Synonyms: Corpse Demon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 9, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010
Premiered: Summer 2010
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.051 (scored by 91,237 users)
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They don't come uninvited but if THEY do come, they come during the night and if you are done in then you'll become addicted to it so much that you won't be able to talk about it.
And one more thing DO NOT GOOGLE the word 'Shiki' before you watch the series because it will spoil the fun.
In the course of the series, i couldn't even guess why the serial deaths were happening nor could i even get a gist of it. Who would've thought that IT would be used in this way. This is a medicore type of horror, mystery series so do not expect that you'll get scaerd(not that you would get scared because this is just an anime, or so some people think) and also this will not get you thinking about what the cause of the deaths is so much that you'll end up losing any sleep.
Can you guess who the protagonist is from the cast of people who drop like flies?
With a shonen type of art, i just couldn't get serious about the story at first. I would've liked to see this in seinen type of art(another, aku no hana) with a bit of reality so that the story would feel heavier. But with any series, you either get used to it by 2-3 episodes or you drop that series.
The story starts with a pink hair girl(guess what, she has the same voice as Lala from To Love-ru) who likes this boy called Yuuki(yes, Yuuki as in To Love-ru's Yuuki Rito. Damn, could this get any more similar than this!) and she's a stalker(oh, stalkers are scary). The only similar thing between them is that both of them wish to get away from the village as soon as possible, as the village is in the middle of nowhere. As for their fate let's leave that 'to the one who dwells above'. If you are wishing to see some romance, please look for another series.
The rest of the review you are by all means to skip it as it will just be me ranting.
The rest of the show touches part of human ethics and asks(the viewer) again and again what is right or wrong? Would you take the life of a fellow human being you knew knowing you wouldn't be judged because the chains of society no longer binds you? Would you be drunk in power knowing that there is no law to punish you for the wrongdoings that you do? Would you lose self-restraint when the shackles of society no longer binds you? Would you cease to be human when you are no longer bound by society?
What would you do if the lives of all the people in the village rests on you shoulder? Would you reveal the truth or wait until the time is right so that you can make everybody move based on their emotion and control them so that you can win? Win, but against whom? Would taking lives to save lives be even human? Would humans no longer be humans after they get used to killing each other?
The answers of these questions is shown throughout the series in a gruesome way, in the way that humans act based on their emotion, when they stop asking the question to themself "Is what I'm doing right?".
A quote from Rentarou from Black Bullet, "What I'm afraid the most is that I'll get used to killing someone".
Watch throughout the series where the ethics of people is put into test and people struggle to find the correct answer in a story circling around life and death and re;birth. read more
I was very disappointed in the story for a lot of reasons. It progresses painfully slow, and the character development eventually drops just about everyone in the 'gray area' between good and bad. So basically by the time the climax comes around you have nobody to root for. You don't care if any of the main characters survive, shiki or human.
ART / SOUND
This is what ruined it for me. I probably would have enjoyed the story more if the art wasn't so ridiculous. The hair on some of the characters...the hair. It's like Super Saiyans on crack. Gravity defiant, logic defying hair that makes the living humans look undead even though they're still alive. The elderly and even some of the young characters (Masao in particular) look hideous right from the start. It's not scary, in my opinion it's just unpleasant to look at. There's not much to say about the Sound. It didn't really leave an impression. The sound effects weren't always used the best way (I.E. Excessive cracking noises coming from a Shiki that is barely moving it's neck)
A lot of the characters are so incessantly obnoxious to the point where you want them to die. Then they die. Then you realize crap this is Shiki, I have to wait for them to die a second time before I'm through with their BS. Even the characters you like in the beginning betray those good qualities by the middle / end. One more thing, chain smoking doctors aren't cool. You're supposed to be a doctor dammit, save those cigarettes for us non-doctors.
Shiki failed to live up to my expectations. I feel like Shiki never intended to give you a likeable cast. The point of the story is to submerge you in moral ambiguity with a bunch of mediocre characters and slow moving plot. Most likely the goal was to have the viewer ask him or herself in the aftermath of the climax "What was (morally) good? What was bad? Was anybody really in the right?". It's left up to the viewer to decide without the anime deciding which side was 'right' for you. Unfortunately, at least in my case, by the time I got to that point I didn't really care enough about the story, the characters, or the ending to think too hard about it.
Despite the fact that the story is not really original (vampires and werewolves, yeah), it still manages to not be a copy/paste of others fictions (at least from the ones I know). The rule for people to "rise" (aka becoming a shiki) is actually a bit different from what you can usually see, and makes the plot more interesting.
Also, the characters are not that original either (or unforgivable), but they still manage to make the view more enjoyable. The doctor and the teenage lead are the characters you can identify the most, and both make an acceptable job to advance the story. Then, you have the bitch girl, the pathetic teen, the scared-but-decided-to-act children, the 50-year-old brute, the nice-mean-guy, the seductive succubus, the little girl a bit scary, etc. The only one I don't get is the Junior Monk, which personality and motivations are unclear from the beginning and all along the story ; but he still manages to bring something to the plot.
I think the main problem of the anime is its pace : even if they shortened it by 5 episodes, it still would be too long. It would have been better to go for 12 episodes. Indeed, it starts ridiculously slowly, and NEVER accelerates ; consequently, the narration becomes quickly unbearable. Besides, they have the annoying habit to shelve the important facts, and sometimes you have to wait for 3 or 4 episodes to get your answer to what happened - and it's often very incomplete.
Anther thing I disliked is the way they want to make you sympathize with one or either side ; I know it's usual in this kind of show, but still, their arguments are so shallow that it just bores me. Yes, the shikis have to kill humans to feed and survive - yes, the humans have to defend themselves from their former friends if they want to survive too - but the way both are presented successively as monsters or as people who can't do otherwise diminishes the impact of the show. Should I remind that the point of a thriller is to scare the viewer, at at least to make him feel uneasy ?
Well, there are also some details that are not really explained, which is quite annoying too.
The last critic I would make is about the art : what the hell is wrong with their hair ? I mean, I could handle their funny (not to say ugly) faces, but the haircuts are too much. One guy literally has ears on his head, like a dog, and nobody notices a thing ! And what about the girls whose wig look like gravity doesn't exist ? Or the old guy with a beard going up ... You get used to it after 20 episodes, but it's still unsightly.
Well, I made a lot of critics, however the show is still somehow enjoyable and perfectly fulfills the job of distracting you for a few evenings. It's probably better to watch it at night (with an open window), and to not split the views too much - but don't expect too much from it either, since some parts might get you bored anyway. read more
I absolutely love the story and it's pace. It's enthralling. It's one of those stories that put you to think (well if you don't already know better), It explores controversial topics about life and death, and existence. It's not an annoying take on vampires, so this one is good.
I must admit the art threw me off a bit, but I easily looked passed it. It was different from the anime art I've been accustomed to. I got used to it quite fast though.
I love the soundtrack of this anime. My favorite OST track is "Eau de Vie".
A few characters are annoying as hell but the main characters are awesome. Especially the doctor! He was the one trying to put a scientific view into the story. The logical one. He made everything feel REAL.
Yeah! Of course!
A well composed anime if you can look pass the art like I did. I hope you enjoy if you decide to watch it. I'll try to get the light novels for my library. I'd definitely read them. read more
And then Shiki comes along and blows that whole idea out of the water.
Originally a two part horror novel published in 1998 by Ono Fuyumi (which was later reprinted in five parts), Shiki was adapted for manga in 2007 by Fujisaki Ryu. Set during a summertime in the mid 1990s, several people in the small town of Sotoba in rural Japan are afflicted with a strange and incurable wasting disease, and the local doctor fears an epidemic may be starting.
Around the same time a new family moves into the newly built Kanemasa mansion .
Shiki may not look the part at first glance, especially because of the colour scheme, but don't be fooled as there is actually quite a deep plot to this series, and while there is a degree of predictability about the storyline, this is balanced some good scripting and a more reasoned narrative approach. One of the things that separates this anime from more recent offerings is that it harks back to older vampire tales, so unlike Fortune Arterial, Rosario + Vampire, and other titles of that ilk, the undead in Shiki are unable to venture out into sunlight, nor are they able to enter a home unless invited, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
In addition to this there's an intelligence about the story that materialises in some interesting ways, from the doctor's logical approach to the town's crisis, to the strangely normal reactions of the local women at the beginning of the penultimate episode. Shiki could readily be compared to Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni as it explores certain aspects of human psychosis over the course of the series, and it's pleasing to watch an anime that doesn't assume that the audience are blithering idiots.
The thing that may put people off though, is how everything looks. The town and rural scenery are nicely detailed and varied, but viewers may initially wonder at the incongruity of the bright colours, or even the European styled mansion sitting on a hill overlooking the town. Rather than a whimsical approach to the design, this is a purposeful nod at the stereotypical hilltop "castle" that is prominent in a number of European horror stories.
This slightly methodical approach to design also manifests itself with the characters as it seems as though there has been an attempt to include just about every body shape into the series. Now while this adds a nice touch of diversity, there are some rather ludicrous additions which seem a bit out of place in a rural setting (one example is Ookawa Tomio, the owner of the liquor store, who looks like he was built in a shipyard). That said, the one glaring issue is that the vampires are easily recognisable because of their eyes, which is a bit of a shame as there are several scenes where the effect would have been heightened if there was less of a difference between the undead and humans.
