Shiki: Complete Series S.A.V.E.
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From the studio that brought you Black Butler and Fullmetal Alchemist emerges the psychological thriller that will send you to bed with a cross in hand.
When citizens of a secluded village begin dying off in alarming numbers, the sole hospital’s head doctor tries desperately to save his patients—but his efforts are in vain. Entire families are wiped out while others desert their homes. All hell breaks loose as the villagers discover their loved ones’ corpses are rising from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting, hallucinogenic and unnerving to the core, Shiki stares into the hearts of both the hunter and the hunted. Who is safe when the urge to kill in order to survive blurs the line between man and monster?
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Shiki is a classic vampire story with a Japanese twist. The village begins experiencing a lot of residents dying which leads authorities to believe the village is suffering some sort of epidemic. As the tale unravels some begin to believe that indeed vampires are behind the killings. The story focuses on many characters, some in more depth than others as we follow who lives, who dies. The anime is not afraid to go very dark as the imagery is gruesome at times and characters treat each other terribly. The series get particularly bloody and gruesome towards the series ending.
My only minor complaint about this anime is the somewhat jarring character designs. There are three styles of characters - the super cute round eyed characters, the more realistic styled characters, and the psychotic looking wide eyed characters with a single dot for a iris/pupil. It was strange at first but after awhile I adjusted.
This a great horror anime and one that does satisfy.
that ever gave me nightmares. I have yet to find out if "Shiki" will, as I haven't slept since, lol.
Seriously, this is one of the most disturbing, and gory, animes I've ever seen...but that doesn't
make it bad. Just be warned, this show is not for children, or the squeamish.
The biggest problem I had with it is that there are no characters I could identify with, and only
a few even to root for. When the villagers finally awaken (no pun intended) to what's going on,
their methods of fighting back quickly blur the line between human and monster.
There were also some continuity breaks which helped keep this show from a five-star rating. An
episode might end with a cliff-hanger, only to have the character involved disappear for several
episodes, then reappear perfectly okay.
With all this negativity out of the way, I'll say that the show is well worth your time, once the above
caveats are considered. It has a style to it, and the overall story is very quickly paced. I'm no binge-
watcher, but I went through the 24 episodes in two days, so anxious was I to see what happens next.
One thing I particularly liked was that victims who rose as vampires retained their personalities. Some
were gleeful at the thought of killing without remorse, while others were horrified at what they'd become,
even refusing to feed on their fellow townspeople.
The show is genuinely creepy from the bloody visuals to the soundtrack, which adds to the already messed up plot. People are dying rapidly in a small village and the people begin to think it's an epidemic and honestly, the series doesn't really pick up until about episode 7 and after that, the ball gets to rolling and doesn't stop. And fair warning, these are the kind of vampires from the original Vampire myth with the exception of a few "Daylighters", (my own term for Vamps that can walk in the sun although there's a term the anime uses but I don't know how to spell it and I'd rather not butcher it.)
One of the things I value most about this anime is that it felt like a live-action U.S. television show. The many different characters, fashion, (the Vampires in particular have an amazing, distinct sense of style), and multi-character developments add to my opinion as well as the layout of the story.
The show is rated TV-MA for good reason considering the amount of bloody violence and religious imagery, (which actually ties in quite cleverly instead of coming off as pretentious or corny.)
I feel like this anime would be a great addition to the Toonami lineup since I find Shiki to be as good as, (if not better than), Attack on Titan but alas, my opinion isn't always with the popular so I just going to hope you give it a shot like I did.
This series is far different than I imagined. By saying that, I mean that it contains realistic human behaviours and there is no great hero who rises up to quell the evil but, instead, a determined man pushed to the brink who rallies an entire town to reclaim the fate of their own humanity from the intentions of the Shiki (Vampires). No matter who you may think will step up, you're better off waiting to see, as you'll be shocked when the twist happens.
This is definitely a Mature Audience anime. I cannot imagine showing it to a younger audience, despite it being animated, as they will be unable to grasp what they are seeing and the nuances will either fly over their heads or set them upon a path as dark as this series (presumably with you in the house with them). This is, yet another, series that would be ruined by live action. I have long held the theory that anime was what live cinema wished it could be and there are things that can be animated but could never be shown with real actors without receiving a rating that would bar all but true adults from watching it. If you are looking for a deep but heavy subject, this is the one you shouldn't pass up.