, he made a decision that if Kyouko does not become a Shiki he would give up and just dig her a grave.

That’s a really sexy nightgown for a nice old woman like you, Yasuyo.

Toshio takes off the cloth covering Kyouko’s face and at first sight saw her rotting sparkling wormy eyes wide open but realized that he’s imagining things as he saw her glittering, sparking and as hard as diamond beautiful face, eyes shut prior to her death. Then Toshio that there are signs of her heart pulsating as he checks that machine he has (forgot what its called, well Shiki takes place in the ’90s.) And that proves one thing: Kyouko has joined the legions of the undead.

Meanwhile Yoshie, one of the employees of the Kirishikis is officially introduced. Like Tatsumi, she can stay under the sun without much problems. And when Megumi asks her if Natsuno’s buried like the rest of them, Yoshie thinks that his body is most likely transported into the city. Since Natsuno’s family are from the city and when they do that, it means that Natsuno’s body is cremated instead of buried, so there’s an unlikely chance for him to be revived as a Shiki and join Megumi on her yandere quest for love and also get rid of “third party” Kaori once and for all. So much for crocodile tears, Megumi.

Of course, according to fiction law of revival (copyrighted by Reverse Vampire, maybe not), the main characters are most likely to be revived one way or another.

She’ll never imagine what sort of things her husband would do to her hours later.

And finally we know what happened to Masao after being M.I.A. for 7 episodes and including the 3-week hiatus, that would be 10 weeks. He’s still the coward we all know and love/hate for not being able to kill. By some weird reason or another the head honchos are still keeping him alive, so there’s nothing we can say. Or maybe they would need his unknown but important expertise in later episodes to come. His appearance in this episode include being happy that Natsuno’s going to be cremated rather than buried, leaving no chance for him to revive as a Shiki. Of course, Megumi takes this very seriously and throws a rock at Masao. And once again, it seems that Masao’s still the target of being a butt monkey, even after death.

To make things worse, Megumi and Yoshie revealed that they also turn people into Shikis from city people too, which means big danger for Toshio, the humans left in Sotoba and probably, the whole of Japan if the Kirishikis spread their ‘empire’ towards the mainland.

Biology class, anyone?

With a strong mindset to handle the situation now, Toshio records every single observation he can on Kyouko’s condition. After seeing her skin rot due to exposure to sun rays, Toshio immediately transport her single-handed to the operation room, where no light can hurt her. In a couple of seconds her skin was back to normal, not before telling the nurses not to come to the clinic for the day and of course, strap Kyouko onto a bed in case she does something to hurt Toshio. Collecting blood samples, checking her eyes, her regeneration in her wounds, as well as putting a drop of his blood with Kyouko’s, he found her awake as a Shiki soon after.

Reminiscing the past of he and Toshio together in high school, Seishin ponders if they should go on their own ways or stay with their beloved village with the rest of the villagers. Realizing that anesthesia doesn’t work on Shikis, Toshio tried using other drugs and also discovered that these drugs doesn’t work either. Using religious items like showing her a statue of the Buddha or hearing the sounds of metals made Kyouko react to them. With each painful moment finding the weaknesses of the Shikis, Toshio tries cutting veins, poking brains and pushing a really large wooden stake on her heart/head, but I’m sure that he’s placing it on her heart.

So to end it off Seishin takes a visit to the Ozaki clinic, only to see him covered in blood, with her wife…truly dead…forever.

Thoughts:

Take that, hehe.

Give me a second to rant about this, and no it’s not about Megumi this time: I have no idea how Toshio could fall in love with a woman like Kyouko, I mean, look at their personalities. Or the other way round in fact. Or Kyouko is after Toshio because he’s rich (or probably not. Since when did villagers became millionaires? Or unless Sotoba’s not his real house and his main estate is somewhere far away in the city or mainlands.)

Back on track, watching Kyouko being experimented in the anime is much frightening and heartbreaking than the manga (if you ask me, probably not so much with the rest of you.) Yes, I know, Toshio has gone a little too far this time, but don’t you guys think that the Shikis are doing the same gruesome things too? Well, there’s more torture than you will know now, but you’ll see later that the Shikis are no different than Toshio who decides to experiment on his wife and not to mention killing her for real. It’s painstaking to watch Kyouko slowly die in this week’s episode, and to get rid of these images I’m going to watch Kuragehime next to lighten my (and perhaps yours too) mood. Or maybe not, seeing the bane of society pretending that its all right to live their lives as if it’s the right thing to do. Maybe Squid Girl is a better choice, just watch her silly antics at the beach or somewhere else.

Get me a towel too, will ya?

