Shiki Episode 16: There are so many hope spots in here. *sparkles*

Mummy, where are you? ;___;

My first week of vacation turns out to be a bore, unexpectedly. I’m just too lazy to complete my AFAX 2010 report and out of nowhere I’m starting a new fanfic (of course it’s not yaoi, you shallow-minded people who only thinks that fanfics=yaoi/slash/full of Mary Sues), so that leaves the report to vaporware. Looking at psgels’ Winter Season 2010/2011 lineup, there’s not much interesting shows to watch as this season but our report will be coming when the time’s right, and that’s when we start giving our views on the upcoming shows. So stay tuned!

The hopelessness continues, read more if you dare…

Warning: Spoilers alert in the ‘Thoughts’ column. Read it if you have read the manga so far.

Man, talk about awkward and ugly. But never mind, he’s rich, right?

This time, the show reveals Sunako’s past and backstory before turning into a Shiki by a certain foreign guest on one fine day. Before that, she is brought up from a rich family and loved by everyone. Until that guest came…

Tooru returns to Natsuno’s house and paid him a visit, telling him that he killed a helpless old man to crave his starvation. Senshirou found him after that, telling him to visit Sunako at the Kanemasa mansion, probably awaiting his punishment for something. Could it be a heavy lecture from Yoshie, or being beaten up by Tatsumi, or Megumi making a mockery out of me in front of everyone else?

Probably for a tea party or something. Since you’re such a nice Shiki.

And if you think that only Sunako’s past is revealed, wrong. We are lead to see Nao’s past, as a child her parents are alcoholics, gamblers and unemployed. They eventually left Nao by herself when she was six. (How cruel.) Yearning to find a family that accepts her warmly, she received her wish in marrying with Mikiyasu, as well as receiving a warm acceptance from his family too. That also gives her a reason why she wanted her entire family killed, so that anyone could be by her side even if she turns into a Shiki, but unfortunately for her, she’s all alone. Blaming her real parents for turning her what she is today and consumed by jealousy, she blamed her friend Junko for being so lucky with her family still living by her side since she too is also there when Junko asked Chizuru and Senshirou to visit them.

Oh, it’s a tea party after all. Nope, no punishment involved.

Finding out from other Shikis that an invitation to see Sunako means punishment; you either get beaten up by Tatsumi, get lectured by Yoshie, or be killed by any means possible. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for Tooru as Sunako reveals more of her past to him, despite denying the fact that it was actually her past. (As she used ‘a girl’ to substitute herself. The slips when talking about the past does not support the fact that it’s actually herself she’s talking about.) She was rescued by someone, not before killing the person and take her savior’s blood as she was hungry. Heading home, she was lead by some people to stay somewhere else and live in a storehouse. By and by, she will be sent food every night by a servant, and since she’s a Shiki now (see below for reason) she kills every servant who came to serve her dinner. She was certain that her parents were feeding her even though she turned into a living dead. She learned lots of stuff at the storehouse, with lots of thick books and all to feed her boredom.

So we are educated with a fact that Shikis cannot consume food, but can consume liquid products instead. Sunako admits that attacking people is not a bad thing. Shocked at her answer, Tooru strongly says that it’s murder they are talking about, not killing people as if they are in a video game. Sunako rebukes, saying that if he thinks murder is wrong, he should go as far to kill and hate himself for the rest of his life.

Help ME! I DON’T WANT TO BE BURIED ALIVE!!!!!! HHHHEEEEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!!!

Continuing from Sunako’s past, as she found out of what she actually is, she take her chance to escape on one fine night, even taking the blood of some passersby as she returned home. But Sunako finds out that her parents aren’t there anymore. Her house was now occupied by other people now. Moving from one place to another over the past decades in order to find her parents, she concluded that the years that took her to find them would be futile, since her parents might be dead by the time she finds them. That really shows Sunako’s sympathetic side, despite knowing the fact that she and her army of the undead has been killing people in the village.

I feel like squeezing that pair of milk factories anytime.

On one night, Megumi, with her boobs going up and down, frolics at the plains of the village as she sang her stupid lovely song about her killing more people as she take their blood and reminding herself that she would get overweight if she’s not careful. Yeah, I really hope she turns fat soon enough. And we find out that Akira and Kaori’s father has turned into a Shiki. Oops. XD.

So yeah, Kaori’s father was pissed at Megumi that she turned him into ‘one of them’ too. Being that haughty person we know, Megumi says that he himself should be blame instead, since he has the guts to suck the blood of his victim given in the same type of house Masao was pushed into. And no, attacking your own family is not how you’re going to redeem yourself, Mr. Tanaka. Oh thanks for the great suggestion Megumi. Ironic that you didn’t go after your parents after you turned into a Shiki.

I have a brilliant idea! Why don’t you kill your wife, your children…and your dog too? Muahaha!

So inevitably (sighs), Mr. Tanaka starts going after his family and he’s reluctant to go after them at first. But he realized that he’s being shut out of the house since he’s a Shiki and thus is not a member of the Tanaka family anymore and made a self-discovery that he must be invited before he can enter the house freely. The family dog Love’s temper heated up as he saw Mr. Tanaka, showing that animals became hostile whenever they come across Shikis. The barrier in the house broke down the moment Mrs. Tanaka opens the door as she scolded Love for disturbing the neighbours. And found out that her husband has turned into a monster. Oops…Again. :)

Doggy!

