(Originally published and formatted for Livejournal on 1/27/11)
Anime Summary Review: Shiki Episode 22 (finale)
Rather than the longer reviews with all sorts of pictures and such, this is just a quick summary review. For a series that I’ve already been watching for several episodes, there’s not much of a reason to go into much detail. At this point in the series, you’re either still watching it (so you already know what’s going on and a long detailed run-down of everything is not really needed), or don’t care. So, without further ado:
Shiki Episode 22 – **SPOILERS FOLLOW** After climaxing over the previous two episodes, this is just wrapping up a few loose ends. Megumi tries to escape but is cornered and very brutally killed. Natsuno and Tatsumi battle it out and in the end Natsuno ends up killing them both with a suicide dynamite explosion. The mountainside is on fire and the villagers furiously try to hide their dirty work while also attempting to save the town, but in the end it’s a futile struggle as the fire consumes Sotoba. Sunako is captured in the abandoned church and about to be killed, but is saved at the last moment by Seishin, who ultimately drives her away to an uncertain future, the only surviving vampire.
My thoughts: As mentioned above, just mopping up loose ends. I was actually rooting for Megumi to be lone survivor vampire, because she is such a deliciously, unredeemably evil person, more interesting than the emo-goth-loli Sunako. But alas, what a crushing demise. In a way, this episode was somewhat anti-climactic, because in the end no one was really saved, and no one comes out clean. Then again, a messy, imperfect, unhappy ending is the perfect endcap to this show.
A better review: Star Crossed Anime Blog
Series Final Grade: A – At first, I was somewhat hesitant about this series. Firstly, because of the comically exaggerated character designs for the main character detracted from the story itself, and it took a while for me to get used to them. Secondly, it was a fairly slow build-up of tension, you really didn’t get a good handle of what was *truly* happening until about six or seven episodes into the series. But I’m glad I stuck around, because it turned into a pretty wild ride. While some of the other shows have left me unsatisfied in the end, I found Shiki to actually get *better* as the series progressed, and the ending perfectly suited to the show itself. There’s a small window open for future stories with Sunako and Seishin escaping, but the main story (the life and death of Sotoba Village) has come to a complete end. In the battle between the “good” villagers and “evil” vampires, everyone lost.
So far to date, this is my highest-graded series.
There’s still two more episodes that will come out in the following months (#19.5 and 20.5), which will help fill in some of the gaps in the frenzied action of the battle between the villagers and the vampires (for example: how did Akira escape?), so there’s that to look forward to.
Up next: Soredemo Wahhhh Maidcrap (finale), My Annoying Sister Can’t Be This Tsundere (finale), Slutty and Loligoth with Afroperv, Pretentious Detective Yakumo (finale), Invasion! Squid Girl (finale), Kuragehime (finale)