As for the animation, the production company Daume isn't really well known in the West, but the work they've put into Shiki bodes well for the future of the studio. The characters generally move well, and while there are some slightly ridiculous body positions and actions at times, there's also a bit more realism about the series since none of the undead can leap over buildings or fly through the air. The action sequences also benefit from this more realistic approach, but there are still a small number of scenes that "bend" the laws of physics at the very least.
One thing that does bear mentioning is the quality and impact of the visual effects, especially the colour scheme, partly because of the variety, but mainly because they provide a number of scenes with some much needed emphasis.
Speaking of which, Shiki features some pretty decent acting, and a number of seiyuu really do put effort into their roles, even if they only have a minor speaking part. Now one could argue that this is to be expected from professionals, but sadly this isn't always the case as there are many anime out there that simply haven't understood that a poorly executed supporting role can spoil the performance of the leads.
The downside is that there are times towards the end of the series where the actors and actresses seem ... a bit too enthusiastic. Fortunately the seiyuu playing the main roles are there to steady things, and their performances are very good indeed.
Shiki is well served by a variety of incidental music, ranging from quiet yet slightly ominous music box pieces to haunting choral anthems, all with some slow techno beats thrown into the mix to round everything out. The series has two opening and ending sequences that, in all honesty, are a bit of a mixed bag. The first OP, Kuchizuke by Buck-Tick, is a pretty angry piece that actually fits well with the theme of the show, but sadly the second OP, Calendula Requiem by Kanon x Kanon, doesn't really work as it's a bit too J-pop for its own good. As for the EDs, the first one, Walk no Yakusoku by Nangi, is a slightly bittersweet track that echoes of triumph, and in all honesty it's difficult to judge how fitting the song is with this anime. On the other hand the second ED, Gekka Reijin by Buck-Tick (again), really does work well with Shiki, and the track is reminiscent of the music produced by some of the "darker" European rock/pop bands of the 1990s.
As for the effects, they're suitably gory when the occasion demands, but even poor effects would be raised by the quality of the choreography throughout this series. Everything from the music, including the OPs and EDs, to the pitch and cadence of the speaking roles, is timed very well, and it's clear a great deal of effort has gone into making this anime an aural experience as well as a visual one.
Now one of the things that is clear from the opening sequence is that Shiki has quite a large number of characters. Normally this would mean that much of the developmental aspect of the storyline would focus on the leads, with the supporting characters reinforcing this growth, but Shiki takes a different line, and it's one that will hopefully be seen a lot more in the future. The main strength of this series is characterisation, and from the bit parts on up, every single role is clearly defined. The advantage to this method is that it's not always necessary to develop a well defined character, and Shiki follows this path almost religiously. While some growth does occur over the course of the series, what's most interesting is how each character adjusts and adapts to the events in the town. Probably the best example of this ethos in action is in the latter half of episode 14, and the methodical approach taken by the local doctor Ozaki Toshio is reflective of the fact that there is a degree of logic and intelligence in the plot.
In all honesty Shiki managed to surprise me. After the recent run of poor horror anime it's pretty obvious that I ventured into the series half expecting more of the same, so when I encountered actual intelligence in the plot, it came as something of a shock. That doesn't mean this anime is perfect though, as aside from the more obvious audio and visual flaws (like not washing off blood), there are several elements in the story that could have been resolved. That said, it's nice to watch a show that sets out to tell a story without assuming that the viewer is afflicted with the moe bug.
The main reason I like Shiki though, is because it doesn't fall foul of the drivel produced by authors of "dark romance", but instead postulates some moral and ethical dilemmas for the viewer to ponder. In addition to this it also highlights the human capacity for adaptation, something which is often overlooked in anime. If you're looking for an intelligent horror, then this series is right up there with the likes of Ghost Hound, Ghost Hunt, and other equally worthy shows.
Given that this is effectively a throwback to the type of horror that epitomises Bram Stoker's Dracula (without certain supernatural shenanigans), Shiki is something of an oddity in anime as the general trend leans heavily into romanticism and moe, and in all honesty I haven't seen a vampire tale this good since Kurozuka, which says a lot more about the anime industry than I can put into words. read more
"Who's the real evil?" Who cares? It seemed pretty black and white to me logically. (Personally: If you're dead, stay dead.) I didn't feel any sympathy for either side. So I didn't end up contemplating life. Also I already knew humans are terrible. I guess a reminder didn't hurt? (Concept was good enough for bonus points in story rating. But, mainly, the endless blood showers ♥)
I still remember when my brain just said, "Deal with it, it's episode 17 already." The drawing style is unique but I didn't find it beautiful, it was bizarre. I guess it suits how messed up the anime is but it doesn't change things for me; didn't like it. Bonus points: Managed to live with it.
I actually liked the music and anything sound related, it was the one thing I couldn't complain about. It wasn't painfully out of place or too weird.
Oh wow. In one word, UNLIKEABLE. Most of them were painfully annoying or despicable. Even the kind ones were annoying to me, like that best friend guy that kept crying. I can't explain without spoilers but ask yourself, "Is it worth ruining my day for?" Not really. "Why do that?!" or "Just do it!!" moments are too many a person should ever experience in a single series.
I managed to sit through 24 episodes overall so it's compelling in its own way. Who's gonna die next?? Is everyone a piece of *** or will they actually grow as characters?? Tbh, it actually took me a few episodes to understand what was going on so there's some major potential this could have been shorter than it was.
100% would not rewatch. 6 is actually generous but I base my ratings on concept potential usually. Don't get me wrong, it was compelling enough to keep me interested, BUT, it was compelling in a bad way. I kept watching to see if anyone of those fudgers actually pulls through for me.
Conclusion: If you like messed up stuff, this could be for you.
Everyone's review seems to be raving about how good Shiki is and so I'm just wondering maybe there is something wrong with me. (Well, there must be if I managed to get through this bloody anime without losing my appetite but that's another issue.) Why did I bother to write this you may ask?? I think it might be nice for other people to have some closure that they're not abnormal for not raving about it and that it's not for everyone, I'm like Batman of the anime world. Thanks for reading. read more
Shiki did pretty well in this category. It was refreshing to watch a vampire story that didn't make you want to become one. They went back to the old school myths, where vampires can't be killed unless you put a stake through their heart, and they fear things like relics and crosses. They were actually the bad guys. There are already a lot of great romanticized vampire stories out there, so it's really nice to find the opposite.
The episodes were well paced, and the anime as a whole did a great job at keeping you on your toes and making you want to watch the next one. It did start out a little slow. The first few episodes were mostly just to give you a perspective on what the villagers were like and how future events would effect them, but at the same time you couldn't really skip them because there were bits and pieces you would need to see in order to understand anything that happened later. Once that was past though, the anime picked up really fast, so much so that I had a hard time waiting to see what was going to happen next. Watching an anime that's like a book you can't put down is a huge plus.
The plot itself was a little holey. As someone who likes a little science behind their fiction, I was disappointed that they didn't delve into the facts about why the vampires hated sunlight or what made them rise. But that's a minor mishap. My real problem was that there was no real back story to the Kirishikis at all. The main antagonists in the story were completely left without any context. While they hint at things here and there, you never really know anything about them. Especially Seishirou, and that really bugs me!
I have to applaud them for not being afraid to kill of characters, though. Far too many horror anime are hesitant to actually kill anyone, and sort of beat around the bush, instead. Especially when it comes to prominent characters, or younger ones. That probably sounds harsh, but it's really frustrating when characters just barely make it out alive, by miraculous events, over and over.
This is where the anime really falls apart. To be fair, the art wasn't truly bad. It was clean and well drawn, and the backgrounds were definitely on a higher scale. The real problem was the style. This especially in the character designs. Almost every character in the show, whether main or just a filler, had the most ridiculous, gravity defying hairstyles. It was annoying to say the least, and incredibly out of place in a horror anime. Even in a comedy, these hairstyles would be considered over the top. The eyes were just as bad. Not only were they too big for most of the character's faces, they were so awkwardly colored. Especially Muroi's, I will never understand why his were so different from everyone else's. The eyes also took away an element of surprise that the show really could have benefited from. If only they hadn't made the vampire's eyes such a dead give away.
The animation was on the crappier side, as well. It seemed to be quickly, and cheaply, thrown together. Many shortcuts were taken. In many scenes the people don't even walk, they just sort of fade in and out across the screen. And there was a lot of still pictures that just slowly zoomed out.
Overall, the art was way too distracting, and I almost dropped the anime because of it.
I don't normally pay as much attention to this category as the rest. The music sounded okay to me. Nothing I'll be putting in my iTunes, but it worked with the show.
What really brings this category's score down was the dialogue. Now I only watched the dubbed version, so I can't speak for the original Japanese! But Christ, this was terrible. So many of the lines were awkwardly placed, or seemed to be missing a lot of context. And a lot of the characters would say things that completely clashed with their personalities. Again, this could just be because of poor translation, but as an official dub I really think they should have done better.
I was so disappointed with the main characters in this anime. All three of the most important ones had almost the same personality. Distant, a little cold, and angry (at either themselves or just everyone in general). There was no diversity! I know it's a more serious anime, but they should have branched out a little, at least between characters. The amount of generic personalities nearly killed me. Other individuals seemed a little displaced, especially Megumi. I know she was supposed to have an outsider kind of feel to her, but they went a little too far with it, and she seemed like she didn't even belong in the story at all.
