This is NOT a good sign for the humans
How did I NOT expect Shiki to troll us once again by not talking about Akira’s fate? I should know by now =.= Yeah, he’s probably going to die, but I want to see REAL PROOF OF HIM AS AN OKIAGARI! Aside from that, the story is pretty much chugging along at a decent pace. I get the feeling the chessboard is being set up for a final checkmate finale that will make us go crazy. For now, we shall savour each move~
Seishin has a bit of a nightmarish vision of standing alone in a bloodstained wasteland. From behind, a bloody Kyoko approaches him, limp like a ragdoll. From the gaping wound in her stomache that goes all the way through, he sees Toshio. Framed with flesh and mangled organs, he mocks Seishin for not coming to a decision.
Mmm, this show is so twisted <3
Seishin is just ASKING for trouble parading around in a forest at night, with a beacon to pinpoint his location (i.e. a flashlight). Luckily, he only comes across Tohru, who is too emo to do anything. Of course they make Seishin meet all the NICE, HUMAN-LIKE shiki to build up his sympathy. He comforts the poor blonde, quoting Sunako. Hmm…Sunako, huh?
This is one of those really sucky days for Seishin. You know the type? When villagers stop wanting your burial services and your dad suddenly disappears? Yeah, it happens to all of us. The only clue where old man panda might’ve lurched off to is in the ancient-looking laptop he left behind. The saved letters he wrote instruct the Kirishikis to come and take him, but to leave Seishin and the mother in tact. Seishin was the one who delivered that letter. He must feel terrible.
Back at the clinic, things are pretty sparse. All the patients prefer the Ebuchi clinic, and any patients they DO get just die. Oh, by the way, Junko died. Looks like Nao got to her. During a visit with one of their few patients, Toshio denies that they’re sick with the epidemic “disease” that’s been going around. Ritsuko finds this odd and confronts Toshio about it later, almost bringing up how she saw Nao, but deciding against it in the end. Listen, if you see an undead girl in the woods – PLEASE TELL SOMEONE.
“It’s chickenpox.” “but Doctor-” “DEFINITELY CHICKENPOX!!!”
This is quickly becoming Seishin’s worse day ever. Nothing makes a bad day worse than a manic little girl covered in mud at your doorsteps. The poor thing rants on about digging her own grave, wanting a posthumous name, and her dead family. Of course, the suicidal guy gives her a lecture on treasuring life. The poor monk is so troubled that he goes to the Ozaki clinic just to gaze longingly at his friend before disappearing. Immediately after, Toshio gets a call from Seishin’s mom, saying that he ran away. Where else would he run away to other than the Kanemasa house?
Some old man no one cares about is returning home from the Kagura dance practice late at night…Alarm bells should be ringing. Needless to say, he doesn’t survive very long in such an okiagari-infested village. Ritsuko is the next one to go out alone at night. A fellow nurse called her in distress, saying she was being held hostage. Ritsuko tells Toshio about it (and not, I dunno, the POLICE.) and runs out to go “save her” or something like that. While she DOES see the poor nurse, it’s not exactly the way she wanted to. After the moving truck carries the gagged nurse away, Ritsuko is assaulted in the middle of the road.
Toshio finds her on the side of the road, barely conscious. He drives her home, listening to a string of automatic phrases. Don’t talk to me anymore, I’m going to quit, the usual okiagari script. Toship grips the steering wheel in frustration. Now all of his pretty nurses are gone. HOW WILL HE SURVIVE? By the way, I have no idea wtf Natsuno is doing. He’s running around as if he has something important to do. All I know is that Tatsumi is watching, and doesn’t look all too pleased.
After a long tiring day, Toshio comes home to unwind…At least, that’s what he had in mind until a barely-clothed woman showed up on his couch. Chizuru is back, this time revealing even more skin in an outfit that resembles something you’d catch fish in. Toshio’s instant reaction is to shove a stake into her heart, but Gackt snipes him from the bushes and blasts it into smithereens. Poor guy, LOL.
Toshio tries to get information out of her as to why someone human, like Gackt, would want to live with a bunch of okiagari. He’s…human? I was under the impression he was the same as Tatsumi. Then again, Toshio has been wrong before. Chizuru doesn’t really answer his question, but he mentions that Seishin is now living with them. Despite being shaken by this news, he manages to slowly try to persuade Chizuru to let him live longer. He spins a story about wanting to see the deaths of all the villager’s who told him he was crazy, and how he’ll need more time to see it. Chizuru doesn’t buy it and bites him, making him destroy all of his documents. He is now a puppet of the Kirishikis…
Sometimes…Just sometimes…I think I’m too fabulous for my own good
Natsuno…AWAY! *flies off*
End Thoughts: I always get the feeling that an episode, like this one, is a set-up/confirmation episode. However, a lot of new things happened such as Seishin choosing a side, Toshio being bitten, and more people getting owned. It’s like each event is just a stepping stone for the next one, leaving me hungry for the finale where everything comes together. Each episode can not fill me, I have become voracious for more information and more progress. Never has a show made me this impatient for more episodes! It’s. just. so. addictive. O_O
Seishin tiem nowz. Thank goodness he stepped out of the neutral zone. While his decision to sympathize with the okiagari to this extent still baffles me (as in, I wouldn’t do it XD) it makes sense for him. He always comes across all the human-like okiagari like Sunako and Tohru. One look at the sinful little thing Megumi has become and I bet he wouldn’t be so soft-hearted. He really does seem to fit in with them though. Sunako has really rubbed off on him, she seems like a closer friend than Toshio now. Also, this has NO SEGWAY WHATSOEVER BUT, it’s interesting how people who tried suicide like Seishin are the ones who end up comforting everyone else.
Oh man, I didn’t expect Toshio to get owned this badly. He was so calm and confident that I believed in him. D= AND THEN THAT SLUT BIT HIM AFTER FONDLING HIM FOR 10 MINUTES UGHHH. How will this affect his plans with Natsuno? He’ll probably tell something is up when he sees Toshio all pale. I’m so sad though, I wanted Toshio to do something effective. THAT VIDEO IS GOING TO WASTE! Also, I didn’t expect Ritsuko is get owned either! I liked her! T_T Her sister was so cute too….
Preview: If you haven’t seen the preview, I suggest you do. Episode 18 looks like it will drop jaws and stop hearts. First of all, what looks like Natsuno’s dad is going completely crazy and attacking something. Secondly, the Kagura festival takes place in episode, and Gackt arrives with his gun again. We see him POINTING IT AT CIVILIANS. Does this mean the okiagari are finally making their oppression known to the surviving villagers? If they are, then this will quickly become a full-out war in which Toshio has become down for the count. Our only hope is Natsuno, who we see being attacked by Tatsumi. I’m betting Natsuno is fine in the end, but Tatsumi is not going to let him ruin any plans.