Posted on 24 February 2008 with categories: Shigofumi ~ Stories of the Last Letter


Haha, this was the best episode of Shigofumi yet. The creators did an excellent job for the episode on Fumika’s past. It was really over-the-top, but at the end you can really understand why Fumika shot her father. I’m glad to see that Shigofumi has found its own style, and kept with it, and it’s a great example of combining calm storytelling with extreme themes.

So, we already knew that Fumika’s father was insane, but there’s more to this story than just that. Her mother immediately divorced the guy as soon as she gave birth to Fumika, and now she’s remarried to another guy and lives in another country. Ever since then, she spent her childhood just with her father. In the beginning, he was really nice to her, though at one point, he started drawing on her, just like what he did in the last episode, but much more extreme. It was his way of getting inspiration for his books, but he was never content with it, and released all his anger about this on Fumika.

It was at this point where Fumika started developing an alternative personality: Mika, while she herself became Fumi. By talking to herself, she found peace between the horrible tortures of her father, and this continued until Fumika went to middle school, and she finally met other people, including Kaname and Kasumi. Meanwhile, though, the abuse continued, and at one point, it was Mika who couldn’t take it anymore to see Fumi being abused like that, and shot her father.

What’s interesting is how Fumi continued to love her father, no matter what he did to her. After her father was shot, I believe that the shock of seeing her father shot caused her to go into coma, and ever since, Mika became unable to contact her.

The question will now be: what do the creators have in mind for the final third of this series? There are four episodes left, and Fumika’s back-story seems to be resolved now. If I had to guess, then the final episode ends with Fumi, waking up again, though I’m interested to see how the creators are planning to do this.

2 Responses

  1. windy says:

    It’s rather hard to understand this series. Actually, for me it’s rather vague. I didn’t get everything in the plot. I mean, all the characters and everything, it’s difficult to find a link. But despite that, I found it was the best episode of this series , I just loved it! And Mika is just Fumika’s alternative personality, is that so ?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Yes. Basically, at one point Fumika split her personality into Fumi and Mika. Fumi was her real personality, and the one that got bullied and Mika was her mirror image, and the one who later became the Fumika that delivers the Shigofumi.

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  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:27 AM)
    I always felt the exposition was at its most inane in kara no kyokai, I do however admit I liked the action scenes in the third film and the seventh though.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:26 AM)
    The milking was the final nail in the coffin. And by the time fate/zero came round I wasn’t up for it, I still amn’t for the blade works remake.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:25 AM)
    @Emma: I’m surprised Inaho functions on any social level to be honest.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:25 AM)
    You sure are being harsh on Nasu. He has his flaws but damn I love his characters and he can write some godly moments of badassery.
    I could use less of that roundabout infodump bullshit though. Nasu, you can’t keep to your own rules. Stop making up rules you will only break.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:24 AM)
    Its actually a shame that I actually ruined type-moons stuff for myself, entirely my own fault. I wasn’t up in arms over deens cracks at the franchise, at first I thought it was okay then I looked back and felt it only had its moments. Then I read the manga adaptation, read the visual novel and just overindulged.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:23 AM)
    Tsukihime has not aged well. But it is getting a remake. Though considering Type moons release history that’s likely coming in 2050.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:22 AM)
    @Raggers: I think if my autism reached the level of that it would be most problematic.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:20 AM)
    Fate/zero was a one off thing. And while he did write it, technically Nasu was his editor. You can’t honestly believe Gen could come up with characters like Rider and Waver now can you?
    Sure Nasu claims otherwise but come on.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:20 AM)
    Fate may not be the best, but it’s a damn sight better than some of the stuff that gets milked for money…
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:19 AM)
    Nasu, I literally give zero fucks about. I’ve only read his Fate VN and possibly Tsukihime in the future.

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