Shiki 13 – in a dark place
October 31, 2010
I hope everyone is enjoying / had a great Halloween! The folks in Sotoba village sure aren’t, well the ones who are still alive aren’t. The dead residents seem to be having a grand time, in episode 13 of Shiki.
In some respects nothing much happened this episode that wasn’t already likely to happen from events shown previously, but the weight of these things coming to pass is strongly felt. Further, the momentum here is all going against the remaining humans. Their centers of rebellion have been dealt very serious blows. Kind of a depressing episode, really, because it was unrelentingly bleak.
The one surprising card played was the actions of Seishin’s father, the head monk, who travels to see one of the dying villagers with his own eyes. Shiki has such a huge cast of characters that I had forgotten how weird the elder Muroi was. He seems be completely out of it. Perhaps he had a stroke — he travels in a wheelchair, and makes no motions aside from his jaw. Also, those eyes! Seishin doesn’t think his dad knows anything, but if that is true, this was one hell of a red herring.