The story of Toshio the outcast
The beginning is actually quite nice, with the first-person view from Tohru’s eyes. Now, you don’t know it’s Tohru, you just know that someone is walking towards Natsuno’s window at night. Creepy stuff. He offers a flower outside of his window in place of his grave, and he’s been doing so for about 7 days. Natsuno watches from the treetops, unable to reveal himself to anyone yet…even Tohru.
Baby, I miss you ;_;
Seishin has quite the sight to take in when he enters that operating room. You can hear the dripping of fresh blood in-between Seishin’s laboured breaths, as the whole grotesque scene is splayed out before us. No censorship. Toshio tries to win the monk over when he sees his distraught reaction, asking him what he’d do in that situation. Seishin shakes with rage and disgust before leaving wordlessly. A much greater blow than any statement could have had.
When he comes home, he finds his story scattered across the floor, and the door ajar. Written on the side margins in blue ink are things like “Why did he kill his brother?” and “Murders without impulse to kill are just accidents, not murder.” Seishin realizes that Toshio, much like the character in his story, just killed out of impulse. He also relates it to his own suicide. So who left him these messages?
Toshio cries wolf, and despite never lying in the past, none of the villagers believe him. His first attempt is gathering up some acquaintances in a cafe to discuss the epidemic and how he can prove that Ikumi was right by digging up old graves. The reactions range from outrage to just waving it off. They even admit they’ve been socialized to not believe in that stuff, no matter how bad things get. I’d be inclined to call Toshio crazy too.
After moping by the bridge (thank god Nino didn’t come out) until night, Toshio heads to the office. It’s full of red-eyed, pale-skinned okiagari. Crawling with them. When he inquires about the death toll in Sotoba, they say it’s zero. ZERO. Everyone moved before they died, making the death toll zero. You should’ve listened to Seishin~ Anyways, Toshio has death certificates that say otherwise, but his threat to show them to the city is cut short by none other than:
Gah gah ooh la la~ Want your bad romance~
LADY GAGA! I mean, Chizuru Kirishiki! She claims Toshio as her prey, as she only eats young, “lively” humans. She tries to seduce him, but fails.
Tatsumi, whose mancleavage is like a magnet for my eyes, is having a chat with the funeral director, Hagami. He wears a pink trenchcoat and juggles candy bars, making it hard to argue that each Shiki doesn’t get weirder and weirder. Because they do. By God, they do. The funeral he throws is a corny, confetti/firework-filled act of complete disrespect that leaves the audience shellshocked. Tatsumi comment is to tone it done a little.
It’s like if you got Carrot Top to host a funeral in Vegas
Hagami explains the rest of how the funeral service works. The bodies are stored in the basement, so that they don’t have to go to the trouble of digging them up if they rise. With just a slight whiff, Tatsumi can tell the body laid before him is going to rise. Hagami calls him a “jinrou”…which essentially reveals that Tatsumi isn’t a shiki. What’s a jinrou? I don’t want to look it up in case of spoilers <_< GO FIND OUT YOURSELVES IF YOU’RE CURIOUS.
Speaking of funerals, Kyoko is next. That means that Toshio’s mom is there to boss around the nurses, who no one wants to be around. Satoko, Yuki’s friend from before, gets all fired up and challenges her – only to break down in tears under the stress. Toshio acting so cold when Satoko told her about Yuki really hurt her. The next day, Toshio finds out that Satoko quit because of him.
Toshio spends the rest of his time pissed off at the ignorance of the villagers. They try to live their lives as if nothing is happening, merrily discussing the Kagura dance without remorse. He sits outside at night for a smoke (real smart there, buddy) and is approached by Natsuno. I thought he was going to die, but no, it’s just Natsuno. He calmly asks if he thought Megumi died, and Toshio hints that he knows she has risen. To that, Natsuno tells him he’s not alone…and vanishes.
“Do you know…the Muffin man?”
DO NOT WANT
Toshio Under the Bridge x Bridge
End Thoughts:This might just be due to the intensity of episode 14, but this episode comes across as a bit drab. The aftermath of Toshio’s experiments are anti-climactic. He doesn’t get to reveal the tape, because none of the villagers can pull their head out of their ass long enough to hear Toshio’s side of things. If they can’t accept the concept of okiagari or even that PEOPLE ARE DYING, what will they do when they see a video of Toshio hacking up his wife? Naturally, they won’t believe him, and they’ll probably make Toshio an outcast (or arrest him). This makes his hard work essentially useless for now. Seeing him this powerless, abandoned and trapped the entire episode was more exasperating than “oh noes, what’s he gonna do!”-invoking.
That being said, Shiki is very good at building up to a crescendo of events. You get a lull, and you know it’s going to end in a bang. Natsuno’s appearance almost ensures that. Speaking of which, I don’t think Natsuno is a shiki yet. Last episode Megumi thought he was cremated and Tohru is still putting flowers by his window. They generally KNOW when shiki rise, so Natsuno must be special. Not only that, his eyes aren’t red. He’s not human though. What he is, I have no clue. Toshio x Natsuno teaming up! (No, not as a pairing! Just..teaming up…o__o )
Seishin and Toshio split up. I get the feeling Seishin forgives him though, based on the notes left for him. Who left those notes? It was night so it easily could have been Sunako. SOMEONE wants him to forgive Toshio, but why? How does that help? Or was it directed more at getting him to reflect on his attempted suicide? (Which is a weird connection for him to make…suicide isn’t murder…SEISHIN STOP OVERTHINKING THINGS!). I like how thick the tension is between the two of them. While Toshio is anti-shiki, Seishin is neutral…
Preview: I was thinking the next episode would be another set-up episode, but after seeing the preview. WHOA. Akira has his mouth taped up in one scene, and is brutally about to stake someone in the next. Akira is definitely going to be going through a lot next episode, and you can almost bet on a cliffhanger. There’s also a lot of Sunako, as she finally starts killing villagers in front of us…but she also looks lonely D= Lastly, more Tohru as his fangs are bloody from an unknown victim…he also is in the company of the Kirishikis, no doubt being briefed on some saddening news…maybe orders on his next kill? I CAN’T WAIT!