Preventing her to go back to her house and tell Akira and Kaori about this, Mr. Tanaka pulls her leg, with Mrs. Tanaka’s plan to escape being futile. Then Mr. Tanaka kills his wife. Oops. (Megumi, you happy now?) The following morning Kaori and Akira found out that Megumi has struck the family again after seeing their mother in bed with the bite marks on her neck. Suspecting that the Shikis are planning to go after them next, Akira plans to buy amulets at a store later. Ditching school is also another plan that they’re going to do since they’re poor kids with their sole breadwinner dead anyways. After what happened to their loved ones; Natsuno, their father and their mother next, I doubt they are going to take this lying down like the fools the other villagers are trying to be.

Lesson of the day: Adults are useless. You can’t count on them to save you. Save yourselves, little ones!

After passing by some old people who only laugh at the demise of the dead people, we knew that Ikumi (that old lady with striking red hair, disturbing the people at Kanemasa in episodes 11 and 12) and her daughter are missing, most presumed dead or left the village. But I think that the both of them are dead, looking at their background. I doubt they would survive in the city for long.

Preparing wooden stakes to go after the Shikis, Akira takes one from Kaori, who decides that leaving the things to the adults is useless, since they have no idea how to deal with the change in the village. As the village committee prepares for the November Kagura festival to ward off evil spirits that befall Sotoba, Toshio discuss the plan of starting a war with the Shikis with Natsuno. Toshio doesn’t intend to make negotiations with the Shikis, with a concrete passion to annihilate them once and for all. Natsuno tells him that he would have to kill him too one day.

Oh, CRA—

Meanwhile, Akira trashes the door and enters the house that should have Shikis living in it but realized that no one is living in there. As he intends to open the curtains and then open a closet, he finds the dead man from the Maeda family (you know, the man shown in episode 13) hidden inside the closet and just as he was about to punch a stake into him, Tatsumi appears. All went silent. Next we found out that Akira’s has been tied up, left all alone except for a watch, a torchlight and the man from the Maeda family. Akira starts struggling as soon as he finds the watch ticking the time till he awakens but unfortunately, he’s not going to live out to the end of the series.

Thoughts:

Let’s see how much you can last, Kaori. Come after me, I’m sure that I’ll kill you first even before you start planning to come after me. After all, I’m superior compared to you puny, foolish humans.

Well we know now that Sunako’s real family consist of her parents and a younger sister. I’m not sure if it’s for the better or worse, since we know now that the Shikis are suffering like Toshio do. And I mean, how could Megumi freely suggests Mr. Tanaka to kill his family too? In irony, Megumi’s parents are still alive, shouldn’t she go after her parents too? Hypocrite, Megumi, you’re a hypocrite.

Also, I take it back. The fact that Natsuno is a Shiki. Turns out (I found out from the manga) that Natsuno has turned into a werewolf instead, just like Tatsumi and Yoshie as they are. I’m not going to reveal much about the werewolves now, except for the given fact in the show that they can sense who will rise up as Shikis by their sense of smell.

I expect Seishin to do something productive in the next episode or two. I can sense a bloody war brewing in the midst of preparation and the truth about the Shikis occupying the village will be revealed soon to the idiots villagers during the Kagura festival as it is the time where the villagers gather and knew the truth about the evil spirits.

Pop goes Akira~

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9 Comments

  1. Marigold Ran
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    In the pictures, Megumi looks kind of pale. Perhaps she needs more sun.

    • Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:24 am | Permalink

      Erm, duh, she’s a vampire after all.

      And speaking about sun, this gives me a great idea if Toshio get his hands on Megumi. Hehe… (*sinister laugh*)

  2. Shadiic
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Sigh I feel depressed with the lack of Natsuno or Toru or even NatsunoXToru. Luckily there is fanart which is really good that can keep me going.

    On the episode itself, I like how we have Sunako as one of the oldest shikis and her personal backstory explained to us, but still no plan on whether or not they just want to turn this town into their food pen.

    Reverse Vampire, are you watching Togainu no Chi? It’s blatantly BL, but the angst killing me.

    • Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:22 am | Permalink

      Nope. I’m not really fond of BL stuff, but I don’t go bashing or gushing about stuff related to BL.
      Rule 34 always exist on the internet. Probably find some hardcore NatsunoXToru stuff somewhere to satisfy your liking for the aforementioned pairing.

      Despite all these pitfalls this week, I think this episode’s not as entertaining as the previous episodes, but still gives us some useful information regarding the characters and the nature of the Shikis.

  3. Posted November 19, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Blech, hope?

    Also, is it just me, or have Megumi’s boobs gotten HUGE since she died? Good lord, whose blood has she been drinking? I’m thinking Sotoba might have a hormones-in-all-the-food problem…

  4. Posted November 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it’s ironic that Megumi’s parents are alive. Either her reason was legit and she didn’t want them to turn into shiki’s or she felt like sparing them. Either way, it appeared she put some thought into the matter so I don’t think it was necessarily ironic and they were alive by chance.

    That being said, I would still love Megumi no matter what.

    Also, I hope Natsuno doesn’t show up and save Akira. It’d be more dramatic if he actually died.

  5. Windaerie
    Posted November 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Love love love the dogs in this show. Haha.

    I’m torn about Sunako. She’s such a tragic character, refined and adorable. But she’s also one of them….
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  6. Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Ooh, that last scene with Akira!! LOVE/HATE/LOVE the creep factor of this show!!!

  7. ikkitousen
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

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