Don’t worry, this is nothing like Twilight.
I, Overcooled, shall be taking care of Shiki from now on~. I’m one of the new faces here at Metanorn so let’s hope we can get along. For now, let’s start with a small recap on what we’ve missed, shall we? Basically, Shiki takes place in a very small town, where everyone knows each other and things are simple. This simplistic image is instantly betrayed by a sudden outbreak of a mysterious, thus-far incurable sickness that has been killing off villagers one by one. The outbreak started as soon as a new family moved in a large, European house on a large hill in the village. Suspicious, right?
Shiki leaves a lot of questions unanswered, continuing to kill off villagers each episode as our main character (a boy from the city named Natsuno) mopes about how annoying the village is. Not to mention the fact he’s being haunted by a stalker girl named Megumi who died in episode 1. After the villagers have quite a few creepy encounters with the new family on the hill, the Kirishiki’s, the horror fully escalates during one fateful night. Megumi appears, in all of her undead, vampire glory, and bites Tohru’s neck.
Moving onto this week’s episode, we get a short recap of Megumi’s appearance, only to have Natsuno wake up in a cold sweat. He check to see if Tohru is alright, and instantly relaxes once he sees no bite marks. Despite Natsuno’s relief, you can actually see that Tohru is already deathly pale and is starting to get a glazed look in his eyes that isn’t from being sleepy…
Our resident monk, Muroi, goes to visit some of the villagers (on his awesome vespa!) who have passed away in order to get some clues. After visiting a couple of families, he discovers that they all either quit or had planned to quit their job just before they died. His last meeting is with a very…lively..man…who is GAR to the core.
Your daughter died, you say? SUCK IT UP!!!
In between Muroi’s investigation, Natsuno off-handedly mentions that he can’t sense Megumi anymore. This actually made me relax for a while until Natsuno finally visits Tohru again. The Doctor bikes (shouldn’t he have a faster vehicle if he’s called on emergencies? -_- Like a car?) to Tohru’s house and runs to his room before Natsuno, revealing that he’s…dead. Megumi really did kill him, even though we didn’t see any bite marks. To make matters even more eerie, Natsuno receives a postcard from Megumi right after to wish him a happy end of summer.
We go to Masao’s household next, but no one cares because Masao is the most unlikeable character I have ever encountered. He is literally designed to be an abomination. Hiromi is sick and all Masao can do is try to make everyone feel miserable. He even tries to copy Natsuno’s “probability” quote, but gets owned with a slap to the face. YOU DESERVED IT! For Masao, it’s all about him, and obviously his family are the ones at fault. He runs away, sobbing, and ends up at a small funeral to honour Tohru’s death. Tohru seems to be the only one who was nice to Masao, seeing as it’s the only time we see him feel anything akin to compassion. Just goes to show how much everyone loved Tohru.
As Masao leaves the funeral (in tears and a fit of rage for being made a fool again at the funeral…), he sees someone entering his house. As he goes to open the back door, a man in some sort of white robe jumps from a tree and bites him. While I found this more LOLWHAAATTT?? than scary, seeing another one of these undead villagers means they’re going to appear even MORE frequently now. Looks like Masao is out of the picture too, but I doubt anyone will mourn his death like Tohru’s.
And now to lighten up the mood:
Awesome vespa maneuver!
Meanwhile, Sensei uses his bike for all the emergencies…=_=
Guys, was this scary for you? I loled.
All emo kids cry sparkly tears.
End Thoughts: NOOOO TOHRUUU-CHAAAANNNNNNNNN!!!!! I…I really didn’t want him to die! I didn’t think he would die either. Afterall, he was so likeable, and he was the perfect counterbalance for Natsuno’s sometimes unbearable bitterness. Ah, they really wanted to play with our heartstrings, making such a kind character and then killing them off. After almost all the deaths just being nothing more than a name we haven’t heard before, someone very important to quite a few characters in the show dies. This is the first funeral we get an in-depth look at, finally revealing how much everyone is suffering…As viewers, we can finally feel the weight that just one death causes on the community. The frustration, pain, and sorrow of the family and friends is all there…Definitely my favourite part of the episode.
As for Masao’s “death” (oh God, he’s going to be annoying when he comes back…), I think I cried tears of joy as he kicked the bucket. Not only did he die, but he died an embarrassing death by some librarian in a robe. He wasn’t even scary, he just looks like some creepy next door neighbour.
Hmm…this mystery is getting weirder and weirder. Regarding Muroi’s “quit then die” clue, it’s definitely a start, but what does that have to do with the epidemic? A red herring, maybe? Any significance it might have is obscured, as for now (especially since I don’t read the manga). I really want to know why we didn’t see any bite marks on Tohru, considering that the other villagers had them when they died. Could he have been bitten somewhere else? Okay, now I’m just spouting wild assumptions for the heck of it. <_< WELL, guess we’ll find out more next week~