Time to bring out the crazy, psychic lady
Posting this was just one big struggle. My day was filled with pouring rain, blackouts, and the site refusing to work for me. It’s scary how little I have to do when the internet is gone and there’s no good light to read. Anyways, things are better now!
Sadistic, as per usual, Shiki forces us to wait on news of Natsuno’s wellbeing in order to focus more on Toshio and a new (sort of) character. Ikumi, who appeared briefly before, is a crazy old woman who is thought to be psychic. She seems to be confident that the Kirishikis are bad news, too. Does she have any basis to her claim like the other okiagari hunter? Heck no, she just believes a crazy legend!
Expect the word crazy in this post A LOT
Setsuko’s husband gets a nasty surprise when he comes to visit. Good job telling him the news beforehand, Ozaki clinic. The nurses are once again gossiping instead of doing their nursely duties. Toshio has been acting like he’s in some sort of trance, which is a real change of character from his anger fits just a few episodes back. Ritsuko gets a phone call from Towada, another employee at the clinic who wants to quit because he’s scared. Ritsuko is instantly reminded of the walking corpse, Nao, but still seems to be in denial for the most part. She’ll probably be the next one on board the okiagari hunt.
Hey look, it’s Kyoko! This time she’s tormenting Toshio’s mom by telling her that the Kirishiki’s are opening up a clinic to replace an old convenience store. She is appalled, obviously, which brings great joy to our doctor’s wife. Oh, and she’s just chillaxing with Tatsumi in the clinic too. No big deal or anything, right?
Natsuno’s dad is doing some chilling of his own at a little cafe to do some man-gossiping about the epidemic. They turn all their questions onto Toshio almost as soon as he enters. Toshio manages to be vague enough at answering their questions to have them believe it’s an epidemic, without actually saying so. The poor guy looks a mess, but he’s doing a good job keeping the villagers calm with blissful ignorance.
Toshio looks more and more like House as the series progresses.
Meanwhile, Miss Cleo and her psychic hotline isn’t doing so well. Her daughter is fat, stupid and teased because her mother believes the old okiagari legend. Ikumi tells us how she was forced to marry an incompetent man, and all of her children died a year later except for whale-face over here. Awww, I feel kind of bad since Ikumi used to be kind of pretty…
Anyways, she is the newest villager in Sotoba who we know wants to save the village. Her method? Going to all the stores and houses in danger and raving about okiagari in their faces. She is promptly thrown out and chased away from just about everywhere.
The graveyard makes another appearance, this time with Toshio wielding the shovel. As he’s about to bury Setsuko, Seishin appears from behind him. Toshio explains to Seishin in one neurotic breath that he will dig her up, see if she rises, and capture her for research purposes. He wants all of the villagers to believe him, and to stop all future cases of this. A noble thought, but Toshio doesn’t exactly have an Okiagari pokeball or anything with him, or any means to research such a thing without getting bitten himself.
Also, does he really need to wear his Doctor’s coat everywhere he goes?
Seishin is also exhausted and depressed, mostly from pondering about shiki so much, and tries to dissuade him from digging up corpses. Toshio snaps at Seishin for trying to be compassionate to the okiagari, and Seishin almosts faints as he gets a flashback from his novel. Too weak to continue the discussion, Seishin apologizes and disappears.
Seishin retreats to his usual spot, and as night falls, Sunako joins him. Seishin explains his novel to Sunako, and how the murdered younger brother follows the older one as a corpse demon – a shiki. Sunako does that weird, music box-like twirl of hers while she appreciates how spot-on that definition is. She also while praising the shiki for being better than ghosts, humans and zombies. Sunako goes over to bite Seishin, but stops when Seishin accuses her of being a shiki. She simply calls his a romanticist and stalks off. That preview was such a tease! But Seishin is safe for another week! Ahh~
Ikumi is back in action, telling off villagers left and right that the okiagari are gonna get them and that the Kirishikis are to blame. She predicts that Setsuko will rise up, and tells villagers to come to her place if anything happens. At this point, she is surrounded by tons of people listening intently. Her next prediction is that the rest f the Yasumori family will die. She really has no regard for sensitivity, huh?
*pokes eye* 8D
For some reason, Ikumi goes to visit Toshio to confirm her okiagari theory. The face-off is kind of ridiculous, as instead of talking face to face, they shout over a windy field, with villagers in the background. It’s like a battlefield or something. Toshio keeps his cool and reveals nothing, still obsessed with being the one to solve the mystery and not involving the other villagers. He only falters slightly when she asks him to come visit the Kanemasa mansion with her to really see who is right. Sounds interesting, hmm?
GET YOUR GUNS ON!
