New Year’s Anime Countdown: #8 Shiki

Shiki

This series hasn’t ended yet, still 2 episodes to go, but I can say that it’s been a very thrilling anime with quite a good animation and intriguing characters. The very concept of Shiki is rather clever too, of course. A secluded village whose inhabitants start falling one after another after a new family moves in there. Only few people perceive a possible connection and majority regards it as an epidemic. So does the local doctor at first, but soon he realizes that it must be wrong.

Most of the characters are well made both personality-wise and animation-wise. My favorite would be the little girl from the moved-in family, Kirishiki Sunako. Her seiyuu is Yuuki Aoi who is jaw-droppingly great at bringing such characters to life (though I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to put it this way in Sunako’s case XD).

Shiki

The perplexed yet determined doctor Ozaki Toshio, played by Ookawa Tooru, is quite a bad-ass doctor. He might as well switch his job and start working as an assassin I think. That cool and frigid he is XD

I could list even more characters but I’m not going to do it. I’ll just mention other seiyuu in this. Tomatsu Haruka, Okamoto Nobuhiko, Sasaki Nozomi, Uchiyama Kouki, Kitamura Eri, Okitsu Kazuyuki, and also occasional seiyuu, Gackt-sama.

I absolutely loved the first opening, both the video and the song, played by BUCK-TICK. The name of the song is Kuchizuke (trans.: Kiss).

The second opening is hardly as good as the first one, but it still isn’t really bad.

But the second ending song is rather good, again by BUCK-TICK.

I can’t wait to see how Shiki will turn out. Even though there are only 2 episodes left, it’s hard to guess which side will emerge victorious. However, no matter who wins, I’m sure it will be an exciting ending.

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