Sunako’s tragic past, Nao’s tragic past, and Akira’s seemingly tragic future
Approaching exam time means that Overcooled feels BLEHHH. I just want my Winter break to be here now so I actually have time to go out with friends instead of staying in and studying…Anime makes for a nice break, especially something as involved as Shiki. It just sucks you in~ Weird that a horror anime could have a calming effect on me, but eh, I’m sure there are a few other oddballs out there like me.
As expected from all the Sunako imagery in the preview last episode, we finally hear about Sunako’s past! Right from the beginning too! Everything is bright and peachy in the life of the darling, human Sunako. She lives in a Western-styled mansion with her wealthy and affectionate family. She couldn’t have been happier, until a strange person was invited to one of their parties. Once he turns around, it becomes clear that he’s a shiki.
Tohru is still visiting Natsuno’s graveside, muttering prayers and his own personal issues as if at an altar. Gackt scoffs at the sight and tells Tohru that Sunako wants to see him at the Kanemasa manor. Meanwhile, Nao is standing by the graveyard, waiting to see if Tokujiro will rise up. As she waits, her whole life replays in her mind. Being abandoned by her gambling-addicted parents, finally finding love and comfort in Sotoba, having to kill her new family one by one and watch them rot – all of these make up her story. Tokujiro doesn’t rise us, leaving Nao cold and bitter that Jun (who also invited the Kirishikis to her house that fateful night) hasn’t suffered the same fate.
Continuing on with Tohru’s dilemma of being called into the principal’s office for being a bad boy! It’s not long after he thinks “man, I’m in trouble” that Sunako strides in and pleasantly asks him to sit down while pouring tea. Guess he’s not in trouble. Tohru lets out his frustration on Sunako but she’s been around the block a few times, and curtly tells him to go die if he thinks what he’s doing is so wrong.
Mmm, blood tea.
Sunako begins the story of her past, slipping from “a girl” into “I” rather quickly. She awoke from her grave and screamed like a banshee until someone unearthed her. The unlucky fellow who did got attacked. Fleeing the scene, Sunako stayed in a storehouse, feeding on the kind souls who would come every night to feed her. Each night, a different maid would die. (No one seemed to notice…) Devouring books and saturating her brain with knowledge, she eventually left in search of her family. She searched years and years, to the point where not only her family had moved, but they were surely dead.
Megumi Bo-yo-yoings across a field, and sees Akira’s father (who is now a shiki). He tries to accuse her of killing him, but she points out that he must’ve killed one of those city-kidnapees for beginners to be talking to her right now. Using her feminine charm (i.e. boobs) she tells him to just kill his family so they can rise up too. Masao watches from the grass, but it really makes no difference to the scene XD
Unfortunately-timed screencap #1: Mid-bounce
Mr. Tanaka tries to go back to his house and just pretend his whole funeral thing didn’t happen. He can’t enter without being invited, but he still tries. Seeing the intruder, Love starts barking it’s everloving head off. The husband hides at first when the wife comes out to yell at the dog, but then changes his mind. “Honey, I’m home!” doesn’t quite elicit the same response when you’re supposed to be in a wooden box under layers of soil. The wife shrieks, tells him to leave, and is slowly dragged outside to be bitten.
Anyone else think Love resembles Courage the Cowardly Dog?
Akira and Kaori sleep in because their mom doesn’t wake them up. Kaori goes to check up on her, sliding the door open to see her bedridden. Step 1: check eyes, step 2: check neck. Those are the two rules of thumb when watching Shiki. Even ignoring that, we all know she’s been bitten and isn’t going to be okay. Akira and Kaori get into srs bsns mode to avenge Natsuno and all the villagers. Kaori makes stakes while Akira heads out to buy charm, amulets, ANYTHING to stop the shiki.
Look on the bright side…no school!
On the way to the store, the gossiping old folk pry into Akira’s business. As with most teen-old people interactions, Akira just gets angry at their stupidity and shouts at them. They seem perfectly content not knowing what to do and just ignoring the problem, so Akira storms off. That is, until he hears some valuable gossip about Ikumi’s family dying and the house still seeming like it’s in use. Akira feels like the new Orihara Izaya for gathering such precious information, and sprints home to grab a stake from a bewildered Kaori before running off AGAIN.
There’s some Kagura dance shenanigans in the background (ugh, maybe it’ll be important later, but for now it’s just troublesome to mention) as Toshio has a chat with Natsuno. They both share the same plan: wait until the Shiki get cocky about their take-over, then counterattack. It’s their only chance, and it means sacrificing a lot of villagers. They also agree on exterminating every last one – even Natsuno himself.
Just pretend the images are stitched together, shhh~
Akira is totally prepared for his first break-and-enter. He heads in at noon to give himself plenty of time, and starts exploring with his trusty flashlight. It’s not until he approaches a closet that he finds something amiss. Of course, we see a whisshhh! in the background as he goes to open the closet, so we know he’s gonna get owned regardless of what he finds. He finds Maeda, who is sleeping…FOR NOW. Akira gets out his stake to finally become a hero….and his grabbed by Tatsumi. Tatsumi ties him to a wooden beam and tapes his mouth up, so that he can’t even scream when he wakes up at night to see Maeda’s bloodred eyes glaring at him through the dim light.
To take your mind off of the cliffhanger:
Dear God, please give me Natsuno’s virginity this Christmas. Ahmen.
*DING! FIREWALL ACTIVATED!*
IT’S RAPING TIME.
End Thoughts: Nao’s story is actually pretty interesting, it’s a shame that she’s a character that doesn’t get much elaboration. I was under the impression that she was kind of a bitch, but she’s just a poor, abandoned girl who had finally built a life for herself only to have it come crashing down. Still, it’s hard to feel pity for her given how selfish she tends to be. Poor Jun might be her next target.
We get not one, but TWO pasts! Sunako’s past was….surprisingly boring. I was expecting something way more complicated. Is she leaving something out? (Like how she found the Kirishikis?) I mean, I loved hearing about the mysterious Sunako, but really? She chilled in a storehouse reading books then kind of dilly-dallyed about to look for her parents? Gackt and Chizuru better have more impressive backstories than that.
This episode is mostly extra explanations. Pasts, character thoughts, and officially confirming some assumptions most of us already had (eg. Natsuno isn’t human, Akira’s dad died). Only the last bit is really moving the plot forward, with Akira’s attempted “I’M A HERO!” business. I knew that kid would get ahead of himself and do something stupid. Doesn’t he remember what Natsuno said before? About not killing Shiki during the day because of Tatsumi? =.= *sigh* Now Kaori will be an easy target by herself. Anyways, it’s a good episode to sort of just take everything in. Shiki doesn’t want to rush things, and I appreciate that given the amount of rushed anime we have out there. I actually really enjoyed episode 16~ The ending? Oh man, what a cliffhanger!!! He can’t be dead from one bite, just anemic, but after one bite, it’s hard to break free of the cycle, so he’s as good as gone… I thought Akira would get tied up first and THEN escape and kill whoever kidnapped him. Guess not, lulz.
Preview: Nurse Ritsuko is back into the picture, at least for a little bit. She seems to just see weird things and then go “wow, that was WEIRD” then continue with her life, so I don’t expect much there. Kaori looks like the next one aboard the crazy train and has taken up gravedigging. I sense imminent danger. As Seishin nearly comes across Tohru (who we later see sobbing…but when does Tohru NOT cry?), Toshio is seemingly becoming darker and darker. Lots of scenes with him and blood. Is he doing more experiments or just being haunted by guilt? All this plus clips of Natsuno running around with zero context, all to come in episode 17!