Posted by psgels on 2 December 2010 with categories: Shiki



Finally, after seventeen episodes of relentless waiting, it’s finally time: the counterattack. And holy crap, this episode twisted this series into a new dimension. Beyond the main attraction of this episode (Toshio), there also were a lot of these neat short scenes that took place during the first half of this episode.

Especially the way in which the episode started was just completely out of left field: usually this is a very dark and composed series, and yet it sometimes includes these really weird and over the top scenes, like what happened previously with the eccentric undertaker. For starters, Tatsumi’s suit was just completely pinpin’, but the way in which Natsuno’s father just popped up from nowhere also came completely by surprise. We still don’t know what happened between Natsuno and his father, but that scene definitely gave a lot of insight there.

Second of all, the Shiki are looking more and more human now that their numbers are increasing. Their conversations almost feel normal now, and this episode also shed a lot of light on the hierarchy between them, and how each of them has a different job. The thing is also that Tatsumi no longer is able to keep an eye on everyone in order to scare them. Because of that, Tohru ended up in front of Ritsuko when she first awakened, who looked more like an angel than a zombie in this episode. You can see that the Shiki are getting confident: it’s not like ten episodes ago, in which they still had to be careful in their actions.

And that’s what Toshio took advantage of in this episode, and he did so wonderfully. I first thought that Toshio would take her to some dark place and stick a stake through her heart or something, but this was of course the perfect chance for him to lure out the Shiki and expose them to the villagers, and it’s really the way in which he did it that makes it awesome. If he were to scream and yell, people wouldn’t listen to him, so he really subtly showed the villagers that Chizuru was a vampire. The look on his face really was priceless. Atsushi’s arrival just made it perfect.

I really love the restraint of this series: it’s just been seventeen episodes of building up, and every time at which you thought that the characters would make some kind of come-back, the vampires only ended up making things worse. Instead, this series was really waiting for this single moment, five episodes before the end, in order to turn the tides. That’s really how you should use build-up. Lately we’ve seen a lot of series that did spend a ton of time on build-up, and yet failed to optimally use it, the biggest offender being Sengoku Basara 2, so it’s great to see another series that does know how to use it effectively without making the build-up boring or wasting all of that effort that was put in building up.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

25 Responses

  1. Nayrael says:

    I waited weeks to see this animated. It did not disappoint B-) (especially since the anime didn’t make it clear until the very end that Natsuno bit Ozaki and put a hypnosis on him that would allow him to resist other hypnoses)

  2. Alec says:

    damn spoilers… Thanks for ruining my day

  3. Nayrael says:

    Which spoilers? Don’t tell me you didn’t get the meaning of Toshio showing a bite-mark on his arm when Chizuru wondered how he did what should have been impossible.

    Really, it was plain obvious

  4. Frost says:

    Yeah, awesome ep as usual… This series does not disappoint, I expect great things for the ending

    Also interesting about the info of the “superior” type of vampires that can eat normal food etc, really lucky that Yuuki became one

  5. Sacchi says:

    Dunno, but I’m with Nayrael in this one. It’s plain obvious. Hell, I think it’s that kind of obvious stuff that’s so obvious the show won’t even tell you about it anymore in the future, guessing you already realized who bite Toshio

  6. Tomtom says:

    It’s strange even though I know the vampires are killers.. I felt extremely sorry for chizuru this episode. Maybe because she’s beautiful? Also because you know the vampires were not evil during their lives as a human (with a few exception, perhaps) and more or less just follow instinct.

  7. Nayrael says:

    I think thats the beauty of Shiki: it ain’t about good vs evil but more about survival.
    For humans, Shiki are evil. For Shiki, humans are evil. And there is no way to change that. One side will NEED to be massacred for the other to survive.

  8. M says:

    But Toshio was still bitten, doesn’t that mean he will become a Shiki?

  9. Nayrael says:

    Only if he dies. And he won’t die from bite, you die from having your blood sucked out by a Shiki for few days.

  10. Souther says:

    Excellent episode, it was about time we saw a real lasting break in what had been a relatively formulaic traditional vampire story in general. I absolutely appreciate the moral ambiguity of the series though and this episode has shifted gears in an interesting way.

  11. ranran says:

    Shikis don’t think humans are evil, per se, more so that they are disruptive to their lifestyle. It’s not a evil distribution. More like a predator-prey situation.

    The point here is what Sunako has said, that death is always a sad thing, but there’s no particularly terrible death…..but by that same token, “justified” death is also questionable.

    If you feel sorry for Chizuru, go ahead and feel sorry for her, no need to suppress it and think you shouldn’t. She’s fleshed out as a character, that might be why, cause she has a background, cause she has human-like thoughts and behaviors. We can’t help but feel sorry for those we could possibly relate to.

    I would say the good/evil distinction, and idea of a “justified” kill is constructed simply through leaving a character as undeveloped as possible. No one cares about cardboard being killed.

  12. Sebz says:

    the beginning of an all-out attack.

  13. meh11 says:

    your rating for this episode shouldnt be awesome…it should be LEGENDARY!! its been a long time since i have watched an anime that had such an epic build up and is delivering it soo well, i hope i didnt jinx it.

  14. Jeremy says:

    Wow! I’m so glad i continued watching this series. This was just plain awesome. Yes, I thought Chizuru’s death(well she’s not dead yet but we assume) was very sad. Even more since she was finally beginning to feel human again. That was very smart of Toshio. Some unanswered questions or thinks that I didn’t totally get. Was Ritsuko talking about killing herself? Also, Natsuno and the other werewolf talking. Is it me or did he insinuate that Akira is still alive?

