They’re not gonna get us~
There is one episode until Shiki is over. One. Right now I am torn between being excited and apprehensive. Usually I just want to see the finale to see the ending, and then worrying about having to fill the void comes later (if at all). This time though, I don’t want it to end. I mean, come on, I haven’t had nearly enough of Natsuno and Tohru! Next week it’ll all be over. D=
In case you forgot that Masao’s sister is actually nice, pretty and strong…here’s a reminder. Chizuko, who I had forgotten all about, is working with a bunch of nice ladies to bury bodies. They laugh, joke, smile and hammer stakes into any wriggling corpses. You know, the types of things all ladies do. There is no tea party like a bloody tea party, am I right, ladies?
Sunako is sobbing in Seishin’s lap, mourning her inability to stay awake during the day. She’s worried that this might be the last time she sees them. Tatsumi tries to comfort her, but she rejects his optimism as lies. What she really needs right now is Seishin explaining why he almost killed himself! That will cheer her up! Although she’s asleep by the end of it (out of boredom or the fact it’s daytime, I’ll never know), Seishin reveals a lot of interesting things about himself and his story.
Tell me a bedtime story!
This is a nice treat: the whole story behind Seishin’s horror novel. The truth is that the younger brother wanted to be killed all along. He was only acting nice to be on the good side of God. He viewed the older brother as the one who was more free for acting as he wished, and not having to hide his sinful side. However, once he revealed this to his older brother, he disappeared. His older brother then started to disappear as well, realizing he never had a younger brother to begin with. His younger brother was something he created out of his own despair, something to give his feelings a form. The only way to kill the despair was to kill his brother….which means committing suicide. INTENSE. Of course, this is supposed to explain the reasons for Seishin’s suicide – it was to fight against his despair.
After that doozy of a monologue, we go to Masao. Of all people. But it’s okay, because this is the scene where after tolerating him for 21 episodes…HE DIES. He goes to his sister’s house, the sister he was a total creep to, and is smashed in the head with a baseball bat. Implicitly. We’re never shown it, but I WANT TO BELIEVE HE IS DEAD, DAMMIT.
The amount of damns I give: 0
We’re jumping around in time a bit here. Going back in time a bit, the shiki in Yamairi are on the offensive, lead by Yoshie. She is the one who bit that guy who tried to shoot people, and was hammered by Ookawa at the end of the last episode. Huh, go figure. Just as I thought she was getting some cool parts, she gets shot by Gackt. Um…why?
The villagers are running out of places to bury the bodies, and corpses are everywhere. Not a pretty sight (well, maybe not so much for sadists, right guys?) but they don’t have many options. After being almost eaten by wild dogs, hiding in a tree, and stumbling her way downhill, the fat nurse arrives in town alive. Still in her blinding lingerie, she tells them that the Shiki are all located in Yamairi. At that, everyone leaves her in the middle of the street in her lingerie XD
For the love of God, PUT THE JACKET ON.
It’s time for another killing spree! Houses are overturned, streets are bloodied and shiki are killed in mass amounts. It’s all a routine by now, until Tohru and Ritsuko’s bodies are brought out into the open. His father vomits and whines that they should stop, while Toshio laments Ritsuko’s death for all of 5 seconds. Things take a more useful shift when they realize they haven’t checked the basement in the Kanemasa mansion. Derrrr.
As a mob surrounds the house, Tatsumi plans to escape. He shoves Sunako into a suitcase and tells Seishin to hide her while he acts as a decoy. And what a decoy he is. Tatsumi hops into a car and barrels towards the exit full speed. Getting the villagers to follow him = accomplished. Seishin slowly drives away once the coast is clear, with Sunako as his luggage.
The “secret path” isn’t so secret. Seishin has to go around, but ends up banging right into Ookawa’s car. Oh, fate, you have such a way with things. The monk has been spotted now, and is pursued all the way to the temple, where he decides to hide for now. It’s a pretty tense chase from here on out, with the villager’s right behind him. As Seishin hides in a secret compartment, they ruthlessly kill his parents for “hiding him” and “betraying Sotoba.” Really, you just can’t reason with people whose first impulses have become “kill.”
Seishin peeks out during the ruckus to see his murdered parents, and deems it unsafe to stay there. In escaping he gets shanked, but still staggers away with that giant suitcase. You can HEAR people gaining on him, as they follow his trail of blood. Being the nice person he is, he tucks the suitcase away under a bush, and leads them away from Sunako. Seishin, noooo!!!
Alright, the plan is that you shoot Toshio in the leg so he can’t resist when I rape him. Got it?
This is what happens when you don’t use spoiler tags for spoilers
Awww family portrait…Chizuru wtf are you wearing? IS THAT A FURRY DRESS?
End Thoughts: Another amazing episode. LOVED it. There are plenty of messed up scenes, such as the girls having a tea party surrounded by a sea of corpses and Masao being murdered by his own sister. I love seeing people become desensitized to murder, because it makes for delicious moral turmoil later on when they realize what they’ve done. Of course, you have to have the hesitant ones like Tohru’s father just for contrast. As much as he says “let’s stop this!”, wasn’t he just hacking up someone else a second before saying that? So it only matters if it’s your own son? Selfish, selfish~
Seishin’s explanation of his story was DEEP, man. Like woah. It was like a M. Night Shyamalan movie with a twist ending, except actually GOOD. I hope I did an okay job of explaining it, I’m sure it’s up for a few different angles of interpretation though. :3 I thought the story would explain Natsuno killing Tohru (which never happened…I just thought it would) since the guy looked so much like Natsuno, and Tohru resembles the little brother…but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The humans are really closing in on the shiki here. I have no idea where the hell Natsuno is, as he had zero screentime this episode, but I’m sure he’ll also be giving the shiki a hell of a hard time when he..you know…appears again. Unless he was actually shot, but I seriously doubt the supposed main character would die OFF-SCREEN. I mean, that’s just lame. (Much like Akira, who I’m not sure if I should just give up on or not). I get the feeling at least ONE shiki will survive, probably Sunako, but who knows. As per usual, Shiki keeps you in the dark until the very end.
Preview: I see fire. Apparently in order to not let the shiki escape they SET FIRE TO THE FOREST. (Or maybe the fire just happened. I am wildly speculating at this point XD). Aside from the inferno, Sunako is seen running away and Seishin looks utterly defeated. At one point, Ookawa has Sunako by the throat…So far all previews showing someone being held by the throat ends in them NOT dying, so we shall see what happens to poor Sunako and Seishin. Natsuno is back and so is Megumi (who I think dies, based on all the “remember when I stalked Natsuno?” imagery). Natsuno, what have you been up to all this time?!?! ALL THIS NEXT WEEK!!!!