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Shiki - Part 1 [Blu-ray] [Import]
Based on a manga by Fuyumi Ono and Ryu Fujisaki, the eerie vampire adventure Shiki (2010) takes place in Sotobamura, an isolated village of 1,300 people "surrounded by death," i.e., it's set amid forest of a kind of pine tree used to make grave markers. Even at its liveliest, Sotobamura feels dead to the local teenagers, who want to move to bigger, more exciting places, especially perky, fussy Megumi. But when a foreign family moves to an enormous chateau they've built at the edge of the town, Megumi and other locals begin dying of a mysterious disease. Dedicated Dr. Ozaki, who runs the local clinic, discovers the deaths are linked to anemia, but none of the patients show any sign of injury or internal bleeding. Ozaki and sullen teenager Natsuno suspect the deaths are connected to okiagari, undead creatures who stalk the night. Unlike Hellsing and other recent vampire anime, Shiki is genuinely creepy and disquieting, rather than a simple gore fest. Director Tetsuro Amino skillfully builds a suspenseful tone that may remind horror fans of When They Cry. The character designs are odd, with hair that suggests awkward paper sculptures, but what they do is so interesting, the strange appearance becomes unimportant. Shiki is not a series to watch alone late at night, but otaku will be waiting impatiently for the conclusion of this intriguing series. (Rated TV MA: violence, grotesque imagery, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
(1. First Blood, 2. Second Decay, 3. Third Tragedy, 4. Fourth Death, 5. Fifth Deceit, 6. Sixth Skull, 7. Seventh Killing Spirit, 8. Eighth Night, 9. Ninth Coffin, 10. Tenth Mourning, 11. Eleventh Slaughter, 12. Twelfth Decay)
There is so much to be said about Shiki that perhaps I should answer my rhetorical title question. The answer is, mostly no. If you want to watch a story about villagers heroically banding together and standing firm against an outside threat, this is not for you.
Shiki is a horror story. Bad things happen to nice people. Also to not-so-nice people, and to people that aren't really paying attention.
OK, trying to stay spoiler-free: the writers play with the question of what would happen if vampires actually existed in the modern world? What would they try to do, if they had been around long enough to get wealthy and be able to fund a project. What would the people around that area do? How would they figure out what was going on? Would they react like story-tale heroes, or just regular shmoes? What would be the moral effect of resisting the vampires?
One of the joys of Shiki is that almost nothing goes down the way that you, brought up on tales of Van Helsing staking Drac yet again, would expect to happen in a vampire yarn. Don't get attached to any one character. But you will really be looking forward to Part 2 to find out what happens!
This limited edition product included a box that is designed to hold both parts, which is an excellent idea as far as I am concerned. Other features include a commentary by some of the English voice cast, giving an insight as to how they found the series and the characters.
Picture quality: Excellent.
Music: Generally good and appropriate. This is subjective: some viewers may find some of the music intrusive, but it is "standard anime" levels for me.
Bonus features: minimal. The box gets my tick of approval.
I bought this one on a whim, never watched it before, but felt I would like it.
I was not disappointed. I am pretty inclined to believe the pilot episode makes or breaks a series. Not in an overall sense of the term, but rather, in relation to viewers' attention. With that said, this has kept my attention.
It's a watered-down genre, but Shiki kills it nonetheless. If you like anything even close to this anime description, you can feel safe buying it knowing it won't just sit on your shelf and suffer the fate of sad DVDs that never get rewatched.
The BD menu is even pretty nice. Nothing extravagant but more elegant than most.
Those of you familiar with the old Salem's Lot TV series, and re-release a few years ago, it's much like an Anime version of that. However, Far, FAR, better. The way they portray the monsters, is very unique from other horror stories. They humanize them in a very good way. Also give you many perspectives on the main characters. I simply love the cast of characters. If you want an extremely action packed series, you probably might be a little let down. It's more a horror dramatic series. Overall, it was just a treat for me. I actually hate myself for having this on my watching pile for so long without going to it. I think it's very shelf worthy, and any Horror fan should own this series.