The worst part out of all of it is they never gave you a character you truly got attached to. There was no emotional connection, none of the characters were really likable. Megumi was obnoxious, Natsuno was too reserved for you to even really get to know who he was at all, Dr Ozaki was way too cold, ect ect ect. There was at least one reason to hate every character. I really could care less who died and who survived, and that really took a toll on my experience with this show.
That being said, I did still enjoy the series as a whole. Yes, they could have done better in a lot of areas, but I still kept watching regardless of it all. It's got it's own way of making you want to watch it. If not for any reason other than who's gonna die next, will that person rise up, and is everyone kind of evil or will there actually be some character development? I will definitely never re-watch it.
I'm not entirely sure I'd recommend this anime, though, especially if you're new to it! Don't ruin your first experience with something that's so-so. If you're really looking for an intriguing, gory horror story, go watch something like Mirai Nikki instead. read more
Vampires try to take over an entire village. OK.
Not an original story taking into account the trend back then, but still the evolution of it tried to make it one. The story is not just gore or about how cool vampires are, but about humans and vamps try to eliminate each other.
Well, try and think how possible would be for you to convince your fellow humans that monsters exist in order to save yourself as well as them. Tricky huh? And this would be only the 1/100 of what it would take to just stay alive...That's what I call 'on the edge of one's seat'.
The most contradictory part. Well, to tell the truth, I didn't like it much. It was too kitsch for me. Also it was inconsistent - the nurse friend of Ritsuko was like a character from 'Perfect Blue' despite most of the characters looked like the average anime. Yes, some of the characters' hair and clothes were plain rediculus, BUT I did not hate it for that - try to make a character out of an entire village distinguishable without overdoing it in the design of him/her and I will call you a genius! The artist(s) did what they could do about it and I don't blame them for that.
OT and ET fitted nicely, but I was completely taken by the rest of the OST. Orchestral music at its best.
All characters displayed consistency. Given that everyone that played a significant part to the story had to be distinct, some aspects were exaggerated. That's what made the viewer sympathize with them though.
The only non-consistant character was Tatsumi. At first he was a no-brain sadist and at the end, he showed such tenderness towards Sunako. And then when asked from Muroi why he was serving her he gave a surprisingly sophisticated reply. I mean seriously?
*END OF SPOILER*
I really really really enjoyed Shiki. Really. I couldn't stop myself from watching many episodes in the row every day and believe me I don't have much spare time on the weekdays. It was utterly suspensefull. Not to mention that after the end of the series I had a fucked up mind for 3 days.
Maybe it is one of my favourite anime, but I can't overlook its flaws. The story had holes. Personally, I couldn't get the 'kind' and 'justified' part of vampires that the series tried to communicate - I just wanted them to disappear as they should - but that's another extended conversation. Nevertheless, it was amazing for me. I hope you 'll enjoy it as much as me if you plan to watch it. read more
Those newcomers are certainly strange, and Sotoba does have ancient legends about Okomiyagi, or the dead coming back to life... But those are just stories, right?
Based on a series of novels from 1998, Shiki tells the story of an entire rural Japanese community as it deals with one mysterious death after another, slowly whittling their population down as their efforts to explain it... And hopefully put a stop to it... yield no results, no answers, and an ever diminishing sense of hope. It isn’t until a few open-minded individuals start to consider the supernatural that they finally begin to make some real progress... Unfortunately for them, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
With a cast of hundreds like this show has, it’s essential that you set aside a special handful of characters for the audience to follow, so we can explore the story from several different perspectives. Shiki has this requirement covered, as it gives us three very different pairs of eyes to look through. First, we have Natsuno, a disgruntled teenaged boy who’s been forced to move into this village with his new wave, idealistic parents. He despises the village, and refuses to make any long term connections, believing that doing so will make it difficult when they finally move back out. Of course, despite his best efforts, a close circle of friends do form around him. In fact, Megumi... One of the very first people to be killed by the mysterious epidemic... Had an obsessive one sided crush on him... and it seems that even death can’t take her away.
Our second leading role is Toshio Ozaki, the director of the primary hospital in Sotoba. Having taken over the clinic from his deceased father, he’s a driven and tenacious doctor who’s initially baffled by the amount of people inexplicably dying around him, and having come up against a challenge like this, he will stop at nothing to overcome it... And I mean nothing, as his quest for a solution leads to him experiencing and performing some of the cruelest acts imaginable.
And our final lead is Ozaki’s childhood friend, Seishin Muroi, a local priest and a moderately successful author. His novels tend to be on the poignant side, dealing with subjects like loss, betrayal, and abandonment by God. This attracts the attention of Sunako, the little daughter of the newcomers, who’s apparently a huge fan of his work. He forms a connection with her over time, as his pacifist religious beliefs gradually lead him to develop a sense of sympathy for the beings that his best friend Toshio has sworn to destroy.
The rest of the cast is made up of smaller roles, the basic types of people you’d expect to see in a tightly-knit little community... You have business owners, rebellious teenagers, concerned parents, comfortable elders, nurses, teachers, happy go lucky children... All of whom deal with the growing problem in their own unique ways. And for such a large cast, the dub is surprisingly on point. It”s a Funimation effort, but it’s a really odd Funimation effort, where the lead characters are all portrayed by actors that you normally wouldn’t see attached to such high profile roles. Toshio is played by David Wald, a long time actor who’s somehow stayed completely off of my radar until just now. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for him in the future, because he rasps and grumbles his way into the jaded, chain smoking doctor as though he was born to play the part.
Seishin Muroi is played by John Burgmeier, a man who rarely ever steps out from the technical side fo a dub for anything other than a bit part... He directs, he writes, but when he acts, his subdued performances are normally outstanding. He plays down-trod, broken men as though it were a second language, and his role in Shiki is probably one of his best voice performances since Gunslinger Girl. Jerry Jewell also does a commendable job on Natsuno Yuuki, and you’ll find pretty much every Funimation voice under the sun sprinkled here and there... Hell, even Anastasia Munoz gets an appearance... but the star of this dub has to be Cherami Leigh, who plays the ominous Sunako, who looks very much like she was taken directly from a Katy Towell cartoon. I wish I could tell you why her performance in this role is so perfect, but to go into detail would mean giving away some serious spoilers.
There’s at least one bad egg in the dub, however, and surprise surprise, it’s Tia Ballard. Tia plays the role of Megumi Shimizu, a sixteen year old girl who dreams of getting out of her quaint, suffocating home town and going to a college in the big city. And she will not shut up about it. I know that in anime, non conformists are often portrayed as loud, disruptive nuisances, and they did a very thorough job of it with this character, but when you combine that archetype with tia’s shrill, screechy voice, she single-handedly renders the first episode almost completely unbearable. Thankfully, she only really has a strong presence in this episode. Spoiler... She dies in it.
Now, when I tell you that this story is about a small group of protagonists struggling to put a stop to the mysterious deaths happening all around them, with ticking clock being their worst enemy, you may think that concept sounds suspiciously familiar. Well, that’s because you’ve seen this same plot before, as Another and Hell Girl: Two Mirrors have both tried... And failed miserably... at making you care about it. But where those two regrettable shows failed, Shiki succeeds with flying colors.
Unlike Another, Shiki doesn’t make over-the-top, ridiculous spectacles of it’s death scenes, choosing instead to focus on word of mouth and the sad faces of relatives, so that it can liberally float between tragedy and statistic depending on the tone that any given death calls for. And unlike Hell Girl Two Mirrors, Shiki paces itself, putting just enough time between each death so that it can drain the hope of the viewer, little by little, as it spirals down towards one hell of a catastrophic ending.
And with that manipulation of hope, Shiki is one of the most well executed horror anime titles that I have seen in a long time. There’s almost no filler in it’s entire 24 episode run, as every single event that occurs has a distinct purpose, and is placed exactly where it needs to be in the narrative. The first ten or so episodes are admittedly slow, building up the tension in the village to an almost OCD-like degree. Very few answers are found here, as tragic death after tragic death drives the residents to either blind paranoia or complacent acceptance of fate. By the second half, the nature of this menace has been all but revealed to the audience, even as our three main characters slowly come to terms with a truth they know they shouldn’t accept, and with a terrifying threat that comes to face them almost immediately after they come to face it.
It’s a brilliant, gripping story that will have you skipping through the otherwise beautiful openings and closings just so you can catch the next development as quickly as you possibly can. While you may find yourself hard-pressed to experience any emotional reactions through the majority of the story, as death will inevitably become commonplace in this kind of story, there’s enough disturbing, unsettling material in the final act that will not only horrify you, but will also completely subvert your expectations of a horror story.
As much as I would love to continue to praise this series, and call it one of the most excellent horror titles i’ve ever seen, I can’t. It’s time to talk about the artwork and animation, and I can already feel my hand reaching out to grab hold of my bottle of Haterade. Why? Because this is one butt ugly show.
Okay,. maybe that’s not fair of me... It’s not the artwork itself that’s bad, as it doesn’t look sloppy or anything. If anything, the backgrounds and environments are easily on the high end of the scale. No, what I really have problems with is the art design. The characters look ridiculous, with angular faces and giant, cartoony eyes, and so many bizarre, gravity defying hairstyles that even a Pokemon animator would say “Hey, dial it back a bit!” No, you know what? Forget Pokemon. Looking at Shiki’s character designs is like watching someone from Clamp come up with their own Yugioh Spin-off. It would be okay if this were some wacky comedy, but it’s not... Shiki is a mature, poignant show that asks you several profound questions and dares you to come up with your own satisfactory answers.
