Posted by psgels on 2 February 2008 with categories: Shigofumi ~ Stories of the Last Letter


Yep, this episode yet again showed that this series has the same scriptwriter as Code-Geass. This episode had quite a few small unexplained coincidences that plagued Code Geass, up to the extreme. Thankfully, Shigofumi promises to be ten times better than the former somehow. I think it’s because that this is the only flaw that this series really has, whereas Code Geass was plagued by emo-fests and the horrible nationalistic messages that it tried to shove down the viewer’s throats, among others.

This episode was really mentioned to flesh out Fumiko, and the person receiving the Shigofumi (a cat) took a step back. It worked out really well, in my opinion. We also learn a bit more about Fumiko, before she became the deliverer of the Shigofumi. It seems that she, after killing her father, went into a coma. And now, she’s stuck, delivering the Shigofumi while her real body remains unconscious for years. Her old classmate that we saw in episode three turns out to have confessed to her, though Fumika declined.

It was also quite amusing to see that she hated cats. In that way, she does form a pretty good combination with Chiaki, as it’s clear that both of them try to annoy each other as much as possible. I really liked how this episode gave a new dimension to Fumiko, and how she’s not just that cold girl who delivers letters.

Regarding the case of this episode, it was pretty cute for a old man and woman to try and give their last message to a cat in the form of a key to their old apartment. I like the creativity, and it shows how the original writers were really trying to explore the borders around the Shigofumi. That’s what I like about these case-based series so much. :)

8 Responses

  1. Camario says:

    I guess Ichiro Okouchi will forever be “the Code Geass scriptwriter” in your eyes…but even if that wasn’t the case, “small (or moderate or large) unexplained coincidences” abound in many other anime series as well, old and new. I think mentioning too many examples would be quite unnecessary at this point.

    So, personally, I think Geass and Shigofumi (which I’m starting to watch but still on ep 3, for the record, though I don’t care too much about spoilers) are too different for the comparison to make much sense, beyond the presence of the scriptwriter himself. But alas…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Camario: Yeah, I know that many other series have trouble with these small coincidence, but it still haunts me. I won’t reveal too much about Code Geass if you’re only at episode three, but these coincidences get really taken to the extreme in its second half, and I’m really afraid that the same is going to happen with Shigofumi at times.

  3. totoum says:

    though how close to the original manga is shigofumi? I know the art seems different,but what about the plot?

    if the coincidences were also in the original material,you can’t really blame the scriptwriter of the anime.

  4. Windspirit says:

    The anime has absolutely nothing to do with the manga.

  5. Windspirit says:

    The anime has nothing to do with the original novels case-wise. So I heard, at least.

  6. totoum says:

    thanks for the info windspirit

  7. Tania says:

    What do you mean? You don’t like “Code Geass”? But, it’s REALLY AWESOME!!!!! One of my favorite series! The plot and the chatacters and the story are really well – developped and I am looking foward the next season , I can’t wait to see it! I don’t agree with you on this, I can’t understand why you haven’t enjoyed it. Well, I just found the Opening wasn’t perfect, they could have found better for an anime of this high quality it was somehow out of place. I haven’t liked it. But I liked the music inside the episodes. I particularly loved the one we hear when Euphie is dying and Suzaku is beside her hospital bed.

  8. yoshi927 says:

    There were two big coincidences here, but it wasn’t really as annoying as in the second episode. I liked this one quite a bit. It seems funny that stealing is out but mugging is fine. :D

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 02:25 PM)
    @Realist: Stereotyping is intrinsic to human beings in too many ways, so much so that even when a “safe”, “attractive”, “normal” looking person is caught out they still become surprised at the revelation, even if they admit that stereotyping is wrong.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 02:14 PM)
    I think I’ve got a good handle on Yamaguchi Mikoto as an author now, I also read the first volume of Mayonaka and as I thought, it began deceptively and that maybe there wouldn’t be too much to it, but turns into something surprising, far more interesting.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 01:38 PM)
    @Trass, I can sort of understand that. Though as you likely noticed, psgels isn’t as active as he used to be. So rather than let this blog die a slow death it would be better to see something done with it. We ain’t prefect but well people improve over time.
  • Trass
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 12:47 PM)
    I came back here after a long while and saw how the blog is active again. I was really excited but then found out it’s not psgels who are writing the posts anymore… I’m happy but really sad at the same time ;w;
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 08:31 AM)
    *this time
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 08:28 AM)
    @K-off: it wasn’t the most visually impressive episode anyways, so it’s alright is time.
  • k-off
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @Bam I know you’re going to point it out, so yes, I know the screenshots aren’t very good…But it was very difficult for me to find a decent clip that wasn’t a spoiler in this episode.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 06:42 AM)
    I’m shocked by the news that Jian Ghomeshi has been an evil rapist this entire time. I listened to his show for so long and he always seemed like such a teddy bear. Just shows that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 03:06 AM)
    Then Tougane looks down in a displeased manner and says: “two brainwave scanners would never work, what we need is to put a rubber ducky under the floormat and then if an intruder gets in they will step on it, alarming the cat. We then proceed to dissect the cat to check its body for any signs of stress hormone secretion which will show if someone was indeed there or not”. He then looks away with content and light up a cigarette.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 31. 2014 02:57 AM)
    Also the dominator is dominately stupid. After all that happened you don’t arm your men with some non-lethal back-up weapon or something? I get that they were trying to take the law out of human hands to avoid abuse, but in that case what is the point of human agency in the police? Have some droids patrol the streets with dominators then.

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