  15. evolstar says:

    I told you the turning point was coming and they cut off right in the middle of it. Look forward to next week- it gets even better!

  16. Alec says:

    Well yes its obvious that Natsuno bit him, but the counter-hypnosis part is a completely different thing. Whats done is done

  17. Nayrael says:

    And why do you think he bit him? To see what kind of blood type he had?
    Counter Hypnosis is the only thing that makes sense when looking at the scene and what happened.
    So again no, it ain’t a spoiler. If you have to be angry. be angry about the person who didn’t come to the conclusion most I see did.

  18. Spaceidiot says:

    I’m in agreement with Nayrael. I haven’t read the manga and I found the scene pretty revealing as to why Ozaki had a second bite on his arm, especially when it had a ghost image of where Chizuru had been feeding. And if someone with my online name can figure that scene out then so can most others.

    Though really freaking awesome episode! This anime has consistently been my favorite show of the week since around episode 5-6ish and it has been a long time since I looked forward to the next episode as much as I do for Shiki.

  19. Alec says:

    Sorry for not being clear. What I meant was the method of the counter-hypnosis. When I saw the bite mark on Natsuno’shand, I immediately found 3 possible answers as to what the method was. So yeah..
    Anyways, I never thought of that possibilty, but I have one that is pretty much close to that. One of the possible answers I saw was that Natsuno bit the ALREADY BITTEN Ozaki and cancelled the hypnosis. Both answers are kinda similar, but completely different.

    So YES! I kinda still think of it as a spoiler

  20. Ncrdrg says:

    Damn, they cut the episode in the middle of the climax.
    Still an amazing episode. Shiki is my favorite Fall series. (I know, it started in Summer but still…)

    As for the bite marks, it’s pretty obvious Natsuno is responsible for it. Why else would Ozaki suddenly give up and play into their game? It was off-character because it was planned.

  21. Alec says:

    well duh!!! its obvious that Natsuno bit Ozaki and that Ozaki was just playing along, but HOW would you know that Ozaki ALREADY had a HYPNOTIC suggestion placed on him by Natsuno before he got bitten by Chizuru?…

    I would think that his Hypnosis was undone/cancelled by Natsuno, but I guess its not that right one afterall (There is a BIG difference between a BEFORE and an AFTER)

    btw I had a dejavu when I heard that Bloodtype joke. I swear i saw it on the previous shiki posts xD

  22. Alec says:

    well duh!!! its obvious that Natsuno bit Ozaki and that Ozaki was just playing along, but HOW would you know that Ozaki ALREADY had a HYPNOTIC suggestion placed on him by Natsuno before he got bitten by Chizuru?… just sayin’

    I would think that his Hypnosis was undone/cancelled by Natsuno, but I guess its not that right one afterall (There is a BIG difference between a BEFORE and an AFTER)

    btw I had a dejavu when I heard that Bloodtype joke. I swear i saw it on the previous shiki posts xD

  23. Alec says:

    sorry for the doule post

  24. Acylia says:

    Loved it.

  25. dima says:

    I, of course, immediately thought Natsuno had bitten him first…but maybe it was his wife. maybe he captured her not to just try out different ways of killing her. He is a scheming,planning doctor….maybe he used her to innoculate himself? If it’s true that natsuno has not been drinking blood…

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 08:18 AM)
    *looks back over drop list*
    sees akagi and Kaiji on it…
    Theres another set of series I really wanted to enjoy but only got half way through each =<
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:51 AM)
    Crayons was pretty much a joke. Basically any show of kindness and he’s in the bag.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:39 AM)
    Aidanak47, you know crayons wouldn’t work. Just place some Seele members disguised as classmates and befriend Shinji (which isnt hard to do, the loner) and then bend him to your will.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:13 AM)
    And why the hell wouldn’t you try to get the pilots on your side? Hell all you would need to do is give Shinji some crayons and he would be your loyal servant for life.
    And Propaganda people! You guys suck at this!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:12 AM)
    There was also the issue in end of eva where Seele decided to mount an all out attack on nerve. It was ridiculously unnecessary. There’s only enemy was Gendo. All they needed to do was remove him from his position of power. Instead they decide to kill everyone. Even though it’s pretty damn certain that nobody(With the exception of Gendo’s Smithers) was loyal enough to him to protect him.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:54 PM)
    I agree with aidanak47, lol. The Seele guys were literally making a self fulfilling prophecy by causing everything themselves for the scrolls, which isnt even a prophecy by that point.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:47 PM)
    The Dead Sea Scrolls are really ‘the prophecy’ trope, but they are quite vague about what they really are. Anno and gang probably never decided on what was actually on them. It’s also very unclear who and how much they know about the scrolls. I assume Gendo must’ve seen it, but even that is uncertain.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:44 PM)
    They supposedly had excavated an S2 engine off of Adam’s corpse, and by EoE they managed to mass-produce it somehow; so they set probably not worried. I also agree on Gendo being too shifty of a character to trust- I certainly wouldn’t have done it, but Seele seems pretty cocky about everything for some reason.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:41 PM)
    @Bam, 1: The S2 engine was pretty much got by pure luck and Seeles efforts only made getting it harder. There’s suicidal and then just plain stupid.
    2: A normal Seele member would have just as much motivation and 0% chance of screwing them over. Which Gendo did try to do.
    These guys were putting a shit ton of faith in those dead sea scrolls. And how bloody detailed were those things anyway?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:29 PM)
    *as far as the series canon

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