If the Kirishikis are fine when dragged out into the sunlight, then her theory is basically false. So, of course, Gackt appears in his full glory, opening the gates. This is only after Ikumi chased away Tatsumi (aww he was so meek today, as opposed to deadly~) and somehow changes into a tuxedo in 2 seconds…Yes, I’m afraid I will refer to Seishirou Kirishiki as Gackt because he is voiced by GACKT. When he talks, all I see is Gackt. ANYYYYHOO, Ikumi has an epic fail moment once everything is proven false.
Toshio gets a spark of inspiration when he dares to ask if he can give Gackt a quick vital sign check to console the toothless wonder beside him. It’s a miracle that so many people followed her to the house. Guess there’s not much to do in Sotoba. Amazingly, Gackt passes the vital sign check, and Toshio’s clever idea doesn’t pay off. Everyone leaves, bored to death.
How about we let him give you a nibble and see what happens then?
This is a big hit to Ikumi’s ego. She’s still insistent that the villagers are dumb for not believing her. Suddenly, a knocking at the door. A villager has come to her for help since okiagari are attacking. Ikumi to the rescue! …Except it looks like this girl is an okiagari herself. D’oh.
That’s what you get for announcing “THEY’RE OKIAGARI!” everywhere
Good Luck Amulets, er, Screencaps:
The crying in this anime is glorious. They must have huge tear ducts.
We all know Ikumi just wanted to feel up Gackt’s chest.
He’s cute when he’s not planning the demise of the entire village~
Show all the other lolis how fierce you are. Sunako has STYLE.
…Yep, your foot is generally bigger than your head. Mystery solved.
End Thoughts: I feel like Ikumi is too silly to belong in Shiki. She’s not quite comedic relief, since she is utterly serious…but she seems far too absurd to even be a believable character. Believing that the Kirishiki’s are okiagari is one thing, warning villagers is another, screaming accusations in the middle of the streets just breaks the scale. Not to mention her frenzied “assault” at the Kanemasa mansion. Yes, people are this extreme in real life (they scream “JESSUUUSS” on the street corner near a mall I go to), but wow…she’s so weird. XD I guess it’s less that she doesn’t belong and more that I DON’T WANT HER THERE. Luckily, she seems to be in mortal peril the next episode. That was quick. <_<
SEISHIN DIDN’T DIE! YES! I’m glad Sunako stopped, although I’m not sure why. Why did she choose now of all times to bite him? And what was it about his words that stopped her? If anything shouldn’t that accusation give her all the more reason to suck him dry? Sunako obviously has some mysterious motives. As for the Cain and Abel reference, well, Cain kills Abel so he’s just asking her if she’s a shiki in a more poetic way.
Speculation time about why the Kirishikis were okay in the sun. At first I was like “YO, IT’S CLOUDY, THAT’S CHEATING” but if that was the case, the ladies of the house wouldn’t need to hide. Scratch that one. Right now I’m wondering if the males can come out in the sun (Tatsumi and Gackt) and the females can’t. Why? I don’t know. It still doesn’t explain Gackt passing the Doctor’s test, but then again, no one has checked if Tatsumi happens to have a pulse too. Unless the male higher-ups are like a different type of okiagari…<_<
Overall, a good episode. Not as mind-blowing as the past few, but still keeping up the great Shiki-certified quality. At this point of my post, I suffered a SUDDEN BLACKOUT, texted my friend and made shadow animals for an hour, then finished the post as the power returned.
Preview: LOOKS LIKE WE’VE GOT ONE HELL OF A PREVIEW. I took a screenshot of, like, EVERYTHING. XD Natsuno seems to be disobeying the Shiki code and showing his bitemarks to Kaori and Akira (at night, of course). Gah, but now those 2 are in danger!!!! He also raises a stake and hammer against Tohru, who still looks like he’s wracked with guilt. Will we have yet another Cain and Abel theme here with Tohru’s second death? T.T
PLEASE MAKE OUT!!!
We also see more of the Kirishikis doing…something. So they’re probably going to be more involved with the villagers to lower suspicions. Also, Seishin still seems to be alive and kicking, so Sunako hasn’t come back to finish off the job. Whew.
Lastly, and most importantly, Toshio is filming his experimentation on his wife, Kyoko. I always find the “twisted doctor” thing to be beautifully twisted, and this could be the most horrifying thing Shiki has had to offer as of yet. Either Kyoko became a shiki somehow or he TURNED HER INTO ONE using blood sample. That is FREAKY. AND AMAZING. OH MY GOD, I NEED TO SEE TOSHIO GOING CRAZY WITH HIS OBSESSION. Anyways, looks like I’ll have to wait…*sigh*Shiki, you’re such a tease…