November 14, 2010
Shiki episode 15 sets up a mood of inevitability that the Shiki have already won, except for a few remaining, but minor details. As one of these somewhat insignificant details, Dr. Toshio Ozaki is feeling isolated. This is especially true because his childhood friend has essentially abandoned him. But in the final moment, when Ozaki looks like he has accepted the Kirishiki’s claim on the village, a single spark of hope emerges in the darkness.
November 6, 2010
Episode 14 of Shiki was absolutely horrifying. It included some gruesome imagery that I won’t repeat here. While various things happened that are, no doubt important to the advancement of the plot, it was Toshio and Kyoko Ozaki’s story that was truly disturbing.
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.
October 17, 2010
Shiki‘s back and I caught up. I always knew this show was going to be disturbing, but as I watched it this Summer I could feel it messing with my head anyways. I wouldn’t say this show is scary, in the way American horror films are. Shiki doesn’t have the sudden frights that cause you to jump, it is more of a relentless atmosphere of wrongness that clings to you like a chill in the winter time. After five or six episodes, I had this feeling that I was alright now, but that couldn’t possibly last forever. It wasn’t so much that I was jumpy when I heard strange sounds in the middle of the night, as that I was hyper aware of all the strange sounds. Why did I start watching it again? Because Fuyumi Ono is a gifted writer, and, to paraphrase Akira Tanaka, I would rather regret watching it, than regret not watching it.
July 31, 2010
Episode 4 of the horror anime Shiki sees the “epidemic” spreading. Things are getting pretty bad in the village, and the good folks at the clinic are struggling to find a way to protect the village they love. Sunako stops by for another chat with bou-san Muroi, and Natsuno can’t shake off the feeling that he has a visitor of his own.