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Shiki: Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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?
(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)
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I've always been partial towards the idea of vampires in stories, but I rarely like the sort of stories that have vampires in them (a contradiction, I know). But Shiki manages to create a excellent atmosphere of creepiness and uncertainty. The story moves on at a rather languid pace, but it is never boring. Shiki has the sort of feeling of a horror movie, but it isn't scary. The vampires are rather pretty, but very creepy.
The story follows a range of characters and not all of them survive, which makes it even more interesting. Shiki is more a story about a village, rather than a character. Not that the characters are unimportant or boring. Most of them are quite likable, which makes their situation a little sad.
I really enjoyed Shiki. But I don't think it is a show for everyone. It's biggest appeal is the atmosphere, and if you don't get drawn into it, then there isn't much left for you. When giving this series a try, you should watch at least 3-4 episodes before passing judgment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!Read more ›
The village doctor, Ozaki Toshio, begins searching for the cause of the deaths and eventually discovers that the village is being targeted by undead creatures similar to vampires. Another man,Seishin Muroi, the junior monk of Sobata finds himself torn between two worlds, either of which he may not be able to return from.
At the same time, Natsuno Yuuki, a young man who truly hates life in Sobata discovers the same shocking truths as the doctor and searches desperately for a way to put an end to the threat once and for all.
The animation and soundtrack to this series are amazing. This series is genuinely creepy but so fun to watch. The first few episodes are abit slow but it's a good setup and worth the wait. It's hard not to want to continue on to the next episode to see what happens next.
Themes included are guilt, anger and redemption. I found this anime to be very moving and insightful. I highly recommend everyone check this one out. This series will definately have you asking yourself, "Who are the real monsters in this story?"
The english dub is very good and the artwork and animation by Studio Daume is awesome.
This is a perfectly spooky series to watch with your significant other.
It's worth owning this one for sure.Read more ›
The writers did an excellent job at creating creepy and surreal interludes that punctuate each episode without becoming tiresome; they may cause the occasional shiver but will always have you glued to the screen. The violent nature of the underlying story never devolves into disgusting and, unlike an Anime horror such as High School of the Dead, remains a drama accentuated with the occasional fluff rather than inundated in it. The animation itself is glossy and gorgeous while the characters tend to be slightly stylized (particularly the central roles) just enough to enable this series to "own" them. The music is haunting, subdued, original and appropriate. I highly recommend looking around a bit on channels such as Funimation, Crunchyroll etc. for free episodes of this series just to get a taste (pun intended) and if you do decide to buy this version you're getting all 22 episodes (the episode summary on this page is wrong) on 4 DVD and 4 Bluray (8 discs total).
Be aware that this is a very mature show, not because of excessive violence, sex or even language but because it challenges assumptions of morality, presents philosophical conundrums and forces the viewer to take part in stories of individual tragedy as the events play out; but once Shiki weaves its spell you cannot stop watching. I honestly believe that for a fictional sub-genre such as vampirism which has been so painfully overdone within the last twenty or so years that Anime is cornering the market on originality with series such as Black Blood Brothers, Trinity Blood and of course Shiki. :o)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Saw the opening to this series on youtube and decided to buy it. I liked the series, loved the music and am happy with my purchase.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Consumer
DONT BUY SHOWS YOU HAVENT ALREADY SEEN! -sighs- I'm tired of everyone reviewing the shows instead of the actual product they received, if you haven't seen the show just don't buy... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Yuki