And if you really want to see this show go from ridiculous to horrifying in the blink of an eye, just wait until one of the characters starts to cry. These characters don’t cry the way normal anime characters cry... They cry thick, opaque marbles of liquid that could make a serious claim at being one of the scariest elements of the show. If you were to take a frame of it out of context, you’d think you were looking at an image from some ill advised Eiken sequel... And no, I am not even remotely joking about that. The art design of this show is distracting as hell, and took me out of the story more times than I can count. And the animation quality is no prize either... It’s one of the cheapest looking shows that Bones has ever produced, and if you know Bones, you know how big a claim that is.
In spite of this, Shiki is a very strong anime title that has a lot to offer you... It’s bold, thought provoking, and without a single hint of pretense. It succeeds at exploring ideas and concepts that cause other shows to flop face down onto the floor, and if you’re looking for a very broad hint at what these ideas are, one of those floppers is my old arch-nemesis Blood C. Unfortunately, with an irritating first episode and a constant assault of distracting and sometimes even inappropriate eyesores, you have to put up with a lot of abuse to appreciate this show, so I really can’t see it reaching the level of quality that it deserves to. It’s still a great show, and I strongly recommend checking it out, but I can’t give it any higher than a 7/10. read more
Compared to many other vampire themed animes, such as Blood+, Rosario + Vampire, Vampire Knight, and Trinity blood; this anime comes back to the roots of vampires and their myths. In this anime a town is plagued with death with no reasonable explanation; though thought of a possible epidemic, Doctor Ozaki, the head doctor of his clinic cannot find any actual symptoms related to any known disease, besides Aplastic Anemia, which is the loss of red and white blood cells. As the body count rises, he becomes desperate to find an answer until he comes up to a conclusion, albeit a far fetched one, that it might be a work of Okiagari, or vampires. His next problem then is to convince the village; of course such a mythical conclusion would "never" exist in the rational world. As he tried desperately to prove the existence of okiagari, death sweeps through the town faster and faster, until soon, more than half of the population has been wiped. Still they did not believe him. That is until he killed a vampire, named Chizuru, in front of everyone. Then the vampire hunt begins. There are mini plots within the whole series that I will not divulge, go watch it to see. At first, the anime's plot progression might come up as slow to most people. Even I had a hard time dealing with the first 3 episodes. But it get's really good. The fact that the anime went back to the original vampire myths alone made me smile, such as that they can not enter a home until they are invited in, or that they die if stabbed with a stake at the heart, and the fact that they are UNDEAD; just including those classic myths already got me hooked. This anime has definitely gave back the respect of vampires that Twilight has taken away. And contrast to the other animes I've mentioned, very little gore is shown, at least until the way later episodes, even then, it was there as part of the ambiance, and not for its own sake.
The lines were sharp, and the colors were almost fluorescent. The art of the animation just didn't look like it fits with a subtle setting and plot like that. Not to mention the crazy hairstyles that almost every relevant character had. It was like watching bakemonogatari but with better details. The animation would be more fit for shounen anime in my opinion.
The1st season OP got me the first time I heard it. It was almost celtic, and goes perfectly with the whole theme. The BGM, it was not intrusive, but yet it'll make you want to jump at times; some even sound like something out of the catholic church, which is awesome due to the ties of religion to vampires;the good thing about it is that they also barely use BGM. The 2nd season OP for some reason reminded me of one of the OP's of Rozen Maiden, i don't know why, but I didn't like it as much. The 1st season ED is that like something off a romance anime though, but once you get to the later episodes, you will figure out why. The 2nd season ED I liked because it was indie/soft rock for me, and it was calm yet eerie, which what the anime was about.
There were really only 4 main characters in the anime; Sunako, Ozaki, Seishin, and Yuuki. However, you will definitely be able to tell that EVERYONE is important, even the ones who died, or risen. This is because of the sub-plots, as I mentioned earlier, and they are awesome. However as much as that's a good thing, the downside is that no one really has any room to grow. The viewer really can't see if there is any character progression. However, that really isn't necessary due to the big-picture nature of the plot.
Like I said in the Story section, it is at first slow, but as the people die, and the vamipres close in to the main characters, it becomes a classic thriller. At one point I actually jumped off my seat. This take on the classic vampire is really something that needed to be done.
Basically, if you hate twilight, you would love this. It puts back the vampire's reputation of being mysterious, scary, and are considered "monsters". It went back to the classics of vampire myths, and made it work quite well. I really do hope that this anime becomes a classic; in case everyone needs to refresh that vampire actually DIE under the sun, and not sparkle like a disco ball.
The story of Shiki takes place in a rural Japanese village called Sotoba that the only thing the residents do is gossip. New residents called the Kirishiki's moved into town and from then on mysterious deaths occur throughout the town and there are reports of the dead coming back to life. The one that suffers the most because of this is Toshio Ozaki, the doctor of Sotoba, because he wants to know why these mysterious murders have been happening. He later believes that the cause of the deaths are something more supernatural and decides to investigate. Until he reaches a conclusion that the vampires are the cause of the murder and from there on it's just mass genocide of the vampires where the town decides to eliminate the epidemic and reclaim their town.
The major problem with this show is the first half. Not gonna lie I almost fell asleep during the first half of the show, but after episode13 then the show gets really good.
Shiki has a really disturbing tone. The one soundtrack that plays throughout the show is a little girl sing "Lalalaaaaa, lalalaaaaa" while a piano note plays in the background. That just gave me the creeps.
The characters that I am going to give mention to is Toshio Ozaki because he arguably the best character in this show. Another character is the local priest Seishin Muri who develops a relationship with Sunako Kirishiki and the bond they share is believable. The other character is Natsuno who is one of the few characters who believed early in the series that there were vampires and eventually becomes a jinrou, a vampire that possesses human traits like walking in the sun and eating regular food.
There is one character that is voiced by Todd Haberkorn that is just so FUCKING annoying. Now he is one of my favorite voice actors, but god dammit is his voice annoying in this show.
Like I said this is a show that does vampires right. It also adds a few layers to modern day vampires like different types of vampires and the process of turning into a vampire. The series starts out slow, but picks up towards the second half. Shiki also towards the end makes you feel really sympathetic towards the vampires because they are suffering not being human. In addition this show has very graphic scenes that I can remember just how grotesque the art and animation was for this show. However, the second half of this show is best part. That's why I'm giving it a 8/10 and give it a recommendation. read more
Happy Halloween Everyone! To celebrate this Holiday of cavities, scaring and little children, I will open with a quaint little question.
…What do you fear? Is it the creature under your bed you know is ready to tear you apart, or glaring red eyes looking directly at you through the window, in the pitch black of the night, begging… pleading… that you let them in?
To start off the day, we will take a look at “Shiki,” (literally Corpse Demon) which basically pays homage to all classic vampire stories. In fact, Shiki is actually, as stated by the original author Fuyumi Ono, inspired by Stephen King’s novel ‘Salem’s Lot, one of his first books to ever be published.
Shiki attempts to make a case at how fear truly works; as well as the monsters that radiate it. I mean, Vampires are the real monsters here… right?
-Just as a pre-thought, this is an analytical review. It digs into what Shiki does philosophically, so be forewarned-
Shiki takes place in the secluded town of Sotoba, or the “Village Surrounded by Death,” as often called by its inhabitants due to their signature trade being coffin making. Before anyone realizes what is happening, casuals start dropping like flies due to a mass case of anemia, and the only hint of what’s causing it are two tiny “bug bites” that appear on all the victims. Upon discovery of the disastrous effect this has started to have, the medical staff of Sotoba theorizes that an epidemic is spreading through the town, and the village soon becomes what it has been called for so many years.
But it’s immediately apparent to the audience… that it isn’t anemia that’s killing everyone.
Other than the intent to frighten, monster mysteries such as this always pose an overarching question or dilemma, that dilemma usually pertaining to “how will the protagonists survive the threat?” Shiki, however, asks something completely different.
While Shiki’s raw premise isn’t anything extraordinarily original, it does a fantastic job at conveying an indirect type of horror story through the primitive behavior and emotions of a person. Examples include the feeling of helplessness and rage we experience when something dear to us is torn from our lives, and the unwillingness to believe the unbelievable. It uses these factors to paint a very vague picture about how utterly subjective actual “evil” is, and how easy it is to upset us as beings on a very primal level with the use of fear. Fear is something we experience so that we can keep ourselves safe, but Shiki has demonstrated how an overabundance of fear is something much scarier than any vampire.
Might I add, the utilization of the “Shiki” is incredibly true to the actual textbook bloodsucker, as they are afraid of holy items, die in sunlight, and have to be invited into houses. Even more of a plus, Shiki is very, very unpredictable. Horror is usually bound to being a formulaic genre, but this anime has surprised me by somewhat dispelling that. You never see any plot twist in Shiki coming, and it doesn’t ever disappoint, as the twists never feel manufactured, or like they came out of left field.
So as a refreshing addition to the vampire subgenre of horror, Shiki does very many things right. But there are also a few things it doesn’t do so well. One of its major problems is the pacing of the first half. Not much of a problem when it comes to the ideas that it conveys, but it isn’t something that would keep most viewers glued to their screens, because I know better. Personally I’m not usually bothered by slow stories, as I never really noticed Steins;Gate’s “slow start,” and this one didn’t bug me either. But its true that Shiki uncloaks itself very, very slowly, and it suspends its mystery for moments at a time that take too long, so long in fact sometimes the mystery might seem to drop.
