Even when you're dead, you need a job. And burying bodies certainly qualifies...
What They Say:
Natsuno's return from death grants him a visit from Tatsumi. Hoping to enjoy his last days amongst the living, Toshio takes the mistress of Kanemasa to the village's yearly festival.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Natsuno's arc in this series has certainly been interesting, and while I certainly expected him to rise from the dead, I don't think I expected him to come back as one of the special people like Tatsumi and Sunako are. Called Jinrou, they're a subspecies of the Shiki that are definitely quite rare. And with the way Natusno is acting, Tatsumi and the others are making sure they know his place in the grand scheme of things and that they can take him out. Natsuno doesn't seem cocky per se since his return, but he definitely has a different feel about him as though he cn actually accomplish something because of how he is now.
The lives of the normal okigari are taking on an interesting turn as time goes on as well as they're coming across as normal people the more they take over the village. Their lives are going through usual events that we see, though with some amusing twists. That it opens on a pair of guys digging holes in the ground for the bodies of those that don't come back, and admit they're just glad to have a job, says a lot. Others are starting their lives anew with those they loved before, back in the same homes and going through familiar routines, while others act out as though the shackles of society have been removed for them and they can romp and play as they see fit. It speaks a lot to human nature as to how they react to the situation as time goes on and most of them seek some form of structure in their new lives.
A good part of the episode is given over to Toshio whose life has definitely taken an interesting turn. His new relationship with Chizuru has them no longer considering him a threat, though you can tell that Toshio has a whole lot going on in his head about what to do. The sense that he's laying a trap for Chizuru when he invites her to the festival is pretty much obvious and seeing Chizuru's uncertainty at first is amusing since she doesn't quite expect it. His ability to throw her off with certain questions is one of his charms and does lead to his learning more of her younger days when she was truly alive. With little nudges here and there, he's able to gain some potentially useful information. Every little thing he does seems like it has a purpose, and she does realize it, but her sense of being in control is what keeps her from really taking true precautions.
Shiki covers a lot of ground in this episode, from Tatsumi and Natsuno's very tight conversation to the way a sense of normalcy has settled into most of the okigari residents that now dominate the village. I found that aspect to be one of the most interesting parts of the show. What tops it though is the time with Toshio and Chizuru as he's managed to find ways to really tweak her without her realizing that it is him causing the trouble. Chizuru is the type that doesn't seem like she's been afraid of anything for a long time and when that feeling does hit, she loses all her composure and control. When Toshio makes his revelation to her, it's one of the most beautiful moments in the series and Toshio's finest moment yet with his expression. Shiki hits a watershed moment here where events are so striking and delivered so well that it's again one of the most engaging shows of 2010.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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