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Jul 8, 2010 5:44 PM

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Why is it that if anything involves vampires it must be compared to Twilight? See, this is why I hate that franchise.

I can't even talk to people about Hellsing anymore because of that crap.
 
Jul 8, 2010 5:50 PM

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The series seems cliche to me. The first was good, had a good start off, though it was slow, but that's is to be expected and hope Megumi comes back alive and more ppl disappear. ^^
 
Jul 8, 2010 5:53 PM

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I hate the character design of this show; the whole time I was watching I was thinking about how I am going to drop this show - BUT...

By the end of the show I thought the story came together very well and i am looking forward to where this series is heading.

The beginning started developing the atmosphere very well and I felt torn out of it by the OP; the music was good, but I thought the OP itself was silly.

Anyways, I'll be watching this series for a while more.
 
Jul 8, 2010 5:58 PM

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Finally the show I've been looking forward to the most ... and it didn't disappoint me . Probably lots of people will drop this due to the slow-pacing ... oh well , if the producers keep loyal to the manga, this is definitely going to be easily the best show of this summer . (a well deserved) 5/5 .
 
Jul 8, 2010 6:09 PM

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Agreed, the OP was jarring. What I really liked was the direction/animation of the episode. Starting with the end and retelling what happened up to that point is a fresh way to tell a story - not the first time it's used of course, but I'm so used to anime shows that simply pile scene after scene without even thinking about the best way to tell the story.
The art didn't bother me particularly, neither good or bad really. Neither did the slower pace. I wasn't bored.

One of the more promising shows I've seen this season for sure.
 
Jul 8, 2010 6:31 PM
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I like the style, it's certainly the more unique anime this season. First episode really intrigued me, and I like horror anime. Hope it keeps it up and doesn't fall flat.
 
Jul 8, 2010 6:32 PM

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I have no idea if I'm the only one thinking this, but I loved Megumi. Such a cold hearted person, I love her.

And I love the show, too. So creepy and slow-paced, but in a good way. Can't wait for more.

Oh, and the art was fantastic imo.

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God, I hope this isn't like Twilight...


Jesus, does everything that has to do with vampires have to be compared to Twilight..? Really..?
 
Jul 8, 2010 6:32 PM

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I just finished watching the first episode of Shiki, and I was pretty impressed. I wasn't sure what to make of this series from the trailers, but I loved how the story unfolded. The animation, (especially the opening theme), was fresh, trippy, and colorful, and it definitely kept my attention.





As for the other characters...both Toshio and Seishin seem interesting, but I'll need to see more of them to generate a proper analysis.

Anyways, I'll keep watching this as well, and I'm eagerly awaiting this mystery to be unraveled!
 
Jul 8, 2010 7:34 PM

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i'm gonna have to agree with everyone about the char design. :[ i really loved megumi's design when i saw the summer line-up, but kaori's hair just makes me cringe lmao. THAT'S A POKEMON HAIRSTYLE, COME ON.( this can't always be a bad thing though keke )

aside from that, i loved itttt. idk why everyone keeps saying it's "slow". for its first episode, it's got a pretty bangin' pace. :T
 
Jul 8, 2010 7:49 PM

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OMG.

I love it!! And I can't wait to see where the plot will go from here!
 
Jul 8, 2010 7:50 PM

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Personally, I enjoy the style and design and all that, though that's probably since I read almost all of Fujisaki's manga and got sorta attached to that art style. The flappy blockyness of the hair is cute in my eyes.

The episode was pretty well paced to me. It did give a slow feel, but that's just 'cause of all the introduction stuff. Didn't leave me bored at any point. I've already read the manga, so I already know what's gonna happen, so that sorta cut out some of the foreboding feel of the ep for me. I don't see any similarity between Shiki and Higurashi or Ookami Kakushi (beside the setting)! Higurashi's not much of a horror (more of a confusing semi-tragic romantic blood bashing filled comedy) and Ookami's just...yeah. So to me, Shiki is the horrorishest of them all! I'm really looking forward to the next episodes~
 
Jul 8, 2010 8:39 PM

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I'm usually completely turned off by horror anime, but Shiki was done very well. Megumi is one crazy girl, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. She's really interesting too.
 