But, like a vampire, the plot is revived in the later half; with violence that is all but gratuitous. It demonstrates an unspoken social entitlement humans have evolved to have within themselves. The evil we showcase, the animosity we express through our untamed, animalistic nature…
…is the closest thing to a true “evil” there is. We side with the humans because we are humans; but are we really in the right? Is “self-defense” justified to any extent, when it is used as a scapegoat for the unlawful act of butchering something just because it doesn’t live the way we do? Is that what we are deep inside, just animals killing other animals and lying to ourselves about the reason behind it? So where is the line crossed, where do we have to draw it? Surely there is one, look at how society has functioned in the past centuries! Even with all the murdering and… maiming… and thievery… and assault…
We really aren’t that different from animals are we?
That right there is the picture Shiki wanted to paint. That is the different “question” it asks. And as far as I’m concerned, it succeeded.
---Plot Score: -Amazing- ---
Being that this is set in a rural area where most everyone knows each other, it’s a given that Shiki would have a very large cast.
While there are technically four main characters, I would say the closest character to being the lead is the village doctor, Toshio Ozaki. A big deal of the first half is he scurrying about, trying to find out why exactly the village is dying rapidly, and that’s probably why it might feel slow. His struggle to help his village and destroy the monsters tormenting them once and for all though, proved that probably the main thing he embodies is the instinct to survive, and how it overtakes one entirely in the face of danger.
The second main character, Natsuno Yuuki, is an easily irritated teenager who lives without the desire to build relationships or make friends, and just wants to be left alone. Unlikable at first, he grows into the type of self-initiated investigator Ozaki is and even if he’s unwilling to admit it, the bonds that he does already share with his friends and family shed light on how much he genuinely does care. He’s the first person to actually see what’s going on, and he puts the village’s unaddressed problems on his shoulders. Through that stubbornness, he indirectly personifies humanity’s persistence to come out victorious.
In a fight or flight situation, these two are very much “fight.”
The third main character, Seishin Muroi, is a junior monk and author. He’s introduced as kind and loving, yet distant and often lost in his own thoughts. He retains this personality throughout the anime, and is a complex person in nature, as he contemplates right and wrong and often is distraught by death. Firmly believing in how “killing others is never justice,” he has no tolerance for any sort of violence, and demonstrates the more gentle, compassionate side of people as a whole.
Finally, the fourth and final main character is Sunako Kirishiki. Through subtle dialogue she has with Muroi, her actual intentions become a prominent turning point in the narrative. On the outside, she looks one-faceted, and completely evil. But if Shiki has taught us anything, its how evil is a subjective matter. On the inside, Sunako is a much different thing entirely, though explaining what she ends up portraying would spoil some of Shiki’s biggest surprises.
In a fight or flight situation, these two are very much “flight.”
In telling the story with this symbolic character usage, Shiki also occasionally jumps to a book Muroi is writing; one that mirror’s the Bible’s story of Cain and Abel. In the story, purity (Abel) is killed by impurity (Cain), but in the end they’re explained as being “one in the same.” This allegory, along with the four lead characters, is clearly meant to corroborate the idea of Shiki being an anime where the characters are representative of humanity’s ideals and truths. And they’re all actually very well developed, especially Muroi and Sunako, and end up being PERFECT for Shiki.
But almost ALL the other characters fall entirely flat. The majority of the supporting cast felt unrepresentative as either humans or vampires because of misplaced humor, shallow personalities, and ludicrous character motivations that killed any sense of sympathy there was supposed to be. Episode 1 was damn near unbearable because of the character Megumi and her bitchy, teenage, entitled attitude.
And because there are so many, they also seem to appear on a whim and disappear immediately, leaving gaps in not only development, but also cohesive flow. But this is more confusing than outright bad, as it makes you think, “Oh, he’s still alive. I forgot he existed.”
And as one final note, the death count is high. Exceptionally high. If you get attached to fictional characters, then you could have a very hard time watching this anime. But all’s good cause the chance of them returning is even higher. Shiki seems to have mastered the illusion of “inverse plot armor,” where everybody can technically die but will eventually come back to life if the plot demands it. So where the plot is explicitly going and who will die is always never easily foretold, but what IS easily foretold is that WHOEVER DIES WILL JUST COME RIGHT BACK UP OUT OF THE GROUND.
Despite these shortcomings I have to say that Shiki’s use of symbolism with its main characters really fed the story’s purpose well, and even if the supporting cast leaves a lot to be desired, the leads at least did perfectly.
---Characters Score: -Great- ---
Anime has distinguished itself from other mediums because of its style. Shiki is no different; it’s just a little more… extreme. The art style is filled with, er, “unique” character designs, ranging from completely mundane to downright ridiculous.
Regardless, I understand why people rip on this category, because the overall style is most definitely not akin to being traditional, and comes off as distracting. But the animation itself, produced by Studio Bones, was pretty good! It has its high points, like scenes when a Shiki was dying due to sunlight, (which were beautifully animated) and it has its low points, like the portrayal of blood. When a character’s clothes are splattered with it, the shape is too definite for it to look convincing. It looks more like patches of red cloth, and it could come off as lazy to some.
But, what’s that? Vehicles that aren’t CGI, you say?
CGI vehicles are the bane of my existence. CGI anything is the bane of my existence. They’re so ugly; if anything, its stuff like that that takes me out of immersion, and not art style. It’s great to see it avoided.
---Animation Score: -Great- ---
Not much else does Shiki justice like the first opening; it just sounds so right, so well compiled, and I never quite got over that when it was replaced. But they both share a mutual sound of harmonic eeriness.
The actual runtime soundtrack though, while fitting, is weak alone. The composers sometimes blended more than three different music genres into one piece, so there was bound to be a bit of repeating and I think that away from the show, the soundtrack doesn’t work well. Things like acoustic rhythms, beat boxing, and that creepy 1930’s horror piano are shoved into a single song, and while it adds quite a bit of originality to the sound of the anime, it just feels absolutely messy away from it, like there wasn’t much direction or auditory resources to work with.
---Soundtrack Score: -Substantial- ---
- VIOLENCE WITH PURPOSE! Subverts horror directly by taking on the role of being scary not by gratuitous gore or suspense alone, but by combing them both to present an interpretation of humanity’s injustices
- Unpredictable when it comes to the direction of the plot and “who” will die
- Mystery is downright fantastic
- Protagonists are representative of “fight or flight” ideas and core motivations of evil and idealism, and they’re fleshed out really well too
- Biblical symbolism fits in to the themes, and the allusion of Cain and Abel works perfectly for the brutal message
- The vampires don’t sparkle
- Odd soundtrack and art style that can be distracting too many
- Initially feels slow, but eventually this pacing issue smoothens out
- Ending is yet another mixed bag; though it can easily be interpreted one way or another
- Annoying secondary characters, diluting the audience’s sympathy in a way that isn’t necessary
- NOT unpredictable when it comes to if they’ll stay dead, and cast gets uneven focus.
Shiki is like a fine wine, or an expensive cheese. The more you think about its concepts, the better it tastes. Nothing comes without its problems though, and Shiki is far from any exception. Not only that, but a story like this is specifically created for a purpose. If that type of anime doesn’t do much for you, I’d advise you don’t watch Shiki. But if you do enjoy heavier stories like this, give it a go, shoot back that wine and let it culminate in your mouth… as it slowly turns to the taste of blood…
I’ll gratefully give Shiki a 9/10 read more
I was really suprised with Shiki, when the anime started they introduced their first character, Shimizu Megumi. She was complaining about how much she hated the town and wanted to leave and we got to see the one she was in love with.
This beginning made me feel like we where heading down a Twilight-like road, but then the anime suprised me.
Megumi who i assumed the main character in the beginning, died an early dead and then the real main character was introduced, Ozaki Toshio.
Toshio is an doctor who tries to help the town from what everyone thinks is an 'epidemic'. Slowly Toshio finds out that there is something going on in the village and that an old legend may actually be an true one.
The story is told out of the view point of many different villagers and a lot of them even get some development.
The most awesome aspect of the story is that later on you start to doubt about what is good and what is evil, if there even is something as good or evil in this story.
The art looks beautiful, its quite colorfull and detailed.
The sound is also quite good.
The first OP is nice, especially in the last few seconds.
The second Op is also good but isnt really in the Shiki-style
The soundtracks fine, some good catchy music in which the music-box is especially good.
Characters are just so awesome.
Not only mayor, but also minor characters get an great development. Characters on both sides of the conflict are quite understandable and loveable.
It's beatiful to see some Shiki suffer from their conscience.
The only character that doesnt really make sense on any point at all is Shimizu Megumi, for some weird reason she doesnt care at all that she became a murderer and she even enjoys being a creature of darkness, there isn't given an good reason for it and i think it is just because the writer wanted an Yandere-like character in his story.
The Enjoyment is really good with this show, after each episode you just want more and before you know it a few hours have already passed.
The special episodes are also worth checking out.
Overall i really liked Shiki, when i started i expected some lame teenager vampire love story, but it actually became one of the better anime around.
I give this anime an 9, and i recommend you guys check it out if you have the time! read more
Which interesting from this story is they take different viewpoint of the storyline. It's just so rare to found an anime that do that in the right place.The story have 3 leading roles, with different point of view. While the pacing is different, The story goes with medium-slow pace, while the individual elements of mystery discovered one by one. Shiki have a little dull feelings in the early episode , but as the story evolve with mysteries & excitement in the air. My eyes just ask more, and more. The enjoyment shine in the finale. In just the end of 10 seconds of this anime, i saw a cyclone right in front of my eye.
