This will not end well.
It’s Christmas last week, so now we have the New Year this week.
And thanks to fellow commenter dude, Shiki is supposed to have another 2 episodes that is coming with the DVD set in May 2011 (Indicated as episodes 20.5 and 21.5. Probably will shed some light on what happened on the Shiki side that didn’t appear much on episodes 20 and 21.) Oh please forgive a tortured soul who has been on a diet for almost a month, watching too many (available) episode of Daria on Youtube, having to face a freezing but never-raining weather (why won’t it RAIN???) all the way and having to deal with boredom every single day.
Now, let’s say goodbye to everyone in the final (or not) episode of Shiki. Enjoy your last day of 2010.
Warning: Viewer Discreation is adviced. Include a really gruesome and bloody death on one of the characters in this series.
Where’s my Prince in Shining Armor?
As nightfall comes, Sunako found herself inside the briefcase Tatsumi put her in on last week’s episode, finding herself all alone in the woods. Hearing the anti-Shiki exterminators finding the remaining Shiki that are still alive and somewhere, Sunako tries making her escape, hoping that they will not find her as she cries out to Seishin.
Acting as decoy, Tatsumi finds himself in a dead end as the car he’s driving is destroyed by the exterminators. Shot and then rammed into another car as he tries escaping on foot, that doesn’t lose Tatsumi’s fighting spirit when he drives the car he got hit and escaped from those killing machines. Sunako and his attempts are futile, seeing them being outnumbered and finding no way to escape from the clutches of a group of man/Shiki-slaughters. Dying a gruesome and fast death by the hands of the villagers, Tatsumi has no way to run and recover from his wounds.
Oh. If you’re wondering where Kaori went after she met her undead father, there she is.
Still alive. And hooray for Akira being alive from this madness.
Acting all by herself, Megumi hides from the villagers and plans to have a glamorous life in the big city. With Seishin found and pleaded for him to response, Sunako was spotted soon after by Ookawa’s team. While they search for the traitors and the Shiki, Toshio’s team meanwhile find themselves in another dead end after discovering that Sotoba’s water supplies are gone (as the area of Yamairi holds all the water supplies of the entire village was burn to the ground, most likely done by the Shiki).
Waiting for a good time to make her escape out of Sotoba, Megumi finds herself in a good timing as the exterminators looked at Yamairi burnt into crisps. As she escapes, seeing the bus stop sign reminds her of her meeting with Natsuno back to the very first episode before any of this craziness happened. Unfortunately her escape plans didn’t work out effectively after she was spotted by the humans and true enough, her predictions that the humans are stupid are all wrong.
Villagers: We hope that you will die in the most brutal way possible.
While handling the situation at Yamairi, Toshio found Natsuno, who wasn’t looking too happy with Tooru’s and Ritsuko’s death. As Megumi manipulates the villagers’ sympathy by telling them that she’s the daughter of Shimizu and looking very pitiful (It won’t work this time, you fat cow.), this time they won’t fall into her tricks as Megumi is being squashed by the hands of their vehicles as she whines about them being villagers and all, but she gets too much when she screams ‘Why am I born in this village in the first place’ and ‘I wish this village never even exist and all of you die badly!’ Take that, you bitch!
I guess you’re going to kill me now, Mr. Ozaki. But not to worry, I managed to save Kaori and Akira.
Yes, the villagers killed you this time! You will never rise of your shame and humiliation!!!! MuahahaHAHAHA!!!! *Well, I have a great time being hammy and laugh at Megumi’s death. Seriously, leopard prins (not a spelling error) looks ugly on you.*
Unsurprisingly, Tatsumi’s still alive, talking to Natsuno about the things he has to do before dying without regrets. Sunako was spotted by Ookawa’s team after seeing Yamairi burnt and attempted making an escape. Dealing with the chaos in Yamairi, Toshio orders everyone to hold themselves together as the villagers living in Yamairi move somewhere safe and dispose the bodies before they found out the awful truth about the Shiki.