Jul 8, 2010 8:43 PM

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Interesting and promising first episode. I didn't think the pacing was too slow.
 
Jul 8, 2010 8:52 PM

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It appears slow because of the atmosphere it's setting up, but I find it was rather well paced (even though not much happened).
I'm looking forward to seeing this one develop.
 
Jul 8, 2010 8:55 PM

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This is like the antithesis of HOTD in every single way. The character design, atmosphere, and pacing all stood out to me. I'm looking forward to more, and if Megumi happens to come back to life(just guessing), I really hope she's not as annoying.
 
Jul 8, 2010 8:57 PM

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Underwhelmed by the first episode. It was slow moving and not very interesting until the very end. There's still some promise and I'm curious enough to follow it for at least the next couple of episodes.
 
Jul 8, 2010 9:38 PM

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As a fan of the manga, I'm sorta pleased with the first ep. It was a bit slow in comparison, but I love seeing it animated. I actually like the art style of the series, and it's much better with color, though the manga was definitely creepier in black/white.

The OP floored me for real, though. omg Buck Tick~
 
Jul 8, 2010 10:47 PM

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It's not that slow paced! The atmosphere was set quite nicely and the main character died... What do you expect of first episode? O.o

If you want slow paced, watch Monster. I like slow paced shows though. Gives you time to think about it. And I already love the atmosphere on this series, give me epi 2 please! =3
 
Jul 8, 2010 11:22 PM

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Intriguing first episode, can't wait for the next epiosde. Atmosphere is great, and a bunch of interesting characters got introduced. Art is....different, but I can't say that I don't like it.

Just one thing: What the fuck is up with Kaori's dog? Seriously, that thing was among the creepiest things this episode. >_<
 
Jul 8, 2010 11:22 PM

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great first episode! much better then i anticipated! the atmosphere, the music and the visuals fit perfectly! the blonde girl was damn scary..her eyes creep me out like HELL!

could become my #1 anime of the season.
im a huge fan of asian horror flicks n ive seen 100+ of them and this series delivers to my taste.
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:02 AM

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Intriguing first episode, can't wait for the next epiosde. Atmosphere is great, and a bunch of interesting characters got introduced. Art is....different, but I can't say that I don't like it.

Just one thing: What the fuck is up with Kaori's dog? Seriously, that thing was among the creepiest things this episode. >_<

Is it just me or does that dog look exactly like Densuke from Dennou Coil.

Overall nice episode, as expected it has a nice creepy tone to it and interesting mystery's that will keep me guessing.


It won't give up it wants me dead god damn this noise inside my head
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:03 AM

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Yep. Fuyumi Ono created Twilight in Japan 7 years before Stephanie Meyer.


I hate immature kids like you.


TWISHIT DID NOT INVENT VAMPIRES.

HELL, TWISHIT DOES NOT EVEN CONTAIN VAMPIRES.

STOP COMPARING DECENT VAMPIRE SHOWS/SERIES/BOOKS/ANIME/MANGA/NOVELS TO THAT ABOMINATION
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:13 AM

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weird character designs and story. they killed off what seemed to be the main character in a odd way. it wasn't overly interesting I'm not sure I'll keep watching.
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:36 AM

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Personally I loved the first episode~ Now the settings are ready for us to get a great psychological horror series~ I can't wait for the next~
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:57 AM

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It was sooooo booooooooring. I couldn't make myself sit through the end of the episode..
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:57 AM

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What an episode!!
I knew i would like this series by reading the plot but i didn't expect the first episode to be that great..It totally captivated me.The music, the mysterious people, the atmosphere..So well done!!Can't wait for the next episode.
 
Jul 9, 2010 12:57 AM

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It was... interesting :D
I just thought that it is similar to Higurashi.
And damn that Megumi, such a barbie with a big mouth D:
 
Jul 9, 2010 1:06 AM

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Loved it, didn't find it slow paced at all.
 