I know that many viewers dislike the art of this anime. It's similar with 90's anime.
But, if you looked deeply, the art really represents the feeling of the story itself. The animation is done well, it represents fear and darkness in the night, and bring bright feeling when the morning in the story comes.
The sound settings is one of the most brilliant ideas. I'm not talking about quality, i'm talking about how much darkness feeling that spit out from the opening theme. While the ending was decent. The seiyuu did well in bringing such characters to the screen.
With millions of peoples within Shiki, it's really dangerous for the balance of the story. While other people think Shiki need do more development in their character, and they do have.. But, if we think logically , "How can we make a deep character in just 22 episodes, while the cast is crowded?'', even the best writer will confused with this kinds of question. But Shiki answer that, ''We just need the major development in the essential characters, and throw a proper role to the rest...". The characters had their own proper roles, it's not perfect but it's enough to balance the story up.
And that's all about Shiki, a rare breed vampire theme. The anime do more to the plot although have some lack of points in the characterization, but it's worth to watch. If you seek a deep character, you won't get a bonus. But, if you interested to see a serious plot with real vampire in the anime form, then the anime is for you. read more
This is the story of an entire community and the scope is ambitious.
There are lots of well written characters and we see so many different ways in which the village's traditional modes of operation (be that religion or medicine, etc) are waylaid by 'corpse-demons'. And this is amplified by the fact that personalities remain intact even as those who die and rise up succumb to their new hunger. You end up sympathizing with several of those turned, as they struggle to deal with being enmeshed in a new existence that is violent by design but one which the only escape from is (another, more final) death.
With vampirism the ends justify the means. You need to eat, and the only way to do that is to kill. In the process, one makes more vampires. There is no 'outside', you are either a predator or prey. It is almost childishly simplistic. In this regard I love the character of Sunako, who embodies Capitalism's childish needs and simplicity to a 'T'.
A series well worth watching even if the hair styles (imo) are annoying. read more
Shiki is a very hard series to talk about without spoilers. It’s a show that you really need to see for yourself. Still, I consider this to be the best show to have debuted during the past half year, so I’ll at least try to vaguely explain why I consider it such an awesome and unique series.
Shiki is another one of those series set in a tiny Japanese village that’s set in the middle of nowhere. One thing that immediately stands out is how well it manages to colour that village: even the simplest of residents are given an identity. The entire town has about 1200 residents, and this show manages to make them so life-like that you actually feel like part of the village as the series goes on. It creates a truly excellent backdrop for the series to take place in.
First and foremost, Shiki is a horror series. It’s got a really thick atmosphere and most of the time it’s just building up and dragging the viewer within this atmosphere. It’s got plenty of disturbing scenes though, and that’s really where it’s at its best at. Now, there are times at which this show feels like this series is moving a tad slow and that it’s building up a bit too much. But trust me: it all pays off in the end with a fantastic conclusion. That’s all I’ll say about it.
The character designs in this series are… unique. I admit that they take their time to get used to, but that’s not really a problem considering the charms of the different characters. It’s perhaps not the series with the best characterizations, but they are written really well: when they’re developed, it’s done very boldly. The characters are also incredibly diverse, ranging from teenagers to adults well in their thirties, forties and fifties and that overall makes it into a great and huge cast to watch.
Most of the best episodes of Shiki are located at the end so it takes some perseverance to really get to great parts of the series, but the weak moments are very few and far in between. It’s got a haunting soundtrack and a stunning atmosphere. It’s not something you should watch when you can’t stand gore, but it’s a must-watch for anyone even remotely interested in horror. read more
[Synopsis]: In the quiet village of Sotoba, what began as a handful of unusual deaths grows into a what appears to be a full on epidemic as the villagers grow sick and die shortly after. Ozaki Toshio (Ookawa, Tooru), the head of the hospital in Sotoba, attempts to save the villagers case-by-case but can’t seem to match their symptoms to any preexisting condition and as he fails repeatedly he begins to suspect that their illnesses may be the product of something other than an epidemic. Yuuki Natsuno (Uchiyama, Kouki), one of many students in Sotoba, discovers that some of his deceased friends and classmates have returned to life and that the deaths and illnesses of the villagers can be attributed to the recent arrived residents of the Kanemasa mansion overlooking the village. Along with their friends and colleagues the two characters work to defeat the Shiki – vampire-like creatures that survive by drinking the blood of humans and resurrect those bitten as allies.
With all things considered, Shiki has a pretty large cast if only because a reasonable amount of detail is given to the individual families and characters of Sotoba to better present the village setting and provide context and impact to the string of deaths caused by the Shiki throughout the show. Normally, with so many background characters the show would pay the greatest amount of attention to a handful of main characters that pull us through the narrative such as Toshio or Natsuno however this isn’t quite the approach of Shiki. While there is considerable character development on the part of Toshio it is not the central focus of Shiki and is fairly light elsewhere. The cast of the show can more or less be divided up into two factions – the human villagers and the Shiki along with those who have been resurrected. The Shiki or Vampires themselves are woefully underrepresented for a good deal of the show however once the show gets rolling around the mid point their side of the story becomes far more interesting than one would initially expect however things are fairly slow to get going in this regard. I believe that their side is ultimately an interesting one however to say that they and those they ‘turned’ were interesting from the get go would be a stretch.
One of the refreshing elements present in Shiki was the intelligence of some of its characters, most chiefly that of Toshino. While the show utilizes a fairly classic and sterotypical take on vampires, Toshino’s methods and methodical thinking breathes new life into the premise. Through his scientific approach we explore what is happening to the victims of the Shiki on a biological level; while this doesn’t entirely dismiss the supernatural nature of the Shiki it does help establish a believable place for them within the presented universe. Furthermore the characters are perfectly aware of vampires and vampire lore and much of what Toshino attempts to do is born out of what he knows from fictional vampire tales as he attempts to discern what does and doesn’t work.
While some characters felt right at home within the plot and even developed quite well there were also a decent number of people that felt under-explored and out of place within the story. My chief concern was with the character of Seishin Muroi, a young priest and author as well as a friend of Toshino. He initially felt relevant and purposeful within the story however as things progressed his role is somewhat dimished and his character begins to make less and less sense. Despite him having his own allegorical story alongside Shiki which somewhat investigates his character he never arrives at a place where I can understand him or his actions and so he felt a little awkward within the story despite his actions being important.
One of the biggest stumbling points of Shiki as cited by anyone that has seen the show is its character designs which are problematic for a variety of reasons. Firstly, a good deal of them are absolutely bizarre – their hair styles are unrealistic and needlessly eccentric, their color schemes are often an eyesore, and some of their outfits are pretty outlandish. That being said where the real damage is done is in the juxtaposition of these designs and both their narrative and fictional settings. Shiki is a horror thriller and so such flamboyant designs somewhat damages the atmosphere of the show and can cheapen what otherwise might be emotional moments. Furthermore, the setting of Shiki is full of dark tones and so the pinks, blues, and greens present in the characters contrast pretty poorly with their otherwise beautiful backdrop.
Having said that, I found that I got used to the designs after a while and while some of the characters were quite ridiculous, at least the greater part of the main characters were more conservatively designed and weren’t nearly as aesthetically aggressive. Another positive point of the designs is that they occasionally lended themselves well to the horror themes rather than tarnishing them of as their otherworldliness worked well in this regard. As the character designs were one of the reasons I had put off watching Shiki until I did I can now say that, while most of them are unsightly, they aren’t enough of a reason to avoid the show in my eyes as the plot and characters make up for whatever the show lacks aesthetically.
Shiki is most definitely a slow burn as it starts out at a near snail’s pace as it opts to first establish the village setting and methodically introduce the mysterious string of deaths that gives rise to the ultimate plot of the show. The show picks up the pace around the half-way point however not excessively so and not to the point where the show could be called anything but ‘slow to unfold’. I think this worked well enough for Shiki and while it dragged on near the beginning I think the pacing worked well for the methodical approach the show exhibited. The time it took to establish a few characters and more importantly the dynamic of the villagers was important to the story because it relied so heavily on killing off characters and bringing some back. Without the prior time investment put towards defining each family and individual character at a shallow level the deaths would have had no impact whatsoever and so the ultimate drama of the show and horror implications would be lost within the plot.
While one might not immediately think this upon viewing the show’s aesthetic or hearing its premise, Shiki is a fairly intelligent horror story for a number of reasons. A few of its more central characters act quite rationally and in a logistical fashion which can sometimes be rare in horror settings however I think it was done well here. Furthermore, while it may have been more interesting to create an original monster for the sake of the story, Shiki’s usage of a rather classic depiction of Vampires worked well for what the show wanted to do. By having the Shiki grounded in this depiction as well as making the characters aware of the old stories associated with vampires it makes the setting more relatable to the viewer as it depicts a case where the obviously supernatural intrudes upon an otherwise normal setting.
Lastly, on this point, the story eventually gets around to raising an interesting moral question pertaining to the humans of the village and the Shiki. Due to their underrepresentation early on and lack of nearly any compelling traits for half the show its hard to see how any moral question regarding the Shiki could be interesting while only looking at the first half of the show however the latter half does a good job setting up context in order to better understand the Shiki and their situation. While one’s enjoyment doesn’t necessarily hinge on whether or not they identify or care about the moral themes brought up towards the end of the show, I would say that a great deal of my own enjoyment is derived from this element as this is the area where Shiki takes a step beyond being a traditional vampire horror story and postulates something engaging. Though the messages and events that surround this moral question can be a bit hamfisted in execution at times, I think the show is quite compelling because the presence of these themes as they push Shiki beyond what might otherwise be a fairly typical vampire story.
