Shiki – midseason impressions

August 17, 2010 at 7:32 am 2 comments

“So this… this isn’t an epidemic?”


As we reach halfway Shiki’s tale of vampires and disease, we ready ourselves for the start of doctor Ozaki’s counter-attack. I must say, I’m really digging the atmosphere of this series. It’s done really nicely.

Megumi, you can suck my blood anyday...

If there’s anything that can be said wrong about Shiki, it’s definitely the character models. I’m not saying the animation is poor: it’s actually very nice and the special effects here are there are used well to add tension. However everyone looks so… unusual. Being different is okay and the style used here is definitely unique, Shiki stands out significantly.

Sunako... what a creep

The sound is used to great potential in Shiki. While it’s definitely not ear candy, it strengthens some very dark and creepy moments. The character of Sunako is very interesting and that spooky tune with the singing girl always sends shivers down my spine. Sunako sounds and somewhat looks (except for the lack of eyes) like a loli, but there is something terribly iffy about her.

There is something shifty about this village...

Doctor Ozaki is also an interesting character to watch. It was nice to see some sort of backstory of his in episode 6, and from what I’ve watched, I’m wondering whether he gets driven mad by this ‘epidemic’ by the end of the series, seeing that he’s already losing his cool at this stage. It’s also great to see that Natsuno has got off his angsty ass and is actually thinking about the possibility of vampires.

That's some funky hair

Where Shiki shines is its sense of foreboding. Amino Tatsuro clearly knows how to unravel and pace the story well as every episode we see Natsuno and Ozaki slowly inching towards the truth. I like what I’m seeing.

Some very VERY weird sh!t going on!

Anime series seldom manage to scare people. Even Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni season1 only had a few *holy crap I just shat in my pants* moments, and Shiki is no different. However, where Shiki is excelling so far is its pacing and atmosphere. I eagerly await the conclusion of this series!

Someone's wearing a mop for a wig >_>


Entry filed under: Anime.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  August 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Yea I initially didn’t like Shiki but I reckon it’s improved. The hair of the characters in this series is duly noted….

  • 2. kashim40  |  August 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Ive reed some review bout shiki.. and they say its no that good, well the story is not that exciting they say šŸ˜€


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