And we all. fall. down~
Shiki seems to be an exception for me in a lot of cases. It is the only show in which I care about the previews (I only watch previews if I’m blogging about a show because I have no choice in the matter LOL). It is also the only show this season where I talk out loud while watching it. It is also the only show where I pounce on the latest episode as soon as it’s out (if i could physically pounce on an episode, I WOULD). What am I saying? I love Shiki and this is the goddamned FINALE!!!!!
Beautiful sunset. Flash to bloody villagers on a rampage. Beautiful sunset. Flash to Sunako crawling out a suitcase and running away. BEUTIFUL SUNSET. You get the idea. As Sunako stumbles her way through the woods and towards Seishin (following the trail of blood), Tatsumi is still leading the villagers away in his car. He gets run over twice, shot at least 5 times and thrown into a ditch. “What a valiant man” I thought as his firetruck red jumpsuit faded from view.
Kaori wakes up in a hospital with her brother and Natsuno. They’re all fine, except for the dog, who probably died a terrible death since it’s not there. Do try to keep up, because now we’re focusing on MEGUMI, who is fabulous and on the run. NEVERMIND HER NOW, it’s all about Toshio. Toshio gets the news of Tatsumi’s death, and growls at them to stake him to death and not just shoot him.
Yamairi is burning all of a sudden, making Sunako’s attempts to escape even harder. The villagers can’t even put out the fire due to the blackout and lack of the ability to pump water near the flames. She comes across Seishin’s body and proceeds to shriek like a little girl (oh wait, she IS a little girl). This alerts the villager’s to her presence, so they chase after her once again. Seishin is just barely alive. Is this a hint of what’s to come that he can see just fine in the dark without his glasses?
Megumi, who is STILL fabulous and on the run, tries to dash across a road and escape. She is distracted by a flashback of Natsuno standing at the bus stop, and is caught while running in slow motion by the villagers. She uses the darkness as cover, but the villagers have lights. Figure that. Megumi pleads for her life, acting like the trendy bitch she always was and calling the villagers “uncool.” As she desperately begs, they mercilessly run her over again, and again, eventually running over her head and staking her to death. It’s a wonderfully malicious scene.
As Toshio and a bunch of other villagers arrive in Yamairi, it’s clear that things are too bad to try to stop it. Toshio sees Natsuno standing solemnly over Tohru’s body, which is all the grieving we need to see for it to really hit home. Tohru is dead, and Natsuno is beyond upset. Natsuno is next seen confronting Tatsumi, ready to fight with the very much alive jinrou. Ahhh, I was tricked.
Sunako stands on the top of a hill, looking at the blazing fire in front of her. This makes for a perfect backdrop so that villagers can spot you, and thus…she is spotted. The chase continues! The other villagers want to try to stop the fire from spreading into Sotoba by cutting down trees. With a fire this big, it won’t be long until the neighbouring villages call the fire brigade. It might be a littttllle odd for them to come and find dead bodies and bloodstains everywhere, so they decide to burn the bodies before it’s too late. The injured, children and elderly? Pshh, they can walk.
The fashion battle continues as Natsuno, strengthened by blood, fights with Tatsumi. Tatsumi seems to be retaliating quite effortlessly, but the tables are turned once they both fall into a giant pit. Natsuno doesn’t smirk, but he knows he has won. Betraying them for the sole reason of disliking them, he pulls out a stick of dynamite and kills the both of them in a huge explosion.
Geijutsu wa bakuhatsu da!
Sunako makes her way to a Church and hides inside. Well, she stands in the middle of the aisle and cries loudly. Face it, she’s not very good at hiding. Ookawa breaks in, looking quite scary against the growing flames. He shows no mercy, throwing his hammer into the small of her back and slamming her against a wall by her neck. He gives a long speech about how many she has murdered (which, ironically, could be turned right back around to him) only to be killed by Seishin.
The fire is now an inferno, and the villagers give up cutting the trees down. This is seen by the flames steadily eating their way up the walls of the Church as Seishin – now a jinrou – convinces Sunako to keep living. God cannot judge creatures such as them anymore. There is no sin, there is no salvation, there is nothing. They are not good, and they aren’t evil. They simply are.
Alright, loli, get back in the suitcase.
The villagers are forced to evacuate. Toshio feels like he’s lost, even though in the end everyone basically survived thanks to him. He has done a good job. Cue a montage of burning, dead bodies, twisted by the intense heat. Gackt returns to his castle, a king without a crown. The firetruck sirens approach the village…as Seishin and Sunako leave it all behind in a car.
Then we get a sort of “the next day” thing which is just people getting on and off a bus…Will we be getting more? Well, according to MAL we’re getting 2 specials…An episode 20.5 on May 25th and 21.5 on June 22. This is AGES away, but makes me smile nonetheless.
One Last Spam:
Manhug tackles: for when you have no clue how to fight.
NOOO MY PANTIESSSSS DON’T LOOOOK!!!!
Working in a model pose while being shot? Only you, Tatsumi.
Bushes. The most effective anime hiding spot known to man.
End Thoughts: That was nothing short of amazing. After being bombarded by lackluster finales, there is finally an anime that gets the last episode RIGHT. There was a sense of impending doom and suspense right until the very end, with both sides constantly on the run. They did an excellent job of building up the carnage from a few episodes back, slowly leading to the end. They jumped around a LOT, which is a bit disorienting at times, but really keeps you on your toes. There was just so much happening, so many characters doing different things in different places, so many what-ifs just…AH! SO GOOD!
The only bad thing about the ending is the lack of closure. While I particularly like the thought of Seishin and his little loli escaping into the night, the ending does seem abrupt. I was leaning on my seat waiting for something more, something I can’t quite place. I could’ve used a few more lines from the villagers to solidify it all in my head, perhaps. I don’t know, but everything ended with such a BANG all at once, the sudden drop-off in tension wasn’t very good. I wouldn’t change the PLOT of the ending in any way, just maybe how it was done? :3 I’m glad there’s that dangling thread of Seishin and Sunako starting a NEW shiki colony somewhere else. And so the horror continues~
I don’t expect a season 2 out of this, so I guess this is the end of the line. This has been one of favourite anime of the year, if not my absolute favourite. Not only that, I had the most fun blogging about it too. Mostly, to be honest, because of the comments. Everyone looks at this show with a slightly different perspective…you guys have brought up things I didn’t even THINK of. Not to mention you manga readers who provide me with something else entirely. I know it sounds lame, but I’ve enjoyed this show even MORE from getting all these outside perspectives and thoughts.
I am going to DEARLY miss this show, but life must go on. Thanks for reading my posts from when I first joined Metanorn as but a little fledgling, wide-eyed and confused. I’ll cut this long drabble before you gag…Just remember. SHIKI IS AWESOME. 10/10. I AM OVERCOOLED, AND THIS SADISTIC MASTERPIECE IS DONE!
Also, LOOK BEHIND YOU.