The music of Shiki was effective in some ways and ineffective in others. The soundtrack and of the most often recurring songs struck a tone somewhere between being haunting and being sentimental which worked really well for the show because of its horror themes as well as its focus on characters. Only a choice few songs really stood out to me and there were a small number that felt out of place because of their techno influence or chorus elements however I grew used to these as the show progressed. I would say that the soundtrack succeeded for the most part in creating a haunting and ominous atmosphere despite the occasional odd song.
[Final Thoughts and Rating]:
Shiki has its pros and cons however I think it was net good while still falling short of being something great. It was certainly worth the watch and despite its methodical narrative style I found myself interested in each following episode up until the end though this may not be the case with everyone. As a side note, I think watching the show along with its specials in the intended order is beneficial as they retroactively provide direct character insight to some background characters that flush out some of the themes of the show as well as create opportunities for better characterization overall. At the same time, they occur fairly late in the show around episodes 20 and 21 and so they may arrive a bit later than they are needed however are valuable additions to the show nonetheless.
Despite having problematic character designs and a few odd characters, Shiki pulls through with a good story, interesting themes, and decent music that capitalizes on the tone of the show. I gave the show a 7 because the good outweighed the bad and while the unpleasant elements of the show keep it from going any higher, Shiki was still one of the better horror thrillers I have seen in some time and its intelligent characters and story kept it interesting throughout.
Shiki is most primarily a horror / thriller story and so I would recommend it to fans of that genre however, to push this, I would also say that this show was a case of ‘Vampires done right’ as the additional implications surrounding the Shiki were quite compelling and any fan of vampire lore or fiction would likely enjoy the show. While Shiki does have some mystery elements they are never many in number or all that lengthy in nature and so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to fans of mystery however it does feature exhibit some elements of the genre while providing next to no dramatic irony. Lastly, Shiki, as I’ve mentioned above, is a slow burn and so viewers who desire something more immediate might want to either watch the show over a long period of time or stay away from it entirely. read more
Story - 9/10
Contrary to what many people seem to say, I enjoyed the slow pacing of the first part of Shiki (from what I can remember of it). It set an atmosphere surprisingly similar to that of a Slice-of-Life anime, which made the transitions from the beginning to the middle and from the middle to the end quite jarring. The concept of vampires, while nothing original in this day and age, was handled very uniquely in Shiki, which I really liked. At times, the vampires (referred to as either Risen or Shiki, depending on which character is talking about them) were portrayed simply as evil, bloodthirsty monsters. But also, in contrast to that, there were times where you really felt sympathetic for them. The pacing of Shiki is what sets it apart from other anime I've seen (albeit I haven't seen nearly as much as a lot of people). It starts slow, becomes very enthralling near the middle, and then just explodes into an onslaught of depressing brutality at the end. The vast amounts of character deaths also really set a depressing tone throughout, which works very well.
Art - 8/10
The art is very good and solid. Nothing about the art stood out too much, aside from the nice variety in character designs, and nothing seemed out of place.
Sound - 7/10
The soundtrack to Shiki is pretty well done. The voice-acting seemed to be on-par, the music was solid, and so were the sound effects.
Character - 5/10
Here lies the only real issue I had with Shiki. Now, I'm all for large amounts of characters in my stories, whether they be anime, books, movies, or anything similar. But the problem Shiki had stemmed from an improper handling of its myriad of characters. At the end of the day you just... didn't really care about many of them. This could be partly due to the fact that deaths run rampant in this anime. Character deaths become less personal and more downright depressing on a massive scale. Which works wonders for the tone of the story, but severely diminishes the value of each individual character. I didn't outright despise any character in the anime, and I even liked quite a few (namely Natsuno, Ozaki, Tohru, Kaori and Akira Tanaka, and (for the most part), Sunako and Seishin). But all these characters appeared to share a few deadly flaws. Many of these characters were absent for long periods of the anime. This seemed to result in a few things, such as loss of interest in said character, and frustration stemming from wanting to know what the hell happened to them. And not nearly enough effort seemed to be put in to fleshing out ANY of the characters to their deserved potential (aside from maybe Ozaki). While watching Shiki, I periodically wondered if it would have been time better spent tracking down and reading the book that Shiki was adapted from, JUST so I could give a crap about the characters. There were times where I just got lost as to what any given character was trying to accomplish apart from wandering about aimlessly and not seeming to get anywhere. One thing I also have to mention in terms of characters is Sunako and Seishin. At first, I really was interested in the mysterious relationship between the two. But by the end, there seemed to be no real reason as to why the two were so damn obsessed with each other. And I REALLY didn't like the fact that Natsuno was pretty much dropped halfway through, only to appear near the end with a frustratingly small and pointless role.
TLDR; I just couldn't care too much about or fully understand any character in Shiki.
Enjoyment - 8/10
Like I said, I did really like some of the characters, the story was great, and for the most part, I enjoyed the ride through the convoluted, mysterious, and compelling anime that is Shiki.
Overall - 7/10 read more
The first half of the series makes for a very, very, slow burn as an "epidemic" begins sweeping through the small village of Sotoba located in the middle of bumfuck nowhere Japam. The answer to said epidemic is made very obvious by the 2nd episode, or even before the series if you already know the premise and it takes a long time before the characters pick up on it. As a result the 1st few episodes focus on clinic owner Dr. Toshio Ozaki and local priest Seishin Muroi's attempt to get to the root cause of the "epidemic" by going off on red herring trails that audience should already know are completely off. Meanwhile, characters on the side continue to die from anemia, while all sharing the same two slight punctures wounds next to each other. It takes about a third of the series for anyone to have the slightest idea as to what might really be going on.
Much of the time early on is spent introducing characters. A lot of characters. Far too many characters. The enormous cast wasn't something struck me as a huge issue early on since I was hoping that this would lead to some interesting character arcs from at least some of them. Towards the end, it became extremely obvious just how much the show was overburdening itself. A lot of the individuals that become shiki (the term used to describe vampires in this series) end up being rather disappointing as characters as they cling to maybe one or two character traits from beginning to end. Characters that ought that seemed like they would contribute more only end up providing simple side stories and nothing the central story. If that wasn't enough a problem, for some of the human characters there are times in which a suspension of disbelief is necessary to make sense of what they do. Would anyone, for example, attempt to hunt vampires at night with only a couple of companions without telling anyone? Or better yet would anyone lightly bury an unconscious vampire with a few teaspoons of dirt and hope that someone else will find and deal with it before it can wake up? Dr. Ozaki is the easiest character to get behind, probably for being neither useless nor moronic. It honestly wouldn't be much a stretch to say that if Ozaki was removed from the series that the majority of the plot progression would leave with him. His method of dealing with the threat is as cold as it is pragmatic, but with no alternatives presented, I found him to be hard to disagree with.
Ironically, the thing I take issue with in Shiki was what I was most looking forward to seeing handled, that being it's themes. The way in which the script-writers attempted to shoe-horn the black and white conflict of the story into some moral quandary regarding "who the true monster is" is inherently problematic. For any conflict to wrap me into a moral grey area it has to convince of what good will come from either side coming out on top, and this is where Shiki fails miserably. From the beginning of the series to the end there was never any question from me that the shiki are a collective menace that ought to be curbed with one quick stake through the chest at a time. As much as the series tries to make you sympathize with the shiki, the simple fact they must prey on and kill humans just to survive puts them in the wrong. This could have worked if the whole idea of coexistence between the two sides was looked into properly, yet the series never really explains why they have to kill. Shouldn't sucking non-lethal amounts of blood be enough? It gets even worse when you consider what would happen should the shiki be allowed to continue to do as they do. More and more shiki would arise and eventually and the death toll would rise until there aren't any more people to kill. Then what would they sustain themselves with? It kind of makes the plan to make the village a den of bloodsuckers seem ridiculous once you consider how that might actually play out. The attempts to humanize the shiki in the last 3rd feel a bit some of them easy feel sympathy for (particularly the Goth loli Sunako and one of the side characters featured in the 1st of the 2 episode specials) but at no point was I convinced that the retaliation at the hands of people was wrong. All the shiki do for the majority of the story is attack people so they can selfishly continue their crappy lives. That said the massive pity party thrown for them in the final episodes does not at all ring true. There's also unnecessary references to the tale of Cain and Abel to demonstrate the show's central idea regarding the loss of humanity or something that came off as rather heavy-handed. To the show's credit I will say that it was nice that cliched PETA logic was never invoked to take the humans off of their moral high ground as if to say the lives of people are equal to those of livestock. Now that would have sucked.
