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Shiki Episode 2

July 17, 2010

The opening episode of Shiki brought us the fall and fall of Megumi Shimizu, culminating in this young girl’s death after a brief disappearance which occurs with no real explanation, be it medical or otherwise. Things aren’t helped by the Shimizu family’s staunch refusal to allow Megumi to be subjected to a post-mortem, leaving the village doctor to do little more than guess at her exact fate.Of course, following this death a portion of episode two is filled with Megumi’s funeral, an event which even the distant Natsuno attends despite his dislike for the village and its continual gossip and talking behind people’s backs; a trait noted even by Megumi’s friend Kaori who also attends the funeral.
With this incident dead and buried (sorry, bad joke), you might think that it’s time to move onto pastures new, but not so as the death toll within the area simply keeps on rising, with our doctor and his monk friend counting seven deaths during a two-week period while the reality is that even more people have kicked the bucket during that spell. For most of these cases the symptoms been the same, with a supposed “summer cold” bringing about lethargy and tiredness before things suddenly take a turn for the worse before death ensues. But what is causing all of this? An epidemic seems like the obvious suspect, but given that this is a horror anime we’re watching and not an episode of Casualty I think it’s safe to say that we know rather better….
Given its twenty-two episode length, I suppose it’s sensible for Shiki to take things slowly and keep us guessing, and it’s certainly doing this so far – Aside from some decidedly odd snatches here and there we really haven’t been exposed to anything much beyond that experienced by Doctor Ozaki so our guess is as good as his. Luckily the series so far is polished and well-delivered enough to get away with its sloth-like pace to build things up, although I have to confess that I hope it doesn’t go on for too long – There’s clearly a lot of potential for this series, and I’d like to see some of it revealed sooner rather than later, impatient bugger that I am.

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13 comments

  1. Badass Episode. Even though it is a bit slow the show really is interesting.


  2. Are they all going to come back as vampires or something? Because Megumi is listed as a main character, but they killed her off so early. Anyways, interesting that the old lady so clearly said “don’t call the doctor” and her neck cracked as she said it. Creepy. This is a vampire show, isn’t it?

    http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=video&v=5801


  3. A very strange show so far. Natsuno sure is annoying, he didn’t have to be so rude to Kaori. Yet it looks like he lives longer than most judging by the intro. I like the monk guy and the docter, I hope they live. I’m bad at remembering names.
    I hope Megumi doesn’t come back! Maybe she’s just listed in the main cast because there will be flashbacks with her in them.
    The nurse will probably be one of the next to die as they just introduced her a little bit this episode.
    I wonder if this show is going to get more exciting or if it will be more of a mystery.


  4. Certainly seems to be vampires. The doctor’s diagnosis was a very roundabout way of saying blood had been drained.

    This show isn’t too deep, but I’m finding more meat to dig into than the rest of this season. Thumbs up from me.


  5. The OP for this is SO awesome.

    I also find it a bit odd that the old lady clearly said “don’t call the doctor” as her neck cracked all creepy like.

    The pace of this episode seemed fairly slow, but still enjoyable.


  6. The old lady part was creepy. I was like 0_o
    Good episode! More development!


  7. Definitely slow, but I’m OK with that for now. I liked the scene of Kaori thinking of her own future death thanks to Megumi’s burial; it seems like Kaori, along with Natsuno, the monk, and the doctor, will be the main characters. I hope sooner or later we find out why Natsuno hates people so much. I’m also hoping we see more of the mysterious new family (especially the little girl, since she has the whole ending to herself) soon.

    And like others, I still adore the opening. BUCK-TICK ❤


    • OMG yes BUCK-TICK Forever~
      I too want to see more of the mysterious family and possibly more of what was said at the “tea meeting”.


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