Jul 9, 2010 1:18 AM

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Hah? What's with the no-name cast? O.o
The only actually known ones (known=good in this case, heard most of the others too though) are Tomatsu Haruka, Okamoto Nobuhiko and Gackt, and the two second don't even get main roles : < (Ah well maybe Takagi Wataru as well, but.. Still not a main.)
Funny how the only main role with a big name dies pretty quickly. Then again, a main role... I'd find it strange to leave such a character dead, so w/e. Well at least Yuuki doesn't have to close the window anymore ┐('~`;)┌
At least the plot seems interesting, so yeah : > And the old macho dude is cool xD
Also.. Seeing as it's the first episode out of.. *checks again*.. 22, it's not like there's much that can be discerned about the show already.
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Jul 9, 2010 1:24 AM

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Lind_L_Tailor said:
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Lind_L_Tailor said:
This seems to be following the template that Higurashi set out, which is a shame, because I really didn't enjoy Higurashi as a horror all that much.

No no no. Original novel by Ono Fuyumi is older than Higurashi.

Oh, really?

Well, a lot of what I was referring to goes for the visual style and the directing, so my comment is still kinda valid. Nonetheless, the point is, it follows the style of something that didn't have particularly great horror.

Or maybe I'm just setting my standards too high after Uzumaki.


If you are referring to Junji Ito's Uzumaki then yes, you are setting your standards...well, maybe not too high, but in a completely wrong place.

But I have to say, the original novel (at least the parts I read so far of that 1300 pages brick of a book) is much darker and more concentrated on the broad scale of events then the manga is.
It becomes apparent very early that they changed around many things for the manga so it would appeal to a younger demographic that knows Higurashi no naku koro ni.
I mean, the manga started 07/08, when Higurashi had really become famous, and coincidentaly they both (Higurashi and Shiki) run in a magazine run by Square Enix...that's just a bit too much for an accident.

For the manga they changed some events around, made everything a bit more focused on dark romanticism, put the younger characters in the spotlight and gave everything that dichotomic 'cute anime vs. horror' look that everyone loved on Higurashi.

I really like Shiki's story for what it is, but somehow I can't get warm with the manga/anime designs.
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Jul 9, 2010 2:40 AM

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People could get someone killed with those pointy chins. Don't know how I feel about this yet tbh, wasn't the best first ep. Time will tell...

 
Jul 9, 2010 3:01 AM

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Funny how the only main role with a big name dies pretty quickly. Then again, a main role... I'd find it strange to leave such a character dead, so w/e. Well at least Yuuki doesn't have to close the window anymore ┐('~`;)┌


Now I haven't read the manga, but considering what the show is supposed to be about (undead blooksuckers) it might not be a wild guess that Megumi might be back in the not so distant future.
 
Jul 9, 2010 3:08 AM

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i dont like horror,but it was a good episode.
i feel sorry for Megumi,i liked her.
(a bit reminds me to myselfx)
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Jul 9, 2010 3:11 AM

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Show looks good, can't wait for more. Is a must watch for me.
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Jul 9, 2010 3:17 AM

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Looking good. I definitely liked this and will follow it though.

That Yuuki guy is pretty heartless, isn't he? "I guess I won't have to close this window now"
 
Jul 9, 2010 3:30 AM

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It was good episode, little boring but on the other hand very interesting. I didn't expect Megumi to be killed in first episode...
 
Jul 9, 2010 3:52 AM

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like the 1st eps, its been awhile I try to watch horror show... love the chara design (but hate dat ugly blue nekomimi)
22 mins feels long, but very enjoyable not feel boring.

But its kinda disturb me, because this show is very un-Noitamina like >_>
 
Jul 9, 2010 4:05 AM
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The char design and megumis attitude destroyed the atmosphere for me... but oh well, let's see where this is goin
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Jul 9, 2010 4:14 AM

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Damn, I was eating while watching this.
Wasn't really the best meal I ever had.

 
Jul 9, 2010 4:52 AM

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Important characters have oddly-colored hair.