While Tatsumi settle things with Natsuno, he knew that he was the one who took Toshio’s blood before Chizuru ever did and ranting about the reasons why Natsuno is not so different from him other than the fact that they are werewolves. So they start their cat/wolf/dog fight again which at the same time, Sunako escaping the clutches of the ‘evil’ Ookawa (in her perspective, that is.) Bruised and injured, Sunako found herself in the church where she first met Seishin and then starts pouring out her feelings why that man (her father’s so-called friend) who visited her house turned her into a Shiki in the first place and she didn’t ask any of it. Too bad she was spotted by Ookawa and Sunako has no choice but to fight for her very survival.
Stay away. I have unfinished business with this kid. *starts picking a cat/dog/wolf fight at Natsuno*
Alone with the psycho. Interesting. Will Sunako die? Will a miracle save her from her cruel fate?
As Tatsumi and Natsuno still have their personal fight on and Sunako going to die in the hands of Ookawa, Sotoba is unlikely to be saved as the forest fire spreads too quickly into the main village. Giving her a stern lecture about the basics of living in a new place, it seems that Ookawa’s definitely going to kill Sunako, the perpetrator of all the disasters happened in Sotoba for the entire summer. Just as the inevitable is going to happen, Ookawa was slashed and beaten by an unknown person, who revealed to be…
Seishin Muroi to the rescue!!!
Stuck in a deep hole full of dead Shiki bodies, Natsuno lights up a dynamite as Tatsumi talks about how this will not work for them, but Natsuno just did it anyways. And DUN DUN DUN, Seishin himself has turned into the same creature Sunako is as Sunako feels like giving up and it isn’t clear if they are still alive or not.
Fleeing the village, Toshio and his group could witness the fire from afar as he ponders if they were actually fighting a losing battle set from the beginning in the first place. We see Senshirou, who’s a Shiki now (Or is it?) walking towards the burning mansion. Seeing lots of firetrucks racing against time to stop the fire, Akira tells Kaori about the fire that can be seen from afar. As the firetrucks made their way to Sotoba, we see Seishin, with Sunako in a new briefcase, driving the direction out of town…
We will stay together forever and ever and ever. At least we still have each other.
God please help me! That old man has gone crazy!!!
Give me some time to register everything into my head.
I assume that the ones still alive are Toshio and some of his crew, the Tanaka siblings, Seishin (and probably Sunako too), not really sure this time, Natsuno and Tatsumi should still be alive if the dynamite and the fire didn’t blow them into bits and probably some other villagers too. With everyone else dead and burnt in the fire, the victory of the villagers (as well as the stupidity of the villagers before finding out that the Shiki are behind of 99% of the deaths) comes at a huge price. (I do understand why the part where Kaori kills her father is not shown. They don’t want the episode to be broadcasted since there’s one such case where a daughter kills her father, which Higurashi and the last episode of School Days were broadcasted on a later date. Maybe they are saving it for either episode 20.5 or 21.5 where viewers would only see it by themselves when the DVD is released.)
I feel that something’s missing from the ending. It just…didn’t satisfy what things have turned out. (But I’m glad Megumi gets what she deserves all this time.) So now what will the remaining living villagers do seeing their home burnt down all in one night? Live in the city? Live in another place far away from Sotoba? After all, it’s best for the participants of the anti-Shiki extermination to stay very far away from Sotoba, brings back lots of bad memories for the weak-willed ones, never to be told to the rest of the world. But at least the ending is a lot better than most endings which failed to live up to most people’s expectations, with a great build up but it doesn’t execute well enough to make sense by the time the grand ending arrives. So, what do you think of the ending, are you satisfied with it and what do you think will happen to the remaining villagers from this point onwards?
City life: Here I come!!! Or not.
I have plans to write an AU-Shiki fanfic about how life really do suck in Sotoba and Natsuno has to deal with his family’s and the villagers’ stupidity after watching several incomplete episodes of Daria on Youtube but I can’t promise that I will update regularly. (Of course, since it’s AU there are no Shiki involved but Sunako and Co. will still be living in Sotoba, except that they’re not Shiki anymore) I’m terrible at being regular when it comes to fanfictions since I kept falling myself into a writers’ block and I have other RL situations to attend to.
For now, let us celebrate the new year as we wait for episodes 20.5 and 21.5 to come. That will shed some light on the happenings that we didn’t get to see before things get out of hand as it burns rapidly. Let me just write one last review of the series as a whole…
Didn’t think we died, right?