And you know what this series needs more? Boobs.

Probably not. High School of the Dead has plenty of boobs and panties flying everywhere.

One more thing: I’ll be attending the Anime Festival Asia 2010 (AFAX 2010) convention next Saturday or Sunday, 13th and 14th November. Great time, I’ll say since this takes place right after my exams. Unfortunately I won’t be cosplaying. Don’t get this wrong, but making the costumes or buying them takes a lot of money and time. I have neither of them, also I’m putting on weight. Won’t be able to fit into any of these clothes for skinny people anytime soon. But if you find me there in one of those days, then good luck. Not sure what I’ll be wearing, but I’ll be giving a report on my observations at the convention. To know more about AFAX 2010 coming up next week, visit the site by clicking here. Should include several seiyuus and several groups attending this year’s event. They are also showcasing the Gundam 00 Movie and the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya only on one of the days, 13th and 14th respectively. I can’t list everything here, just click on the link to find out.

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15 Comments

  1. Deiopea
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I don’t think Toshio went too far at all, seeing ‘his’ spouse fully transformed into a mere beast.

    • Posted November 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Yeah agreed. I thought Toshio was the refreshing anti-hero who finally didn’t let his emotions get in the way of the fact that he needs to find a solution to solve the Shiki problem. I loved that he followed through and killed Kyoko without remorse to the end (assuming she’s actually dead for real).

  2. Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I hope Natsuno comes back to kick Masao’s ass.

    =)

    • Posted November 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Agreed! Or, at least, as long as he just comes back!!

      • Posted November 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

        He’s likely to come back. I’m not sure if you knew, but in the original novels Natsuno remains dead and never turned into a Shiki. Kinda sad, don’t cha think? We need a second season, I doubt they are going to cover the entire story with just 22 episodes. Or if they are heading for an original ending, please no Deus Ex Machina. It’s a shame for this great series to see its solid buildup to crumble into waste in its ending.

        Spoiler ALERT!
        But up till now in the manga so far, he’s only a spectator looking at the situation but steps in to lend Toshio a hand when he’s outnumbered or has no idea up in his sleeves. He also takes care of a tired and crazy Kaori after killing her father who has been turned into a Shiki. He’s going to make a big move sooner or later, but we can’t say for sure.

  3. St. Wolf
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I can understand what Toshio did, but I cannot condone it. Even the fact that he had not gotten any sleep in about four days does not excuse him from the terrible crime he committed. Only stoic proponents of utilitarianism would quickly pardon such an act of cruelty executed upon someone so dear to him.

    And, what is this nonsense about Shiki being undead beasts? It is obvious that the Shiki are both people and alive, though their bodies have been radically restructured. The psyche of a Shiki appears to be no different from that of a normal human being, so we should consider them to be humans.

    • abel
      Posted December 14, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      on the flip side do you condone the shiki who have slaughtered their entire families (like Nao) and neighbors, and friends, and people they spent their whole life around?

      and regular shiki are dead, no plus, no heartbeat, cold as hell, no breathing, (god what the hell must that feel like)
      they are corpse demons (thats what shiki translates in english) whose only living part is a parasitic type blood that needs a constant supply of new blood. I think thats what the glowing eye thing is about whithout it, it kind of looks like peoples skulls with no eyes

    • Cklaighe
      Posted May 2, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

      If you kill an undead person.. Should it be considered a crime?

  4. Keith
    Posted November 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Yeahhh umm I’m surprised with all of the comments about how it’s cool that Toshio went through with it. It’s been made clear that Shiki retain all of their personality. Anyone that doesn’t get that totally misses the point of Toshio losing it and torturing her.

    • Posted November 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      So… basically they’re like every other vampire ever. And that makes them not killworthy because they have such a good reputation of not killing people?

  5. Ayumikat
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    I think Toshio scares Seishin away for good.

  6. Notes
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    The why i see it is shiki kill humans & humans kill shiki !!!!!
    Don’t get what is the problem with that.
    I bet she probably won’t hesitate to kill Toshio!!!

  7. Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    That was an amazing episode…Gruesome, twisted and dark – everything Shiki needs to be <3 I hope his hard work pays off, otherwise he did all that for nothing.

  8. Windaerie
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    We need Seishin to step up to the plate and do something. Poor Toshio. I’m sure he’s not totally happy dissecting his wife. They were married, after all.

    As to the arguments against Toshio’s actions….uh, I guess you could think of it as a war. There will be casualties, even though neither side is particularly right or wrong. After all, the Shiki and the villagers are only living the way they know how. :/

  9. Posted November 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Toshio completely stole the show this week. And about bloody time too.

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