Is it weird to become really attracted to Megumi after her skin went all clammy?
 
Jul 9, 2010 5:09 AM

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Looking good. I definitely liked this and will follow it though.

That Yuuki guy is pretty heartless, isn't he? "I guess I won't have to close this window now"
Yea I though Yuuki was a prick when he said that.
Well all in all interesting episode a bit on the slow side but still had some things that make me want to know more.
 
Jul 9, 2010 5:23 AM

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Wasn't planning on watching this until I read the manga a couple of weeks ago, and got hooked.

Okay for the first episode. I was seriously expecting Haruka to sound like Eiko from "Ichiban..." for some reason, LOL. Only now does it click that her voice can get that high ala Yunyun from "Canaan".

There is ONE scene that I am both not looking forward to AND looking forward to XD I'll probably skip it in the end, just because I am THAT much of a chicken XD

I'm especially curious as to where they are going to end the anime =^.^=

And yeah, Yuuki is a HUGE asshole>_>
 
Jul 9, 2010 6:20 AM

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Nice episode. I think the character design has its own unique compared to other anime presented up-to-date. I actually feel a bit irritated by Megumi but on the other hand quite like her a bit.@_@ I actually didn't saw her dead coming though.o-o

Hope the animation producers don't create their own storyline to end the series( I haven't read the manga though but I think it might ruin the series if it create an original ending instead of following the manga ending.)

Off topic: btw, does anyone know if the manga going to end already or still no sign of ending?
 
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seizonsha said:
Lind_L_Tailor said:
OrochiPL said:
Lind_L_Tailor said:
This seems to be following the template that Higurashi set out, which is a shame, because I really didn't enjoy Higurashi as a horror all that much.

No no no. Original novel by Ono Fuyumi is older than Higurashi.

Oh, really?

Well, a lot of what I was referring to goes for the visual style and the directing, so my comment is still kinda valid. Nonetheless, the point is, it follows the style of something that didn't have particularly great horror.

Or maybe I'm just setting my standards too high after Uzumaki.


If you are referring to Junji Ito's Uzumaki then yes, you are setting your standards...well, maybe not too high, but in a completely wrong place.

Yeah, that's the one.
 
Jul 9, 2010 7:25 AM

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Didnt expect mch would happen in the first episode but its good enough

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Jul 9, 2010 7:48 AM

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Weak first episode.
Atmosphere was a bit strange. Hope to get to know why and how Megumi died.


 
Jul 9, 2010 8:36 AM

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WTF A dog called "Love" that looks like that...lol

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Weak first episode.
Atmosphere was a bit strange. Hope to get to know why and how Megumi died.


It's more of why and how Megumi "died" rather than why and how Megumi died...
 
Jul 9, 2010 9:07 AM

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Fuyumi Ono sure knows how to write disgustingly annoying female characters. Yoko at the beginning was extremely annoying (though she became kickass). Mai from Ghost Hunt is head-bashingly annoying, persistently. And now Megumi. Since she's a main character, she's probably going to return... from the dead. or whatever. Sooo looking forward to more of her. Not.

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werr-y said:
Looking good. I definitely liked this and will follow it though.

That Yuuki guy is pretty heartless, isn't he? "I guess I won't have to close this window now"
Yea I though Yuuki was a prick when he said that.
Well all in all interesting episode a bit on the slow side but still had some things that make me want to know more.


Good line from Yuuki. That's all she deserves from him anyway.
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Jul 9, 2010 10:04 AM

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Haters gonna hate on the best anime of the season.

I actually like the character designs, but it seems many people do not.
The designs stick close to the manga designs, and I like that.

And what was slow paced about this episode?
It is the first episode after all.
It's better if it's slow than rushed in my opinion.

I also noticed how many people are not going to watch this anime because the vampire part is a turn off.
I gave it a shot and I really liked it. Plus the horror part stood out and I love my horror no matter what.
Now I'm reading the manga and I hope I catch up before I leave.
 
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Haters gonna hate on the best anime of the season.

They're gonna hate on Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin? :P
 
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