When it comes to the audio/visual merits there's one aspect that screams to be addressed, which of course means this is the part where I address frilly haired elephant in the room, the silly character designs. One can only assume that a good deal of the characters must have had their hair done by lobotomized hairstylists as the end result is rather hideous. Hair motion is noticeably absent as well so the wacky hairdos of the characters just seem to hang in place as if they are wearing strangely sculpted papier-mâché hats. Not only that but their bodies kind of have CLAMP's signature slim and gangling look, with chins about that look sharp enough to jab vampires through the heart. Designs aside the rest of the production soundly nails the kind of eerie vibe needed for this type of series. The visuals do what they can to convey dread and uncertainty with fantastically drawn night time background shots and visual effects. Glimmering red eyes being used to denote mysterious evil is not a novel idea by any stretch of the imagination, but tiny dots of red light to signify a nocturnal predator is nearby works nonetheless. This is anime that knows how to imprint lasting images into the minds of its audience with rather disgusting imagery, like burning flesh, bubbling and spurting blood from being impaled with a stake. Shiki can be a rather messy title, so be prepared to wince at least a couple of times once the violence begins to pile on. The OST isn't likely the type one would seek to listen to on its own (besides maybe the openers, between which I happen to vastly prefer the 1st). Music selection overall runs the full gamut of "spooky sounds" from the dissonant sounds and ensemble chants, and even some downer melodies to convey the heartbreak of losing loved ones. The seiyuu work for Shiki can be notably over the top, which works in well considering how extreme emotions often run high throughout the story. The more simplistic characters tend to have more exaggerated voices like the wimpy Masao, or the shrill and vain Megumi. Mood swings are deftly handled with the stand out being Haruka Nagashima as Kaori who exhibits the perfect range of fear/sadness to rage/terror needed for the role.
As nicely as it was directed, to me the series overall came off as overly bloated with unimportant characters either doing nothing of interest or killing each other. I understand the point of of the enormous cast was to show the effects of mass hysteria and culturally based delusions on a universal level, it came at the high cost of having interesting individuals. All whilst being tied together with some weak rhetorical argument that assumes moral equivalence between two sides when there isn't any. It might work a bit better if for those willing to let appeals to emotion overtake logic. A series like this ought to leave its viewers emotionally eviscerated by the end, so it's a shame that I came out the experience as cold as I did. I still recommend watching this series all things considered. As much as I found the series hard to agree with in the end, I can't accuse it of not being thought provoking on at least some level. read more
The story itself is pretty much what i described above without going into spoiler territory be warned from here on out this review will have spoilers and so a word of Caution is advised.
The story itself is more or less a vampire story and came out at a time where vampires where at a storm in fandom, however unlike other series this one takes on the more traditional approach to the myth and is more of a welcome place for a genre that has been so twisted and changed that is hard to keep with what anymore.
It focuses on 4 main characters: The doctor Toshio Ozaki who is probably the character that got most development in this story is the one trying to figure out what is going and how to stop this crisis that affects the town. ( he is he representation of the human side)
Sunako Kirishiki the Leader of the Shiki another name for what people would describe as vampires, she has her eyes set on the town and comes up with a plan to turn the whole populace into a Shiki village so as to finally have a place to belong and be accepted along with the rest of her family who moved with her.( She represents the Shiki side).
Than u have Natsuno Yuuki the city boy who is not fond of the town where he is staying and is very unsociable and distant but cares for the few people he cares with out most heart, he is turned later into a Shiki but still tries to stop there plans( he represent the turned Shiki still holding out to there humanity).
Finally we have Seishin Muroi the local monk who never felt like he truly belonged or like the position he was within the village and is also a writer of series of book which Sunako is a fan off and after spending some Time with here realizes what he truly wants and voluntarily to be turned into a shiki( he represents people turned into shiki who reject cast off there humanity).
The Art itself of this show is quite unique compared to the standard animation, for a series that focuses on a more horror genre it is surprisingly bright colored but don't let them turn you off..cause the art and animation is simply wonderful.
The design of the people are in reminiscent of those u see from the works of Clamp but not so exaggerated as the former. The thing they might the most of putting about would most likely be the crazy hairstyles and pointed chins that the majority of cast has...B
ut the background art is well done and the designs of the characters are all unique and original and u can easily identify each character without much difficulty and than the horror sequences combined with excellent music composition can leave creeped out and even scared at times...especially if u watch this in dark ...
The Soundtrack...Oh Wow the Soundtrack if there is anything that comes close to being 10/10 it would be the music composition of the show..usually when u have an anime series there might be one or two ost that u might like and ignore the rest but in this case all of the ost composition are the best of the best.
Each single track is never out of place and sinkcranizes so well with each other to the horrifying and creepy ost-Pendulumn to the sheer utter despair and sadness ost-Day and Night...even the intro and ending themes are something to behold both for teh first half and second half intro's and ending are great which is rare to find these days.
The Characters: Oh boy this is were the series seems to get a lot of divided opinions mostly due to huge cast arrangement there is within this show as well as how that affects there development.
Some i can agree with cause not all of them have enough screen time or others just disappear and reappear between various points within the story but the biggest of them all is probably has to do with there behaviors with dealing the mentioned crisis that is effecting the town and really puts you in a situation to understand the very foundation of morals and makes u wonder what u would do in that situation for both sides perspective and if u combine all of it together there is no right or wrong just shade of grey for both parties.
To give an idea about this here are some character details and how each one is affected and how there actions can be either wrong ..right or in between:
Truth Be told...i don't Think Either side was Wrong and Neither was Right. Huh if u look at the big picture both the Shiki and human were in the right and wrong on a lot of things.
The Shiki were a race of beings that were outside of there nature but nobody within their ranks ever truly wanted to be turned into shinki in the first place...
Some of them definitely deserved to be eliminated as they rather enjoyed the ability to kill and contempt and were even killing out of necessity rather for there enjoyment such as Megumi, Tatsumi, Atsushi Ookawa and Masao Murasako were all just rotten to the core.
While others such as Tooru Mutou, Nao Yasumori and Ritsuko Kunihiro were left with no real choice and had to kill not out of joy but out of survival.
Nao killed her family off in order to at least make them part of her new life as she did not want to be alone but ultimately failed,
Tooru was too overwhelmed with hunger and could never control it and
Ritsuko was probably the strongest will to choose death rather than become the monster she has become.
AS for Sunako's case she is both a villain and a Tragic character...Her Plan to turn an entire village for shiki spread from a desire to find a place to belong and find a new family to accept her after being left abandoned and than alone for over a century and more.
Yes she was bit merciless and a bit brutal but at the same time u can't but help with sympathizing with her after all that has happened u can understand at least to some extant as to why she did what she did even if it would never have worked.
As for Natsuno Koide he may seem like an ass because he is unsociable but that is more or less to do of being forced into situations and brought to this place out of other people chocies ( his parents) Also with the fact that people were judging him ( villiagers) and he wanted to get out..Tooru and a few of the others were his only real friends and he really did care for them,
it was Tooru's death and than turning him into a shiki against his will was the main reason he wanted vengeance..
.After he himself got turned, even tough he got the better option he still wanted to destroy them cause of what they did and he resented what he became cause it made him feel like he was also part of them. that is why he took his own life but took the others with them as he felt he never wanted to be part of the shiki but he could never return to being truly human.
Now on the Human's Side first of all u got the Toshio Ozaki he was a guy who cared for his patients and all the people around him and he so desperately wanted to save everyone he could, he saw the shiki were a threat to the humans and rightful so as they were compelling to kill everyone one out of there own interests.
he was pushed to the limit with the death of his own wife( before u say about her treatment after that let me explain) ...Yes his wife died and yes his methodology to find out about the shinki were morally questionable but in all honesty after all the deaths and all the suffering and with this one chance to find out your enemies weakness did he really have any other choice? if u were in the position and i mean truly in that position ask yourself what u would have done?
His leading the whole villagers and taking down the shiki was brilliant and necessary if u were a human population and faced a threat u had to do u can in order to survive and sometimes that might mean sacrificing your own humanity although to be fair he was not a villain to the shiki as he neighter enjoyed killing, it was just a matter of survival and anger( you lose your wife and friends u would be pushed to the limit too)
Some of the other villagers in there treatment of the Shiki was really harsh and some even relished and prolonged the kills which makes them yes a bit more villianry others were just scared and horrified and the same time anger filled them in there hearts and with all those factors can u really blame them for doing to what they did to the Shiki? it may have been wrong as to how some were treated but most of them were forced into that situation which was way out of control.
Than u have the priest Seishin Muroi while yes i can see how soem people might see him as a traitor and yes a bit hypocritical in his philosophy about killing and murder after what he did but if u take a step back and anaylize it a bit more, he was more or less just speaking about the morallity of what others tough of and compelled him to do what they wanted.
he never wanted to be a priest and he was so influenced by his family tradition that he must have thought he was trapped and continued to bear the judgment of others rather than himself when he talked with Sunako about his books and feelings i think at some point he must have realized what he truly wanted and took the opportunity to finally escape it all and he choose to be a Shiki as he always felt he was more dead than alive and being a Shiki was more close to what he truly was than how others forced him to be.
Bottom line though is that there is no real bad or good things in either cases, this whole thing was set to fall apart from the start, it just had to build up into a climax that in the end due to the conflict of both parties led to the ruin of most parties hence the symbolism of the village being destroyed and both the Shiki and human due the conflicts with each other destroyed themselves. but that is up to you to decide...
Final verdict: This series is an excellent Story that it's central focuses at least the way i see it the morality of a person and how or she reacts in a situation forced upon that is way beyond anyone's control and in the end there is no way out without at least sacrificing a part of your humanity to do so..but it asks you how much and how far are you willing to go before yourself become what u despise...
IS the monster born a monster simply because u have to live as a monster to stay alive? or is monster turned into a monster cause it u run into a situation with no option but to be a monster to survive?..
That is the very basis of this story...Also if u want a more traditional vampire story and in need of a good horror and mystery series i recommend shiki as one you should try out...you will not be disappointed.
Over all:8.75/10 show less