Please stop inviting vampires into your houses T.T
Episode eight was definitely a good episode to watch alone, in the dark, with only the moon as light. I actually want Shiki to give me nightmares, but no luck as of yet. A Shiki nightmare would be awesome. Maybe Tohru would be in it. Then I could tell you all about it, pretending that you’re actually interested in my dreams. =D
Sunako and Muroi are having their unusually deep conversation sessions, in which they start analyzing each others personalities. They both seem to be “forsaken by god;” Sunako because of her illness, and Muroi because of the despair he writes of in his essays. In fact, he doesn’t quite know why he should feel forsaken by God. Muroi seems even more uneasy than usual, and you would too if you suddenly realized your creepy companion is an okiagari. FINALLY, HE KNOWS.
Muroi…This is why you need a stronger glasses prescription
Picking up from last week, our trio of teens unearth Megumi’s coffin. But before that, Kaori finds a present that should have been buried with Megumi’s coffin. Well, good job there, now we know the coffin is going to be empty for SURE before they even open it. Sure enough, when the coffin lid is tossed aside, there is no Megumi.
Foreshadowing for the next 10 seconds
It’s already dark by the time they start piling the dirt back on the grave. Darkness means something bad is going to happen. Like….maybe..Kaori getting dragged off by an okiagari? Bingo. Remember ladies, if some strange man grabs you – FIGHT BACK. Don’t just let them whisk you away while you comment on how cold their hand feels. Luckily, when Kaori takes out the good luck charm she meant to give Megumi, the okiagari jumps back in surprise. Hmm…why would a charm have this much effect?
As Kaori is freed, Natsuno jumps in and hits the okiagari with his shovel! GO NATSUNO! At first, they kind of freak out because they think Natsuno killed someone. They’re still fairly calm considering Kaori almost died in a dark, spooky forest though. <_< ANYWAYS, upon further inspection, the body is cold to the touch, and was never really alive. Assuming him to be dead, they drag him to Megumi’s grave and cover him only partially in the hopes that some adults can find him. They decide to come back next morning to see if he’s still there.
As our protagonists struggle to sleep, we see the okiagari just get up and dust himself off. So..once again…I know what they’re going to find before they actually find it. The grave has been returned to normal, further frustrating everyone (well, maybe just Akira).
Akira brazenly suggests they just raid the castle during the day and bust open all of the coffins. This is why I know this boy is going to get killed somehow, or at least screw something up. Natsuno calmly explains that they might not even be vampires, they could be zombies, and that Tatsumi was awake during the day. Not to mention that there’s around 10 of them, judging by the death count. The final decision: let’s think this over first. His library research actually paid off?!?
lolwut is that Hiromi in there?
A new gravedigging plan is formed, thanks to some old lady who recently kicked the bucket. Why not dig her up and stick a stake in her heart before she rises up? Sounds like a good idea, right? Not dangerous at all! The three of them follow the funeral procession, but it goes on until the sun is kissing the horizon. Akira decides they should just do it another day…the old lady won’t rise right away, right?
Meanwhile, Muroi contemplates Sunako and her illness. As I thought, he believes Ozaki-sensei, and his shock isn’t from the concept of okiagari…but what horrors it will bring everyone if this is true. Poor Muroi, he thinks too much.
It’s dark out and Natsuno, Akira and Kaori are headed home for now. What should be a lull turns into what I would call the “edge of the seat” part of the episode. That, or the “NO DON’T IT!!!” part. A creepy young girl in some sort of preschool-looking uniform appears at the Natsuno residence, asking for Natsuno. That would be creepy enough, but no, she has a huge geisha puppet that’s even bigger than her, and uses ventriloquism for all of her speech.
Every normal parent would have shut the door immediately, but Natsuno’s mom is convinced that the murderous intent pouring from this child’s eyes are surely just her imagination. I’m hoping at least one of you jumped from your seats when the doll changed from a geisha to a FANGED DEMON when she wasn’t let inside. Or maybe when she threw the doll at the dad, or started using some face she drew on her hand as a new puppet. Baww, I want to be scared.
Once inside, she demands that she waits in Natsuno’s room. Uh, ok…Creepy. She even slyly adds that her brother will be coming later, and the dad accepts, not thinking much of it. STOP INVITING PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE. Just when you see Natsuno getting closer to his house and you start to get anxious…the episode ends.
Bonus Horror Show:
For the last time, no, we don’t want any girl scout cookies!
All dressed up, and nowhere to go
Nothing sets the mood for a murder flashback quite like purple and sparkles
Kaori looks so cute with her hair out~!
Moe for necrophiliacs?
End Thoughts: Ahhhh, that was a really good episode. Our teens have encountered a live okiagari! And they know it’s an okiagari too! Wow! You know you’re enthralled when you finish it and think “oh man, done already?”
It would’ve taken something very elaborate for Tatsumi to trick Natsuno and company with a fake body or something, so Natsuno-tachi seeing the empty grave is just a minor setback. I doubt Tatsumi really thinks three kids can do anything against them. Then again, the okiagari that attacked Kaori was pretty dumb XD I wonder about that charm…Could it be related to how each day they give us “luck” predictions for the day? The luck predictions have corresponded with deaths thus far, so maybe it’s some sort of okiagari weakness…Or maybe I’m spouting nonsense. Hurrrr…
For a bunch of meddling kids, they sure are doing a good job. Akira is a very determined boy..I wonder if any of his friends will believe him. I feel bad for Natsuno though. He even admitted he’s terrified, but it’s something that must be done. Will he be okay, though? He internalizes everything, he’s bound to snap soon. Especially since he just killed someone, and is feeling bad, even though that person already died before. Shame, because he didn’t even kill the okiagari. Pointless guilt~
Kind of sad they didn’t show what went down at the Ozaki clinic. Considering that the body should still be in the clinic, I’m wondering if something bad happened. Did it rise? Will we find out next episode? You know what, as long as I find out what happens to Natsuno when he gets home, I’ll be fine (I doubt he dies JUST YET though.) Because that was the first REAL cliffhanger I’ve actually felt suspense for in quite a while. It was harsh. IT PAINS ME to wait for episode 9. I usually say “I can’t wait for the next episode” but this time I mean it.