Blood, blood, gallons of the stuff~
When this show is over, expect a rant like no other in the end thoughts. I already feel like I’ve watched the best episode ever, and we’re not even done yet. I love, love, love blogging about Shiki and am thankful this episode came out on my LAST DAY OF EXAMS YEAAAHHH. The perfect way to relax. Except, I watched it before my exam. Not sure how good of a sign that is.
What better way to start off an episode than by having someone’s eyeball explode? Toshio and the gang continue their shiki hunt in the Kanemasa mansion, uncovering body after body in all sorts of hiding places. Although they’re hesitant at first, it’s not long before the scene becomes a bloodbath due to the staked bodies. I’m sure this would continue a bit more if news of Ms. Ozaki’s death hadn’t reached Toshio.
After killing everyone they could, it looks like someone got revenge by killing Toshio’s mom in a way that she absolutely won’t rise up. They were decent enough to even leave a message and a trail of bloody footprints upstairs. Seeing as it’s daytime, they just go right on up there to check, coming face to face with Atsushi. Remember him sneaking in the clinic last episode? Yeah, well he’s gonna get owned now.
His dad, Ookawa, (I won’t call him Beardio since he’s in the episode a lot. Meh.) reacts by wanting to kill him for being so weak. A bit of a struggle and a lot of plasma later and he’s down for the count. Ookawa cries manly tears of blood (the manliest tears there are), and everyone moves on. Desensitized to death, they dutifully begin throwing the bodies into a pit. Who thought a conversation about setting fire to a bunch of people you just massacred could be so casual?
The villager’s next move? Check the underground pipeline. There’s no way they got everyone in one day. Alright, let’s just go – BOOM, HEADSHOT! The villagers panic…as they should…and look for the location of the sniper. Before Gackt (who else would it be?) can get more shots in, Natsuno wrestles the gun away from his target and challenges him head on. What I expected to be a fight turned out to be a short discussion of how Gackt wants to be a shiki because he likes hunting people down. With that out in the open, he shoots towards Natsuno as the villagers approach his lookout point. Did he shoot Natsuno? I…don’t know. (My guess = NO.)
The sun sets, and the night casts darkness over Sotoba. Sunako awakens, and Seishin stares down wearily at the petite vampiress. Then Tatsumi ruins everything and struts in with his bright red, too tight jumpsuit (better than last week though!) and tells Sunako that a lot of people died and Gackt hasn’t come back yet. Sunako looks…undone. She’s practically whimpering as Tatsumi assures her that he’ll find an escape route and Gackt. The evening isn’t complete until Tatsumi daintily sucks some blood from the willing Seishin.
You enjoying that, Seishin?
Tohru is still at that shed in the hilltops. Ritsuko basically tells him “I’d rather die than be a loser like you lololol” so he lets her prey go. What will Natsuno say when he hears about this, Ricchan? Oh well, it’s okay, you’re probably gonna die soon, so whatever. MOVING ON.
Go Ritsuko! Rape that Tohru, yeah!
Everyone is really at their wit’s end this episode. Sunako is absolute wracked with terror, confessing every feeling she’s ever felt to Seishin. She’s a monster, who would come to rescue her? She’s killed countless people, but she can’t help but wonder why it’s wrong. She just wants to live. How do you judge one life next to another? This is where the morals really start to blur. She really is forsaken by God.
Tohru, who has let Ritsuko’s prey go, was struggling with having to take a life to preserve his own as well. In the end, Ritsuko comes across as one of the purest characters in the show, so I forgive her for taking Tohru. In the end, him and Ritsuko just sit there holding hands, ignoring any sort of danger that may come of it.
Those villager’s are wily ones once they come together, aren’t they? They discuss how their conquest is going, and this is the first sign of apprehension shown from Toshio when Seishin is mentioned. No way he wants to kill his friend (or other humans who are under hypnosis), even if he’s labeled a “traitor.” Quite remarkably, he holds no grudge towards the silver-haired man. Sadly, a man under hypnosis pulls out a gun and shoots someone. Ookawa is the first to pull out a stake and kill him, much to Toshio’s horror. This is not…what he wanted…
STOP. Hammer time~
I will kill anyone who ships this.
Tohru: emo kid extraordinair
Cirque du Shiki: coming soon
…So, who’s cleaning this up?
End Thoughts: I am so close to giving this show a 10/10, and it’s not even done yet. At the end of every episode I say “Whew, that was quite the episode. Climax of the series!” and then the next episode is even MORE thrilling. How can I not love an episode that starts and ends with bloody murder? Oh, and it’s full of killing too. Of course, I’d be a bad judge if it took only a few splatters of blood here and there to impress me. Episode 20 is also wrought with emotions, moral issues, and the weaving, unpredictable plot that’s been growing since episode 1. With only 2 episodes to go, I am eager for the final episode, yet apprehensive of the end of one of my favourite series to watch AND blog about.
Something I really liked about this episode was how it nailed the moral dilemma of the shiki versus the humans dead on. Yes, it’s inherently there in the plot before now, but now it’s just made obvious. I side with Toshio, some people with Seishin, some neutral but overall…no one is right. As much as I know I’d take Toshio’s side if worse came to worse, I really don’t think you can claim that either side’s actions are justified. It’s not a battle of “who is right” but a battle of “okay, who commits the least amount of crazy sins?” Who is the real monster here? Shiki forces us to ask that question, and the results are rather chilling.
Luckily, we don’t have this situation in real life (except for us killing animals), so you don’t have to feel bad about being a human and killing things. :3 I felt really bad for Sunako for the first time when I saw her so worked up, but I also felt horrible for Toshio when Ookawa killed that poor human. Toshio didn’t want it to turn out that way, but killing a human who’s alive versus one who’s a shiki….is there really that much of a difference? Still, for him it crosses a line where he can’t deny the brutality of it all. Both sides are filled with doubts at this point, making me VERY interested in how they’ll react in the following episodes with these contradictory thoughts and feelings.
My end thoughts for Shiki always end up taking the serious route, I CAN’T HELP IT. IT’S GOING TO END SOON TOO. TT.TT I literally had to refrain myself from writing more paragraphs about Ritsuko, Tohru, Natsuno and Gackt LOL. (Especially Ritsuko. Impressive lady, that one.) I swear I could write a goddamned essay on this show.
Preview: My fellow shiki-sadists, the next 2 episodes without a doubt are going to be….insane. I’m guesisng the preview is vague because THERE WAS TOO MUCH CRAZINESS, THEY COULD ONLY SHOW US THE RANDOM PARTS. Seishin still seems to be doing fine, and he’s even escaping off somewhere, so it seems. Maybe the okiagari are making a move to escape? I see Masao is there, idly watching the humans, and Yoshiie runs into Gackt. Lastly, Ookawa finds Seishin dad and he looks like he’s still alive! Not much we can do but wait for next week.